Hawaii senior opposite Nikki Taylor repeated as a second-team All-American and junior middle Emily Maglio was among the honorable mentions on the AVCA’s Division I women’s volleyball All-America teams announced today.
It is the 56th and 57th NCAA All-American certificates for the Rainbow Wahine program, giving them a total of 29 players honored. Hawaii also had 14 AIAW All-American certificates (nine players) and 15 certificates (10 athletes) from the USVBA prior to the NCAA sponsorship of the sport in 1981.
Both Taylor and Maglio also are beach volleyball All-Americans. Taylor, the two-time Big West player of the year, was No. 2 nationallly in aces per set, No. 5 in points per set and No. 14 in kills per set nationally heading into the NCAA tournament. She finished No. 12 in kills (1,377) and No. 8 in aces (117) on the UH program’s career lists.
Nationally, Maglio was No. 14 in hitting percentage and No. 30 in blocks per set. She led the Big West in hitting percentage at .400.
Also named with Hawaii ties were Adora Anae (Utah/Kahuku), second team; Kalei Mau (Arizona/St. Francis/Kaiser), third team; Penina Snuka (Arizona/Kahuku), third team; and Carly Kan (Missouri/Punahou), honorable mention.
Also named from the Big West were Long Beach State senior hitter Nele Barber and UC Santa Barbara freshman hitter Lindsey Ruddins, both to the honorable mention list
There were 14 players named to each of the first, second and third teams, and 68 honorable mentions. For the second consecutive year, only one player from a non-power five conference was named to the first team, again a player from BYU which plays in the West Coast Conference.