Rainbow Wahine Volleyball will make their long awaited return this weekend with three matches starting with Fairfield on Friday


Braelyn Akana // Hawaii Athletics

The preseason Big West favorite University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball team opens the season in the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic on Friday against Fairfield. The Rainbow Wahine will end a 623 day stretch between competitions against the Stags. Hawai’i will also compete against Marquette on Saturday and close the tournament with Texas A&M on Sunday.Hawai’i returns three All-Big West honorees from the 2019 team, including first-team middle blocker selections  Amber Igiede and Skyler Williams

The Rainbow Wahine will curb a 623 day stretch without playing a competitive match when they take the court against Fairfield on Aug. 27. The last match Hawai’i played in was in the 2019 NCAA Regional against Nebraska. 

The Big West canceled the 2020-21 women’s volleyball season on December 10, 2020. The Big West and the Ivy League were the only two D-I conferences to cancel the fall sports season in 2020-21. 

23 different schools did not compete in women’s volleyball in 2020-21, all 11 Big West schools, all 8 Ivy League schools and Saint Francis (NEC), Saint Peter’s (MAAC), Alabama A&M and Alabama State (SWAC). 

Five different Rainbow Wahine trained or competed with the BeachBows program this past spring. Highlighted by No. 1/2 pairing Brooke Van Sickle and Amber Igiede, the BeachBows finished runner-up in the Big West at the conference tournament.

SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center dons a new name for the 2021 women’s volleyball season, but The Stan still holds the same prestige as it did before the November 2020 partnership with Bank of Hawai’i.

Hawai’i continues to post the top fan attendance in the nation, ranking third overall in average attendance in 2019 with 6,684 fans per match. The best fans in the country have helped the Rainbow Wahine hold one of the top three attendance records for decades.

The Rainbow Wahine were picked to win the conference by the Big West coaches. The defending champions from 2019 received seven first place votes and 117 total points. Cal Poly received four first place votes and 11 total points.

Hawai’i is the second-tallest team in the Big West in 2021, with an average height of 71.82 inches. The tallest team, Cal Poly, has an average height of 71.91 inches, 0.09 inches taller, or 2.23 millimeters taller. 

HAWAI’I (0-0, 0-0 Big West) in Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic
Date | Time | Opponentvs Fairfield – Friday, August 27, 7:00 p.m. HT
vs Marquette – Saturday, August 28, 7:00 p.m. HT
vs Texas A&M – Sunday, August 29, 5:00 p.m. HT
LocationHonolulu, O’ahu — SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center
TVSpectrum OC16 | Kanoa Leahey (play-by-play), Lisa Strand (analyst)
Live StreamESPN+
RadioESPN Honolulu / Sideline Hawaii App
Live StatsHawaiiAthletics.com
Game NotesHawai’i (PDF) | Fairfield | Marquette (PDF) | Texas A&M (PDF)
InterviewsStudent-Athlete Interviews
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