WVB: Free open practice, scrimmage Saturday; Wahine add 2 to roster


From UH:

University of Hawai’i women’s volleyball fans can get an early look at the 2023 edition of the Rainbow Wahine who will be hosting its second annual open practice and Green-White Scrimmage” at the SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center this Saturday at 1 p.m.

Admission is free. Fans must enter through the arena’s Security Entrance located on the first floor on the makai side of the arena. There will be no food or drinks available or allowed.

Hawai’i is receiving votes in the pre-season AVCA Coaches’ Poll. The 49 points puts UH unofficially at No. 31.

The Wahine open with the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic Aug. 25-27.  UH faces Northwestern on Friday at 7 p.m.. No. 13 San Diego on Saturday, also at 7 p.m., and No. 9 Oregon on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Link to poll below: Texas No. 1 with 44 first-place votes, No. 2 Wisconsin (7) and No. 3 Stanford (13).


Late transfers added this month are:
Colby Lane, 5-4 DS-L, out of McKinley transferring in from Seattle U.
Tyla Reese Mane, 6-1 OH, out of Aiea, transferring in from Casper (Wyo.) College.

Had been told earlier that Chandler Cowell as retiring from volleyball after knee injury but the 5-10 OH out of King Kekaulike on Maui is on the roster as a grad student.

Missing are
MB/Opp Tiffany Westerberg. According to her Instagram, she and husband expecting twins in October. This would have been her senior year.

OH Braelyn Akana (Kamehameha) has retired from volleyball Graduated last December. She would have been a senior.

Opp Annika De Goede has turned pro and is back in her homeland playing for VC Sneek in the Netherlands. She would have been a junior this year.

MB Anna Kiraly who has retired from volleyball. She would have been a junior.

Roster link below





  1. Much mahalos for the updates, Cindy! This year has some promising people. I’m hoping they will allow an all around attack and defense. So, what can Chandler do as a “graduate”? Would love to see her take the helm as the cheer leader. Her experience would be well expounded to the newcomers. GO BOWS!!!

  2. Wondering how come Paula and Amber didn’t play today? Noticed the Aiea girl wasn’t participating at all and sat on the bench.

    • My understanding is … to quote Coach Ah Mow, “They’re going to play. Just not today.” Translation: They know what Igiede and Guersching can do. Staff wanted to see other combinations and get some of the newcomers used to the arena and “a crowd.” Not sure about Reese Mane (Aiea). She was a late addition and possibly, as has been the case in the past, not cleared to participate due to paperwork issues. Community Colleges can be tricky, as we know (a la Annie Mitchem).

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