Rainbow Wahine Water Polo to open NCAA Tournament against Cal

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The University of Hawaiʻi women’s water polo team will face fourth-seeded Cal in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, May 10 at the Avery Aquatic Center at Stanford University, it was announced on Monday during the NCAA Selection Show. 

Hawaiʻi (18-5), ranked fifth nationally in the latest CWPA Poll, earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Big West Tournament. Fourth-ranked Cal (16-8) earned an at-large bid to the field out of the MPSF. 

Hawaiʻi is making its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2015. 

The May 10 meeting will be the fourth between the two sides this season with Hawaiʻi going 1-2 versus the Golden Bears in the first three matchups. UH fell to Cal in a neutral site game in Irvine, Calif. by a 12-10 final score on Feb. 23 and again in Berkeley by a 10-9 margin on March 10. The ‘Bows were able to respond with a 6-5 win over the Golden Bears on March 29 in Honolulu. 

A win over Cal would propel the Rainbow Wahine to the NCAA Semifinals on Saturday, May 11 at Stanford with the Championship game set for Sunday, May 12.

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