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Hartong is national player of the week

By Ann Miller


If Emily Hartong keeps accomplishing the improbable for ninth-ranked Hawaii, the volleyball awards might run out before her right arm.

Tuesday, the junior became the first Rainbow Wahine in six years to be recognized as Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week. The second-team All-American averaged nearly seven kills a set in Hawaii’s road wins last week, earning Big West Conference Player of the Week honors for the third time this season.

Hartong’s 62 kills, including a career-high 33 against Long Beach State, and 31 digs were not her most compelling numbers.

With Jane Croson out the past seven matches, Hawaii has set Hartong relentlessly. Its attack is beyond predictable, allowing blockers to shadow Hartong everywhere she goes. Still, she hit nearly .300 last week, and lived to talk about a trip where she took 158 swings in wins at Long Beach State and UC Irvine.

“So far she has been a wind-up toy, wind her up and let her go,” said UH coach Dave Shoji, who moved Hartong from the middle to the outside this year, and could switch her from left side to right this week. “She’s durable and gets better as the game goes on. … She seems to get stronger as everyone else gets tired. She’s in tremendous shape.”

Hartong’s five fifth-set kills Saturday at Irvine proved his point, and proved to be the difference. This week, when Hawaii hosts UC Santa Barbara on Thursday and Cal Poly on Saturday, more help could be on the way.

At Stan Sheriff Center

>> Thursday: 7 p.m., No. 9 Hawaii (19-2, 12-0 Big West) vs. UC Santa Barbara (13-12, 6-4)
>> Saturday: 7 p.m., No. 9 Hawaii vs. Cal Poly (3-19, 2-8)
>> TV: Live on OC Sports, Ch. 16
>> Radio: Live on KKEA, 1420-AM, Thursday and KHKA, 1500-AM, Saturday

As of Tuesday, Jane Croson had one more obligation to fulfill before getting cleared to play. She has been on suspension since the beginning of the month, for breaking unspecified team rules. But Croson came back to practice last week and could be cleared to play by today. She averages just under four kills and, despite missing seven matches, still has 125 more hitting attempts than any Wahine aside from Hartong.

Shoji, whose team is in the midst of an NCAA-best 67-match conference winning streak, is not apologizing for piling on Hartong.

“This is not AYSO soccer,” he said. “You don’t set left-middle-right, left-middle-right, you set the person who can get you the kill. You want to be fairly balanced, but when the chips are down, Hartong’s getting the ball. It was the same thing last year with Kanani (Danielson).”

Hartong leads the Big West, and is eighth nationally, at 4.6 kills a set. Career highs in kills and digs — twice — last week gave her six double-doubles this year.

Freshman Tai Manu-Olevao, activated when Croson was suspended, injured her ankle in practice Tuesday but is expected back on a limited basis today.

Hawaii remained 18th in the NCAA power ranking. Stanford, which lost to Hawaii in August, is No. 1 and among five Pac-12 teams in the top 14.

Shoji said he figures his team has one shot at a top-16 seeding and staying home for an NCAA subregional.

“I think we have to win out, and if we do I think we’re deserving,” he said. “We have a win over the
No. 1 RPI team in the country. That has to help us.”

>> Three freshmen lead Big West statistics, with Hawaii’s Jade Vorster first in hitting (.382), UCSB’s Taylor Formico in digs (5.92) and UC Riverside’s Emily Borges in assists (10.6). The Wahine lead the league in hitting (.268) by 48 points and are also first in assists and kills, and second in blocks (2.60). All those marks are top 40 nationally.

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Grammy wrote:
Emily has been the Rock for the Wahine for sure. She's also been the target of every opponent's block whether she's in the front row - left or right - and backrow, too. And while she picks up her game when everyone including the opponents are starting to tire, the rest of the team must stay with her or some other team is going to find 'just enough in themselves' to win out. I think we will win out in conference, but the NCAA's are another question altogether. I'm confident and hopeful that Coach Dave, the starters and the bench will never give up and when the time comes will 'step up', too. Go Wahine! And Jane you're 'rested' and I know you're 'hungry' and I'm sure you got the talent and desire to change the situation by taking the court, so you go, Girl!
on October 31,2012 | 06:06AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Well deserved award for Emily. Good person on and off the court.
on October 31,2012 | 06:55AM
Anonymous wrote:
Since the conferences breakups and universities sending their teams to different conferences, I have a wishful proposal. Why can' t the Wahine volleyball join the PAC-12? Like football teams only,( Boise) being sent to power conferences, why can't the Wahine?
on October 31,2012 | 07:27AM
lowtone123 wrote:
As successful as the Wahine are, football is what drives the bus. At the end of the day it's about the money and football brings in the money. The PAC-12 would never agree to invite a school as a volleyball only member. All the current PAC-12 members are in for all sports, mens and womens.
on October 31,2012 | 10:42AM
lowtone123 wrote:
except men's volleyball which is in the MPSF.
on October 31,2012 | 10:44AM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Pretty awesome= pretty awesome!
on October 31,2012 | 12:34PM
wlsc wrote:
besides getting better and better as a player since she came, she is also prettier and prettier as a woman.
on October 31,2012 | 01:01PM
Hiroaki23 wrote:
No doubt Hartong deserves the accolades but when she gets 80% of the sets, she needs to produce or Wahine won't win. Still want to see the middles, especially Kalei get more sets but that won't happen unless Mita is benched. Still think Stauber deserves a starting shot; she sets the middles more and seems to better evenly distribute the sets than Mita. If JC does play this week, then the outside will probably be more balanced but then Kaela who is playing real well will go back to the bench again.
on October 31,2012 | 03:06PM
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on October 31,2012 | 06:51PM
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