Jordan Queja, Mililani ’09: The Temple senior had reached base in 32 consecutive games, dating back to last season before going 0-for-4 with a sacrifice bunt in a 2-1 loss to Virginia Commonwealth on Friday.
The thrill was the same and the excitement was just as great. But, Whitworth senior Kaimi Rocha admits, winning a second straight Northwest Conference volleyball championship was also a sense of relief.
Hanalei Crowell calls the final water polo tournament of her career bittersweet. "I'm kind of bummed, but I'm definitely excited too," she said. "I'm stoked that we got this far, but it's also been a long trip."
Normally, college students prefer to have as much free time as possible during finals week. Tri Bourne and Riley McKibbin hope to take their last exams at Southern California during the most stressful week of their lives.
A look at what Hawaii's athletes are doing in football, baseball, men's golf, women's golf, softball, women's tennis, men's track & field, women's track & field, men's volleyball and women's water polo
One team that doesn't have any sympathy for the Hawaii Rainbows is their opponent this weekend.
UH finishes a stretch of nine baseball games in 11 days with a four-game series against Portland, which can do the 'Bows one better.
Brooke Doane's senior year included a special trip back home. The 2007 Kamehameha graduate, now a senior on the Cal State Northridge women's tennis team, spent the past week competing in Hawaii, taking on three local colleges.
Two local softball players are helping New Mexico State make its case for a national ranking.
Senior first baseman Hoku Nohara, a 2007 Kamehameha graduate, and sophomore Tehani Ka'aihue, a 2009 Kapolei graduate, have led the Aggies to a 10-2 start to open the 2011 season.
Between the Hawaii Club, Sigma Chi Fraternity, a part-time job and pursuing a double major in computer science and oceanography, it's hard to imagine Caine Jette also has time to pursue a national championship in men's volleyball.
Iwalani Rodrigues was greeted by something other than basketball at Utah.
"My day would start at 7 a.m. and go until 9 o'clock at night," she said. "Just school and meetings all day. It was really tough."
Andrew Manley hasn't spent a lot of time waiting around in his football career. Even so, patience may still be a valued ally. Just as in high school, Manley — now a freshman quarterback at New Mexico State — wasn't wtching very long before being sent into action.
Oregon State senior safety Suaesi Tuimaunei (Kahuku '06) had seven tackles, including one for loss, and a forced fumble in a 17-14 loss to UCLA on Saturday. Brandon Hardin (Kamehameha '07) added two tackles and Aaron Nichols (Kamehameha '06) had two catches for 21 yards in the loss.
On Saturday night, Kama Bailey will stand on the visiting sideline and feel right at home. The Idaho running back will make his second appearance as a Vandal at Aloha Stadium, but unlike his four teammates from Hawaii, he'll feel just a little more comfortable with his surroundings.
With two years of eligibility left, Jordan Meredith had enough time to make a change.
The 2008 Kamehameha graduate left the Boston College women's volleyball team before the end of last season, deciding to transfer to Rice for her junior year.
It doesn't matter if it's a quarterback, a fullback or an offensive lineman. If you're in the way of Colorado linebackers B.J. Beatty and Michael Sipili, you're going to get hit -- hard. The two seniors bring a toughness to the field that the entire Buffaloes defense feeds off.