By Cindy Luis
Part of UH's release from this morning. read the rest at uhathletics.com
The University of Hawai'i women's sand volleyball is gearing up for its third season of NCAA competition after wrapping up fall training in November. The Rainbow Wahine spent five straight weeks of training in preparation for the regular season which commences in March 2014.
A total of 14 student-athletes—six returnees and eight newcomers—conducted camp on its new sand practice courts, part of the TC Ching Athletics Complex that is nearing completion.
g the returnees on this season's squad are Ashley Johnson, Karlee Riggs, Katie Spieler, Olivia Urbanand Ku`ulei Zalopany. Brittany Tiegs will make her much-anticipated debut in 2014. She redshirted last year after transferring from Florida State, where she earned All-America honors as a Seminole.
Meanwhile, eight newcomers hit the sand this fall—Emily Carman, London Chow, Karissa Cook, Kelsi Delgado, Hannah Rooks, Sydney Shinn, Mikayla Tucker and Hannah Zalopany.
"I really like our squad this year," Wong said. "We're bigger and more physical with a group of newcomers who have a lot of potential."
The team will be further boosted by nearly a half dozen indoor players who join the fold once spring training rolls around. And less than a week after fall camp ended the Rainbow Wahine received a national letter of intent from Kendra Koelsch from Huntington Beach High School in California. The 6-1 Koelsch and her partner recently finished fourth at the 2013 Club Beach Volleyball National Championship. She will suit up for the Rainbow Wahine in 2015
UH will host at least two tournaments this spring with Stanford, USC, Loyola Marymount, Arizona, Nebraska and defending national champions Long Beach State among the team's slated to come to the islands. A complete 2014 schedule will be announced later.