The highlight of the Salt Lake Shootout was not just the fact that there were two professional hockey teams playing in Utah, or that the final score was indeed a shootout at 7-5. No, it was the amount of cheers and roars from the crowd each time Lewis’s name was mentioned, and the fact that he was celebrated more for a couple assists than his teammates goals.
“Teamwork on this team is very important because volleyball is a game of momentum,” said Niutupuivaha. “We all rely on each other to pick each other up. It’s been a learning process these four years, but it’s something that I’m grateful for and that I think will be beneficial in all aspects of life.”