Hartong earns first team All-America

University of Hawai’i senior Emily Hartong collected her third All-America honor of her career today with the announcement of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America teams.   Hartong earned first-team honors for the second straight year after receiving a second-team nod in 2011.

Hartong is the eighth Wahine to have been named to the AVCA All-American team at least three times.

Hawaii’s four-time winners are Angelica Ljungquist,  Kanoe Kamana’o and Kanani Danielson. Other three-time winners are Deitre Collins, Teee Williams,  Lily Kahumoku and Kim Willoughby.

The 2013 Big West Player of the Year, Emily Hartong (Hawai’i), secured a spot on the AVCA All-Pacific North Region Team last week for her third all-region selection.  Hartong guided Hawai’i to a share of its second straight Big West Conference championship with a 13-3 mark.  The 6-foot, 2-inch outside hitter paced the league and ranked seventh in the nation with a 4.69 kill average, while hitting .294 on the season.  She also tallied a league-leading 5.24 points per set average to place eighth in the country.  Over the course of the season the Los Alamitos, Calif., native collected four Big West Player of the Week awards to increase her career total to eight.  Her first honor of the season came the first week of the season after leading the Rainbow Wahine to a victory over No. 1 Texas, their first win over a No. 1-ranked opponent since knocking off UCLA in 2000.


  1. Brandon December 18, 2013 8:18 am

    So happy!!! Suprised that Ebony won and got First team. But I think Im most shocked that FOUR freshman made the team. Congrats hartong, You truly deserved it!

  2. ifo manao December 18, 2013 9:28 am

    disappointed that mita didn’t make HM. there were also a number of L’s but ali also did not make it.

  3. Cindy Luis December 18, 2013 9:32 am

    2. Uiato and Longo weren’t in the pool of players for HM since they didn’t make the all-region team.

  4. sharene December 18, 2013 9:37 am

    I still believe Ali was a superior libero…Mita should have gotten at least an HM as well as Nikki (and of course Ali)

  5. Hot December 18, 2013 10:02 am

    Hard to argue for Uiato, since even some Hawaii fans don’t like how she played, blaming her for the lackluster middle attack. Technically, she is among this year’s better setters, but decision-making is hard to say, since we can’t tell for sure if she was just loyally following the coaching staff’s directives, or it was her own decision to go all-Hartong, all-the time. Also hard to use bad passing as an excuse, since 2004-2005 teams had Prince averaging 3.00+ kills even with the passing wasn’t all that great.

  6. Hot December 18, 2013 10:05 am

    Longo – huge help for Hawaii and one of the more aggressive/flashy liberos Hawaii fans have seen, but in the PAC 12 alone, Gilbert, Orlandini and of course, Hagglund, are better. Not to mention Kristin Hahn, Kori Moster and several other liberos who pass more consistently and are averaging in the 5-6 dig/set range.

  7. Hot December 18, 2013 10:07 am

    As an HM All-Region pick, Taylor was eligible for HM All-America honors, but it had to be a unanimous decision by the selection committee. Brittany Hewitt in 2011 was an All-Region HM selection, and was unanimously selected to the All-America honorable mention list.

  8. Cindy Luis December 18, 2013 10:10 am

    5. the point is Longo and Uiato weren’t in the pool of players that voters looked at.
    As for Taylor … as you say, rare for region HM to be AA region. I think in Hewitt’s case it was her national blocking numbers that was the key

  9. Brandon December 18, 2013 10:20 am

    The only regional HM to make the aa HM is jordan burgess I believe

  10. the point is December 18, 2013 10:48 am

    As you say,

    I think in Hewitt’s case it was her being named to the AA 2nd team (the prior year) which was the key.

  11. OrbitalRipZ December 18, 2013 10:50 am

    Congrats to Em on being chosen as 1 of the nation’s 14 best NCAA D1 vball players for 2013 & good luck to her on her pro vball career. Hopefully we’ll see her @ the Tokyo Olympics.

    (Sigh: Just wish UH had made it to the regionals so that we could have seen her in live action against USC’s Ebony Nwanebu, who was not on my radar for First-Team AA but who was my fav over Wisconsin’s Carlini for FOY.)

    POY will go to either PSU’s Ariel Scott or Texas’s Haley Eckerman, but Micha Hancock is my choice, and Washington’s Krista Vansant could pull off an upset.

    As Wisconsin was not expected to reach the Final Four — in fact, was not even expected to reach the Elite Eight — my choice for COY would be the Coach of the Badgers.

  12. Brandon December 18, 2013 11:04 am

    POY will go to Kirsta Vansant or Kelsey Robinson. I would be SHOCKED if Ariel got it. Eckerman could but Vansant is my choice right now

  13. Cindy Luis December 18, 2013 12:27 pm

    10. Believe that only the Regional coaches are eligible. Rose got it from the Northeast Region, which included Wisconsin.
    My vote would go to Goldberg at American

  14. vbfan December 18, 2013 12:33 pm

    Are we going to have an “announcement” by Shoji anytime soon, or will we have to wait until January to find out?

  15. Cindy Luis December 18, 2013 12:35 pm

    about what?

  16. vbfan December 18, 2013 12:40 pm

    #15, Sorry, I thought it was obvious, if he is retiring, or back for another season. I figure he needs to decide one way or another relatively soon.

  17. Cindy Luis December 18, 2013 12:45 pm

    he’s at the AVCA convention and final four
    don’t know if there will be an ‘announcement’ until January. If there is one.
    doubt if he’s retiring but his decision and his time table

  18. ifo manao December 18, 2013 1:05 pm

    agree on Vansant after seeing how she led her team to the final four after being two down. i’m pulling for UW to do a number on penn state unlikely though that may be.

  19. mauna December 18, 2013 1:12 pm

    16. As Cindy says I doubt that he’s retiring, reading in between the lines about all he said before the season ended. I see your view in that on this blog a ways back that, he would talk to, probably the returning players for next season, this week before the xmas break, which starts Dec 22, on their feelings about his retiring or not.

  20. Hot December 18, 2013 6:18 pm

    11. Penn State players are not in the conversation. It’s between Vansant and Robinson. If Vansant is NPOY, it will not be an upset, it’s expected.

  21. Volleyball fan December 18, 2013 7:34 pm

    In my opinion, the Huskies would have to pull a miracle upset against Penn State for Krista Vansant to make National Player of the Year. I think it’s more likely that the award will go to a senior and Ariel Scott at that, especially if she helps Penn State beat Washington with a stellar performance.

    Wisconsin will be no match for Texas just as Nebraska wasn’t, so Haley Ackerman won’t have a chance to shine until the national title match. By then the national player of the year will have been awarded.

    Next year it will be a choice between the seniors Krista Vansant and Haley Ackerman when they are both seniors.

    As for Ebony Nawembo, the freshman making first team All American, I’m not surprised at all. She definitely deserved it after an error-less 30-kill performance in the regional final against Washington. What freshman ever had a flawless 30-kill performance in a five-game epic thriller? She didn’t play like a freshman; she played like a senior as I saw with my own eyes.

    If she had been in the front row during the last few points of the match, USC would have won. But she was rotated to the bench in the back row. If she can learn to hit from the back row and also dig, she will eventually lead her team to a national championship.

  22. Buds4life December 18, 2013 7:38 pm

    Congratulations Emily! Thanks you for representing the university and the State of Hawaii with dignity and humility.
    Regarding Coach Shoji impending retirement, I hope legacy to the program is not a priority in the selection process.

  23. Volleyball fan December 18, 2013 7:43 pm

    I’m sorry I forgot to join in on the congratulations to Emily Hartong. I’m really happy to hear she made First Team All American twice in succession. I wish her a great future.

  24. OrbitalRipZ December 18, 2013 9:03 pm

    Re: 10 “Believe that only the Regional coaches are eligible”
    Did the AVCA change the rules this year? Used to be that any coach whose team reached the Quarterfinals (Elite Eight) — or was it the Final Four? — was eligible for COY, even if that coach was not Regional COY. Your choice in favor of the American University head coach never crossed my mind, but now that you mention him, I would certainly be inclined to vote for him if I could.

  25. Cindy Luis December 18, 2013 9:10 pm

    Don’t remember it ever being the final four coaches. pretty sure the selection has been made from the region coaches.
    they did change the way players were selected
    you can read why they decided to do this and more about the changes at

  26. Cindy Luis December 18, 2013 9:17 pm

    24 Think we’re both partially right
    According to the AVCA
    Coach of the Year.
    All Region Coaches of the Year, plus the regional finalist coaches (top eight, if not already one of the Region Coaches of the Year), will be eligible for National Coach of the Year.

    So that means that the coaches of the Elite 8 teams as well as the RCOY are the poll the selection will be made from.
    so the list is the coaches from
    Regional: American, Duke, Kansas, Minnesota, Penn State, Colorado State, San Diego, Alabama, Missouri, Texas
    Other Elite 8: Stanford, Purdue, Wisconsin, USC, Nebraska, Washington
    Think I’d still go with American … or maybe Missouri

  27. Cindy Luis December 18, 2013 9:29 pm

    22. not sure what you mean about ‘legacy to the program.’ as a priority. as in someone currently connected to the program or a former player?

  28. 808BV December 18, 2013 9:50 pm

    Congrats to emily! She truly deserves it…….I agree. Vansant will/should win POY. Not only can that girl kill, but she has great passing control and digs. That game against USC was intense.

  29. OrbitalRipZ December 18, 2013 10:04 pm

    Re: 12, 20, 21
    As everyone knows, Pac-12 Conference POY went to Kirsta Vansant and Big Ten POY went to Kelsey Robinson, so I can see why the majority will fav these 2 to clash for the national title … except Nebraska’s Robinson was not able to take her team to the Final Four, so I would be surprised if she’s National POY. She’s out.

    And as everyone knows, Haley Ackerman won the Big 12 POY for the second straight year. I follow 21’s logic, but I would like to watch Haley in action against Wisconsin first before anointing or dismissing her.

    Likewise, I want to watch PSU vs Washington before choosing between Vansant or Scott. Micha remains a long shot, but I have been a fan of hers for so long … Micha it is then! Lol.

  30. LC December 19, 2013 6:06 am

    I was right on about the FOY so I’ll stick with my predictions for COY and POY.

    COY – Sheffield ( BTW He won a social media poll conducted by AVCA so a fan favorite but we’ll see )
    POY- Robo or Vansant,toss up too close to call.

  31. LC December 19, 2013 6:15 am

    Ariel Scott won the Senior Class Award and as I recall only had around 3% of fan votes but granted that fan vote is only one third of the process.

    This is my last year taking part in that award the fan voting is such a joke to me and not worth my time or effort.

  32. Cubicle1126 December 19, 2013 6:33 am

    Congrats to Emily !!

  33. Cubicle1126 December 19, 2013 6:40 am

    for COY, i think it will go to shefield from wisconsin. i mean the turnaround from last year (and really the last few years) … to a final four team this year (even it was in large part due to a favorable placement in the bracket) … is kinda remarkable.

    i’m rooting for goldberg from american though. i’ve followed their program over the years, and he’s a successful, steady coach in his own right. but this is the first time his program has made this kind of a leap to another level.

    i think POY will go to Vansant. Eckerman’s team is in the final four, but her stats don’t compare to Vansant’s. Robinson’s stats do, but maybe her chances have diminished somewhat since her team is done in the tournament. i wonder if Nwanebu is in the conversation now for POY, after earning FOY, plus being a first-teamer …?

  34. LanaiBoy December 19, 2013 7:27 am

    Several non-seniors have won Player of the Year awards, including Foluke Akinradewo, Greichaly Cepero, and Misty May. It helps to do well in the postseason; Carly Lloyd of California is the prime example. Almost no one speculated about her being NPOY during the season, but California reaching the final four put her in the spotlight. Alaina Bergsma of Oregon is another NPOY who probably won because of her team’s success in the post season, reaching the final four. However, I still think that Vansant and Robinson are the two leading candidates for this year’s NPOY, although only Vansant’s team made the final four. Robinson was extremely impressive during the regular season—great statistics in all aspects of the game.

  35. mauna December 19, 2013 9:59 am

    31. LC, I’m with you, the fans voting part seems to have no influence at all, a joke indeed on Lowe’s.

  36. Cindy Luis December 19, 2013 10:02 am

    Fan voting part of the process, not the entire process. Weren’t some here complaining about how the fan voting seemed to be tainted by auto-voting?
    It’s not meant to be a popularity contest.

  37. hollycow December 19, 2013 10:23 am

    The fans voting part is a popularity contest, with Hartong and Mann receiving more than 80% of the votes. Why have this 33% part in the process at all. Cheating or not, just a waste of time.

  38. Cindy Luis December 19, 2013 10:38 am

    37. what i was getting at was it’s not meant to be a popularity contest, fan voting just a part and there are other parts to it.
    I don’t know why they have the fan voting but it was how they set it up

  39. 808 December 19, 2013 11:25 am

    According to social media, Russ Rose is COY and Salima Rockwell is Assistant COY.

  40. Cindy Luis December 19, 2013 11:31 am

    thanks. busy talking to Cia Goods. hasn’t seen that.
    nice that former player and coach can share the podium
    surprised about Rose, not Rockwell

  41. Andrew December 19, 2013 1:11 pm

    Anyone know what the gap in wins between Shoji and Rose is now?

  42. Cindy Luis December 19, 2013 1:17 pm

    Heading into 2013, Shoji was at 1076, Rose at 1058
    UH won 25 this year, PSU has won 32 going into tonight.

  43. Andrew December 19, 2013 1:24 pm

    If I’m not mistaken, Rose is younger than Shoji as well right? That’s surprising, Rose looks a lot older..

  44. Brandon December 19, 2013 1:37 pm

    I don’t think Russ is that much younger. He will pass shoji, because he will retire later though. Even shoji has said this I believe.

  45. Cindy Luis December 19, 2013 1:53 pm

    Russ turned 60 this year. Shoji just turned 67

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