Hawaii women’s volleyball: Rainbow Wahine sign transfer setter Mylana Byrd

Mylana Byrd has signed with Hawaii as a transfer from Alabama. / Graphic courtesy UH

Hawaii has signed 6-2 setter Mylana Byrd, who is transferring from Alabama.
She is enrolling at UH this spring and will have two seasons to play beginning in fall.
From UH:
In her two seasons at Alabama, Byrd played in 158 total sets with 844 assists, 81 digs, 80 total blocks (15-solo/65-block assist), and 71 kills. As a freshman, she played in all 32 matches for the Crimson Tide. As a sophomore, she posted a career-high 38 assists in a four-set win over NC State.
The 2018 graduate of Episcopal High (Houston) was a team captain as a senior and helped to lead the Knights to a Southwest Preparatory Conference title in 2017. Byrd helped her club team (Absolute Volleyball Academy) to appearances in the Lone Star Regionals in both 2014 and ’16. She was named to Houston’s “Top Volleyballers” list in 2016.
“We are very excited to have a setter of Mylana’s caliber join our Rainbow Wahine ‘ohana,” Wahine caoch Robyn Ah Mow said. “The moment we started the recruiting process with Mylana, we knew she would fit our gym culture and what we are continuing to build here in Manoa. Mylana knows what it takes to set at a high level and has done so for the past two seasons in the SEC. She brings experience and size that will make an immediate impact the moment we begin spring training.”


  1. Harvey January 10, 2020 2:55 pm

    Good to have a second setter signed for the upcoming season. Good job Coach Robyn and staff.

  2. mauna January 10, 2020 2:58 pm

    Tua, Taulia and Drew may have filled Mylana in on the life scene in Hawaii and how great it is to play for UH. If so thanks guys, great get!

  3. pueo January 10, 2020 2:59 pm

    If this setter works out it could strengthen our team and give Robin more options with the frosh setter she recruited out of Texas.

  4. kahuna January 10, 2020 3:55 pm

    She might have played her volleyball at Alabama but she is from Texas so our Texas pipeline is really pumping.

    Too bad Georgia Via decided not to come. A quarter of the team would be made up of Texans if Via comes and Mia Johnson follows thru on her commitment.

    Welcome to the Ohana Mylana!…Got a nice ring to it…LOL

  5. Cindy Luis January 10, 2020 4:00 pm

    1. believe I mentioned that they would be looking to bring in another setter, particularly in spring since Iosia and Choy are done.
    2. sorry but I really doubt that was the case of FB players having influence. But will ask when we see her.
    3. She spells it Robyn.
    4. Hadn’t seen that Via, an invited walk-on, decided not to come.

  6. Cindy Luis January 10, 2020 4:38 pm

    new thread up with men’s links and results

  7. haka January 10, 2020 4:56 pm

    Can see da mynah bird signs from da aunties now!!

    Welcome Mylana!

  8. roygbivs January 10, 2020 6:23 pm

    Hoping for another great 2yr-run with this Byrd !!

    #HawaiiWVB #HawaiiFB

    Would this complete our recruiting c/o2020 CL?
    Thought maybe we had 1 more scholarship to give….

  9. Cindy Luis January 10, 2020 9:55 pm

    8. would not be surprised if there is another addition before fall camp.
    They lost Choy, Iosia, Ross, Sibley, Okino.
    Bringing in Lang, Karaly, Byrd on scholarship.

  10. darkfire35 January 10, 2020 11:01 pm

    7. True dat, LOL! One Mylana Byrd in one papaya tree!

    Cindy, Is this a case where Mylana put her name into the transfer portal and Robyn “began” the recruiting process? What interested her in UH?

    Much mahalos for all you do!

  11. Manoafan January 11, 2020 12:48 am

    Her Alabama profile says she was a 2017 Under Armor All America (high school)

  12. H-Man January 11, 2020 1:42 am

    Robyn just building a stronger and stronger team. One more pika to fill.

  13. Baby-Dude January 11, 2020 5:41 am

    Finally the team is set with this second setter. Four from Texas, never expected this. I guess when these young ladies decides to come play for Hawaii the coaches makes clear whats expected of them. I really like the idea of the coaching staff bringing in players from all over the country and over seas. Sports, what a way to build friendships around the world.

  14. Aiea 7 January 11, 2020 7:50 am

    it appears the Robyn will be running the same offense as last year with two setters and maybe using byrd as a hitter when not setting similar to Norene. This worked well for them even though it was an emergency action. however, I still believe that a one setter is better since different setters set differently causing the hitters to adjust.

  15. downtownie January 11, 2020 8:10 am

    Attack from the My__na Byrd who is going to soar as a Rainbow Wahine.

  16. H-Man January 11, 2020 9:57 am

    With the Texas flavor, maybe a spring scrimmage with the Longhorns?

  17. NORMAN PANG January 11, 2020 12:44 pm

    IMHO I think that in maybe 2 years, the Wahine can win another NCAA Championship. The improvements and quality of the recruits from 2019 and the upcoming 2020 class, have addressed the weaknesses of the team and are being strengthened. Good job by coahes Robyn and Angelica. Look forwarf to another amazing season in 2020! GO BOWS!

  18. kahuna January 11, 2020 4:00 pm

    Regarding Via…she was an invited walk on so I don’t think there will be any formal announcement or anything like that to confirm her not coming here but there are some “obvious” signs of that.

    She have removed her picture of her wearing the UH shirt. i also think she changed that heading on her IG and have removed all reference to Hawaii. Not sure why she would do such a thing if she was still coming.

  19. Uncle Fester January 11, 2020 7:05 pm

    14. Why do you think it will be the same 6-2?

    17. I too am excited about the future, but everyone else is trying to do the same. I don’t require that they win. It’s enough that they are competitive with everyone else and depending on the breaks of the game, can win. I assume the Nebraska game gave the coaching staff a pretty good homework sheet.

  20. earl tanaka January 13, 2020 3:52 am

    Alabama had a new coach for 2019, Lindsey Devine, who had a successful 16-year head coaching career at East Tennessee State before accepting the HC position at Alabama. Starting her first year at Alabama, she had 19 players on her roster last year. 7 returning players are currently listed on their 2020 roster. Seems like there was a mass exodus at Alabama

  21. sports for fun January 13, 2020 12:51 pm

    #20. Woah! That’s a large exodus. I noticed that Mylana didn’t play much last year. Hence the transfer. Also, I read her Q&A. Seems she started off as a hitter and switched to setter later in high school. Maybe that’s why she transferred all the way here to Hawai’i, to learn from Robyn?

  22. rabbit ears January 13, 2020 5:23 pm

    Hope Kate Lange doesn’t decommit. These students are so young you don’t know what’s going through their mind. All the freshmen last season seem to handle not playing at times and having to battle for playing time. So Coach Robyn must be giving them the reality of college VB up front.

  23. darkfire35 January 13, 2020 8:47 pm

    20. Wow, 19 down to 7?!! I wonder how true those numbers really are…
    21. What Q&A are you referring to?

  24. Bowsfan January 15, 2020 4:23 am

    USC volleyball head coach going to Auburn.

  25. Sheila January 15, 2020 4:24 pm

    Now Jolie is back in action, hopefully, less burden on Hana in front row, and time for Hana to get back to full rotation with back row pounding as in pre-season 2019… Pre-season belongs to teams with strong in offence. Key players, Jolie, Hanna. BVS, two MBs are equally responsible to bring/drive others and new comers to acceptable levels to build a useful squad for 2020…

  26. Bowsfan January 23, 2020 8:45 pm

    Glad to see so many indoor crossovers, can only help their indoor game. I can’t wait for when a sandbow become an indoor bow. The chances are less but one can hope.

  27. Connor February 1, 2020 9:33 am

    With Krug giving up indoor, does this mean that another scholarship is available? or was she a walk on?

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