Hartong up for Lowe's Senior CLASS award

heading out to practice. don’t have time to write more than this.

Thirty NCAA® women’s volleyball student-athletes who excel both on and off the court were selected today as candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate volleyball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Of the 30 candidates, 10 have grade point averages of 3.5 or higher and 19 are American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Americans. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

Volleyball Candidates

Taylor Akana, Siena Chloe Mann, Florida
Lindsey Butterfield, Bowling Green Ali McCurdy, Duke
Megan Campbell, Dayton Sallie McLaurin, Oklahoma
Jennifer Cross, Michigan Ashley Neff, Florida State
Megan Devin, East Tennessee State Lena Oliver, Western Michigan
Caitlin Dotson, Lipscomb Lauren Plum, Oregon
Chelsey Feekin, Wichita State Ashley Potts, Western Kentucky
Jessi Greenberg, Kentucky Kelly Reeves, UCLA
Natalie Hagglund, USC Garyn Schlatter, Portland State
Kristen Hahn, Iowa State Ariel Scott, Penn State
Emily Hartong, Hawaii Dani Shepherd, Pennsylvania
Xitlali Herrera, Texas-El Paso Bailey Webster, Texas
Stephanie Holthus, Northwestern Lauren Wicinski, Michigan State
Caroline Jarmoc, Kansas Ashley Wittman, Minnesota
Elizabeth Koberstein, Marquette Carly Wopat, Stanford


  1. Ron August 28, 2013 6:46 am

    There are some great players on the list but Emily has it all. Her volleyball skills are at the elite level, her academics are superior and she is the most friendly and approachable person on a team filled with wonderful young ladies. She is also most likely a future Olympian.

  2. uhfan August 28, 2013 7:02 am

    Kanani won it her senior year. Emily can too.

  3. LC August 28, 2013 7:09 am

    This is one of the few awards that a player can win without having to come from a top BCS school or a team that finishes at the top.

    ESPN “W” named Emily a top candidate for National Player of the Year certainly a nice honor but in this case finishing outside the Final Four pretty much makes it impossible.

  4. mei mei August 28, 2013 9:21 am

    Nice job Hartong! Hope you get it!!

  5. Kazu August 28, 2013 9:21 am

    Lets all get out and vote, as we did for Kanani. Go EM…… Go Bows !!!
    By the way, is Texas already here in town? I bet the Palmers house going be busy one day while the team is here.

  6. tako August 28, 2013 9:25 am

    To qualify and be nominated for these awards has great value, especially when considering that the nominees are in elite company. Congratulations EMILY!!!! As a work in progress, you are earning and leaving a great LEGACY for other players to aspire to. It is not only about V-Ball, it’s growing into a great human being. Congratulations again…

  7. Cruisecontrol August 28, 2013 9:31 am

    I’m sure Hawaii fans will support Emily the way we did Kanani and Stephanie during the voting phase. Go Emily!

  8. Caliboyz August 28, 2013 9:41 am

    Em is not the only candidate with Hawaii ties. Taylor Akana from Siena is a Kamehameha Alumni from Kaneohe, HI. Maybe we can vote for both of them. Way to represent Hawaii ladies. Congratulations.

  9. Grammy August 28, 2013 1:12 pm

    Couldn’t ask for a more classy or talented Wahine to represent this program. Through hardwork, focus on weaknesses turning them into strengths and doing everything coaches and teamates have asked of her she has remained steadfast and a true beacon for young people here and a fan favorite from set one to senior year. Award or no, she is a CLASS act! You go, Girl!

  10. Cindy Luis August 28, 2013 1:49 pm

    8. thanks. as mentioned I was on my way out to practice. just noticed Hartong’s name and posted.
    Danielson did win. I was asked to write the story on her when she was a finalist by the organizer’s.
    5. Yes, Texas got in last night. they were in Gym 1 this morning after UH’s practice. Said hello to Elliott. didn’t stay to watch. but didn’t ask if I could, either.

  11. Ron August 28, 2013 1:57 pm

    Great job by you and Ann in todays paper. I bet that you guys set a standard that no other paper covering volleyball can even get close to. You and your reporting are an important factor as to why Wahine volleyball is so popular here in Hawaii.

  12. Cindy Luis August 28, 2013 2:15 pm

    Thanks for the kind words, Ron. Didn’t see the finished product. Brought a mockup to practice last week so the players could see the big photo. The Goodmans thought they looked like they belonged in Twilight.
    I am proud of the coverage we’ve been able to give the sport here, where it is so loved.

  13. poorboy August 28, 2013 2:27 pm

    Cindy thank you for updates:

    Regarding Emily Hartong, great family stock, great parents, excellent student athlete and person in HS and hometown. A real contrast to Jane Croson!

    Emily, thank you so very much for your being a Rainbow Wahine for four years ! I hope your team strikes that special chemistry, and wins the national title, what a fitting way for you the seniors and possibly Dave , if he chooses to leave as a lasting UH WVB legacy.!

    Emily, great adult, you will do well in business, academic and global athletic world. A lot of us, even oltimers, try to cross train, stay fit, however , from your freshman to senior, year, you have gotten stronger, better muscle mass, jump higher, and hit a heavy, heavy ball, ala past OH terminators. And this is the least important, Emily ,when game is not on the line, has one of the greatest smiles and demeanors, a truly , now in her twenties, beautiful young woman and UH athlete and will be a great mom and wife!

    Mahalo to Emily, all accolades well deserved, and Emily, and team , do us a favor, and get a great win against Arizona , and Ms. Croson, wish her the best, that she gets her degree!

    Aloha Emily Hartong, truly Olympic, and National team member potential!!

  14. poorboy August 28, 2013 2:32 pm

    Cindy: Don’t know what happen to my post? However, concisely, put, Emily Hartong will go down as one of the best UH WVB athletes in history. Charming girl, great family, excellent student, and good friend. The opposite of a Jane Croson, though I hope Jane is happy and gets her degree!

    That being said, watching Emily get stronger, keep up academics, hits a heavy , heavy ball, this year’s terminator, having National and Olympic, pro VB potential, and being athletically in great shape, plus a very beautiful young women, one that I would want my granddaughters to emulate.

    Go Emily Hartong, have a great senior season , and go get that National title for team and Dave Shoji.

    A Million Mahalos to Emily Harton and her family!!

  15. Cindy Luis August 28, 2013 2:48 pm

    14. as you see, both posts are up. they were in spam and I had to approve both several times before they got posted.
    There are some issues that continue, so much so all bogs will be off line starting at 7 p.m. tonight for a couple of hours. will post that later tonight.

  16. roofer68 August 28, 2013 3:10 pm

    11. 13. 14. Well said and I couldn’t have phrased it any better. Yes Emily has grown leaps and bounds for the 3 years, just raising her standards each year, when it was seemingly impossible to be better than she was last Fall. She has, I witnessed that Saturday. As Shoji mentioned, he had no idea from her freshmen year, how great she has become today.

  17. Kazu August 28, 2013 3:40 pm

    Agree with Ron 100%.

  18. Msrpantoja1@Huh.'A'loha August 29, 2013 5:30 pm


    Would be interesting if you could tell Cindy which schools you chose UH over.
    Wanna say that other mid-majors were very interested in you.
    California was another option, yet its/Feller’s heyday is quickly ending (as fast as it almost begun really).

  19. Cindy Luis August 29, 2013 9:46 pm

    18. Hartong wanted to play for UH ever since she was very young. Fell in love with the culture when taking a family vacation. Her grandfather, a Pearl Harbor survivor, also hoped she’d be a Wahine. Saw DVDs of her play for UH freshman year; passed away the January after that.
    from what her dad told me, took a tour of UH while playing here HS sophomore (think it was Ann Kang tourney.Orally committed then.
    Had over 100 scholarship offers . She never changed her mind.
    Dad said she had a wahine poster on her wall at age 10

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