Don’t look now, but the University of Hawaii women’s volleyball season was supposed to start next week. But with the Big West postponing the season at least until spring, it’s going to be a very strange and sad next few weeks for Rainbow Wahine fans.
Today, however, we turn back the clock to relive one of the best moments in UH women’s volleyball history: Legendary Rainbow Wahine head coach Dave Shoji’s 1,000th career win. It happened on Oct. 18, 2009, and Hawaii defeated a game but outgunned New Mexico State team, 25-13, 22-25, 25-21, 25-8 in front of a packed house at Stan Sheriff Center. Kanani Danielson and Aneli Cubi-Otineru led the Rainbow Wahine attack with 15 kills apiece, and Liz Ka‘aihue had a season-high 25 digs. Brittany Hewitt’s emphatic block was the final point of the match, and Shoji became just the second coach in NCAA volleyball history to reach 1,000 victories.
Below are videos of the match’s final moments plus the post-match ceremonies for Coach Shoji. Enjoy!
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