Vul­cans sign four from Hawaii for vol­ley­ball

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - SPORTS -

UH-Hilo signed four play­ers with Hawaii ties, in­clud­ing 2015 Wa­iakea grad­u­ate Ali­son Fu­ata, who played at Odessa Col­lege.

The 5-foot-10 ju­nior out­side hit­ter led the team in kills and was sec­ond in digs. As a fresh­man, she played at Divi­sion II Minot State in North Dakota.

She played club ball for Pili­paa, coached by UHH as­sis­tant Chris Leonard.

“I am thrilled that lo­cal girl Ali­son will be joined us,” new UHH coach Gene Krieger said. “She will be a great as­set to the team and a huge in­flu­ence on you girls as a role model on the Big Is­land. She will play out­side hit­ter and back row for us.” The other signees were: • Ba­sia Sauni, a 5-7 set­ter and sec­ond team Juco All-Amer­i­can at Scotts­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege. The Fight­ing Ar­ti­chokes fin­ished fifth at the na­tional ju­nior col­lege tour­na­ment. She’s from Hau­ula and went to Kahuku be­fore her fam­ily moved to Arizona.

• ShaRa Niu, an all-state set­ter at Kahuku. The Red Raiders fin­ished third at the HHSAA tour­na­ment. She played for the North Shore Vol­ley­ball Club. Niu may start as part of a two-set­ter lineup.

• Am­ber Tai, a Kailua High se­nior and 5-10 right-side hit­ter, who played club ball for Ka Ulukoa. “She has a high ceil­ing of im­prove­ment ahead of her and should be a reg­u­lar player as a six-ro­ta­tion out­side,” Krieger said.

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