UH volleyball star Umlauft named to coaches' first team
University of Hawaii freshman hitter Jonas Umlauft was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association first-team All-America squad today, a week after failing to make the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation first team.
Umlauft, a 6-foot-9 native of Germany, was joined on the first team by three other players with Hawaii ties — Erik Shoji, Kawika Shoji and Brad Lawson of Stanford.
Umlauft also won Newcomer of the Year honors.
UH and Stanford play today in the MPSF semifinals in Palo Alto, Calif.
UH hitter Joshua Walker and Brigham Young's Futi Tavana of Kalaheo were selected to the second team.
Kawika Shoji, a senior setter from Iolani, earned first-team honors for the second time.
He was a second-team pick in 2008.
Erik Shoji, a sophomore libero from Punahou, achieved first-team honors for the second consecutive year.
They are sons of Dave Shoji, UH women's volleyball coach.
Lawson, the MPSF Player of the Year, attended 'Iolani.