Shoji breaks wins record
Dave Shoji became the winningest coach in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball history on Friday, earning victory No. 1,107 as the University of Hawaii beat Santa Clara 25-23, 25-15, 23-25, 25-18 in a Hawaiian Airlines Classic match at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The 66-year-old Shoji – whose entire college coaching career has been spent with the Rainbow Wahine, starting in 1975 – has an all-time record of 1,107-184-1. He began the day tied on the wins list with Andy Banachowski, who posted a mark of 1,106-301 at UCLA from 1966 to 1968 and 1970 to 2009.
Shoji is an American Volleyball Coaches Hall of Famer, and received national coach of the year honors in 1982 and 2009. He guided UH to NCAA championships in 1982, 1983 and 1987, and an Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women title in 1979.
In Friday’s match, Emily Hartong had 17 kills as UH, ranked ninth in the nation by the AVCA, improved to 4-1. Molokai High School graduate Kalei Adolpho had seven kills, as did Jade Vorster. Kamehameha Maui graduate Ginger Long played in one set, and had one kill attempt.
Nikki Hess had 17 kills for the Broncos (2-3).
No. 10 UCLA defeated New Mexico State 25-15, 25-22, 25-12 in the day’s first match.
The Bruins and Rainbow Wahine, both 2-0 in the tournament, will meet today.