Iowa Western continues to produce Division I talent, as another player from the two-year NJCAA school is headed to a four-year school. The latest is Emi Pua’a, who moves on to Arizona for 2018. Pua’a will be a junior in 2018 with two years left of play and is immediately eligible.
Pua’a, a defensive specialist/libero, spent her last two seasons at Iowa Western and played in 254 sets. This past season she logged 535 digs (4.18 per set), 99 assists (0.77 per set) and 21 aces (0.16 per set). All of that came for a Reivers team that ended the year ranked seventh in the NJCAA.
Prior to her time in junior college, Pua’a went to Punahou High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. She helped the team to a state championship in 2014 along with a runner-up finish in 2015.
Arizona is coming off of an 11-18 record in which they went 5-15 in Pac-12 play. It was a bit of a rebuilding year for the Wildcats who lost plenty from their 2016 squad that made the Sweet 16. Their 2017 roster consisted of six DS/L’s, with one graduating headed into 2018.