Hawaii women’s volleyball: No. 21 Hawaii 3, UCSB 2

Hawaii shook hands with UC Santa Barbara at the outset of Friday night's match against UH. / Photo by Brian McInnis

FINAL: No. 21 Hawaii survives in five, 25-19, 22-25, 21-25, 25-18, 17-15, over UC Santa Barbara to keep its Big West championship dreams alive.

Set 5: UH wins 17-15

9:48: Walkoff ace by Norene Iosia. UH wins in 5
9:44: Brooke Van Sickle blocked. It’s 14-14. TO UH
Wahine need to sideout and then score. Lindsey Ruddins will be back in the front row. next rotation.
9:41: McKenna Ross on the X. It’s 14-13. TO UCSB
9:37: Hannah Hellvig with her 18th kill. It’s 12-11. TO UCSB
9:31: UCSB takes the 8-7 lead at the changeover.
Set 4: UH wins 25-18.

9:20: Hawaii stuffs Tallulah Froley to tie it 2-2.
9:18: Hawaii challenging ball in or out. Call stands. UH up 23-18.
9:14: Norene Iosia with her third ace of the night. It’s 20-17. TO UCSB
9:11: Kill by Riley Wagoner gives Hawaii 18-17 lead. TO UCSB
9:03. Call overturned It’s 13-10.
9:02: UCSB challenging ball in. if not overturned, UH has closed to 12-11.
8:57: Hawaii attack called out by up ref, in by linesman. UH challenging. Call stands. 10-6.
8:54: It was 5-5. Norene Iosia hits long and then blocked. Gauchos up 9-5. TO UH
8:52: Riley Wagoner in for McKenna Ross. Wagoner with a kill. it’s 5-5.
Set 3: UCSB wins 25-21

8:42: Brooke Van Sickle hits the antenna. UCSB wins 25-21.
8:39: Gauchos challenging whether there was a touch on the block of Tashia Farmer. Call stands. UH pulls to 23-20
8:35: And just like that, UCSB up 22-17. TO UH. Lindsey Ruddins has half of UCSB’s kills, 22 of 44.
8:32: apologies Wireless keeps going out. Kill by Hanna Hellvig has Hawaii pulling to 18-17. TO UCSB
8:28: UCSB has pulled away at 18-14. UH led 11-9. TO Wahine.
8:25: Brooke Van Sickle follows her ace with a service error. UCSB up 15-14 at the TTO
8:12: Brooke Van Sickle makes her first appearance of the match, starting Set 3
Set 2: UCSB wins 25-22
8:06: Lindsey Ruddins out of the back row with her 16th kill, 13th of the set.
8:03: UCSB serving for set at 24-21. TO UH
8:02: Call stands it’s 23-20
8:01: Hawaii challenging whether McKenna Ross’ attempt was in or out. If not reversed UCSB would be up 23-20.
7:56: Hawaii been chasing the whole way, closes to 19-18 on a Gaucho hitting error. TO UCSB
7:38: Lindsey Ruddins with 3 of UCSB’s 4 points. Gauchos up 4-2. TO UH
Set 1 UH wins 25-19

7:32: UCSB hitting error gives UH the set on third set point.
7:28: Hawaii with two straight blocks, including a solo by Amber Igiede. It’s 23-16. TO UCSB
7:23: Two kills by Sky Williams and UH up 18-14. TO UCSB
7:19: Hawaii up 15-12 at the TTO. Twice UCSB has mistimed sets to Tallulah Froley on the right. Lindsey Ruddins has yet to clear the net on her two serves.
Tiffany Westerberg in on the right, matching up with Lindsey Ruddins.
Starting lineup for Hawaii: Amber Igiede, Bailey Choy, Sky Williams, Norene Iosia, Rika Okino, Hanna Hellvig, McKenna Ross
As mentioned on previous thread, Jolie Rasmussen not cleared. She has been walking without the boot but is wearing it tonight.
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  1. Brandon November 1, 2019 7:04 pm

    Brooke not starting again.

  2. Blunite November 1, 2019 7:06 pm

    Last week’s rosters?

  3. vballfan November 1, 2019 7:13 pm

    Is it the Hellvig family’s choice to sit in the upper level of the arena??

  4. Setaone November 1, 2019 7:30 pm

    McKenna Ross has steadied out over the season. She’s been a pleasant surprise.

  5. Blunite November 1, 2019 7:35 pm

    UCSB self destructed in set 1.

  6. Willie November 1, 2019 7:40 pm

    #4, not so far tonight in front or back. Hope #2 is healed and brought in soon.

  7. Blunite November 1, 2019 7:42 pm

    UCSB going exclusively to Ruddins.

  8. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 1, 2019 7:43 pm

    3. Probably Helvig’s family chose the upper level to save money.

  9. T103 November 1, 2019 7:52 pm

    I thought the players get a certain amount of free tickets? And even if they personally don’t have, I think the other girls have available to give to other players’ family? I could be wrong tho.

  10. Blunite November 1, 2019 8:05 pm

    Ruddins on fire but hopefully tiring.

  11. Ki November 1, 2019 8:05 pm

    Why is BVS not playing tonight? Oda she still injured?

  12. Blunite November 1, 2019 8:13 pm

    Hanna not feeling well?

  13. Kazu November 1, 2019 8:20 pm

    The way Ruddins is playing she would have a chance to get between 25-30 kills .
    BVS finally in.

  14. Blunite November 1, 2019 8:25 pm

    Hawai’i needs a middle attack

  15. H-Man November 1, 2019 8:27 pm

    Where’s the excitement? Wahine appear to be sleep-walking.

  16. Kazu November 1, 2019 8:38 pm

    If UH loose this set they are done. I don’t think they can recover, UCSB is on a roll, and no sign of slowing down.

  17. Blunite November 1, 2019 8:45 pm

    Hawai’i going to win or lose with MR. Whatever happens the better team will have won.

  18. airin November 1, 2019 8:45 pm

    We need stable passing. Wagoner needs to come in to stabilize that for Ross/Hellvig. Hellvig had a passing breakdown the past two sets.

  19. eMpTy November 1, 2019 9:00 pm

    How is it that Hawaii players hit at the defenders and UCSB hits to the open spots?

  20. Blunite November 1, 2019 9:06 pm

    UCSB OHs are cutting the ball and Hawaii’s block is covering line

  21. warriorwahine November 1, 2019 9:13 pm

    come on wahine! its time to strike now!

    lets go bows!

  22. warriorwahine November 1, 2019 9:22 pm

    the tide has come na wahine. ruddins wore you out but now you wore her and her guacho thieves out.

    hanna aint tired despite being served. lets go bows!

  23. Kazu November 1, 2019 9:23 pm

    Guess i was wrong. Wahine recovered, lets hope it continues. Wagoner should have come in from set 3.

  24. jmy November 1, 2019 9:51 pm

    What’s a “walk off” ace? Yes, I’m naive!

  25. warriorwahine November 1, 2019 9:52 pm

    nice hands, nasty and nastier serve..smashing a heavy ball 4 kine of ace..demand the gauchos surrender..and administer the coup de grâce!

  26. Aloha73g November 1, 2019 9:53 pm

    On a high walking out after set 5 and see HFD giving CPR to someone in SSC concourse. Hope they’re ok 🙁

  27. warriorwahine November 1, 2019 9:56 pm

    24. its like na wahine purposely rotated norene iosia to the service line just for the coup de grâce.

  28. HawaiiMongoose November 1, 2019 10:13 pm

    Wow, this year’s team sure doesn’t do anything the easy way. Of course the competition in the BWC has improved and that’s a factor. So glad they pulled it out and hope they can win again Sunday!

  29. tongo November 1, 2019 10:26 pm

    In 30+ yrs watching Wahine Volleyball, this was the greatest clutch serving by any player ever, IMHO. You totally rock Norene!!!! Kaufman may have gotten more aces against Washington but your serving was clutch in the most high pressure critical moments – just wow!

  30. Andy November 1, 2019 10:28 pm

    When the camera panned past Jolie sitting on the bench before the match, did she put up her finger and mouth, “almost”? Or was it just wishful thinking. . .

  31. blunite November 1, 2019 10:34 pm

    UH outlasted UCSB; maybe RAM’s conditioning was the difference? Ruddins definitely slowed down in the last 2 sets.

  32. Andy November 1, 2019 10:58 pm

    Nah – upon further review, she said “Go Bows”! LOL!

  33. Astroboy November 1, 2019 11:03 pm

    I agree the length of the match really wore down the teams, and UCSB’s heavy reliance on Ruddins made it worse. You could see at the end of the 4th set UCSB started to stumble on the court and Ruddins looked like she was dead on her feet. Possibly the time difference helped us there. OTOH it was nice seeing the Bows with the more balanced attack for once, as opposed to when we always went to our heavy hitter.

  34. Cindy Luis November 1, 2019 11:04 pm

    a couple of comments
    No surprise Van Sickle didn’t start. Hawaii went with a taller lineup.
    Hellvig’s family wasn’t sitting in the upper level. They were in the seats above the baseline next to the Giovanni Pastrami box.
    Players get comp tickets so family didn’t pay.
    24. Like a walk-off homer, Iosia’s ace is a walk-off, ending it.
    31. Ruddins did tire. She was 5-2-33 combined in final 2 sets.
    22-3-47 in first three sets. Ruddins took 80 swings.

  35. wahinefan87 November 1, 2019 11:09 pm

    Na Wahine are now 6-1 in 5-set games. I think mental and physical conditioning are playing a big role in that. Norene has been a beast in the clutch, and Hanna’s family needs to go to every match from now on (jk!)

    Looking forward to another crazy one on Sunday.

  36. Cindy Luis November 1, 2019 11:12 pm

    one last reminder
    Pick a user name and stick with it. Thank you.

  37. Hot November 1, 2019 11:22 pm

    Okino with a career-high 25 digs! Great job!

  38. tongo November 1, 2019 11:37 pm

    Bailey calling the x-play. Give her the genius award. Nobody ever saw it coming! Maybe the best clutch setter call to date in the season. Just super!

  39. warriorwahine November 1, 2019 11:37 pm

    they need to improve from their service errors though. rika okino serving is always grimacing to watch. its like come rika hit it harder. dont do the ‘small/tiny girl serve.’ riley wagoners stand and serve is a sure bet, simple and decisive. and of course norene iosias serve, besides her nice hands and ‘hits a heavy ball’ smashing it and playing not just to hang out with the BIG gals but because she IS one of the BIG gals. her serve got nastier and brutal. well fitting for na wahine to wear down ruddins and after demanding ucsb to surrender, she (forget walkoff ace) norene iosia adminstered the final blow – the coup de grâce.

    and thats na wahine.

  40. 808 November 1, 2019 11:52 pm

    On the previous thread, the UW-USC score is incomplete and the result is wrong. USC ended up beating #12 Washington in 5: 18-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-21, 15-11.

  41. kden November 1, 2019 11:56 pm

    Hellvig’s family was sitting in the upper level for part of the first set. They were sitting near us. Was wondering why they were sitting up there, and then one of the ushers came and invited them to move down to the lower level. In any case, that was a crazy, stressful match! So glad the Wahine won! Looking forward to being at the SSC again on Sunday. Let’s Go Bows!

  42. sports for fun November 2, 2019 12:24 am

    Went to the game tonight. It was stressful to say the least, but so glad the Wahine never gave up and kept fighting till the end!!
    Their passing wasn’t good in sets 2 & 3. Rika didn’t start out well at all, but as the game wore on, her passing got better and better. And that’s a good thing because UCSB decided to serve to her in the last two sets, and Rika was on the money with her serve/receive.
    I’m really glad Riley got a chance to play. She must have been nervous when she went in because her first few passes weren’t on the mark, but even she steadied out. To me, it seems like her swing has improved. The contact sounds louder and her hits has more force behind it.
    At the beginning of set 5, I liked how Coach AL gave hi tens to the players to get their energy up! It may seem like a small thing, but as a player, to see your coach fired up gets your energy up too!
    Lastly, I liked how Coach RAM went into the middle of the victory huddle and they all started jumping up and down and cheering! That was great!
    I guess Na Wahine love to give the crowd their money’s worth to have all these five set games to play.
    A couple of things I was disappointed with was the early exit of quite a few fans after set 3. Also, IMHO, the atmosphere to begin the game wasn’t what I thought it would be. I thought the fans would be amped up and cheering loudly, but it wasn’t. To be honest, I was disappointed. I think if more UH students were there, the atmosphere would have been electric! I hope the fans (especially students) come out in full force on Sunday! It’s gonna be a big game!
    To be honest, this team is really young. IMHO, they’ve achieved more than I thought they would because of all that they lost from last year! Now they’ve positioned themselves to win the conference despite their inconsistencies. That, to me is great coaching!
    Sorry for going on and on.
    GO BOWS!!

  43. vballfan November 2, 2019 2:49 am

    41. Yes, the Hellvigs were escorted down to the lower level seats. It was nice to see; after all, Hanna’s parents allowed her to make the huge leap from Sweden to this dot in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!
    Great game. Team has guts.
    Nice to hear Shoji’s opinion that tonight’s win puts the Wahine into the NCAA tournament.

  44. menehune November 2, 2019 3:30 am

    YESSS, the Kardiac Keiki Korps did it again.
    Lisa Strand Ma’a stated after the last UCD game that this team just never gives up, a statement echoed by the many Wahine fans.
    During the pre-game show, Dave seemed frustrated that the team gives up too many points on their bad serving. So far, they’ve overcome that with their grit, determination and never say die attitude.
    Also, whenever Rika and Hanna go back to serve, I hold my breath and hope they get it in. I would rather they serve up a powder puff and put the ball in play rather than giving away a freebie.
    We have great blockers so give them a chance to block.
    BVS should come in and play back row for Hanna..this should stabilize their receive passing..hopefully.
    Anyway, glad I took my heart meds before the game.
    GO BOWS, another big game Sunday and we’re all pulling for you.

  45. rabbit ears November 2, 2019 8:05 am

    Westerberg needs to watch her smack. When she either blocked or got a kill against Ruddins. She said something and pointed at Ruddins. That sent Ruddins on a tear until she tired.

  46. islandman November 2, 2019 8:07 am

    Dave asked in the post game show and Hanna said she prefers to play on the right side so she can concentrate on hitting and blocking. Lisa said during the match that she looks more comfortable on the right
    Iosia’s last ace looked like a curve ball down into the court. Also glad Riley played and did good but coach took her out for Ross when she tried a dink or something.
    42. They showed a lot of the Wahine basketball team were there cheering and they just had their fundraiser at the Hukilau from 5:30 to 8 pm that night.
    -So what if UH beats Cal Poly and and both end up with 14-2 records ? Does that mean that Cal Poly will get the automatic bid due to tiebreakers ?

  47. mileHIwarrior November 2, 2019 8:15 am

    #30 yeah wishful thinking Andy. Pretty sure she said “Go Bows”. I would probably guess that we won’t be seeing JR back this year unless we go very deep into the tourney. It’s what 2 months since and she’s still in a walking boot? I was more hopeful 2 weeks ago when she was wearing the stirrup brace instead of the boot. Could be precautionary but on the surface, still doesn’t look good.

  48. islandman November 2, 2019 8:45 am

    Okino had 1/3 of UH’s total digs of 75…. Amazing job.

  49. Sheila November 2, 2019 9:15 am

    45 Agree. Mockery at an opponent, pre-game public bragging about preparedness & strategy, etc., only antagonize and energize opponents to bring their A+ game, specially, against table leaders with go-to players. Please, let the coach do talking in pre-game, and players, only after the game. Wahine coaching staff outplayed Ruddins’ team by strategic variations in offense/defense, giving timely brief rests to key players, using depth very smartly to keep key players fresh and survive in long matches. Get good rest today and repeat the feat tomorrow against the team who swept wahine easily three weeks ago.

  50. islandman November 2, 2019 9:23 am

    38, When is the play or the plays called and how are they called ?

  51. tongo November 2, 2019 10:00 am

    45 Totally agree. Both Amber and Tiffany have a tendency to do it – neither smart or necessary. It only provokes and gives the other team energy.

  52. Cindy Luis November 2, 2019 10:59 am

    thanks for all the help.
    my observation on the Hellvigs was after they moved down. surprised that their tickets would have been up there. Parents tickets normally lower.
    40. yes, forgot to update the score. USC over UW in 5
    45. Westerberg only played in Sets 1 and 2.
    I’d forgive the freshmen for ‘smack’ Have seen much, much worse from the opponents. don’t think that had anything to do with Ruddins going off. Hawaii couldn’t block her and think the matchup they got in Set 2 (UCSB changed the rotation as well as which setter started) allowed for Ruddins’ success. plus UH was having a very hard time on defense at that point. Give Ruddins credit, she sees the court so well. But do think her taking 80 swings took its toll at the end.
    As for Rasmussen, we’ve said the injury would take 5-8 weeks. but this is an ankle that has been injured a lot so … when she’s ready, she’ll play.
    Agree about the SEs. They survived having 3 in Set 5, 2 in Set 4.

  53. H-Man November 2, 2019 10:59 am

    42& 43. Thank you for that information. Makes me happy to know that someone was paying attention to treat the Hellvik’s with Aloha.

  54. Cindy Luis November 2, 2019 11:32 am

    New thread up for Saturday with T25/BWC schedule
    44. They won’t sub Van Sickle for Hellvig because they want the option of having Van Sickle play front row. They’ve had several different subs for Hellvig this season. Friday in Sets 3-4-5 it was Choy when they moved Hellvig to the right and Hellvig replaced Westerberg in that position.

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