Hawaii women’s volleyball: FINAL No. 21 Hawaii 3, Cal Poly 1

Hanna Hellvig and Hawaii have a showdown with Cal Poly on Black-out night. / Photo by Brian McInnis

FINAL: No. 21 Hawaii avenged its sweep at the hands of Cal Poly with a four-set victory on Sunday night, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23.

Set 4: Hawaii wins 25-23.

7:20: Gutsy call by up ref on overreach. UH wins 25-23
7:14: Mustangs close to 21-20. TO UH
7:10: Kill by Hanna Hellvig and a Poly hitting error makes it 20-17. TO Mustangs.
7:04: It was 15-12 Hawaii. Mustangs on a 3-0 run. tie it at 15. TO UH
7:01: Hawaii led 8-3. TO Cal Poly.
Hawaii lost a challenge and then Cal Poly won one on consecutive plays. Mustangs close to 12-11. UH now up 15-12 on a block by Hanna Hellvig.
Set 3: UH wins 25-20

6:42: Sky Williams ends it on Hawaii’s second set point.
6:37: Amber Igiede with the tip. UH up 21-17. TO Mustangs.
6:26: McKenna Ross aced twice. Hawaii’s 12-6 lead down to 12-10. TO UH
And, yes, Live stats are down.
6:20: Two bad hitting errors by Cal Poly and Hawaii up 9-4. TO Mustangs.
Set 2: Cal Poly wins 25-22

6:07: Brooke Van Sickle blocked, her first hitting error. Mustangs even the match
6:02: Norene Iosia with her first kill and a Mustang hitting error has Hawaii closing to 21-20. TO Mustangs.
5:59: Two kills by Madilyn Mercer gives Cal Poly the 21-17 lead. TO UH
5:56: Wounded duck ace by Kyra Hanawahine. Hawaii pulls to 19-17. TO Mustangs.
5:53: Cal Poly up 18-13. TO UH.
5:49: Cal Poly up 15-11 at the TTO.
5:42: Call overturned. It’s tied 6-6. UH 2 for 2 in challenges.
5:41: Hawaii challenging Cal Poly into the net. If not, Poly leads 7-5
Set 1 UH wins 25-15

5:31: Brooke Van Sickle with the kill on Hawaii’s second set point. Wahine up 1-0-
5:24: Kill by Hanna Hellvig. It’s 19-12 TO Cal Poly.
5:22: Call overturned UH up 17-11
5:21: Hawaii challenging ball in or out on Brooke Van Sickle attempts
5;15: After going down 5-2 on 5 of their own errors, Wahine up 12-8 TO Cal Poly
Starting for Hawaii
Brooke Van Sickle, McKenna Ross, Hanna Hellvig, Rika Okino, Sky Williams, Amber Igiede, Norene Iosia
Sunday, 5 p.m. HST
Cal Poly (16-6, 9-1) at No. 21 Hawaii (19-3, 9-2)
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  1. Connor November 3, 2019 4:42 pm

    Hanna’s parent sitting behind visitors section. Is this the best that uh can do? Sit them with enemy?

  2. Don November 3, 2019 4:47 pm

    1. Her parents were moved from upper to the student section for the UCSB match, so yes…Where’s Mr. Sheriff to help out?

  3. Astroboy November 3, 2019 4:51 pm

    Where”s the band??

  4. Connor November 3, 2019 5:03 pm

    #2. Family was not sitting in student section for Friday game. They were moved right below us.

  5. Cindy Luis November 3, 2019 5:15 pm

    3. band is in the stands
    2. Family was moved to left of Giovanni Pastrami box.
    Rich Sheriff has nothing to do with the tickets.

  6. Cindy Luis November 3, 2019 5:24 pm

    Reminder. Game updates in main box.

  7. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 3, 2019 6:11 pm

    At this point, Cal Poly controls its own fate even if it loses the match as Cal Poly would win the tie-breaker against Hawaii in sets lost differential, if Cal Poly can win the rest of its matches. UCSB stands alone as the most likely spoiler for Cal Poly.

  8. Blunite November 3, 2019 6:40 pm

    Maia Dvoracek is hitting cross court section 5 everytime

  9. Cindy Luis November 3, 2019 6:50 pm

    7. that’s not the tiebreaker
    1. The winner of the two-match series between the tied teams
    shall be declared the automatic qualifier.
    2. If still tied, the team with the best record in conference
    matches against common opponents beginning at the top of
    the standings and working down the standings until the tie is
    broken shall be declared the automatic qualifier. Ties among
    teams at the top of the standings should be broken first to
    establish a ranked order.
    UH has the tiebreaker by virtue of 2-0 on UCSB

  10. jmy November 3, 2019 7:23 pm

    Replay shows that the final call was correct…

  11. H-Man November 3, 2019 7:26 pm

    Did the Call Poly coach mouth an expletive at the end? Anyway, the replay showed the interference call was correct. Wahine win in four. Congrats to the coaches and players.

  12. Willie November 3, 2019 7:31 pm

    On that last point, interference call made by up referee who is from the Mainland. Last shot of Cal Poly coach showed her unleashing the “F” bomb and I’m not a lip reader. Also included another expletive. Replay just now showed Cal Poly player 4 to 5 inches on Hawaii’s side, that’s interference.

    Don’t understand Chris McLaughlin’s comment that you have to give the referee credit for making that tough & a possible controversial call. Can one of you volleyball people explain this. If it’s the right call and in the rules, and it’s 100% clear over reach, how come tough to make? That up referee is right there, got a 20/20 view. Please explain mahalo,

  13. Maverick November 3, 2019 7:34 pm

    9. Just to clarify one point. Cindy described the tie-breaker for the situation when two teams are tied at the end of the regular season. Currently, Poly, UCSB and UH are all tied at the top of the standings. There is a slightly different formula in the case of a 3-way tie at the end of the regular season. However, if UH wins out then, at best, either UCSB or Poly will be able to tie UH, not both. This is because UCSB and Poly have to play once more, and one will lose and fall out of the 3-way tie. So the two-way tie-breaker is the relevant one, again assuming UH wins out. UH controls its destiny.

  14. jmy November 3, 2019 7:35 pm

    12. The call was definitely correct, but a lot of refs are reluctant to end the match on that kind of call…

  15. Ashley November 3, 2019 7:41 pm

    Not a gutsy call, it was the RIGHT call, don’t understand why you would think it was gutsy

  16. Maverick November 3, 2019 7:46 pm

    9,13. Sorry my screw up, UH is the current top team (there is no 3-way tie right now), 1/2 game ahead of both Poly and UCSB. Poly and UCSB play each other next. And that will determine who will have a third loss. The winner conceivably could tie UH if UH wins out, but UH holds the tiebreaker over UCSB as stated by Cindy. UH also holds the tiebreaker over Poly because UH will have a superior record against UCSB (2-0 vs. Poly’s 1-1) if Poly beats UCSB this week. There is no way Irvine will have a better record against UCSB by season’s end, so UH’s loss to UCI won’t factor in the tiebreaker with a 2-loss Poly.

  17. rabbit ears November 3, 2019 8:02 pm

    lower level tickets are impossible to get since the UCLA match. So if the free players tickets are up stairs. Getting lower level is a challenge for anyone.
    11- I thought so. The up ref is a neutral ref right?

  18. Maverick November 3, 2019 8:04 pm

    In the current unofficial RPI rankings (excludes UH’s win tonite against Poly), UCSB is ranked 25th (when was the last time 2 Big West teams were in the top 25 RPI ranks?!?) If you want UH’s chances of hosting to improve, then root for UCSB to win out (starting with a win against Poly this week). If they can remain in the top 25 RPI by season’s end, that will yield 4 bonuses for UH by virtue of their sweep of the Gauchos. And UH needs all the bonuses they can get to keep pace with and leapfrog over the other teams eyeing a top 16 RPI (and possible seed). UH cannot get any other bonuses from beating its remaining Big West opponents.

  19. peanut November 3, 2019 8:04 pm

    Seems like they should have tried to force Dvoracek to hit line. I don’t think she ever did.

  20. blunite November 3, 2019 8:33 pm


    Personally, I would have moved the block to take away her cross court during the second set. She is a lefty and most of her sets were a couple of feet short of the pin. Even if she tried to go line the ball would be 3-4 feet within the line.

  21. islandman November 3, 2019 8:55 pm

    One call by the line judge late in the match was incorrect when he called a Cal Poly hit out. The ball was in.

  22. nomu1001 November 3, 2019 9:01 pm

    19. With her approach for most of the match, you would have a safe bet she was not going line. Their middle did everything they could to hold our middles.

  23. Cindy Luis November 3, 2019 9:11 pm

    12. If you notice my comment in the running score at the top, I said it was a gutsy call as well. It was the correct call but in a match such as this you don’t like to see it end on the ref’s decision.
    14. my thought exactly.
    16, 19. Thank you for your corrections. If Hawaii wins out, they will either share title or win outright. either way, they get the automatic.
    17. up ref is always flown in from mainland for BWC. Head of the BWC officials also was in the arena.
    21. by that time UH was out of challenges.

  24. warriorwahine November 3, 2019 9:25 pm

    12, 14, 15, 23. aint that up official bill forrester? hes one of the exceptionally good ones because he watches the ball and not depends on his down officials.

  25. sports for fun November 3, 2019 9:33 pm

    I was at the game tonight! Great game by Na Wahine!! The fans were great tonight, but I was hoping for 8,000 in the arena or better yet, sold out.
    Loved how BVS waited until everyone was on the pile then she plopped herself down on it. Hahaha.

  26. Maverick November 3, 2019 9:40 pm

    Updated unofficial adjusted RPI rankings after the Poly match: UH is 11th, UCSB is 26th and Poly is 41st. Big West will get 2 in the tournament (UH and UCSB). Poly is a bubble team, but I hope they get in as well. Poly is 2-6 against Top 50 RPI right now, and worst loss is against #119 St. Mary’s. Good wins against UH and Utah. They need the win against UCSB to keep their at-large hopes alive. But per my #18 above, I will still root for UCSB.

    Unofficial RPI source: http://ncaastats.figstats.net/volleyball-rpi.cgi

  27. nomu1001 November 3, 2019 10:15 pm

    BVS, whatever you do, please stay healthy and rehab. Postseason is right around the corner.

  28. Bleachercoach November 3, 2019 10:37 pm

    No better way to cap off a wonderful weekend by beating 2 top BW teams, UCSB and Cal Poly.
    I loved the starting lineup tonite seeing BVS in the 1st set. She definitely brings energy and her athletic jump ability and “hang time” is so amazing for a 5’7″ OH
    I could definitely tell our girls really wanted this one tonite! UCSB and Poly are very good and will be in the NCAA IMHO.
    There is one thing that bothers me, but I know they practice this all the time with the MB’s. I don’t like when our MBs make that 2nd touch at the net. When the ball is deflected off their hands on a kill by our opponents, they try to retreat or reach backwards to pop the ball back up. I feel most times they only get in the way and the ball on their 2nd touch goes all over the place. Why doesnt a Libero or backrow or any other player come behind them and pick up the touch off the MBs hands. I see it is non-effective (lots of errors), awkward, and I rather see someone else trying to bring the ball back up in play instead of the MBs backing up or leaning back to get those. I know Coach Shoji didn’t make his MBs do that. Most importantly someone (MB) can get hurt trying to go backwards trying to pop up that ball. This is just my observation and all they should concentrate on is to seal the block, move side to side patrolling the net, dominate at the net, but stay away from doing that extra touch after being hit off their hand hands.
    20-3 is such an awesome record. Good job to the staff and team for dealing with injuries and battling through Adversities through this 2019 season. I can’t wait to see where we land up in the NCAA Tournament! Only 2 more Road matches and 2 more Home matches then we will find out how kind the NCAA Committee will be to TEAM HAWAII!!! Let’s Go BOWS!!!

  29. noblesol November 3, 2019 10:44 pm

    Re the call at the end of the match, from my seat across the net from the Up Ref, it was clear as day the Cal Poly middle had reached way over. It wasn’t difficult to see. The Up Ref had the best seat in the house to see it, and he had to be fully aware that the net cam would see it as well. To not have made the right and obvious call, when the replay would clearly show it, would have haunted him from the Twitter verse and You Tube archives for a long time.

    I understand purists hating to see a match end that way, but it would be much worse for the game if the Refs ignored blatant rule violations at inconvenient times for the violating team. If that were the unwritten rule, that anything goes if the moment in the match is dramatic enough, the game would become a farce. Kudos to the Up Ref tonight, he was fair and called ’em the way he saw them.

  30. tongo November 3, 2019 10:58 pm

    What a great match. Kudos to both Cal Poly and the wahine. Norene was clutch again in the end. Yeah, it did appear that Coach Walters was upset and had some not so nice words as she departed – very unprofessional and sad to see.

  31. wahinefan87 November 3, 2019 11:10 pm

    I can see either Norene (two double-doubles + 15k) or Hanna (32k, hitting .308) getting conf POW for this week, and Amber getting DPOW for her combined 15 blocks (1.67 blks/set). Just a fantastic weekend for Wahine volleyball! Congrats to the players and coaches.

    One thing I was happy to see in the Cal Poly game was only 5 service errors to CP’s 13. I hope UH can maintain this level of intensity and focus through the last four games.

  32. vballfan November 3, 2019 11:29 pm

    Is Kamalei cleared to play?

  33. nomu1001 November 4, 2019 12:08 am

    Two wins, two great games. Imho, the team is beginning to learn what it takes to win. In prior games, when they served out, made a hitting error, made a bad pass, they would begin to lose focus and start giving away points. Tonight, it was a little different. They seemed to begin to shake off the last point and win the next one. One point at a time. Going to need to do that in the post season to be successful.

    Coaching staff seems to be turning things around, great job. Wanted to add, Amber is improving her attacks and blocking for sure.

    No one needs to say they have to play confident, when they play well like tonight, they earned it. That’s the most important thing. So proud of this team and what they have accomplished this season.

  34. sports for fun November 4, 2019 1:07 am

    30 well, to be fair, Coach RAM shouted, “F__ yeah!!” When Hawai’i swept UCLA earlier in the year.

  35. WaveRipper November 4, 2019 3:00 am

    Q: So if the first-year coach of Cal-Poly adamantly disagreed with the up ref’s set-ending call, why didn’t she use her challenge card (for replays)? If I understood correctly, she had one or two challenges unused, and still could challenge the official’s call even if that call ended the set and therefore match.

  36. Ki November 4, 2019 4:21 am

    35. The final call was a judgement call and is deemed unchallengeable.

  37. menehune November 4, 2019 4:25 am

    The up ref had a little help from Amber on “that play.”

    Four more to go Wahine, so FOCUS,FOCUS, FOCUS because you haven’t won the conference yet.

    It was great watching that pile- on after the final point.


  38. tongo November 4, 2019 4:33 am

    34 You are probably right although one was likely said in joy and the other was not.

  39. WaveRipper November 4, 2019 5:29 am

    35. I thought “net violations” were challengeable. I don’t think the violation of reaching over the net to play the ball while it’s still on the other side of the net is in question. I think, in this rare case, the challenge would be it is not a violation to reach over the net when there are no players close enough to make a play on the ball, and thus the hitter was not in violation. But this argument is moot if a “judgment call” was made and thus is unchallengeable.

  40. Sheila November 4, 2019 5:52 am

    Well done wahine coaching staff for executing very productive strategy to handle back-to-back tough two matches: In first match used the depth to spread & thin down fatigue & tear among many bodies to keep key-players fresh for entire match as well as be ready for very next match. In second match used the best crop. Hope the same strategy will be used for the back-2-back matches in first two rounds of post-season.
    This weekend opponents with super go-to players produced at least third-round post-season toughness, and wahine passed the litmus test. Kudos for the whole squad & coaching staff for fine tuning up the team. Will not be surprised if all three BigWest Table leaders make into third round.
    Rika, OHs, MBs, Setters & MR were tireless & awesome!
    27 Agree. BVS did the good job this weekend, but time to rehab to be ready for post-season.
    37 Agree…haven’t won the conference yet. Focus to hang on to top-16. Wish depth is used extensively for the remaining regular season (strength of wahines’ team effort) and keep key players fresh.

  41. Cindy Luis November 4, 2019 6:07 am

    new RPI at 11.
    See new link

  42. Cindy Luis November 4, 2019 6:10 am

    She’s cleared to practice.
    They are basically redsshirting her and using her as a practice player.

  43. Cindy Luis November 4, 2019 6:11 am

    True but what she said was once and it wasn’t picked up by the TV mics when used several times.

  44. Cindy Luis November 4, 2019 6:12 am

    She thought about the challenge but also knew her player was over.

  45. Sheila November 4, 2019 3:56 pm

    39 It was correct that there was no interference with final hit by poly because no opponent (wahine) player was near. But the ball came before the THIRD hit and then, not allowed to contact until ball, at least, partially cross the plane of net. Referee made the right call in match point. But one in-bound was called out but it was clearly in, unfortunately, poly coach did not challenge it and Poly fell three points behind instead one. This 4th game could have gone either way as poly’s offence showed up strong after poor start. Unlike in first Irvine game, wahine got the benefit of referee’s error in this win. No surprise that coach was very upset. Very likely, Poly wins at home against SB this week to share the BigWest top standings with wahine,

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