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For Cowell, coming home to play at UH just ‘feels right’ – Maui News

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University of Hawaii outside hitter Chandler Cowell poses for a photo in SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center during the team’s recent media day. Cowell, a 2018 graduate of King Kekaulike High School, is entering her first season with the Rainbow Wahine after transferring from St. Mary’s (Calif.). Photo courtesy of Chandler Cowell

Chandler Cowell was seemingly born to play volleyball for the University of Hawaii. Now, that dream is about to become a reality.

Cowell, a 2018 graduate of King Kekaulike High School, finished her bachelor’s degree in communications at St. Mary’s College in California in May.

She announced her transfer to UH in March and will play indoor and beach volleyball in Manoa.

The UH indoor team officially begins practice next week, but the Rainbow Wahine have been lifting weights and informally practicing for the last month.

“At first, it was, like, crazy, I really couldn’t believe it,” Cowell said via phone Wednesday. “My first day I was walking in nervous and I couldn’t believe I was there, I was wearing UH gear. And then as soon as I met the girls in person, it was an immediate click. All of them were super open and welcoming.

“Not only that, they set a high standard from the first moment of walking into that gym, that we were here to do work and at the same time we were here to get better. They set a tone and it’s been phenomenal, just being able to be there every day, every lift, getting one step stronger and one step better.”

Cowell, who has two years of NCAA indoor and one season of beach volleyball eligibility left, has savored the entire experience so far.

She rises at 5 a.m. for a “6:30 sharp” start each day. The players usually don’t walk out of the gym until more than three hours later.

“It’s been great, I’ve honestly enjoyed every single moment,” she said. “Even though waking up really early is hard, once I get there I’m so happy to be with my team. It feels great.”

Cowell, the younger sister of men’s volleyball All-American and national champion Colton Cowell, is on the UH roster for good reason.

In 2021, although she missed three matches due to injury, she recorded a team-best 219 kills, 2.52 kills per set and 260.0 total points for the Gaels.

She also finished third on the team with 20 service aces and 174 digs, while logging 37 total blocks. She put down at least 10 kills 13 times in 2021, including a streak of six straight matches with double-digit kills from Sept. 28-Oct. 28.

For her St. Mary’s career, she recorded 391 kills (2.43 per set), 306 digs, 70 total blocks, 31 service aces, 36 assists and 460.5 total points (2.86 per set).

Kaleo Baxter, a 2005 Kauai High School graduate who has been on UH head coach Robyn Ah Mow’s staff since she took over for Dave Shoji in 2017, said that the 23-year-old Cowell is not on the roster just because she is local.

“Adding her to our gym and the culture that we want in our practice gym and just the type of women we want to represent the University of Hawaii, Chandler was a no-brainer,” Baxter said Wednesday. “She …….

Source: https://www.mauinews.com/sports/local-sports/2022/08/for-cowell-coming-home-to-play-at-uh-just-feels-right/

University of Hawaii outside hitter Chandler Cowell poses for a photo in SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center during the team’s recent media day. Cowell, a 2018 graduate of King Kekaulike High School, is entering her first season with the Rainbow Wahine after transferring from St. Mary’s (Calif.). Photo courtesy of Chandler Cowell

Chandler Cowell was seemingly born to play volleyball for the University of Hawaii. Now, that dream is about to become a reality.

Cowell, a 2018 graduate of King Kekaulike High School, finished her bachelor’s degree in communications at St. Mary’s College in California in May.

She announced her transfer to UH in March a…….

University of Hawaii outside hitter Chandler Cowell poses for a photo in SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center during the team’s recent media day. Cowell, a 2018 graduate of King Kekaulike High School, is entering her first season with the Rainbow Wahine after transferring from St. Mary’s (Calif.). Photo courtesy of Chandler Cowell

Chandler Cowell was seemingly born to play volleyball for the University of Hawaii. Now, that dream is about to become a reality.

Cowell, a 2018 graduate of King Kekaulike High School, finished her bachelor’s degree in communications at St. Mary’s College in California in May.

She announced her transfer to UH in March a…….

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