No. 10 Hawai‘i hosts final tournament

HONOLULU — The No. 10 University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team (4-2) hosts its third and final tournament this week, hosting the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational with St. Mary’s, Pacific and No. 9 Washington coming to town.

All three teams in the tournament have heavy ties to the state of Hawai‘i. St. Mary’s, UH’s opponent tomorrow, boasts three players who hail from O‘ahu high schools. Middle blocker Megan Burton and setter Kapua Kamana‘o both went to ‘Iolani School while outside hitter Chanteal Satele is a Word of Life alumnus.

Pacific, UH’s opponent on Friday, also has three players that call Hawai‘i home.

Juniors Dancyne Kama and Carly Hiramoto are graduates of Kamehameha-Hawai‘i and Punahou, respectively, while freshman Rebekah Torres went to Kamehameha.

Head Coach Charlie Wade spent 13 years as an assistant coach at Hawai‘i before taking the head job at Pacific. Washington, which plays’ UH on Saturday, has the 2005 Hawai‘i state player of the year in Kalani graduate and AVCA All-American Tamari Miyashiro.

Hawai‘i is coming off an undefeated weekend in last week’s volleyball challenge, defeating No. 12 Minnesota, Wyoming and Cincinnati to take the challenge title.

In the process, Kanani Herring earned tournament Most Outstanding Player honors with Aneli Cubi-Otineru and Tara Hittle taking all-tournament honors as well.

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