Gabi Lau, originally from University Lab High School in Hawaii, spent the past year playing at Irvine Valley College in California, will transfer in for the final two years of her career to Western New Mexico University.
"Gabi will be a fan favorite from day one. She was one of the best floor defenders in the country in junior college this season," Head Coach Jim Callender said. "She constantly makes plays that make you question, 'how did she do that?.' Gabi is relentless, the ultimate go-getter, and will not be denied. She runs the show on defense and is a true floor general. She has attitude, swagger, and confidence for days and I can't wait to work with her."
Lau, a 5-foot-4 libero, helped the Lasers to a 27-0 record this past year, in addition to winning the second state title in IVC program history. Lau was named First-Team All-Orange Empire Conference last fall while helping the Lasers to 13th in the conference in digs per set at 2.96 during the regular season and picked that number up even more in the postseason for Irvine Valley as the number reached 3.55 per set.
During the state tournament, she had 24 digs in the sweep of Folsom Lake, 27 digs in the five-set win over Canyons and then a 30 dig performance in a four-set championship win over San Joaquin Delta. It was the most by any player in the state tournament since 2009. She averaged 6.75 digs per set during the tournament and earned Player of the Game honors for her performance.
Lau had double-digit digs in 17 of the 27 matches during the year and was also third on the team in aces with 31. Before arriving at Irvine Valley, Lau played one season at Linfield. In addition to playing in the fall, she also played beach volleyball.
During her time with Linfield College in 2016 she played in 76 sets and 21 matches, starting 14 matches. Lau was fourth on the team with 141 digs, averaging 1.86 digs per set. She recorded the third-best all-time season serve receive percentage at .959.
While at the University Lab High School, Lau led the team to the 2015 State Tournament. She played outside hitter and averaged 2.4 kills per set and 3.8 digs per set. Lau was named Player of the Game in the opening round of the tournament and also earned Interscholastic League Honorable Mention her junior and senior years. Lau also played for the Lanikai Athletic Club leading the team to a second place finish at the 2015 Junior Nationals in the Patriot Division. She was selected to participate in the USA High Performance Girls A1 National Training Program in 2013 and as an A1 Alternate in 2014 and 2015.