The volleyball Warriors are No. 1.
1. Hawaii (9) — 255 points
2. Loyola-Chicago (6) — 249
3. Lewis (2) — 230
4. Pepperdine — 218
5. UC Irvine (1) — 216
So, let’s see, Irvine loses, falls behind Hawaii in the MPSF standings, and gets a No. 1 vote?
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Marcus Malepeai is one of those guys who is quick to volunteer.
Need a defensive tackle? He filled a shortage there in 2012, despite weighing just north of 250 pounds.
Despite a knee injury initially suffered in the 2014 season opener, Malepeai played in eight games as an interior lineman. Malepeai could have opted for mid-season surgery, but instead decided to bite his mouthpiece and grit it out as long as possible.
After the season ended, Malepeai underwent knee surgery. He was told the rehabilitation period would be six months. The timetable meant Malepeai would not be able to participate in this week’s pro day.
Malepeai probably would have tested well. He was one of the strongest Warriors. His workout intensity mirrors that of future brother-in-law Brashton Satele. Whether that would have translated into a free-agent tryout somewhere is a what-if question that might be addressed in the future. Or not. Malepeai, who earned a bachelor’s degree in December, works for a nutritional company when he’s not in physical-therapy sessions.
Malepeai did not win any awards at the post-season luau. But his sacrifice and commitment were valuable.