Rainbow Wahine Softball Team Heads to NCAA Tournament

MANOA (KHNL) -- It wasn't the way they planned to get into the NCAA Tournament.

However, after receiving an at large bid, the Rainbow Wahine softball team is ready to take care of some unfinished business.

But just like any road to glory, there are plenty of bumps and turns along the way.

Despite a third place finish in the Conference Tournament they hosted, the Rainbow Wahine softball team still found a silver lining to their losses.

"We really started believing in each other during this WAC tournament, we really started believing that each and everyone in the lineup can get that hit and drive in that run we need," said Rainbow Wahine outfielder Kaulana Gould.

Hawaii also found there were some lessons they needed to learn.

"They have to want the game, they have to want to win, they have to play to win and not play to not lose," said Bob Coolen, Rainbow Wahine head coach.

Despite their small hiccup in the WAC Tourney, UH will make it's second straight consecutive appearance in the NCAA's. And they're still confident they have what it takes to make it to the college world series.

"We have every ingredient that we possibly need, we just need to put it all together, be on the same page, stay unified as one, and I think we'll do a great job."

"All we need to do is play like we did last year, go in, have no fear and play our style of ball."

Recently that style's been anchored by great pitching. But after losing Courtney Baughman to a shoulder injury, the Wahine will rely heavily on Kate Robinson's arm.

"I hope Kate embraces the challenge because it's her last one for her collegiate career, if you don't embrace a challenge like this knowing that the postseason looms, than you're not an athlete. But I know that Kate is and that she'll embrace it and the team will embrace it with her."

The team plans to travel to Tempe, Arizona Tuesday. Their first game of the tournament is on Friday against Mississippi State.

Game time is set for 1:30 Hawaii time.