Officials from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced its Beach Volleyball All-America Team on Wednesday. Among those honored on the first team were a pair of Rainbow Wahine, senior Katie Spieler and redshirt freshman Emily Maglio.
This is the second AVCA All-America honor for Spieler, who previously earned the distinction in 2014. In 2016, Spieler finished the season with a 22-8 record, extending her UH-leading career total to 102 victories. The Santa Barbara, Calif. native was named as part of the inaugural Big West Pairs Team of the Year. Spieler was also recently recognized with the Elite 90 Award, holding the top GPA among beach volleyball student-athletes at the NCAA Championships.
Her partner, Maglio earns her first All-America accolades and is the sixth player from the UH program to receive honors since the sport’s inception in 2012. The Coquitlam, British Columbia native achieved a 22-6 record in her first season on the sand, after earning first-team all-Big West honors during the indoor season. She joined with Spieler to earn three Big West Pairs Team of the Week honors, culminating in a Pairs Team of the Year Award, leading UH to the inaugural Big West Championship.
Together the pair earned a 21-5 overall record in leading UH to a Final Four finish at the first-ever NCAA Beach Volleyball Championships and an 18-10 overall team record.
The AVCA also announced its final Top 10 ranking of the 2016 season on Tuesday with inaugural NCAA champion USC claiming the No. 1 spot and the Rainbow Wahine ranked fourth.