Link to schedule above, UH story link below. Wahine have not updated the roster for fall 2023
On paper, a good RPI-boosting preseason. Unfortunate that a conflict with Wahine basketball didn’t allow for UH to host the inaugural Big West WVB tournament. Irritating that Beach gets to host this, the men’s BWCT as well as the MVB NCAA at the way-too-small Pyramid. But I digress.
It includes 17 home matches at the SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center, 10 away and two neutral site matches. Hawai’i’s preseason schedule features six “Power Five” opponents and eight of 10 preseason matches are against teams that advanced to the post-season in 2022. After the 2023 regular season, the top six teams in the conference will compete in the inaugural Big West Championship (Nov. 22, 24-25) in Long Beach, Calif.
The Wahine open the season with a the 33rd Annual Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic (Aug. 25-27). UH will open against Northwestern before taking on San Diego, which finished ranked No. 3 in the final 2022 AVCA poll after advancing to the NCAA semifinals. The Rainbow Wahine will battle Oregon in the tourney finale. The Ducks finished last season ranked No. 7 after making it to the NCAA quarterfinals.
For the third-straight season, Hawai’i will take on USC in a two-game series on Aug. 31 and Sept. 2. The ‘Bows and Trojans have split their last two series. Last season, UH mounted an epic come back for a thrilling, reverse-sweep victory over USC. The Trojans advanced to the NCAA second round.
Hawai’i will end its home, non-conference schedule by hosting the 26th OUTRIGGER Volleyball Challenge (Sept. 7-10). UH opens with will defending Atlantic Sun champion, Liberty followed by Pepperdine, which is coached by former UH associate coach, Scott Wong.
On Sunday, the Wahine will conclude their home pre-season slate against longtime rival UCLA led by first-year head coach and former UH men’s volleyball standout, Alfie Reft.
The Rainbow Wahine will then head to Fort Worth, Texas, to compete in the Fight in the Fort tournament. Hawai’i opens against host, TCU (Sept. 14), followed by Western Carolina (Sept. 15 and Florida State (Sept. 16). The Horned Frogs, Catamounts and Seminoles all advanced to the post-season in 2022 with TCU and FSU playing in the NCAA Tournament and WCU advancing to the quarterfinals of the NIVT tourney.
Hawai’i will return to Honolulu to begin defense of their three-consecutive Big West titles with its conference opener against Cal State Bakersfield on Friday (Sept. 22) followed by CSUN on Sunday (Sept. 24).
The top six teams in the conference will then compete in the first Big West Women’s Volleyball Championship (Nov. 23-25). The top two seeds earn an automatic bye into the semifinal round.