Empire state of mind

January 5th, 2014

Former UH defensive end Tavita Woodard has reached agreement with agent Cameron Weiss of Empire Athletics, which is based in Santa Monica.

A week ago, Woodard texted the Warrior Beat to report he had chosen Weiss.  Details were not worked out until the past couple of days. Weiss said there had been "11th-hour negotiations," but now "the paper work is in and out."

Woodard will train under Chad Ikei in Hawaii.

Weiss is a lawyer who teamed with Joe Barkett to found Empire Athletics in 2012.

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It was an interesting agreement to play five full sets in last night's volleyball exhibition between UH and Thompson Rivers no matter the outcome of the first four sets.

The arrangement allowed the Rainbow Warriors to experiment with different lineups. One thing is evident: Kupono Fey could be UH's best local outside hitter since Tony Ching. Fey, a 2013 Punahou graduate, is an accurate passer, intuitive blocker, multiple-angle hitter, and has the range to play middle back.

It will be interesting to see current Punhou senior Larry "Tui" Tuileta join the mix in 2015.

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