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UH’s Taylor named to AVCA All-Region team

  • COURTESY ERIC MILLER

    The University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball team defeated USC in the NCAA volleyball tournament opener in Minneapolis, Minn., on Friday. Hawaii’s Nikki Taylor, right, went for a kill.

Hawaii senior opposite Nikki Taylor was named to the AVCA All-Region team today, the second consecutive honor for the Kaiser High graduate.

Rainbow Wahine junior middle Emily Maglio was one of six on the honorable mention team in the Pacific North region

Taylor now is eligible for All-America honors, which will be announced next week. She was on the second team last season.

Other players selected today with Hawaii ties were Missouri senior hitter Carly Kan (Punahou), the fourth time she was chosen; Arizona senior setter Penina Snuka (Kahuku), her third honor; and her Wildcat teammate Kalei Mau (St. Francis/Kaiser); Utah junior hitter Adora Anae (Kahuku); and Pittsburgh sophomore setter Kamalani Akeo (Kamehameha).

Taylor, the two-time Big West Player of the Year, finished 12th in kills on the UH all-time career list (1,277), eighth in aces (117) and was nationally ranked in three categories: aces 51, kills per set (4.59) and aces per set (.65). She was injured three points into last Saturday’s NCAA tournament second-round match at Minnesota; no details have been released as to the severity of the injury to her ankle for the UH beach All-American.

Maglio, also an All-America for the SandBows, ranked 19th nationally in hitting percentage at .393, and 24th in blocks at 1.24 bps.

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