Hawaii Grown: College Athletics
Double duty for Contee at Quincy
(Iolani '04) has not only had to adapt to collegiate volleyball but also to a new position: setter. Contee, invited to the USA Volleyball youth national team tryouts last summer as a libero, is the backup setter for Quincy (Ill.), an NCAA Division II school that competes in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.
Contee leads Quincy (5-5) in digs (86, 2.69 dpg) and is second in assists (0.50 apg) after playing in 32 of 35 games.
"Mike has become our main backup setter and, as our starting setter is a very good hitter, we often bring Mike in to set if he is not at libero," Quincy coach Niels Pedersen said. "Mike has a great team-player personality, and smiles except early in the morning or late at night practices.
"Mike is a great asset to our team and brings a levity that is often needed. He is doing well in school and keeps me abreast of the changes in Hawaiian/American slang as well.
"We wish we could find a few more like him that want to come to QU."
Contee was an academic All-MIVA pick last season.
» Corey Spence (Seabury Hall '04) is also pulling double-duty for Cal Baptist (4-5), as an outside hitter and libero for the Lancers, ranked No. 2 in the NAIA.
Spence replaced injured All-American Shamsu Awudu on the outside for several matches, where he averaged 2.16 kills and had two aces. Spence is third on the team in digs (202, 1.74 dpg).
In a 3-1 loss at BYU last month, Spence had a team-high 19 kills.
» Adam Tuifagu (Kamehameha '04) has moved from libero to outside hitter for No. 5 Missouri Valley and leads the MAMVIC in kills (4.19 kpg), hitting .336.
He ranks third nationally in the NAIA in kills for the Vikings (6-1).
Also on the Missouri Valley roster from Hawaii are: hitter Chris Kaneko (Pearl City '03), libero Justin Himori (Mililani '03), opposite David Hoke (Kamehameha '02) and middle Kapena Wong (Pearl City '03).
» Virginia Aguilar
a middle blocker for the NCAA Division III Hardin-Simmons Cowgirls, has been named to the ESPN The Magazine/ CoSIDA College Division Academic All-American First Team in voting by CoSIDA members around the nation.
Aguilar, one of seven players on the first team, has a 4.0 grade-point average in computer science.
The college division covers players at the NCAA Division II, III and NAIA levels.
The 5-foot-9 junior also was named the American Southwest Conference West Division Player of the Year and was a first-team member of the All-ASC team
» Rebecca Lisle (Iolani '04) started 28 of 30 matches and played in all 102 games for the 17-13 Lewis Flyers. The 5-foot-11 sophomore middle hitter led the Flyers with 127 blocks (15 solo) and was third with 271 kills. Lisle served six aces.
» Tiffany Butac (Hawaii Baptist '03) saw action in every game (98) for the 22-6 Seattle Pacific Falcons. The junior libero was fifth in digs for the NCAA Division II team.
» Randi-Lee Rezents (St. Andrew's Priory '02), a 5-8 senior outside hitter, had 86 kills, 15 assists, 14 aces, 112 digs and 27 blocks (6 solo) for the St. Martin's Saints. She started 23 of 25 matches.
Teammate Si'i Vulangi (St. Andrew's Priory '03) saw limited action in 11 matches for the NCAA Division II Saints. The 5-9 outside hitter had 18 kills.
Star-Bulletin reporter Cindy Luis contributed to this report