Hawaii women’s volleyball: No. 11 Hawaii 3, Fullerton 2

The players of the 2019 Rainbow Wahine volleyball alumnae match preceding the modern Wahine vs. Cal State Fullerton. / Photo by Cindy Luis

FINAL: Hawaii (13-2, 3-1 Big West) rallies for the reverse sweep over Cal State Fullerton (8-7, 0-4), 22-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-15, 15-12.

Set 5 Hawaii wins 15-12.

9:52: Hawaii was up 13-7. It is now 13-11. TO UH
9:48: Hawaii was up 11-5. Service error and Titans ace makes it 11-7. TO UH
9:43: Norene Iosia goes line. It’s 9-4. TO Fullerton
9:38: Hawaii up 5-2. TO Fullerton
Set 4: Hawaii wins 25-15

9:30: Braelyn Akana in on a block and two kills, ends it.
9:23: Hawaii up 12-7. TO Fullerton
9:07: Hawaii up 4-0. TO Fullerton
Set 3; Hawaii wins 25-23
8:56: Ace by Norene Iosia ties it at 21-21. TO Fullerton.
8:51: Hawaii with a block. Wahine close to 19-17. TO Fullerton
8;49: Call stands. Fullerton up 19-15.
8:48: Hawaii challenging no touch on the block. Last challenge for Hawaii
8:41: Hawaii challenging whether Ross’ hit was in or out. Call stands. Fullerton up 15-10
8:39: Call stands. Hawaii trailing 12-10.
8:38: Fullerton challenging Hawaii into the net. Last challenge for Fullerton.
8:32: Hawaii going to a 5-1. Norene Iosia on the OH. Iosia hits long and it’s 11-4. TO UH

8:27: Fullerton up 5-1. TO UH
8:22: Braelyn Akana in on the OH. Wahine have five freshmen and senior setter Norene Iosia.. Well, almost. Rika Okino in for Tiffany Westerberg.
Set 2: Fullerton wins 25-20

8:23: Rika Okino serves long. Fullerton up 2-0
8;18: Call stands. Fullerton up 21-16. Bailey Choy still serving
8:17: Fullerton challenging if there was a touch on the block.
8:09: Yes, this is ugly. Fullerton up 21-14.
8:07: Fullerton up 19-14. TO UH.
7:59: Ace by Fullerton and Titans have closed to 11-10. TO UH
7:54: Hawaii up 10-6. TO Fullerton.
Set 1: Fullerton wins 25-22
7:42: Bailey Choy serves wide. First time Titans have taken a set off Wahine in 13 matches. Fullerton had lost 39 straight sets.
7:40: It ws 24-19. Hawaii has held off two set points to pull to 24-21. TO Titans.
7:35: Service error by McKenna Ross puts Fullerton up 23-18. TO UH
7:31: Net violation on the Wahine. Fullerton up 19-16. TO UH
7:30: Call overturned, Fullerton up 18-16
7:29: Fullerton challenging whether there was a touch on the block. otherwise it is 17-17
7:31: Fullerton leads 15-13 at the TTO.
7:11: Call overturned, it’s tied 2-2
7:10: Hawaii challenging tough on the net during the Fullerton block, otherwise Fullerton up 3-1

Tiffany Westerberg making her first start for Brooke Van Sickle; starting Norene Iosia, Amber Igiede, Riley Wagoner, Rika Okino, Hanna Hellvig, McKenna Ross Sky Williams is the other middle
Both Jolie Rasmussen and Brooke Van Sickle were on the bench at the start of warmups in sweats. Rasmussen is out peppering but BVS sill on bench
Saturday, 7 p.m. HST
Cal State Fullerton (8-6, 0-3) at No. 11 Hawaii (12-2, 2-1)
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Former coach Dave Shoji hugged some of his former players at the alumnae match. / Photo by Brian McInnis


  1. Optimist October 5, 2019 6:15 pm

    Related to the last comment on the prior post made by me, if you google Wahine-UCI volleyball(,or something similar), you will see that you can re-watch the match on youtube.

  2. Connor October 5, 2019 6:25 pm

    Rasmussen and van sickle in sweats. Bummer.

  3. Cindy Luis October 5, 2019 6:36 pm

    2. updated that in main box

  4. Cindy Luis October 5, 2019 6:40 pm

    BTW, Radio will be joined in progress due to MLB running late.

  5. Brandon October 5, 2019 6:43 pm

    Prayers to van sickle and hoping it’s not serious. Hawaii really just can’t catch a break this year when it comes to injuries

  6. roygbivs October 5, 2019 6:44 pm

    Now depth becoming an issue.

    State of minds after last night’s super duper gigantic beatdown by the last place team.

    I could feel/see some divide with the team last night, it looked like they were very unsure of themselves. Wasn’t playing high IQ volleyball.

  7. Kazu October 5, 2019 6:58 pm

    Like to see if Robyn will try using Westerberg on the outside.

  8. Setaone October 5, 2019 7:02 pm

    Thinking Norene will set/hit. Tiffany comes in for Bailey. Libero comes in For middles.

  9. T103 October 5, 2019 7:23 pm

    AHHH I hope we adjust to this new lineup we have. We are having a hard time BUT I will say that they are at least going for all the balls that are on our side of the net, playing defense and scrambling and what not. Did they mention what injury Van Sickle has?

  10. Willie October 5, 2019 7:30 pm

    Man, they must not have anyone for the left side with #20 still starting. She was bad last night and so far Fullerton has scored 8 points off of her in the back row and hitting error. Wish there was an alternative. Middles still playing well.

  11. T103 October 5, 2019 7:32 pm

    Still feel like we are slow at getting to the ball coming over to our side on defense.

  12. Cindy Luis October 5, 2019 7:36 pm

    7. as mentioned, Westerberg is OH in place of Van Sickle

  13. Z October 5, 2019 7:36 pm

    Just better volleyball on the other side of the net so far.

  14. Kauaiboy October 5, 2019 7:37 pm

    Omg what in the world is going on with this team ?!?!?! Ross and Okino are really stinking up the joint!

  15. Cindy Luis October 5, 2019 7:39 pm

    9. no on Van Sickle injury, just not cleared to play.
    Think it was the hamstring that I mentioned last night, only because they redid her KT. (kinesiology tape)

  16. Warriorfan October 5, 2019 7:44 pm

    Errors!! Hard to win when you beat yourself and give away a lot of easy points. Four seeving errors by wahine to giftwrap that set to fullerton.

  17. Kazu October 5, 2019 7:44 pm

    12. Sorry missed that. Tnx

  18. H-Man October 5, 2019 7:45 pm

    They do look slow.

  19. HawaiiMongoose October 5, 2019 7:52 pm

    Can’t win if you can’t put the ball down. And with this lineup the Wahine don’t have the firepower to put the ball down at anything close to rate they did with Jolie and Brooke. It’s frustrating to watch.

  20. H-Man October 5, 2019 7:55 pm

    It seem that Bailey runs a crisper offense….tonight anyway.

  21. Connor October 5, 2019 7:55 pm

    Finally Ross out of back row. hanawahine in. Defense much better. Took long enough.

  22. Setaone October 5, 2019 8:01 pm

    Ross really can’t be a full time player. She is great as a spark of the bench.

  23. Warriorfan October 5, 2019 8:02 pm

    Giving up 8-9 point runs to teams like fullerton and irvine I don’t know this team anymore yikes. There is a dark cloud over them.

  24. Z October 5, 2019 8:04 pm

    They are going after Ross.

  25. Z October 5, 2019 8:08 pm

    They need to put Norene back on the outside until they get Brooke and Jolie back.

  26. H-Man October 5, 2019 8:12 pm

    Gut-wrenching, Sore stomach. Can’t watch anymore. Going watch Netflix.

  27. Blunite October 5, 2019 8:16 pm

    Poor passing tele-graphing Hawai’i sets. Setter’s are setting far behind the 3 meter line.

    Shades of Brian Gimillaro Hawai’i running two middles (no opposite).

  28. Warriorfan October 5, 2019 8:17 pm

    Every phase of the game they are struggling and the service errors in crucial
    Moments are killers. I just am perplexed what has happened to this team they should not be this bad without Van Sickle.

  29. ManoaFan October 5, 2019 8:19 pm

    OMG WT*

  30. T103 October 5, 2019 8:20 pm

    Struggling is not even the word to describe it right now, man I hope we can get it together and play better!

  31. warriorwahine October 5, 2019 8:21 pm

    from bad to worst to impossible. what has happened to na wahine? whatever happened to that jack fact ‘difficult to defeat the bows’ and remain unbeaten versus x amount of teams?

    has hawai’i volleyball has its days numbered, that they were a rock sturdy team to now a collapse in the big west versus the bottom of the league? and its not just simple jolie and brooke being out.

    LETS GO BOWS! its time to block em and serve em. nasty aces included!

  32. Warriorfan October 5, 2019 8:22 pm

    Try akana, have Iosia hit and set, something needs to be done. Ross and wagoner just make too many hitting errors. Put in gong over Okino as serving sub.

  33. Blunite October 5, 2019 8:22 pm

    Bear in mind that McKenna Ross and Rika Okino are not RAM’s recruits. The setters look bad because the poor passes eliminate the threat from the middles.

  34. HawaiiMongoose October 5, 2019 8:22 pm

    Another collapse under pressure. I never liked using Norene as a hitter but I think Robyn is going to have to play that card. Something HAS to be done to raise the hitting percentage.

  35. Kauaiboy October 5, 2019 8:23 pm

    I cannot watch this debacle any longer; wake me up when we start playing wahine volleyball again…

  36. Kazu October 5, 2019 8:26 pm

    Fullerton looking for a sweep, they not letting anything hit the floor. 0-2 for sure next week end, and maybe 3rd or 4th at the end of conference. Don’t know whats going on,maybe this team is not as close as they make it out to be.

  37. Warriorfan October 5, 2019 8:26 pm

    This is so frustrating. Reminds me of when the warriors got swept back to back by northridge a few seasons ago ,but this is far worse because these are very average/bad teams the wahine are losing to.
    But the self inflicting errors and other teams getting lucky bounces also, it’s like a nightmare..

  38. Warriorfan October 5, 2019 8:35 pm

    Errors , errors and more errors.
    That’s it. I am not going to pretend these are good teams. They are not playing like a tournament team.

  39. Warriorfan October 5, 2019 8:40 pm

    Thank god for Denise as lower ref.
    Please no more Okino serving .

  40. Blunite October 5, 2019 8:46 pm

    No post season this year as Wahine adjust to new lineups. At least they have a good foundation for next year.

  41. Blunite October 5, 2019 8:59 pm

    In their darkest hour, true believers never waiver. Sounds nice.

  42. Warriorfan October 5, 2019 9:00 pm

    Question is why hasn’t Norene been hitting all season long? Lol
    She is clearly a better hitter than either Ross or wagoner at this point in their careers and she is a savvy senior she knows where to hit when the set is off.

  43. z October 5, 2019 9:02 pm

    Norene. Sometimes that’s all it takes. She needs to be in every rotation.

  44. ballerz October 5, 2019 9:04 pm

    one down

  45. Kazu October 5, 2019 9:20 pm

    Like Akana’s mickey mouse ears hair style.

  46. Chicken Grease October 5, 2019 9:24 pm

    If Wahine + Ah Mow are playing the shell game, I don’t care. Just win it ladies!!! No problem.

  47. Blunite October 5, 2019 9:34 pm

    Coming all the way back….from the depths of gloom. RAM has finally found the right lineups. Wahine mojo is alive!

  48. Chicken Grease October 5, 2019 9:36 pm

    October 5, 2019 9:20 pm

    Like Akana’s mickey mouse ears hair style.

    I think it be more like Princess Leia from Star Wars 🤗 🤖

  49. Chicken Grease October 5, 2019 9:42 pm

    Now right here. Ah Mow have all the personnel she need to win EVERY match. And these particular Wahine don’t get tired. Ah Mow needed to have this unit in constantly last night! Div. 1 is not intramural!

    Come ON coach. We expect you to make the tough decisions! No worries! Crowd behind you!!!

  50. ballerz October 5, 2019 9:45 pm

    iosia is a stud

  51. Chicken Grease October 5, 2019 9:52 pm

    Please Lord Jesus. Two more points.

  52. ManoaFan October 5, 2019 10:01 pm

    I think I’ll just watch the 5th game again to see Amber’s expressions!

  53. Connor October 5, 2019 10:38 pm

    I don’t understand why okino is the libero rather than hanawahine. Just because she is an upperclassman should make no difference. Okino is the worse libero we have had in years. Can someone explain?

  54. R.M October 5, 2019 10:38 pm

    The stress level of the first 3 sets cannot be measured. But I’m actually laughing in the middle of the fifth set watching Amber and Akana celebrate. Go bows!!!!

  55. Astroboy October 5, 2019 10:49 pm

    I know a win is a win, but seriously, we’re celebrating defeating in 5… Fullerton??? Hopefully Jolie and Brooke are back next week to stabilize things.

  56. Cindy Luis October 5, 2019 11:00 pm

    42. because until Rasmussen and Van Sickle got hurt they didn’t need Iosia to hit.

  57. Cindy Luis October 5, 2019 11:05 pm

    49. this is not the lineup they need to win. It worked against Fullerton. Westerberg is a middle who moonlighted as an OH for a little bit tonight. Akana is a middle that moved to OH for the first time, and this is only her second match of the season. They had talked about her moving to OH but that was the plan for spring. They may need to make that happen sooner, depending on when Van Sickle and Rasmussen come back.
    55. I’m with you. but better than having a loss. Think the celebration is in them being able to pull out the win. Hawaii was down 0-2 and didn’t take its first lead in Set 3 until 22-21.

  58. s young October 5, 2019 11:35 pm

    heres the elephant in the parking lot…who is in charge of getting people out? why is 3/4 of the lot funneled through the waialae gate and last night, there is no one doing traffic control. we’re on the ewa side of the parking lot and once we get finally get down, we’re directed to the waialae gate? whats the point behind this? especially when they just have KIDS standing at the exits and doing absolutely nothing. we were waiting so long once we got the the cooke field exit, i asked the kid standing there if he shouldn’t be doing some sort of traffic control and he says theres nothing to control. OMG to put it nicely. i started to say, stay in school, but obviously this school who hired him is not doing him any justice! he should see my 93 old mother to teach him some common sense! in my day “it” wasn’t called abuse, and we learned…TIMEOUTS don’t work!

  59. sue October 5, 2019 11:37 pm

    heres the elephant in the parking lot…who is in charge of getting people out? why is 3/4 of the lot funneled through the waialae gate and last night, there is no one doing traffic control. we’re on the ewa side of the parking lot and once we get finally get down, we’re directed to the waialae gate? whats the point behind this? especially when they just have KIDS standing at the exits and doing absolutely nothing. we were waiting so long once we got the the cooke field exit, i asked the kid standing there if he shouldn’t be doing some sort of traffic control and he says theres nothing to control. OMG to put it nicely. i started to say, stay in school, but obviously this school who hired him is not doing him any justice! he should see my 93 old mother to teach him some common sense! in my day “it” wasn’t called abuse, and we learned…TIMEOUTS don’t work!

  60. Warriorfan October 5, 2019 11:42 pm

    Iosia hit .220 last season, that’s a lot better than wagonner and Ross, she needs to hit over them even with a healthy lineup.

  61. Gaspar October 5, 2019 11:45 pm

    If anyone in the band reads here…you guys need to be careful jaywalking across the street in front of your band room while cars are moving. We get that the instruments are heavy but the jaywalking–esp. at night is dangerous..esp. if you are wearing black. UH should paint a crosswalk there for 1) an identified area for crossing and 2) safety. We almost hit the director one night as she ran across.

  62. Hot October 6, 2019 12:17 am

    53. So Okino isn’t the best server, but she’s probably better in passing than the other DS that’s why she’s the Libero. And she has bailed this team out on several occasions this season. I can’t imagine what you’re gonna say if Hanawahine or Gong make mistakes. Soooo dramatic.

  63. warriorwahine October 6, 2019 3:06 am

    35. you said it. wahine volleyball needs to be played again and/or made great again.

    43, 50 and 46. norene. put her back as an attacking setter and she had to take command again. smh that and a shell game had to be an absolute necessity.

  64. menehune October 6, 2019 3:30 am

    Norene is the one constant on this team…steady, reliable and big sistah who cajoles, lectures and provide the spark. She carried this team on her back to victory.

    Also, big props to our Kiddie Corps. Four Freshwomen (PC) on the court at the same time and actually having fun. So refreshing to watch.

    The future of this team is in good hands.

    GO BOWS.

  65. Astroboy October 6, 2019 9:26 am

    59. Sometime last year they stopped using police to do traffic control. I assume they couldn’t afford the overtime. I have to turn right onto Dole coming out and there’s a mess with pedestrians now. I assume the students who stand around propping up the wall aren’t actually allowed to be in the street directing traffic for liability reasons. I don’t actually know what they are there for.

  66. nomu1001 October 6, 2019 10:47 am

    Great to see the players having fun again. But, when the whistle blows, want to see some aggression, fight and gut. Do they even realize what they stand to gain and what they stand to lose?

    These freshmen are the core for the future, what this program will build upon. Why play timid? When this team lost, you could not say they played their best and so could hold their heads up high. You could not say it was a tough, hard fought loss.

    Akana showed fight. She did not want to lose. Iosia showed leadership. When you are good enough to be ranked, you are competing on a national stage to be the best by playing the best. There is parity no matter what conference you play in. There are a lot of talented players throughout the country.

    As has always been said, when you get knocked down, get back on your feet, and fight. Never give up.

  67. darkfire35 October 6, 2019 11:41 am

    It is easy to be an armchair quarterback and comment what should/shouldn’t be done in retrospect. We have to understand that it isn’t easy, particularly with the early success this season, that these Wahine, and the coaches, will not be consistently/constantly successful all season long. This is a young team and human; they will make mistakes and have difficulty recovering from guffaws. Even in professional sports, it may take years for an entire team to gel and we’re expecting the Wahine to do it from weekend to weekend.
    So let’s just stay in behind them, let them play/coach and keep chanting “LET’S GO BOWS!!!”

  68. Sheila October 6, 2019 12:14 pm

    This blog and Irvine utterly failed but CalStatFullerton did the huge favor and now Hawaii coaching staff owes big Mahalo to CalStatFullerton for unearthing golden nugget, Akana, the missing piece of JR-less-wahine, to fill OH/blocker/digger position. IMO, Akana belongs to the same level as high IQ-BVS, should also be in full rotation. The athletic #20 should be limited only to back row duty with back-row attack and please stop torturing wahine fans and making mission of bringing 5th National Title by core pillars of this squad (JR, Hana, BVS, capt. Norene, AKANA, and MB pool) difficult. In fact, already, done huge damage in up-coming RPI.

  69. WaveRipper October 6, 2019 12:30 pm

    Just watched the UH vs Fullerton match via delay TV, and believe I heard the broadcaster saying Hawaii’s RPI was “3” prior to the Irvine game and was something “__teen” after the Irvine game.

    Very irresponsible for this local broadcaster to give out a RPI number without mentioning that his RPI number is not the official NCAA RPI, since the first RPI of the 2019 season isn’t released until tomorrow. IRRESPONSIBLE.

    Of course all eyes will be on tomorrow’s release of the RPI. But I’m watching the AVCA Coaches’ Poll — what the AVCA gives, the AVCA takes away — and current-eleventh Hawaii will be taken to the woodshed. At least two of the Top 25’s bottom three — Florida State (9-4) lost and Washington State (13-3) split and Oregon (5-8) lost twice — should drop into the “also receiving votes” category.

    Can UCSB enter the Top 25 this week? NO. In front of USCB are: Louisville Cardinals (11-3) with a couple of wins since the last poll, climbing San Diego Toreros (12-4) with 3 victories, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (17-1) of C-USA with yet another W, Michigan Wolverines (11-3) with a pair of Ws, and Southern California (8-6) which almost pulled off a reverse sweep at Galen Center before falling to Washington St.

    Speaking of reverse sweeps, if you are new to volleyball, the one thing I would advise you to do when taking in a match is to look for the slight shifts in MOMENTUM. Volleyball is a game of MO, and if you are aware of them — and many times even coaches are blindsided by these shifts until it is too late to stop them — you will see the match in an entirely different light.

    Go Bows!

  70. Cindy Luis October 6, 2019 3:32 pm

    new thread up for Sunday scores

    68. not sure what you mean by the blog utterly failed? over what?
    What happened Saturday night was basically desperation.And what they put together worked.
    they recognized that the right side block wasn’t there. They put Akana over there for the blocking. She had never played there and i thought she did a remarkable job. She said after the match that she got a lot of help from her front row players. As I mentioned before, they are looking to convert her from MB to OH, thought it would be in spring when they had more time but they may need to do that this week depending on the other injuries.
    What people seem to overlook is that this team lost its top hitter in Rasmussen, and best defensive player in Van Sickle. That is a huge percentage of the passing and kills
    And overlooked is that Hawaii is young at a lot of spots. Hellvig is 18 and being asked to carry a heavy load. She had over 20 swings by the middle of Set 2 against Fullerton. A night after a five-setter with UCI.
    Wagoner is being asked to do a lot as well.
    They are freshmen Let them grow.
    When you think about it, if you didn’t get the oregon transfers what you are seeing is what Hawaii would have looked like this season. Good but young.
    Ross (No. 20 as someone says) may not be the answer but at the moment she is because they don’t have anyone else with her experience.
    As for the RPI thing, yes, whoever said it should have prefaced it with unofficial RPI.

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