Hawaii RPI up to 55

Reyn "Tita" Akiu, seen here against Portland on Sept. 7, and her Hawaii teammates have their highest RPI rating of the season at 55. / Photo by Dennis Oda, Star-Advertiser

The Rainbow Wahine are up six spots in the latest NCAA RPI report to their highest mark of the season.

UH is up to 55, right behind Tuesday’s opponent Pepperdine (54, down 1).

For the complete listing click here.

The only conference team with higher RPI than Hawaii is No. 16 Cal Poly (remains at 22). UC Irvine plummeted to 80, down 22.

Also ahead of the Wahine is:
Oregon (20, down 2).

Now behind Hawaii are:
Kansas State (58, up 2) and Portland (59, down 4), UC Santa Barbara (93, up 5), Coastal Carolina (113, up 2), UC Davis (126, down 6), Idaho (136, down 3), Long Beach State (137) and Cal State Northridge (170, up 6) Also, San Diego State (201, up 3), UC Riverside (254, down 1) and Cal State Fullerton (stays 302) out of the 336 teams in the RPI.


  1. vballfan November 5, 2018 9:58 am

    Based on nothing/no facts, just my personal hunch, maybe, just maybe, the Wahine will slip into the NCAA play-offs. Staying positive and hopeful. Even if it doesn’t happen, the coaches and players have done a great job to make things happen this season.

  2. Robin November 5, 2018 11:01 am

    My feeling is the NCAA door closed shut with the loss to UCSB. My feeling is also they would have needed to either not lose to Portland, or have won both vs. K-State, or to have won one vs. Oregon, of course along with winning the remaining 2 games. One ranked win (Cal Poly) vs. one bad loss (UCSB) plus three outside the top 50 (K-State, Portland) ain’t gonna cut it.

  3. Sheila November 5, 2018 12:52 pm

    Wahine post-season journey starts tomorrow as both teams have the same goal. Wahine regular starters (including Casey, Norene, Liva, etc,) need to give a good jump start as the bench is now well confident to chip in. Winning the remaining games will earn an at-large bid as Wahine could reach above RPI early forties. This is because about 17 conference winners are above RPI 49 where 32 other teams fill up (17 + 32). The remaining 15 teams (out of 64) are conference winners ranked after RPI 49. Simply zero chance at RPI 50. Getting to RPI early forties is reachable but please, remember, there is no room for any tumble again. Wahines, you can do it!

  4. H-Man November 5, 2018 1:44 pm

    I don’t know how, but the door seems to have opened; just slightly ajar. The match against Pepperdine looms incredibly important on the horizon. A 47 RPI should get them in. 55, so close.

  5. Nomu1001 November 5, 2018 2:10 pm

    Win out convincingly, 50-50 chance for postseason. Worst case, good starting point for next season.

  6. cappie the dog November 5, 2018 2:24 pm

    Being a longtime follower of tournament selections for college baseball, a Power 5 school can skate by with a RPI of 55. If you play in a mid-major, you probably need to be in the high-thirties.

    47 is reasonable, I agree, if the committee takes into consideration that Hawaii is a perennial participant. But is there a difference between a Hawaii squad coached by Dave Shoji and a Hawaii squad coached by Robyn Ah Mow? Does she have friends among the women’s volleyball coaching fraternity.

    Clearly, Les Murakami had friends when his 1993 squad made the field of 64 with a 33-24 record.

    I was in shock. It was televised live on ESPN.

    Mike Trapasso would not get in with the same record.

    When Vince Goo’s 28-4 team was snubbed, I remember him asking aloud if his gender was a problem?

    I like Vince Goo. I miss Vince Goo. Vince Goo needs a Wikipedia page.

    But I’m glad Hawaii joined the 21st century and started hiring women coaches for women’s sports.

  7. OrbitalRipZ November 5, 2018 3:22 pm

    I am the only one here looking at things differently. Contrary to 2/Robin (“My feeling is the NCAA door closed shut with the loss to UCSB”), the AUTOMATIC QUALIFIER’s door to The Big Dance is not yet shut to the Bows.

    It all depends on this Saturday’s Cal Poly @ Irvine match. If — of course it’s a big IF but that’s what sports is all about — the Anteaters can pull off their biggest upset of the year, suddenly Na Wahine have a shot to win the conference championship.

    If after that Irvine / Cal Poly match both the Bows and Cal Poly win out, they will be tied for first in league standings, and the TIEBREAKER becomes (surprise! surprise! surprise!) not tiebreaker #3 (based on sets) but tiebreaker #2 (based on matches, working your way down from these 2 top teams performance against the 3rd place team).

    It’s no over till the fat lady sings, and we will see if she sings after the Irvine/Cal Poly showdown.

  8. cappie the dog November 5, 2018 3:30 pm

    What is the conference RPI for the Big West?

    Am I googling the wrong key words?

    Can’t find a damn thing.

  9. cappie the dog November 5, 2018 3:38 pm


    “It’s no over till the fat lady sings.”

    Go to YouTube and check out this band called Sheer Mag.

    They’re a Philadelphia band who first met at Texas-Corpus Christi.

    The lead singer is named Tina Halladay.

    She is a 300-lb pound woman who has a voice that resembles a young Michael Jackson.

    I love her.

    The song is called “Fan the Flames”.

    They sound like Thin Lizzy.

    Check it out.

    They are awesome.

  10. islandman November 5, 2018 5:28 pm

    8. cappie, here is one conference RPI ranking. BW is #9.

  11. Bleachercoach November 5, 2018 5:50 pm

    This would be really CRAZY if we got in!
    That would be a nice gift and a surprise.
    Regardless what happens, I feel this team has come a long way and improved immensely from the beginning of the season. If this team got in by some reason, they could surprise a lot of teams. These “Underdogs” could scrap their way into a 2nd or 3rd match. Possibly?

  12. Kahuna November 5, 2018 6:51 pm

    I know Robyn have said in the past that she would turn down a chance to play in that “NIT” postseason volleyball tournament. I hope she reconsider if UH become the last four out.

    I think the girls deserve it…..especially the one and done girls. They came here knowing this program have gone to numerous postseason and was anticipating of going this year.

    It would be great for girls like Akiu, Gaskin and Liva to taste postseason as a Wahine before they leave.

    With us being the last four out, we would probably have a chance to host a match or two. Should accept the chance to play just this one time.

  13. Cruisecontrol November 5, 2018 6:55 pm

    7. You’re right. I had forgotten all about that scenario during my grieving period after the UCSB loss. If I’m not mistaken, it appears that it would also depend on UCI beating UCSB prior to beating Cal Poly, in which case UCI would end up alone in 3rd place at 11-5, and Hawaii would hold tiebreaker #2 having beaten UCI twice (if Hawaii beats them again). If, however, UCSB beats UCI and wins the rest of their matches vs. Davis, Fullerton & Riverside, there would be a tie for 3rd place at 10-6 each, and if I read it right, UCSB would win that 3rd place tiebreaker having beaten UCI twice. Therefore, Cal Poly would win the AQ having beaten UCSB twice, while Hawaii would have a 1-1 record against the Gauchos. Looks like we also need to cheer on UCI against UCSB, as well as vs. Cal Poly. This tiebreaker stuff is giving me a headache.

  14. Cruisecontrol November 5, 2018 7:20 pm

    13. Oops. Re my previous comment: if UCSB beats UCI, they would be tied head to head at 1-1 which would open the door to further tiebreaker considerations. Sorry for the error. Looks like we still need to cheer on UCI against UCSB and hope for the best.

  15. pakipark November 5, 2018 8:02 pm

    Missing out on playing UCLA (RPI 27?) kinda upset the rhythm of the season. UCLA was always a good way to start the season to see what the Wahine had going into the season. Still a good season.

  16. Cindy Luis November 6, 2018 7:55 am

    12. IMHO they would turn it down. But what it would do is the Big West would lose its automatic berth that goes to the runner-up (or the next team that didn’t get into the NCAA). The BWC’s bid goes back into the at-large pool.
    new thread up for Tuesday

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