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Hawaii signs 2 for 2016 women’s volleyball season

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
UH Wahine head coach Dave Shoji rose from the bench to talk to his team during a time-out in the first set against UC Davis during Friday's match held at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Setter Norene Iosia and outside hitter Kirsten Sibley officially signed with the Hawaii women’s volleyball team on Wednesday, the first day of the National Letter of Intent signing period.

Iosia, a 5-foot 11 setter from Redondo Union (Calif.) High, has been an All-CIF selection the past three seasons and voted the 2012 National Freshman of the Year and 2014 National Junior of the Year by PrepVolleyball.com. She helped lead the Sea Hawks to the D1AA CIF and state championships last season and was part of American Samoa’s gold medal volleyball team at last summer’s Pacific Games.

Sibley,, a 6-2 outside hitter out of Campolindo (Calif), has been part of USA Volleyball Junior A1 National Training Team Program and played in the High Performance Championships in Tulsa, Okla. las summer. She earned all-area and all-league honors in both 2013 and ’14. She has helped to lead Campolindo to three-straight DFAL titles.

“Norene is one of the premiere setters coming out of this class,” Hawaii coach Dave Shoji said. “She’s wanted to come to Hawai’i for a long time and we’ve watched her closely over the years. She’s got great command of the game and has a lot of upside. She has beautiful hands and that’s a quality we like about her. She is a natural setter who has good location.”

“Kirsten is one of those hard to find players because she is a six-rotation player. Obviously she can hit and block, but she can also play back row. It’s hard to find players like her. She has size, a great work ethic, and she’s just going to get better and better. “

“We signed two quality players in this class which will help the program move forward.”

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