HAWAII GROWN: Anae tops D-I players from Hawaii
Utah's Adora Anae was a second team All-American as a junior last year. (Photo courtesy Steve C. Wilson/University of Utah)
When Adora Anae was deciding between Hawaii and Utah as a senior at Kahuku, she talked about how much she’d miss her family if she left.
Now a senior at Utah and four years removed from one of the most difficult decisions of her life, Anae has thrived with the Utes’ volleyball team with a few in her family still right by her side.
Anae lives with her cousin, Wendy, who is on the Utes’ basketball team, as well as younger brother Bradlee, a sophomore defensive end on the football team. She has another cousin and a best friend in the house as well.
In her words, it’s just like it was growing up in a big family on the North Shore.
“It’s always a party in our house,” Anae said after practice Wednesday.
“We’re never homesick having each other around and we’re just enjoying the college life.”
A prized recruit out of Kahuku, the 6-foot-2 senior has more than lived up to the billing in college. Anae is a two-time, first-team All-Pac-12 selection and was named a second-team All-American as a junior.
This year, she has helped the Utes to a 5-1 start and a No. 18 national ranking after earning three wins back home in Hawaii last weekend, culminating with a four-set victory over the Rainbow Wahine on Sunday.
“Our first game in the Stan Sheriff gave me chills because I always dreamed of playing in there growing up,” Anae said. “Watching games all the time there and then actually playing and being able to go on the court was something totally different. It was surreal.”
Utah is one of two Division I schools with three players from Hawaii. Sophomore setter Bailey Choy, a 2016 ‘Iolani graduate, played in all 32 matches as a freshman and made 28 starts. Middle blocker Phoebe Grace is in her first year with the Utes after graduating from Kahuku last spring.
“Phoebe was my younger sister’s classmate at Kahuku so I’d always walk by her and say ‘hey little Phoebe,” Anae said of Grace, who is now 6-foot-2. “She’s one of the more mature ones in the younger generation.
“Bailey is a leader for us. She has this great work ethic and dishes the ball so well and is just a natural setter. She’s got a lot of confidence in herself and her teammates and that really helps.”
Grace and Anae are two of five Kahuku alums playing D-I girls volleyball. Of the 54 total listed, 13 are from Punahou, followed by eight each from Kamehameha and defending state champion ‘Iolani.
Here’s the full list of 54 players who graduated from Hawaii high schools playing Division I collegiate volleyball on the mainland:
ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE Samantha Worley (‘Iolani ‘17) 5-7, Fr, L/DS
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES Hoakalei Dawson (‘Iolani ‘14) 5-10, Sr, S/L
ARIZONA WILDCATS Sara Watanabe (‘Iolani ‘16) 5-9, So, L/DS
ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS Nikki Lum (Punahou ‘16) 5-6, So, S Ana Oglivie (‘Iolani ‘17) 5-6, Fr, S
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY COUGARS Alohi Robins-Hardy (Kamehameha ‘14) 6-2, Sr, S Kiani Tuileta (Punahou ‘15) 5-10, So, S
BUTLER BULLDOGS Taylor Takeda (Kamehameha ‘14) 5-4, Jr, L
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE MATADORS Kamalu Makekau-Whittaker (KS-Hawaii ‘16) 6-0, So, S
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN BUCCANEERS Hannah Tavares (Hawaii Baptist ‘16) 5-4, Fr, DS
COLORADO BUFFALOES Lillie Klemmer (Punahou ‘16) 5-11, So, MB/OPP
DARTMOUTH BIG GREEN Zoe Leonard (KS-Hawaii ‘15) 5-10, Jr, L
DEPAUL BLUE DEMONS Shayla-Ann Santos (Sacred Hearts ‘17) 5-8, Fr, DS/L
EAST CAROLINA PIRATES Brandee Markwith (Punahou ‘16) 5-8, So, L
EASTERN WASHINGTON EAGLES Ashelyn Jones (Roosevelt ‘15) 6-1, Jr, OH/OPP
GEORGE MASON PATRIOTS Sydney Fanoga (Punahou ‘14) 6-0, Sr, MB
GONZAGA BULLDOGS Tiyana Hallums (Kamehameha ‘15) 5-10, Jr, DS/OH
HARVARD CRIMSON Anna Uhr (‘Iolani ‘15) 5-8, Jr, OH Sandra Zeng (Punahou ‘17) 5-9, Fr, OPP
JACKSON STATE TIGERS Markayisha Masani (University ‘15) 5-9, Jr, OH Kanilea Nomura (Kekaulike ‘17) 5-11, Fr, MB
KANSAS STATE WILDCATS Reilly Killeen (‘Iolani ‘15) 5-4, Jr, L/DS
MIAMI HURRICANES Alyssa Basdavanos (Punahou ’14) 5-8, Sr, DS
MONTANA GRIZZLIES Silerolia Gaogao (Moanalua ‘15) 5-11, Jr, OH
NEVADA WOLF PACK Shayla Hoeft (Seabury Hall ‘16) 6-2, So, MB Kayla Afoa (Kamehameha ‘17) 5-9, Fr, OH
NEW MEXICO LOBOS Ashley Kelsey (Campbell ‘12) 6-0, Sr, OH
NORTH TEXAS MEAN GREEN Eimanie Thomas (Mid-Pacific ‘17) 6-0, Fr, RS
OKLAHOMA SOONERS Halia Hogan (‘Iolani ‘17) 5-11, Fr, MB Kira Morikawa (Punahou ‘17) 5-7, Fr, DS
OREGON DUCKS Kyra Hanawahine (Kamehameha ‘17) 5-2, Fr, DS
OREGON STATE BEAVERS Shekinah Clarke (Kapolei ‘15) 5-10, Jr, OH
PEPPERDINE WAVES Hana Lishman (Punahou ‘16) 5-8, So, L
PITTSBURGH PANTHERS Kamalani Akeo (Kamehameha ‘15) 5-7, Jr, S
PORTLAND PILOTS Kassidy Naone (Le Jardin ‘17) 5-11, Fr, OH Carey Williams (Kahuku ‘17) 5-7, Fr, DS/L
PRINCETON TIGERS Kelly Matthews (Punahou ‘14) 5-10, Sr, OH/RS
SAINT FRANCIS (PENN.) UNIVERSITY RED FLASH Ariel Halemano (Kapolei ‘16) 5-10, Fr, RS/MB
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY SPARTANS Jamie Hirai (Mid-Pacific ‘14) 5-7, Sr, L
SEATTLE U. REDHAWKS Aly Borje-Bonkowski (Maryknoll ’16) 5-4, So, L
SIENA (N.Y.) COLLEGE SAINTS Jojo Ishida (Mid-Pacific ‘17) 5-6, Fr, L/DS
TEMPLE OWLS Mia Heirakuji (Kamehameha ‘15) 5-5, Jr, DS/L Averi Salvador (Punahou ‘17) 5-5, Fr, DS/L
TEXAS A&M AGGIES Kiana Peroff (Punahou ’16) 6-2, So, OH
TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS Reyn Akiu (Kamehameha ‘15) 5-2, Jr, DS/L
UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS Ka‘iulani Ahuna (KS-Hawaii ‘15) 5-10, Jr, OH
UNLV REBELS Leka Kiner-Falefa (Mid-Pacific ‘16) 5-8, So, DS/L
UTAH UTES Bailey Choy (‘Iolani ’16) 5-9, So, S Adora Anae (Kahuku ‘14) 6-1, Sr, OH/RS Phoebe Grace (Kahuku ‘17) 6-2, Fr, MB
UTAH VALLEY WOLVERINES Jasmine Niutupuivaha (Kahuku ’16) 5-11, So, MB
WINTHROP (S.C.) EAGLES Puaoolelagi Sao (Kahuku ‘17) 5-6, Fr, DS Keaupono Fey (Punahou ‘14) 6-0, Sr, MB Siani Yamaguchi (Kalaheo ’16) 5-8, So, S