‘Iolani’s Choy earns Gatorade POY honor

‘Iolani setter Bailey Choy, center, is the Gatorade Hawaii Player of the Year. Dennis Oda / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
‘Iolani setter Bailey Choy, center, is the Gatorade Hawaii Player of the Year. Dennis Oda / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

‘Iolani’s Bailey Choy is the Gatorade Hawaii Volleyball Player of the Year, the Gatorade Company announced Tuesday.

The award recognizes athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field.

The 5-foot-9 senior setter finished the season with 574 assists, 197 digs and 15 aces in leading the Raiders to the Division I state final. She is also the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State player of the year and the Interscholastic League of Honolulu player of the year.

Choy, who has a 3.38 grade-point average, has volunteered locally as part of a community clean-up initiative and as a youth volleyball coach.

“Bailey Choy is fluid as an athlete and has a very high volleyball IQ, which helps her to excel as a setter,” ‘Iolani head coach Kainoa Obrey said. “Her hands are strong and deceptive and she makes good choices to distribute the ball to all hitters. She is a leader on and off the court and she communicates well, pushing herself and her teammates to be better.”

Choy has signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of Utah in the fall of 2016.

Recent Gatorade Hawaii Volleyball Player of the Year selections
>> 2015: Bailey Choy, ‘Iolani
>> 2014: McKenna Granato, Punahou
>> 2013: Alohi Robins-Hardy, Kamehameha
>> 2012: Carly Kan, Punhahou
>> 2011: Tayler Higgins, Punahou
>> 2010: Misty Ma‘a, Kamehameha
>> 2009: Sarah Palmer, Hawaii Baptist
>> 2008: Sarah Palmer, Hawaii Baptist
>> 2007: Kanani Herring, Kamehameha


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