Congrats to Kahakai, DPOW; RPI at 49

Sorry for delay this morning. Had an early appointment
Maglio was nominated for POW, went to UCSB’s Ruddins.
Hawai‘i senior Savanah Kahakai claimed her first Big West Women’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week award since 2015 after averaging 4.83 digs in a pair of home sweeps.

The 5-8 libero led UH with 29 digs against UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton. She has now recorded double-digit digs in 17 matches this season, including a string of 11 straight.

Kahakai had 10 digs against the Highlanders and a match-high 19 against the Titans, coming up just one scoop shy of hitting the 20-dig mark for the fifth time this year.

In the CSF match, she passed the 1,300 career dig mark and moved within three digs shy of No. 4 on the school’s career list alongside Tara Hittle (2004-08).
Hawaii at 49
UH opponents rated ahead of Wahine
9. Utah
17 BYU
22 USD
24 Baylor
26. Cal Poly
34 Marquette

As for the poll
Cal Poly stans at No. 23


  1. menehune October 23, 2017 11:08 am

    IMHO, the outcome of the Cal Poly (and UCI) game will hinge on two things for the Wahine; their serves and the steady play of Granato.

    Serving tough is easy but serving tough and keeping it in play is entirely another matter. The Wahine have great blockers so let them do their job, but they can’t if we give up freebies with serves into the net or long and against good teams, we’ll be playing catch up all night if this happens.

    Too often, after a timeout or a great play by our side, we give the ball up to the other team by a bad serve. This is such a momentum buster.

    And we all know that Granato is a great banger, but I’d rather she hit smart, which means tooling the blocks, off speed shots and dinks. Keep them guessing.

    No pressure Wahine, just go out there and take care of business.

    GO BOWS.

  2. Cindy Luis October 23, 2017 11:44 am

    ICYMI, Sunday scores
    3) Texas def. Oklahoma 24-26, 25-13, 25-18, 25-22
    4) Florida def. Auburn 25-16, 17-25, 25-19, 25-15
    6) Kentucky def. Tennessee 25-21, 25-18, 30-28
    14) Washington def. Cal 26-24, 26-24, 25-17
    16) Creighton def. Seton Hall 25-19, 25-17, 25-11
    19) USC def.12) Utah 21-25, 28-26, 20-25, 25-21, 15-9
    21) Wichita State def. East Carolina 25-16, 27-25, 25-19

  3. setaone October 23, 2017 2:51 pm

    All things considering, RPI isn’t too bad.

    I don’t know where to look, but what was the lowest non-auto qualifying RPI team last few years?

  4. Crazy4WVB October 23, 2017 3:18 pm

    Sorry Cindy when you said “looks like” I took it to mean that you wasn’t sure. Did you get any feed back from her or the coaches? Is she still committed?

  5. Rabbit Ears October 23, 2017 4:56 pm

    We need a Irvine victory tomorrow. That would really help. Actually I like Granato hitting hard. We have to many dinkers as it is. She does a good job of tooling the blocks

  6. Cubicle No More ... October 23, 2017 8:20 pm

    setaone — generally the cutoff point on the RPI for at-larges is around the mid-40s. for a team to get in with a lower RPI, they’d probably have to have a worth record against top 50 and/or top 25 RPI teams. but that’s just my guess and recollection based on past history.

  7. Kaimukian October 23, 2017 9:31 pm

    Keep in mind that a lot of the at large bids for the tourney are accounted for by 5th and 6th place teams of power 5 conferences, due to strength of schedule alone. Even if they are .500 in conference, I would not be surprised if the Pac-12 sends 6 teams as usual this year.

    Shoji teams have been stiffed in years past with decent RPI’s, so our only path looks like Cal Poly getting upset by UCI AND us beating them to claim a true BW championship. Tie-breaker doesn’t look to be too friendly this year. I’m sure Hawaii fans know this and will be watching tomorrows Cal Poly UCI match intently.

  8. Cubicle No More ... October 24, 2017 6:40 am

    Congrats to Kahakai!

  9. FitTrainer October 24, 2017 7:59 am

    Congrats to Kahakai! Looking for a big game from her on Friday!

    the team has a big block that teams are realizing they need to dink it over. The team needs to take advantage of the block by getting those tips. The block is also slowing down the ball for digging. They will need every advantage they can get!

  10. Brandon October 24, 2017 9:29 am

    Regadless if Irvine beats Poly tomorrow or not, if we beat poly and win out, we are safely in. Beating poly is key, regardless of todays results. If poly does lose and UH wins, sure they are in 100 percent, since they would be the auto, but even with poly winning today and losing friday, RPI futures has us mid 30’s I believe, Which is fine.

  11. islandman October 24, 2017 9:43 am

    So who is not on the travel roster ?

  12. Warriorfan October 24, 2017 10:35 am

    At uci will be crucial also.
    Wahine need to keep feeding Mags, but Kendra has to come through and hit better the rest of the way.

  13. 2left October 24, 2017 4:31 pm

    1. In all fairness to Granato, I think an overly large burden is placed on her shoulders so she doesn’t just have to play steady in big games, she needs to be truly outstanding. Like Tai Manu-Oliao before her, they are both extremely talented hitters with canons for arms, but both undersized at the short side of 6’ and both had bouts of passing woes. I’d say Granato has it even tougher because Tai had Nikki to be the primary outside weapon, and Nikki and Kalei both played six rotations while Granato is now the only hitter capable of that. So both players were heavily targeted on serves, and both could not hit OTT against big blocks. but they excel despite those issues.

  14. Cindy Luis October 24, 2017 5:38 pm
    new thread up. travel roster addressed there.
    4. they can’t talk about someone who isn’t officially signed. which happens in a few weeks.
    yes, she is still committed.

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