Courtney Lelepali, of Waianae, is a serving and libero/defensive specialist. She has emerged as a steady and effective server on the team and has played a key role in the team’s success. The senior, who is majoring in Hawaiian Studies, will be closing out her three-year volleyball career with the Rainbow Wahine in the NCAA Volleyball Championships. She is the daughter of Kaui and Jo Ann Lelepali of Waianae, O‘ahu.
The Wahine postseason journey begins this Friday at the Stan Sheriff Center. Hawaii (24-4) plays Big Sky champion Idaho State (23-11) in Friday’s (12/6/13) second match. Brigham Young (22-6) takes on Arizona State (19-13) in the 5 p.m. opener. The second-round match is at 7 p.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing to the Southern California regional, Dec. 13-14.
“I’m so proud of Courtney Lelepali and all that she has accomplished as an athlete and a student,” said Senator Shimabukuro. “She brings honor and pride to the Waianae Coast. I wish her and the Rainbow Wahine the best in the NCAA Championships.”
Lelepali is a 2009 graduate of Punahou School in Honolulu, O‘ahu, where she was a three-year letterwinner. She helped the Buffanblu to second-place finishes at states as a sophomore and senior, and a third-place finish at states during her junior year. She was a two-time team member of the USA High Performance A2 club team.
Before transferring to UH, Lelepali played one season at Southern Utah University, where she played in 29 matches in 2009. She led the team with 390 digs and ranked No. 2 on the team with 30 service aces. She finished in the top ten of the Summit League with 3.63 digs per set during the year. She was named Best Libero at the University of Denver Tournament. Lelelapli tallied a season-high 22 digs against Delaware State (Aug. 28) and South Dakota State (Oct. 3) and finished second on the team with 59 set assists.
By Ann Miller
Star-Advertiser, 29 Aug. 2013.
Courtney Lelepali came back from the mainland to play for the program she grew up with — and she couldn’t be happier
What sets Courtney Lelepali apart in this 2013 avalanche of Hawaii volleyball seniors is she has been here from the beginning.
“It was always my dream to be a Rainbow Wahine,” Lelepali said. “I was that little girl who came to every game. I’ve had idols before. Just to see how this program developed, I wanted to be part of it.”