By Tiff Wells.
November 7: A date so good we just had to go with two different years!
In 1988, it was the first of a two-match series for Hawai`i at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. In this five-set victory, the Rainbow Wahine set three pre-rally scoring single match records that continue to stand today as program records amidst the rally scoring era: total number of kills in a match (119), total number of kill attempts in a match (329) and total number of digs in a match (223). That 223 number still stands today as the national dig record.
In 1979, it’s year six of the volleyball program and for the Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine, many considered them be one of the favorites to win the national title. Among the nations’ elite, they had finished second or third at the AIAW Nationals from 1975-78. The defending national champions, Utah State, came to Klum gym for a two-match series. In one of the more crazy and bizarre matches that UH has ever been involved in, the Bows forced a winner take all fifth set after being down in the match by two sets. Late coming onto the floor to begin that fifth set, the Aggies received a penalty from the referees. That penalty was a charged time out. USU protested the loss of that timeout by walking out of Klum Gym and planned to forfeit the match. Then Athletics Director, the late Dr. Donnis Thompson left the gym and convinced Utah State to re-enter and finish out the match. The Aggies came back into the gym, greeted by both the crowd (led by UH’s student-driven group, known as the Bow-Zows) and the humid conditions that were synonymous with Klum gym. Hawai`i won the fifth set 15-7 to complete the comeback victory.
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