Coming Soon .... Beach Bows
Fortunately for Hawai`i volleyball fans the University of Hawai`i has a beach program that fills that void between the end of the indoor season and the next fall camp.
So far the Wahine Beach Bows have been a very successful program in a sport that has been around for years but fairly new to the college scene. This year the NCAA will sponsor the first NCAA Championship and whatever the NCAA gets involved in usually turns into crap and reeks of favoritism and rigged tournaments.
The Big West Conference has also added beach volleyball as a conference sport and we will see the first Big West Championship April 22nd & 23rd at Huntington Beach, CA. The winner will get the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama, May 6-8.
Currently the Big West teams participating are...Cal Poly, CSUN, Long Beach State, Hawai‘i. plus associate members in beach volleyball CSU Bakersfield and Sacramento State.
Head coach Jeff Hall and staff have recruited some top high school beach players in the off season but we will not see them until the 2017 season so it is hard to say what this 2016 team will be like.
The 2016 roster has talent but so far some of that talent has yet to translated into beach success in terms of wins except for Katie Spieler and Nikki Taylor.
The Wahine 2016 season will get underway March 3-5 against USC, UCLA, Long Beach State and Pepperdine in the 2016 Pepperdine Kickoff Tournament to be held at Zuma Beach, CA.