A little more to Riley Wagoner’s story. We’d been in contact with her high school coach Mary Anne Souder, asking what Wagoner had meant to the team. Her comments:
“It’s hard to say in just a few words what Riley has meant to our program. She has been a 6 rotation starter for our Varsity team since her freshman year. She has lead us to 3 Final Fours and 1 State Runner Up. If you break it down to statistics Riley has averaged 20 kills per match over her 4 year career! And her defense and passing are even stronger. She is a 3 Time 1st team All-Ohio athlete.”
Coach Souder also passed along comments from Wagoner’s mom via Facebook:
“Many people have asked how it came to be that Riley decided on Hawaii to continue her volleyball career. (Her father) was assigned to a project on Oahu with the Ohio Air National Guard in 2010. We decided it would be nice to take the kids out for a visit. Riley fell in love with the island at 10 years old. As her volleyball career started to unfold, every time I would ask her where she wanted to play she answered Hawaii. I would laugh and move on because I really thought it was just a dream. We emailed the coach frequently from her freshman year on hoping they would get the hint that she was interested 😜. Riley’s club team was heading to California to play in the last tournament before nationals her sophomore year so we tried one last time. We got a response from the new coaching staff. Angelica, Robyn, and Kaleo came to see her play in California and the recruiting journey began. We made the trip out in October of her junior year just before high school tournaments started and she still loved it as much as she did in 2010. When I heard the words…I really think I want to play here, I almost died. A flood of emotions went through me but knowing that we had been on a dozen visits and she still hadn’t found the right fit, I knew her dream needed to become reality. Robyn offered Riley a scholarship in the locker room after their match surrounded by future teammates.”
Also didn’t have a lot of room to get in SandBows info in Thursday’s paper.
Info from UH
Maia Hannemann |5-9 | Jensen Beach, Fla.| Club Med NVL Academy
Sabrina Hardisty|5-9 | San Diego, Calif.| Scripps Ranch HS | Wave Volleyball Club
Anna Maidment |5-11| Winnipeg, Canada| St. Mary’s Academy | Team Ontario
Won 20 beach tournaments in a row at the age of 12….won the U16 NVL RIZE Global Challenge National Championship and was voted as the best defensive player…captured the Global Challenge again in 2017 in the U18 division…father is former Rainbow Warrior volleyball player Albert “Al-B” Hannemann who played 18 years professionally on the AVP tour and is the director of Club Med NVL Academy in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Jeff Hall on Hannemann: “Maia is beach volleyball royalty that grew up immersed in the beach game and culture. She’s smart, talented and has a burning desire to be the best. We are lucky to have her represent the Rainbow Wahine with a signature pride and excellence that her Hannemann family name bestows.”
Has medalled in over 20 tournaments including CBVA Women’s Tournaments in the U14, U16 and U18 division… finished runner-up at the AVPFirst – Huntington Beach U18 division this past summer…earned her Women’s AA CBVA rating in 2015…in indoor volleyball helped her teams qualify for the Open Division at Nationals while playing for the top club teams at Austin Juniors, Coast Volleyball Club and Wave Volleyball Club….also an accomplished cellist…full name is Sabrina Ann Lokahiokalani Hardisty … Mom is a Punahou graduate.
Hall on Hardisty: “Sabrina is a gem and our entire Mānoa community will be quick to realize she is something very special on and off the court. We’re delighted she is joining our program and are excited for the great things to come in her career as a student athlete at UH”
An elite player from Canada…a U14 and U16 Beach national champion…U16 Manitoba Player of the Year….Canada Games gold medal champion…two-time provincial beach champion…U16 Western Canadian Indoor Champion…provincial indoor champion and MVP.
Hall on Maidment: “Anna is another in our developing line of imported greats from ‘north of the border.’ She is a Canadian beach national champion with the pedigree and hunger to make her way up the ranks of the NCAA. We proudly welcome her and her family to our UH volleyball ‘ohana.”
Maidment’s beach partner and indoor club teammate Erika Vermette had given the SandBows an oral commitment but decided at the last minute to stay in Canada to play indoors.
Early Top 25 Saturday
1) BYU def. Pacific 25-17, 25-19, 25-17
3) Minnesota def. Ohio State 23-25, 25-20, 25-13, 23-25, 15-11
4) Illinois def. Rutgers 25-11, 25-20, 25-21
6) Nebraska def. Indiana 25-13, 25-19, 25-19
7) Wisconsin def. Maryland 25-22, 28-26, 25-22
7) Penn State def. Northwestern 25-6, 25-14, 25-17
12) Purdue def. Iowa 22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 15-11
CSU Fullerton at No. 15 Cal Poly
17) Marquette def. St. Johns 26-24, 25-19, 25-15
19) Michigan def. Michigan State 30-28, 18-25, 25-17, 26-24