Rainbow Warriors/Wahine watch
Saturday: Hawaii (0-2) at Nevada (1-2), 2 p.m. HST
What/where: Mountain West Conference opener for both/Mackay Stadium; Reno, Nev.
TV: Oceanic Time Warner pay-per-view (Ch. 255)
Radio: 790 AM
Line: Nevada favored by 10
Notes: A young University of Hawaii offense has struggled this season in losses to Southern Cal and at Oregon State, averaging 13.5 points and 235.0 yards per game, including only 46 on the ground. … Nevada was humbled last week in a 62-7 loss to then-No. 10 Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla., in which the Seminoles rushed for 377 yards and six touchdowns. Nevada also was gashed for 345 yards and five touchdowns in its opener, a 58-20 loss at then-No. 21 UCLA. Including a 36-7 home victory against Cal Davis of the Football Championship Subdivision on Sept. 7, Nevada has allowed 1,560 yards of offense in three games. … Coming off a bye week, the Rainbow Warriors could get a boost with the return of running back Joey Iosefa and wide receiver Billy Ray Stutzmann, who are both cleared to play for the first time this season. Stutzmann, a senior from Honolulu, has led the team in receiving the past two seasons and has caught at least one pass in 23 straight games played, while Iosefa, a junior, has rushed for 1,108 career yards. … Junior quarterback Taylor Graham, a transfer from Ohio State, threw four interceptions in the opener against the Trojans, and then amassed only 95 yards through the air on 20 pass attempts against the Beavers. … Defensively, Hawaii has surrendered a league-high 311.5 yards per game passing. … Nevada dual-threat quarterback Cody Fajardo is 2-0 in his career against Hawaii. The junior has surpassed 100 yards rushing in a game seven times and needs 43 more yards to reach 2,000 for his career. He also needs 104 yards passing to surpass 5,000 for his career. … The Wolf Pack, under first-year head coach Jim Hofher, returned 14 starters off a 2012 team that finished 7-6 …. Hawaii has lost eight straight road games dating back to 2011 and is trying to avoid its first 0-3 start since 2000. … Hawaii leads the all-time series 9-8, but Nevada is 5-1 in Reno. … Last season, the Wolf Pack won 69-24 in Honolulu, UH’s biggest loss at home in a league game. … On Wednesday, Hawaii announced a three-game series with Wisconsin, with games in Madison, Wisc., scheduled for 2015 and 2022. The teams will meet in Honolulu in 2021.
Today: No. 7 Hawaii (8-1) vs. South Dakota State (9-3), 3 p.m. HST
Friday: UH vs. No. 23 Creighton (7-2), noon
Saturday: UH vs. Wichita State (9-1), 2:30 p.m.
What/where: Shocker Volleyball Classic/Wichita, Kan.
Notes: Winners of six in a row, the Rainbow Wahine will look for their fourth tournament title in as many tries, but the trip to Kansas will represent their first matches this season on the road … Setter Mita Uiato is the reigning Big West Conference Player of the Week. The senior helped UH claim the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Volleyball Challenge last weekend as the Rainbow Wahine rose three spots in the polls … Senior All-America outside hitter Emily Hartong is ninth in the country, averaging 4.88 kills per set, while sophomore middle blocker Jade Vorster is hitting at a .510 rate, which is third in the nation. Junior hitter Kalei Adolpho is second in the Big West with a .422 attack percentage. … Freshman outside Nikki Taylor also has provided a boost. She’s played in all nine matches and is third on the team in kills.
Friday: Hawaii (3-3) at Arizona (4-1-1), 4 p.m. HST in Tucson, Ariz.
Sunday: UH at Northern Arizona (4-0-3), 9 a.m. HST in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Notes: The Rainbow Wahine’s 2-0 home loss Sunday against Portland State snapped a three-match winning streak, but Hawaii has played well on the road this season, including victories against Oregon and Oregon State of the Pacific-12. … The last time UH won three straight on the road was 2004. … Junior forward Tiana Fujimoto, who netted a hat trick last Saturday in a 4-1 win against Idaho State, is eighth all-time on the school’s career goals list (15) and she’s 10th in points scored (33). … Arizona of the Pac-12 can match its win total from last season with two more victories. … Northern Arizona has received goals from seven different players during its unbeaten start.
Note: The UH women opened their season with a sixth-place finish Tuesday at the Bronco Fall Classic in Kuna, Idaho. Freshman Izzy Leung carded a 2-over 218 and finished three strokes behind the medalist.
Note: Senior Kevyn Murphy came in third to pace the Rainbow Wahine on Saturday at their Big Wave Invitational in Kaneohe, Oahu. … UNLV, the only other Division I team in the field, took first in the team race, edging UH by three points.
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