Toronto’s Steven Hunt an emerging star at the University of Hawaii

HONOLULU – Last winter in his rookie season with the University of Hawaii men’s volleyball team, Toronto’s Steven Hunt was probably best remembered for striking a chair in anger after a bad play and injuring his hand which put him on the shelf for a month.

This year, the 6’5” outside hitter has emerged among the most improved players on the team and is described as a triple threat with his passing, serving and hitting skills.

The Warriors equaled their win total from last season bettering their record to six wins and four losses (6-4) with a victory on Monday over Brigham Young University 30-27, 30-26, 30-25. The match was delayed two days due to the Pacific Ocean tsunami warnings.

Hunt, a graduate of Toronto’s Donald S. Wilson Secondary School, earned 15 kills, six digs and received 14 serves without error.

"For sure, I'm having more fun," Hunt said of his 2010 season. "Our whole team is having way more fun. We're actually a team this year. Everybody can trust everybody. Whether you're a starter or you come off the bench, you have a role. I know I needed to focus on my role on the team. It's not to be a go-to hitter all of the time. I have to pass good, and help our team make plays."

Hunt is one of six Canadians in NCAA Division 1. 

Darryl Shank of London, Ont., and Carey Stewart of St. Mary’s, Ont., both play for Indiana University-Purdue, Erik Kuld of Toronto is at Harvard University in Boston and Dominic Dewaele of Hamilton is at Loyola University of Illinois.