University of Hawai'i women's volleyball head coach Dave Shoji announced the signing of two recruits for the 2016 season, Norene Iosia and Kirsten Sibley on Wednesday.
Iosia, a 5-11 setter from Redondo Union HS, is an all-CIF selection in her first three years of high school. She was voted the 2012 National Freshman of the Year and 2014 National Junior of the Year by PrepVolleyball.com. Iosia was named th e2013 and '14 Daily Breeze Player of the Year and last season she helped lead the Sea Hawks to the D1AA CIF and State Championships. Iosia has earned a silver medal and two bronze medals in the Junior Olympics and was selected to the 2012 and the 2015 Junior Olympic All-Tournament Teams.
"Norene is one of the premiere setters coming out of this class," says Shoji. "She's wanted to come to Hawai'i for a long time and we've watched her closely over the years. She's got great command of the game and has a lot of upside. She has beautiful hands and that's a quality we like about her. She is a natural setter who has good location."
Sibley is a 6-2 outside hitter out of Campolindo High School in Moraga, Calif. She has many accomplishments and accolades, including being selected to the 2013 and '14 USA Women's Junior A1 National Training Team Program and playing in the HP Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Sibley, a four-year starter at Campolindo, was named one of the "Top 12 High School Volleyball Players of the Bay Area" by Sports Stars Magazine and she has been her team's captain the past two seasons. She earned all-area and all-league honors in both 2013 and '14. She has helped to lead Campolindo to three-straight DFAL titles. Sibley is also a highly accomplished beach volleyball player as she was selected to compete in the 2013 A-2 USA HP Select beach training championships in Hermosa Beach, Calif. Sibley was also invited to attend the HP Beach Holiday Camp and the HP Beach A-2 Select beach training and championships in Hermosa Calif. in 2011 and '12.
"Kirsten is one of those hard to find players because she is a six-rotation player," says Shoji. "Obviously she can hit and block, but she can also play back row. It's hard to find players like her. She has size, a great work ethic, and she's just going to get better and better. She comes from a really good club team which produces many, many college players so she is well trained and playing at a really high level."
"We signed two quality players in this class which will help the program move forward." says Shoji.
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