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 women’s volleyball: FINAL No. 18 Hawaii 3, Northern Colorado 1

By Cindy Luis on December 6, 2019

Thank you to our Brian McInnis for running the blog tonight after I had major internet issues. FINAL: No. 18-ranked and No. 12-seeded Hawaii wins its first NCAA tournament win in three years, 26-24, 24-26, 25-8, 25-15 over Northern Colorado. UH hits .315. Jolie Rasmussen returns with four kills. >> PHOTO GALLERY: HAWAII VS. NORTHERN COLORADO NCAA FIRST ROUND SET 4: Hawaii wins 25-25 FIRST NCAA TOURNAMENT WIN IN THREE YEARS for #HawaiiWVB, 26-24, 24-26, 25-8, 25-15. UH (25-3) advances […]

NCAA women’s volleyball: 20 USD 3, No. 23 WSU 1

By Cindy Luis on December 6, 2019

Hawaii match will not be starting on time. SET 4: USD wins 25-14. 6:31: USD pulling away at 17-10. TO WSU 6:22: USD up 6-4. TO WSU SET 3: San Diego wins 25-19 6:06: Freshman Grace Frohling taking cover. three straight kills. it’s 18-11. To wsu 6:02: San Diego up 15-11 at the TTO SET 2 Washington State wins 25-22 5:41: San Diego has rallied to 23-22. TO WSU 5:38: Big block by WSU. It’s 23-19 TO USD 5:36: Washington […]

Hawaii women’s volleyball: Friday’s NCAA results

By Cindy Luis on December 5, 2019

Friday’s schedule For links to all matches click here First round At Pittsburgh Cincinnati def. VCU, 3-1 6 Pitt def. Howard, 3-0 At West Lafayette, Ind Marquette def. Dayton, 3-0 16 Purdue def. Wright State, 3-0 At State College, Pa. Towson def. American, 3-2 11 Penn State def. Princeton 3-0 At Lexington, Ky. Michigan def. Northern Kentucky, 3-0 9 Kentucky def. SE Missouri, 3-0 At Lincoln, Neb Missouri def. UNI, 3-0 5 Nebraska def. Ball State, 3-0 At Madison, Wis […]

Hawaii volleyball: Rainbow Warriors No. 1 in preseason poll; NCAA first-round results

By Cindy Luis on December 5, 2019

Congrats to Hawaii men’s volleyball, the No. 1 in the AVCA preseason poll today. ————— The Hawaii men’s volleyball team was at No. 1 in today’s American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II preseason poll, a first for the program. The Rainbow Warriors (28-3 in 2019) finished second nationally, losing to Long Beach State in the NCAA final. Hawaii received 14 of the 16 first-place votes. UCLA (19-9, 1 first-place vote) was at No. 2 followed by BYU (13-12) and Long […]

Hawaii volleyball: Happy birthday, Coach Shoji; White-Out Friday. Lower bowl sold out

By Cindy Luis on December 4, 2019

One of my favorite pictures. Taken during practice before the 2016 NCAA first round against USC in Minneapolis. Dave Shoji supervising practice, holding his granddaughter. We didn’t know that it would be his last NCAA tournament. Happy birthday to a very nice man and great coach. Also Jim Leahy’s birthday. ____ Was just told by UH that Friday a designated White-Out.

VIDEO: Hawaii women’s volleyball’s NCAA tournament check-in Tuesday

By Cindy Luis on December 3, 2019

After taking Monday off, the Rainbow Wahine are back to practice in the arena. A bit of a departure to be in the Sheriff Center this early in the week. They have normally been in Gym 1 during early parts of the previous weeks, in part because they can run three courts instead of just the one the SSC. But new season, new routine. Arena being prepped. NCAA logos and signage up and staff covering up sponsorship signage. It’s supposed […]

Hawaii women’s volleyball: Ticket prices for subregional; SandBows results

By Cindy Luis on December 2, 2019

Ticket prices announced (NCAA sets the prices) For the two-day packages, lower level seats are $44. Lower level range from $32 (adult), $26 (seniors 65-up) to $14 (ages 4-high school and college students with valid ID). Any remaining individual session tickets will go on sale Friday at 9 a.m. The Wahine sold out its last home match on Nov. 22, the 15th for the program in the 25-year history of the arena. complete info click here Catching up with SandBows […]

Hawaii women’s volleyball: Rainbow Wahine host as No. 12 seed, 2 BWC in NIVC

By Cindy Luis on December 1, 2019

For the first time since 2013, Hawaii will be hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament. The Wahine (24-3) are seeded No. 12 and will play Northern Colorado in Friday’s second match at 7 p.m. In the first match at 4:30 p.m. San Diego will face Washington State. The winners meet in Saturday’s second round at 7 p.m. The second-round winner moves on to the third round that will be hosted by the highest remaining […]