HAWAII GROWN: All-America honors for 5
Utah’s Adora Anae, a Kahuku alumna, was named to the AVCA All-America second team as a junior. Photo courtesy Utah Athletics.
A total of five players with Hawaii ties earned All-America honors from the AVCA today.
Along with Hawaii outside hitter Nikki Taylor, a Kaiser graduate, Utah junior Adora Anae was named to the AVCA All-America second team.
Anae, a Kahuku alumna, is just the second Utah volleyball player to earn second-team All-America honors ever. Also named to the AVCA All-Pacific South Region team just last week, Anae set a single-season school record with 592 kills, which ranked first in the Pac-12 and sixth in the nation. She is just one of 21 players in the nation to collect 500 kills on the season.
An All-Pac-12 first-team selection, Anae averaged 4.70 kills per set, which ranked 10th in the nation. She totaled 27 service aces, 34 assists and also collected 54 total blocks.
Anae also led the Utes with 407 digs on the season, becoming the only player in school history to register 500 kills and 400 digs in the same year. Of the 10 players in the nation that boast at least a 4.70 kills-per-set average, Anae is the only one to also average 3.2 digs per set.
Arizona teammates Kalei Mau (Kaiser) and Penina Snuka (Kahuku) were named to the AVCA All-America third team.
Snuka earned honorable mention All-America honors as a sophomore and junior. This is Mau’s first All-America selection as she becomes the 10th All-American ever at Arizona.
Snuka is one of only two players in Arizona history to earn three All-America honors.
Snuka led the conference in total assists for the second straight year, totaling 1,307 during the regular season. She surpassed the 5,000 career assist mark, just the second player in Arizona history, and 13th in the conference, to do so. Snuka averaged 10.77 assists and 3.02 digs per set while leading the team in service aces (35). The senior had 21 double-doubles this year, tied for first in the Pac-12, marking the fourth year Snuka either led or tied for the league lead in double-doubles.
The Pac-12 setter of the year is second in Arizona history in both career assists (5,212) and career digs (1,610) and the all-time leader in sets played (489).
Mau, an all-region and all-conference performer, finished second in the Pac-12 in kills per set at 4.07. Mau, who battled injury all year, enjoyed a late-season surge to become one of the most effective hitters in the conference. She leaves Arizona sixth in school history in career kills per set (3.68) and sixth in 20-plus-kill career matches (15).
Missouri senior Carly Kan (Punahou) earned honorable mention honors.
Kan, a three-time AVCA All-America recipient (2013, ’15, ’16), recently concluded one of the finest careers in Mizzou volleyball history. She leaves the program ranked top five all-time in career kills (1,677), attacks (4,392), digs (1,445) and points (1,905) and also places top 10 all-time in career digs per set (2.92) and points per set (3.85).
As a senior, Kan led the team with 14 double-doubles (sixth-most in SEC), including eight double-doubles in SEC action and two in NCAA Tournament play. Kan showed her versatility throughout the season, earning Week 5 SEC co-offensive player of the week honors and one SEC defensive player of the Week honor.
Earlier this month, Kan became the only player in Mizzou Volleyball history with four all-time first team AVCA All-Region awards. Additionally, she was only one of six players in the nation to receive first team All-Region honors in each of the past four years.