Hartong repeats as conference player of the year

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawai'i senior outside hitter Emily Hartong was voted the Big West Conference's Women's Volleyball Player of the Year for the second time as the 2013 All-Big West accolades were handed out on Monday. In total, UH had six players earn all-Big West honors.
Along with Hartong, Mita Uiato, Ali Longo, and Nikki Taylor garnered first-team honors with Kalei Adolpho and Jade Vorster receiving honorable mention selections. Taylor was also named to the all-freshman team.
UC Santa Barbara's Ali Spindt was named Big West Freshman of the Year, and Cal State Northridge's Jeff Stork and UCSB's Nicole Lantagne Welch were voted Co-Coaches of the Year.
Hartong guided the 'Bows to a share of its second straight Big West Conference championship with a 13-3 mark. She paced the league and ranked eighth in the nation with a 4.64 kill average, while hitting .289 on the season. Over the course of the season, Hartong collected three Big West Player of the Week awards to increase her career total to seven. Her first honor of the season came the first week of the season after leading the Rainbow Wahine to a victory over No. 1 Texas, their first win over a No. 1-ranked opponent since knocking off UCLA in 2000. With this year's honor, Hartong becomes UH's seventh Big West Player of the Year recipient and the second Rainbow Wahine to win the award twice as Teee Williams-Sanders nabbed the honor in 1988 and 1989.
Vorster and Uiato garnered their second Big West selections with Longo earning Big West accolades for the first time. Uiato was voted first team all-conference for third time having been named all-WAC in 2011. Taylor's selection marks the second straight season the Rainbow Wahine landed a freshman on the first team.
The 'Bows were named as a host site for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament and will open play on Friday, Dec. 6 against Idaho State.

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