10. Queens of the Beach
The SandBows keep on breaking records. Senior Ari Homayun became the all-time wins leader in UH BVB history on March 30. She was able to get her 104th career win, pushing her name past former UH volleyball greats Nikki Taylor and Ka‘iwi Schucht for sole possession on the school’s all-time wins list. Her teammates junior Morgan Martin and freshman Pani Napoleon also put their names into the books as they were able to win a school record of 40 consecutive sets.
9. Return of the run-and-shoot
This past season, head coach Nick Rolovich brought back the vaunted run-and-shoot offense. The old run-and-shoot offenses at Hawai’i had created legendary numbers, and its effects were immediately felt on this year’s team. Quarterback Cole McDonald gave us a preview in the first game of the year, exploding for 418 yards and 3 touchdowns. His form continued well into the year, as he finished the season ranked 8th nationally in passing yards (3,875) and 6th in the country in passing touchdowns (36). His top receiver John Ursua also enjoyed a successful year, leading the country in receiving touchdowns (16) and finishing 5th in receiving yards (1,343).
8. Streaking not allowed
No. 19 UC Irvine was looking to ride to a quick game 1 victory on the back of starting pitcher Andre Pallante. Pallante, a top MLB prospect, entered the game having not given up a run in 25 innings. Junior Tyler Murray apparently didn’t get the memo. With the bases loaded, Murray smacked a well-hit ball to right field, sending two ‘Bows runners home and breaking up Pallante’s streak. UH went on to score eight more runs that game to pick up an upset over UC Irvine in the Big West opener.
7. King of the court
Senior forward Jack Purchase surpassed Zane Johnson to claim the title of being the all-time 3-pointer king. This record came about as the Rainbow Warriors defeated UC Riverside on February 17. During his time at UH he shot 36.5% from beyond the arc, finishing with 199 career 3-pointers. He established himself as one of the leaders of the team, averaging 11.5 points per game in his final year.
6. Ice in his veins
Junior pitcher Logan Pouelsen is a jack of all trades, but certainly not a master of none. In game 2 of the series against Cal State Fullerton, the ‘Bows trailed by two runs in the bottom of the ninth. With the team looking for some late heroics, Pouelsen stepped up and called game. He stepped up to the plate as a pinch hitter and promptly blasted a three-run walk-off home run deep to right field to lift the Rainbow Warriors over the defending Big West Champions. The next day, Pouelsen started on the mound for the Rainbow Warriors, pitching the team to a series-clinching victory over the Titans.
5. The streak continues
The Rainbow Wahine pushed No. 25 Baylor to the limit, almost completing the upset victory in the 2018 NCAA tournament in the first round in their lone match of the tournament. Senior libero Tita Akiu played a historic game, racking up 34 digs, a UH single-match program record. This was the Wahine’s 37th NCAA Tournament appearance, and 26th straight.
4. Cordeiro works his magic
Trailing 28-13 in the 4th quarter on Senior Night, freshman quarterback Chevan Cordeiro was inserted into the game to provide a spark for the team. He wasted no time in doing so, leading the ‘Bows on three consecutive scoring drives to take a 35-28 lead over UNLV. All three touchdown passes came on throws of over 20 yards, with two being longer than 60 yards. Cordeiro finished the game with 153 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 5 pass attempts.
3. 1000 wins
After 28 seasons as the leader of the University of Hawai’i softball program, head coach Bob Coolen reached 1,000 wins with a sweep over UC Santa Barbara. Coolen became the fourth coach in UH history to surpass the 1,000-win mark, joining the likes of Jim Schwitters (men’s/women’s tennis - 1,327 wins), Dave Shoji (women’s volleyball - 1,202) and Les Murakami (baseball - 1,079 wins). He is UH’s all-time winningest softball coach in the 35-year history of the program and is the second longest tenured coach at the University of Hawai‘i behind only sailing head coach Andy Johnson, who just finished his 29th year.
2. Historic for MVB
The Rainbow Warrior men’s volleyball team started the season in historic fashion. The ‘Bows stormed through the schedule, racing out to a program-best 25-0 start. During the 25 game win streak, Hawai‘i never lost a set, winning an NCAA-record 74 consecutive sets. The team’s efforts were rewarded with two sold-out games this year at the Stan Sheriff Center. The last time men’s volleyball had a sellout was in 1997.
1. Sweet Victory
The Rainbow Warrior volleyball team avenged their only losses of the season, defeating defending NCAA and Big West champion Long Beach State to secure their first-ever Big West tournament title, winning the trophy at home in front of a sold-out crowd of Mānoa Maniacs. They were lead by senior outside hitter Stjin van Tilburg, who had a match-high 25 kills and snatched up the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award. The win guaranteed a spot in the NCAA volleyball tournament.