Hawaii women’s volleyball: More from Wisconsin Thursday

The popular beanie worn by the Wahine volleyball team on its trip to Wisconsin. / Photo courtesy Jay Metzger, Hawaii athletics

The above photo is of the very popular UH beanie that team is wearing. The beanies were sold at the UH Bookstore, but there’s none left now. The UH band had hoped to buy for trip but the supply was out. Not sure if they are ordering more. Would have been a big seller here for UH fans.

I tried to upload some videos but it’s not working right now. In the meantime, here’s one from UH athletics on Thursday’s practice.

The preceding Thursday post was very early in the day HST.

Mentioned a few things about there not being a video from Hawaii’s press conference as happened with Wisconsin’s.

So now, here’s video of the press conference, shot by UH media relations director Kara Nishimura.

It is disappointing that there wasn’t one through Wisconsin. When Hawaii hosted last week, all four press conferences were available online.

What happened today is not supposed to happen. This is supposed to be considered a neutral site and all teams are supposed to be treated equally.
Same thing happened with the transcript from the UH and NU press conferences.

Those didn’t come out for more than five hours after they were done. Hope the Nebraska media didn’t need the quotes because it was way past their deadlines.

Someone mentioned previous post that they saw Nebraska’s press conference. If that is the case, it was done through their media relations because Wisconsin said there would be no video from either UH or Nebraska.

One of the more interesting questions and then the answer was from Nebraska reporter and Nebraska middle Lauren Stivrins.
Stivrins was asked: “You guys have played Hawaii on the beach. What will it be like to play them in your element.”

Stivrins said: “I think we’re super excited. They’re super beach with a lot of shots. I’m excited for us to go out there and show them what a Big Ten block looks like and a Big Ten back row.”

When the question was asked, I thought reporter was unaware of a few things.
1. Hawaii’s beach team that played Nebraska had no indoor players on it at the time (Iosia joined later).
2. Nebraska doesn’t compete in beach volleyball in the traditional sense. They use their indoor players to play beach during the spring training block, play some matches during 3-4 weeks but don’t compete the entire beach season.

Personally I found the question to be borderline rude when inferring that Hawaii was a beach team and Nebraska was an indoor team. The “in your element” bothered me.

This is Hawaii’s indoor team. This is their element.

IMHO Hawaii’s style isn’t “Beachy.”

Again, just me.


  1. Harvey December 12, 2019 9:05 pm

    It appears that only UH takes the NCAA neutral site mandates seriously.

  2. Cindy Luis December 12, 2019 9:21 pm

    1. they always have. Not so much at other places.

  3. H-Man December 12, 2019 10:39 pm

    Not knowing what will happen at tomorrow’s match, I am hoping upon hope that Amber and Sky bring their A-game to show the Big10 what a Hawaii block looks like. Back row? Nebraska has one? I know that Hawaii has one with Rika and Norene leading the way.

  4. Bowsfan December 12, 2019 11:09 pm

    How many games did Robyn go with the non Libero lineup.

  5. Warrior Lifer December 12, 2019 11:49 pm

    Have to use that answer as motivation and come out with a little extra fire to their game. Especially the parts talking about playing in Nebraska’s element and about showing UH what a Big 10 block and Big 10 back row look like. Smh, GO BOWS

  6. sports for fun December 13, 2019 12:36 am

    They don’t have any respect for Hawaii. Even if Hawaii wins, it’ll be considered a fluke. Their thinking is Hawaii is beneath them. Why should we Wahine fans be shocked at their attitude? Play hard, fight, and hopefully the Wahine move on. That’s all Na Wahine can do. A Hawaii win won’t change their minds. Go ‘Bows!

  7. Optimist December 13, 2019 2:33 am

    Go Wahine! Shock the Big 10 (not yourselves, you know who you are and what you can do) and anybody else. You are the TEAM. 3114,3015.

  8. wahinefan87 December 13, 2019 2:53 am

    I presume Stivrins didn’t watch tape on Hawaii. That’s good.

  9. Cindy Luis December 13, 2019 5:31 am

    new thread up for Friday with third-round schedule
    4. don’t remember. think 4
    5. Don’t think Hawaii players know about the comment. Nebraska press conference during Hawaii’s practice.
    6. it was an ignorant question and an in-the-moment response. For sure the reporter didn’t know that Hawaii has a separate beach squad. My assumption is that he thinks NCAA beach programs are like what Nebraska does. which is use indoor players during spring and they train with a short beach season of 4 weeks. Cook doesn’t want to have a full beach program. Something might change when he retires or if Jaylen Reyes convinces him otherwise. Reyes was running the beach team last spring
    8. Nebraska watched video on Hawsaii prior to arriving in Madison and since. to be fair, some of Van Sickle’s shots are “beachy”. I think Nebraska’s tips are basically ‘beachy.’

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