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Hilo’s Amanda Loeffler signs with Pacific Union in California


Amanda Loeffler’s brother and three cousins were standouts in various Big Island Interscholastic Federation sports before landing college scholarships.

The Hilo High senior completed the 5-for-5 circle when she recently signed to play volleyball at Pacific Union College, an NAIA school in Angwin, Calif.

Her brother Jordan Loeffler, a 2009 Hilo graduate, got a University of Hawaii football scholarship. Her cousin Ronnie Loeffler (Waiakea 2004) played at UH-Hilo, and his brother Matt Loeffler (Waiakea 2010) is pitching at New Mexico State.

Her other first cousin is Chynna Loeffler, a 2012 St. Joseph graduate, who played volleyball at Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon, Wash.

“I really enjoyed my visit and the campus was beautiful,” Amanda Loeffler said. “Coach Brittany Brown really showed interest in me and made me feel comfortable. PUC has good academic programs and I always wanted to see California, and this will be a good experience.”

The 5-foot-10 Loeffler landed on the All-BIIF first team as a junior and senior at outside hitter. She’s also a four-year golfer at Hilo, and received golf scholarship offers from a half-dozen schools, including UH-Hilo and George Fox, a Division III powerhouse.

She’s on the club team Hi Intensity and planned to play in the Haili tournament.

When she took a recruiting visit two weeks ago, Loeffler practiced with the Pioneers and left an impression, not only with her playing ability but also her personality.

“Amanda was a huge get for our program and it will be exciting to see such a seasoned player grow over the next four years,” Brown said. “She will increase the level of play in games and practices and her vibrant personality fits in well with our team culture.”