El­bow in­jury benches Wahine mid­dle blocker Castillo for scrim­mage

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Cindy Luis cluis@starad­ver­tiser.com

The Hawaii women’s vol­ley­ball team will be down to two mid­dle block­ers for to­day’s Green-White scrim­mage due to an in­jury to sopho­more Casey Castillo. The 6-foot-3 Castillo suf­fered a mi­nor in­jury to the el­bow area of her right arm and was not cleared to prac­tice Fri­day. She will miss to­day’s closed scrim­mage but is ex­pected to be cleared when the Rain­bow Wahine re­sume prac­tice on Mon­day.

Castillo is tran­si­tion­ing from out­side hit­ter to mid­dle to add depth to the po­si­tion. Se­nior 6-3 mid­dle An­nie Mitchem is ex­pected to be out for six weeks fol­low­ing surgery on Tues­day to re­pair a bro­ken left pinkie fin­ger.

The other mid­dles are 6-3 all-con­fer­ence ju­nior Emily Maglio and 6-5 red­shirt fresh­man Natasha Burns, the lat­ter who was just cleared to prac­tice on Tues­day.

“We’re think­ing that Casey would be our No. 2 mid­dle but, Tash (Burns) con­tin­ues to get bet­ter,” UH as­so­ciate head coach Jeff Hall said. “Tash still has some catch­ing up to do af­ter miss­ing that first week of prac­tice.

“I like the way Em (Maglio) and Tash are play­ing — they’re both nice pieces for us. I still like hav­ing a true mid­dle in there and you can’t teach height. Who­ever can help us win will be out there.”

Hawaii, No. 6 in the AVCA pre­sea­son Top 25 poll, opens Fri­day against No. 4 Wis­con­sin. It is one of “three games to watch open­ing week­end” se­lected by NCAA.com.

To­day’s scrim­mage is closed to the pub­lic.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS 8 C H 1 A R M / O N I U Q M JA

An el­bow in­jury will bench mid­dle blocker Casey Castillo for to­day’s scrim­mage.

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