Hawaii women’s volleyball: FINAL No. 18 Hawaii 3, Northern Colorado 1

Hitter Jolie Rasmussen took swings during warmups for Hawaii's NCAA tournament opener against Northern Colorado. / Photo by Brian McInnis

Thank you to our Brian McInnis for running the blog tonight after I had major internet issues.
FINAL: No. 18-ranked and No. 12-seeded Hawaii wins its first NCAA tournament win in three years, 26-24, 24-26, 25-8, 25-15 over Northern Colorado. UH hits .315. Jolie Rasmussen returns with four kills.


SET 4: Hawaii wins 25-25

9:18: Wahine are putting some pepper on their swings right now but UNC doing a good job of staying alive. This thing isn’t over at 19-12.
9:11: Turnstile count tonight announced at 7,126. Meanwhile, Wahine lead is up to 14-6. UNC has gotta get on track quick if they want to stay in this match.
9:08: McKenna Ross up to a team-high 12 kills on .296 hitting. Sky Williams still perfect at 9-for-9. Wahine lead 10-6 in Set 4.
9:02: Teams battling evenly to begin Set 4. Bears seemed to have regrouped some after getting throttled in Set 3.

SET 3: Hawaii wins 25-8

8:59: UH hits .462 in its most lopsided set win of the season.
8:53: Apologies for the gap in updates. We’re having some internet issues on press row. In the meantime … UH is just wrecking shop in Set 3. The return of Rasmussen has added another dimension to the Wahine attack and UNC is having trouble tracking all the attackers. It’s 21-7 UH.
8:36: Jolie Rasmussen starts Set 3. Hawaii challenging the serve being in or out.

SET 2: Northern Colorado wins 26-24.

8:30: Hawaii ends up paying for it. Lindsey Hinrichs puts one down on UNC’s second set point and this match is all square at 1.
8:25: Iosia’s second ace of the night stakes UH to a two-point lead, but they can’t make it stand up. Shanked serve-receive by Okino and it’s tied at 23.
8:23: OVERPASS put down by Igiede and UH has its first lead in a while, 22-21.
8:21: Sky Williams down the middle and she is 5-for-5 tonight. But UH still playing catch-up.
8:20: McKenna Ross off the block ties this thing at 18.
8:18: Momentum has swung again, this time to UNC. Bears have taken three of the last four points for a 17-16 lead.
8:13: Outstanding dig by Okino and Brooke Van Sickle puts away a crosscourt kill to knot it at 13.
8:09: UH challenging a touch call with the match tentatively tied at 9 … it stands.
8:04: Big Sky tournament MVP Kailey Jo Ince is heating up … at least until an error just now. She was 5-for-10 before that. Now she has two errors and UH is back within 8-7.
8:00: Set 2 begins much in the way as Set 1, with UNC getting off to a hot start and Ah Mow calling timeout, this time trailing 5-2.

SET 1: Hawaii wins 26-24.

7:54> Call Stands. UH wins with a block by Amber Igiede and Hanna Hellvig
7:52: Hawaii leads 25-24 but UNC challenging a net violation on Hawaii.
7:46: Ace by Rika Okino pulls the Wahine to 22-21. TO Bears.
7:44: Ace by the Bears gives UNC the 21-19 lead. TO Hawaii.
7:37: Brooke Van Sickle flys out of the back row. UH up 15-13. TO UNC
7:34: not good. looks like UNC setter Daisy Schultz, the MVP of the Big Sky, stepped on Amber Igiede. UNC up 13-12 after Igiede called for center line violations.
7:20: Norene Iosia opens with an ace. Hawaii gives up 4 straight points. It’s 4-1 and TO UH. more of over excitement I think.
Eighteenth-ranked (and No. 12-seeded) Hawaii takes on Northern Colorado of the Big Sky in the first round of the NCAA tournament tonight.

Hitter Jolie Rasmussen, who’s been out injured for most of the season, was a full participant in warmups tonight. She received the loudest ovation during introductions for the Wahine.

For those of you on the mainland, here’s the video streaming link.
Live stats can be found here.


  1. Harvey December 6, 2019 7:24 pm

    Little bit of rust to start the match. Hunker down, Bows.

  2. Hot December 6, 2019 7:59 pm

    Hopefully they’ll settle down for Set 2 and focus. Nice stats early from Van Sickle and Okino. Williams 2-0-2.

  3. HawaiiMongoose December 6, 2019 8:01 pm

    UH is keeping UNC in the match with hitting errors… lots of hitting errors.

  4. Hot December 6, 2019 8:08 pm

    3. As soon as you say that, UNC commits a string of attack errors

  5. Chicken Grease December 6, 2019 8:15 pm

    I dunno where these errors are coming from. Like at beginning of the year or something.

    If Wahine win it all this weekend, THEY CANNOT be playing like this rest of the tourney. Make the tough decisions, coach.

  6. H-Man December 6, 2019 8:19 pm

    Wahine need to put up a better block. With Ross and Brooke at the pins, they’re a bit vulnerable with N Colorado hitting over them. Can Jolie come in for Ross?

  7. Chicken Grease December 6, 2019 8:24 pm

    Let the libero get it!!! Cripes!!!

  8. HawaiiMongoose December 6, 2019 8:26 pm

    Chance to go up 24-21 but instead… a hitting error. SMH.

  9. HawaiiMongoose December 6, 2019 8:29 pm

    We gifted that set to UNC. If we don’t stop making errors the season will end tonight.

  10. Hot December 6, 2019 8:30 pm

    Tied 1-1.

  11. warriorwahine December 6, 2019 8:31 pm

    wahine need to clean this up now. theyre just exposing vulnerabilities even if tonight is won.

    lets go bows! snap away the silliness, san diego is tomorrow.

  12. warriorwahine December 6, 2019 8:33 pm

    come on wahine! remember 2013 and you certainly dont want 2017!

  13. ballerz1 December 6, 2019 8:34 pm

    coaches pep talk for more consistant backrow help please.

  14. Hot December 6, 2019 8:35 pm

    A lot of sets are going to the left. Pretty predictable. Van Sickle was hitting .500 with 7 kills but they kept going to her and she committed consecutive errors.

  15. Chicken Grease December 6, 2019 8:41 pm

    Where Elvie?!?

    Coach gotta simmah down. Going end up with 🔶 card.

  16. warriorwahine December 6, 2019 8:47 pm

    yeah why not shadow attack with a big gun?

  17. Chicken Grease December 6, 2019 8:48 pm

    Rasumussen all the way! She no get tired.

    Coach! Leave her in! Be smart!!!!

  18. Beauston December 6, 2019 8:59 pm

    Anyone know who that tattooed guy is sitting on the right floor end line with Santa hat?

  19. Hot December 6, 2019 9:01 pm

    Williams came alive blocking-wise in that set. She already was hitting perfectly before the third. Bailey Choy was pretty stellar. What a comeback by McKenna Ross! Also, Jolie!

  20. Setaone December 6, 2019 9:06 pm

    Who is Jolie in for?

  21. Gobowsinboise December 6, 2019 9:13 pm

    @setaone shes in for hellvig. Can anyone confirm why hellvig was pulled?

  22. Hot December 6, 2019 9:13 pm

    19. Looked like Jolie was in for Hellvig, as the latter didn’t make an appearance in Set 3. I was expecting Hellvig to sub in for Iosia in the front row, but looks like Ah Mow wants to ride this “Iosia as Setter/Hitter” to the end.

  23. HawaiiMongoose December 6, 2019 9:38 pm

    Whew! The Wahine woke up and smoked ‘em. Good thing too because USD will be a far, far tougher opponent. UH will need to come out of the gate strong tomorrow.

  24. Setaone December 6, 2019 9:39 pm

    20. Was Hellvig not playing well?

  25. Connor December 6, 2019 9:54 pm

    Robyn needs to be playing both Hanna and Jolie. Sit Ross or iosia in front row to have bigger blockers. San Diego has some tall and strong hitters

  26. Connor December 6, 2019 9:56 pm

    RObyn needs to play both Howena and Julie in the front row. She may have to sit Ross oriosia in order to do it but she needs the bigger block against San Diego.

  27. warriorwahine December 6, 2019 9:59 pm

    cindy tell robyn to let her team be aware of what happened 2nd round 2013 and 2nd match 2017.

    obviously with tomorrow they want be aware things can go south so much quickly and be so much worse.

  28. tongo December 6, 2019 10:07 pm

    Jolie is in for Hanna makes sense so that Jolie only has to play front court. Should be interesting lineup tomorrow to see how we match up with San Diego’s 6’5″ pin hitter.

  29. Hot December 6, 2019 10:08 pm

    22. Hellvig was doing just fine and I suspect Robyn might have used her for Iosia if needed, but UH was dominating the set before Choy even got in so Robyn probably didn’t want to mess with the chemistry.

  30. Cindy Luis December 6, 2019 10:14 pm

    27. Oh puh-leez. I will not tell her anything.
    Ah Mow was an assistant in 2013. She is well aware of what happened.
    As for Hellvig, not that she was playing poorly but UNC had three up on her. I had thought that they’d put in Rasmussen at some point just to get her back into the feel of the game. She changed the dynamics for sure.
    don’t know why you folks are advocating for whole-sale changes right now. They haven’t played with Rassmussen for 20 matches. It’s easier for them to change one player than to change the entire offense, serve-receive patterns and blocking schemes.
    As mentioned above, a big thank you to our Brian McInnis who took over the blog when I couldn’t sustain an internet connection.

  31. rabbit ears December 6, 2019 10:22 pm

    Jolie for Hanna was the logical substitution. Needed to get some playtime for Jolie. Needed a spark which Jolie provided. Needed to minimize disruption to current lineup. See Hanna starting and Jolie coming in as needed tomorrow. Don’t see Norene going back to setting only unless we are down 2-0.

  32. Cindy Luis December 6, 2019 10:24 pm

    31. Iosia set when she was in the back row, hit when she was in the front. finished with her 18th double-double of the year (assists-digs).
    for those who missed previous thread
    scores from Friday
    At Pittsburgh
    Cincinnati def. VCU, 3-1
    6 Pitt def. Howard, 3-0
    At West Lafayette, Ind
    Marquette def. Dayton, 3-0
    16 Purdue def. Wright State, 3-0
    At State College, Pa.
    Towson def. American, 3-2
    11 Penn State def. Princeton 3-0
    At Lexington, Ky.
    Michigan def. Northern Kentucky, 3-0
    9 Kentucky def. SE Missouri, 3-0
    At Lincoln, Neb
    Missouri def. UNI, 3-0
    5 Nebraska def. Ball State, 3-0
    At Madison, Wis
    UCLA def. Notre Dame 3-0
    4 Wisconsin def. Illinois State, 3-0
    At Minneapolis
    Creighton def. Iowa State, 3-0
    7 Minnesota def. Fairfield, 3-0
    At Waco, Texas
    USC def. SFA, 3-0
    1 Baylor def. Sacred Heart, 3-0
    At Provo, Utah
    Utah def. Illinois, 3-2
    14 BYU def. New Mexico, 3-0
    At Stanford
    Cal Poly 3, Georgia 2
    3 Stanford def. Denver 3-0
    At Seattle
    South Carolina upsets Colorado State, 3-2; Rams were up 13-8 in Set 5
    8 Washington def. Winthrop, 3-0

    Second round
    10 Florida def. UCF, 3-0
    13 Texas A&M def. Rice, 3-1
    2 Texas 3, UCSB 2
    Louisville def. 15 Western Kentucky, 3-2

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