The defending NCAA champions did not have to get far for its latest recruiting class.
Hawai’i announced three recruits who all recently moved to the state and are attending the same high school for their senior year have signed to play for the Rainbow Warriors starting in 2024.
Kai Rodriguez, Justin Todd and Zachary Yewchuk all enrolled at Moanalua High School after moving to Hawaii. These three players arrived to their new state having already earned multiple accolades throughout their high school careers.
“We’re excited about the quality of players we’re bringing in and with the combination of size and experience,” coach Charlie Wade said in a statement. “They are players who really want to be in Hawai’i and want to work hard to be the best players they can become and who will help us continue to win at the highest level.”
Rodriguez, a 6-foot-4 outside attacker from Gilroy, California, averaged 3.20 kills per game with his former high school team last season and set the school’s single-season record with 85 aces. The outside attacker also helped his club team win the U16 national championship.
Todd, a 6-foot-8 outside attacker from Houston, was selected to the USA Volleyball National Team Development Program. Todd competing at that program averaged double-digit kills in matches and had a .373 attack percentage.
Yewchuk, a 6-foot-7 opposite from Surrey, British Columbia, moved to Hawaii in 2022 and played one season at Damien Memorial High where he earned first-team all-league honors. In addition, Yewchuk while playing for his high school in Canada was recognized as a top-12 all-star at the provincial championship.
Hawai’i ended last season defeating Long Beach State in the NCAA Tournament finals to repeat as national champions. The Rainbow Warriors return a majority of starters for the 2023 season as they attempt to become the first school since UCLA in the 1990s to win three straight NCAA titles.