Attention UH recruiters.
Consider the genes. Mom Kari was a setter for the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team. Dad Eric is a 6-foot-8 former UH basketball player.
The two welcomed son Trey Kekoa Ambrozich on July 11. He was 9 lbs., 9.6 oz, and 21 1/4 inches.
“Trey is so amazing,” said Kari Ambrozich, who’ll return to administrative duties in October as Wahine volleyball associate coach. “Eric and I look at him every day in awe that he is ours.
“There is nothing in life that compares to being new parents. We feel so blessed and are hoping to see him wearing a Hawaii uniform some day.
Hawaii’s Idol 2008
No surprise that Raeceen Woolford wasn’t blinded by the bright lights when competing in July’s Miss Hawaii Scholarship Pageant. Woolford (aka Miss Honolulu) spent five years (2003-07) as a member of the high-profile Wahine volleyball team.
“It was such an amazing experience,” said Woolford, the third runner-up. “I gained lifelong friends, confidence and a new outlook on pageants.
“My athletic career well-prepared me for my pageant experience because the stage was my volleyball court. UH volleyball taught me how to handle the pressure of performing on stage. I really felt comfortable in my own skin. I knew that all I had to do was my very best, and let God do the rest.”
Woolford, who danced hula as her talent, doesn’t know if she’ll enter the pageant next year. But she will continue to expand her platform issue of “Family Intervention: Giving Every Child and Family A Chance” through her Keiki Ohana Program.
“I would like to send a big mahalo for all the support and prayers that were shared,” she said.
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Olympics On Demand
Definitely a Hawaii theme to this year’s U.S. Women’s Olympic Volleyball Team, which featured three former Wahine All-Americans in setter and captain Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (1993-96), middle Heather Bown (1998-99) and Kim Willoughby (2000-03).
With Punahou grad Lindsey Berg also on the team, “I think it shows you how much influence the state of Hawaii has on the sport,” Wahine coach Dave Shoji said.
Three Stanford players were also on the team.
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A quarter of the 2008 U.S. Olympic women’s volleyball team in Beijing played for the University of Hawaii. It was the third Games for former Rainbow Wahine All-Americans Heather Bown (left) and Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (center) and the first for Kim Willoughby.