Hawaii women’s volleyball: No. 20 Hawaii 3, Denver 1; T25 scores

Setter Bailey Choy warmed up with her Hawaii teammates for fellow unbeaten Denver on Sunday. / Photo by Brian McInnis

FINAL: UH (6-0) defeats Denver (5-1) in four sets, 25-16, 21-25, 25-15, 25-18.

All-tournament team
UH Sky Williams (MVP) Jolie Rasmussen, Bailey Choy
Denver: Lydia Bartalo, Tina Boe
Army: Ana Oglivie. Sac State: Macey Hayden.
Set 4: Hawaii wins 25-18

6:22: Hitting error by Denver ends it. You can still make the Pali being open if you hurry.
6:21: And the match is on
6:04: HECO has lost power. Lights have gone out in the arena. Will take 20 to come back on. UH up 19-14
5:56: Denver 1-3-13. Last attack went long. UH up 12-6. TO DU
5:51: Norene Iosia’s serve creating all sorts of problems. Tiffany Westerberg with two kills on overpasses, and UH up 8-5. TO DU
5:49: Call stands. DU up 5-4.
5:48: Denver challenging whether there was a touch on Amber Green’s attack that went wide.
Set 3: Hawaii wins 25-15
5:40: Hawaii ends Set 3 on a DU service error. Wasn’t as close as the final score.
5:39: Janelle Gong makes her debut. Serves into the net. Hawaii serving for set at 24-15.
5:29: No secret. Keep the serve in. Hanna Hellvig out of the back row. Hawaii up 13-8. TO Denver.
5:22: Tiffany Westerberg in for Amber Igiede. Hawaii up 8-4. TO Denver.
5:25: Hawaii keeping Denver in this set. Wahine have three straight service errors. Tiffany Westerberg hits wide. Pioneers close to 10-8. TO UH

Set 2: Denver wins 25-21
5:11: Service error and hitting error by Hawaii gives Denver the win, 25-21.
5:08: Two kills by Sky Williams has Hawaii pulling to 23-21. TO Denver.
5:05: Sky Williams hits long. may have been a touch. no call. Denver up 23-19. TO UH
5:01: Denver on a 3-0 run, takes the lead at 19-17. TO UH.
4:56: Hawaii ties it at 15, last two kills by Jolie Rasmussen. TO Denver.
4:40: Same starters for Hawaii
4:53: Denver up 15-12 at the TTO. Wahine have cooled off to .419. 10-3-23 this set.

Set 1: Hawaii wins 25-16
4:36: Jolie Rasmussen with a closing 4-0 serving run, second set Denver has dropped all year. Pios had won their last 13 sets.
4:33: Hawaii up 21-16. To Denver.
4:27: Hawaii up 17-11. TO Pioneers. Wahine up to .500. Brooke Van Sickle 3-for-3
4:24: Hawaii up 15-10 at the TTO. Wahine hitting .455.
4:20: Challenge good. basically a replay on the Ball. UH up 10-7.
4:19: Hawaii challenging whether the ball was dug on the tip. I think it was up

Starting for Hawaii:
Brooke Van Sickle Riley Wagoner, Bailey Choy, Sky Williams, Hanna Hellvig, Jolie Rasmussen. Rika Okino at Libero, not sure when/if she will play
McKenna Ross still not cleared to participate

Photo credit to USA Volleyball/Tom Kimmell
The one picture that didn’t run with my story on Ah Mow and Denver coach is this from USA Volleyball. Ah Mow (11) at left, Tom Hogan on right, Ogonna Nnamani (1) during 2008 exhibition between the U.S. and Brazil at the Air Force Academy

Denver (5-0) at No. 20 Hawaii (5-0), 4 p.m.
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TV: Spectrum Sports
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Radio: 1420-AM/92.7-FM
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Top 25
No. 1 Stanford def. No. 3 Texas, 17-25, 25-18, 25-11, 21-25, 15-12
No. 17 Baylor def. No. 11 Marquette, 25-14, 27-25, 25-18
No. 22 Florida State def. TCU, 25-20, 25-20, 25-18


  1. Cindy Luis September 8, 2019 6:07 pm

    Aloha, is anyone able to post? Never had this issue with no comments.

  2. Brandon September 8, 2019 6:09 pm

    Able to post. What’s the status Cindy? They going to play?

  3. ballerz September 8, 2019 6:13 pm

    power is slowly returning. our players are trying to keep warm.

  4. ballerz September 8, 2019 6:16 pm

    looks like we play

  5. Big Island Volleyball Fan September 8, 2019 6:28 pm

    Since I couldn’t watch, I wonder if the Stan Sheriff was totally dark for 17 minutes? How could the players stay warm if they couldn’t see the ball or anything in front of them?

    Also, I couldn’t watch Cal Poly and couldn’t find out who the MVP of their home tournament was. I would think it was Dvoracek. She’s the one Hawaii will have to watch out for next month. No SLO website made any mention.

  6. greenthumb September 8, 2019 6:32 pm

    It looked like it was safe enough for the audience but not safe enough to play. Surprised they got the lights back up at quarter past rather than 6:20 like the prediction.

  7. tongo September 8, 2019 7:19 pm

    Congrats to Skyler as MVP! What a major breakout this season! Gives the wahine a serious middle attack. And to Bailey and Jolie for a great tournament. They need to create a special award for best server just for Norene. Super digging by Brooke. Riley remains solid all around with hints that she is finding her hitting range.

  8. Cindy Luis September 8, 2019 7:47 pm

    5. wasn’t totally dark. about a quarter of the lights were on but dim, the jumbotron was pretty bright. It was light enough to pepper but not play
    6. outage was 17 minutes. They announced it could be 20.
    Denver cutting it close. They had an 8 p.m. flight out of HNL

  9. Cindy Luis September 8, 2019 7:50 pm

    2. had posted the update in main box. as well as the all-tourney team
    All-tournament team:
    UH Sky Williams (MVP) Jolie Rasmussen, Bailey Choy
    Denver: Lydia Bartalo, Tina Boe
    Army: Ana Oglivie. Sac State: Macey Hayden.

  10. blunite September 8, 2019 8:38 pm

    – Liked H2’s new serve,
    – RW & H2 putting more heat on their shots,
    – Passing still a work in progress.
    – JR really having to work for her kills.
    – Setter set selections could improve.

  11. Cindy Luis September 8, 2019 11:25 pm

    10. it’s six matches in. At times 5 players in their first year with the program on the court. Everything is a work in progress.

  12. shar September 9, 2019 8:25 am

    Cindy, I so agree. Sometimes, I want to yell…they are only 18 years old…and they are college students. In addition to playing three times a week, they are all carrying full class loads in addition to practices…eating, exercising, and sleeping. It is easy for us to see the players and ball. Some of us have a better picture of what is playing than even the coaches. The team is doing amazing, why all of these “…buts…buts…they can hit harder, they can set better.” I am sure they all know that and are doing the best. They can anticipate what the other team is doing but can’t control it.

    And, yes, sometimes there is only one returnee from last year on the court. They haven’t practiced together with the coaches for a month yet.

  13. rabbit ears September 9, 2019 8:28 am

    10- Last statement is surprising. I thought set selection was right on.
    Good distribution, setting the hot hitting. Only the occasional bad pass forced sets to covered players.

  14. Cindy Luis September 9, 2019 8:56 am

    new thread up with Poll

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