Hawaii took home the big awards in the Big West Conference postseason women’s volleyball honors announced today.
After UH won its first outright conference title since 2016, senior setter/hitter Norene Iosia was named the BWC Player of the Year; Hanna Hellvig was named Freshman of the Year; and Robyn Ah Mow was named co-BWC Coach of the Year along with Cal State Fullerton’s Ashley Preston.
Four players made the All-BWC first team: Iosia, Hellvig, Sky Williams and Amber Igiede. McKenna Ross and Brooke Van Sickle were named honorable mentions.
Hellvig and Igiede were named to the all-freshman team.
Hawaii WVBʻs Hanna Hellvig speaks about being named Big West Freshman of Year pic.twitter.com/S010qo4L7J
— Cindy Luis (@Cindy3Luis) November 27, 2019
From the Big West:
PLAYER OF THE YEAR • NORENE IOSIA, HAWAII
Senior • Setter • Torrance, Calif. • Redondo Union HS
• 10th Hawai’i player named Big West Conference Player of the Year, and first since Nikki Taylor won back-to-back in 2015-16.
• Third setter in 21 years to be named player of the year.
• Four-time All-Big West First Team member.
• Finished the regular season ranked second in the league with a .42 service ace average.
• One of three Rainbow Wahine to play in all 104 sets this season.
• Posted 17 double-doubles on the season.
• Led Hawai’i with 293 digs and posted a dig average of 2.82 to rank 10th in the Big West.
• Paced UH this season with 577 assists, 293 digs, and a career-high 44 service aces.
• Finished the regular season ranked in the UH career record books at No. 10 with 1,137 career digs, No. 9 with 3,080 career assists and No. 4 with 135 service aces.
• Named Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week on October 28 after registering a career-high eight blocks against Cal State Fullerton.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR • HANNA HELLVIG, HAWAII
Outside Hitter • Stockholm Sweden • Allebergs Gymnasiet
• Becomes the First Rainbow Wahine to be tabbed freshman of the year since Nikki Taylor earned the distinction in 2013.
• Earned All-Big West First Team Honors as well as All-Freshman Team accolades.
• Finished seventh in the conference in kills with a 3.12 set average, while pacing UH with 324 kills.
• Ranked third on the Rainbow Wahine squad with 72 blocks.
• Tallied five double-doubles.
• Named Big West Conference Freshman of the Week five times.
CO-COACH OF THE YEAR • ROBYN AH MOW, HAWAII
• First coach of the year honor for Robyn Ah Mow, and seventh overall for Hawai’i.
• Led Hawai’i to its first Big West Conference title since 2016.
• Rainbow Wahine posted 24 wins during the regular season, the highest win total since 2015.
• She has Hawai’i headed to the team’s 38th NCAA Tournament, 27th consecutive.
• UH finished the season winning its last 11-straight matches—its longest streak of the year and longest since 2015 when UH won 24-straight matches.
CO-COACH OF THE YEAR • ASHLEY PRESTON, CAL STATE FULLERTON