Kaua’i athletes get quicker with All-WAC performers

LIHU’E — Kaua’i student volleyball enthusiasts got an opportunity to learn from University of Hawai’i wahine volleyball players at the latest volleyball Speed and Quickness clinics.

Victoria Prince, an All-American, All-WAC player from the UH squad, led a contingent of five players who started the clinics yesterday in Waimea and will be here through tomorrow’s series on the eastside that meets at Kapa’a High School.

Asia Kaden from the North Shore came in with her dad Bob to be part of the 7- to 12-year-old group that met Thursday at the Kaua’i High School gym.

“She was shy at first, but now she doesn’t want it to end,” Bob said as he before taking a swing.

Kamn Rivel, a Waimea High School student, was waiting in the wings for the session for 13-and-older students to begin. “I couldn’t go yesterday so I’m here, today,” Rivel said while getting acquainted with the older players.

Roy Nishida of the County’s Anti-Drug office, explained that if the older athletes were part of the high school team, they were separated from players who had no experience.

Nishida added that of the approximately 50 players who turned out for the Waimea High School clinic, he was pleased that a lot of the players were first-time players.

The volleyball clinics come on the heels of the Speed and Quickness clinics that concluded Sunday afternoon, and sets the stage for the Soccer Speed Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 1 and 2.

Malia Kagawa was one of the athletes waiting for her turn at the volleyball clinic, and said she is planning on attending the soccer sessions as well.

The soccer clinics will begin at Waimea High School on Saturday morning with youngsters between 7 to 12 years old working between 8 and 10 a.m. This will be followed by youngsters 13 and older working from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Later Saturday, the group of All-WAC soccer players will move to Kaua’i High School with the youngsters between 7 to 12 years old being welcomed from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and players aged 13-and-older having their session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Nishida said the Kaua’i High School schedule is a revised one.

at Kapa’a High School where youngsters 7 to 12 years old meeting from 8 to 10 a.m., and youngsters 13-and-above having their clinic from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All of the clinics are free to youngsters, sponsored by the County of Kaua’i, and Nishida said youngsters simply need to show up at the site closest to them at least 45 minutes before the session starts so they can register.

The soccer clinic is being coordinated by Joshua Fouts, the University of Hawai’i Assistant Soccer Coach, and All-WAC players coming to help with the clinic include Koren Takayama, Krisha Kai, Jessica Domingo, and Shawn Higa.

Helping Prince at the volleyball clinic are All-WAC players Tara Hittle, Alicia Arnott, Caroline Blood, and Raeceen Woolford.

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