It was a big week for the University of Hawai’i athletic program, one that saw two teams crowned champs (WVB: Big West Champions, FB: Mountain West West Division Champions). It makes sense then, that the player of the week played a major role in one of those titles. That player is Wahine volleyball’s Norene Iosia.
The senior setter nets her third Ka Leo Player of the Week selection this season with a double-double in the sweep over CSUN, before blowing Long Beach State away with a whopping 7 service aces.
All season long, Iosia has been surpassing one ‘Bows serving great after another. On Friday night, with her 7th ace of the match, she surpassed another, associate coach Angelica Ljundqvist, to claim sole possession of fourth place in program history with 134 service aces.
Coming into the weekend, the Wahine needed just one win to clinch a share of the conference title, while a second win would give them the honor outright. But Hawai’i wasn’t in a mood to share, taking care of their opponents in just six sets to become conference champions for the first time since Iosia’s freshman season.
CONGRATS to @HawaiiWVB on tonight's 🧹over #LBSU!👏👏👏🌈 earn their first #BWC title since 2016.🌈 are headed to their 38th NCAA Tournament.🌈increase win total to 24, the most since 2015.#GoBows | #PlayBig pic.twitter.com/709zvpiI4Q— Big West Conference (@BigWestSports) November 23, 2019
But Friday night might not be Iosia’s last game at the Stan Sheriff Center. Holding on to the eleventh spot in the RPI rankings, Hawai’i is likely to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Selection Show on Dec. 1 will determine the team’s fate.
On Tuesday, Iosia was announced as the Big West Conference Player of the Year, headlining a UH sweep of the major conference awards.
2019 BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE YEARNorene Iosia (@HawaiiWVB)🌈Finished the regular season ranked second in the league with a .42 service ace average. 🌈Led UH with 293 digs and dig 2.82 average to rank 10th in #BWC.🌈Posted 17 double-doubles on the season.#GoBows | #PlayBig pic.twitter.com/xrfx6bKzan— Big West Conference (@BigWestSports) November 26, 2019
Jason-Matthew Sharsh (FB)
The first honorable mention slot goes to a guy that operates out of the slot for the other championship program. With a quiet night from the team’s dynamic receiver duo, Sharsh showcased his reliability and sure hands against San Diego State. He senior was targeted 10 times by the teams’ rotating quarterbacks. Sharsh caught all ten, for a game-best 95 yards and a touchdown. The Rainbow Warriors took down the Aztecs to win the Mountain West West Division and claim a spot in the Mountain West Conference Championship Game.
Eddie Stansberry (MBB)
On a strong night for each and every starter on the Rainbow Warrior basketball team, Eddie Stansberry stood tall above everyone else. The senior guard continued his strong home performance streak, leading the team with a game-best 24 points on 6-9 shooting. Stansberry led a lineup that shot 54.8% overall in a 79-71 win over New Orleans.