This week’s Ka Leo Player of the Week is Rainbow Wahine volleyball’s freshman outside hitter Hanna Hellvig.
The Wahine took down West Virginia and Utah Valley before sweeping the UCLA Bruins to clinch a win in the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Volleyball Challenge. The win meant that the 'Bows had won the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic, the Heineken Rainbow Wahine Invitational and the Outrigger Challenge all in a single season for the first time since 2013.
Your Wahine dominated the competition to secure the Outrigger Hotel and Resorts Volleyball Challenge! They improve to 9-0 with a 3-0 win over UCLA in the finals match. #GoBows 🌈 || #HawaiiWVB 🏐 pic.twitter.com/5d1fLpI4ow— Hawaii W. Volleyball (@HawaiiWVB) September 15, 2019
Disaster struck early in the Challenge, as star outside hitter Jolie Rasmussen was injured during the Wahine’s opening match against West Virginia; She would go on to miss the rest of the tournament. However, the ‘Bows’ production never slipped, as Hellvig more than made up for Rasmussen’s absence.
Hellvig flirted with her first career double-double against West Virginia, finishing with 9 kills and 9 digs. She got the job done the following night, finishing with a career high 17 kills and 17 digs against Utah Valley. Hellvig repeated the feat against UCLA, collecting 11 kills and 12 digs for her second straight double-double. She finished with a team-leading 37 kills and 38 digs.
Following the tournament, Hellvig was named the Outrigger Challenge Most Valuable Player. She was also named the Big West Conference Freshman of the Week. With her 11 kills against the Bruins, Hellvig surpassed Rasmussen to become the Wahine’s kills leader for the season.
Hellvig Named Big West Freshman of the Week https://t.co/GLUNMWfQFv— Hawaii W. Volleyball (@HawaiiWVB) September 17, 2019
Miles Reed (Football)
The redshirt sophomore running back was a rare positive in the Rainbow Warriors’ ugly 52-20 loss at Washington. Reed was one of the few Hawai‘i sources for offense, finishing with 70 yards on the ground. He also ran the ball into the end zone twice for his first two career touchdowns.
Amber Igiede (Wahine Volleyball)
Igiede provided a spark for the Rainbow Wahine, finishing with 28 kills and 14 blocks, including 5 solo blocks, from her middle blocker spot. Following the Outrigger Challenge, Igiede was named to her first collegiate all-tournament team.
Brooke Van Sickle (Wahine Volleyball)
Van Sickle was a constant offensive threat for the Wahine, finishing with 33 kills in the Outrigger Challenge. She was also able to contribute defensively with 27 digs through three games. The redshirt junior outside hitter joined Igiede with an all-tournament team selection.