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Norene Iosia winds up for a serve against Cal Poly at the Stan Sheriff Center on Nov. 3.

Making her second appearance as the Ka Leo Player of the week is Rainbow Wahine volleyball’s senior setter, Norene Iosia.

The Wahine faced their toughest test of the season this past weekend, playing host to conference co-leaders UCSB and Cal Poly. In taking down the Gauchos and the Mustangs, Hawai‘i moves ahead to reclaim the conference lead. Thanks to Iosia’s big weekend, the ‘Bows now control their own fate. If the team wins out, it would earn the top spot in the conference due to holding the tie-breaker over Cal Poly.

Iosia again excelled for the Wahine, racking up 58 assists and 31 digs throughout the weekend, including a season-high 33 assists against UCSB. She also racked up 4 service aces against the Gauchos. Her fourth service ace came in a clutch moment, falling to the Teraflex floor on the team’s third Aloha Ball chance in the fifth set to seal the win.

She finished each match with double-doubles, with 33 assists and 16 digs against UCSB, and 25 assists and 15 digs against Cal Poly. Her leadership was on full display as the Wahine got revenge on the Mustangs, who had swept them earlier in the season. The four-set Sunday night victory propelled the team back to the top of the Big West Conference.

Honorable Mention

Hanna Hellvig (Wahine Volleyball)

With her family in attendance all the way from Sweden, the freshman outside hitter again proved to be the team’s top offensive weapon. She put down 32 kills throughout the weekend, including a career-high 19 kills against UCSB. She led the team in kills in each of the crucial conference wins. Hellvig also hit over .300 for the first time since September, doing so in both matches.

Rika Okino (Wahine Volleyball)

The redshirt junior libero was a force to be reckoned with defensively, picking up 35 digs in the two matches. Her strong weekend included a career-high 25 digs against the Gauchos.

Brooke Van Sickle (Wahine Volleyball)

Finally making her return to the starting lineup, the redshirt junior outside hitter provided a much needed spark in the important win over Cal Poly. In her first full match since her injury, Van Sickle picked up a double-double, with 12 kills and 11 digs.

Kayla Ryan (Soccer)

The sophomore forward played the role of super sub for the Wahine soccer team. She came off the bench against UC Davis, putting in two goals in 55 minutes to lead the team to a win. The victory over the Aggies turned out to be the postseason clincher, after UC Irvine later lost to Cal Poly. The team makes the postseason tournament for this first time in program history, since becoming a member of the Big West Conference eight years ago.

Ryan Meskell (Football)

A rare bright spot in a crushing loss, the redshirt senior kicker did all that was asked of him. Meskell was only asked to attempt one field goal against Fresno State, but he knocked in a career high 50-yard field goal. Ever since his early season struggles, Meskell has been 5-5 on field goals in the past five games. He also converted 5-5 PATs, bringing his season total to 40-40.