HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The AVCA Women's Volleyball All- American teams were announced today, it should come as no surprise that two U-H standouts were named among the nation's elite,
But, that doesn't mean Dave Shoji is happy with the selections.
For anyone who watched a Rainbow Wahine match this year there's really no arguing, Nikki Taylor is a force to be reckoned with. This past season Taylor led the Big West Conference in kills per set, points per set and service aces.
But, when the All-American selections were released this morning the junior opposite landed on the second team. Her teammate, senior middle blocker, Olivia Magill, was named 3rd team. Taylor is currently fifth in the nation* in points per set. Which, according to Dave Shoji, should've earned her first team honors.
"Her numbers have just been phenomenal you know, sometimes they look at your competition but every good team we played she had great numbers and I'm really disappointed in the committee that didn't put Nikki on the first team, it's just incredible to me that she's not a first team All-American," said Shoji.
But for Taylor, the snub is just more motivation for next season. "Just to get an award like that is a really huge honor but I definitely think it wasn't really what I was expecting so now I have something to work for," said Taylor.