Happy birthday to Coach Ah Mow-Santos

Hauoli la Hanau
Coincidently born about six weeks before Dave Shoji’s first match as Wahine head coach (10-29-75


  1. H-Man September 15, 2017 7:07 am

    Happy Birthday Robyn Ah-Mow Santos !!!

  2. rabbit ears September 15, 2017 7:49 am

    Congrats coach.
    BYU beat Utah in 5 yesterday. Utah’s passing in the first game was unbelievable. Bailey Choy had BYU totally out of sorts . Unfortunately the great passing didn’t last. Anae twisted her ankle in game 4.

  3. Maverick September 15, 2017 9:44 am

    No UH recruits on this year’s prepvolley senior aces top 100 list, FYI. Usual suspects have reloaded.

  4. tako September 15, 2017 11:51 am

    Let’s hope with the two remaining scholarships we can sign a quality setter and a 5 star outside. This is going to be a significant test for Robyn.

  5. Crazy4WVB September 15, 2017 12:30 pm

    Recruiting for 2018 is pretty much done…..probably most of 2019. Test for Robyn is 2020. This always happens when there is a coaching change. Takes a couple of years before they can get quality recruits.
    Maybe Cindi can comment on this.

  6. LanaiBoy September 15, 2017 12:32 pm

    Unless a school has a national following, for example a religious-affiliated college like BYU or Notre Dame, a non-Big Five conference will have a difficult time getting ranked in women’s volleyball and most other sports. That is a reality that Hawaii has to live with. However, Hawaii is a bit unique with its Mainland following, fan support, and lucrative TV deals so it will have the ability to make runs in certain sports despite its disadvantages.

  7. Ki September 15, 2017 12:36 pm

    Who is playing in the alumnae match?

  8. Hapaguy September 15, 2017 1:44 pm

    3. I’m hoping we can get a stud OH D1 transfer before the start of next season that Robin can just plug in. Sort of like how we got Heather Bown….

  9. Ron September 15, 2017 1:45 pm

    I am wondering if anyone knows the size of the Wahine over-all fan base. We know how many show up to the arena. How many watch on TV? How many listen on radio? How many follow them on line or on the newer access systems? Just curious to know how many of us “Wahine nuts” are huddling around our TVs or radios during each game yelling and shouting as the game progresses.

  10. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 15, 2017 2:19 pm

    Ron: Take 50,000 screaming fans, times this by 5%, you have a average of the base 50,000 fans based on a 5% of 1,000,000 people on Oahu. Seats only is taken into account. As in SSC. 2,500 fans.

  11. islandman September 15, 2017 2:19 pm

    6. I see San Diego of the West Coast Conference is ranked No. 17.
    9. The fan base at the games looks mostly kind of old when they are shown on TV. What will happen as they gradually fade away ?

  12. tako September 15, 2017 2:28 pm

    Interesting comment #5: Besides Kamalei and Trinity for next year who are the other two? Who are the possibilities for 2019, haven’t read of any interested players? Fans hope U of H can sign Elena O., but who knows if both parties are interested in each other.

  13. Hapaguy September 15, 2017 2:57 pm

    5. How is recruiting for 2018 almost done? I’ve heard of only 2 recruits so far (Castaneda & Krug) and we have 6 seniors this year. Did I miss something?

  14. Maverick September 15, 2017 3:04 pm

    More from the prepvolleyball aces list:
    88% of the top 100 committed to the Power 5 football schools (ACC, SEC, Big10, Big12, Pac12); Big10 has 31 aces, Pac12 has 23 (the rich get richer)

    Biggest surprise: Texas State got #44
    Disappointment: 1 committed to BW: LBSU at #75
    Best non-Power conference: Big East with 3 aces

    Biggest Class: Penn State with 6 (#3,5,14,28,31,56)–maybe the best class this year
    Florida, Washington and Michigan have 5 each, with Florida snagging top recruit Thayer Hall

    Notable classes: Oregon (#8,11,27,92), Nebraska (#4,10,21), Auburn (surprisingly #7,30,34), Stanford (#16,18), Minnesota (#17,33), and Creighton (yay for this non-Power program! #42,49)

    Remember, the aces list is just one opinion, and can be inaccurate when projecting a high school senior’s college success/impact (i.e., Jane Croson, #7).

  15. Sausage McMuffin with Eggs September 15, 2017 3:04 pm

    Sorry. Cheese…This is basically the idea on population statistics SSC and volleyball. I’m not making this up.

  16. Maverick September 15, 2017 3:16 pm

    13,18. Completely non-sensical. I could post a serious response by pointing out the existence of non-Oahu based fans, the utter subjectivity of using 5%, etc., but I’d rather not waste my time.

  17. vbfan September 15, 2017 3:17 pm

    16-Almost all recruits have already committed for next season (2018). The two remaining scholarships will probably go to a foreign player or transfer.

    I really think the women need to follow the recruiting strategy of the men’s team and find some impact foreign players along with getting the best local players to stay home. When Wade first started he tried to go after the top California players with limited success, recruiting has been much better since he hired Zarkovic and opened to the pipeline to European players.

  18. islandman September 15, 2017 3:33 pm

    Big East is often considered a power conference in basketball especially in men’s basketball and in women’s volleyball it is close to the power 5 conferences, i think.

  19. Maverick September 15, 2017 3:44 pm

    Na Wahine have been great at recruiting top local talent, but you can’t get them all. UH landed Danielson, Taylor, Kamana’o, Higgins, Granato and recruits like TMO who were the best in Hawaii although nationally unheralded. Issue is that the local talent pool is too small to provide all the top notch recruits to compete with the Stanford/PSU/Nebraska/Texas/Washington/etc. programs.

    Where UH has fallen behind versus the days of assistant Charlie Wade and prior are internationally and on the mainland. Growth of global professional volleyball makes it challenging to land top foreign players. Not impossible, though you need the right people with the right hunger and salesmanship to attract recruits to UH.

    Because of the growth of college volleyball, mainland recruits can stay close to home and play for a top program–also helps that many of the top programs are fed by football money (better facilities, big school college experience and academics, etc.). Can’t get a Willoughby right now (top 10 mainland player located far from Hawaii), although I have no idea why UH didn’t go after Jazzmin Babers (daughter of UH alum). Domestic focus should continue to be on the West Coast, and Cali in particular, plus daughters of UH alums and those with some connection to Hawaii.

    Also not clear why Robyn shouldn’t save her scholarships for 2020 or 2021, rather than using them on more projects. Getting more projects is not the answer, even if it means having another down year in the hopes of landing a couple of top recruits. The real test case for Robyn is Ogilvie.

  20. islandman September 15, 2017 3:49 pm

    Who are the current walk-ons ? We have 18 players on the roster with 12 on scholarship.
    Gong, Okino, Ross,Guinasso,Ma’afala,Kendra or ?
    Six seniors, but three are walk-ons.

  21. islandman September 15, 2017 3:51 pm

    but two are walk-ons ?

  22. Maverick September 15, 2017 3:54 pm

    21. I define Power conference through the lens of college football, which is the most lucrative sport by far in terms of post-season and TV revenue. I think of Big East as similar to Big West–one or two top teams (Creighton vs. UH/LBSU) and a lot of middling to forgettable teams (Marquette is now 5-5; boy that loss hurts). For RPI fans, Big West was the 11th best RPI conference in 2016; Big East was #10.

    But no question in men’s basketball, Big East is a top 5 conference.

  23. todde September 15, 2017 4:17 pm

    No 22, I don’t understand your statement about the one dollar bills. Please explain. I am a TV viewer because I live on The Big Island. Otherwise, I would attend the SSC games as well at the UH football games for support.

  24. Hot September 15, 2017 5:25 pm

    1. Howling
    2. Koelsch
    3. Granato
    4. Burns
    5. Lipscomb
    6. Williams
    7. Sibley
    8. Iosia
    9. Greeley
    10. Kahakai
    11. Castillo
    12. Maglio

    1. Anderson
    2. Gong
    3. Guinasso
    5. Okino
    6. Ross

  25. Cindy Luis September 15, 2017 6:06 pm

    thanks all for the comments. Will have a new thread up in a bit from the arena

  26. Cindy Luis September 15, 2017 6:17 pm

    new thread up for Friday match

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