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Taylor, Magill named to the AVCA All-America team

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / NOV. 15 Hawaii’s Nikki Taylor, left, and Olivia Magill blocked UC Davis hitter Kaylin Squyres during the third set on Nov. 15 in Davis, Calif.

Hawaii junior opposite Nikki Taylor and senior middle Olivia Magill were named to the AVCA All-America team announced this morning, the 55th and 56th certificates for the Rainbow Wahine volleyball program.

Taylor, a two-time beach volleyball All-American, was named to the 14-member second team and Magill, an honorable mention last season, to the 14-member third team. Hawaii (29-2) was eliminated in the regional final last Saturday by second-seeded Minnesota.

Taylor, the Big West player of the year, ranked in the top 50 nationally this season in five categories (points average, kill average, ace average, total points and total aces). The Kaiser High product finished the year with team highs of 468 kills — nine shy of 1,000 for her career — 44 aces and 575.5 points.

Magill, one of just two Rainbow Wahine to start all 31 matches, was ranked in the top 20 nationally in blocks and hitting percentage. The transfer from Arizona led the Big West in blocks (153) and hitting percentage (.412), and was second on the team to Taylor in kills (281) and points (366.5).

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  • The 2 superstars on this year’s team. No one presently on the team measures up to Magill who shined in spite of horrible sets from Higgins. Unless another power hitter is added (no one else presently on the team meets that criteria)and Higgins is replaced, next season will not be as good.

        • It is your overall negative comments that is hard to accept. Instead of praise, you continue to be a superstar in your own mind and know everything bad about the team and coaches. As I asked before, do you have any friends? Another poster responded that you do, “yourself”.

      • Why is it a negative when I point out stuff that should be obvious? You’re in the same boat as others who called me negative when I pointed out how bad Chow was years ago (and how did that end?) I love UH athletics and has been a supporter for many years but I don’t engage in idol worship nor bury my head in the sand. I have consistently stated that Shoji was great and stands as the greatest coach in UH history, regardless of sports. But it seems fairly obvious his greatest days are behind him and his stay is going to hurt UH volleyball going forward. I don’t advocate firing him and he has the right to stay as long as he wants, just don’t think that’s the right thing to do for the program

        • Okay. You can give your opinion and thoughts regardless if negative. Have a nice day and life. It is the holiday season. Enjoy.

  • Congratulations to both players – a reflection of this year’s season. I hate to imagine what the voting would have been like had Hawaii not made it to the Elite 8?!

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