Hawaii volleyball: Wahine add setter Bailey Choy; U.S. men 1-2

Former 'Iolani setter Bailey Choy (seen here in 2015) is joining Hawaii as a graduate transfer. / Star-Advertiser file photo by Dennis Oda

Hawaii makes it official. Paperwork cleared today (June 4).

Setter Bailey Choy has transferred to Hawaii from Utah for her final season. The ‘Iolani graduate is one of three transfers on the 2019 Rainbow Wahine roster, joining five freshmen. Choy is finishing her undergraduate degree at Utah and has been accepted into the master’s program at UH’s Shidler College of Business.

In the release, coach Robyn Ah Mow says, “We are beyond thrilled to have an athlete of Bailey’s caliber join our Rainbow Wahine ‘ohana. Bailey is a quick, athletic setter who has the ability to better every touch she makes. Bailey’s volleyball IQ, competitive demeanor and experience will add great competition and depth to the setting position immediately.”

Choy has started for the Utes the past three seasons with 99 career starts. She had 3,254 assists with 860 digs, 47 total blocks. and 48 aces. She earned all-academic Pac-12 honors as a sophomore and junior.

Bailey Choy flipped a ball over her shoulder against Kahuku in the 2015 state tournament. / Star-Advertiser file photo by Bruce Asato.

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The U.S. men’s national team, with six players with Hawaii ties, finished 1-2 in the first round of pool play at the Volleyball Nations League. As host of the finals, the U.S. has already qualified for the final round, allowing coach John Speraw room to play with lineups.

The U.S. defeated Australia on Sunday 19-25, 27-25, 25-16, 25-16 in Poland.

Micah Ma’a (Punahou), on the roster as a setter, was used as an outside hitter. Ma’a had 12 points on nine kills, one block and two aces.

Kawika Shoji (‘Iolani) played as serving sub in all four sets. Libero Erik Shoji (Punahou) was activated but did not play.

Also on the roster are former UH All-Americans Taylor Averill and Tui Tuileta and Micah Christenson (Kamehameha).

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play Italy Thursday
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  1. haka June 4, 2019 2:58 pm

    It’s official…yay!
    Go Wahine!

  2. Bleachercoach June 4, 2019 3:30 pm

    Awesome Stuff!

  3. roygbivs June 4, 2019 10:56 pm

    If Iosia or Choy has a redshirt season available, uh maybe, should use it? We could have a senior setter for a 2yr span and a mentor for Lang in Fall2020. JTOL

    Welcome back home, Bailey!!

  4. rabbit ears June 5, 2019 7:55 am

    Wow old pictures of Bailey. 6 – 2 here we go again, can’t wait…. she a stud.

  5. H-man June 5, 2019 7:53 pm

    I don’t know if it was in the plans, but Bailey’s addition solidifies the Wahine. I was stoked with the play of Jolie Rasmussen in the spring game, but getting Bailey…..What a coup in getting her!

  6. darkfire35 June 5, 2019 9:06 pm

    What a catch! Did Bailey say why she waited until her senior year to transfer? The competition for prime setter will be fierce! It will only make them better! I hope they’re not going back to a 6-2, I think too many weapons are going to be available to do that.
    Also, Cindy, you mentioned the certainty of a “foreign” setter coming on board this year. Any update to that?
    Can’t wait until the season starts!!! GO BOWS!

  7. vballfan June 5, 2019 11:42 pm

    Great news. Congratulations to Robyn and coaching staff. Their building effort is paying off. Hoping the Wahine commit on their own to come into the new season already in shape, fit, strong and at the top of their game, like the guys did for their past season, and can rock and roll right out of the starting gate!!!

  8. Kahuna June 6, 2019 10:08 am

    Bailey probably waited for her senior year to transfer because she wanted to finish what she started and wanted to get her degree before entering graduate school at UH. It’s a very admirable position to take IMHO.

    Not everything is about volleyball. You can tell a lot about a person’s character by the way they go about their commitment. Coach Beth at Utah gave her a chance and Bailey fulfilled her part by getting a degree from University of Utah. Now she has one year to play in front of family and friends and start a new chapter in her life.

  9. vballfan June 6, 2019 10:34 am

    8. Well stated!

  10. nomu1001 June 6, 2019 6:24 pm

    Good point, roygbivs.

  11. darkfire35 June 6, 2019 8:21 pm

    Bravo Kahuna.

  12. Cindy Luis June 10, 2019 3:32 am

    4. about 4 years old. Our web staff usually chooses pictures.
    6. good morning. don’t remember mentioning a foreign setter but I am getting old
    8. thanks. my thoughts exactly. Haven’t had a chance to speak with her. was told she’d be at fall camp in August as she finishes her degree.
    i have heard nothing about redshirting either setter. both do have a redshirt year. We’ll see what happens in fall.

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