Kahumoku earns honor

Lily Kahumoku has been honored numerous times during her volleyball playing career, from being named the Western Athletic Conference's Freshman of the Year to being chosen this season's WAC Tournament MVP to being selected All-American twice.

Yesterday, the senior hitter for Hawaii was recognized nationally for her work in the classroom. Kahumoku earned second-team Academic All-American, carrying a 3.74 grade point average in political science.

"I'm very honored," said Kahumoku, who is again up for All-American playing honors. "Actually I had a better GPA last year but because of my redshirt season (in 2001-02), I didn't qualify."

Kahumoku is the first Wahine honored for academics nationally since Angelica Ljungquist earned first-team honors in 1996.

"It's a great honor and I think it reflects well on the (athletic) department," said Hawaii coach Dave Shoji. "It shows that the department provides the support for the student-athlete to excel in academics. Last year, the team had a 3.3 (GPA).

"We have other great students on the team but for Lily to combine excellence in both areas is quite a tribute to her."


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