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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NCAA beach volleyball: Hawaii eliminated by USC, SandBows finish fourth

By Cindy Luis on May 4, 2019

After Hawaii knocked off Stetson, USC defeated the SandBows 3-0 in the NCAA tournament losers bracket at Gulf Shores, Ala., on Saturday. The SandBows (28-11) finished fourth when losing to the Women of Troy for a second straight time this season. Watch here 1. Emily Maglio-Amy Ozee vs Abril Bustamante-Tina Graudina, 22-24, 9-12 unfinished 2. Julia Scoles-Ari Homayun vs. Sammy Slater-Terese Cannon, 20-22, 7-15 unfinished 3. Morgan Martin-Pani Napoleon lose to Alexandra Poletto-Haley Hallgren 21-14, 22-20 4. Kylin Loker-Hi’ilawe Huddleston […]

Hawaii men’s volleyball: Warriors practice Friday, earn 5 awards from OffTheBlock

By Cindy Luis on May 3, 2019

Looking up at the Pyramid ceiling Christine Worsley with her sons’ dog, Kai Hawaii has practice from 11 a.m. -12:30. Press conference at 12:45 That’s 8 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. HST Go to Tournament Central at LongBeachState.com for a live stream of the press conference. ____ The Warriors picked up five awards from OffTheBlock.com on Friday and took second for two others. For the complete release click here. Lloyd Ball/Best Setter: Joe Worsley Bryan Ive/Best Opposite: Rado Parapunov Erik Shoji/Best […]

Hawaii Women’s Volleyball: SandBows eliminate Cal Poly 3-0, advance in NCAA tourney; Akiu on national team roster

By Cindy Luis on May 2, 2019

Former Hawaii libero Tita Akiu is one of four liberos named to the 30-player roster for the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. The roster will be trimmed to 25 on May 11. complete release click here _____ Updating results 8. Stetson def. 1 USC, 3-1 2. UCLA def. 7. Hawaii, 3-2 3. Florida State def. 6. Cal Poly 3-0 5. LSU def. 4. Pepperdine, 3-0 1. USC def. 4. Pepperdine 3-0, Waves eliminated 7. Hawaii def. 6. Cal Poly, 3-0; Mustangs […]

NCAA men’s volleyball: Final Long Beach State 3, Pepperdine 1

By Cindy Luis on May 2, 2019

Only going to update with set scores and final leaders Watch here Live stats here Set 1 goes to Long Beach State 25-20 Set 2 to Pepperdine 25-21 on an ace by Kaleb Denmark. Set 3 a very convincing 25-16 win by the 49ers. Beach finishes 25-15

NCAA men’s volleyball: Final, Hawaii 3, Lewis 1

By Cindy Luis on May 2, 2019

Recapping Junior hitter Colton Cowell put down 15 kills and top-seeded Hawaii used 10 aces to eliminate Lewis 25-15, 25-17, 30-32, 25-16 in today’s NCAA men’s volleyball semifinal at the Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State. Senior hitter Stijn van Tilburg and junior opposite Rado Parapunov added 11 kills apiece for the Warriors (28-2), setting a program record in a single-season win. Junior middle Patrick Gasman was in on eight of the Rainbow Warriors’ 14 blocks with eight kills and […]

Hawaii beach volleyball: 3 SandBows pairs earn AVCA Top Flight awards

By Cindy Luis on May 2, 2019

Three pairs from Hawaii were named AVCA Top Flight Award winners today, a program that recognizes success regardless of flight. The duo of Morgan Martin and Pani Napoleon  (21-1) had the second-best winning percentage in the nation at the No. 3 flight. Hawaii’s No. 1 pair of Emily Maglio and Amy Ozee (20-6) and the No. 2 pair of  Ari Homayun and Julia Scoles (19-4) also achieved top-flight status while ranking in the top 10 in win percentage. Last season, all five Hawaii pairs earned Top Flight awards: Morgan Martin-Lea […]

NCAA men’s volleyball: Links for Thursday’s semifinal matches

By Cindy Luis on May 2, 2019

Everything you need to know about the tournament is available here at Tournament Center. This includes video links for postgame press conferences. Specifically for Hawaii-Lewis match, 2 p.m. HST View online at here Also available at BigWest.tv Radio: 1420-AM/92.7-FM Listen online here Live stats click here Hawaii leads the series 7-1 over Lewis at the Stan Sheriff Center. Only time Flyers won was in 2012, 3-2. Overall, Hawaii leads 15-2.

Hawaii men’s volleyball: NCAA banquet pictures, Beach’s TJ DeFalco again Player of the Year

By Cindy Luis on May 1, 2019

Long Beach State senior TJ DeFalco was named the AVCA Player of the Year, his second in three seasons. He is the fourth player in Division I-II men’s history to win the honor twice. Jeff Nygaard: UCLA, George Roumain: Pepperdine, Costas Theocharidis: Hawaii are the others. It is the third consecutive season the award has gone to Long Beach State (first time in history) DeFalco is one of three players to be a four-time AVCA First-Team All-American (Costas Theocharidis: Hawaii […]