Big West Conference announces postponement of its fall sports

  • Hawaii women's volleyball players Brooke Van Sickle, Skyler Williams and Jolie Rasmussen found out Wednesday that their season had been postponed. (University of Hawaii Athletic Department/Courtesy Photo)

It’s official. There will be no college volleyball in Hawaii the remainder of the year.

The Big West Conference on Wednesday postponed the fall sports season because of COVID-19 concerns, putting Rainbow Wahine volleyball on hold as well as UH women’s soccer and women’s cross-country.

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“While we are heartbroken for our student-athletes, coaches and fans, we fully support this decision,” Hawaii athletics director David Matlin said in a release. “This is an extremely challenging time. However, by showing aloha and support for each other, I am confident that we will get through this together.”

The decision does not impact football, since Hawaii is a member of the Mountain West conference, nor Big West men’s and women’s basketball.

“The decision on whether fall sports competition would be feasible in the spring will be determined by the (Big West) Board of Directors at a later date and be based on conditions and circumstances that are in the best interests of the student-athletes,” UH’s statement said.

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Because of the move, competitive schedules for men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s tennis also will be postponed before they are scheduled to pick up in the spring.

Last week, the Pacific West Conference — which includes Division II schools UH-Hilo, Hawaii Pacific and Chaminade —postponed fall sports until the spring.

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