Hawaii women’s volleyball: SWEEP Hawaii 3, Beach 0

Hawaii seniors Kirsten Sibley (9), Rika Okino (16), Bailey Choy (7), McKenna Ross (20) and Norene Iosia (10) gathered after sweeping Long Beach State for the outright Big West Conference title. / Photo by Steven Erler, Special to the Star-Advertiser

FINAL: No. 18 Hawaii sweeps Long Beach State, 25-18, 25-12, 25-20 for the outright Big West Conference title.

Here’s a highlight video of the night and a spotlight on a poignant moment late in the match.


Big West Trophy in house
Great senior night festivities as usual.
Set 3: Hawaii wins 25-20
8:38: Amber Igiede ends it
8:35: Not surprising that Hawaii is called for an overlap. New lineup out there with all five seniors on the court. Beach has cut the 22-15 lead to 22-18. TO UH
8:31: Hawaii’s 12th ace ties season-high. It’s 21-14. TO Beach.
8:28: Hawaii up 18-13 on a kill by Sky Williams. TO Beach
8:23: Hawaii up 15-11 at the TTO.
8:18: Hawaii wins challenge, it’s 9-7.
8:17: Hawaii challenging whether attempt by Iosia in or out.If call stands it’s 8-8
Set 2
Set 2: UH wins 25-12
8:02: Norene Iosia is now up to SIX aces tonight, which ties her career high. She ties Lisa Strang for No. 3 at 134.
7:53: Hawaii up 15-8, two kills by Sky Williams and two blocks of Katie Kennedy. TO Beach.
7:47: Hawaii 9-2 lead cut to 9-6, including 2 aces by Tia Chavira. TO UH.
7:44: Iosia with four aces in this run, ties Ljungqvist for No. 4
7:41: Two aces by Norene Iosia gives Hawaii the 4-1 lead. TO Beach. Iosia is 2 away from tying Angelica Ljungqvist for No. 4 alltime at 133.

Set 1: UH wins 25-18.
735: McKenna Ross with an ace. Bit of confusion as to who would take the 2nd ball by Beach. Ball falls.
7:28: Kill by Amber Igiede. It’s 18-13. TO Beach.
7:25: Call stands. UH up 16-11.
7:24: Beach challenging whether ball in or out on UH block. it’s 16-11 at the moment.
7:17: Iosia with an ace. It’s 10-6. TO Beach.
apologies. Sellout creating problems with internet
Uh up 7-5
6:36: Officially a sellout out. 10,300. First since 2013 against UCLA. It’s now 2 in a row against Long Beach State including Big West final.
6:20 Latest: Close to a sellout. It would be the 15th form women’s volleyball, first since 2013, and 49th for the arena that opened 25 years ago
Impressively, teraflex ready, net going up. It’s been about an hour.

Friday, 7 p.m. HST, Stan Sheriff Center
Series: Hawaii leads Beach, 36-18-1
Long Beach State (12-15, 9-6) at Hawaii (23-3, 13-3)
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No. Pitt (H) def. Florida State, 25-19, 26-28, 25-19, 25-22
No. 4 Stanford (A) def. No. 16 Utah, 23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-14
No. 5 Wisconsin (H) def. Iowa, 25-18, 25-13, 25-15
No. 6 Nebraska (A) def. No. 7 Minnesota, 25-22, 25-18, 19-25, 11-25, 15-3
No 10 Washington (A) def. Arizona, 24-26, 25-21, 25-13, 25-13
No. 12 Creighton (H) def. No. 9 Marquette, 22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-17
No. 19 Western Kentucky (N) def. Middle Tennessee, 25-14, 25-14, 25-15
No. 21 Rice (H) def. UTEP, 25-18, 21-25, 25-18, 25-18
Colorado (H) def. No. 24 Cal, 25-16, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18
No. 25 Illinois (A) def. Maryland, 25-23, 25-19, 25-19
Other Big West
UCSB def. Cal State Fullerton, 25-20, 25-16, 25-20
Cal Poly def. UC Irvine, 27-25, 25-15, 25-22


  1. Aloha73G November 22, 2019 3:36 pm

    About 300 tickets left for sale online at 3:30pm.

  2. Cindy Luis November 22, 2019 5:01 pm

    1. thanks just got to arena. told 300-ish
    lower bowl sold out

  3. tongo November 22, 2019 5:43 pm

    So true, it is amazing how the court was converted so quickly. Stan Sheriff must be so proud of how his son manages the facility – impressive. And congrats to the wahine basketball for the win this afternoon. Go bows!

  4. Baby-Dude November 22, 2019 6:19 pm

    Setting up after the Basketball games and cleaning the center takes time and hard work.
    Watched the Cal/CU match, to bad Cal lost, and maybe knock them out of the top 25.
    Hope they have at least 8K tonight.

  5. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 22, 2019 6:38 pm

    Cal Poly struggled in the first set and Irvine almost took the set, but late serving saved Cal Poly. It was a very close win, 27-25. Again, it was Maia Dvoracek who had to bail them out with 7 kills while others hitting. Cal Poly woke up in the second set and won handily. Third set was back and forth and finally Cal Poly won 25-22.

  6. jmy November 22, 2019 6:48 pm

    Nebraska beat Minnesota 3-2…Minnesota got as close as 4-3 in the fifth, until the Huskers scored 11 unanswered points…

  7. Harvey November 22, 2019 6:52 pm

    Good job local fans, selling out the SSC. You all look good in white.

    I mua Wahine. Dominate The Beach.

  8. Mike Koerte November 22, 2019 7:03 pm

    I’m gonna miss Norene. She has been a rock for the last 4 years. Best wishes to the entire Senior class…Go Bows !!!!

  9. jmy November 22, 2019 7:13 pm

    Colorado upset Cal in four…

  10. Blunite November 22, 2019 7:14 pm

    LBSU is passing nails. Gonna be a barn burner.

  11. The Green Roof November 22, 2019 7:19 pm

    Ok, I’ve been wondering all season – what does the Aunties’ sign “Pumpkin Crunch Ross” mean?!

  12. Baby-Dude November 22, 2019 7:21 pm

    10 Predict going 5 tonight.
    LBS going be tough next year.

  13. Mike Koerte November 22, 2019 7:32 pm

    #10 – They are passing “nails” but so far they are missing the “hammer”. Go Bows !!!!

  14. Don November 22, 2019 7:36 pm

    Nice to see that the Fourty Whiners brought their marshmallows for their first campfire at Set 1 point.

  15. warriorwahine November 22, 2019 7:37 pm

    adding to the legend – set kill for norene iosia. add that to her nice hands and dont forget her nasty serve and nasty punch! she plays not to hang out with the big gals but because she IS – one of the BIG gals.

  16. Baby-dude November 22, 2019 7:42 pm

    How much more aces does Iosia needs to pass Coach Angie?

  17. warriorwahine November 22, 2019 8:04 pm

    16. angelica was looking like ‘im dead’ norene is going to beat me and then she does!

  18. ballerz November 22, 2019 8:10 pm

    congrats to our seniors. on to the post season. go bows!

  19. Harvey November 22, 2019 8:28 pm

    Next time I’m having a bad day at work, I will think about how things could be worse. I could be on a volleyball court trying to return a serve from Norene Iosia.

  20. warriorwahine November 22, 2019 8:44 pm

    11. sitting up high alone only na wahine wearing the pumpkin crown!

  21. T103 November 22, 2019 9:09 pm

    Wait isn’t Jolie a senior? If she is they didn’t honor her? Maybe she not a senior?

  22. warriorwahine November 22, 2019 9:10 pm

    21. nope a junior

  23. T103 November 22, 2019 9:12 pm

    Oh awesome we have her for another year!

  24. warriorwahine November 22, 2019 9:22 pm

    23. and maybe if she qualifies medical and chooses to take it, 2 years.

  25. warriorwahine November 22, 2019 9:36 pm

    so silent..what say you cindy?

  26. Lloyd November 22, 2019 9:42 pm

    2:30 AMWatching here from Washington DC. Its amazing, unbelievable – all you can see is a sea of white. Best fan ever. Players Congratulations as a champions.

  27. H-Man November 22, 2019 10:00 pm

    Wahine looked relaxed and focused, both nights. Congratulations 🎉 on regaining the conference championship.

  28. Cindy Luis November 22, 2019 10:22 pm

    25. way too busy writing and dealing with wireless going out

  29. Cindy Luis November 22, 2019 10:26 pm

    26. and the internet going out meant I lost all the scores I had updated.
    14. Don, they dropped 49ers after the NCAA men’s tournament. They just go by Beach.
    16. Iosia is at No. 3 now, 135. passed Ljungqvist and Lisa Strand.
    No. 2 is Martina Cincerova 139. Kim Willoughby at 194.

  30. blunite November 22, 2019 10:26 pm

    Congrats all around, to the players and to the coaches for peaking at the right time. Now comes finals, then NCAAs. Only concern is: are they peaking too early?

  31. Cindy Luis November 22, 2019 10:28 pm

    Hope you all got to see Iosia doing the Samoan money dance, believe it’s called Taualuga. Was very graceful

  32. Cindy Luis November 22, 2019 10:36 pm

    Got a chance to say hello to 2020 commit Kate Lang. She really enjoyed being at senior night. Can’t wait to play here. Think she and the team will be at football Saturday. And no, don’t know who the recruit was other than she’s a junior and maybe 6-1-ish
    Might be a good sign that she is wearing a Hawaii sweatshirt

  33. darkfire35 November 23, 2019 12:44 am

    Omg…is that who was standing there with Kate?! Another setter I hope!!! I was looking all over for Kate, then at the end, I saw them on the floor and saw Kate hanging with the taller girl with a Hawaii sweat shirt on. Who was that?!

  34. Sheila November 23, 2019 7:00 am

    Wahine swept LBSU, final-weeks giant killer, displaying a superb, well balanced, dominant performance by team-effort, to reach the 1st milestone, ‘Sole BigWest Champ’ beating pre-season-odds. CONGRATULATION to Wahine Squad! Still long way to go in this season as NEXT MILESTONE is to prove that current wahine team is worthy of being Top-8 in whatever National ranking by passing 1st three rounds of post-season.

  35. vballfan November 23, 2019 8:32 am

    Awesome season showing heart and soul of team members, creativity on the coach’s parts to end on big conference win with a “new”‘ team!!! Congratulations to all!!!

    Before it gets lost. Did everyone read this great article on Charlie Wade? Unable to send live link:

    Rearview Mirror: Charlie Wade’s musings on being a University of Hawaii volleyball coach
    By Bob Sigall, Special to the Star-Advertiser Nov. 22, 2019

  36. sports for fun November 23, 2019 8:56 am

    LBSU getting swept by Na Wahine was a surprise for sure. Na Wahine is just on a roll after having a bye week. I believe they’re peaking at the right time!

    IMHO, the great thing about this team is for most of this season, after Jolie’s injury occured, they had to “reinvent” themselves, sort of speak, as the season went along. With that, players had to step up which they did. This team is less predictable because Hawaii “spreads the wealth”. There is no one dominate “go to” player because this team has a few of those. I mean Hanna was the “go to” after Jolie’s injury, but as the season went along her kills started to slowly dwindle not because she wasn’t playing well, but because players were rising to the challenge. It’s pretty impressive what this coaching staff has done throughout the season.

  37. rabbit ears November 23, 2019 8:57 am

    35* Yes great story. About him sleeping in Shoji’s basement. And the best is how men and women respond differently to criticism.

  38. Cindy Luis November 23, 2019 9:41 am

    33. don’t think setter but I don’t know. She would be 2021. As mentioned a junior.
    they do need another setter for next season.
    35. enjoyed the article too.
    36. The good thing about Van Sickle returning was Hellvig didn’t have to carry the load and she was moved to right side, more of her natural position. She also isn’t playing back row, not in the serve-receive, not serving so that lessens the wear and tear you were seeing when she had to take so many swings.
    plus Hawaii’s passing has gotten better, allowing for the middle attack.
    Also think Hawaii’s out-of-system play has greatly improved.

  39. Cindy Luis November 23, 2019 10:10 am

    new thread up with Saturday schedule

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