Hawaii Volleyball Combine back for 9th year

The ninth annual Hawaii Volleyball Combine is this weekend with 311 Hawaii high schoolers from grades nine to 12 registered. Photo courtesy Bob Kawamura.

More than 60 colleges nationwide are expected to be represented at the ninth annual Hawaii Volleyball Combine held Friday through Sunday at Manoa Valley District Park.

This year, there are 311 high school student athletes registered for the event, including players from the neighbor islands.

The combine was established in 2009 to assist local players in getting noticed by mainland schools for recruiting purposes without the added expense of travel to the mainland.

Club coaches from most of the local clubs will assist in running on-court drills during the combine.

All proceeds raised from the combine are put back into girls’ junior volleyball in Hawaii.

Last year, 65 colleges attended the combine including representatives from Texas, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma, Brigham Young, Southern California along with other D-I, D-II, D-III and NAIA schools. Roughly 10 junior colleges, many of which provide full scholarships, also attended.

This year, Stanford, Washington, BYU, USC, Santa Clara and Temple are among the roughly 60 to 65 schools that will have a presence.

Nearly all of the recent Hawaii high schoolers playing in college have participated in the combine, including Carly Kan (Missouri), McKenna Granato (Hawaii), Adora Anae (Utah), Bailey Choy (Utah), Tayler Higgins (Hawaii), Nikki Taylor (Hawaii), Kalei Mau (Arizona), Savannah Kahakai (Hawaii) and Penina Snuka (Arizona).

You can visit the Hawaii Volleyball Combine website here.


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