Hawai’i women’s volleyball today announced the signing of junior transfer, Paula Guersching. Guersching, a 6-2 OH coming in from Youngstown (Ohio) State.
The German national was YSU’s first ever AVCA All-America Honorable Mention awardee and was the first Penguin to be voted the Horizon League’s Player of the Year as well as Offensive Player of the Year. Nationally last season she ranked in the top five nationally in several categories—f\third with 5.24 kill/set and 5.87 points/set; fifth with 12.84 attacks/set and 576 total kills; and sixth with 646.0 total points—all of which were Youngstown State single-season records. She set league records for kills in a season during the 25-point, rally-scoring era, and her 35 kills at Northern Kentucky were the most ever in a 25-point rally-scoring match.She had 1,006 kills in two seasons with the Penguins.
The 2023 signees are:o
Stella Adeyemi – 5-11 | Outside Hitter | Papillion, Neb. (Papillion-Lavista South HS)
Jacyn Bamis – 6-1 | Middle Blocker | Spokane, Wash. (Clemson)
Paula Guersching – 6-2 | Outside Hitter | Schwalbach am Taunus, Germany (Youngstown State)
Tali Hakas – 5-11 | Outside Hitter | Kfar Saba, Israel (Hof Hasharon HS)
And, no, I don’t know why Ham Westerberg and DeGoode did not make it to Brazil with the Wahine.
>>> Jakob Thelle has signed with Volley Lube in Italy to begin his professional career
>>>> Libero/setter Brett Sheward and reserve setter Josh Friedman have entered the transfer portal, Charlie Wade confirmed. Sheward started five matches at setter early in the past season while Thelle rested his knees with ‘Eleu Choy handling libero duties in those instances. Sheward went on to earn AVCA All-America honorable mention and ranked eighth nationally with 2.20 digs per set.
Tread Rosenthal, the U.S. Junior National Team starting setter, is forgoing his senior year at Mira Costa and will be enrolling at UH this fall. Most recently named the MVP of the 2023 Pan Am Cup.
Rosenthal is the eighth player to join the team for the 2024 season along with Kevin Kauling (S, Naperville, Ill.), Aleksa Mandic (OH/OPP, Belgrade, Serbia), Oguzhan Oguz (OPP, Bursa, Turkey), Kai Rodriguez (Gilroy, Calif.), Ryan Sears (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Justin Todd (OH, Houston, Texas), and Zack Yewchuk (OPP, Surrey, British Columbia).
On Thursday, Kainoa Wade, the 6-8 OH son of Warrior coach Charlie, gave his verbal committ to the Warriors. Class of 2026.