Hawaii outside hitter Hanna Hellvig was named Freshman of the Week today by the Big West.
The Outrigger Hotels & Resorts MVP averaged 3.36 kills, 3.45 digs and 1.18 blocks per set while swinging at a .289 (37-11-90) clip. Hellvig recorded her first two career double-doubles, tallying 17 kills and 17 digs against Utah Valley and 11 kills with 12 digs versus UCLA.
Hellvig tied her career high in blocks with five against both West Virginia and Utah Valley.
She was also nominated for Player of the Week. That Award went to Cal Poly’s Maia Dvoracek.
UH freshman middle Amber Igiede was nominated for Defensive Player of the Week. That went to UCSB’s Rowan Ennis.
Undefeated Hawaii moved up five spots to No. 13 in today’s American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25.
The Rainbow Wahine (9-0) next face two of the remaining six unbeaten teams in the country in No. 17 Missouri (8-0) on Saturday and No. 5 Baylor (7-0) on Sunday in Waco, Texas.
The other undefeated teams are new No. 1 Nebraska (7-0), No. 6 Pitt (10-0) and Cal (8-0).
Also in today’s poll, defending NCAA champion Stanford (5-1) losing its first match to Minnesota (4-2) on Saturday, dropped to No. 2. The Cardinal traded places with the Huskers.
Washington (7-1), which Hawaii beat 3-1 in the season-opening tournament, moved up two spots to No. 10.
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23. Florida St
— AVCA (@AVCAVolleyball) September 16, 2019
Former Hawaii indoor All-American Emily Hartong teamed with Geena Urango to win gold at the NORCECA Tour event in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The U.S. pair defeated Canadians Molly McBain-Becky Thresham, 21-19, 21-14 in the final.
Hartong also has been named to the U.S. team for the ANOC World Beach Games next month in Qatar. Also named were former SandBow All-Americans Katie Spieler and Karissa Cook .
Among those on the men’s team are Punahou grads Taylor Crabb and Riley and Maddison McKibbin.
📣Congrats to Emily Hartong and Geena Urango 🇺🇸 for winning gold 🥇 at the #NORCECA Tour event in Punta Cana, DR. in the final, @EmilyHartong/@urango beat Canada’s 🇨🇦 Molly McBain/Becky Thresham 21-19, 21-14.
Brandon Joyner/Michael Boag 🇺🇸 placed 4th at Punta Cana. pic.twitter.com/4bsXLY0Pwj
— USAV Beach (@USAVBeach) September 16, 2019