Volleyshots

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

Akiu earns DPOW honor; Wahine RPI drops to 75

By Cindy Luis on October 22, 2018

Hawaii senior libero Reyn “Tita” Akiu has earned the Big West’s defensive player of the week honor for the second time this season, it was announced by the conference Monday. Here’s the Star-Advertiser’s breaking story on it. For the Big West’s complete release click here. For the latest complete NCAA RPI rankings click here. Hawaii is down two spots to 75. Stanford (18-1) and BYU (20-0) stay at 1-2. The conference teams with higher RPIs than Hawaii are: No. 12 […]

Hawaii sweeps Fullerton, 25-3, 25-14, 25-13

By Cindy Luis on October 20, 2018

UPDATE: Here’s the breaking on Hawaii’s sweep of Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night. Big West scores from today Hawaii def. CSU Fullerton, 25-3, 25-14, 25-13 No. 12 Cal Poly def. Long Beach State, 25-19, 20-25, 25-16, 25-16 UC Santa Barbara def. Cal State Northridge, 19-25, 25-15, 23-25, 25-19, 20-18 UC Davis def. UC Irvine, 22-25, 25-15, 25-18, 26-28, 15-7 ***** Top 25 from today Another good win for Kansas State, which should help Hawaii’s RPI 1) BYU def. Pepperdine […]

Granato double-doubles as Hawaii sweeps UC Riverside

By Cindy Luis on October 19, 2018

Senior hitter McKenna Granato put down 12 kills and picked up her 100th career ace as Hawaii swept UC Riverside, 25-16, 25-17, 25-22 in a Big West volleyball match tonight in Riverside, Calif. Granato added 10 digs for her ninth double-double for the Rainbow Wahine (12-6, 8-1 Big West). Senior libero Tita Akiu had 19 digs, including her 300th UH career, for her 17th match in double digits. Freshman hitter Marissa Holt had nine kills for the Highlanders (6-13, 1-7) […]

Top 25 scores Wednesday, K-State wins first Big 12 match

By Cindy Luis on October 17, 2018

Wahine left today (Wednesday) for matches at UCR and Fullerton All 15 traveling Top 25 scores No. 4 Penn State def. Rutgers, 25-15, 25-18, 26-24 No. 14 USC def. No. 19 Washington, 24-26, 25-22, 28-26, 25-18. USC led in Set 4 14-13 before pulling away 11-5 run Kansas State (RPI 66) upset No. 22 Kansas (RPI 19), 25-19, 23-25, 25-21, 27-25 On Tuesday Long Beach State def. Cal State Fullerton, 25-6, 25-21, 25-14

Hawaii down to 73 in RPI

By Cindy Luis on October 15, 2018

Hawaii’s RPI dropped three spots to 73 in Monday’s NCAA women’s volleyball Ratings Percentage Index. The Rainbow Wahine (11-6, 7-1 Big West) had moved up to 70 last week after opening at 100 in the inaugural computer-generated rankings. The conference teams with higher RPIs than Hawaii are No. 12 Cal Poly (17-1, 7-0), which remanded at 18, and UC Irvine (11-7, 6-1) which dropped four spots to 51. Other opponents ahead of the Wahine are Oregon (25), Pepperdine (40), Portland […]

Hawaii defeats CSUN 3-1

By Cindy Luis on October 13, 2018

Senior middle Sarah Liva put down a career-tying 12 kills to lead four players in double-figure kills and Hawaii kept Cal State Northridge winless in 13 trips Honolulu when defeating the Matadors, 25-18, 17-25, 25-20, 25-20 in a Big West volleyball match tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center. Senior hitter Casey Castillo and junior middle Natasha Burns each added 12 kills for the Rainbow Wahine (11-6, 7-1). Senior hitter McKenna Granato had 11 kills and 12 digs for her eighth […]

Hawaii defeats Long Beach State in 4

By Cindy Luis on October 12, 2018

Junior setter-hitter Norene Iosia had her fourth triple-double of the season, her second straight, and senior opposite Angel Gaskin added 12 kills as Hawaii defeated Long Beach State for the fourth straight meeting, topping the 49ers 25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20 in a Big West volleyball match tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center. Iosia had 26 assists, 12 kills and 10 digs for Hawaii (10-6, 6-1). Senior middle Sarah Liva added 11 kills and senior libero Tita Akiu had 16 digs, […]

Dig Pink Saturday, SandBows host Portuguese Horseshoe Tourney

By Cindy Luis on October 10, 2018

Saturday vs. CSUN is Hawaii’s Dig Pink Hawaii Pacific Health is the sponsor for “Dig Pink Night” and will distribute Pink Shirts to the first 500 fans at Gate A along with awarding other prizes throughout the night. Hawaii Pacific Health will also be doing a free health screening at Gate A. The H-Zone store located at Gate B will be selling pink apparel, and fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. The SandBows will […]