HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - What a difference a year makes. Senior Middle Blocker Olivia Magill has adjusted nicely to playing at UH after transferring from the University of Arizona following her sophomore season.
"Personally, when I came here I was really nervous especially playing in front of the crowd and just like being with a bunch of new so I feel like having that kind of experience under my belt has prepared me for this season so I feel a lot more comfortable," said Magill.
We all remember being the new kid in class, and the only way the new kid thrives is by acceptance. That's clearly been the case for Olivia Magill, who is in her second year with the program. The team has clearly embraced and welcomed her and it's showing in her leadership skills on the court. "She's in the huddle, she's encouraging people. I think last year maybe she was just a little bit afraid of maybe taking on that role, but I think now she feels really comfortable and we need that out of her because she is one of our leaders," said head coach Dave Shoji.
But her adaptation to Hawaii has gone well beyond volleyball. "I have been a lot better, you can even ask the girls about trying local food and and like getting out and and like doing other things."
The Washington Native is coming off a successful 20-14 campaign where she was an AVCA All-American honorable mention. The carry-over is evident, Magill already leads the team with 32 blocks and is 2nd in kills with 59 this season. "I don't feel like I have a lot of pressure on me to do that. I guess like our games will speak for ourselves."
Magill will try to increase those numbers when the No. 16 Rainbow Wahine host the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge starting on Thursday.