Magill in the middle: Arizona transfer ready to make a mark

Magill in the middle: Arizona transfer ready to make a mark

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - How do you replace a middle blocker that's taller than six-feet?

Easy, just check in another one.

Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball head coach Dave Shoji and his staff does more reloading than recruiting.

So when Jade Vorster left, 6-foot-1 Olivia Magill touched down in Manoa.

"I wanted to play for a program that was renowned for their coaches and just had a really good background, so Hawaii is definitely one of the best," Magill said.

Magill comes to Hawaii after two years in Arizona.

As a Wildcat, she led the team in blocks and had a .335 hitting percentage.

She calls herself a quiet leader, but coach Shoji says she'll be loud enough with her play.

"She can go up and grab the rim and so we just need to set her high enough," Shoji said. "There's not gonna be a middle blocker on the other side of the net that's going to be more physical than Olivia."

Magill may be a newcomer, however, she's no stranger to the Manoa Faithful.

She's already had a taste of the state's passion for Rainbow Wahine volleyball.

"We played against them last year when I was at Arizona, but it was crazy," Magill said. "It was the most packed gym i've ever been at. It was like you wanted to root for the Wahine even though you are on the opposing side and the atmosphere is really big."

The season begins August 29th against Ohio.

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