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Misty Ma'a headed to Miami

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By Walter Villa

Misty Ma’a, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Hawaii in 2010 and one of the nation’s top college prospects, has committed to the University of Miami.

“She’s thrilled, and our entire family is excited for her,” her father, Pono Ma’a, said Friday.

Ma’a, a 6-foot-1 senior outside hitter at Kamehameha (Honolulu, Hawaii), made her decision after visiting the Miami campus last weekend.

She will be joining a program that is on the rise. The Hurricanes made the NCAA Tournament the past two years in a row and are currently ranked 21st in the nation.

But four of the Canes’ top seven players are seniors, which could create an opportunity for immediate playing time for Ma’a in 2012.

Another plus for Ma’a is Miami’s tropical weather, which is similar to what she has enjoyed in Hawaii. In addition, Ma’a is an aspiring model, and she will have a chance to do more in that field on South Beach, which is known for its fashion scene.

“She sees a lot of similarities from home,” Pono Ma’a said. “She will start classes in June. It will be tough for us because she will be so far, but she is happy and really likes the team and the coach.”