Hartong POY, Shoji co-COY in Big West

November 27th, 2012

Also named to the first team besides Hartong, Uiato, Vorster and Croson. Vorster on the all-freshman team.

Mahina Haina from CSUN on honorable mention



The Big West’s release:

Hawaii,  Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara received top honors with the announcement of the 2012 Big West Conference women’s volleyball annual awards.  The Rainbow Wahine are represented by Big West Volleyball Player of the Year Emily Hartong and Big West Co-Coach of the Year Dave Shoji, while 49ers skipper Brian Gimmillaro was named Big West Co-Coach of the Year and Gaucho Taylor Formico collected Big West Freshman of the Year accolades.

Hartong, a 6-foot 2-inch outside hitter, helped the Rainbow Wahine capture the 2012 Big West Conference Championship with a perfect 18-0 mark by pacing the league with a 4.57 kill average and 5.22 points per set average, while ranking seventh in hitting percentage with a .283 clip.  Her impressive kill average places her among the Top 15 in the country as well.  Over the course of the season the Los Alamitos, Calif., native collected three Big West Player of the Week awards.  A career-best 33-kill performance on October 26 against Long Beach State also earned her national recognition with a Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week selection.  It was Hawai’i’s seventh overall and the first since Jamie Houston won it for the week of Oct. 6, 2006.  With this year’s honor, Hartong becomes Hawai’i’s sixth Big West Player of the Year recipient.

In her first season donning the blue and gold, Formico has made an immediate impact, not just in the Big West, but in the nation.  Hailing from Mountain View, Calif., the 5-foot 7-inch libero notched 792 digs during her freshman campaign, shattering the Big West record of 652 scoops set by former Gaucho Chelsey Lowe in 2011.  With this accomplishment, UC Santa Barbara now owns the top four spots in the Big West annals.  On the national front, Formico concluded the regular season with the country’s highest dig total, while ranking eighth in digs per set average (5.87).  The diaper dandy is one of only five athletes to eclipse 700 digs this season.

The Rainbow Wahine, led by coach Shoji, continued where they left off in 1995 and constructed a perfect 18-0 conference record en route to collecting their sixth conference title.  Hawai’i became the first Big West team to run the table since UC Santa Barbara in 2002.  Along with an unblemished conference mark, Hawai’i tallied an impressive 26-2 overall record, falling to just two ranked opponents.  The Rainbow Wahine stellar season earned Shoji Big West Co-Coach of the Year honors, the fourth of his career.

Gimmillaro and the 49ers battled adversity throughout the 2012 season.  Despite losing four starters to injury over the course of the year, including two-time All-Big West First Team member Haleigh Hampton, who injured her shoulder prior to the start of the season, Long Beach State produced a 13-5 mark to finish second in the conference.  Under the guidance of Gimmillaro, the 49ers closed out the year with a seven-match win streak to post an overall mark of 18-11.  This is Gimmillaro’s first coach of the year honor since 2005, and eighth in his career.

Eight teams were represented on the first team with Big West Champion Hawai’i leading the pack with four selections and Long Beach State close behind with three nods.  Cal State Northridge, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara each received two honors while Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara earned one accolade apiece.

Only a handful of athletes are making a repeat appearance on the first team list, which includes Cal State Fullerton’s Kayla Neto, who earned a spot on the All-Big West First Team for the fourth consecutive year.  She becomes just the eighth Big West athlete to master this feat.  UC Davis’ Allison Whitson is showcased for the third time and Cal State Northridge’s Sydney Gedryn and Casey Hinger picked up their second first-team honor.


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  • Jesse November 27, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Jade should have been the freshmen of the year!

    • Cindy Luis November 27, 2012 at 8:26 am

      She had a good season but you can’t deny the season Formico had. leading the country in total digs.
      From the Big West:
      The libero notched 792 digs during her freshman campaign, shattering the Big West record of 652 set by former Gaucho Chelsey Lowe in 2011. With this accomplishment, UC Santa Barbara now owns the top four spots in the Big West annals. On the national front, Formico concluded the regular season with the country’s highest dig total, while ranking eighth in digs per set average (5.87). She is one of only five athletes to eclipse 700 digs this season.

      • Jesse November 27, 2012 at 8:40 am

        True but not alot of freshmen middles hit over .380 and over 2 kills per set not even Brittany did that. Also Mita should have gotten honorable mention at least and aly as well.

    • setaone November 28, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Maybe only true freshmen qualify for FOY?

      • Cindy Luis November 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm

        No, freshmen are freshmen, redshirt or not. But normally the FOY comes out of the pool from Conference FOY then Regional FOY.

  • Jessemy November 27, 2012 at 8:42 am

    My bad not mita, kalei who is top ten in hitting percentage and blocking in conference.

    • Cindy Luis November 27, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Think both Adolpho (HM) and Vorster (FOY) would have been deserving of those respective honors. But think they were hurt by UH’s depth and not always playing full matches.
      Kind of surprised with the amount of teams that they didn’t have a second team, just honorable mention.

  • Recheck Your Source November 27, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Maybe they read this blog discussion on travel and made changes or maybe someone gave out the wrong info to start with because Ms. Hagins says that they will be in Seattle tonight not tomorrow.

    • Cindy Luis November 27, 2012 at 10:22 am

      They didn’t change their travel.
      Hawaii is leaving tonight. They get into Seattle tomorrow morning
      this is the itinerary from UH


      • Frm 1988-2012 November 27, 2012 at 11:56 am

        Don’t think that I’ve ever taken this route. UA has a hub in San Fran, I know, but those red-eyes aren’t for me…I’m 6’2″ and it’d be most uncomfortable.

        Monday and Tuesday were the ONLY sunny days in Seattle this week.

        Wednesday thru Sunday will be cold and wet. Upper 40s as highs. 30s through the night.

        I-5 traffic straight up into the U-district will be fine as rush hour traffic will have died down at 10:00am.

        Those tourist who may be making the trip from HI may want to seriously consider staying at a hotel in the Sea-tac Airport area. The costs are considerably less than a more expensive/premium stay near the University.

        Light rail does exist in Seattle (30 minute ride)…If people hadn’t wanted to rent a car, the train leaves often/conveniently from the ariport.

        Tunnels line the city of Seattle, where one could then hop one of MANY transits to the U-district (10 minute ride).

        Bwtn the train and transits, each runs aprx. 15 minutes at a time for near 20-24 hours of the day.

  • roofer68 November 27, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Hartong is a 4 time BW player of the week.

    • Cindy Luis November 27, 2012 at 10:23 am

      You’re right. The Big West release is wrong.
      I’ll let UH know and hopefully it gets corrected.

      • roofer68 November 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm

        Thanks Cindy, I see it was corrected.

        • Cindy Luis November 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm

          Thanks Roofer. Think we all noticed it at the same time. When I emailed UH SID he said he had just emailed the Big West to have it corrected.

    • roofer68 November 27, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Hartong could have been 5 time if UH submitted their bid. The highlites of her stats for Fullerton and Riverside matches were 36kills, 5.14avg for a .315pct. But Hartong already had POY wrapped up, very honorable to give someone else the honor.

  • vballfreak808 November 27, 2012 at 9:59 am

    I agree with Formico getting Freshman of the Year. She has the stats and it was even better that it was from a freshman. But Vorster has had her nights!

  • WT Door November 27, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Nice job Wahine! Now lets make some Noise in the Tourney.

  • Frm 1984-2012 November 27, 2012 at 11:17 am

    –Hi.’s / BWC’s POYs–
    (some VERY heavy hitters on THE complete list to speak of)

    1987, Suzanne Eagye, Hawai’i
    1988, Teee Williams, Hawai’i
    1989, Teee Williams, Hawai’i
    1990, Karrie Trieschman, Hawai’i
    1995, Angelica Ljungquist, Hawai’i
    2012, Emily Hartong, Hawai’i

    –Hi’s / BWC’s FOYs–
    (some VERY heavy hitters on THE complete list to speak of)

    1988,Carolyn Taeatafa, Hawai’i
    1992, Sarah Chase, Hawai’i
    1993, Angelica Ljungquist, Hawai’i

    —Hi’s / BWC’s COY–

    1987, Dave Shoji, Hawai’i
    1988, Dave Shoji, Hawai’i
    1995, Dave Shoji, Hawai’i
    2012, Dave Shoji, Hawai’i

    *1992 was a pivotal year, nationally, for the U. of Hawai’i

    • Cindy Luis November 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Thank you for all the time you put into that list. I didn’t have that much time this morning.

      Curious about your comment about 92 being a pivotal year.
      True, it is the only year Hawaii didn’t make the postseason. Also the last year before they expanded the tournament field from 48 to 64.

      A VERY injured Hawaii team finished 15-12. lost to eventual NAIA champion BYU-Hawaii. did finish with to nonconference wins over Notre Dame.

      But still. why do you think it was pivotal?

  • Warrior-15 November 27, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Congrats to Shoji and Hartong for their honors. Congrats also to Vorster, Uiato and Croson.


  • roofer68 November 27, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Cindy, I would like to give a shout-out to you, Ann Miller and John Barry for your terrific work this season, which has been special for me. May we Wahine fans continue to enjoy what is NaWahine volleyball.

  • warriorfan November 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Personally I wasn’t impressed with UCSB’s libero at all when they came here. Definitely thought Vorster deserved it.

    Don’t agree with Brian G getting co coach of the year either… injuries yea yea but they still didn’t qualify for the NCAA tourney.

    • ladida November 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      When you look at it statistically, UCSB wasn’t a good blocking team, so more balls are picked up by the backrow, accounting for the higher dig figure for Formico. Also the opposite goes for Hawaii, which debatebly some are saying not a great blocking team, but good to avg third highest of the BW. Also yes UH was at the bottom of digs per set, however if you check the season numbers, UH diggin avg is higher than the opponents they played this year.

  • Krusha November 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Longo definitely deserved to be at least Honorable Mention. Without her, we probably would have lost a bunch of games this season.

    With all these UH players coming back next season, expect man of them to be mentioned on the All American team too by then.

    • Cindy Luis November 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      A little surprised about Longo too but they only had 32 players on two teams, plus the Freshman team. I would have thought with a 10-team league they’d have s second team.

      Re: All-American
      Players have to first make the conference first team to advance for regional team consideration. The All-Americas are picked from the regional teams.

      • Warrior-15 November 28, 2012 at 2:23 pm

        Cindy – there is no AVCA requirement that a player makes their conference’s first team, in order to be eligible for AVCA AA consideration.

        I’m sure though that it usually works out that way, just b/c the best players in the league will often be the players considered for AA regional and national honors.

        • Cindy Luis November 28, 2012 at 4:36 pm

          They also have to make the all-region team to move on for first team.

  • dedicatedfan November 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Heard Dave Shoji, on ESPN1420AM, this afternoon. He likes the Wahine’s chances at Washington, and Nebraska. He mentioned that he just has to come up with a lineup that will work at both places. He also said that he wished the Selection Committee would have given the Wahine a seed, but just told them due to expenses, they could not host a 1st and 2nd round. He would have been ok with that. Just thought the girls were deserving of a seed.

    • Beauston November 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      If it w true, that’s a pretty lame excuse for not seeding the Wahine. The girls absolutely deserve it. It’s like canceling a whole field for a bunch of grade schoolers who have never been to the zoo because the school has no money for it. The why have a field trip to begin with? On this instance, why have 1st and second round? If that’s the case, if the next 5 years the wahine gets on the same predicament, would NCAA continue to have them as an annual sacrifice for the betterment of others?

      • Beauston November 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm

        Any link to that? I know they have an audio vault right?

        • dedicatedfan November 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm

          Beauston, all I can tell you is that, Dave was on around 3:15pm till about 3:25pm, with those 2 afternoon guys. I am just restating what Dave said, so please do not pin this on me.

          • Cindy Luis November 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm

            DF, don’t think anyone will pin it on you. Dave didn’t say anything that hasn’t been in the paper or on this blog.

      • dedicatedfan November 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

        By the way, I love the vibe I was getting from Dave, he seemed very confident, being in Washington and also, Nebraska. He said, it will be up to him, to just come up with the right lineup. He did mention that the last time the Wahine played in Washington, 2 year ago, the girls seemed a little unsure, and intimidated. Not the case with this year’s team, they seem very confident, and will not be intimidated.

        • Cindy Luis November 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm

          It is a different vibe because the last time they went to UW they had just come off a really bad loss to Utah State in the WAC finals. That team was still in shock and played like it.

          • dedicatedfan November 27, 2012 at 11:35 pm

            Are you saying that you are feeling good vibes from this team, Cindy?

  • Kimo November 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Congratulations to former Wahine Deitre Collins-Parker 2012 MWC Coach of the Year!

  • Beauston November 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    UH just released, sub regional matches are also going to be stream live as usual by oceanic. Thank goodness!

    • Jessemy November 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Yay and no lisa, howard and ryan lol i like lisa though.

  • dedicatedfan November 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Does anyone know who will be the announcers for the matches. May have to mute it, and turn up the volumn on Scott Robbs.

    • volleyball fan November 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      I think it will be the regular announces, Jim Leahy and Chris McLaughlin. I like them both so no need to mute though I like our radio announcer as well. It’s best to listen to the video version as it will be better synchronized.

      • Cindy Luis November 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm

        No idea if Leahey is going. He’s been cutting back on flying.
        For sure Tsuji and McLachlin.
        Radio will be Scott Robbs

  • dedicatedfan November 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I believe Cindy, is on the North Shore, hope she is ok, and did not get stuck in that awful traffic going there this afternoon,

    • Cindy Luis November 27, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Not in Laie until Thursday

      • dedicatedfan November 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm

        Cindy, will Ann be going up to Washington?

        • Cindy Luis November 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm


          • Cindy Luis November 28, 2012 at 8:26 am

            DF, not saying i have a good vibe. just agreeing with Shoji that it is different than two years ago.
            I do think that they way they have shown the ability to hold off match point (CSUN) and to rally from 0-2 to pull out wins takes a mental strength. I think that the ying and yang of the co=captains (Hartong and Maeda) creates a synergy that the team feeds off of. an intense calmness, if you will.

  • Grammy November 28, 2012 at 8:30 am

    After he beat all of them twice they had the nerve to vote for BG? I guess he got his own vote and Coach Dave’s and some other BW old-timers who didn’t want Hawaii to come back and sweep all the end of year awards deserving or not. This is just another slight to a team and coach who have only had success but been treated as if the rest of the volleyball establishment knows it’s just smoke and mirrors and not talent or skills. On paper the Wahine don’t look strong, but on the court they prove you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. Go Wahine! We know what gems you are and appreciate your hard work and. This last bit of unfinished business to close out another great season of Wahine volleyball.

    • Cindy Luis November 28, 2012 at 9:15 am

      If I remember correctly, as happens with the preseason poll, coaches can’t vote for themselves or their players.
      A bit surprised that Gimmilarro would share it with Shoji. means a 5-5 vote?
      Hawaii did what it was supposed to do, win the conference and LBS … with a lot of injuries … did what was predicted, finish second.

    • gobows November 28, 2012 at 9:43 am

      “… on paper the wahine don’t look strong, but …”
      wow, really, compared to who, the ucla men’s team. what’s not strong about the wahine? jane is under 6′ but she can blast, and what setter out blocks mita?
      poor choice of words dude.

      • dedicatedfan November 28, 2012 at 10:50 am

        Should have used the word, intimidating, instead of strong. Cause they do not look that intimidating compared to other Top 10 teams, but….

  • Lanaiboy November 28, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Wahine volleyball team named by Big West Conference as winners of its Sportsmanship award. The vote was by the student-athletes at each of the schools and each member of the team will receive a T-Shirt. Good to know that the Wahine are well thought of by opponents. Congratulations!

    • Cindy Luis November 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks. See new thread.

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