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From left, first-year men’s soccer head coach Garrett Estrin, fourth-year women’s soccer head coach Chris Leonard and seventh-year head coach women’s soccer coach Gene Okamura. (Courtesy of UH-Hilo Athletics)

UH-Hilo Men’s And Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball Teams Started Practice This Week; Women’s Cross-Country Starts Training Next Week

The 2022 fall sports season at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo is underway.

The Vulcans men’s and women’s soccer teams and women’s volleyball team officially opened practice Monday morning, Aug. 8. The soccer teams will have two full weeks of fall camp before classes begin Aug. 22, while the volleyball squad will gear up quickly to open its non-conference season Friday, Aug. 19 on O‘ahu.

First-year men’s soccer coach Garrett Estrin got his team started fresh and early with a fitness test at Waiākea High School followed by an afternoon training session on the new turf on the new Vulcan Soccer Field.

The Vulcan men are split down the middle with 12 newcomers and 12 returnees after 17 departures — 11 to graduation — from a year ago. The incoming class includes nine freshman and two transfers.


With the conclusion of fall camp, the Vulcans will have another two weeks to prepare for their season opener for the first-ever home game on the new field. A field blessing is set to take place Friday, Sept. 2.

The men open their season against Cal Poly Humboldt on Sept. 4 before playing Westminster College of Utah on Sept. 9.

The UH-Hilo women’s soccer team, defending Pacific West Conference champion, started Monday with a blessing of Hilo rain on the new turf at the Vulcan Soccer Field.

The Vulcans return 18 players and will replace a dozen departures with an equal number of incoming new faces.


Seventh-year head coach Gene Okamura will prepare for a Sept. 1 season opener on O‘ahu on St. Louis Field at Chaminade University of Honolulu as part of a four-game road slate before playing the Vulcans’ first home game Sept. 17 against Hawai‘i Pacific University in a non-conference tilt.

Pacific West Conference play begins Sept. 26 for the women at home against Dominican University of California.

Heading into his fourth season at the helm, UH-Hilo women’s volleyball head coach Chris Leonard will have a quick turnaround. The Vulcans open their 2022 slate Aug. 19-20 during the Hawai‘i-Alaska Challenge on O‘ahu at Chaminade University’s and Hawai‘i Pacific University’s home courts.

The volleyball team then returns to O‘ahu a week later for a two-day, four-game slate as part of the inaugural Magic Island Hawai‘i Classic at the Honolulu Convention Center.


With seven departures from a season ago, the women’s volleyball team added an equal number of incoming players for Leonard’s largest recruit class during his tenure. The Vulcans squad also features 10 returning players.

Women’s cross country will begin training Aug. 15.

After a two-season stunted schedule, head coach Jamie Guerpo will have a full plate for the first time since 2019 with the Vulcans set to compete in six meets, including a late-October trip to Washington for the 2022 NCAA D2 Pre-Nationals.

The team’s opening meet Sept. 3 will continue a recent trend of traveling to O‘ahu for the Big Wave Invitational hosted by UH-Mānoa.

The Vulcans return five runners from a season ago with four additions — two of whom were previous members of the team in seasons prior.

Pricing and additional information for 2022-23 season tickets will be announced soon.

Vulcan home games will also again be streamed online this season. Pricing and information will be announced soon.

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