Minnesota 4, Hawaii 0

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Also, because Burns is under the weather, Mitchem may be used as a second middle. McCutcheon said he was fine with it.
Hall said he really wanted Castillo to get reps on the right.

Greeley still out but she said her range of motion is improving, can lift her arm above her head.
so for those in the arena or playing along at home, Iosia is wearing No. 11 which is usually what Greeley wears.
Ma’afala remained out. Something called academic progress towards junior standing as she works on enough credits.


  1. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 6:48 pm

    Was off Wednesday
    catching up on MPSF scores
    Concordia 3, UCSB 1 (25-22, 25-17, 15-25, 29-27)
    Pepperdine 3, CSUN 2 (22-25, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21, 15-12)
    UC San Diego 3, Cal Baptist 1
    USC 3, Harvard 2
    UCSB 3, Harvard 2
    USC 3, George Mason 1

  2. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 6:59 pm

    Starting for Hawaii Granato, Burns, Sibley, Iosia, Kahakai, Castillo, Maglio.

    Match will go at least 4

  3. Ron March 16, 2017 7:01 pm

    Too bad Burns is ill, she is very close to becoming a dependable middle.She made great strides last year but she needs to work on both her foot work and her strength IMO. In addition, one or two of the in-coming freshmen could jump ahead of her.

  4. Ron March 16, 2017 7:02 pm

    I see Burns is playing. Good.

  5. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 7:18 pm

    Sibley blocked, Gophers take the lead at 19-18., their first lead since 1-0. TO UH

  6. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 7:20 pm

    Minnesota scores 2 on poor UH serve-receive/passing. it’s 21=18. TO UH

  7. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 7:22 pm

    Koelsch in for Iolsia, it’s 22-10. Sibley blocked when going up for overpass.

  8. Kazu March 16, 2017 7:23 pm

    Where is Hawaii’s blocking. I know its only spring but this team have a lot work in front of them.

  9. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 7:24 pm

    Minnesota wins 25-19

  10. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 7:25 pm

    8. are you in the arena watching?

  11. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 7:30 pm

    Koelsch back in for Iosia. Wahine serving horrid 4 SEs in Set 1, 1 this set.

  12. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 7:32 pm

    Sibley blocked twice, hit into antenna. UH still having problem with Goehner’s serves. It’s 7-2

  13. Ashley March 16, 2017 7:35 pm

    i know it’s only spring, but the way they are playing kinda concerns me. lots of work to do. 2017 is most definitely going to be a season for rebuilding

  14. Kazu March 16, 2017 7:35 pm

    Sibley and Granato struggling. To many errors.

  15. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 7:42 pm

    Minnesota up 18-11. TO UH.

  16. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 7:42 pm

    13-14. are you in the arena or just going by the stats?

  17. Kazu March 16, 2017 7:43 pm

    10 No i guess i not seeing everything because i’m just watching the stats from big island. Wish i was there though.

  18. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 7:46 pm

    14. Granato is 1-0-9 in Set 2.

  19. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 7:47 pm

    17. was just asking because stats don’t tell the whole story.

  20. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 7:50 pm

    UM wins 25-18.

  21. Maverick March 16, 2017 7:53 pm

    Cindy, what are you seeing at the match that is not reflected in the online stats? Looks pretty brutal online.

  22. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 8:04 pm

    Mitchem in with gophers leading 12-7.

  23. Blunite March 16, 2017 8:08 pm

    Emma Smith has several great digs. And I am in the SSC.

  24. Maverick March 16, 2017 8:09 pm

    Blu, what are you seeing that we online cannot appreciate?

  25. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 8:09 pm

    21. my point about stats not telling the whole story. some of the sets were very tight, not the hitter’s fault. couple of calls were questionable. Ball clearly rolled up UM player’s arm not called, Gophers won the point, Maglio called twice on a net violation that I don’t think happened.
    don’t think brutal the right word but Taylor and Hart are very impressive.

  26. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 8:11 pm

    24. and I’d appreciate if you’d give me time to respond.

  27. Maverick March 16, 2017 8:11 pm

    25. Thx. The stats look ugly without any context.

  28. Blunite March 16, 2017 8:12 pm

    My neighbor said Wahine look disjointed. (Sitting to my left).

  29. Maverick March 16, 2017 8:16 pm

    26. Sometimes you don’t get to all the comments, so I asked someone else who stated he/she is at the match.

  30. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 8:16 pm

    28. agree. but they are running so many in and out. Koelsch in on the right, now on the left.

  31. Maverick March 16, 2017 8:17 pm

    28. thx

  32. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 8:17 pm

    Koelsch blocked on the left. 25-19.

  33. Blunite March 16, 2017 8:18 pm

    consistency needed (in everything) but it’s still Spring so…….

  34. HawaiiMongoose March 16, 2017 8:25 pm

    Seems like the talent gap is widening.

  35. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 8:40 pm

    Ace by Granato makes it 21-19. TO Gophers.

  36. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 8:44 pm

    Minnesota regains the lead at 23-22 when Granato is aced. TO UH

  37. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 8:47 pm

    Gophers win 25-23.

  38. H-Man March 16, 2017 9:07 pm

    I don’t know what the Wahine will look like in the fall, but right now, they looked very bad. I left the match towards the end of the 3rd set.

  39. auntyz March 16, 2017 9:38 pm

    Minnesota block was in mid season form. HI passing caused problems for Norene.

  40. Astroboy March 16, 2017 9:40 pm

    I didn’t think it was so very bad, given that it is spring, we have a lot of new starters, and no head coach. I counted at least ten unforced errors (like the bad serves) without which some of the sets could have swung the other way. But it was clear to me that the Gophers’ coach was making a lot of adjustments to the Wahine, particularly after the first set, and I wasn’t seeing the same on the Wahine side. FWIW, I was sitting directly behind the coaches on the left side bench (just behind and to Cindy’s left!). Still interested to see what happens with Robyn. Like, will she be as into subbing as Shoji was? Also, what was with the four sets? I was completely baffled when we kept playing!

  41. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 10:04 pm

    38. i’d say bad at times. Think the exhibition vs. Nebraska a few years ago on Maui may have been worse.

    40. mentioned early that they’d be playing at least 4 sets
    Did you mean to say Hall instead of Shoji since Shoji wasn’t coaching tonight.
    but who knows how Ah Mow-Santos will be. It will depend on what the team is like in fall.

    Hall did say they didn’t focus on blocking but was more about serve and pass.in spring practice. said that was his fault

    I do think it was hard to get a rhythm with so many players rotating in and out. I did expect more out of the Wahine
    I think they would have won Set 1 if it hasn’t been for the 4 SE that killed momentum.

    anyway, if you want full stats, the link is

  42. noblesol March 16, 2017 10:16 pm

    Yes, just spring ball. But I felt kinda bad for Minnesota. They’d come a long way, and had to be expecting a better team across the net.

    Some of the crowd comments overheard: “They need a lot of practice”; “So many service errors”; “What happened to their blocking?”; “They miss Shoji”; and, “Can I get my money back?”

  43. Cindy Luis March 16, 2017 10:22 pm

    UH 7 aces, 13 SEs. UM 5 aces, 8 SEs.
    agree that it was pricey for an exhibition.
    the fairer comment would have been: They miss Nikki Taylor.

  44. Rabbit ears March 16, 2017 10:49 pm

    Life after Nikki. IMHO the best all around wahine ever. Gotta hire a great recruiter. Until we upgrade our manoa campus. We are not competing on a level playing field.

  45. Bleachercoach March 16, 2017 10:49 pm

    As an observer for decades as Fan, I noticed that our enthusiasm and our fundamental pass and serve receive needs alot of attention. Tonite, the less than physical looking team outhit, outdug, outblocked our experienced players. Although Minnesota lost 4 starters with a total 6 seniors, they seem to be reloading again. Their setter is spendidly awesome! Their game is just faster and quicker than ours and they play so fundamental sound in all positions. The “dinks” is so exposed in our defense so many years and I truly believe our entire team needs to get in “Annie Mitchem” shape and have a little more ferociousity in demeanor of play.
    I really feel Robyn Ah Mow will change some of the styles of methodical playing style. It was such a heckuva ride in the 80,s and 90’s..I remember the athletes like Tita Ahuna and Mahina Eleneki Hugo, Tee Williams, Kim Willoughby were not very tall but they were TALENTED ATHLETES…I think Hawaii has gone in the right direction of getting height, but there is no substitute for great athleticism of any size. Now i am going to go there….Sometimes Games are won in the weightroom/trackfield and the results will be seen come August 2017.
    I know for a fact, ” How an athlete comes back to camp” is hard hard and determined they worked off season. Lastly as a coach, ” If your not in shape find your place next to me on the bench!”
    What happened to all those old school fundamentals. We demand Change just like how the Mens Volleyball Atmosphere is stirring nowadays. All i can say is we need tons and tons of weightroom, track, and fundamental training before Aug.1 to even compete at the level of Minnesota

  46. Ki March 16, 2017 11:32 pm

    Yes. I thought it extremely expensive for an exhibition match too. Especially since we’re in rebuilding mode. As soon as I saw $11, i said forget it.

  47. Kazu March 17, 2017 1:54 am

    Hope it will be better against Kansas. I think with Beach in full swing now maybe Hall’s mind is more on whats happening outside.
    I’m eager to see what Robyn will bring to the table.
    Way to early to see how this team will do but i would guess maybe 3rd or 4th in conference.

  48. hollycow March 17, 2017 2:03 am

    47. What!!! Come August, Robyn and staff will have shaped this team into the team to beat for the conference champ and auto bid.

  49. Ron March 17, 2017 6:34 am

    No reason to panic about a season that is five months away. I; however, am extremely nervous about tonights mens match at Provo and the ladies matches on Queens Beach. BYU fans of my acquaintance are so smug. I hope the weather is better on Oahu than it is on Maui right now

  50. Sickman Fraud March 17, 2017 6:42 am

    Re#47 I would like to be as confident but I’m not. Granted playing in beach contributed to the loss more than any other factor, playing uninspired is primarily because their head coach was not there. All fixable. What is not, is the fact that NaWahine lack a terminator the team can build around. Hopefully I’m wrong and Coach Robyn hire is the best thing since sliced bread.

  51. setaone March 17, 2017 7:22 am

    Hi Cindy,

    Sounds like it was a rough night for the Wahine. Knowing now that Ah-Mow Santos is not going to be here until April 1, could the Wahine have moved Spring practice to start after April 1? I know that teams were already booked and that hindsight is always 20/20.

    Also, can anyone remind me about Kendra. Was she originally recruited for beach and then when one of the Goodman’s left, Kendra was able to get an indoor scholarship? Also, was she a setter in high school and club or trained as both setter/hitter?

    Thanks for all the hard work you do.

  52. blunite March 17, 2017 8:03 am

    Given all the circumstances, it is what it is. 2017 and 2018 will be rebuilding years, and Robyn will have to deal with the hand dealt to her.

  53. H-Man March 17, 2017 8:50 am

    Noticeable difference was team speed and quickness. Compared to Minnesota, Hawaii is slow of foot.

  54. hollycow March 17, 2017 9:12 am

    Just correcting a name, it’s Taylor Morgan. Website lineup has last name listed first – Morgan, Taylor.

  55. turfwar March 17, 2017 9:55 am

    Finding the next terminator to replace Nikki will not be easy but Minnesota is a team with a plan well into the coaches tenure. His outsides are shorter but dynamic and quick as that is the path the coach has deemed best fits their recruiting. Take away one player and it’s not so lopsided. Alexis Hart was amazing with 25 kills but she took the majority of the swings and she faced a middle in Natasha who was fighting an illness and Maglio who has been practicing twice a day while also an integral part of Sand team. Both had no legs and were consistently late closing the block and Hart hit cross court all night long with nobody there. During the regular indoor season she will be accounted for and while she is quick with a great arm swing she is not the type of 6′ athlete that jumps and hits over people. But her timing with their setter was exceptional. Anybody there could see the Wahine did not play inspired volleyball and with several playing sand this was a good example of why schools like SC are going towards no crossover players. If Tui were playing spring football while in volleyball season he would just not be the same player. I think we’ll be very different when Fall arrives.

  56. Cindy Luis March 17, 2017 1:27 pm

    new thread up.

    45. not sure where you’re going with it. Hawaii trains very hard in the weight room.
    The athletes you mention were great in their day but this is not that era. Eleneki would be a libero now.

    47. Hall is committed to both, as he has been since being hired in 2015
    a few things that were apparent Thursday, Hawaii’s passing did not allow them to run the up-tempo they wanted and Iosia went to the high ball more often that anyone wanted.
    Wahine staff undermanned with just Hall and Baxter. Minnesota had more assistants and, sitting next to UM when McCutcheon had several voices helping him out with in-game adjustments.

    51. no, the spring matches were set before Shoji decided to step down. Schedule was done around spring break for several of the teams.

    55. some of what you say is true but Maglio wasn’t doing all the double days. what hurt was Hawaii did little blocking practice.

    Hawaii has also been moving towards all sand but if indoor want to play beach, they won’t say no. This double schedule (beach-indoor in spring) has been happening for a few years. not sure why some are just noticing it now.

    but do agree there was a lack of inspired play Thursday and don’t think it had anything to do with some of them also playing beach. IF they came to beach practice this week, it was on a volunteer basis. by NCAA regs, athletes are limited to 20 hours of practice, and the indoor players have been committed to the 20 hours of indoor. Think Maglio was the only one who ‘volunteered’ to be a beach this week. and that wasn’t every day.

    as for the Gophers, All-American setter was exceptional. Main issue was Hawaii’s passing, trap sets by Iosia and hitters not being smart with their shots. Gopher libero had 27 digs and also was exceptional.

    IMHO, if Hawaii hadn’t committed the four service errors in Set 1, they would have won that on and then who knows what the psyche would be.

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