HPU head volleyball coach Reydan “Tita” Ahuna wasn’t surprised
about the honors. She sees the recognition as a testament to
Garbelotti’s outstanding ability and the respect the HPU program
has earned on a national scale.
“The fact that Susy was chosen demonstrates she’s not only
the best player in the conference, she’s recognized as one of
the best Division II players in the country,” said Ahuna. “I
think that this a great honor for her, and our team as well.
It couldn’t happen to a more deserving athlete.”
As a member of the 2000 “Dream Team,” Garbelotti was among
a handful of volleyball standouts such as Debbie Sant’Anna and
Nia Tuitele, all three earning All-America honors. This year
the weight of team leadership fell solely on Garbelotti’s shoulders.
“It was hard for her this year with so many new faces, but
she did and outstanding job,” said Ahuna. “The level of play
she brought not only made a better team, it brought out the
best in our individual talent. When you play around better people,
you get better.”
Garbelotti finished her two-year career at HPU with 874 kills,
507 digs, 246 blocks, and 74 service aces. She set a new school
record for season hitting, averaging 5.62 kills-per-game, and
for most kills in a match, hammering 38 against Chaminade last