Expanded coverage of all things volleyball, including notes, observations and analysis on the Rainbow Wahine, Rainbow Warriors, SandBows and Team USA.

About the blog host

Cindy Luis covers University of Hawaii volleyball for the Star-Advertiser. She began her career as a sports journalist in Hawaii in 1981 with the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and was the sports editor, assistant sports editor, columnist and beat writer during a 31-year span before the paper became the Star-Advertiser. She graduated from UCLA in 1977 with a B.A. in Communication Studies.

Latest news

Akana commits Blog on break

By Cindy Luis on June 19, 2018

It has been out there but finally was able to reach Braely and family Rising senior at Kamehameha has orally committed to Wahine for 2019 Had a nice chat with mom Joselyn Robins Akana who played 1993-96 Dad former BYUH basketball player and Ex UH assistant Brandyn Akana now Kahili boys Bev coach Story should run in Wednesday’s paper Ran into James Ka at airport He is headed to Seattle to play in AVP event with Nemo Komar Am on […]

Mitchem, Anae named to USWNVT scrimmage team; Luyties, Kidd no longer with SandBows

By Cindy Luis on June 18, 2018

Know it had been asked, got it confirmed from Hall Chloe Luyties is looking at “other opportunities” Kidd is concentrating on her nursing degree so sounds like that means she has retired. Both Annie Mitchem and Adora Anae (Utah) on roster. From UH via USA Volleyball Cool for Annie it will be played at Irvine Valley The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will hold its first Red-Blue instraquad scrimmage match of the year on June 22 in Irvine, California. Representing […]

Manu-Olevao new assistant for Vulcans

By Cindy Luis on June 15, 2018

apologies. just found this in pending from yesterday. Former Wahine outside hitter Tai Manu-Olevao (2012-15) has joined Gene Kreiger’s staff at Hawaii-Hilo. Manu-Olevao was born in Hilo and joins Poli Olevao-Kahapea, who has been a volunteer assistant, on the bench. Manu-Olevao had been playing professionally in the Philippines. The Vulcans also added two Big West transfers in sophomores Brooke Earkman (OH, Long Beach State) and Bria Beale (OH, UC Irvine). The two will join the Vulcan squad when practice begins […]

U.S. drops VNL match to Brazil in 5

By Cindy Luis on June 2, 2018

The U.S. men’s national volleyball team, with three starters with Hawaii ties in the lineup, remained undefeated in FIVB Volleyball Nations League play on Saturday with a sweep of Korea in Goiania, Brazil. Micah Christenson (Kamehameha) set the Americans to a 25-23, 25-21, 25-11 victory. Also starting were middle Taylor Averill (University of Hawaii) and libero Erik Shoji (Punahou). The U.S. (5-0) concludes the second round of pool play against Brazil (4-1) today. Christensen, who gave way to Kawika Shoji […]

K. Shoji, Averill help U.S. rally past Japan; Ah Mow-Santos on TV Friday

By Cindy Luis on June 1, 2018

Ah Mow-Santos on Living 808 on KHON with John Veneri at 4 p.m. and The CW at 9 p.m. Also today, Down 2-0 to Japan, the U.S. Men’s National Team brought in Ben Patch, Kawika Shoji, Thomas Jaeschke and Taylor Averill to right the ship and went on to win, 23-25, 13-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-10 on Friday in Goiânia, Brazil. The U.S. Men improve to 4-0 in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League while Japan falls to 2-2. The United States […]

Wahine schedule released, Ah Mow-Santos on HNN

By Cindy Luis on May 31, 2018

Coach Ah Mow-Santos on Hawaii News Now this morning (Ch. 7) sometime after 7:15 a.m. Schedule out http://hawaiiathletics.com/news/2018/5/24/womens-volleyball-releases-2018-schedule.aspx pretty much what we’ve been talking about one less tournament after 2 teams pulled out At Pepperdine early Nov. staying on road for it. CSUN on the Friday, Long Beach on the Saturday, Pepperdine on the Tuesday Ah Mow-Santos said she doesn’t think she’s ever been to Pepperdine.

Averill makes first start for USA, final Wahine schedule out this week

By Cindy Luis on May 28, 2018

Forgot to post this Sunday night Former University of Hawaii All-American middle blocker Taylor Averill scored eight points in his first start to help the U.S. Men’s National Team sweep host China 25-20, 26-24, 25-18 in a Volleyball Nations League match Sunday in Ningbo. Taylor, one of three players with Hawaii ties who competed, had four kills, two aces and two blocks. Setting for the U.S. was Kawika Shoji (‘Iolani) with younger brother Erik (Punahou) as the libero. Also on […]

Wahine season tickets on sale, Congrats Jenn Carey Dorr

By Cindy Luis on May 22, 2018

Mentioned on last thread but Jenn Carey Dorr is taking over as head coach at Cal after McShane was let go. Also on staff are Spencer McLaughlin (assistant) and Cayley Thurlby (DOVO). The couple were formerly working at UCLA. http://calbears.com/news/2018/5/18/mcshane-no-longer-cal-volleyball-coach.aspx They were holding off until contracts finalized. Someone pulled out late (not sure who) From UH Season tickets are on sale and available online; at the Stan Sheriff Center box office (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.); or […]