Hawaii_Rainbow_Wahine_volleyball

Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball

The Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball team is the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball team for the University of Hawaii. The team has won four national championships: one AIAW title and three NCAA Division 1 titles. They have made many post-season appearances in the NCAA volleyball tournament. The program has produced Olympians, All-Americans, and all-conference players, as well as two national players of the year since 1996.

Staff

As of 2008

  • Head Coach: Dave Shoji
  • Assistant Coach: Kari Ambrozich
  • Assistant Coach: Mike Sealy
  • Assistant Coach: Ryan Tsuji

Dave Shoji has been head coach of the Rainbow Wahine Volleyball team since 1975. He is currently (as of 2007) the second winningest Division I women's volleyball head coach by total victories. He is a member of the NCAA volleyball division I 25th anniversary team. He has been named as one of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I volleyball regional coaches of the year and the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) conference coach of the year numerous times.

History and team facts

Head coach

  • 1974: Alan Kang
  • 1975-present: Dave Shoji

League

Conference

Home court

National championships

  • 1979: AIAW by defeating Utah State
  • 1982: NCAA by defeating USC
  • 1983: NCAA by defeating UCLA
  • 1987: NCAA by defeating Stanford

Notable players

  • Reydan "Tita" Ahuna - Former head coach of Hawaii Pacific University women's volleyball team (2000 & 1998 NCAA Division II National Championship, 1990 NAIA National Championship)
  • Robyn Ah Mow (now Robyn Ah Mow-Santos) - USA Olympics indoor women's volleyball team member (2000, 2004, 2008)
  • Heather Bown - USA Olympics indoor women's volleyball team member (2000, 2004, 2008), 2-time 1st Team AVCA All-American. 2-time WAC Player of the Year (1998, 1999)
  • Deitre Collins - USA Olympics indoor women's volleyball team member (1988, 1992), winner of the Honda-Broderick Cup (1982-83 season), current head coach of Cornell University women's volleyball team, member of the NCAA volleyball division I 25th anniversary team.
  • Angelica Ljungquist - AVCA National Player of the Year (1996), 4-time AVCA All-American, 1995 Big West Player of the Year, 1996 WAC Player of the Year.
  • Marilyn Moniz-Kahoohanohano - University of Hawaii Associate Athletics Director - Senior Woman Administrator (currently oversees, among other things, the women's volleyball program)
  • Tonya "Teee" Williams - USA Olympics indoor women's volleyball team member (1992, 1996), 2-time AVCA National Player of the Year (1987, 1989).
  • Kim Willoughby - USA Olympics indoor women's volleyball team member (2008), AVCA National Player of the Year (2003), 3-time AVCA 1st Team All-American (2001-2003), 3-time WAC Player of the Year. Holds NCAA record for kills in a single season.
  • Kanoe Kamanao- 4-time AVCA All-American, all-time assist leader at Hawaii, 3-time WAC Player of the Year (2004-2006), 2003 AVCA National Freshman of the Year.

References

Notes

  1. NCAA Volleyball Record Book (2005), p. 106-107
  2. NCAA Division I Volleyball 25th Anniversary Team
  3. "Assistant coach helped unite Wahine", Honolulu Star Bulletin, November 10, 1999
  4. The Big West Conference Volleyball Records Book, p.43
  5. Hawaii Pacific University Athletics Department, Tita Ahuna
  6. Hawaii Pacific University Athletics Department, Volleyball history
  7. Cornell University Athletics Department, Deidre Collins
  8. (Honda-)Broderick Award winners
  9. NCAA Division I Volleyball 25th Anniversary Team
  10. University of Hawaii Athletics Department, Marilyn Moniz-Kahoohanohano

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