Wednesday, May 16, 2001
[ UH WARRIOR VOLLEYBALL ]
Jose Jose Delgado officially became a member of the University of Hawaii men's volleyball team yesterday.
By Grace Wen
Delgado's mother, Ivonne, faxed the letter to the UH coaches. Her son is traveling with the Puerto Rican Junior National team.
"He's a multi-talented guy," UH coach Mike Wilton said. "He's got all the skills. He's not just a hit-block-and-serve guy."
Delgado is expected to challenge for a starting role in a lineup that returns AVCA player of the year, Costas Theocharidis, All-MPSF performer Eyal Zimet and multi-purpose player Tony Ching.
The Warriors also received a verbal commitment from Terry Rasch. The 6-foot-3 setter, a walk-on, will compete with MPSF Co-Freshman of the Year Kimo Tuyay and backup Kyle Denitz. Rasch recently completed his two year-church mission after finishing his high school career in Lancaster, Calif.
UH will also try to work out financial and religious arrangements with 6-10 middle blocker Joshua Stanhiser. Stanhiser, a Seventh Day Adventist, is completing a student-teaching mission at Hawaii Mission Academy. Stanhiser observes the Sabbath from dusk on Friday through dusk on Saturday which would mean he could not compete Friday nights.
UH coaches believe the agile Stanhiser could be a force at the net and may be willing to consider scheduling adjustments. UH coaches will meet with Stanhiser later this week to further discuss arrangements.
With only 4.5 scholarships allotted for men's volleyball, the Warriors have little left to offer financially to players. UH has a list of 17 potential walk-ons, not all of who are expected to arrive on campus.
"History tells us if there's 17, there's going to be some attrition," Wilton said. "Not all the guys on this list will come."
Ka Leo O Hawaii