Wahine Water Polo team departs for golden state ahead of NCAA quarterfinal

Wahine water polo team heads to NCAA tournament

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawai’i women’s water polo team will kick-off the 2019 NCAA Tournament with a quarterfinals matchup against No. 4 Cal on Friday, May 10 at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center.

The game is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Hawai’i time. This is just the sixth time in program history the Rainbow Wahine are competing in the NCAA tournament.

UH earned a spot in the 2019 NCAA Tournament via an automatic bid after winning the Big West Tournament. The ’Bows defeated UC Davis in the semifinals before handling UC Irvine, 7-6, in the finals.

This tournament meeting will be the fourth between the two sides this season with Hawaiʻi going 1-2 versus the Golden Bears in the first three games.

The Rainbow Wahine have gone 5-10 in NCAA Tournament games and are 4-1 in their opening round matchups at the tournament.

Hawai’i will head in to the tournament with one of it’s most decorated rosters. UH Head Coach Maureen Cole earned Big West Coach of the Year for the third time in her career. Senior Irene Gonzalez repeated as Big West Player of the Year and was also named First Team All-Big West. Elyse Lemay-Lavoie earned First Team All-Big West honors while Femke Aan was awarded second team. Emma Van Rossum and Maxine Schappboth earned All-Big West Honorable Mention and a place on the Big West All-Freshman Team.

A win over Cal would advance the Rainbow Wahine to the semifinals on Saturday to face the winner of No. 1 USC and Wagner/UC San Diego.

The National Championship game is scheduled for Sunday, May 12. It is a single-elimination tournament.

The game will be streamed at ncaa.com/live

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