Setter Bailey Choy is returning to Hawaiʻi to wrap up her college volleyball career as a senior transfer for the Rainbow Wahine, head coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos announced today. She is set to be the eighth incoming player for the upcoming women’s volleyball season, and will join the team when practice begins later in August.
“We are beyond thrilled to have an athlete of Bailey's caliber join our Rainbow Wahine ‘ohana,” Ah Mow-Santos said. “Bailey is a quick, athletic setter who has the ability to better every touch she makes. She comes to Mānoa after completing three standout seasons at Utah where she guided the team to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Bailey's volleyball IQ, competitive demeanor and experience will add great competition and depth to the setting position immediately.”
Choy has spent the past three seasons in Utah, where she has served as the starting setter for the Utes in each of her seasons. In 99 career starts, she has tallied 3,254 career assists with 860 digs and 47 total blocks, as well as 88 career service aces. In her sophomore season, she finished with a team-high 1,241 assists, good for seventh in the conference and tenth all time in program history. She also became the first Utah setter to register at least 1,000 assists in a season since 2010, a feat she repeated just one year later. As a junior, Choy again led her team in assists (1,096) and service aces (48). She led Utah in assists during every match, including a career-high 57 assists against Temple. She also led the Pac-12 with .38 aces per set en route to earning Pac-12 All-Academic second team honors for the second time in her career.
Prior to her time in Utah, Choy was a four-year letterwinner for ‘Iolani School. She was selected as an All-state honorable mention as a junior. As a senior, she tallied 574 assists, 197 digs and 15 service aces while leading the 17-3 Raiders to the Division I state final. For her efforts, she was rewarded with a Hawaiʻi Fab 15 selection, the Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division I Player of the Year. She was also named the Hawaiʻi Gatorade Player of the Year.
“Bailey, who is currently completing her undergraduate degree at Utah ... will return home to complete her master's degree at the Shidler College of Business,” Ah Mow-Santos said.
Choy joins the team with just one year of eligibility left.
The Rainbow Wahine will open the 2019 season against San Diego at the Stan Sheriff Center on Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. with the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic.