On Saturday, in Waco, Texas, the Rainbow Wahine will face two of the six teams that managed to stay in the competition — Baylor, that holds the fifth place, and Missouri, which is on the 17th spot. Stanford, current champion of NCAA, lost their first match against Minnesota and fell down to the second place. Nebraska took the first place, and Washington, which has won the match with Hawaii in the third game of the season, now takes the spot No.10.
The middle blocker of Hawaii team, Hanna Hellvig, was named by the Big West as the volleyball freshman of the week. This girl from Sweden was the most valuable teammate for Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Invitational after the Rainbow Wahine won the matches against UCLA, Utah Valley, and Virginia. Her combination of 13 blocks, 38 digs, and 37 kills led this team from the 18th spot to No.13.
In the tournament that occurred last week, 6-foot-1 Hanna recorded the first two double-doubles in her career. She made 17 digs and 17 kills in a match with Utah Valley and 12 digs combined with 11 kills against UCLA. Against both Utah Valley and West Virginia, she made five blocks.
She was also nominated for the title of this week’s best player. However, that honor went to Maia Dvoracek from Cal Poly. Amber Igiede, a Hawaii freshman, was nominated for the best defensive player, yet, that title will go to Rowan Ennis from UC Santa Barbara.
The volleyball team of Hawaii earned the honor of conference this season in the first three weeks. Jolie Rasmussen, the junior hitter, was pronounced the player of the week on September 2, and Sky Williams, the junior middle, earned the title of the best defensive player on September 9.