Akiu earns Big West defensive POW; BYU No. 1

Hawaii libero Reyn "Tita" Akiu reacted after a point against the Idaho Vandals on Thursday. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

Hawaii defensive specialist Reyn “Tita” Akiu picked up some honors a day after the Rainbow Wahine finished the Outrigger Volleyball Challenge in runner-up position.

UPDATE: Here’s the Star-Advertiser’s breaking on it.

From the Big West this morning:

Reyn Akiu collected her first career Defensive Player of the Week honor as the Hawaii libero averaged 5.38 digs per set to help Hawaii finish 2-1 at the Outrigger Volleyball Challenge.
• Akiu, a transfer from Texas Tech, accumulated 70 digs over the three matches as the Rainbow Wahine defeated Idaho and San Diego State in four sets, while falling to Portland in five sets.
• The 5-foot-3 libero collected a career-high 22 digs against Idaho, then upped her career-best to 26 scoops one night later versus Portland. She finished the tournament with 22 more digs against the Aztecs.
• Akiu also contributed seven assists and two aces on the week.
Natasha Burns nominated for POW, but hard to get it over Cal Poly’s Torrey van Winden

Also, poll out (click here)

BYU No. 1 with 54 votes, Stanford 2 with the other 10. Oregon, Hawaii’s next opponent, moves up six spots from 18 to 12.
Cal Poly up from 22 to 14, UCLA down from 9 to tie for 16.

Minnesota fell from 1 to 7.


  1. Crazy4WVB September 10, 2018 12:14 pm

    Cindy. Do you know if they had a recruit in for a visit this weekend?

  2. GoBows! September 10, 2018 12:39 pm

    As a student at UH, I did run into Maʻafala and Liva at the campus bookstore last week showing the recruit around. Hopefully she commits!

  3. AdmrVT September 10, 2018 2:30 pm

    #2: Look like a MB? European?

  4. Cindy Luis September 10, 2018 4:07 pm

    1-2-3. apparently so. but if you believe other comments she’s 5-6 or 5-9.
    2. who knows who she is or how good. we’ll see.

  5. tako September 10, 2018 7:21 pm

    Could it be Via a 2020 recruit, supposedly she is around 5’6″ or 5’9″? She is from Texas.

    Looks like we are still guessing, other than she is a possible recruit.

  6. GoBows! September 10, 2018 8:09 pm

    #3 & #5: She’s around 5’9″/6’0″. She was a couple inches taller than Liva but not much of a difference.

  7. Coey September 10, 2018 8:09 pm

    Any news on if Oregon is cancelling their trip here? Or maybe they are here already? When will the UH announce if the Thursday game will go on as scheduled?

  8. darkfire35 September 10, 2018 8:18 pm

    With tropical storm Olivia knocking on our door, it looks like the Thursday match with Oregon will be cancelled/moved like Kansas?
    Way to go Akiu! You deserve those accolades! GO BOWS!

  9. Bleachercoach September 10, 2018 9:25 pm

    I would love to see Skyler Williams 6’1″, Sophia Howling 6’2″,Kirsten Sibley 6’2″ played more against Oregon this week.
    Granato should rotate to front then when she rotates to the back, she should be replaced by McKenna Ross. Iosia should set only and only when Faith comes in at back row then she could assist. Liva and Burns will need a great offensive day.
    I also would love to see 5’9″ Janelle Gong instead of Rika Okino coming in for the back row to serve. Roma must have hit 4-5 service errors into the net. She can dig balls but many times the balls looks like its going to knock her over. I think giving Janelle more playing time may be useful.
    We certainly could have used transferred Emma Smith.(CAL) Angel Gaskin looked much more comfortable hitting her left swing but closer to the middle of the net. Another bonus because she looks quick in warmups is Trinity Castenada. Why save her? We need every player to contribute because she may be that ‘Diamond in the Rough’ player we could use right away…but anyways probably will not have any changes to the lineup.
    So Here comes the Pancho Amiga’s!!

  10. Andrew September 11, 2018 9:26 am

    Wow have times changed. BYU was quite irrelevant until a few years ago. Now BYU is a national power. Cal Poly is also now the power team of the conference

  11. Warriorfan September 11, 2018 1:11 pm

    R11 once the van windens graduate they will go back to middle of the pack.
    BYU just seems to really know how to develop their players and play to their system and they get every good mormon player out there who are sometimes ranked top 50.

  12. Cindy Luis September 11, 2018 3:55 pm

    They are not canceling the match.

  13. Ron September 11, 2018 4:16 pm

    I’m with you on all counts Bleachercoach. No planning for the future from what I have seen.

  14. Cindy Luis September 11, 2018 4:25 pm

    new thread up for Tuesday
    10. not completely true. BYU was very relevant in the 90s if you remember their battles with Hawaii in the WAC
    Cougars made the final four in 1993.

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