Hawaii Adds Former Portland State MB & Hawaii Pacific Basketball Center via Transfer

  0 Derek Johnson | May 22nd, 2018 | College - Women's Indoor, College Transfers, Division I Mid-Major, News

After beginning her collegiate career playing volleyball at Portland State, Sarah Liva switched to basketball at Hawaii Pacific. Now, to round out her time in college, she is transferring to the University of Hawaii to continue on in volleyball.

Liva will be a senior for the fall of 2018 with one year left of play. She is joining the program as a walk-on and will be immediately eligible for the season ahead. It also brings her to the same school of her brother, Isaac Liva, who plays for the men’s team.

A 6’1″ middle blocker, Liva is originally from Mililani, Hawaii. She then attended the Portland State volleyball program in 2014 and finished 10th in the Big Sky in blocks per set with totals of 1.32 kills per set on a .166 hitting percentage and those 104 blocks (1.01 per set). In 2015 as a sophomore, she notched 1.40 kills per set on a .297 clip and 0.99 blocks per set.

That’s when the volleyball ended, at least for the moment for Liva, who transferred to Hawaii Pacific University for the 2016-2017 season and played center for the basketball team. She went on to finish second on the team in rebounds per game and fourth in blocks.

Liva has already joined the program, and participated in the team’s intrasquad scrimmage back in April. She becomes part of a position group with three middle blockers on par to return from 2017 plus any other newcomers in the summer or fall.

It’s also the third transfer addition for the Rainbow Wahine this offseason, all of which are seniors. Liva joins right side Angel Gaskin from Maryland and defensive specialist/libero Tita Akiu from Texas Tech.

Hawaii is coming off of a 20-8 season in 2017 in which they went 14-2 in the Big West and made the NCAA Tournament.

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