(Hawaii Athletics) - Head women's volleyball coach Robyn Ah Mow announced the hiring of recent Rainbow Wahine volleyball alumna, Faith Ma'afala as the team's director of operations.
"Faith is a great addition to our staff," says Ah Mow. "She has a strong work ethic, works well with everyone and learns quickly. In addition, I'm confident that Faith will also help mentor our players into confident, strong women both on and off the court. We are all excited to have her on board to continue the level of excellence for Rainbow Wahine volleyball."
Ma'afala started her collegiate career at Southern Utah, where she played two seasons. She then returned home and sat out a year as a redshirt junior before playing her final two seasons as a Rainbow Wahine. As a senior last year, Ma'afala started 26 out of 27 matches and led the team with 652 assists (6.39 a/set). She was second on the team with 29 service aces. She was one of only three players to play all 102 sets last year, along with Tita Akiu and Norene Iosia.
After finishing her playing career, Ma'afala graduated from UH Manoa last fall with a Bachelor's of Science degree in human development and family studies. Ma'afala, who resides in Kapolei, is a 2014 graduate of Kamehameha Schools—Kapalama where she was a four-year varsity setter.
"Not many student-athletes are given the opportunity to witness the hard work that takes place off the court and behind the scenes that allows the program to operate smoothly. With a humble heart, I am honored and forever grateful for Coach Robyn, Coach Angelica, Coach Kaleo, and the entire athletic department for allowing me to come back and be apart of their growing legacy. As a student-athlete I aspired to represent Rainbow Wahine volleyball to the best of my abilities. As the new Director of Volleyball Operations, my aspiration still remains the same. I am very blessed to be a part of the Rainbow Wahine program and I cannot wait to see the amazing things we will achieve this year. GO BOWS!"