Thursday, July 30, 1998
Kelli Cordray says she's quitting
Captain Kelli Cordray isBy Cindy Luis
the fifth player to leave UH
in recent months
The captain of the University of Hawaii women's volleyball team is not returning for her senior season.
Outside hitter Kelli Cordray announced this morning that she has "retired" from the Wahine and will no longer play collegiate volleyball.
The 5-foot-10 Cordray graduated in May with a degree in speech and is remaining in California for the summer. She is engaged to be married in August of 1999 to Colin Walker of Honolulu.
"It wasn't an easy decision, but I'm happy with it," said Cordray, who was expected to start at left-side hitter. She had played behind Therese Crawford for most of her injury-plagued career.
Wahine coach Dave Shoji said he would make a statement later today.
Cordray is the fifth player to leave the team in the last few months. Fab 50 pick Jameka Stevens, an outside hitter, has transferred to Cal for her sophomore season; junior middle blocker Lori Garber has transferred to Texas Tech; junior middle blocker Kapu Elkington will be at Utah; and junior hitter Aven Lee is not enrolled in school.
The five departures, coupled with the graduation of seniors Cia Goods and Therese Crawford leave Hawaii with just two returning starters among its six experienced players.