Player of the year Ka’aha’aina-Torres commits to Utah

'Iolani's Saige Ka'aha'aina-Torres was the Star-Advertiser All-State player of the year in 2017.

‘Iolani senior Saige Ka’aha’aina-Torres, who was the Star-Advertiser All-State player of the year, announced on Twitter today she has committed to Utah.

Ka’aha’aina-Torres, who was named to the Under Armour All-America second team this past season, had originally committed to Missouri but changed her mind during the volleyball season.

She averaged 4.9 kills per set and led ‘Iolani to a 31-11 overall record, including its first ever Ann Kang Invitational championship.

The 6-foot outside hitter and setter will join her former high school teammate, Bailey Choy, and Kahuku alumna Phoebe Grace at Utah.

Choy, currently a sophomore, has started at setter for the Utes each of the last two seasons. Grace redshirted this past season as a freshman.

Kahuku alumna Adora Anae completed her eligibility this past season. Anae made the All-Pac-12 first team for the third time and set the Utes’ career kills record.


  1. Akio January 22, 2018 7:50 am

    Just curious, was Saige ever offered by Hawaii.

  2. oxtail01 January 22, 2018 11:55 am

    UH doesn’t need another short local “player of the year” when they already have one in Granato. We all know how that turns out (ok, but not great). What UH needs are 6’4″ players from the Mainland with power and they don’t have to be “player of the year” to have a more positive impact for UH.

  3. Curious January 22, 2018 3:08 pm

    UH did in fact offer her, she just decided not to go.

  4. Curious January 22, 2018 3:15 pm

    Bigger players are not always the answer and UH’s program doesn’t draw them. Nobody wants to play for UH that’s why most girls leave to go to the mainland. There are bigger girls at PAC-12 schools where these “Player of the Year” girls are ending up. These girls are making impacts and bigger programs want them, why not go.

  5. Pukashell5 January 22, 2018 4:17 pm

    Oxtail01 unlike Granato who is an amazing outside hitter for her size, Saige was being recruited by several PAC 12 schools as a setter and not the outside hitter that you’ve been seeing or read about through out her years at Iolani. These big time schools understand the type of athletes that come from the islands and are able to get every inch/ounce out of them. Maybe that old school mentality is why McKenzie Milton is breaking records at Central Florida instead of UH!

  6. Aaron January 22, 2018 5:21 pm

    we should always offer the top 1-2 local players every year, regardless of height or need. They aren’t always going to accept the offer (like this year) but we need to offer them. If we can’t win with a couple local players on the roster, interest will dwindle and wahine vball will matter less in the future, no matter how many big west titles we compete for. If the perception of UH ever becomes that they don’t care about the local athletes, it will be the beginning of the end. We are already seeing it in football.

  7. rabbit ears January 22, 2018 5:21 pm

    It not the program. It’s the condition of UH manoa.

  8. Hapaguy January 22, 2018 5:39 pm

    #4 Curious you have no idea what you are talking about. Just wait and see who Robin gets. You will eat your words….

  9. hawaiipono January 22, 2018 6:45 pm

    Why no recruitment in China or Brazil? We are really losing out by ignoring all the talent and big girls there.

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