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Tuesday, November 7, 2000

W A H I N E _ V O L L E Y B A L L


Wahine land
California prep

Jennifer Saleaumua changes
verbal commitment from
Arizona to UH

Bullet Gustin player of the week

By Pat Bigold

The University of Hawaii women's volleyball team, already returning five of six starters in 2001, tomorrow will sign one of the nation's top prep recruits.

Jennifer Saleaumua, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter from Bonita Vista (Calif.), has switched her verbal commitment from Arizona to the Wahine, according to

She also had considered Nebraska and Colorado State.

Saleaumua will fill one of the three scholarships Wahine head coach Dave Shoji has available next season.

She has led Bonita Vista to a perfect season (35-0) in the San Diego section and a No. 8 ranking in the Fox Fab 50.

Saleaumua paced Bonita Vista to the California Challenge tournament championship last month. Her team defeated three nationally ranked programs (No. 1 Mira Costa, No. 16 St. Joseph's, No. 20 Mater Dei) en route to the title.

Saleaumua had 47 kills against Mater Dei in the final.

Bonita Vista begins the California Division I playoffs today, aiming at a national championship.

The Wahine (22-0 overall, 12-0 Western Athletic Conference) remain at No. 2 in the AVCA/USA Today poll and No. 1 in the Volleyball Magazine poll.

Saleaumua is coached by Carolyn Taetafa-Hudson, who played for the Wahine in 1988.

Maja Gustin
"It's nice to hear that, and it can motivate me."

Gustin player of the week

Maja Gustin was named Western Athletic Conference player of the week for her performances in leading the Wahine to sweeps over San Jose State and Fresno State.

"It's nice to hear that, and it can motivate me," said Gustin, a 6-foot-2 freshman middle blocker from Slovenia. "But I still must focus. We all have the same goal to get to Virginia (NCAA Final Four)."

Gustin had 22 kills and 12 blocks in the matches while hitting .442.

She is the third Wahine to win weekly WAC honors this season. Sophomore Lily Kahumoku earned the honor in week four and junior Veronica Lima in week eight.

By Pat Bigoldm Star-Bulletin

UH Athletics
Ka Leo O Hawaii

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