Several Hawaii ties in the 2022 NCAA women’s volleyball tournament

Wisconsin players hold up the NCAA trophy after defeating Nebraska in the championship match...
Wisconsin players hold up the NCAA trophy after defeating Nebraska in the championship match of the NCAA women's college volleyball tournament Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)(Paul Vernon | AP)
Published: Dec. 2, 2022 at 3:32 PM HST

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With the 2022 NCAA women’s volleyball tournament underway across the country, several players and coaches that made the big dance have a connection to the islands.

The University of Hawaii making their 29th-straight NCAA appearance with a wealth of local players and coaches, but there are many more players and coaches from the 808 in this year’s field.


  • Keonilei Akana - defensive specialist, Texas, Kamehameha-Kapalama
  • Devin Kahahawai - outside hitter, Texas, Kamehameha-Kapalama
  • Saige Ka’aha’aina-Torres - setter, Texas, Iolani
  • Lexis Akeo - setter, Pittsburgh, Kamehameha-Kapalama
  • Jhenna Gabriel - setter, UNLV, Maryknoll
  • Alyssa Muraoka - libero, UNLV, Mid-Pacific Institute
  • Elena Oglivie - libero, Stanford, Iolani
  • Shelby Capllonch - outside hitter, Utah State, Damien
  • Zoe Slaughter - libero, Auburn, Moanalua
  • Faave Kimsel Moe - libero, Quinnipiac, Punahou
  • Chloe Kaahanui - setter, Quinnipiac, Punahou
  • Aria McComber - libero, BYU, Punahou


  • Scott Wong - head coach, Pepperdine, Punahou Alumni and former UH women’s associate head coach
  • Dan Fisher - head coach, Pittsburgh, UH women’s associate head coach 2009-2011
  • Kamalani Akeo - director of volleyball operations, Pittsburgh, Kamehameha-Kapalama Alumni
  • Jaylen Reyes - assistant coach/recruiting coordinator, Nebraska, Kamehameha-Kapalama Alumni
  • Bruce Atkinson - head coach, Delaware State, Hawaii-Hilo women’s head coach 2007-2010 and BYU-Hawaii Alumni
  • Mike Wilton - volunteer coach, Utah State, UH men’s head coach 1992-2009 and BYU-Hawaii Alumni
  • Joshua Walker - assistant coach, Baylor, former UH player 2006-2011 and coach 2016-2022
  • Jerritt Elliott - head coach, Texas, finished collegiate career at UH 1990
  • Alfred Reft - associate head coach, San Diego, played for UH men’s team 2004-2006
  • Pi’i Aiu - assistant coach, Northern Colorado, Kamehameha-Kapalama Alumni