Hawaii women’s volleyball: Wahine picked No. 2 in Big West poll

Robyn Ah Mow's Rainbow Wahine were narrowly picked to finish behind two-time defending champion Cal Poly again by the league's coaches. / Photo by Dennis Oda, Star-Advertiser

Hawaii was picked No. 2 behind Cal Poly in the Big West women’s volleyball coaches preseason poll released today.

The two-time defending conference champion Mustangs received five first-place votes with the Rainbow Wahine receiving the remaining four votes. It is the second straight year that the votes were divided as such.

1. Cal Poly (5) – 77
2. Hawai’i (4) – 76
3. UC Santa Barbara – 59
4. UC Irvine – 52
5. Long Beach State – 46
6. UC Davis – 39
7. CSUN – 27
8. UC Riverside – 18
9. Cal State Fullerton – 11

( ) Denotes first place votes


  1. vballfreak808 August 14, 2019 9:15 am

    Dang that one extra first place vote put Cal Poly ahead. Wonder which coaches voted which team to win.

  2. Big Island Volleyball Fan August 14, 2019 10:18 am

    1. I was curious, too. My guess is that UCSB tipped the scales as they easily beat Hawaii on the road last year. In the long run this doesn’t matter. It will only light a fire for the Rainbow Wahines to prove them wrong. I guess they went for seniority of players as Cal Poly has more veteran players. What really matters is chemistry and how the players jell together. Besides, Cal Poly’s lead is very tenuous. If Torrey van Winden is injured and out again, down goes the team.

  3. H-Man August 14, 2019 10:25 am

    I like coming from behind. I also understand there are uncertainties with the influx of 9 new players. A question of team chemistry.

  4. roygbivs August 14, 2019 10:36 am

    I think you can’t vote for your own team in this poll. CL is that correct? So RAM would have to pick another team

  5. menehune August 14, 2019 11:38 am

    The only poll that matters is the one at the end of the season. GO BOWS.

  6. Andrew August 14, 2019 1:04 pm

    I’m not surprised. Cal Poly has been a better program the last few years. I’d vote them first too. How the season actually plays out is yet to be seen.

  7. Cindy Luis August 14, 2019 3:06 pm

    4. I believe you can vote for your own team. If I remember correctly it was the WAC that didn’t allow that.
    1-2. It was a 5-4 vote last year as well but the point difference was two points. This year it was one.

  8. nomu1001 August 14, 2019 4:31 pm

    Cal Poly won the title last year and deserve to be number one in this preseason poll.

  9. Cindy Luis August 14, 2019 9:53 pm

    8. I don’t know if them winning the conference last year has any bearing on this year’s poll but they do return five starters and POY Van Winden.
    New thread up about Gasman making NORCECA Championship Cup roster

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