Four seniors on two University of Hawaiʻi volleyball teams have earned all-team honors as they close out their collegiate careers.
The UH Hilo Vulcans finished their season in a first-round loss to Sonoma State University in San Bernardino, Calif. The UH Mānoa Rainbow Wahine play for the WAC tournament title November 23 in Las Vegas and face Cal State Fullerton in a post-season game November 25 while waiting word on the NCAA first and second round match-ups.
UH Hilo’s Thornquist and Hurley
Rachel Thornquist was named by coaches to the NCAA Division II West Region Championship all-Tournament team. The 5-11 outside hitter scored on 13 kills and had a team-high eight block assists in her final game.
Thornquist is a business major and former basketball player from Crystal Lake, Ill.
Hillary Hurley was selected by the regional sports information directors for the NCAA Division II Daktronics West Region first-team. The 6-2 middle hitter leads Division II in kills per sets (6.80) and the Pacific West Conference in kills (347).
The Anderson, Calif., athlete was first-team all-PacWest last year in basketball.
UH Mānoa’s Danielson and Satele
Kanani Danielson was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year during the WAC postseason banquet November 18—her third time for the honor.
The 5-10 outside hitter from ʻEwa Beach averages 4.02 kills and 2.84 digs per set. She is a Lowe’s Senior CLASS award finalist.
Chanteal Satele was named to the all-WAC first team for a second time.
A transfer student from St. Mary’s College, the 5-10 outside hitter from Mililani was third in the WAC in hitting percentage (.358) and posted a career-high 15 kills against San Jose State this season.
A human resources major, Satele wants to become a pediatric nurse.
She comes from a UH Athletics family—brother Liko plays on the Warrior football team; mother LeeAnn (Pestana) was a member of two NCAA champion Wahine volleyball teams; and father Alvis and cousins Samson and Hercules Satele and Melila Purcell are Warrior football alumni.
Four teammates were also named to the first team—junior Brittany Hewitt, sophomores Emily Hartong and Mita Uiato and freshman Jane Croson, who was also named to the all-freshman team.