Despite the shortage of practice gyms due to the recent flood, both teams have been working hard for their season openers in late November. Gym II, which was the main practice facility for the men's and women's teams, was flooded and is unusable. Both teams have been pushed to the Stan Sheriff Center and Gym I.
Heading the Rainbow Wahine is first-year coach Jim Bolla. The former UNLV skipper takes over the Rainbow Wahine from long-time coach Vince Goo, who retired following last season.
Bolla inherits four starters and 12 letterwinners including all-WAC forward Jade Abele, who averaged 14.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game a year ago. Also returning is point guard Janevia Taylor, a WAC all-freshman team member last season.
The Rainbow Wahine, with a roster of 19 players, have been preparing for their season opener against Santa Clara, Nov. 26, on the opening night of the prestigious Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic.
Head coach Riley Wallace and his Rainbow Warriors are preparing for their exhibition game against intra-state rival UH-Hilo, Sunday, Nov. 14. The 'Bows officially open the 2004-05 season against Mississippi Valley State, Nov. 23.
Earlier this week, Wallace welcomed back center Chris Botez and point guard Kris Groce, who each suffered a sprained knee and missed several days of practice. Senior reserve forward Vaidotas Peciukas is still recovering from a torn MCL, which required surgery. He will likely return to action within the next month.