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

Wahine wrap up two-a-days

By Cindy Luis on August 18, 2018

Team finished its second practice around 2:15 today. Still lots of work to do according to coaches and players. As mentioned after Friday’s scrimmage, they’re still working on starting lineup. Do think the one-and-dones will contribute this year. Opposite Angel Gaskin is a great addition but she’s never been in the passing rotation so that might limit her back row play. Middle Sarah Liva is athletic, still getting into volleyball mindset and shape. Libero Tita Akiu is really good. The […]

Friday scrimmage updates and video

By Cindy Luis on August 17, 2018

Thank you Brian McInnis for video. Statehood Day celebratory crowd of about 1,000 are here. They are not keeping statics and are using a scoring system that only the coaches understand where points are awarded for true scoring and taken away for errors. On the White side currently is who I think are projected starters: Norene Iosia, Casey Castillo, Sarah Liva, Skyler Williams, Tita Akiu, McKenna Granato, Angel Gaskin. although Faith Ma’afala switched sides to serve leaving assistants Kaleo Baxter […]

Free parking for Friday scrimmage

By Cindy Luis on August 17, 2018

Happy Aloha Friday and Admissions Day holiday. There will be no charge for parking for the Green-White scrimmage (3-5 p.m. at Stan Sheriff Center). Other NOs No admission fee No concessions No outside food See you at the arena.

Scrimmage info, updated Rise of the Wahine

By Cindy Luis on August 15, 2018

Green-White scrimmage is Friday 3-5 p.m. at arena. Admission is free. Not sure if there will be a parking fee. It is a state holiday. No concessions open and no outside food allowed. —— Rise of the Wahine, a film that focuses on UH volleyball and Title IX, has been updated and re-edited. There are showing it Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Hawaii Theater. More info to come. — Team only had one practice this morning. They were spending […]

Wahine Tuesday practice, scrimmage update

By Cindy Luis on August 14, 2018

Good morning from the arena. Practice not as early as last week since summer school is out. They are going 8-11 a.m. first session as opposed to 6-9 a.m. Manoa Move-In today also for the dorms. Afternoon practice today also moved from 3-6 to 5-8 due to a meeting after lunch. 3-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday’s scrimmage 3-5 p.m. (Open and free to public.) People have asked how practice is going. Not much has changed, still doing drills, mostly position […]

Picture day, happy birthday to Burns, scrimmage info

By Cindy Luis on August 13, 2018

Seniors are pictured in front row. We are also shooting for our preview magazine. As mentioned in previous link it is Burns’ 21st birthday. Thanks mom for letting us know. Team had a fun team-building Saturday on the West side. Closed practice and delivering season tickets to several houses out that way. Food and beach time! Had Sunday off. This Friday’s scrimmage is 3-5 p.m. in the arena. Open to public. No admission charge. Don’t know if there is a […]

Wahine practice Day 3; Green-White scrimmage next Friday

By Cindy Luis on August 10, 2018

Only one practice today as summer school concludes and they have to move out of the dorms. Wahine out on the west side Saturday for a practice and community service. The Green-White scrimmage is next Friday, Admissions Day holiday. 3-5 p.m., may be open to public. Will let you know. The usual skills and drills but they did some 6-on-6, which is earlier than they did last year. They’re still working on who will play where. As Angelica Ljungqvist said, […]

Wahine practice Day 2

By Cindy Luis on August 9, 2018

Don’t have complete details yet but next week’s Green-White Scrimmage will be open to the public. Believe it is next Friday, which is a state holiday. Two practices 6-9 and 3-6. Pretty standard skills and drills, some with entire team, some broken down by position. Two players still haven’t passed test. Not mentioning who due to HIPA. Early observations Angel Gaskin, a physical lefty opposite, will help immediately. Passes well from my limited viewing. Considering Sarah Liva hasn’t played college […]