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Wahine bid aloha to four seniors

Nickie Thomas Nickie Thomas
Tara Hittle Tara Hittle
Jessica Keefe Jessica Keefe

By Brian Ojima

Manoa (KHNL) - The night began with a Rainbows victory over Cal Poly, a fitting way to end the careers of seniors, Tara Hittle, Jessica Keefe, Nickie Thomas and Jamie Houston, as they played their final regular season game in a Rainbows jersey.

"I just felt so excited to come out and obviously I felt sad and i'm definitely going to miss all the fans, my teammates very much" said Hittle.

"I couldn't have asked for anything better any greater way to spend the last 5 years of my life, everyone showing their support tonight it just caps it all off" said Keefe.

For seniors, Tara Hittle and Nickie Thomas, injuries were a part of their UH careers, but in the end, their perseverance paid off, as they helped the team to it's 9th straight WAC tournament title.

"I've had the best support from teammates, friends and fans, and coaches and I definitely couldn't have done it without them and to have such a support system has been amazing."

Head coach, Dave Shoji has been a part of "Senior Night" for the past 32 years but the emotions never change.

"you know what touches me is that they're families have allowed their daughters to come play for hawaii and I think that's what sticks with me too about the families because all four of these seniors came over the ocean to play" said Shoji.

Now the seniors and the rest of the team will turn their attention to the NCAA Tournament, as they look to make a run deep into the post-season.

"we have a lot of expectations for our team a lot of goals and we really want to do well. We're just going to take it one step at a time no matter who we have to play at any point, we're just going to play our best" said Hittle.

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