The top Wahine to transfer in?

For discussion purposes:

A couple of comments on another thread did lead to this question:

While some players have transferred out (Garber, Bradley, Simmons, Ferrell,  Hagins, Stauber, Croson to name a few), which players have been the best of those who did transfer into the UH program?

my list, in no particular order (and I know I’ve forgotten some)

Aneli Cubi-Otineru

Heather Bown

Lauren Duggins (apologies, was thinking of her sister; Lauren here all four years)

Sarah Mason

Nalani Yamashita

Hedder Ilustre

Nikki Hubbert

Chanteal Satele

Stephanie Brandt

Diana McInerny

Leah Karratti

Teisa Fotu

Andrea Gomez Tukuafu

DeDe Dunstone

Shelly Kim


  1. 808 June 4, 2013 4:44 am

    Victoria Prince?

  2. 808 June 4, 2013 4:46 am

    Wasn’t Lauren Duggins with UH from her freshman year? Her sister, Elise, transferred in from Long Beach State.

  3. 808 June 4, 2013 4:54 am

    Nohea Tano transferred home from Washington St.

  4. wop ur jaws June 4, 2013 5:41 am

    No disrespect, but Heather Bown to me is still an awesome Middle attacker. Her team won the championship in Russia.

  5. spencer June 4, 2013 7:44 am

    Whats Sarah Mason’s story coming out of high school. Did UH not offer her? Did she want to go away?

  6. pacesetterhawaii June 4, 2013 10:37 am

    To me, Heather Bown is the top Wahine to transfer to Hawaii from UCSB.

  7. setaone June 4, 2013 10:55 am


    I believe that it was a combination of Mason wanting to go away and Hawaii coaching staff thinking Arnott had the greater upswing.

  8. LC June 4, 2013 11:03 am

    Arnott now there is a mystery. I wonder what ever became of her ?

  9. Kazu June 4, 2013 11:09 am

    Wonder whats the chances that some day in the future maybe Heather would might want to come back and try coaching at UH.

  10. LC June 4, 2013 11:17 am

    Well I guess I should have Google it.Alicia is the head coach at La Pietra. I must have missed that.

  11. Cubicle1126 June 4, 2013 2:54 pm

    Bown is probably the best, most accomplished transfer to the program.

    Yamashita helped bolster a backline, in a lineup that got Hawaii back to the Final Four after a long time away.

    Prince and Cubi-Otineru were impact players right away.

  12. haleiwacrossfitter June 4, 2013 5:03 pm

    I actually think this is a no brainer…Nalani Yamashita. If there was a libero position when she was here, she would have been the best to play that position in Hawaii, possibly even the nation. What she brought to the 95-96 teams was immeasurable.

  13. haleiwacrossfitter June 4, 2013 5:05 pm

    Nalani Yamashita. If there was a libero position when she was here, she would have been the best to play that position in Hawaii, possibly even the nation. What she brought to the 95-96 teams was immeasurable.

  14. Cindy Luis June 4, 2013 5:16 pm

    2. you’re right about Lauren, she was here for four years. It was 2 a.m. when I posted. Perhaps thinking of Elyse.
    How I forgot Prince and Tano I don’t know

  15. haleiwacrossfitter June 4, 2013 5:18 pm

    Sorry for the repeat posts everyone, was having posting issues. Resolved now. Thanks Cindy

  16. Cindy Luis June 4, 2013 5:19 pm

    5. Mason wasn’t offered a scholarship initially; she was an invited walk-on. She chose to take the scholarship from Oregon.

  17. Cindy Luis June 4, 2013 5:20 pm

    10. yes, Alicia back at her alma mater La Pietra HSG. Have seen her at Outrigger, still playing a little beach.

  18. Cindy Luis June 4, 2013 5:22 pm

    9. Bown still happy playing professionally. she may try for one more Olympics. She might end up coaching at some point.

  19. Hot June 6, 2013 5:59 am

    Yes, what was the deal with Arnott? She was All-Region HM as a sophomore, relegated to backup as a junior, redshirted her fourth year “with hopes of earning a starting/prominent role the next year” to finally foregoing her senior year. I thought that was strange. Should have played her fourth year, no matter how little her court time might have been.

    Hedder Ilustre was fantastic. Man, she knew how to dig a ball.

  20. Hot June 6, 2013 6:34 am

    From what I can remember (some of these players didn’t transfer, just “retired”):

    In – Hedder Ilustre, Nohea Tano; Out – Veronica Lima

    In – Teisa Fotu; Out – Megan O’Brian

    In – Victoria Prince, Kahea Silva; Out – Katie Carlson

    In – Sarah Mason; Out – Kahea Silva

    In – Elise Duggins, Makana Recca

    In – Stephanie Brandt, Aneli Otineru; Out – Kelly Ong, Alicia Arnott

    In – Catherine Fowler; Out – Elise Duggins, Rayna Kitaguchi

    In – Alexis Forsythe, Corinne Cascioppo, Alexis Robins, Alexandra Griffiths; Out – Amanda Simmons, Sarah Prather

    In – Chanteal Satele, Courtney Lelepali; Out – Stephanie Ferrell, Alexis Robins, Paige Mitchell

    Out – Michelle Waber, Alexis Forsythe, Corinne Cascioppo

    Out – Brittany Hewitt, Elizabeth Blake

    In – Keani Passi; Out – Jane Croson, Monica Stauber, Kristina Kam, Stephanie Hagins

  21. Hot June 6, 2013 6:39 am

    Oops – missed Ashley Kastl, Ali Longo, Sarah Mendoza and Stephanie Hagins transferring in last year.

  22. Hot June 6, 2013 6:43 am

    And Karin Lundqvist transferring in in 2002.

  23. Cindy Luis June 7, 2013 11:21 am

    20. yes some did retire, never playing again, such as Kitaguchi, Hewitt and Arnott.
    It was Hewitt’s back that led to her decision. Kitaguchi wasn’t going to play much, decided to concentrate on her pre-med, pre-nursing degree. (don’t remember which one, she had a lot of labs).
    As for Arnott, she was red-shirting her senior year and never returned.
    You’ll see Kam against local DII teams this season. She is with Fresno Pacific. Hagins with Idaho. Ferrell went to Florida, Simmons to Louisville. Ong to Holy Names.

  24. Hot June 10, 2013 6:32 am

    Cindy, do you know why Arnott decided not to return? If I remember correctly from the articles, it was said she redshirted her fourth year so that she could concentrate on winning back her starting spot (or at least move up the depth chart) the following year, since she lost her spot to Houston/Mason in 2005 after she got sick early in the season and never really played full-time (only as a server and back row attacker). Not questioning Shoji’s decision at all in 2005 – Houston was really explosive even as a freshman and Mason was a primary passer. But I have to wonder about Hittle playing so much – she was also sidelined early that year but then Shoji decided she had to be libero when she was unable to play front row, and when she finally was cleared to play front row, majority of her attempts were either getting dug, blocked or hit out – it lasted for the entire rest of her OH career.

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