Hawaii women’s volleyball: Beach knocks off Poly, T25 results

Big West
Another good win for Beach
25-18, 23-25, 25-17, 25-19
link to box click here

Ca State Fullerton def. UC Riverside, 27-25, 25-17, 25-23
UC Santa Barbara def CSUN, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22
UC Davis def. UC Irvine, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22, 25-14
Top 25
No. 1 Texas (H) def. TCU, 25-19, 25-16, 25-23
No. 2 Pitt (A) def. Duke, 25-16, 25-14, 25-17
No. 5 Minnesota (H) def. No. 23 Michigan, 25-21, 25-14, 25-17
No. 6 Nebraska (H) def. Iowa, 25-20, 23-25, 25-27, 25-18, 15-6
No. 7 Wisconsin (H) def. Michigan State, 25-23, 25-19, 25-22
No. 9 Marquette (H) def. Villanova, 23-25, 26-24, 25-18, 25-19
No. 12 Colorado State (H) def. Boise State 25-21, 25-19, 25-15
No. 14 Creighton (A) def. Xavier, 25-21, 25-18, 25-14
No. 16 Purdue (H) def. Marymland, 25-17, 25-15, 25-19
No. 19 Western Kentucky (H) def. UAB, 25-19, 25-17, 25-18
No. 21 Rice (A) def. UTEP, 25-16, 25-13, 25-12
NO. 25 Illinois (H) def. Rutgers, 25-11, 25-15, 25-20


  1. darkfire35 November 16, 2019 3:45 pm

    From previous thread about Anna and Hanna. I apologize if I sounded either prejudiced or was making “questionable assumptions.” I’ve lived in Europe and more times than not, everyone speaks great English. I just worded my statement badly. I mainly was wondering what inspired Anna to come to Hawaii. Was it the coaches? Did she visit previously and saw a match? Talk to any of the team? My mentioning Hanna was when she said that Coach Ang helped make her transition smoother.

  2. darkfire35 November 16, 2019 3:48 pm

    Cindy, I read somewhere and I can’t find it again…is it true that Kate Lang will be at Senior night this coming Friday? I think it was also mentioned that this would be her second visit? Just curious, are the air travel/expenses the responsibility of the student/family?

  3. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 16, 2019 5:43 pm

    Long Beach won the first set despite Maia’s seven kills out of 9 attempts with no errors. She did not get any help from the other Mustangs. She can’t carry the team on her back. Long Beach is highly motivated on senior night and it looks like they will win the match. No Big West title for the Mustangs. Hawaii will have sole possession of the Big West title.

  4. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 16, 2019 6:16 pm

    Cal Poly barely won the second set, 25-23 after a huge Long Beach comeback attempt after a 7-0 run.
    Maia Dvoracek bailed them out at set point, giving Cal Poly the set. Middle blockers are a little better but no help from the other two outside hitters hitting negative. It’s like Cal Poly is running on three cylinders instead of six. Long Beach has a far more balanced attack. Maia had one hitting error, 16 kills out of 22 attempts. A balanced attack will help Long Beach to win in the long run.

  5. Baby-Dude November 16, 2019 6:47 pm

    LBS leading CP 2-1. Even if CP comes back and win, i can see LBS giving Wahine problems on Friday. Chavira almost like BVS, and Howard have a good serve. They putting up some good blocks too.

  6. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 16, 2019 6:51 pm

    Long Beach won the third set. Maia Dvoracek cooling down with four errors. Beach blocikers figured her out. Again, no help from other hitters. Match loss looming ahead for Cal Poly.

    Meanwhile, UCSB won in three sets despite Lindsey Ruddins’ lowest output of 3 kills hitting 0%. I only followed live stats there. Makes me wonder if she got injured in the match.

  7. UHVoice97 November 16, 2019 7:11 pm

    6. I was switching back and forth between UCSB-CSUN and CP-LBSU. Ruddins played the entire match. Final stats: Kills 7-5-36 .056; 2 blocks; 11 digs. Long Beach State looks in control, should be able to close it out.

  8. Baby-Dude November 16, 2019 7:15 pm

    LBS wins. Look out Hawaii, LBS on a roll.

  9. tongo November 16, 2019 7:16 pm

    Beach over the Mustang, 3-1.

  10. UHVoice97 November 16, 2019 7:19 pm

    Long Beach State double block of Dvoracek to end the match. Impressive win for Beach.

    Looking forward to Hawaiʻi’s next 2 matches against CSUN and Long Beach State. Go Bows!

  11. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 16, 2019 7:32 pm

    5. Cal Poly lost to Long Beach in four sets on a final block of Maia Dvoracek. UH will have the home court advantage on Long Beach plus high motivation to win on senior night. I don’t see Long Beach beating UH, not with BVS playing.

    Now I doubt that either Cal Poly or UCSB will make the playoffs. Cal Poly cannot beat good teams on the road, only at home. They only beat Utah on a neutral site in five sets. Cal Poly misses two reliable outside hitters that get shut down on the road. Surprised that no outside hitters signed Letter of Intent for Cal Poly yet for 2020, only one setter. It’s hitters they need.

    My prediction for Big West Player of the Week is Chavira Tia from Long Beach who had the most kills against both UCSB and Cal Poly.

    As for Big West Player of the Year, perhaps Maia Dvoracek, but maybe a UH player will win it on virtue of leading the Big West. I don’t think that the committee will award it to a freshman, but Hanna Helvig will win Big West Freshman of the Year. I still think that Robyn Ah Mow made a big mistake not nominating Norene Iosia. She definitely deserves it. After all an outstanding setter can win accolades. Example: Misty May won National Player of the Year for Long Beach as a setter back in 1998. So why not a setter? Any opinions out there?

  12. sports for fun November 16, 2019 8:32 pm

    Long Beach beating Cal Poly was a surprise, but as the announcers said, Long Beach has all their injured players healthy now. Hawaii beat an injury riddled Long Beach earlier in the season in four, so I believe Long Beach will want their revenge. As it stands right now, Long Beach has the second longest winning streak in the conference at 4 and playing their best volleyball right now. They may be fourth in the standings, but they are a dangerous team! Hawaii is their only game remaining, so they will be well rested, while Hawaii plays the night before it plays Long Beach. It’ll be a big game come next week Friday, not only because it’s senior night, but if Hawaii doesn’t win, they’ll be tied again with Cal Poly. I’d rather have Hawaii win the Big West outright instead of a tie. The Hawaii/LongBeach rivalry may be renewed with this game.

    IMHO, Hanna will win FOY award. We know how important Norene is to Na Wahine, but I don’t think she’ll win MVP. However, I believe that Amber, Brooke and Norene will be placed on an All-star team.

    Just my thought…

  13. sports for fun November 16, 2019 8:35 pm

    By the way, in that win streak by Long Beach is a sweep of UCSB.

  14. Blunite November 16, 2019 8:36 pm

    Both Cal Poly and UCSB set their best hitter repeatedly in late stages of sets. (UH also used to do that.) I am not a proponent of such a strategy.

    Enterprising volleyball keeps all options open. I have yet to see anyone consistently successful (the whole game) against a well coached double block.

  15. peanut November 16, 2019 8:54 pm

    There’s a lot more parity in the Big West than as far back as can remember. Probably have to go back to when UH, LB and UCSB were beating up on each other.

  16. Cindy Luis November 16, 2019 8:56 pm

    2. you probably read my story which mentioned both visits.
    She told me she was coming out for Senior Night. Official visit is on UH. She made an unofficial, which is on her.

    Updated scores and linke to Beach-Poly box in main thread.
    The problem for UH is they have to play Thursday (CSUN) then Beach (Friday)
    Beach was Hawaii’s first BWC match and Wahine had been on road for 8 days at that point.
    Beach lineup different from when Hawaii last played them.
    Tonight Norweel 13-0-22, Xue 12-2, 19
    Chavira 16-5-30
    Beach 13-8 edge in blocks , 54-40 in digs
    Against the Wahine
    Norweel and Chavira didn’t play, Xue 9-2-18. Williams had the big night 14-6-32

  17. lina November 16, 2019 9:02 pm

    As excited as I am for Hawaii with the opportunity to win the BWC outright next weekend, this is a disappointing loss for the BWC in general as at one point this season the BWC looked like a 3 team conference in terms of NCAA berths, but now it’s either looking like two or one. Cal Poly is sure to move down, with its bubble about to burst while UCSB will now likely move into bubble territory. Great for the Wahine, but too bad for the conference.

  18. islandman November 16, 2019 9:19 pm

    2. Article on Kate Lang and her upcoming visit. Her other visit was an unofficial one.
    Official Visit includes travel/transportation to and from the school, room, meals, and entertainment expenses (three admissions to a home game).

  19. Cruisecontrol November 16, 2019 10:16 pm

    Both Cal Poly and UCSB still have a very good chance at making it into the NCAA Tournament. After tonight’s results, Cal Poly is at 30 in Figstats, and UCSB at 34. Both will likely drop in the RPI after next week’s matches against weak teams, but should still be safe if they win out. My main concern is what happens to Hawaii’s chance to host a subregional if they should lose one of their remaining two matches.

  20. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 16, 2019 10:37 pm

    19. It was interesting to read your comments. So you think that both Cal Poly and UCSB will make the playoffs (provided they win both matches next week). I just fear that if they do, they’ll promptly lose in the first or second round of the NCAA Tournament.

    No doubt that UH can beat CSUN. As for Long Beach, I agree, watch out! They’ll be gunning for Hawaii. I watched the video interview here with the seniors. They and the coach talked about their plan to beat Hawaii.


    So for sure, UH must never take them lightly. They mean serious business. Still, I think that our seniors, Norene Iosia, Bailey Choy and McKenna Ross will fight as hard as they can to beat Long Beach on Senior Night and of course, the rest of the players will help them.

  21. lina November 16, 2019 10:41 pm

    19 I wouldn’t be so sure on that. Remember how far the Wahine fell after the loss to UCI?!? LBSU is probably not as low as UCI but still LOW. How reliable is Figstats anyway? I’ll wait until Monday to breathe any sigh of relief. I think a major key for UCSB/Cal Poly is to stay in the RPI Top 30-39 range to feel OK. You never with the RPI. Hawaii could absolutely demolish LBSU and CSUN next week and still drop a few spaces. But I digress. Anticipating Monday’s RPI release.

    FWIW, Wahine are easily the favorites next weekend vs. LBSU/CSUN. All they need to do is mentally stay focused!

  22. darkfire35 November 16, 2019 10:53 pm

    18. Much mahalos for the link and info. I just couldn’t remember if it was part of the blog or the Star-Advertiser article, lol.

    16. Much mahalos too Cindy for the update. This ol’ brain just isn’t what it used to be.
    Xue is going to be a tough customer like Megan Jacobsen was with San Diego. Maybe not to that extent, but the Wahine will have to keep an eye out for her. Particularly since the Wahine will have to play back to back matches while their opponents only play 1 match. Which is why I asked the question previously. Why can’t we schedule so that we don’t have to kill ourselves and play 2 matches consecutively and our opponents only play 1?!?

  23. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 16, 2019 11:29 pm

    22. So true. The men play half the Big West double matches at home and the other half on the road. Why can’t they do the same with the women? Can’t Robyn Ah-Mow persuade the Big West Conference to allow them to alternate like that?

    Of course, my biggest wish would be for UH to negotiate with a different TV broadcaster next year that would not exclude people without cable to watch home games.

  24. Baby-Dude November 17, 2019 4:42 am

    Be ready for a 5 setter on Friday. Beach had a great Sr. night with the W, and i’m sure they want to spoil UH Sr. night with a W. 6K fans in the SSC would be great boost for the team. Wonder if they going have some entertainment during ceremony.

  25. Bowsfan November 17, 2019 5:33 am

    The 4 teams that play in the STAN, only men’s VB have 2 games series in conference per big west manual. The other 3 teams don’t have that. Can’t do anything about it. Men’s VB lucky to play same 2 teams in conference, same teams tired together the next match.

  26. lina November 17, 2019 5:45 am


    Can you please use the following abbreviations:

    STAN= Stanford University
    SSC or Stan = Stan Sheriff Center

    Thank you.

  27. Kahuna November 17, 2019 8:28 am

    I believe the women coaches in the BW don’t want the 2 matches in Hawaii because if their teams are not that good, that is a guaranteed two losses and it could break their season.

    I also remember reading that opposing coaches WANT to come every year to give their teams a chance to play in one of the best environments in college volleyball.

    With the men, it’s all about finances. With the women, it’s about fairness.

  28. Auntyz November 17, 2019 8:32 am

    Darkfiree5– transitions are difficult for all students athletes or not. Having a conncetion with someone from home be it town, state or country makes it easier.

  29. islandman November 17, 2019 8:55 am

    22. Travel and food expenses for parents or guardians also paid for by the school on official visits.

  30. Sheila November 17, 2019 9:08 am

    This is exactly what doctor prescribed to Wahine before heading to post-season, to have revived LongBeach in second day of back-to-back matches, to mimic post-season format. Win first day without wearing out key players much by using reserved players periodically, and then use the best line up mostly on Friday. Key to wahine success is how to use #20 smartly, without allowing only one defender to block and keep her quiet. Wish to see combination plays of #20 either with backrow attacker or MBs. Which disrupt defends and opens up for wahine’s all cylinder attack. Like wahine, revived LongBeach was capable to tame sub-25 teams with ~1-2 go-to players, at crucial phases of game.

  31. COlohe1 November 17, 2019 11:09 am

    Agree about #20. Key will be her receive/pass game.

  32. COlohe1 November 17, 2019 11:14 am

    Agree with Sheila…key will be #20 receive/pass game.

  33. darkfire35 November 17, 2019 11:59 am

    20. Mahalo for the link to LBSU interview. Yes, Friday will be tough. They are very motivated and all their players are healthy. I can only hope your 7th player, the fans, will help to disrupt their nerves and focus.

    27. I can see how scheduling double matches wouldn’t go over big with the coaches of the BWC, particularly after reading your comment about the teams wanting to come to Hawaii. We would only be able to accommodate 4 of the 8 teams.

    I’m eager to see what Robyn and staff will come up with so that they can take care of CSUN Thursday, without wearing out key players then giving a different look/line up against LBSU.

    Much mahalos to all for your input on freshmen/new player transitions and trips to Manoa campus.

  34. jm2375 November 17, 2019 2:41 pm

    I believe baseball and softball also do alternating years home-and-home series. It’s all about the money.

  35. abacaxi November 17, 2019 3:36 pm

    Will Senior Night also be White-Out Night?

  36. Warriorfan November 17, 2019 3:58 pm

    This is about a few blog posts back.
    But for Maverick. i also googled this Bulgarian pin hitter and she looks incredible. Have you emailed the UH coaches about her?she is probably headed to pro leagues right away but it Doesn’t hurt to try. Seems she follows Rado so might be familiar with UH volleyball.

  37. Beauston November 17, 2019 4:14 pm

    I actually think it’s an advantage for Wahine to play CSUN first before LBSU Friday. The Wahine had a bye week last week for the first time this season and I’m sure the girls took mental rest as well, at least I hoped so, for complete rest. The game with CSUN will be a good game to get them back into the game mindset since CSUN can give anyone fits including the Wahine so by the time Friday comes along, Wahine is all warmed up for the finale.

  38. UHVoice97 November 17, 2019 5:45 pm

    Since Cindy might be busy today (Sunday, 11-17), here are some Top 25 scores…

    No.  4 Stanford (H) def. UCLA: 25-18, 25-18, 25-20
    No.  8 Penn State (A) def. Northwestern: 25-15, 25-18, 25-15
    No. 17 Kentucky def. No. 11 Florida (H): 25-21, 15-25, 23-25, 26-24, 15-12
    No. 13 Washington (H) def. No. 15 Utah: 25-18, 20-25, 18-25, 25-14, 21-19
    No. 14 Creighton (A) def. Butler: 25-21, 25-22, 25-17
           USC def. No. 20 Cal (H): 25-16, 25-22, 21-25, 25-20
    No. 22 Washington State (H) def. Colorado: 25-23, 24-26, 13-25, 25-15, 15-9

    Cindy’s article in yesterday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser mentioned that the team wishes to experience a sell-out like how the men did for their Senior Night and the Big West Championship back in April. I’ll be there for sure. Let’s make it happen! Spread the word!

  39. Maverick November 17, 2019 6:05 pm

    19, 20. UCSB and Poly should be in the tourney if they win out. Who cares if they lose in the first or second round? The point is to get in and then let the matches play out. UH hasn’t gotten out of the subregional since 2015.

    21. UH’s large drop after the UCI loss was in part related to timing. One match result has a greater impact on a team’s RPI earlier in the season than later in the season (on the margin, the fewer matches played, the greater the impact an additional match has on the whole). Helps explain why UH’s RPI didn’t drop a lot after the recent matches against Davis and Riverside. Also difficult to predict drops without looking at other teams ranked just above or below a team. A lot of factors go into where a team’s adjusted RPI ranks is. Figstats is fairly accurate but it is an estimator and not official (the modeler admits differences with the NCAA official ranking can occur after he calculates the bonuses). I like it because you have daily updates versus weekly. Currently, the estimator has UH at 12, UCSB at 32 and Poly at 36. Interestingly, Poly has a better SOS than UH. However, UH has the better record, especially against the top 50 RPI teams, giving it more bonus points.

    36. No, I didn’t email the coaches, but you are welcome to do so. I would be surprised if Zarkovic doesn’t know about her because he used to coach at Partizan where Georgieva now plays for the women’s team. She’s 17 and is a baller, but I’d be shocked if she wasn’t headed for the pros. On another board, someone described the European recruit as a Redo-quality player, so I thought it was her.

    37. Reminds me of UH’s 2015 elite 8 year when UH had a lot of time off and needed 5 sets to beat TCU in the first round of the tournament. Time off is good for recovery, but sometimes a team comes back flat.

  40. darkfire35 November 17, 2019 8:59 pm

    39. I agree with your statement about taking time off may make a team come back flat. Joe Worsley used to say that he’d rather keep playing to keep the edge up. But boy howdy would I just fall flat on my face if I saw Jolie Rasmussen dress up!!! Even if she was just on the side and didn’t play, it might psychologically affect the other team thinking she would come in at any point in time. That may even affect their game to the point of losing focus.
    GO BOWS!!!

  41. Cindy Luis November 17, 2019 9:25 pm

    new thread up with Sunday scores

  42. Cindy Luis November 17, 2019 9:46 pm

    11. IMHO both UCSB and Cal Poly make the tournament
    23. The Big West is only in its third season of sponsoring men. I’ts a 6-team league as opposed to the women’ who have nine. And next year will have 11.
    There will be some changes next year with the women’, possibly not a true home and home schedule. And there is a potential to have a conference tournament
    Why do you think Ah Mow (no hyphen) would do that or have the power to have that done.
    Spectrum contract is a for a few more years
    27. Women’s volleyball follows the model of Men’s and Women’s Basketball.
    36. the UH coaches are pretty connected with Euro volleyball. Am sure they’re aware of the talent.
    and as Maverick says in 39 Zarkovic used to coach in the region.

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