Adolpho commits to UH
eventually. I just was surprised that they asked me right away,” Adolpho said.
The Molokai junior said she committed early because she knew she wanted to be close to home. She added she received letters and e-mails from schools across the mainland and for a while considered leaving the islands. In the end, Adolpo decided that a chance to play in front of the home crowd was too much to pass up.
“I really like staying at home,” she said. “I knew that’s where I wanted to go so I just wanted to get it out of the way.”
The 6-foot-1 junior was offered a scholarship from the basketball team, but plans on being a two-sport athlete in college. Adolpho was named a first team all-conference player in both basketball and volleyball last year, as well as having the third best high jump in the state. She was an all-state selection in basketball after helping the Farmers to their first ever girls’ state championship last season.
Adolpho, who is also a good student with a 3.5 GPA, said she thought she could handle the workload, but was a little nervous about being a two-sport collegiate athlete.
“I’m worried about the time commitment. I’m worried about a lot, all of it is really scary right now,” she said.
If Adolpho is nervous off the court, she certainly doesn’t appear to be while she is playing. For the second weekend in a row, the junior led Molokai’s volleyball team in kills. Last Friday, she had 16 in the team’s home-opening sweep of Lanai.
“She’s a very athletic individual. It doesn’t matter if it’s volleyball, cross country, track and field or basketball,” Molokai volleyball head coach Matt Helm said. “She definitely has the potential to play volleyball at the next level.”
Helm said that Adolpho, who had not played volleyball before high school, has only scratched the surface of her capabilities. He believes she could be a very good fit in college volleyball.
Adolpho said given the choice between playing volleyball and basketball, she would have no idea which to take.