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.

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Pepperdine defeats Hawaii 3-2

By Cindy Luis on November 6, 2018

FINAL: Pepperdine defeats Hawaii in five, 19-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-18, 15-6, to fall to 16-8 on the season with the nonconference loss. Here’s the breaking news on it. Mahalo to The Voice of Hawaii Volleyball Tiff Wells for the picture from Firestone Fieldhouse. ***** Set 5 Pepperdine wins 15-6 6:09: Wahine down 10-4. TO. 6:07: Not looking good. Pepperdine rolled out 7-1 and now 8-3 at the changeover 6:03. McKenna Granato hits long. Waves up 4-1. TO UH ***** Set […]

Hawaii RPI up to 55

By Cindy Luis on November 5, 2018

The Rainbow Wahine are up six spots in the latest NCAA RPI report to their highest mark of the season. UH is up to 55, right behind Tuesday’s opponent Pepperdine (54, down 1). For the complete listing click here. The only conference team with higher RPI than Hawaii is No. 16 Cal Poly (remains at 22). UC Irvine plummeted to 80, down 22. Also ahead of the Wahine is: Oregon (20, down 2). Now behind Hawaii are: Kansas State (58, […]

Condolences to Goods-Fernandez ohana, please share your stories of Cia

By Cindy Luis on November 3, 2018

It is with great sadness that I pass this along. Former Wahine Cia Goods-Fernandez passed away tonight on Maui after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. Goods played for the Wahine in ’93, 95-97. She was a teammate of three of the current Wahine staff: Robyn Ah Mow-Santos (1993-96), Angelica Ljungqvist (1993-96) and Aven Lee (1996-97, 99-00). Goods was the 1997 WAC Player of the Year-Pacific Division and AVCA all-region. She is in the UH record books in a couple […]

Hawaii tops The Beach, 3-1

By Cindy Luis on November 3, 2018

FINAL: After dropping the first set, the Rainbow Wahine come back to win in four at the Pyramid, 19-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19, to improve to 12-2 in Big West play. Here’s the breaking news. McKenna Granato (11k-12d) becomes the 20th @HawaiiWVB player to 1,000 career kills as the 'Bows take down the Beach in 4. Norene Iosia 6k-18a-15d-4sa.Natasha Burns 8k-2b.#GoBows at Pepperdine Tuesday, 7PT / 5HT. #PlayBig pic.twitter.com/IBVT8cHEQp — Big West Volleyball (@BigWestWVB) November 4, 2018 ***** Set 4 Hawaii […]

Hawaii sweeps CSUN

By Cindy Luis on November 2, 2018

FINAL: The Rainbow Wahine volleyball team completed a 25-23, 25-19, 25-20 sweep victory at Cal State Northridge on Friday night, improving their overall record to 15-7 and 11-2 in the Big West. Here’s the breaking news on it. ***** Set 3 Cal Poly sweeps UCSB 25-18, 25-23, 25-19 5:35: Hawaii wins it 25-20, final point coming on CSUN hitting error 5:29. Hawaii up 19-15. TO CSUN Over in San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly about to sweep UCSB ***** 5:23; Hawaii […]

Wahine banquet Nov. 18, Cal Poly sweeps UCI

By Cindy Luis on October 30, 2018

The annual team banquet is Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Ala Moana Hotel, Hibiscus Ballroom. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m. with the buffet dinner and program at 6 p.m. Looks like Natasha Burns has gotten her paperwork in to graduate so she will be among seven seniors honored. The others are Reyn “Tita” Akiu, Casey Castillo, Angel Gaskin, McKenna Granato, Sarah Liva and Faith Ma’afala. Tickets are $80 for booster club members, $100 for non-members. Special priority table seating is […]

Wahine RPI at 61

By Cindy Luis on October 29, 2018

For what it’s worth — Hawaii (14-7, 10-2 Big West) is up 14 spots to 61 in Monday’s RPI. UH was swept at home by UC Santa Barbara on Saturday coming off a five-set upset of No. 11 Cal Poly at the Stan Sheriff Center on Friday. Here’s the complete listing. Stanford (20-1) stays at 1, Illinois (20-3) replaces BYU (22-0) at 2, and the Cougars dropped to 3. An example of the skewed-ness of it all: USC (16-7) is at […]

UCSB stuns Hawaii 3-0

By Cindy Luis on October 27, 2018

UC Santa Barbara completes a road sweep of Hawaii, 28-26, 25-22, 25-21, knocking the Rainbow Wahine (14-7, 10-2 Big West) behind No. 11 Cal Poly (19-2, 9-1) once again. Here’s the breaking news on it. ***** Gigi Ruddins ends it 25-21. ***** Kirsten Sibley with a kill, Hawaii has held off three match points. It’s 24-19. TO UCSB ***** UCSB running away in Set 3 18-11. TO Wahine ***** Another 4-0 run by UCSB puts the Gauchos up 7-3. TO […]