4 Wahine on All-Big West first team, down goes No. 1 BYU

McKenna Granato, seen here on senior night vs. UC Davis, was one of Hawaii's four All-Big West first-teamers named Tuesday. / Photo by Darryl Oumi, Special to the Star-Advertiser

In Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount sweeps BYU to hand the top-ranked Cougars their first loss. 25-23, 27-25, 25-20.
Congrats to Tita Akiu, Natasha Burns, McKenna Granato and Norene Iosia. They were named first-team All-Big West today.

Player of the year: Torrey Van Winden, Cal Poly
Co-freshmen of the year: Avalon DeNecochea, Cal Poly, and Abby Marjama, UC Irvine
Coach of the year: Sam Crosson, Cal Poly

For the complete Big West release click here.

Here’s pictures of UH’s other three first teamers:

Norene Iosia set the ball against Cal Poly on Oct. 26. / Photo by Andrew Lee, Special to the Star-Advertiser
Hawaii middle hitter Natasha Burns celebrated a point against Oregon on Sept. 14. / Photo by Steven Erler, Special to the Star-Advertiser
Defensive specialist Tita Akiu dug the ball on Sept. 29 against UC Riverside. / Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell, Star-Advertiser


  1. turfwar November 20, 2018 12:02 pm

    Congrats to the Wahine for so many making it on the 1st team and way to go Natasha! She had a heck of a year grinding her way to her first all star recognition. No doubt in my mind she would have been a two time all conference player had she decided to continue playing.

  2. islandman November 20, 2018 1:03 pm

    Take notice -to the few Makenna G detractors.

  3. kahuna November 20, 2018 4:07 pm

    Wow…Tita is the only libero on the first team. She must have really stood out to be the only one on the first team.

    Great honor for Akiu. Coming home from Texas Tech have landed her first team all conference. Hope she will now get to experience post season WHEN UH get selected next week. .:-)

  4. H-Man November 20, 2018 5:10 pm

    Congratulations to the 1st team BWC team. Yahoo…feel good. Come on Natasha, come back for one more.

  5. Andy November 20, 2018 5:32 pm

    Nice that Natasha made first team as she didn’t receive any love last year. Also nice that Norene made first team as only a part time setter – the coaches must be looking at her overall contribution since “utility” isn’t a position.

  6. H-Man November 20, 2018 6:32 pm

    Was this already covered on another string? Anyway, noticed the 2019 recruiting class announced. 4 signed, less the player from Sweden. Still hoping she will make it here. Congrats to coach Robyn and staff for their success.

  7. jmy November 20, 2018 6:54 pm

    LMU swept BYU…

  8. Cindy Luis November 20, 2018 7:11 pm

    6. yes, it was on yesterday’s thread.
    they are still waiting on other NLIs.
    7. Yep, 25-23, 27-25, 25-20. Noted in top box.

  9. Bleachercoach November 20, 2018 8:26 pm

    Congratulations to all 4 players honored and to to rest of the team for their contribution to this good season!

  10. Bleachercoach November 20, 2018 8:28 pm

    Congratulations to all the women honored and to the rest of the team for a successful season!

  11. shar November 20, 2018 8:38 pm

    I feel particularly close to this team. I think it is because they played with their hearts and worked hard. Who would know how it would be if we had played the first two teams. The team got better and better every week. We saw them struggle and we saw them celebrate. Their sisterhood was strong this year. Mahalo to Coach Robyn and the other coaches for a great season and to the little team that could.

  12. darkfire35 November 20, 2018 8:39 pm

    Congratulations to the 1st teamers and all the UH Wahine volleyball team players; they’ve worked hard this year. Also, mucho kudos to Robyn and the staff for a great job! Looking forward to next year’s potential! GO BOWS!

  13. Bleachercoach November 20, 2018 8:59 pm

    Once we get the official NLI signed from Hanna Hellvig, I will be super stoked to see this assembled recruiting class. From my research , this recruiting class may be one of the best ever we have ever seen in a long time. We are getting a top notch Canadian and Swedish foreigner since Mags and Angelica (yup Coach Angelica)
    The Louisiana athlete does remind me a lot of former Olympian Danielle Scott and Riley from Ohio is super solid. With our local Braelyn Akana( a mix of Robins/Akana athleticism) coming in and the host of experienced or “hungry to prove themselves” returnees coming back I just can’t wait til August 2019. I just can bet you Coach Robyn and Staff can’t wait to reveal their 1st Recuiting Class also!

  14. OrbitalRipZ November 21, 2018 12:40 am

    Since 2002 (appearance of the first All-America Third Team) and since 2003 (appearance of the first Honorable Mentions), the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine has had at least one member of its squad become an AVCA All American.

    Sad to say, but should Na Wahine fail to receive an at-large bid to the 2018 Big Dance, it is more than likely that none of UH’s outstanding All-Big West athletes will make the grade for the 38th annual AVCA Division I All-America Teams for women’s volleyball. (Personally I am hoping Tita Akiu is not overlooked as an Honorable Mention.)

  15. cappie the dog November 21, 2018 4:11 am

    I wish Hawaii could replay UC-Santa Barbara.

    You can’t get too high after a victory.

    Purdue football lost the next week after upsetting Ohio State.

    When Hawaii “upset” Cal-Poly, their attitude should have been that they were supposed to win that game. Hawaii is the team with the long history of success.

  16. cappie the dog November 21, 2018 4:15 am

    All Natasha Burns has to do is just stand their in the paint. She would alter shots.

  17. Sheila November 21, 2018 5:32 pm

    Congrat for 1st teamers! In final poll, wahine could climb around RPI 39 but IMO, wahines current performance is top 25 due to magnificent seven, two top back row diggers, pinch service point specialist (Gong), pinching blocker (Skyler), etc. To reach next milestone, sweet sixteen, wahine still need to improve one step further in blocking as most blockers are undersize: If blocking is broken down into two steps, 1) timing roof step up. OK. 2) Need to improve the few milli seconds acrobat in air, after elevated to the top of roof: 2a) adjust the angle of palm (including fingers) to reflect ball into court or hitter or away from diggers. 2b) swing the hand to encounter the hitting lane. This is important for all blockers, but specially, for undersize blockers as Natasha’s presence directs hitting traffic into them. Keep hopes strong and practice hard. Wish, wahines could evade top 10 in first two rounds.

  18. OrbitalRipZ November 21, 2018 5:41 pm

    Re: 14 (Since I have time to kill, allow me to rewrite the above post.)

    Since the rally-scoring era began in 2001, the AVCA made two significant changes to its D1 All-America teams for women’s volleyball. In 2002, it inaugurated the D1 Third Team All-America. Each of the three teams (First Team All-America, Second Team All-America, and Third Team All-America) is comprised of 14 athletes.

    In 2003, in addition to these, the AVCA introduced the D1 Honorable Mention All-America.

    During the rally-scoring era, without exception, at least one Rainbow Wahine has been chosen an AVCA All-American. Sad to say, unless the Women of Manoa receive an at-large bid to the Big Dance, another streak will end for Na Wahine when the selections are announced for the 38th AVCA Division I All-America Teams for women’s volleyball.

  19. Cindy Luis November 21, 2018 6:54 pm

    18. you never know how the AA committee looks at things. First they have to make all-region to be in contention.

  20. Cindy Luis November 21, 2018 7:02 pm

    new thread up for Wednesday

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