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Koko Atoa-Williams

  • position OH
  • height 5-10
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Reno, Nev.
  • High school Bishop Manogue
  • position OH
  • height 5-10
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Reno, Nev.
  • High school Bishop Manogue

Koko Atoa-Williams Bio


2015 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
2014 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

2016 (SENIOR)

Bounced back from an injury-plagued junior year to play in all 30 matches, and all but three of the team’s sets
Set new career bests in service aces (14), solo blocks (7) and digs per set (2.57)
Had five matches with double-digit kills and 11 with double-digit digs
Named tournament MVP at the Springhill Suites Invite after totaling 35 digs and 29 kills over the 13 sets and three wins
Posted 14 kills and 14 digs in a road win at LSU, the team’s first win in Baton Rouge in 13 years (10/14)
Helped the team upset #21 Missouri at home, thanks to a season-high 18 digs and 10 kills (11/13)

2015 (JUNIOR)

Provided consistency as a six-rotation player when needed, but was a major key to the back-line defense
Played in 31 matches, including 23 starts
Averaged 1.27 kills per set
Set a new career high with 13 service aces for the season
Also improved on her serve defense, improving her serve reception percentage for the third-straight season (up to .946)
Tallied 12 kills while hitting .303, five digs and a season-high three blocks vs. Winthrop (9/5)
Finished with a double-double vs. Furman (9/5), recording 10 kills and 10 digs
Popped up a season-high 15 digs and three assists against Charleston Southern (9/19)
Recorded her second double-double of the season at Mississippi State, with 10 kills and 15 digs (10/4)
Led the team with 16 kills against Auburn, a new season high. It was just two off her career high (10/9)


Started 30 of 31 matches
Named team’s Hitter of the Year, ranking second on the team in kills (304) and kills per set (2.51)
Also ranked second on the squad in digs per set (2.34)
Averaged 0.40 blocks per set
Recorded a career-high 18 kills vs. Georgia Tech (8/30)
Posted first career double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs vs. Jacksonville (8/30)
Named Gamecock Invitational MVP after averaging 3.27 kills per set in three matches (8/29-30)
Tallied nine kills on 18 swings with no errors to hit .500 vs. The Citadel (9/20)
Matched career high with 18 kills and had 12 digs at Auburn (10/5)
Again matched career high with 18 kills while hitting a career-best .515 with just one attack error on 33 attempts vs. Missouri (10/26)
Recorded a double-double vs. Alabama with 14 kills and 12 digs and matched career high with four blocks
Tied career-high again with 18 kills and 10 digs vs. Auburn (11/16)
Recorded 17 kills and a career-high 27 digs at Tennessee (11/19)
Led the team with 11 double-doubles, which ranked seventh in the SEC


Saw time in 21 matches, including one start
Produced 1.43 kills per set on the season
Tallied a season-high 12 kills and four block assists against Winthrop (9/7)
Finished with nine kills and two digs in sweep of Liberty (9/13)
Contributed seven kills, two digs and three blocks at Duke (9/14)
Had 11 kills and three digs in win over Coastal Carolina (10/30)
Made first career start at No. 20 Kentucky (11/8)


Lettered four years in volleyball and two in track
Played at Bishop Manogue Catholic for coach Jason Sterrett
Also played for Damonte Ranch High School in Reno, Nev., and St. Francis in Hawaii
Helped lead St. Francis to the Division II state title in 2011-12, earning a spot on the Hawaii High School Athletic Association State Tournament Team
Guided Bishop Manogue to a Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Division I North Regional title in 2012
Earned first-team All-Sierra League honors in 2012
Was a second-team All-League selection for St. Francis in 2011
Played club volleyball in Hawaii for the Asics Rainbows Volleyball Club
Played for the Northern Nevada Juniors under coach Jason Sterrett
Helped lead team to first-place finishes at the Rocklin Kaleo Klassic in 2011 and 2012 and at the Tahoe Classic in 2012


Kololia Shelby Atoa-Williams is the daughter of Alexander Levi Atoa and Chanel Kuuipo Atoa
Has one sister, Namahana Atoa
Chose South Carolina because of the volleyball staff, the campus and the school pride
Majoring in exercise science
Wants to pursue a career in athletic training or physical therapy