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Posted at 9:07 a.m., Thursday, July 6, 2006

Kamana'o wins WAC's Kearney Award

Advertiser Staff

University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine volleyball setter Kanoe Kamana'o and Nevada men's basketball player Nick Fazekas were named the 2005-'06 recipients of the Western Athletic Conference's Joe Kearney Award, it was announced Thursday.

The award, named for a former WAC commissioner, is annually awarded to the top female and male athlete in the conference. The female winner is chosen by a vote of the conference's senior women's administrators. The athletic directors pick the male winner.

Kamana'o, a junior from Honolulu, is a three time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American. She is also a three-time All-WAC selection and was the conference player of the year for 2004 and '05.

Fazekas, a junior from Arvada, Colo., is a two-time WAC player of the year and has helped Nevada two WAC titles and NCAA tournament appearances in neach of his three seasons. He is a two-time All-WAC selection.

Former UH volleyball player Kim Willoughby is the only other UH athlete to have won the Kearney Award in its 15-year history. She won it in 2003-'03 and 2003-'04.

Pitcher Steven Wright was UH's male nominee this year.