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Spieler-Maglio named All-Americans, SandBows finish No. 4

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    University of Hawaii’s Katie Spieler made a dig during the match against USC at the Aloha Invitational tournament held in Waikiki.

Hawaii’s Katie Speiler will participate in her second commencement exercises Saturday, receiving her master’s degree at the Stan Sheriff Center. It mirrors her collegiate beach career where, on Wednesday, Spieler was named an All-American for the second time.

Spieler and partner Emily Maglio were one of eight pairs selected to the AVCA’s All-America first team, joining pairs from national champion USC, runner-up Florida State, UCLA, Pepperdine, Arizona, Stetson and Grand Canyon. Spieler also was named an All-American in 2014 with partner Nikki Taylor; USC’s Sara Hughes and Jace Pardon of Florida State earned their third honor.

Spieler, the first SandBow to win 100 matches (102-42), and Maglio were 21-5 playing mostly at No. 1 this season, and helped Hawaii (18-10) to a fourth-place finish at last week’s NCAA championship. Spieler also earned the NCAA Elite 90 Award given to the player with the highest GPA at a national championship — she has a 4.0 — as well as named Hawaii’s female student-athlete of the year and the Jack Bonham Award winner for overall excellence on and off the court.

Spieler-Maglio also were named the Big West’s Pairs Team of the Year last week and Maglio the Freshman of the Year. Maglio, considered a redshirt freshman for beach classification, was an all-conference middle blocker for the Rainbow Wahine indoor team as a sophomore last fall.

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