Friday, September 23, 2011

Saitaua Iosia MEAC's Top Rookie Second Straight Week

 Saitaua Iosia

Long Beach, Calif.
High School:
Long Beach Poly H.S.

High School/Club: Played volleyball at Long Beach Polytechnic High School ... led team to #3 ranking in the nation, #1 in California in 2010 ... named player of the year in 2010 ... helped Jackrabbits to Moore League Championship, CIF Championship and state finals ... president of Pacific Islander Club 2010-11 ... competed with Long Beach Mizuno Club in Southern California, reaching fifth place in JO championship.

Personal: Born Nov. 19, 1993 in Long Beach, Calif. ... daughter of Pasefika and Agnes Iosia ... has two sisters, Vaoanne and Fiapa'ipa'i, and two brothers, Matauaina and Pasefika Jr. ... major is math ... pregame routine includes listening to music ... personal best sports moment is getting 22 kills and five straight aces in high school regional final game ... most influential people are her mom and dad for standing behind her in everything ... plans to live successfully off what she will learn from UMES upon graduation ... personal best non-athletic accomplishment is graduating from high school ... favorite saying is "God first and all else will fall in place." ... hobbies include cultural dancing and cooking ... favorite book is Twilight by Stephanie Meyer ... favorite movies are "Mulan," "The Blind Side," "Johnny Lingo" and "Facing the Giants" ... personal athletic goal this season is to get better and never give up ... personal athletic goal is to be a consistent player all around.
NORFOLK, Va.- For the second time in a row, University of Maryland Eastern Shore freshman outside hitter Saitaua Iosia (Long Beach, Calif.) was chosen as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for the period ending Sept. 11.

Iosia had double-doubles in every match UMES played in the Bryant Invitational, leading her to be named to the All-Tournament Team. She set a team season high 23 kills along with 10 digs in the road victory over Bryant.

On Saturday, Iosia had 13 kills, 17 digs and a pair of aces against Holy Cross followed by 14 kills, with just three hitting errors for an attack percentage of .344, and 10 digs in the win against Harvard. UMES went 2-1 during the weekend, tying Harvard, whom the Hawks defeated 3-0 on Saturday, as the team with the best record in the Bryant Invitational.

Iosia was named MEAC Rookie of the Week last period after being named to the USF Invitational All-Tournament Team. She has led the Hawks in kills each of her first seven matches as a Hawk and has gotten five double-doubles to start the season.

The Hawks will return to Rhode Island on Friday, September 16th to compete in the Brown University Invitational, starting with a rematch against Bryant at