STELLA CHEN: Social work major works the court

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Greg Erickson~Multimedia Journalist

Shih Ting “Stella” Chen has earned her third straight Pacific West Conference Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week honor and leads the No. 4 ranked Seasiders with 351 kills, 269 digs, and 391 points on the season.

The Seasiders Women’s Volleyball team is enjoying another dominant season and is poised for a strong NCAA tournament run. Nearing the end of the regular season, BYU-Hawaii is 20-1 and is in first place atop the PacWest conference. Currently, the Seasiders are enjoying a 14-game winning streak. While the team as a whole is playing well together, it is junior Chen leading the way.

The social work major from Yunlin City, Taiwan, attended Chung Shan High School and was a member of the women’s national volleyball team before she attended BYUH. Although she is not a member of the LDS faith, Chen was attracted to BYUH for several reasons. “I wanted to learn English. I like to travel, and I wanted to know how American volleyball coaches teach their players.”

For Chen, the highlight of her career as a Seasider came during last season’s historic run for the women’s volleyball championship. “I will never forget when we won the regional championship last year, and we went so long without losing a game.” This season, Chen believes the team can advance even further. “We want to make it to the NCAA finals— that’s the goal,” she said. Chen hopes to make this year’s championship run even more memorable.

Aside from being a standout volleyball player, Chen is like most college students. She enjoys spending time with her friends, watching movies, shopping, and cooking food. Chen hopes her impressive volleyball career is only the beginning of a lifetime of success.

“I want to go to graduate school and I want to be an assistant volleyball coach one day. I might go back home and try out for the national team in Taiwan.” Chen continued, “Ultimately, I want to be a social worker in Taiwan, but it all depends on the Lord’s plan for me.”

Whatever she decides to do, Chen said she will never forget her time at BYUH. “I am so happy and I am so thankful for the opportunity I have had to be here.”

Chen and the women’s volleyball team will close out the regular season with a three-game trip to the mainland and one final contest in Hawaii on Nov. 21.