Pertinent additions to Wahine volleyball roster’s Bios:
IMHO Volleyball Mag FABs and PrepVolleyball.com Senior Aces Top 100 are equivalent to football and basketball’s Top 100 recruited prep athletes coming out of high school regardless of position. To be a FAB 50 and PrepVolleyball.com Senior Ace Top 100 and Next 150 is an honor for any Prep recruit coming out of high school. To have 7 FAB 50s and 9 Senior Aces is a testament of the recruiting power of coach Shoji and his staff.
Volleyball Mag FAB 50s (7): Tayler Higgins, Nikki Taylor, Olivia Maguil, Savanah Kahakai, Makenna Granato, Casey Castillo, and Annie Mitchem
PrepVolleyball.com Senior Aces (9): #16 Annie Mitchem, #19 Tayler Higgins, #26 Nikki Taylor, #35 Kalei Greeley, #37 Oliva Maquil, #61 Casey Castillo, #64 Savanah Kahakai, and #75 Makenna Granato; Senior Aces Next 150 Tai Manu-Olevau
In addition to the above accolades:
Annie Mitchem: AVCA JC 2-YR POY (2013 and 2014); California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) – Female athlete of year for 2014-2015.
Gianna Guinasso: AVCA HS Sand 1st Team AA
Makenna Granato: 2014-2015 Under Armour First-Team All-America
Comparing Prep accolades from other revenue producing programs:
Rainblow Warrior baseball
Prep: A 2013 graduate of Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, O’ahu…Lettered four (4) years in baseball under Coach Dunn Muramaru…Aided MPI to Interscholastic League of Honolulu (IHL) title twice during his time there and a Hawai'i High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) State Championship in his senior season…Earned first team All-ILH and second team All-State as a sophomore and junior…Was a first-team All-IHL and All-State selection as a senior, named to the HHSAA Division I All-Tournament Team and Honolulu Star-Advertiser State Player of the Year…Selected by the Chicago Cubs in 25th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
Rainbow Warrior basketball
Prep: A 2013 graduate of National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Md…averaged 25.7 ppg and close to 10 rebounds and 4 assists…helped lead the Eagles to a 22-7 mark and an 8-2 record in conference….earned all-metro honors from the Washington Post and Prince George's All-Gazette second team honors….also selected to participate in the 40th Annual Capital Classic All-Star game in Washington D.C.….rated as the 15th best player in Virginia by Phenom Hoop Report… prior to the National Christian Academy, attended William Penn High School in his native Delaware…was a two-time all-conference guard…also was a two-time all-state cornerback for the William Penn football team…helped lead the team to the state football championship game as a junior…spent the 2013 -14 season at Massanutten Military Academy, a post-graduate academy in Virginia…averaged 21 ppg, 6 rpg and 7 apg for a squad that was ranked in the top 10 nationally…named MVP of the Josh Howard Classic after upsetting then-No. 2 Hargrave Military Academy… played AAU ball for Team Takeover EYBL and Team Loaded (Va.).
Rainblow Warrior football
Prep: A 2012 graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu, O‘ahu…selected as the Gatorade Hawai‘i Football Player of the Year…rated as the No. 3 recruit in the state of Hawai‘i and 36th-best running back nationally by Rivals.com…picked as the No. 5 prospect in the state and No. 70 running back nationally by 247sports.com…rushed for 1,154 yards and 12 touchdowns on 218 carries as a senior, leading the Buffanblu to the HHSAA Division I state championship game…named to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser first team all-state as a junior and senior…a three-time, all-ILH pick and ILH Offensive Player of the Year in 2011…selected to all-Hawai‘i football team by espn.com…rushed for more than 100 yards four times, including a season-high 162 yards in a win over ‘Iolani…participated in the H.U.B. Goodwill Senior Bowl all-star game…as a junior, rushed for 771 yards on 152 carries and four touchdowns and caught 16 passes for 141 yards and a score...selected to Honolulu Star-Advertiser all-state third team…also named all-ILH as a sophomore…a multi-sport athlete who also competed in basketball, track and wrestling...a starter on the Buffanblu basketball squad that captured the 2012 HHSAA Division I state championship...a member of the National Honor Society, Medical Science Club and Young Life Club.
Prep: A 2014 graduate of Saint Louis School in Honolulu…rated as the No. 6 prospect in the state of Hawai‘i by ESPN and No. 9 by scout.com…also ranked as the No. 149 wide receiver nationally…Honolulu Star-Advertiser and ScoringLive all-state first team…2013 American Family Insurance All-USA Hawai‘i Football team…tallied 45 catches for 861 yards and 12 TDs…averaged 18.2 yards per catch and 117.3 receiving yards per game…ranked fourth in the state in receiving yards…in the final two weeks of the season, had 11 catches for 185 yards and two TDs against Punahou and 12 catches for 223 yards and two scores against Kamehameha…participated in the H.U.B. Foundation Goodwill Senior Bowl and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after catching two TD passes…selected to participate in the Blue-Grey All-American Game in Arlington, Texas...earned all-state honorable mention and second-team all-ILH honors in 2012 as a junior…also a standout baseball player…batted .309 for Crusader squad that captured school’s first state championship in nearly 40 years...earned second-team all-league honors as a junior outfielder...earned three letters in track...part of 4x100 relay team that finished third in the state in 2013.
Rainbow Warrior volleyball
Prep: A 2013 graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu, O‘ahu…lettered three years in both volleyball and basketball...led volleyball to consecutive state titles in 2012 and ’13 and three straight Interscholastic League of Honolulu titles from 2011-13…member of state runner-up team as a sophomore…Honolulu Star-Advertiser Fab 15 selection and first-team all-league as a senior…selected to the HHSAA state championship all-tournament team in 2012 and ’13…two-time first-team all-league selection…honorable mention all-state as a junior…picked to Volleyball Magazine’s Fab 50…member of basketball squad which captured the state and league championship in 2012…as a senior earned honorable mention all-state and the team’s Impact Player Award…received Punahou Recognition Award in chemistry in 2011, along with Hawaiian and Physical Education in 2010…volunteer for AccesSurf, Special Olympics, and beach clean-up programs…member of Ku‘ikahi Volleyball Club for four years receiving a bronze medal in the Southern California Volleyball Association Tournament in 2013…also named to the Junior Nationals U-15 all-tournament team.
Rainblow Wahine basketball
Prep: A 2014 graduate of Kentwood High School in Covington, Wash.…was first athlete in league and school history to earn 12 varsity letters—four in basketball, four in volleyball and four in track & field…in 2014 was named Kentwood’s Athlete of the Year, the Seattle Times Female Athlete of the Year, and the Tacoma News Tribune’s All-Area Female Athlete of the Year…in basketball, averaged 20.1 points, 4.1 assists, 9.5 rebounds, and 3.4 steals a game as a senior…earned all-league honors all four years and was voted to the all-state team in 2013 and ’14…was named the league’s North division’s co-Most Valuable Player for 2014…was the Conk (Conquerors) Award winner in 2013…named a McDonald’s All-American and Queen of the Hardwood…helped lead the Conquerors to four state tournament appearances…was the team captain in her junior and senior seasons…earned the team’s Most Improved award as a freshman in 2010…in volleyball, helped to lead Kentwood to a league championship in 2013…was named all-league all four seasons and was voted the league’s division co-MVP for 2014…in track and field was named league’s North division’s Female Field Athlete of the Year for both 2013 and ’14…helped lead team to a state championship in 2010 and league titles in 2010 and ’14…placed in both triple and long jump at states…was the 2014 district triple jump champion…shattered the school’s triple jump record at 37-6 (previous record was 36-6)…competed in triple jump, long jump, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles…excelled academically earning several honors including the President’s Award for Educational Excellence; 2014 Rotary Student Athlete Award; scholar athlete award; and was the Student of the Month for business (2013); language arts (2013); history (2012); and language (2010).
Highly touted 2015 Wahine volleyball recruits’ Bios
Makenna Granato, 6-0 OH
Prep: A 2015 graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu, O‘ahu…lettered three years in volleyball, one in basketball…volleyball team won league and state titles in 2012 and state again in 2014…named 2014 Under Armour All-American…voted the 2014 Gatorade State Player of the Year…named 2014 Star-Advertiser All-State Player of the Year honors…2014 Punahou Female Athlete of the Year…played for ‘Imi ‘Ike Volleyball Club.
Casey Castillo, 6-3 OH
Prep: A 2015 graduate of Santa Fe Christian Schools in Solana Beach, California…lettered four seasons in indoor volleyball…a four-year member of Wave Volleyball Club…named to Prepvolleyball.com Top 50 Class of 2015 prospect list.
Annie Mitchem 6-3 MB
Prior to UH: Redshirted her true freshman year before playing two stand-out seasons at Irvine Valley College in Irvine, Calif….was named the AVCA’s Two-Year College National Player of the Year in both 2013 and ’14…also earned AVCA All-America, all-region, all-state, and all-league honors in both seasons…in her freshman season, she helped lead the Lasers to a 24-2 overall record and their first State Championship since 2009 …in the 2013 championship match, she recorded a team-high 20 kills with eight blocks and a .444 hitting percentage…was named conference Player of the Year in her first year ending the season ranked first in hitting percentage (.436) and blocks per set (1.61) while placing second in kills (309) and third in kills per set (3.64) as IVC went a perfect 14-0 in conference play…was just the second player from the California Community College Athletics Association to be named the AVCA College Player of the Year…as a sophomore, the six rotation middle hitter ended the season as the nation’s leader with a .517 hitting percentage and was fourth in blocks per set (1.24)…was third on the team with 2.46 digs per set…the Lasers went a perfect 27-0…in the state championship game, she buried 24 kills, hit .488 while tallying six solo blocks and seven digs en route to being voted the state tournament MVP…named the Irvine Valley College Female Athlete of the Year…was coached by former Hawai‘i men’s volleyball All-American, Tom Pestolesi.
Prep: A 2012 graduate of Friendswood High School in Texas…earned all-state first team honors as a senior.
Natasha Burns, 6-5 MB
Prep: A 2015 graduate of St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada…helped U18 team to a fourth place finish at Canadian Nationals…a member of the St. Mary’s basketball team, helping them to a 2012 championship title and 2013 AAA Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic Associations title…four year honor-roll student.
No mention in her Bios of being an Honorable Mentioned AA. Last year the BWC had 4 Honorable Mention All-Americans: 3 seniors, Hinger from CSUN, Okpala and Mackie from LBSU and Olivia Maquil a junior.
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