By: Mike Cherry
MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 9th ranked Rainbow Wahine volleyball team welcomed a familiar face back to their morning practices this week.
Former starter, now suspended, outside hitter Jane Croson scrimmaged with the Bows' second team Wednesday, but head coach Dave Shoji says she has a ways to go before returning to game action.
"Jane's back to practice, she's not going to go on the road trip. She's working towards getting back into shape and she looked sharp today" said Shoji. "Next week's another week. We'll see if she can get into a match and maybe activated next week."
Croson's teammates say they've missed the dynamic presence she brings on a nightly basis.
"It's great to have her back," said middle blocker Jade Vorster. "Our backups for Jane (Keala Goodman, Ashley Kastle, Tai Manu-Olevao)... are great players, but there's that level of comfort and confidence we're missing. And Jane has that experience that we're missing, because Jane was with the team last year."
On October 3, it was announced that Croson was suspended indefinitely. In a press release, Shoji said his star outside hitter had to "take care of some off the court issues in order for her to resume full time practice and competition."
Croson has missed Hawaii's last five matches, a stretch that's seen UH go 5-0. In 13 starts this season Croson's averaging 3.84 kills and 2.50 digs per set.
Hawaii (17-0, 10-0) leaves for a two match road trip on Thursday morning. UH visits Long Beach State (11-9, 6-3) on Friday, 4pm HST and UC Irvine (9-14, 4-5) on Saturday.