Utah’s Saige Ka’aha’aina-Torres is one of two setters who have been selected to the United States Women’s Collegiate National Team that will play in Japan in May.
Ka’aha’aina-Torres, the 2017 Honolulu Star-Advertiser player of the year out of ‘Iolani who was a freshman on the Utes’ indoor team in the fall, is one of three Utah players selected to the 12-member squad.
Athletes were selected after participating in open tryouts March 1-3 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The team will play six games in seven days in late May in Japan, where it will also have a series of training sessions. The U.S. team will play against Nippon Sport Science University, one of the best collegiate volleyball teams in Japan, as well as Japan’s Women’s 20 and World University Games teams.
According to a press release, the tentative match schedule is below:
May 22: vs. Nippon Sport Science University in Tokyo
May 23: vs. Japan Women’s U20 Team at NEC in Kawasaki
May 24: vs. Japan World University Games Team in Kawasaki
May 25: vs. Japan World University Games Team at NEC in Kawasaki
May 26: vs. Japan Women’s U20 Team at Japan National Training Center in Kita, Tokyo
May 28: vs. Okayama Seagulls in Okayama
Ka’aha’aina-Torres saw action in 32 matches as a freshman for Utah, splitting time at setter with another ‘Iolani alumna, junior Bailey Choy. Ka’aha’aina-Torres tallied 349 assists, 104 digs and 16 service aces.
Nebraska assistant coach Jaylen Reyes, a Kamehameha alumnus, will serve as one of the assistants on the team.