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UH’s 1979 volleyball title evokes warm memories

  • PHOTO COURTESY UH
                                Members of Hawaii’s first national championship team included (top from left) assistant coach Alan Kang, head coach Dave Shoji, Cheryl Grimm, Candy Kane, Diane Sebastian, Paula Gusman, Kyra Bjornsson, athlethic director Donnis Thompson, trainer Melody Toth and assistant coach Dave DeGroot, (bottom)Nahaku Brown, Terry Malterre, Waynette Mitchell, Diana McInerny, Angie Andrade and Bonnie Gouveia. Not pictured: Rocky Elias.

    PHOTO COURTESY UH

    Members of Hawaii’s first national championship team included (top from left) assistant coach Alan Kang, head coach Dave Shoji, Cheryl Grimm, Candy Kane, Diane Sebastian, Paula Gusman, Kyra Bjornsson, athlethic director Donnis Thompson, trainer Melody Toth and assistant coach Dave DeGroot, (bottom)Nahaku Brown, Terry Malterre, Waynette Mitchell, Diana McInerny, Angie Andrade and Bonnie Gouveia. Not pictured: Rocky Elias.

  • STAR-ADVERTISER FILE
                                The University of Hawaii women’s volleyball team celebrated after finishing off a five-set victory over Utah State to win the 1979 AIAW championship in Carbondale, Ill.

    STAR-ADVERTISER FILE

    The University of Hawaii women’s volleyball team celebrated after finishing off a five-set victory over Utah State to win the 1979 AIAW championship in Carbondale, Ill.

It was Dec. 8, 1979, in Carbondale, Ill., and it was cold. Not the severe weather that had hit the area the previous three Decembers — with record snowfalls and average temperatures of 14 degrees — but still … it was cold outside and inside the SIU Arena on the Southern Illinois campus, where the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women’s national volleyball championship was taking place. Read more

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