Wai’anae’s Keani Passi Will Join UH Wahine in 2013

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Source: College of Southern Idaho

TWIN FALLS – The College of Southern Idaho volleyball team received more accolades last week on top of the 10th NJCAA National Championship it won two weeks ago. Right side hitter Keani Passi was named NJCAA First Team All-American, AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) First Team All-American and AVCA Junior College Player of the Year. Head Coach Heidi Cartisser was named AVCA West Region Coach of the Year and will be a candidate for national coach of the year.

[Passi, a 5’9″ outside hitter, lists her hometown as Wai’anae. As a Pearl City High School senior, she led her volleyball team to the OIA West Championship, earning player of the year honors. She was named all league three years in volleyball and two in softball. Passi played on the Oahu Volleyball Club team as well. –CSI]

Passi, who has committed to play volleyball at the University of Hawaii, led the Golden Eagles in Kills per game and aces per game. She led the top-seeded Golden Eagles to a record 10th NJCAA National Championship, their first since 2009, defeating No. 2 seeded Western Nebraska CC in straight sets.  In the match, Passi led the team with a double-double of 12 kills and as many digs on her way to being named Tournament MVP and a spot on the All-Tournament Team.  

The opposite had a tremendous second year, finishing the 2012 campaign averaging 3.79 kills per sets (eighth nationally) with a .269 hitting percentage.  The sophomore also tallied 62 service aces to average 0.56 per set, which puts her at 12th in the country.  She also got it done on the defensive end, recording 272 digs (2.47/s) and 77 total blocks (0.74/s).  In the NJCAA Tournament, Passi recorded double-digit kills in all four matches.

In 2012, CSI finished their historic season with a 33-1 record and a perfect 10-0 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.  After dropping their only match of the year to the eventual NJCAA runner-ups on Aug. 31st, they went on a torrid run rattling off 29 wins in a row spanning two and a half months.

Passi joins a long and prestigious list of College of Southern Idaho National Players of the Year.  Since 1987, there have been seven Golden Eagle AVCA Player of Year recipients, with this now marking the eighth to earn the distinction, and the first since 2005 when JoAnna Kaczor garnered the honor. The formal presentation of the AVCA Two Year College National Player of the Year will be made Dec. 14th in Louisville, Kentucky, at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet held in conjunction with the 2012 AVCA Annual Convention and NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball National Championships. At that time, the AVCA National Coach of the Year will also be announced.

See related story by Ann Miller in the Star-Advertiser, “Top JUCO Player Commits to Hawaii” (12.13.12).

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