The Rainbow Wahine dropped its opening game, 7-2 to Iowa State, but got back on the winning track with a 9-0 mercy rule win over Northern Colorado to end the tournament at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
After going down 2-0 in the count, third baseman Dustin Demeter took an inside pitch deep out to right-field to ignite the Hawaii dugout and deliver the first victory of the season with a 5-4 win over UH-Hilo.
Eddie Stansberry connected on a game-winning three-pointer with 3.3 seconds left to punctuate a late rally and lift the Rainbow Warriors to victory on a night the program commemorated its 100th season.
Beeman has been at the helm of the Rainbow Wahine program since 2012, accumulating a record of 124-110 in seven-plus seasons, including one NCAA tournament appearance (2016) and four Women's National Invitation Tournament appearances (2013-15, 2018).
“The culture was different in the locker room,” said Furuta. “The Camaraderie between the boys was different, it wasn’t one family, we had different clicks in the locker room, and when Rolo came in he turned things around."
UH begins the 2020 season ranked No. 1 nationally for the fourth time in program history an marks the first time the Warriors are the preseason poll favorite since the AVCA created the preseason poll in 2007.
Players will participate in 40/20/10-yard dashes as well as other combine events and then divided into their position groups for specific drills. Time will also be allotted for college coaches for individual workouts.
For the first time since 2013, the University of Hawai’i Wahine volleyball team earned the 12th-seed in the NCAA Tournament and will host the Northern Colorado in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The University of Hawai’i football team will make its first appearance in the Mountain West Championship game when it faces 19th-ranked Boise State, Saturday, Dec. 7 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Kick-off is 2:00 p.m. MT (11:00 a.m. HT)
After capturing its first Big West title under third year head coach Robyn Ah Mow, the University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team swept the major post-season awards for the first time in the Big West.
“The Maui Invitational is such a special special event for all of us," said Chaminade president Dr. Lynn Babington. "Our whole Chaminade community and our whole Ohana is here and our players come to Chaminade, so that they can have the opportunity to play in the Maui Invitational.”
The Rainbow Warriors improved to 4-2 on the season with the victory. It was the fourth 20-point performance for Stansberry in the last five games as the Rainbow Warriors pulled away from a feisty Privateer squad (1-4) with an offensive explosion in the second-half.
“It was all about lack of effort,” said Beeman following the game. “It’s not just about winning and losing; it’s about how you win and how you lose. We got beat in terms of effort tonight, and that can’t happen. For us to win next week, we need to go a find a bucket load of effort.”
The No. 18 University of Hawai'i women's volleyball team won the Big West Conference title outright with a three-set sweep over Long Beach State, 25-18, 25-12, 25-20 on Friday night in front of a sold out Stan Sheriff Center.
The University of Hawai’i women’s basketball team kept up the strong start to the 2019 season by knocking off UT San Antonio on the opening day of the Bank of Hawai’i Classic, 62-50 on Friday afternoon.