Back pain and waning passion cost UH the star middle blocker
POSTED: 10:46 p.m. HST, Feb 26, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 11:44 p.m. HST, Feb 26, 2012
Hawaii's Brittany Hewitt will not play her senior volleyball season, citing back pain and diminishing passion for the game.
"I never had a huge love for the game, but I enjoyed playing," Hewitt said. "It was not the same as the other girls. I've never chosen to play on the weekend, maybe because I didn't grow up with volleyball. But a majority of it was my body — how much pain my body went through during the season. I figured if I wanted to preserve my body a little bit I better start now."
Hewitt will graduate in May. She redshirted her first year and led the Rainbow Wahine in blocking all three seasons she played, earning all-conference honors
The 6-foot-3 middle blocker from Idaho ranked in the top 20 nationally in blocking those years, leading the NCAA as a sophomore and earning second-team All-America honors.