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UH's Josh Walker evolving into complete volleyball player

The UH Mens' Volleyball Team The UH Mens' Volleyball Team
Josh Walker Josh Walker
Charlie Wade Charlie Wade
Ric Cervantes Ric Cervantes

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was photo day for the UH men's volleyball team. The Warriors leave Wednesday for California and a showdown with top-ranked Pepperdine.

Playing the No. 1 ranked team in the country won't be easy especially on the road, but the Warriors are playing their best volleyball of the season right now.

One of the big reasons is outside hitter Josh Walker. Check out what he did Saturday against Long Beach.

Walker had 48 "attack" attempts. He converted 28 of those attempts into kills. He had just two hitting errors.

Do the math and Walker had an astounding .542 hitting percentage. The kid is really putting on a show for the fans.

"Exactly. I mean that's exactly what they come out there for," he said. "I mean, I like when people come up to me and say, 'I love the way you play. Your energy. That kind of stuff.'"

Walker's always had a lot of energy, always had an incredible vertical leap and powerful arm swing.

But his passing used to be suspect. Opposing teams would serve right at him hoping for a mistake. Well, they're still serving at him, hoping to take him out of offensive position.

But now he's a much better passer. Saturday, for example, Long Beach targeted Walker on 49 serves. He committed only two reception errors. Walker has become a complete player.

"His hitting efficiency is up maybe 100 points on the year," said head coach Charlie Wade. "You know, his kills per game number is up maybe one something per game and his passing continues to improve. His passing and defense continue to allow him to stay in the game and put up those kind of offensive numbers."

"The guy is a freak athletically, and now that he's putting together the technical side to the athletic side of him, it's poetry in motion," said teammate Ric Cervantes.

"All last year, it was just like I would have to think so much I wasn't even concentrating on the other team," said Walker. "I had to worry about myself so much because I knew if I missed my serve, I might get pulled out if I wasn't passing good I might get pulled out. If I didn't hit well, then I was definitely getting pulled out. So I was worried about my self a lot more. And this year since I don't have to worry about myself getting taken out, I can focus on the other team a lot more, so it's helped me out a lot this season."

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