Crusader Volleyball Adds Final Piece Of The Puzzle
Luuga Vailu’u, a highly skilled 6-2 middle/opposite from Honolulu, Hawaii, is the final signee to a national letter of intent to play men’s volleyball at North Greenville University for its inaugural season in NCAA Division I/II in January of 2015; it was announced by head coach Dr. Fred Battenfield.
Vailu’u played high school volleyball at Moanalua High School in Honolulu for Coach Alan Dabanting, and his team finished third in the state of Hawaii this year. He is a two-time First Team All-State player, and was the Player of the Year in his division this last year, and was named to the All-Tournament team at the state championships.
After graduating from high school, Vailu’u moved to Southern California to play with the Orange Coast Volleyball Club and competed in the USA Volleyball Boy’s Junior Nationals in Houston, Texas. He was tutored by his uncle Kalisi Vailu’u, who is highly respected in volleyball circles on the West Coast.
“I really wanted to attend a Christian university, and I was very surprised to find out about North Greenville and its commitment to being a place “Where Christ Makes the Difference,” Vailu’u said. “It is a long way from home, but God has me headed for a place where I can follow Him and play a high level of volleyball.”
“It’s amazing to me how the recruiting process has worked and we were able to sign a solid player like Luu,” Coach Battenfield said. “He is a highly experienced player, is very quick and can attack the middle or run a lot of combination plays. I’m thrilled to have a player of his caliber join the rest of our signees in August. Right now, we have nine freshmen and one sophomore, so we will be the proverbial ‘young’ team, but Luu adds a dimension that we didn’t have before. He’ll be a valued addition to the first year group.”
Luuga’s full name is Luuga Patrick Pueonekeolaokalani Vailu’u, and he is the son of Ueta and Kanini Vailu’u. He plans to major in Health and Wellness at NGU.