Junior college transfer from Barton County ... Teammate of Maya Onikute ... Also played volleyball for the Cougars in the fall ... Fearless competitor on the boards ... Brings great energy to the floor and is a hard worker ... Gives UH a true defensive stopper in the paint.
2006 VOLLEYBALL SEASON
Misa-Uli has played in 25 matches for the UH volleyball team, making 21 starts ... One of four Cougars to record over 200 kills ... Fourth on the squad with 16 aces and 49 blocks ... One of six Cougars to tally over 100 digs ... Smashed double-digit kills 11 times, including four of her last seven outings ... Totaled seven double-doubles ... Popped six kills and added a career-best five blocks against New Mexico (Sept. 1) ... Powered home 10 kills at Baylor (Sept. 2) ... Notched 13 kills and 13 digs against Tennessee State (Sept. 8) ... ripped 14 on a career-best .444 hitting percentage to go along with 14 digs against McNeese State (Sept. 15) ... Cranked career-highs with 23 kills and 18 digs against McNeese State (Sept. 16) ... Slapped 20 kills and 12 digs in C-USA opener at Memphis (Sept. 22) ... Smashed 13 kills and four blocks at Rice (Oct. 4) ... Added 15 kills and 14 digs at UTEP (Oct. 15).
PRIOR TO UH
Spent two years at Barton County Community College ... She helped lead the Lady Cougars to a 50-18 record during her tenure, appearing in two-straight NJCAA Region VI finals ... Was a first-team All-Jayhawk West selection last season ... Also was one of Region VI's top offensive rebounders, pulling down nearly four (3.88) offensive rebounds per game, ranking her fourth among all players ... She also averaged over 50 percent (53.6) from the field, ranking eighth in field goal percentage ... Was the 2006 Basketball Homecoming Queen ... Also was a member of the track team ... Named an NJCAA All-America Second-Team selection, All-Region VI First Team, All-Jayhawk Western Conference First Team and All-Jayhawk Western Conference Player of the Year in volleyball during the 2005 season.
An All-State pick in basketball as a junior ... Also a two-time state wrestling champion ... Played volleyball as well ... Part of the 2004 class named to the Nissan Hawaii Hall of Honor ... Once scored 39 points in a high school game ... Named O'ahu Interscholastic Association East Division Player of the Year in 2004 ... Also competed in volleyball and track and field.
Full name is Laosamoa Misa-Uli ... Goes by Sunshine ... Laosamoa means "sunshine" in Samoan ... Daughter of Ova and Tapuni Misa-Uli ... Native of Honolulu, Hawai'i ... Has four siblings ... Also recruited by New Mexico State, UTEP, Fresno State, Kentucky and Florida State.