Hawaii women’s volleyball: FINAL No. 18 Hawaii 3, No. 20 San Diego 0

Hawaii jumped out to an early lead against San Diego in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center. Photo by Billy Hull/Star-Advertiser.

Thank you to Billy Hull for taking over the blog while we were on tight deadlines tonight
UH moves on to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2015. Next up is a date at Wisconsin against fifth-seeded Nebraska.

Set 3: UH wins 25-21

8:49: ANOTHER BLOCK and then a net violation and that’s it. Hawaii wins.
8:48: USD pulls to 22-20 but then a double block puts UH back ahead 3.
8:38: Back-and-forth affair has UH ahead 16-14 and USD takes timeout after a couple of unforced errors.
8:28: Four straight by USD to go up 7-6 and we have our first Rasmussen sighting.
8:25: Double-double for Iosia who gets her 10th dig. UH up 6-3.
8:23: UH out to a quick 4-1 lead. Hellvig with three quick kills to give her 11 in the match.

Set 2: UH wins 25-21

8:15: USD gets to 23-21 but then a net violation and a ball hit out and UH takes the second set.
8:09: good call on the replay. Iosia was called for two hits by up ref. First touch should have been called a block. back to replay.
7:59: UH up 15-12 at the TTO. Igiede 7-1-15, Hellvig 7-3-15. UH outblocking USD 6-1. Hellvig in on 3
Hawaii up 12-10
Apologies. another internet problem

Set 1: UH wins 25-23

7:39: Hawaii was up 24-20. McKenna Ross hits the net on the overpass that would have ended it at 25-21. Instead. it’s 24-23. TO UH
7:35. Kill by Hanna Hellvig and hitting error by Grace Frohling make it 23-10. TO USD
7:33: gotta love the knowledgable Hawaii crowd. continuing to boo. Ref didn’t call Lauren Turner for what was clearly a violation. should be 22-18. Instead USD has closed to 21-20. TO UH.
7:21: Hawaii up 12-6. TO San Diego
7:15: Hawaii wins challenge that the linesman called touch but up ref overruled. Robyn Ah Mow not happy to burn a challenge this early.
UH up 6-4.
7:12: Hawaii challenging touch on Ross’ attack.
Looks like Hawaii is starting
Brooke Van Sickle, Amber Igiede, Sky Williams, Norene Iosia, Rika Okino, Hanna Hellvig, McKenna Ross. They may sub Jolie Rasmussen in for Hellvig, both only going 3 rotations. we will see
NCAA mandates it being a neutral site so no Hawaii Pono’i.
nice rendition of national anthem by Raiatea Helm
Personally, i think the crowd should have sung Hawaii Pono’i anyway. I remember it happening in Pauley Pavilion in 1996 when the men were at UCLA for the national championship
No. 20 San Diego (25-5) at No. 18 Hawaii (25-3), 7 p.m. HST
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not a fan of the NCAA format with unrelated videos playing and hard to figure out the score.


  1. warriorwahine December 7, 2019 6:45 pm

    somebody tell robyn to avenge 2013 and 2017 since cindy wont

  2. Aloha73g December 7, 2019 6:45 pm

    Agree Cindy about the NCAA format. I think it was designed by someone who doesn’t watch volleyball.

  3. Hot December 7, 2019 6:50 pm

    1. You’ve been saying this over and over, Shiela.

  4. T103 December 7, 2019 6:53 pm

    Warriorwahine, ok seriously, I think coach already knows this, I don’t think Cindy needs to literally walk over to her and tell her face to face. I mean I’d pay u 100$ US currency if coach actually had a surprised & shocked look on her face that conveys “right on! I totally don’t know that, thanks for letting me know, and seriously genuinely thanked Cindy for conveying the message from you to her THROUGH Cindy about avenging the 2013 & 2017 incidents….

  5. Setaone December 7, 2019 7:01 pm

    Anyone having problems viewing via the spectrum app?

  6. Cindy Luis December 7, 2019 7:12 pm

    1. pick a name
    as I mentioned. Ah Mow was an assistant in 2013

  7. Cindy Luis December 7, 2019 7:14 pm

    Hawaii challenging touch on Ross’ attack.

  8. Cindy Luis December 7, 2019 7:15 pm

    Hawaii wins challenge that the linesman called touch but up ref overruled. Ah Mow not happy to burn a challenge this early.
    UH up 6-4.

  9. Cindy Luis December 7, 2019 7:20 pm

    Updating running score in main box

  10. Harvey December 7, 2019 7:29 pm

    Seems as though the refs have missed a number of calls that have worked against Hawaii this weekend. Robyn not impressed with all the missed calls.

  11. T103 December 7, 2019 7:32 pm

    Wow love the fact that we are setting the middles a lot, our passing is doing good. Looking good, but side note, that looked like that was a lift…. TV replay shows it clear but that just my opinion.

  12. Don December 7, 2019 7:32 pm

    10. Agreed..this r1 is a poor ref….

  13. Blunite December 7, 2019 7:32 pm

    3 point stance

  14. Harvey December 7, 2019 7:41 pm

    Dang, Helvig is on fire.

  15. Blunite December 7, 2019 7:45 pm

    JR > MR

  16. T103 December 7, 2019 8:08 pm

    Wow Bailey choi is clutch! Her serves always seem to give us timely points! Side note, these refs really do suck, well that top ref does anyway.

  17. Harvey December 7, 2019 8:08 pm

    12. This horrible R1….

  18. Don December 7, 2019 8:09 pm

    R1’s name is Kevin Cull…he should be ashamed of his calls…very poor…

  19. Beauston December 7, 2019 8:10 pm

    I can see San Diego’s settee go offensive on set 3, if they don’t take set 2. She’s been quite.

  20. Maverick December 7, 2019 8:11 pm

    MR is doing just fine, hitting .231. Hellvig at .250. No need to replace anyone right now. Seriously, some folks have no confidence.

  21. Blunite December 7, 2019 8:11 pm

    Petrie should be carded. Her delays are making the match longer.

  22. Blunite December 7, 2019 8:13 pm

    It’s not her hitting, it’s her passing.

  23. Setaone December 7, 2019 8:15 pm

    Is Riley Wagoner on the bench?

  24. Blunite December 7, 2019 8:16 pm

    Cannot run the middle when the ball is passed to the 3 meter line.

  25. warriorwahine December 7, 2019 8:17 pm

    3. no idea who you referring to but im not shiela

  26. Maverick December 7, 2019 8:18 pm

    22. Yeah, sub her out for someone who is not 100% and still needs her timing back. And take out the hottest hitter we’ve got. And we are up 2-0.

  27. Maverick December 7, 2019 8:19 pm

    23. No, she is at Zippy’s

  28. Harvey December 7, 2019 8:22 pm

    Cindy: “NCAA mandates it being a neutral site so no Hawaii Pono’i.”

    There is no shortage of stupidity that eminates from the NCAA. This is yet another example.

    If they award hosting to high ranked teams as a reward, let then host. That includes video tributes, Hawai’i Pono’i, whatever is standard at the site.

    If they want neutral sites, then send the teams into neutral sites. Then don’t let anyone host. But don’t let teams host without them actually hosting.

    I have just hated the NCAA for so many years.

  29. T103 December 7, 2019 8:24 pm

    Yesss!! lets get it girls, play lights out! Just gottah be careful of their setter who will no doubt be more offensive in this 3rd set. Ross has been playing so good these past 2 matches!

  30. T103 December 7, 2019 8:27 pm

    @ Harvey, if hosting on your own home court means we can’t sing Hawai’i Pono I, they I’m completely down for that for home court advantage!

  31. Blunite December 7, 2019 8:27 pm

    The only reason this match is close is because UH’s middles are not getting enough touches. This is due to the erratic passing. Skylar hit .818 last night.

  32. Chicken Grease December 7, 2019 8:49 pm

    Watching this on Spectrum OC1012 HD!

    Finally. They give a yellow card.

    Wahine win!

  33. Chicken Grease December 7, 2019 8:52 pm

    I kind of agree that Hawaii Pono’i should not be sung at all!

    If every state anthem was sung at every home court game, freezing outs would happen. All the time.

    The idea is that the National Anthem is sung at the beginning of games. Nothing else.

  34. T103 December 7, 2019 8:53 pm

    nice job ladies!!!! sweet 16! Sweep!!! Hats off to Rika, did amazing defense! Hanna rebounded from last nite! Ross played great again! Cheee! So happy for coach and her staff!!!

  35. warriorwahine December 7, 2019 8:53 pm

    much MUCH BETTER!


  36. Harvey December 7, 2019 8:54 pm

    Nice win. And it feels like the Wahine still have another gear that they can got.

    Nice move by Robyn to get Jolie in for Norene in the front row.

    Job well done, ladies. Onward!

  37. warriorwahine December 7, 2019 8:59 pm

    the 12th seed bwc champion hosts and sweeps and is off to the sweet 16.


  38. shar December 7, 2019 9:52 pm

    The yellow card may have been for the assistant or associate San Diego coach. He was nasty all night. He yelled at the player across the court as we were changing sides after set one and then yelled viciously at her one on one. If I were the Head Coach I would be ashamed. I think he was yelling at the ump or ref when he was yellow carded. Poor sportsmanship. I am sure his yelling and screaming for three sets affected the way his girls played.

  39. peanut December 7, 2019 9:52 pm

    From the low point of the season, losing to UCI then almost getting swept by Fullerton at home, to getting into the sweet 16 by sweeping a highly regarded SD team. Major props to the coaching staff and girls!

  40. warriorwahine December 7, 2019 10:01 pm

    cindy im presuming those hawai’i warrior world videos were by you courtside….nice computer. you writing some japanese or something at the end of the game?

  41. warriorwahine December 7, 2019 10:03 pm

    39. the irvine loss was a bs loss. i hope robyn protested big west for that anyways. false replay the point on an unofficial challenge and multiple delay of game.

  42. Cindy Luis December 7, 2019 10:03 pm

    38. USD assistant is former Beach All-American Brent Hilliard, the 92 NCAA player of the year. Thought the refs gave him a lot of leeway, he is not supposed to come off the bench like he did.
    Agree the up ref wasn’t at his best.
    And about neutral site
    Sadly Hawaii always plays by the rules when other teams don’t. It was horrible during the men’s NCAA tournament at Long Beach State in May, something I complained about to the NCAA when they asked for post-tournament comments from the media.
    Interestingly, Hawaii did play Bruddah Iz’s Hawaii 76, their usual intro song. Billy V asked if it would be OK. Think the answer was something like it happens before the Wahine step onto the court, down when they’re in the tunnel so … it happened.

  43. wahinefan87 December 7, 2019 10:50 pm

    Just got home after a victory saimin after the match, and I wanted to say that Rika played unconscious tonight. Her defense was jawdropping. I wouldn’t believe that she made some of those digs except that I was there when it happened. Hats off to the junior libero.

    Go Bows! Shuck those cornhuskers!

  44. Andy December 7, 2019 11:45 pm

    I liked the way the replay ref would take a stand on those touch challenges. I get it that it is hard to see much without high speed cameras, but she’s the first one who seemed to look at hand positions and ball flights and extrapolate.

  45. tongo December 7, 2019 11:57 pm

    Wow, one of the best hard fought matches I ever saw- congrats to both teams. And yeah, our team was amazing especially Riko digging all those bombs.

  46. Bleachcoach December 8, 2019 1:27 am

    Beyond Words !!! Electrifying!!!

  47. H-Man December 8, 2019 1:47 am

    Wahine headed to Madison to play Nebraska. Cheehoo !!!

  48. menehune December 8, 2019 4:00 am

    RAM has said it all season….”I love these girls.”

    We do too, Robyn.


  49. Sheila December 8, 2019 5:33 am

    Both teams were at equal strength but with two critical differences played huge in favor of wahine’s win: home-court advantage and with relatively easier first-round game. But wahine earned both advantages being top-16 seed through hard work of wahine squad in pre- & regular-season and finally paid-off to overcome very good San Diego team. Kudos to wahine’s full squad ! , team ! (specially, to Rika), & coaching staff ! (for well executed strategies)…Wisconsin regional has four equally strong teams to battle back-2-back, doable, and prepare logistic ahead of time for winter zone traveling…

  50. islandman December 8, 2019 8:05 am

    Good that they introduce all the players before the match begins. But Gong wasn’t there, that i could see. Is it due to the roster limit of 15 ?

  51. rabbit ears December 8, 2019 9:10 am

    Watched Nebraska and Lexi Sun alot this season. Always wondered if we could complete with them. Now we will find out. Their Libero and defensive specialist are not the best passers. So hopefully we can capitalize on that.

  52. rabbit ears December 8, 2019 9:35 am

    Norene’s a stud. But Bailey was lights out with her serving and setting. I think she had no service errors this weekend. Kate Lang got BIG shoes to fill next season.

  53. wahinefan87 December 8, 2019 9:53 am


    (12) Hawai’i vs. (5) Nebraska — Friday, Dec. 13 at 4:30PM ET (11:30AM HST) on ESPN3

  54. Isami Yoshihara December 8, 2019 10:21 am

    Cindy, I know the Aunties are fixtures at the matches, but a story about how and when they got started would be appreciated. They truly represent the best in the extended Wahine ohana. Arigatou!

  55. Row13 December 8, 2019 10:29 am

    Nebraska, Hawaii and Wisconsin each drew more than 14,000 fans to their subregionals.

    The poorest attendance? Pittsburgh and Baylor, the final four host city and the No. 1 seed, respectively.

    1st and 2nd round attendance by subregion (box score figures):
    Nebraska 8,204 and 8,091
    Hawaii 7,818 and 8,058
    Wisconsin 7,052 and 7,052
    Western Kentucky 4,514 and 5,023
    Minnesota 3,956 and 4,003
    Texas 3,532 and 3,532
    BYU 2,401 and 3,250
    Kentucky 2,746 and 2,748
    Purdue 2,327 and 2,275
    Stanford 2,148 and 2,326
    Florida 2,022 and 2,412
    Texas A&M 2,085 and 2,176
    Washington 2,052 and 2,044
    Penn State 2,142 and 1,908
    Baylor 1,918 and 1,670
    Pittsburgh 1,631 and 1,901

  56. UHVoice97 December 8, 2019 11:29 am

    50. islandman…

    54. Row13…
    Thank you for the info. I watched most of the Wisconsin vs. UCLA match on BTN. Lot of people in the stands, but it seems they’re not as excited as Hawaiʻi crowds. The Stan Sheriff Center is brightly lit all around and has much more family-friendly/oriented activities whereas UW Pavilion seems rather dark around most seating areas except for near the court and the Badger fans cheer only when their team scores a point. Just my opinion/observation.

    Surprising Penn State doesn’t draw more considering their championship history and the outstanding job Russ Rose has done through the years. Stanford and Washington, too, with their respective rich volleyball traditions.

    Baylor and Pittsburgh, I think, needs their marketing departments to work on promoting their volleyball programs more to build interest in their communities. They are very good teams and deserve a growing following.

  57. UHVoice97 December 8, 2019 11:39 am

    50. islandman…
    Janelle was there, though, not suited up and helping during warmups. With the NCAA roster limit, she couldn’t participate in the introductions, unfortunately.

  58. Row13 December 8, 2019 11:44 am

    55. Mahalo for your observation on the Wisconsin crowd. I think the Hawaii attendance is even more remarkable given our relatively high ticket prices. About 10 years ago we went to a Washington-Arizona match in Seattle and paid $20 admission for a family of four, and that included 4 hot dogs and 4 drinks!

    Anyway, the U-Dub crowd was fairly quiet. Only when the Huskies scored, the p.a. announcer would boom, “POINT, HUSKIES!” and the crowd would yell, “POINT, HUSKIES!” When Arizona scored, the announced said quietly, “Point, Arizona.” Kinda funny.

  59. islandman December 8, 2019 12:52 pm

    UHVoice, thanks for the info
    … They showed the Aunties giving leis to the San Diego team after the match.

    Friday ESPN3, 11:30 am HST, UH vs #5 seed Nebraska, W-L 27-4.
    They only lost to #3 Stanford, #4 Wisconsin (2 times) and #16 Purdue during the season. The 3rd set vs Missouri yesterday was 32-30

  60. Connor December 8, 2019 1:30 pm

    Maybe see hawaii support of players the 6.5 outside hitter freshman from San Diego might want to transfer to UH.

  61. Cindy Luis December 8, 2019 1:32 pm

    40. no, that was taken by our Billy Hull, who took over the blog last night (thank you Billy) and did our breaking news story because of our early deadlines.
    50. Gong was not suited up. Roster limit 15. Rasmussen instead
    54. we’ve done several on them over the years, including last year at Long Beach State when they went with the men.
    55. thanks.
    56. no surprise about Penn State. it’s a college town and students make up most of the crowd.
    as for Baylor and Pitt. They have been good only recently. no surprise marketing has been slow. Took awile for Baylor to get on board with women’s basketball too.
    58. that was 10 years ago. NCAA has continued to raise prices.
    That’s what I was referring to when saying it’s supposed to be a neutral site. There were complaints at UW about their announcer when UH was playing there a number of time. PA guy was told he couldn’t say Point Huskies unless he also said Point Wahine.
    it’s too bad the NCAA site rep isn’t better at having hosts follow the rules.
    57. and Krug not introduced as well
    59. Aunties give leis to all visiting teams
    60. doubtful. Although I do believe she was recruited by UH.

  62. Cindy Luis December 8, 2019 2:15 pm

    new thread up for Sunday

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