Hawaii volleyball: Warriors sign Chakas, updated NCAA scores

Preseason No. 1 Hawaii has added the second player from Greece in as many men’s volleyball seasons, announcing the signing of Spyros Chakas from Athens on Friday
The 6-foot-4 outside hitter is one of four signees for the 2021 season. Freshman Dimitrios Mouchlias, a 6-6 middle on the current Rainbow Warrior roster, is from Soufli, Greece.
Chakas chose Hawaii over Long Beach State and Pepperdine. This past season, he helped his team to the Greek U18 championship, earning most valuable player and best spike honors.
Hawaii’s other signees, announced last month, are freshmen Austin Buchanan, a 6-8 setter from Moscow, Idaho; Hawaii Baptist Academy’s Makua Marumoto, a 6-4 hitter; and 6-3 setter Jack Walmer from Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Hawaii, which finished second nationally last May, opens the season with Charleston Jan. 3 and 4 at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Figured easier to recap here
not sure when I can update scores
Texas the only top-4 seed to lose at home.
Friday’s third round, based on seeds
at Madison
No. 5 Nebraska def. No. 12 Hawaii, 29-27, 25-22, 25-19
No. 4 Wisconsin def. No. 13 Texas A&M, 25-20, 25-17, 25-23
Saturday Nebraska at Wisconsin
At Austin
Unseeded Louisville def. No. 2 Texas, 25-22, 25-22, 17-25, 18-25, 15-12
No. 7 Minnesota def. No. 10 Florida, 23-25, 25-14, 16-25, 25-15, 15-11
Saturday: Minnesota vs. Louisville
At Baylor
No. 1 Baylor def. No. 16 Purdue, 25-12, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17
No. 8 Washington def. No. 9 Kentucky, 25-16, 26-24, 15-25, 25-22
Saturday Washington at Baylor
At Stanford
No. 11 Penn State def. unseeded Cincinnati, 20-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-12, 15-11
No. 3 Stanford def. Utah 22-25, 25-14, 25-10, 12-25, 15-11
Saturday: Penn State at Stanford


  1. H-Man December 13, 2019 7:37 pm

    First set Utah looked like they had Stanford’s number, winning rather easily. Well, it appeared easy. But it all changed in the second set. Stanford has taken control of the match with their blocking and Kathryn Plummer. Third set Stanford leads 23-9. Stanford’ having a block party. Just dominating.

  2. Cindy Luis December 13, 2019 7:42 pm

    1. Stanford wins 25-10. It was 9-6. Updating scores in main box.

  3. H-Man December 13, 2019 8:04 pm

    Man, Utah returned the favor winning 25-12 behind improved blocking and overall play in the 4th set. Stanford couldn’t block anything and were out-of-system for most of the set. Wow. On to five.

  4. Cindy Luis December 13, 2019 8:26 pm

    3. yep, updated in main box

  5. Cindy Luis December 13, 2019 8:29 pm

    Stanford holds on, 15-11

  6. A View From Afar December 13, 2019 9:06 pm

    Mahalo Nui Loa to Na Wahine players, coaches, staff, and parents who contributed so much effort and sacrifice to this season. True fans appreciate the individuals who combined as a team to work so hard towards a common goal. May you all go on to have successful, productive, and happy lives.

  7. sports for fun December 13, 2019 9:09 pm

    Hey, Cindy. When do Na Wahine return to the islands? How many are staying back with family?

  8. sports for fun December 13, 2019 9:10 pm

    6 AMEN!!

  9. blunite December 13, 2019 9:19 pm

    Clearly, teamwork can compensate for an absence of 5 star recruits;, and, superior “Passing” is the signature of winning teams.

    Speaking of which Charlie always finds quality liberos.

  10. menehune December 14, 2019 7:03 am

    A great big Aloha and Mahalo to Coach Robyn and her staff, to the parents and friends of the Wahine, but mainly to the players of the Rainbow Wahine for providing us with a magical season. It was a great ride while it lasted and we wish you well as you go your separate ways.

  11. Sheila December 14, 2019 7:28 am

    Nebraska escaped because wahine coaching staff and team, specially, MBs had a bad day, failed to bring A-game that had against SanDiego, and Jolie was not ready…But 2019 was a big step forward by coaching staff reaching 3rd round and winning conference…#20 Ross and Rika are my MVPs for 2019 for accelerating their performance for next level when needed badly, and restoring wahines dominance back in BigWest…
    For next year, before recruiting a setter, please, recruit a proven ‘sport medical doctor’ who can deliver medical service to players timely manner. Wahines do not deserve cheap delivery service of X-mas gifts which delivers when X-mas is over.

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  14. rabbit ears December 14, 2019 11:22 am

    Lexi Sun came back this season and played at such a high level all season. Karch K said that she was injured after her freshman season at Texas. Which accounted for her mediocre 1st season at Nebraska. Just hoping our girls can come back from off season training and take it up another notch also.

  15. WaveRipper December 14, 2019 12:30 pm

    If I could assign a sports journalist or even a documentary producer to a task, it would be to cover the individual(s) doing the tape reviews. Tape reviewer is one of those jobs which the so-called knowledgeable fans know little about. Is there any textbook that can prep you for the job? What exactly are the requirements (experience?) needed for the job?

    A Day in the Life of a Sports Film Analyst. Who was assigned to review the Nebraska tapes for Hawaii’s match? What did s/he find? What tendencies were uncovered? Did the Hawaii coaches and players find the information invaluable, or did the info go in one ear and out the other? IMO, quality film analysis is the “classified info” that all battle planning stems from. Yet seldom is it given much press in volleyball.

  16. nomu1001 December 14, 2019 1:30 pm

    Nebraska HC used up his 2 challenges early on.Think he knew if Wahine gained any kind of momentum, they could be in trouble. If Wahine pulled out that first game, we were talking about a different match. Thought the middles did not have a good showing, sure they learned from this game. They needed to make some timely adjustments against the Husker block which clearly were zoning in on them. Imho, that is on the players. Bottom line, its the old cliche, “to be the best, play the best”. Nebraska was beatable. Next year.

  17. nomu1001 December 14, 2019 2:48 pm

    Front gets a lot of attention, but the backrow defense of these teams are phenomenol. They are a big part of why these teams are in the finals. So, the front also does an awesome job of channeling. Transition games sre awesome.

  18. T103 December 14, 2019 3:05 pm

    Sheila, are u referring to the athletic trainer who was helping Jolie rehab her ankle?

  19. Chicken Grease December 14, 2019 4:56 pm


    Watching that post-game press conference again. Don’t like how that all looks. Hope NCAA doesn’t factor something like that for WHEN (if?) Wahine host again.

    Was UH Press office/PR office with them on the trip? They could have given quick briefs or tips to players and coach before they went out there. 😟

  20. Sheila December 14, 2019 5:08 pm

    Seemed like Jolie was ready to play at least three or more weeks ago but medical clearance was delayed without giving any consideration to her importance for the team or post-season. IMO, athletes don’t have to wait until 100% recovery, to get back to their sport…She never got a chance to be in few late season regular games so that coaching staff could have got good assessment of her performance (…how much rust to get rid of to be part of current team chemistry). Longer you keep a player as patient, more insurance money to medical group, (or less likely to getting sued by a patient), so particularly, if you are the go-to player and if you feel that you are ready to participate again and it is crucial to be there, then always check with secondary medical opinion. Lesson learned with early exit.

  21. T103 December 14, 2019 7:21 pm

    Sheila, wow, where do I even start with you right now. 1st off, she re-injured that same ankle a number of times and each new time you injury it, the recovery takes longer then previous times. 2nd, as a coach, the last thing that you should do is hurry the process of healing up just b/c an athlete is ur star athlete. Talk about making someone feel used, like seriously. “Oh hey, we know that your injured but if you could do us a favor and hurry up and heal that would be great, regardless if your actually ok medically to play again…. thats just irresponsible. Wen u play this level of competition I can guarantee you that any athlete is chomping at the bit to heal up and get cleared to play. For the trainer, its her/his stinking job to make sure that an athlete is physically ok to get back on the court or field, its un-ethical to do otherwise. sure, u can say its so that the university doesn’t get sued but I think most if not all athletic trainers are looking out for the best interest of the student athletes. I have coached before and have had students get injured, and they think they are completely fine ready to go and play again, they beg and plead w the athletic trainer to let them play but they aren’t ready. As a player, u can trick urself into thinking your physically ready wen you aren’t, some even lie b/c they wanna be back on the filed/court to help their team. Whatever game she did return for, did u know that she was only cleared to return to practice earlier in the week? What happens when an athlete gets put back in when they aren’t ready and re-injured or makes it even more worse b/c they didn’t heal properly or enough and the damage is permanent? What are you gonna say to that situation sheila? Its unfortunate what happened to Jolie and how long it took her to come back. I actually bumped into her right before senior night and asked her if she was gonna play and she said that she was working on it, that she wanted to. She genuinely sounded like she wanted to, and I think she just knew that she wasn’t just ready yet, b/c she’s been through this before. As an athlete for UH I don’t think that any medical group was making money off of her being injured and out so long, THATS REDICULOUS. AND guess what, if she did get a 2nd medical opinion, the fact that she is an athlete of UH, she wouldn’t be allowed to play anyway b/c the athletic trainer FOR UH has to clear her. Unfortunate you actually see this situation the way you do, but let me let u know your totally off base and it’s way out of line. I really hope that u have never coached before or don’t plan on coaching in the future.

  22. H-Man December 14, 2019 7:25 pm

    I was a couch potato yesterday and today watching the quarterfinals. I especially enjoyed watching Stanford dismantle Penn St. It was a good day for West Coast volleyball.

  23. nomu1001 December 14, 2019 9:39 pm

    On height for volleyball, it can be an advantage in some circumstances. But, imo, there is no substitute for hard work, working on your skills, and attitude. Why would you let anyone else set limitations for you? Makes no sense letting someone try to take you down saying you are not tall enough. Look at what McKenna Ross accomplished this season. Think she showed that she can play with the best this season. BVS is another who can easily play with the best. So, if being tall is a prerequisite and a necessary reason for some people to conclude you are a great volleyball player, that seems more like a put down than a compliment. Pretty sure good players will know they are good because they hold themselves accountable, work hard and are dedicated to being the best.

  24. Bleachercoach December 14, 2019 9:58 pm

    Was at the “Sweet 16” and the FACT is that our girls belonged and after really out playing the Huskers in the 1st set but eventually lost a squeaker. The 2nd set starting off not as well where Nebraska went up 8-2 but again our girls valiantly battled back to tie them 8-8 and trade blows til losing 25-22. The 3rd set we were really playing out of sync but still managed to lose only 25-18 despite the numerous errors we made. I do not want to go there on what we didn’t do well because everyone there in Madison knew. At the end, the girls believed they could beat them and I still believe they could’ve too. People fail to remember that we are playing the “Cream of the Crop ” recruits and just to play in that same level even though we are outsized speaks volume of our coaching, players hearts and attitudes. To the whole team, ” THANK YOU FOR A MEMORABLE SEASON!” Look out Big Dogs the Rainbows will be back even more tenacious than ever!!! Thank you seniors for your leadership of teaching the culture and for your excellent contributions on and off the court.
    Last but not least, BVS (Brooke Van Sickle is the BEST PLAYER POUND FOR POUND, INCH FOR INCH IN THE ENTIRE NATION!)

  25. darkfire35 December 14, 2019 10:08 pm

    24. Took the words right out of my mouth Bleachercoach! It must have been exciting there. Was their much of a Hawaii contigent or did Wisconsin make the bulk of it?
    The freshmen should be scarier good next year as sophomores! The juniors-to-be-seniors should also be stronger after having a year experience with the Frosh. We will definitely need another setter.
    Would be too cool to get one that could hit and serve like Norene. But, alas, she was one in a million! I also hope they start their spring camp like this past year, sweating and ready to go before Robyn shows up!
    Where do you live Bleachercoach?

  26. Sheila December 15, 2019 6:55 am

    If feels not right, recovering player always should seek for secondary (or more) medical advice because you may stuck in shoddy service that not for the best interest of patient or UH highly reputed volleyball programs…Miracle cure that that brings medical clearance in first week of post-season? What a joke…Sound like going forward to 2020, UH volleyball program needs clearance of bottleneck rather letting all dedicated hard work goes down the drain…

  27. T103 December 15, 2019 8:28 am

    Sheila, seriously. my eyes are sore cuz I’ve been rolling them reading your response. If you are implying that UH has hired an athletic trainer that isn’t qualified or isn’t looking out for the best interest of the student athlete in his/her work, then by all means, go ahead and bring it up to the regents and people in charge and help them start the process of hiring someone who you think is able and capable to do things as you see fit. You are implying that even though UH has a “highly reputed volleyball program” that they aren’t gonna hire someone capable or the best in their field. No make sense, if you know u got one of the best programs u think UH’s mindset is to hire crappy athletic trainers??? You just mad at the way it played out, get a grip, injuries happen and thats life, deal with it. Honestly your viewpoint actually puts the highly touted program before the student athlete at all costs. It wasn’t a miracle cure that Brought medical clearance in the 1st week of post season, Jollie and trainers were working daily to rehab her ankle since wen it first happened. Message me your contact info and the next time I see Jollie face to face, I’ll explain the situation to her, that you don’t think that Jollie was trying her hardest to get back on the court asap, and that all the hard work she was putting in was actually being held up by the athletic trainers, its a conspiracy. Then you two can confer and she can let u know if its true or not, sound good?

  28. Cindy Luis December 15, 2019 12:12 pm

    new thread up for Sunday with Saturday results and Thursday’s schedule
    IMHO feel Hawaii could have beaten any other team that wasn’t hosting on Friday night and won, such as Penn State. Unfortunate draw to be put at the one site that was most difficult to get to.
    7. sorry spent most of yesterday traveling
    don’t know how many came back. depended on if they had arranged to take finals ahead of time, needed to come back to get out of dorms.
    Many on direct flight out of Chicago.
    9. don’t know what you mean. the libero doesn’t always pass the ball. Many times others targeted on serve.
    Are you suggesting that Kahakakai, Akiu and Okino weren’t quality most recently? Wade was fortunate that G. Worsley wanted to play with brother otherwise he would have ended up at UCLA.
    11. & 20 & 26. Sheila, sorry to call you out this time but you really don’t know what you’re taking about when it comes to medical staff at UH. If you read my story from Friday it might explain the process. Rasmussen wasn’t ready. She has said as much. She wasn’t able to do certain things and didn’t want to risk further injury. Again. no miracle cure. It was a long recovery process. I try not to respond negatively but you really don’t know of which you write.
    15. what are you talking about in terms of film breakdown? Depends on how the job descriptions go but at least one assistant coach in charge of film breakdown and scouting. I personally have mentioned the job Kaleo Baxter does for the Wahine. What Josh Walker does for the Warriors. They use a stats program that tracks tendencies in certain situations. There’s a lot of information.
    19. Oh puhleez. you folks are zero-ing on something that happens at every press conference. pretty much how teams react at the end of their season.

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