HONOLULU – (Hawaii Athletics) University of Hawai‘i men's volleyball head coach
Charlie Wade announced the signing of Max Wechsung and Aniefre Etim-Thomas of
Long Beach City College and Garrett Komisarek of Irvine Valley College for the
In addition local products Kolby Kanetake of Moanalua High School and Daniel Aina, Jr., of
Kamehameha Schools-Hawai‘i will also join the team.
Wechsung, a 6-foot-7 setter, graduated from St. John Bosco
High School in 2010 while Etim-Thomas
is a 6-foot-3 middle blocker and graduate of Wilson High School.
Both played two seasons at LBCC and will have two years of eligibility
remaining at UH.
The duo helped LBCC win the California Community College
Athletic Association State Championship while both earned all-tournament team
honors. On the season, Wechsung played both setter and opposite and was named
Western State Conference Most Valuable Player. He averaged 2.20 kills, 6.25
assists, 1.49 digs, and 0.90 blocks per set and also led the conference in
service aces per set (0.41).
Etim-Thomas, a first-team all-conference pick, averaged 1.97
kills on .560 hitting, which led the state. He also finished second in the
state in blocks per set (2.08). During the state playoffs, he averaged 4.25
kills and 2.25 blocks and hit .583.
"Max is an all-around team player, who will challenge for
the starting setter position from day one," Wade said. "He is a really steady
setter, who makes good decisions and has good placement on his sets. He serves
well and is also a pretty effective blocker.
"Our fans will enjoy watching Aniefre play. He loves to
compete and plays hard and with an infectious energy. He's fast off the ground
and is a relentless worker, especially with his blocking, and will remind our
fans of a Jason Ring-type player."
Komisarek, a 5-foot-8 libero, graduated from Saint Francis
High School in 2010 before attending
IVC. He played in 31 sets as a freshman and averaged 1.50 digs per set and last
season finished fifth in the state at 2.77 digs per set while earning
second-team all- Pacific Coast Athletic Conference honors and all-tournament
team honors at the state championship.
"Garrett is very quick on the court," Wade said. "He played
two years at junior college at a pretty high level and his speed and agility
will allow him to transition to the Division I game quickly."
Kanetake and Aina were among four players from the state of
Hawai‘i named to the AVCA High School Boys Senior All-American watch list.
Overall, they are among 74 players from 13 states who are eligible to earn
All-America first team or second team honors. In addition, both were recently
named to the all-tournament team at the Hawai‘i High School Athletic
Association Division I Championships in which Aina's KS-Hawai‘i team finished
runner-up and Kanetake's MHS squad placed third for the second straight year.
Kanetake is a two-time all-OIA East first-team selection who
also was named to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Fab 15 boys' all-state
team as a junior. Aina is a four-time all-BIIF selection.
"Both Kolby and Daniel are guys who we got to know through
our summer camp program," Wade said. "Both have been really successful at the
high school level; have played club at the national level; and are involved with
the U.S. High Performance program. They are your prototypical Hawai‘i players.
They understand the game well, have good court sense, and are highly skilled
and will contribute to our team."
"Daniel's a great kid, he was our team captain and a member
of the varsity squad for four years as a setter and libero," KS-Hawai‘i head
coach Guy Enriques said. "He has exceptional skills and was our second-best
hitter but we needed him to quarterback the team so he primarily played setter.
He literally led the entire team to the state finals and if he didn't go down
with an ankle injury in the championship match, we may have won the whole