Volleyball senior night 2011 Hawaii Rainbow Wahine


♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪>>FANS PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR OUR THREE SENIORS. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] OUR FIRST SENIOR CAME TO HAWAI’I AFTER PLAYING TWO SEASONS AT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY WHERE SHE LED THE TEAM IN DIGS AND ACES. PLAYING MAINLY AS THE LIBERO AND DEFENSIVE SPECIALIST, SHE PLAYED IN 45 MATCHES FOR HER CAREER AND TALLIED 71 TOTAL DIGS. SHE HAD A CAREER BEST PERFORMANCE LAST SEASON WHERE SHE POSTED EIGHT DIGS IN THE WAC TOURNAMENT AGAINST UTAH STATE. SHE’LL BE GRADUATING THIS SPRING WITH A DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIOLOGY. VOLLEYBALL FANS LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE 5’6″ DESIGNATED SPECIALIST FROM SEAL BEACH, CALIFORNIA, NUMBER 8, ALEX GRIFFITHS! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] JOINING ALEX GRIFFITHS ON THE FLOOR IS — SHE’S BEEN A FABULOUS PLAYER. BENCH PLAYER AND PRACTICE PLAYER.>>AND THERE YOU SEE HER PARENTS, KATHERINE AND TONY GRIFFITHS. THEY FLEW DOWN. SHE HAD A GREAT NIGHT. HER MOM WAS PROUD OF HER. AT SAME TIME SHE COULD NOT WATCH HE OWN DAUGHTER SERVE IN THAT THIRD GAME SWRAIRKS WHAT DO YOU MAKE ABOUT AN ATHLETE THAT’S WILLING TO STEP AWAY OFF THAT STARTING STAGE TO COME AND BE A SUPPORT PLAYER. A BIG SUPPORT PLAYER, AMONG THE BEST.>>I THINK SHE REALIZED SHE WANTED TO PLAY FOR A BETTER PROGRAM. AND SHE MADE THAT SACRIFICE. KNOWING SHE WOULDN’T GET A LOT OF PLAYING TIME. BUT REALLY THE AMBIANCE AND FACT SHE CAN CALL HERSELF A RAINBOW WAHINE IS BENEFICIAL FOR HER.>>ALEX GRIFFITHS! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>OUR SECOND SENIOR IS A HOMEGROWN PRODUCT AND GRADUATE. SHE PLAYED HER FIRST TWO YEARS OF COLLEGE BALL AT ST.~MARY’S COLLEGE IN CALIFORNIA BUT RETURNED TO THE ISLANDS LAST YEAR TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE RAINBOW WAHINE. LAST SEASON SHE STARTED EVERY MATCH AND WAS REWARDED WITH A FIRST TEAM ALL WAC SELECTION N HER TWO SEASONS HERE, SHE PLAYED 57 MATCHES WITH 4- 49 STARTS AND TALLIED 453 KILLS AND 243 DIGS. SHE HAD A CAREER HIGH 15 KILLS THIS SEASON AT SAN JOSE STATE. SHE’LL BE GRADUATED NEXT FALL WITH A DEGREE IN FAMILY RESOURCES. VOLLEYBALL FANS, LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE 5’10” OUTSIDE HITTER FROM MILILANI, HAWAI’I. NUMBER 14, CHANTEAL SATELE! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>AND CHANTEAL SATELE TRANSFERS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI’I AT A VERY IMPORTANT TIME. CHANTEAL ABLE TO COME RIGHT IN THERE AND FILL THAT ROLE OF OUT HIDING POSITION. SHE DID MORE THAN COME FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI’I. SHE WANTED TO PLAY FOR HER FAMILY. AND FAMILY YOU SAW MOMENTS AGO, A BIG PART OF HER. SHE WAS GETTING EMOTIONAL SEEING HER FAMILY.>>AND COACH DAVE SHOJI GIVING HER A HUG. IT MUST BE A LITTLE BIT OF A DAY JA SLEW. SLEW — DÉJÀ VU. LIANNE, I WENT TO HER DAUGHTER’S BABY LUAU. AND I’M HAVING THESE FLASH BACKS BECAUSE LIANNE SAID I GOT MY BABY GIRL.>>COACH SHOJI STARTED TWEAKIN THE LINEUP. SHE SAW HERSELF BLOCKING FROM THE OUTSIDE. LIZZY BLAKE STARTED TO GET THAT STARTING ROLE BUT SHE ALWAYS PROVIDE AD S THAT SPARK.>>LOOK AT HER DAD THERE. ELVIS SATELE A UH WARRIOR HERSELF. SHE’S GOT SUCH A GREAT SUPPORT NETWORK. THEY WERE THERE THE WHOLE TIME. LOOK AT HER.>>SHE’S SO HAPPY TO BE HOME.>>OUR LAST SENIOR IS A GRADUATE OF KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS KAPALAMA AND IS ONE OF THE FINEST PLAYERS TO EVER DON A RAINBOW WAHINE UNIFORM. THIS PAST SEASON SHE GAME THE SEVENTH UH PLAYER TO RECORD OVER ONE THOUSAND KILLS AND ONE THOUSAND DIGSS. FOR HER CAREER SHE HAS 1,100 DIGS. SHE IS A THREE-TIME ADCA ALL-AMERICAN AND IS A FINALIST THIS SEASON FOR THE LOWE’S SENIOR CLASS AWARD. SHE IS AN ALL-WAC SELECTION AND TWICE NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR. SHE HAS 43 DOUBLE-DOUBLING WITH CAREER HIGHS OF 32 KILLS AND 19 DIGS. SHE’LL BE GRADUATINGS THIS SPRING WITH A DEGREE IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, GIVE IT UP FOR THE 5’10” SENIOR FROM EWA BEACH, HAWAI’I. NUMBER 5, KANANI DANIELSON! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>YOU HEAR THAT. KANANI DANIELSON GOING DOWN AS ONE OF THE BEST WAHINE VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS. WHEN YOU HEAR NAMES LIKE TEE WILLIAMS, LILLY KAHOMOKU. MAYBE THE THIRD PLAYER IN UH HISTORY TO BE NAMED A FOUR-TIME ALL-AMERICAN ALONG WITH AN GENER –ANJELICA.>>HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THIS YOUNG LADY? ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE. TRULY A GEM. AN INCREDIBLE REC RECRUITING TOL FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI’I. HAWAI’I. IF YOU WERE WITH OUR BROADCAST, HER MOTHER SINGING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM.>>THERE YOU SEE HER MOTHER MELODY, AS WELL AS HER SISTER. AND SHE HAS A BUNCH OF FAMILY IN TOWN. AND AUNTIES FROM KAUAI. A COUSIN FROM TEXAS AS WELL AS RELATIVES EVEN FROM THE EAST KHOST. THIS IS MORE THAN J JUST A VOLLEYBALL GAME. I HAD A CHANCE TO COACH KANANI THROUGHOUT OF HIGH SCHOOL. I’M SO PROUD OF HER TO SEE HOW FAR SHE’S COME. BOTH OF THESE YOUNG LADIES, AS WELL AS ALEX GRIFFITHS, FAMILY IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART. THIS IS NO GREATER ILLUSTRATION THAN WHAT’S GOING ON TONIGHT.>>AND AGAIN I THINK IT’S MUCH BIGGER PICTURE. YOU LOOK AT THE COURT SIDE, THERE’S RELATIONSHIPS ARE LIFE LONG. THESE ATHLETES HAVE SET THEMSELVES IN STONE FOR LIFE LONG FAMILY AND FRIENDS.>>THE REST OF THE TEAM WATCHING AND WAITING, KNOWING THEY WILL, TOO, HAVE THEIR MOMENT TO SAY ALOHA TO THIS INCREDIBLE CROWD AT STAN SHERIFF CENTER. THE AGGIES OF NEW MEXICO STATE STANDING IN THE CORNER. THEY’RE WATCHING THIS. AND WHAT MUST BE GOING THROUGH THEIR MINDS. WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE A RAINBOW WAHINE. LISA, YOU KNOW.>>I DON’T THINK IT’S GOING TO HIT THESE ATHLETES UNTIL THEY WATCH THIS AGAIN OR SEE PICTURES AND REFLECT ON IT. BUT ANY PERSON WHO COMES INTO THIS ARENA, WHETHER YOU’RE A PLAYER, FAN OR AT HOME, BIG ISLAND, KAUAI, MAUI, MOLOKAI, EVERYBODY, IT IS PHENOMENAL TO PLAY HERE. THERE’S SO MUCH LOVE. THERE’S SO MUCH ALOHA.>>AND EVEN THIS POST-GAME FESTIVITIES. THERE’S NOTHING LIKE IT. THE BALLS BEING TOSSED IN THE CROWD. IT STARTED IN 2003. AND IN 2006, THEY STARTED DOING THE FESTIVITIES AFTER WITH DANCE AND SHOW. THAT ADDS TO IT.>>WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK NOW. THE THREE SENIORS.>>WE’RE GOING TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THEM IN A MOMENT. STICK ARNOLD. HAWAI’I A STRAIGHT SET WINNER. THAT’S A FOOT NOTE. WE’LL BE BACK WITH MORE WAHINE VOLLEYBALL REACTION. ORTS ON TIME WARNER CABLE TIME.>>NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE CAN SAY THEY WERE BORN AND RAISED HERE AND WERE ABLE TO GO THROUGH THE WHOLE SEASON.>>I’VE ALWAYS WANT TO THE BE HERE IN HAWAI’I. BUT I WENT TO ST.~MARY’S. THE BEST DECISION OF MY LIFE WAS TRANSFERRING HOME.>>RIGHT AWAY WHEN I WAS LITTLE, I WANTED TO PLAY DIVISION I. I I E-MAILED THE TOP TEN COACHES. I CALLED DAVE.>>IT’S BEEN AMAZING. I’M VERY HAPPY THAT I CAN SAY I’M A RAINBOW WAHINE. IT’S A BUNCH OF FRIENDSHIPS THAT TURN INTO SISTERHOOD. THAT NOBODY REALLY, REALLY CAN SAY UNTIL YOU’VE BEEN THROUGH IT. AND I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT THIS IS THE BEST TEAM I’VE BEEN A PART OF.>>IT’S BEEN AMAZING. YOU DON’T GET ANYTHING BETTER THAN PLAYING HERE. THEY’RE GREAT. YOU CAN’T FIND FANS LIKE THAT ANYWHERE.>>IT’S A DIFFERENT ROLE THAN I’M USED TO BUT I’D RATHER HAVE THIS POSITION. GREAT TEAM. GREAT COACHES. AND I WANT TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS.>>THIS TEAM IS REALLY SPECIAL. WE HAVE A GOOD BOND. AND I’M REALLY GOING TO MISS THEM. IT’S FUN.>>I MISS PLAYING VOLLEYBALL. AND, YOU KNOW, KNOWING THAT THE IWE’RE PLAYING FOR A PURPOSE.>>I’LL DEFINITELY MISS MY TEAMMATES. HAVING THAT GROUP OF FRIENDS. YOU SEE THEM EVERY DAY. YOU SEE THEM MORE THAN YOUR OWN FAMILY. THEY’RE LIKE YOUR FAMILY. I’M GOING TO MISS THEM A LOT.>>THANK YOU TO MY TEAMMATES AND COACHES FOR PUTTING ME OWN THE TEAM AND PUTTING UP WITH ME FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS. THANK YOU TO THE AUDIENCE.>>THANKS TO HAWAI’I FOR BEING GREAT SUPPORTERS. AND THANKS TO MY FAMILY FOR BRINGING ME HOME. THANK GOD FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE. AND DAVE FOR LETTING ME ON THE TEAM. AND ALL MY TEAMMATES. IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE.>>I’D LIKE TO THANK MY TEAM. AND OF COURSE MY FAMILY. MY FAMILY HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR ME. ESPECIALLY MY MOM AND MY DAD AND MY GRANDPARENTS. EVERY COACH THAT HAS HELPED ME OUT TO BE THE PLAYER THAT I AM. MUCH MAFUA TO THEM. AND THE FANS. IT’S A GREAT EXPERIENCE THAT I’M GOING TO REMEMBER FOR THE REG OF MY

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