Congrats to Averill, a Bonham award winner

From UH tonight
Senior middle Taylor Averill, Rainbow Wahine basketball player Shawna-Lei Kueh and Rainbow Wahine diver Genevieve Bradley were the recipients of the 2015 Jack Bonham Award in recognition of their outstanding performances on and off the playing field. The announcement was made Tuesday night at ‘Ahahui Koa ‘Ānuenue’s H Awards at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The award is given annually to the top male and female senior student-athlete who “best exemplifies the ideals for which Jack Bonham stood for in the areas of athletic excellence, academic achievement, public service, leadership and character.”

The four-year letterman is considered one of the best middle blockers in the country and among the nation’s leaders in hitting percentage (.491) and blocking (1.31 per set). He was recognized twice this season as the MPSF’s Player of the Week and is a serious candidate for the National Player of the Year award.

He is the first men’s volleyball player to win the award since libero Alfee Reft in 2006. Other men’s volleyball players honored were Costas Theocharidis (2003), Naveh Milo (1998) and Jason Olive (1995).

Averill has led the Rainbow Warriors to their best season in years. UH attained its first No. 1 national ranking since 2004, its longest win streak (16) since 2006, its most wins (24) since 2003, and its first trip to the MPSF semifinals since 2010. Averill and the ’Bows are also trying to reach the program’s first NCAA Championship since 2002.

“Taylor has excelled in all three areas this award represents – he is an exceptional student, an All-American middle blocker, and is tremendously active in our community,” head coach Charlie Wade said. “He’s not only our team’s top scholar-athlete but he has one of the highest GPAs in the department for the past two years. He’s a first-team All-American and national player of the year caliber. He volunteers for various events – singing Christmas carols to the elderly, reading days at elementary schools. I haven’t been around a better representative for the Jack Bonham Award than Taylor Averill.”


  1. 'ohanaInBellingham April 29, 2015 4:25 am

    I am glad that student athletes like Sunny still exist.

    When his professional career is over some day, I hope he returns to UH to coach our future kids.

    Thank you for four memorable years, Sunny!

  2. lina April 29, 2015 5:17 am

    Congrats to Averill. Hope the team can win the MPSF and make it to the Finals so he can win NPOY!!!

  3. Cubicle1126 April 29, 2015 9:02 am

    congrats to all the athletes honored!

    it’s a big next couple of weeks for UH sports !!!

  4. warriorfan April 29, 2015 3:11 pm

    Congrats to Sunny. Hope he has a huge rest of the playoffs and steals the NCAA POY award away from La Cavera.\\

  5. warriorfan April 29, 2015 3:11 pm

    Saw Austin Matuatia play last night on OC16, he is incredible. UH won’t miss a beat when Siki graduates, He has hops and power and has ALL the shots.

  6. lina April 29, 2015 9:31 pm

    Tonight both Loyola and Lewis advanced to the MIVA finals; as well as Penn State to the EIVA finals. Cindy, does this mean that if BOTH UCI and Hawaii advance tomorrow night the NCAA tournament field is just about set? (This is also regardless of a Penn State upset in the finals.)

    This being the case, tomorrow’s MPSF matches are huge for Hawaii. At this point UCI has their bid in the bag, win or lose. So these next two matches are must-wins for Hawaii. Though wins by both teams tomorrow will be good for Hawaii regardless of a loss to UCI in the finals.

  7. karmady April 30, 2015 10:51 am

    Forgive me if this has already been mentioned/discussed, but when I go to UH athletics site, there is a clickable link for live video that seems to be a stream from UC Irvine for tonight’s match with Pepperdine. I’m assuming that means those of us who aren’t Oceanic subscribers can watch this stream? I sincerely hope so!!

  8. Cindy Luis April 30, 2015 1:45 pm

    6. my feeling is that if UH and UCI advance to Friday’s final, they both get in.
    Thursday is huge for both teams.

  9. Cindy Luis April 30, 2015 1:46 pm

    7. should be free to nonsubscriber. streaming on youtube.

  10. Cindy Luis April 30, 2015 2:04 pm
    new thread with links up

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