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.

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Wahine volleyball: Live blog for Green-White scrimmage

By Cindy Luis on August 23, 2019

Or at least trying to do live. _____ Green: Hanawahine DS, Okino L, Ross OH, Sibley OH, Rasmussen OH, Williams MB, Krug MB, Iosia S White: Van Sickle OH, Westerberg MB, Wagoner L, Gong DS, Hellvig OH, Igiede MB, Akana OH, Choy S. +++++ White wins 15-10, teams have switched setters and scoreboard reset.

U.S. volleyball: Men, women take NORCECA Cup openers

By Cindy Luis on August 22, 2019

The U.S. women def. Canada 18-25, 25-14, 25-23, 25-20 in their NORCECA Cup opener. Emily Maglio started Sets 1, 2, and 3, finishing with two kills and a block. _______ U.S. men swept Puerto Rico. Patrick Gasman was the starting middle, and Punahou alum Spencer McLachlin is an assistant coach. Gasman played the entire match, finished with five blocks, four kills and an ace. _____ On another note, the Rainbow Warriors are back in the gym for fall workouts. They’ve […]

Hawaii volleyball: Kaniho new Wahine volunteer; Costello to Irvine Valley College; former Warrior Ribarich passes

By Cindy Luis on August 21, 2019

Kamehameha graduate Puna Kaniho is the new volunteer assistant coach for the Rainbow Wahine. He’s been at practice in an unofficial capacity so waited until UH made its announcement. Kaniho returns home after playing volleyball and earning two degrees from Grand Canyon. Kaniho received his Bachelor of Science in sports management in 2016 and then earned his Master’s in Business Administration in sports business in 2018. He finished his four-year career with the Lopes ranked fourth all-time with 1,249 assists. […]

Hawaii men’s volleyball: Patrick Gasman named to NORCECA Championship Cup team

By Cindy Luis on August 14, 2019

Incoming senior Hawaii middle Patrick Gasman was selected to Team USA’s 14-player roster for the upcoming NORCECA Championship Cup. The assistant coach is Spencer McLachlin (Punahou), current assistant at UCLA. Gasman and Loyola setter Garrett Zolg are the only active college men’s volleyball players on the team. Gasman was the 2019 Off the Block National Blocker of the Year and concluded the season second in the country averaging 1.42 blocks per game. The NORCECA Championship Cup begins Aug. 22 at […]

Hawaii women’s volleyball: Wahine picked No. 2 in Big West poll

By Cindy Luis on August 14, 2019

Hawaii was picked No. 2 behind Cal Poly in the Big West women’s volleyball coaches preseason poll released today. The two-time defending conference champion Mustangs received five first-place votes with the Rainbow Wahine receiving the remaining four votes. It is the second straight year that the votes were divided as such. 1. Cal Poly (5) – 77 2. Hawai’i (4) – 76 3. UC Santa Barbara – 59 4. UC Irvine – 52 5. Long Beach State – 46 6. […]

Hawaii women’s volleyball: Skyler Williams serves up a dangerous ball

By Cindy Luis on August 13, 2019

Thinking outside the box means thinking inside the service box for Skyler Williams. The junior middle for the Hawaii women’s volleyball team is determined to become more proficient at serving, a skill she rarely used in high school and one used sparingly as a Rainbow Wahine (no serve attempts as a freshman, 49 as a sophomore with three aces and 16 errors). “I’m feeling way more confident about my serve,” Williams said after Monday’s practice in Gym I. “All our […]

Hawaii women’s volleyball: Wahine receive votes in AVCA Top 25

By Cindy Luis on August 13, 2019

The AVCA released the preseason NCAA women’s volleyball Top 25 poll today. Hawaii received 13 points, worth an unofficial rank of 32nd along with Northern Iowa. Stanford was near unanimous at No. 1 with 62 first-place votes. Nebraska had one first-place vote as well as No. 8 Penn State. Ranked teams on the Wahine schedule are: 13. Washington; 20. Baylor; 21. San Diego; 23. Cal Poly Missouri was just out of the Top 25 at 26, while UCLA received 7 […]

Men’s volleyball: U.S. qualifies for Tokyo 2020 with 3-1 win over Netherlands

By Cindy Luis on August 11, 2019

photo from USAVolleyball via FIVB The U.S. men’s national volleyball team punched its ticket to next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo with a 25-18, 25-20, 17-25, 25-21 over host Netherlands today in Rotterdam at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Micah Christenson (Kamehameha) was the setter and Erik Shoji (Punahou) the libero. Christenson had two blocks in the match that lasted 121 minutes at Ahoy Arena. Also on the roster were Kawika Shoji (‘Iolani) and Micah Ma’a (Punahou) but they did not […]