Hewitt not returning for 2012

February 26th, 2012

We’ll have a story in the paper Monday.

Hewitt has retired from volleyball and will not return for senior year.

Sad for fans and that she won’t have that magical senior night.

Wasn’t going to be surprised either way with her decision. Lots of reasons for her to stay, just as many for her to retire. She and Danielson were such a kick when the two showed up for the preview magazine shoot in 07, featured as The Young and the Restless.

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  • warriorfan February 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    This is not good news.
    I wish Brit the best , she will be missed big time.

    and I Hope this means UH has secored a middle transfer….. like that rumor was saying.

  • vballfreak808 February 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Wish Hewitt would have stayed. She seemed to put a smile on peoples faces. I still hope the best for this Wahine team!

  • Wawa February 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Sure she was a great and imposing blocker and it will hurt more for her to leave than if she decided to stay…but she was one of the players who’s body language wasn’t the greatest. It just seemed like she held herself on a pedestal above the rest of the team. I’m still very excited for this coming season.

    A middle I was sorry to see leave before her final season…Veronica Lima. She had to have been one of my favorite MB’s being that Ljungquist(?) is a given.

    • warriorfan February 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      I think Brit was just in pain this past season. Back pain is not easy.

      • Wawa February 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm

        more when she and Uiato had those misconnections. But I agree that playing with any kind of pain is not easy, especially back pain. Very uncomfortable experience. I wish she stuck it out, but I’m confident in Dave’s ability to attract quality transfers even if its late in the game.

        • haka February 27, 2012 at 6:56 am

          pedestal? sounds like you are sitting higher than anyone.

        • Cindy Luis February 27, 2012 at 11:43 am

          Wawa, sorry but have to disagree. about your interpretation of her body language. she played in pain. And she did have problems with the connection. which may be because she was used to Mafua’s sets for three years and Uiato’s release was quicker. dealt with her for four years, never thought she put herself on a pedestal.

          • Steve February 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm

            Cindy, you can throw in also the lack of practice time, due to back issue, as another contributing factor to the timing of sets between Hewitt and Uiato.

    • leftout February 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      Body language wasn’t the greatest, on a pedestal? Did anyone else pickup on that, I sure didn’t.

  • BabyMarley February 26, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Aloha and Mahalo to Hewitt.. Miss you already… Good Luck in your future…

    • warriorfan February 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Maybe Britt can come in and be honored on senior night? Maeda will be all alone.

  • TW February 26, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Hewitt was competitive and focused…I think her body language reflected that!

  • Hot February 26, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Sorry why does UH need transfers just because Hewitt is leaving? They have an All-American middle in Hartong. Adolpho had flashes of brilliance and has starting experience. Tuaniga and Vorster have spent time in the program. I think they’ll be fine. They can’t just turn to transfers whenever an impact player leaves.

    • warriorfan February 27, 2012 at 12:02 am

      Because we need hartong on the outside and Vorster and Tuaniga and Adolpho are inexperienced. UH now has four scholies open so they need to bring in players.

      • Hot February 27, 2012 at 1:32 am

        Let’s not forget that Hartong made All-America as a middle. Not as a left or right side hitter. In fact, playing on the outside last season pulled down her stats. I agree that Hartong should remain an option on the outside, but I think that whenever she played left in 2010, she wasn’t that much better than Waber. All this talk of Hartong needing to be on the outside has me thinking of Maja Gustin in 2001. Did well enough, but she wasn’t the answer to Kahumoku and I’m afraid Hartong isn’t the answer to Danielson, either. If she is a natural middle and that is where she is most comfortble (and I believe she has mentioned that), then maybe she should stay as the primary MB especially with Hewitt gone. And instead of wishing for an MB transfer, maybe we should hope for a transfer that is a true OH? Just sayin’.

        • warriorfan February 27, 2012 at 1:35 am

          Who cares about 2010, did u see Emily play outside last season? She was really good and should have started there instead of the right. She’s been training with USA volleyball as an outside as well.

          • roofer68 February 27, 2012 at 7:31 am

            Just some info about the USA volley tryouts, where 54 leftside hitters were invited including Emily. As we know she made the cut for the top 4 or 6(?) LOH. That speaks volume of what Hugh, Karch & coaches think of her talent outside.

          • roofer68 February 27, 2012 at 7:41 am

            Also forgot to mention players that were familiar to us last season Allison Walker of Idaho was invited and Meredith Hays of NMSU was not.

          • LC February 27, 2012 at 8:10 am

            Players are not invited to the USA VB tryouts. It’s an open tryout and anyone can tryout as long as you pay the fee. Schools usually pay the fees and they can send as many as they want.

          • roofer68 February 27, 2012 at 11:36 am

            Thanks LC for correcting me. Was thinking of selected to tryout after college for the US national team.

        • warriorfan February 27, 2012 at 10:21 am

          Well Northern Illinois all american Lauren Wicinski a 6′ 1 outside hitter reportedly looking for a new school to play at.

    • Warrior15 February 27, 2012 at 12:43 am

      …because depth and competition in the gym is a good. And if there are scollies available, then why not see what “free agents” are out there…

      Brit, take of yourself, congrats on graduating this semester, and most of all, thanks for all you’ve given the Hawaii program and its fans. :)

  • liveALOHA February 27, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Four open scholarships. Although the team is still talented, knowing there’s FOUR more to give opens a lot of questions.

    So one goes to Fonoimoana if she’s eligible. Check.
    I’d bet one goes to Maeda’s senior season OR a legit libero transfer. Check.
    Does one go to the Florida middle rumored to attend UH, depending on Hewitt’s move? Check.
    And one left open.

    If one goes to Maeda and one is left open, that gives Hawaii two more for the incoming recruits in 2013.

    Of course, ALL of this is strictly speculation… you’d expect Hawaii HAS to be getting a transfer or two…

    • leftout February 27, 2012 at 1:11 am

      Nothing in writing but Stauber may be on scholarship along with Olevao, that makes nine. Saving one for FF leaves two open for this coming season. There needs to be two available next year for Taylor & Higgins. At this time there are two scholies available for this upcoming vb season only. So whomever agrees to come in must agree/need a scholie for a single year.

  • liveALOHA February 27, 2012 at 12:43 am

    BTW, I wasn’t suprised Hewitt didn’t come back. Her health and being done with school are obviously the main factors.

    But as far as passion goes, this is a completely different team with most of the players being underclassmen. I’m sure it was an easier decision to leave knowing there’s not a whole bunch of bonds on the team either.

  • Warrior15 February 27, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Who’s this supposed Florida middle transfer?

    And if it’s true, then sounds like Florida is in trouble… they’re already losing a ton of senior starters.

  • Let's see February 27, 2012 at 1:00 am

    4 open scholarships for next season…

    1 to Tai Manu Olevao
    1 to Falyn Fonoimoana (assuming)

    2 for transfers.

    It gets difficult because 2 recruits come in 2013 and there will be no scholarship seniors leaving.

    CONFUSED. not gonna think about it anymore.

    • Let's see February 27, 2012 at 1:01 am

      *2 for possible transfers (don’t need to be used). Believe Hawai’i will get 1. Just a guess.

      • Let's see February 27, 2012 at 1:02 am

        I could be wrong with my numbers. If so, disregard..

    • warriorfan February 27, 2012 at 1:14 am

      Hawaii has four scholies left including Manu Olevao!!
      UH lost scholie players Waber, Danielson, Forsythe, Hewitt, and Satele.

      Unless Stauber gets one but i don’t see Stauber getting one with Higgins on the way because I just do not see three setters on scholarship in 2013.

      • Steve February 27, 2012 at 2:48 am

        warriorfan, Stauber was promised a scholie by Shoji, and he does not back out of a promise. Higgins will get Maeda’s scholie, with Hewitt’s scholie promised to the Kaiser High girl. I see Stauber backing up Uiato, for 2 more years, and also playing DS. Meaning he plans to redshirt Higgins her first year.

        • warriorfan February 27, 2012 at 9:16 am

          are u making stuff up again?

          • Steve February 27, 2012 at 9:52 am

            warriorfan, no I am not. Maeda’s scholie is going to Higgins, with Hewitt’s scholie going to Taylor (the girl from Kaiser High). And if you think about it, there is no way Higgins is going to beat out Uiato, so Shoji will redshirt her, since he will have Stauber backing up Uiato. Have Higgins learn the offense, and when Uiato finishes her playing time here, Higgins will have 4 years to play.

          • warriorfan February 27, 2012 at 10:20 am

            Maeda is a walk on.

          • Cindy Luis February 27, 2012 at 11:06 am

            Yes, Maeda is a walk-on. Stauber will be on scholarship in 2012. that was the deal with her walking on last year.

          • Steve February 27, 2012 at 11:23 am

            Cindy, if that is the case, then Shoji does not have an available scholarship, for a transfer, or international player, and will be asking that person to walk on for 2 years. Unless he will be asking Fonoimoana to walk-on. The other option would be to ask Long, or Goodman to relinquish their scholie.

          • Cindy Luis February 27, 2012 at 11:25 am

            have said before. I am not into scholarship numbers. Can only tell you the deal with Stauber was that she was to walk-on last year and get a scholarship in 2012.
            As for the ‘Florida transfer’ i have no idea where that rumor came from. not from me.
            Am starting a new thread. this is getting too long.

          • Steve February 27, 2012 at 10:49 am

            warriorfan, my mistake sorry, let me try this again.

            Danielson’s scholie to Olevao
            Satele’s scholie reserved for Fonoimoana
            Hewitt’s scholie going to Taylor (2013)
            Forsythe’s scholie going to Higgins (2013)

            That leaves Waber’s scholie open right now, for a transfer or international outside hitter, or Stauber, or 2013.

  • leftout February 27, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Stauber will probably be a DS/L, with limited playing time I don’t see her sticking around without a scholie. She’s talented enough to get one elsewhere.

  • roofer68 February 27, 2012 at 1:54 am

    I thought that

    I thought that Brit was getting into grad school here. If that’s so she still would have a scholarship. Info anyone?

    • leftout February 27, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Yes, if Hewitt was still a member of the vb team she would maintain her scholarship through her first year as a grad student, and another year if she was a grad assisstant for the team. But she’s got to do what she feels is best for her, so best wishes to her. Glad she was a Wahine.

  • Steve February 27, 2012 at 2:39 am

    First of all, Hewitt, thank you for being a Wahine, you will surely be missed. Secondly, take very good care of your back.
    As for the upcoming Wahine team, middles will be Vorster and Adolpho, outsides Croson, Hartong, and FF (Shoji does not seem to worried about her becoming eligible), setter Uiato, libero most likely Maeda. This starting unit can contend for a National Championship.
    The big question mark is the reserves. Tuaniga in the middle (health). On the outside Goodman (has not shown she can play on a consistent basis), Olevao (incoming freshman) and Long (not ready yet). Stauber, backup setter and DS/L, also at the DS/L position, Blake and Lelepali.
    With this said, Shoji knows he has to bring in a solid Outside Hitter with D1, or international experience, just in case he has to move Hartong back to middle, due to injury. I do not think he would want to rely on Goodman, or Olevao, if he has to make this move.
    My only question to Shoji, why did you redshirt Vorster, when you knew Hewitt’s back was giving her so much trouble. Vorster could have played and gained D1 eperience during the WAC season, while resting Hewitt, and would not have hurt the team that much. But that is all hindsight, I know.
    As for Hewitt’s and Maeda’s scholarships, they are already taken by 2013 recruits. So if I am not mistaken, Shoji has one scholar still available, not counting the one he is reserving for FF.

  • Steve February 27, 2012 at 3:05 am

    The BIG QUESTION I have, who will take over leadership of next year’s team, will it be Hartong, Uiato, or Croson, now that Hewitt is gone.

  • Steve February 27, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Cindy, you did not understand my question concerning FF and the Nittaidai exhibition match. I understand FF is not eligible to play in NCAA matches until fall 2012, if she become eligible. But Nittaidai does not belong to the NCAA, they are from Japan, so that being the case, why can’t FF participate in this exhibition match. I mean, it is more like a scrimmage. I think if Shoji wanted to, he could have Scott Wong, or even Robyn Ah-Mow play in this match.

    • Cindy Luis February 27, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Steve, i understood your question. she was declared ineligible for the 2011-12 season and that includes exhibition spring play. yes, it doesn’t count but she is not academically eligible to compete until she reaches sophomore status by fall of 2012. 5h

      • Steve February 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

        Cindy, thank you. Just did not realize it would include exhibition matches against foreign teams, also.

  • Kazu February 27, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Sorry to see Hewitt go,however her health should become first priority. Britt, thanks for 3 exciting years,and good luck in the years to come.

  • Vee February 27, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Am selfishly sorry Hewitt won’t be returning, Think Wawa is way off on his take of Brittany; I could see she was dealing with pain even before I knew about her back problems. She has good posture and that’s important when you have back problems. Loved watching her play.

    Hope we will have the opportunity to give her some kind of Senior Sendoff. She deserves one.

    Thanks Brittany for playing for Hawaii. Wish you well. Take care of yourself – your health.

  • LC February 27, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Hewitt fulfilled her obligations as a scholarship athlete.Her decision to move on for whatever reasons is her prerogative. We should appreciate her contributions to the program and wish her the best as many have.

    Hewitt’s revelation that she never had a passion for the game is interesting because it never showed . You don’t become a two time state POY ,a Gatorade POY ,all conference,and second team All American without haveing some passion.

    • Cindy Luis February 27, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Shoji said months ago when there speculation about Hewitt not returning was that she said she didn’t have the passion for the game. i do think Danielson helped her stay this past season. They have been such great friends almost from Day 1.

  • Safinatot February 27, 2012 at 8:44 am

    We should recruit Taylor Simpson! She’s still looking!

    • warriorfan February 27, 2012 at 9:16 am

      I don’t think she’s that good.

  • dragonman February 27, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Hewitt, thanks for the fun, take care of that back or it will only get worse as you get older. I am speaking from my own experience with back problems. You brought sunshine and excitement into our lives as a Wahine. Good luck to you.

  • grandpa February 27, 2012 at 9:29 am

    How do you folks know the scholarship situation? Can someone run down all of them for me..very interesting

    • Steve February 27, 2012 at 11:16 am

      grandpa, the women are allowed 12 scholarship players per year. Here are the scholarship players for 2012:

      Goodman (will be a Junior)
      Tuaniga (will be a Junior)
      Croson (will be a Sophomore)
      Uiato (will be a Junior)
      Hartong (will be a Junior)
      Long (will be a Redshirt Freshman)
      Vorster (will be a Redshirt Freshman)
      Olevao (incoming Freshman)

      That is a total of 8 scholarship women for 2012, leaving 4 scholarships available. Now comes the tricky part. One of those 4 remaining scholarships is reserved for Fonoimoana, which leaves 3 available now. Since all of the 2012 scholarship women will be returning for 2013, and Shoji has promised both Higgins and Taylor, his 2013 recruits, a scholarship. That leaves only 1 scholarship available for a transfer outside hitter (who can play in 2012), or an international outside hitter, or he can keep that scholarship for 2013.

      • Cindy Luis February 27, 2012 at 11:17 am

        Steve, again, Stauber will be on scholarship 2012.

        • warriorfan February 27, 2012 at 11:23 am

          Hope Stauber develops a tough serve and learns how to dig rockets so she can take on a Steph Brandt role next season.

  • jeff February 27, 2012 at 11:05 am

    3 weeks ago she told me was not coming back and was at peace with it and it was firm i was hoping she might change her mind but she has been working out hard

  • Steve February 27, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Cindy, just thought of something. Does Vorster, Long, or Olevao play basketball? Maybe, Shoji can have one of them on a basketball scholie, just like Adolpho. It would open up a scholie, and the basketball team could use the height these girls have.

    • Cindy Luis February 27, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Re: Basketball. Shoji doesn’t ‘get’ players to play another sport. Adolpho was a basketball recruit who also wanted to play volleyball. She was supposed to redshirt in vb last season but they saw she could contribute right away, and given Hewitt’s limitation, it was lucky she could.

      you seem to think that playing two sports is an easy thing to do. it’s not. it would be the player’s decision and a huge time commitment. AND the basketball coach would have to agree as well since it’s here scholarship.

      • Steve February 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm

        Cindy, I know playing 2 sports is a hard thing to do, especially in college. I give Adolpho alot of credit for doing it, especially as a freshman. Was just trying to think of a way Shoji could open up a scholarship.

        • Cindy Luis February 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm

          my point is it’s not Shoji’s decision for someone to play 2 sports.

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