Aloha! Local volleyers serve, spike, enjoy sights on trip to Hawaii


So, how did you spend your summer?
Two Boone Central/Newman Grove volleyball players, Katie Daniels and Nicole Woebbecke, were able to use their talents to enjoy an exhilarating trip to the island paradise of Hawaii in July.
Quite a vacation.
The two Cardinals were members of the Nebraska team that competed in the 2017 NoKaOi Volleyball Showcase held July 11-18 in Honolulu.
Ten players represented Nebraska in the event, along with Coaches Rich Wilson of Centura High School and Dennis Troester of McCook High School. Overall, the island showcase included 120 volleyers on 12 teams from various parts of the United States.
Daniels, Woebbecke, and the rest of the high school volleyers, ages 15-18, arrived in Honolulu Tuesday, July 11, where they enjoyed a traditional Hawaiian Lei greeting.
The week was filled with fun, as well as volleyball. The guests were treated with a sightseeing tour Wednesday to the Aloha Flea Market at Aloha Stadium, the fabulous Pali Lookout, and some of Oahu’s most beautiful scenery, including the Halona Blow Hole, Sandy and Hanauma Bay.
Other sights and activities the girls enjoyed Thursday and Friday included Cataman sailing, Pearl Harbor, snorkeling, Wakiki Beach and a traditional Luau feast.
Volleyball competition was held Saturday and Sunday, beginning with pool play that allowed teams multiple games and a chance to qualify for the final championship medal round. Daniels and Woebbecke said Nebraska played seven games over the weekend, finishing ninth in the field of teams. The showcase tournament concluded Sunday evening with the final match and presentation of awards.
While the Cardinal girls definitely enjoyed the volleyball, they said the opportunity to experience the trip with so many new friends was the true highlight.
“The best part was meeting all of the other girls on the trip and enjoying everything with them throughout the week,” Daniels noted. “We made a lot of new friends and continue to communicate with them.”