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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Hawaii beach volleyball: Hawaii 5, Stanford 0 for 3rd; LSU upsets UCLA for title

By Cindy Luis on February 23, 2020

Individual awards went to, left to right, LSU’s Taryn Kloth, best blocker; Stanford’s Tori Ashkinos, Aloha Spirit; UCLA’s Savvy Simo, best attacker; Hawaii’s Maia Hannemann, best defender; LSU’s Kristen Nuss, MOP. Championship LSU 3, UCLA 2 Third place No. 5 Hawaii vs. No. 19 Stanford Live stats click here 1. Pani Napoleon-Morgan Martin def Sunny Villapando-Charlie Ekstrom, 21-16, 21-19 2. Maia Hannemann-Julia Scoles def. Maddie Kriz-Tori Ashkinos, 23=25, 21-10, 15-12 3. Brooke Van Sickle-Amy Ozee def. Maddie Dailey-Amelia Smith,21-18, 21-19 […]

Hawaii volleyball: No. 5 SandBows 3, No. 3 LSU 2; men’s results

By Cindy Luis on February 22, 2020

The Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Beach Classic No. 5 Hawaii 3, No. 3 LSU 2 No. 5 Hawaii 5, No. 19 Stanford 0 No. 1 UCLA 3, No. 5 Hawaii 2 No. 1 UCLA 4, No. 3 LSU 1 No. 1 UCLA 5, No. 19 Stanford 0 No. 3 LSU 5, No. 19 Stanford 0 Hawaii 3, LSU 2 1. Pani Napoleon-Morgan Martin def. Kristen Nuss-Claire Coppoa, up 22-20, 21-12 2. Maia Hannemann-Julia Scoles def. Jess Schaben-Sydney Moore, 21-16, 21-15 3. […]

Hawaii men’s volleyball: Recents from earlier this week

By Cindy Luis on February 20, 2020

Thursday No. 2 BYU def. Concordia-Irvine 25-15, 25-19, 25-20 USC def. No. 12 Stanford 25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 25-21 McKendree def. Lindenwood 22-25, 25-21, 25-14, 28-26 Wednesday No. 3 UC Santa Barbara def. No. 8 UCLA 25-23, 25-22, 25-18 (Bruins with 20 SEs) No. 5 Lewis def. Quincy 25-17, 25-23, 25-11

Hawaii men’s volleyball: Rainbow Warriors stay No. 1; Guilherme Voss Big West, OffTheBlock freshman of week; Viking Chant at Stanford

By Cindy Luis on February 17, 2020

Hawaii stayed at No. 1 in this week’s AVCA poll, and picked up a first-place vote from last week. It’s the Warriors with 12, No. 2 BYU with the other four. #AVCA Top-15: 1. Hawai'i2. BYU3. UC Santa Barbara4. Long Beach State5. LewisT-6. PepperdineT-6. UC Irvine8. UCLA9. Penn State10. UC San Diego11. Princeton12. Stanford13. Grand Canyon14. Purdue Fort Wayne15. George Mason — AVCA (@AVCAVolleyball) February 17, 2020 Congrats to Hawaii freshman middle Guilherme Voss, national freshman of week from OffTheBlock […]

Hawaii men’s volleyball: FINAL No. 1 Hawaii 3, No. 11 Stanford 0; UCSD stuns UCI

By Cindy Luis on February 15, 2020

Senior opposite Rado Parapunov and senior hitter Colton Cowell each put down 11 kills as No. 1 Hawaii swept No. 11 Stanford for a second consecutive night, winning the non conference volleyball match in Stanford, Calif., 25-23, 25-13, 25-20. It was the the Rainbow Warriors’ 14th straight nonconference road win dating back to 2018 and Hawaii’s seventh sweep in a row, 12th of the season. The Warriors (14-0) only have dropped two sets, one each in the 3-1 road victories […]

Hawaii men’s volleyball: No. 1 Hawaii 3, No. 11 Stanford 0, other results

By Cindy Luis on February 14, 2020

FINAL: Senior opposite Rado Parapunov put down 15 kills and sophomore outside hitter Filip Humler added a career-high 13 to lead No. 1 Hawaii to a 25-15, 25-18, 25-22 sweep of No. 11 Stanford in a nonconference men’s volleyball match tonight in Stanford, Calif. Senior hitter Colton Cowell added a match-high 13 digs to go with nine kills for the Rainbow Warriors (13-0). Cowell had a 3-0 serving run late in Set 3, with an ace and a kill, as […]

Hawaii women’s volleyball: Congrats to Rika Okino, UH’s student engineer of the year

By Cindy Luis on February 12, 2020

My apologies for the lateness on this. Rika Okino, the Wahine starting libero last season, has earned the Hawaii Council of Engineering Societies (HCES) Student Engineer of the Year Award for 2020. She is graduating this May with a degree in civil engineering. The Kalani High valedictorian has been a UH Scholar-Athlete the past four years and was an All-Big West academic selection in 2019.

Hawaii men’s volleyball: Weekly honors to Rado Parapunov, Guilherme Voss; Warriors remain No. 1 in AVCA poll; SandBows No. 5 in preseason poll

By Cindy Luis on February 10, 2020

Congrats to Rado Parapunov, Player of the Week, and Guilherme Voss , Freshman of Week, in the Big West. Think I would have nominated Brett Sheward for FOW. Defensive POW to UCI’s Scott Stadick for his performance in the Outrigger. —————— Hawaii (12-0) remained at No. 1 in today’s AVCA Top 15 poll, receiving 11 first-place votes. For a second week in a row, BYU (12-0) picked up the remaining five votes in staying at No. 2. UC Santa Barbara […]