Hawaii women’s volleyball: No. 22 Hawaii 3, UC Davis 2

Hanna Hellvig went up for a swing from the back line in the first set Sunday. / Photo by Brian McInnis

FINAL: No. 22 Hawaii reverse swept UC Davis, 22-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-17, 15-12 on the night of the 25th anniversary celebration for the opening of the Stan Sheriff Center in 1994.

Set 5: UH wins 15-12

745: Davis challenging a touch. If denied UH wins 15-12. if not, we’re at 14-13.
7:43: Davis challenging whether Ross was in the net on the attack that they called back row block on Davis setter. Call stands. UH up 14-12.
7:40: Ace by Norene Iosia ties it at 11. TO Davis. Iosia has passed Nikki Taylor and is all alone in 8th on career list at 118.
7:36. Hard to explain why the call wasn’t reversed when Bailey Choy was called for a back-row block. She did not leave her feet and her hands were below the plane of the net. Up ref said no, awarding point to Davis and tying it at 8.
Hawaii aced and it’s now 10-9 Davis.
7:32: Call stands. UH up 8-6
7:31: Davis challenging whether Norene Iosia’s kill was out. If it stands. UH up 8-7 at the changeover.
7:30: Call stands. it’s 7-6
7:29: Hawaii challenging ball in. If call stands, Davis pulls to 7-6.
7:22: Hawaii spotted Davis a 2-0 lead. on Brooke Van Sickle’s serve, it’s 4-2. TO Aggies.
Set 4: Hawaii wins 25-17
7:23: Amber Igiede ends it on Hawaii’s third set point. On to 5.
7:10: Davis resting some of its starters. Hawaii was up 21-10. It’s now 21-13. TO UH
7:03: Hawaii pulling away at 15-8. TO Davis.
6:57: Hawaii up 9-4. TO Davis.
Set 3: UH wins 25-22
6:47: Norene Iosia and Sky Williams stuff Lauren Matias to end it.
6:44: Norene Iosia with her first hitting error. Davis pulls to 23-22. TO UH
6:42: Call stands. UH up 21-19.
6:41: Davis challenging serve in. If call reversed. it would be 20-20. If not UH up 21-19
6:37: Hawaii up 20-17 on a kill by Riley Wagoner. TO Davis
6:24: Call stands. UH up 6-4
6:23: Hawaii challenging a touch on Hanna Hellvig’s attack. If call stands, it’s 6-4 UH.
6:19: Hawaii up 6-2. TO Aggies.
6:15: Brooke Van Sickle in to start Set 3
Set 2: Davis wins 25-21
6:09: Service error by Bailey Choy out of the timeout ends it. It was Hawaii’s seventh error.
6:07: Hawaii holds off three set points, closes to 24-21. TO Davis.
6:03: Call stands. it’s 21-17.
6:02. Hawaii challenging whether there was a net violation on the block of McKenna Ross. If not, Davis up 21-17.
5:52: Down 11-9, Braelyn Akana in for Amber Igiede. UH calls a timeout, possibly to avoid a rotation violation.
5:49: Davis up 11-8. TO Hawaii.
5:44: Hanna Hellvig with her fifth hitting error. Subbed out by Riley Wagoner. UCD up 5-4
Set 1: /Davis wins 25-22
5:38: Aggies finish it off 25-22. just the third set the Aggies have won in Honolulu in their trips to HNL
5:33: McKenna Ross on the service overpass of Hanna Hellvig’s serve. UH closes to 23-21. TO Davis
5:30: UC Davis up 22-18. TO UH. Wahine having a hard time with the Aggies taller left-side attack
5:17: Wahine have scored 5 straight to tie at 8. two kills by McKenna Ross, two blocks and a dig-kill by Hellvig. TO Aggies
5:10: UH down 8-3, Davis with four blocks. TO UH
Starting tonight
Amber Igiede, Bailey Choy, Sky Williams, Norene Iosia, Rika Okino, Hanna Hellvig, McKenna Ross. Tiffany Westerberg (I think) next sub
Wahine breaking out new jerseys
For some reason unable to upload. Long sleeves with retro Rainbow logo
Sunday 5 p.m.
UC Davis (12-7, 4-2) at No. 22 Hawaii (15-3, 5-2)
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Top 25
No. 2 Stanford (H) def. No. 18 Utah, 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 25-18, 17-15
NO. 3 Pitt def. NC State, 25-9, 25-16, 25-12
No. 8 Penn State def. Michigan State, 26-24, 25-11, 25-19
No. 10 Washington def. Arizona, 25-23, 25-14, 21-25, 25-18
No. 11 Creighton def. Xavier, 25-17, 25-23, 25-15
No. 13 Florida def. LSU, 25-20, 25-20, 25-21
No. 15 Cal def. Colorado, 25-23, 25-22, 24-26, 25-27, 16-14
No. 16 Kentucky def. Alabama, 25-7, 25-17, 25-7
No. 19 Rice def. Louisiana Tech, 25-15, 25-14, 25-19
Arizona State def. No. 21 Washington State, 19-25, 17-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-12
Virginia Tech def. Louisville, 19-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-17
No. 24 Western Kentucky def. UTSA, 25-10, 25-13, 25-22
No. 25 Missouri def. Tennessee, 25-14, 25-16, 18-25, 25-14


  1. Aloha73g October 20, 2019 4:38 pm

    Arena doors didn’t open until 4:08pm. Lines our to the parking ramp at 4:30pm. They finally opened more doors. HUGE Crowd tonight!!

  2. Connor October 20, 2019 4:57 pm

    Typical UH incompetence. Big event. Gates open late. No guides outside to help direct traffic. Why do we pay Sheriff money to manage arena?

  3. D October 20, 2019 5:02 pm

    2…and look who the R2 is tonight: Ernie ho…get ready for a wild ride…

  4. Cindy Luis October 20, 2019 5:06 pm

    1-2. Agree about the poor planning
    Sheriff has nothing to do with traffic.
    now the gate issues not sure where that lies.

  5. Kazu October 20, 2019 5:14 pm

    Rough start for Wahine’s, Davies came to play.

  6. haka October 20, 2019 5:14 pm

    Wah wah wah

  7. Connor October 20, 2019 5:21 pm

    Car traffic getting into arena is not the issue. Crowd was lined up into parking lots. This is a manager issue. This is a crybaby issue. This is to point out shortcomings on arena management. Hama are you at game? Did you have to wait1/2 to get in?

  8. Blunite October 20, 2019 5:25 pm

    Could use better passing. #1 priority is to pass the ball.

  9. ManoaFan October 20, 2019 5:28 pm

    Oh no, IT’S refereeing our game again. When the game is on the line, watch all our correct challenges be for nothing.

  10. Blunite October 20, 2019 5:35 pm

    Forget having 5 attackers, passing the ball is more important. 3 attackers are enough, as long as the passing is on point.

  11. Cindy Luis October 20, 2019 5:36 pm

    7. my apologies. misread your comment. thought you were discussing traffic backed up.

  12. T103 October 20, 2019 5:48 pm

    Ahhh lets go ladies! Lets find a way to put down balls and get kills!

  13. HawaiiMongoose October 20, 2019 5:54 pm

    Our serving specialists aren’t special tonight.

  14. Kazu October 20, 2019 6:01 pm

    Hate to say it but Davies looking for a sweep, and it may happen. Hawaii has no fight in them, and no one on the floor to fire them up. The way its going if Hawaii wants a W they going have to go 5.

  15. warriorwahine October 20, 2019 6:07 pm

    what is wrong na wahine? never mind injuries, they look depleted of strength. lets go bows!

  16. Blunite October 20, 2019 6:09 pm

    Perhaps bringing back a team psychologist would help. Hopefully, the backcourt comes around.

  17. Kauaiboy October 20, 2019 6:12 pm

    Hoping they can at least show some fight and determination; this is a huge night for the program and to be playing with no emotion really sucks! Sad sad sad Wahine!

  18. HawaiiMongoose October 20, 2019 6:12 pm

    Has anyone seen the real Wahine? If so please let them know there’s a match at the SSC tonight. However they need to arrive soon or they’ll miss it.

  19. warriorwahine October 20, 2019 6:19 pm

    well the gal from battleground is back to bring the battle. lets go bows!

  20. Kazu October 20, 2019 6:19 pm

    18 One real Wahine injured and the other Wahine can play but don’t look like she going get in.
    The rest out cruising some place . Lets hope they show up,and ready to go 5.

  21. H-Man October 20, 2019 6:19 pm

    Van Sickle in. I wonder if she can make a difference? The current version of the Wahine is a very average team.

  22. Blunite October 20, 2019 6:20 pm

    Bless her heart, BVS providing solid passing.

  23. mei mei October 20, 2019 6:26 pm

    Why is RAM is quick to pull certain players out but leaves Ross in even after making repeated errors

    This is hard to watch!!!

  24. Blunite October 20, 2019 6:45 pm

    Davis is earning their points, better than their record indicates. But the tide is turning.

  25. warriorwahine October 20, 2019 6:46 pm

    wahine time to ignite. lets go bows!

  26. T103 October 20, 2019 6:46 pm

    WOO HOO, seems like we got into a rhythm, lets do it again ladies! Gottah fight hard for this one!

  27. H-Man October 20, 2019 6:47 pm

    That was an in-your-face block by Skylar. Feel the Wahine confidence coming back,

  28. Kazu October 20, 2019 7:02 pm

    BVS should have started from set one, i think it would have made a difference.

  29. warriorwahine October 20, 2019 7:10 pm

    28. or at least set 2. dunno what robyn was doing.

  30. T103 October 20, 2019 7:31 pm

    LETS GO WAHINE!!! Keep the ball rolling, lets win this in the 5th!

  31. Blunite October 20, 2019 7:31 pm

    Passing going south, need the good hands peeps in backcourt.

  32. Blunite October 20, 2019 7:36 pm

    Davis targeting MR on serve.

  33. D October 20, 2019 7:39 pm

    The R1 even had the gall to card UH for delay! Get these refs outta here!!!

  34. z October 20, 2019 7:46 pm

    Way to go wahine.

  35. Blunite October 20, 2019 7:48 pm

    Wahine give new meaning to “cardiac kids”.

  36. HawaiiMongoose October 20, 2019 7:51 pm

    The real Wahine arrived in the nick of time! Wohoo!

    Seriously, having Van Sickle back in the lineup made a huge difference. The team seemed a lot steadier and more confident with her on the court. Hopefully she stays healthy for the rest of the season.

  37. Brandon October 20, 2019 7:52 pm

    My comments arent posting.

  38. Brandon October 20, 2019 7:53 pm

    Ok wait now its working. So like I was trying to say,

    That was definitely a delay of game and deserved yellow card. UH knows they cannot challenge this and its a judgement call, and choy did look like she jumped and was above the net.

    Brooke saved us. Thank god for her.

    Also who is the girl on the team. The one with down sydrome. She is absolutely adorable and is always there cheering the girls on.

  39. tongo October 20, 2019 8:37 pm

    Great comeback! Thank you ladies for pulling it out. It would have been a huge emotional disappointment if we would have lost on this particular 25th anniversary evening. Really like the fact that RAM said in post match interview that she said nothing to the team during the intermission except those things that needed adjustment. She gave ownership back to the team and the team responded. They even look like they were having fun. Like the adjustment of taking Hellvig out of the backcourt for the last 3 sets and let her focus just on hitting and blocking in front court. Hanna responded really well. People will be talking about this match on the 50th anniversary.

  40. warriorwahine October 20, 2019 8:42 pm

    36 and 38. brooke surely save na wahine okole. she brought the battleground back on na wahine side and turned the tide.

    39. hanna seemed depleted in the back row. good thing robyn dedicated her focus to more up front, that helped her alot.

  41. nomu1001 October 20, 2019 8:51 pm

    BVS turned the match around. Hellvig came back strong in the last few games and was a big part of the win. Ross finally (imho) starting hitting smarter, and it was disappointing not seeing her tooling the block as much as she could have in the earlier sets.

    Couple of players need to get over themselves and play at the level they can play.

    BVS played at AA level. Imho, this team needs to find their identity, which they seem to be on their way to doing, especially when they are playing with energy and having fun.

    Hope rehab for BVS and JR is going well. Coaches must always make their player’s welfare a top priority and they need to communicate their expectations. And that communication works both ways, coaches to players, players to coaches.

  42. noblesol October 20, 2019 8:57 pm

    38. The yellow card was probably deserved, but the protest that led to it was deserved as well. Choy was back row setter in the front row when a shot came her way. She didn’t jump, and had her hands up in front of her face. The ball was hit hard at her and she guarded her face with the smarts to position her hands so that the ball bounced back across the net. It was a bang bang play. A legal play, back row player in the front row not jumping and guarding their face. The Up Ref didn’t see it or didn’t believe it. Choy demonstrated for the refs that flat footed with her hands reaching straight up that her hands don’t get above the net. No matter, the Up Ref was determined.

  43. shar October 20, 2019 8:57 pm

    I have to give major kudos to Norene Iosia. When we say the top two players are not playing we are not acknowledging her contributions to all aspects of the game.

  44. Andy October 20, 2019 9:55 pm

    43 – yes, a good Hawaii nominee for BW POW.

  45. sports for fun October 21, 2019 12:09 am

    I was at the game tonight. The first two sets were hard to watch. They looked confused and no energy. When BVS was announced that she was starting set 3, a huge cheer came from the crowd! Her being on the court made a HUUUUUGE difference!! She definitely was the MVP tonight!

  46. darkfire35 October 21, 2019 12:38 am

    42. Based on the replay, Choy’s feet did leave the floor.

    45. Agreed. BVS according to CMac(announcer) contributed defense and offense. But, IMHO, she contributed more than that. Her presence produced a spark. She was the lift the Wahine needed to get their mojo working. She juiced up their adrenaline and created incentive, motivation and drive when they were faltering. You cannot coach motivation. You can only have it or be doomed from the lack of it. Thank you BVS for your motivational presence!!! GO BOWS!!!

  47. Connor October 21, 2019 4:59 am

    Did anyone ask RAM why she waited until game 3 to put BVS in?

  48. Setaone October 21, 2019 5:51 am

    Hawaii needs to have at least two of the three (Hellvig, BVS, or Rasmussen) on the court. With only one, Hawaii will continue to struggle, but with at least two, the offense becomes less predictable and more steady.

  49. noblesol October 21, 2019 7:42 am

    46. You’re right, just watched the DVR, and Choy did leave her feet on that ‘controversial’ call in the fifth. At least a few inches. Up Ref got it right. Apparently Choy didn’t realize what she did, or she was pitching hokum. It drew in her coaches and resulted in the yellow card. The next play, UC Davis had a service error. So the back and forth took some time, amped the crowed, and chilled the server. Sometimes, it pays to argue a bit over close calls. It can steal back a little momentum, if not pushed too far.

  50. Brandon October 21, 2019 7:48 am


    Brooke only practiced once. She didn’t think she would need Brooke. She thought her team could do it. Obviously we needed her and I’m glad Robyn did put her in. But it wouldn’t have looked good if she put in a player who didn’t practice over a player that did

  51. rabbit ears October 21, 2019 8:21 am

    thought Wagoner played well tonight also. I know her offense is a work in progress. She passed very well tonight.

  52. Cindy Luis October 21, 2019 8:59 am

    New thread up with RPI and poll

  53. Cindy Luis October 21, 2019 9:13 am

    couple of comments
    Up ref flown in form mainland.
    Think the yellow card was deserved for delay of game.
    I didn’t think Choy had left her feet since she is aware she is a back-row player. I didn’t see the replay so guess I’m wrong.
    Van Sickle didn’t practice until Thursday. She isn’t totally healthy and they don’t wont’ to risk further aggravating it.
    Hellvig struggled on the left. She went 8-0-12 in Sets 4-5 when hitting mostly right.
    With Van Sickle in, that meant Westerberg was out.

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