Hawaii down to 73 in RPI

Hawaii head coach Robyn Ah Mow-Santos and assistant Angelica Ljungqvist talk strategy during the fourth set against Cal State Northridge. / Photo by Andrew Lee, Special to the Star-Advertiser

Hawaii’s RPI dropped three spots to 73 in Monday’s NCAA women’s volleyball Ratings Percentage Index.

The Rainbow Wahine (11-6, 7-1 Big West) had moved up to 70 last week after opening at 100 in the inaugural computer-generated rankings.

The conference teams with higher RPIs than Hawaii are No. 12 Cal Poly (17-1, 7-0), which remanded at 18, and UC Irvine (11-7, 6-1) which dropped four spots to 51. Other opponents ahead of the Wahine are Oregon (25), Pepperdine (40), Portland (49) and Kansas State (66).

Rated behind Hawaii are UC Santa Barbara (89), Coastal Carolina (117), Long Beach State (128), UC Davis (143), Idaho (164) and Cal State Northridge (171). Also, San Diego State (211), UC Riverside (251) and Cal State Fullerton (294) out of the 336 teams in the RPI.

Hawaii makes its third road trip of the season when traveling for matches at UC Riverside on Friday and Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.


Sunday’s Top 25 scores
6) Pittsburgh def. NC State 25-22, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23
11) Florida def. Alabama 25-23, 25-18, 25-16
13) Michigan def. Maryland 19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-15
14) Oregon lost to Utah 22-25, 18-25, 26-24, 23-25
15) USC def. 23) Arizona 25-18, 22-25, 25-17, 25-16
16) Kentucky def. Ole Miss 25-21, 25-14, 25-17
19) Marquette def. St. Johns 25-17, 25-21, 25-22
21) Washington State lost to Cal 30-32, 25-15, 23-25, 20-25


  1. OrbitalRipZ October 15, 2018 11:54 am


    As the regular/conference season is in full swing, now is a good time to see how the UH’s non-conf. opponents are faring in conf. play. In RPI order:

    [25] OREGON = 12-5/5-2 (Pac 12) … Oregon (defeated the UH twice) is tied for 2nd place in the 12-team Pac 12. Note: In 2017, Pac-12 received 9 bids to the NCAA tournament: Stanford got the automatic, and 8 others were awarded with coveted at-large bids (including Oregon, which finished 8th in final league standings). In other words, 75% of Pac-12 schools played in last year’s NCAA tournament. By comparison, the 14-team Big Ten was represented by 8 schools or 57%.

    [40] PEPPERDINE = 13-5/7-1 (WCC) … Pepperdine, in 2nd place after BYU (18-0/8-0), is scheduled to host Hawaii on Nov. 6. Note: Last year, co-WCC champions BYU and San Diego earned berths in the NCAA tournament.

    [49] PORTLAND = 15-5/3-5 (WCC) … Portland (upset the Bows) is tied for 6th place in the 10-team WCC. Note: After the Pac-12, the WCC is arguably the second strongest conf. in the West.

    [66] KANSAS STATE = 10-7/0-6 (Big 12) … KS (beat Na Wahine twice) is dead last in the Big 12, which is led by Kansas (13-4/6-0) followed by Texas (11-4/6-1). Note: Last year, 4 teams or 44% of the 9-member Big 12 earned NCAA tournament berths.

    [117] COASTAL CAROLINA = 6-9 (overall)/5-2 (conference) … Sun Belt is divided into two 6-team divisions, with Coastal Carolina atop the East Division and Texas State (18-5/9-0) running away in the West Division. Note: Coastal Carolina captured the automatic bid to last year’s NCAA tournament.

    [211] SAN DIEGO STATE = 6-15/4-4 (MW) … SDS, picked to finish 3rd in the Mountain West, is in 6th place in the 11-team league. Note: Colorado St (14-6/6-2) – the overwhelming fav to repeat as MW champion – is trailing Fresno St (14-6/6-1).

  2. Cindy Luis October 15, 2018 1:19 pm

    1. I care about giving our readers information.
    Thank you for caring as well or else you wouldn’t have taken the time for the indepth analysis of the non-con opponents

    No love for the Wahine from the Big West
    UCI sweeps the awards.
    Hawaii nominated Liva (POW) and Akiu (DPOW)

  3. OrbitalRipZ October 15, 2018 4:02 pm

    Error above: missed Oregon’s Sunday lost. That L dropped Oregon (12-6/5-3) in Pac-12 standings from tied for 2nd to tied for 3rd place.

  4. H-Man October 15, 2018 8:36 pm

    Looking at the RPIs, I would say the two losses to K-State probably hurt the Wahine more than any other loss. But all is not lost….yet. Wins over Irvine, Pepperdine and Cal Poly would put them in the picture, but really on the fringe. Well, assuming they win out. Hoping….just hoping the Wahine deliver. Coach Robyn seems to have found that balance to make them winners.

  5. Sheila October 16, 2018 2:49 am

    CalPoly offence/defence is superior from what wahine faced from others…Any strategies to slow down two tall power attackers of Poly? I think this weekend should primarily be used to tune up Granato giving 60% of set distribution to apply POWER HITTING with many variations (high sets, positions, quick sets, using block for advantage etc, but MINIMUM # of tips like a back rower). Bring ~20/50 kills in both games…

  6. Ashley October 17, 2018 12:09 pm

    not overlooking Fullerton or Riverside. Wahine need to get pass them before they can get their hands on Poly again. I hope Robyn stays focused on Fullerton and Riverside because in the post game interview after the CSUN match you could see how much she wants that rematch against Poly. wahine just gotta take care of business on the road first.

  7. Cindy Luis October 17, 2018 5:55 pm

    new thread up for Wednesday

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