Hawaii women’s volleyball: Hellvig FOW; UH to No. 13; Congrats to Hartong

Hawaii's Hanna Hellvig was named the BIg West freshman of the week for her efforts over the weekend. / Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell, Star-Advertiser

Hawaii outside hitter Hanna Hellvig was named Freshman of the Week today by the Big West.

The Outrigger Hotels & Resorts MVP averaged 3.36 kills, 3.45 digs and 1.18 blocks per set while swinging at a .289 (37-11-90) clip. Hellvig recorded her first two career double-doubles, tallying 17 kills and 17 digs against Utah Valley and 11 kills with 12 digs versus UCLA.

Hellvig tied her career high in blocks with five against both West Virginia and Utah Valley.

She was also nominated for Player of the Week. That Award went to Cal Poly’s Maia Dvoracek.

UH freshman middle Amber Igiede was nominated for Defensive Player of the Week. That went to UCSB’s Rowan Ennis.

Undefeated Hawaii moved up five spots to No. 13 in today’s American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25.

The Rainbow Wahine (9-0) next face two of the remaining six unbeaten teams in the country in No. 17 Missouri (8-0) on Saturday and No. 5 Baylor (7-0) on Sunday in Waco, Texas.

The other undefeated teams are new No. 1 Nebraska (7-0), No. 6 Pitt (10-0) and Cal (8-0).

Also in today’s poll, defending NCAA champion Stanford (5-1) losing its first match to Minnesota (4-2) on Saturday, dropped to No. 2. The Cardinal traded places with the Huskers.

Washington (7-1), which Hawaii beat 3-1 in the season-opening tournament, moved up two spots to No. 10.


Former Hawaii indoor All-American Emily Hartong teamed with Geena Urango to win gold at the NORCECA Tour event in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The U.S. pair defeated Canadians Molly McBain-Becky Thresham, 21-19, 21-14 in the final.

Hartong also has been named to the U.S. team for the ANOC World Beach Games next month in Qatar. Also named were former SandBow All-Americans Katie Spieler and Karissa Cook .

Among those on the men’s team are Punahou grads Taylor Crabb and Riley and Maddison McKibbin.


  1. shar September 16, 2019 9:23 am

    Go Bows! Thank you for an amaaaaaaazing start to an exciting season. Hawai’i is proud of you. Thank you for representing us so well.

  2. Andrew September 16, 2019 9:42 am

    Don’t mean to be that guy but didn’t Hawaii beat Washington 3-1?

    That’s a nice jump up to #13 though. Well deserved after a nice sweep of UCLA

  3. wahinefan87 September 16, 2019 9:49 am

    Washington moved up to No. 10, I believe.

  4. tongo September 16, 2019 10:26 am

    Well deserved and totally earned. Congrats! Good luck in Texas – one at a time.

  5. Cindy Luis September 16, 2019 10:47 am

    2-3. thanks. have fixed it in main thread. not sure what i was looking at

  6. jm2375 September 16, 2019 10:52 am

    Just wondering – I might have missed it previously – was there a reason UH did away with the 10 min intermission between Sets 2 & 3?

  7. Andrew September 16, 2019 10:58 am

    Barring a complete collapse in conference play, I’d say it’s safe to say with wins over UCLA and Washington that should cement a post season spot even if they lose both games in Waco this week right?

  8. jm September 16, 2019 11:14 am

    Surprising that Pitt got a first place vote, considering that they barely hung on against Pepperdine…

  9. Brandon September 16, 2019 1:00 pm

    Hawaii could lose those 2 matches and 4 maybe even 5 matches, and they would be ok imo. RPI futures today has them at 14 with four losses

  10. Cindy Luis September 16, 2019 1:01 pm

    7. very early to say that IMHO but it will help with the RPI for sure. As does Cal Poly’s win over Utah. Now if Beach could have pulled it out against Florida ….

  11. Cindy Luis September 16, 2019 1:06 pm

    Note update in main box with Hellvig FOW

  12. blunite September 16, 2019 1:37 pm

    Interestingly, Hawaii may have the shortest front line (and no All Americans-AA) in the AVCA top 25. Translation: the whole is greater than the parts.

    Moreover, lacking terminators, UH’s serve-receive, ball handling skills, and blocking are proving to be more than adequate compensation.

  13. tongo September 16, 2019 1:57 pm

    Congrats to Hanna on another stellar weekend. This freshmen class is so special. I can’t remember when we had so many starters that were freshmen.

  14. Maverick September 16, 2019 2:50 pm

    Top 10 Observations from AVCA Poll #3 (9/16/19):

    1. Nine voters put UH in the top 10. Six voters put UH at #18 or worse. #13 seems like a good place to be, but if UH sweeps this weekend, they better be in the top 10 next Monday.

    2. UH Cheerleader of the Week: Steve Greene, HC of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Normally, I love a voter who rewards UH for its good wins and strong pre-season schedule. But at #5, Steve’s vote seems to have been made under an opioid-induced euphoria. In Poll #2, he voted UH #5, so maybe he was high last week too. All I can say is, “Go Islanders!”

    3. Doofus of the Week, Part 1: Toby Rens, HC of Georgetown. It’s bad enough that he voted UH #22 this week, the lowest ranking of all voters submitting ballots (no one else voted UH below #19). What’s worse, he voted UH #20 after the first week, then #21 last week, and now #22. I guess he subscribes to the theory that if you beat all your opponents, you should be punished in the polls.

    4. Voter who Keeps on Giving to UH: Matt Ulmer, HC at Oregon. First, we get Jolie, then Kyra, then Brooke. Now we get Matt’s vote at #10, one spot AHEAD of Washington.

    5. Starstruck: Looks like Jennifer Lopez decided to moonlight as the HC of North Dakota State now that her movie, Hustlers, came in #2 last weekend. She loves UH too, voting the team #10.

    6. Doofus of the Week, Part 2: The Toby rant continues. I looked more closely at Rens’ Mickey Mouse ballot, and he had the gall to vote the following teams ahead of UH: Creighton (3-3, #15), Oregon (2-3, #19) and Kentucky (6-3, #21). I suppose if a team loses, it should be rewarded, the reciprocal of the theory in Part 1 above.

    7. Big West Roundup: Two Big West Coaches vote in the AVCA poll. UCSB’s Nicole Lantange Welch voted UH #8 (cool!) and Michelle Patton-Coleman of Riverside voted UH #15 (not so cool!). Michelle’s no Big West homer, that’s for sure.

    8. I’m not bothered by Washington’s higher ranking at #10 versus Hawaii’s #13. If Team A beats Team B, Team B beats Team C, & Team C beats Team A, who do you rank the highest among the 3?

    9. I would have voted Stanford #1 this week despite the loss to Minny. At some point, the idea of losing and dropping in the polls has to be balanced against schedule quality. Stanford has won at Florida, at home vs. Texas, and at Penn St., before losing to Minny on a neutral court. Tonight they play at Nebraska before returning home to play BYU. All these opponents are in AVCA’s top 12.

    10. Doofus of the Week, Part 3: Toby, really, voting Coastal Carolina #23? Ok, I guess some folks would be impressed with the Chanticleers’ 9-0 record. So was I, until I looked at their schedule. Only 2 wins came against teams with winning records: Towson and East Tennessee St., both at 7-2. No wins against any team we would consider to be good. But if CC beats Iowa State, Iowa and Lipscomb this coming weekend, then I’ll vote them in the top 25.

  15. darkfire35 September 16, 2019 3:03 pm

    Grattis, Hanna! You worked hard for that and well deserved too! Way to step up; both you, Skyler and Brooke!
    12. I wouldn’t say we are lacking terminators. It all depends on the dig, set and smart choice of where to put the ball. We have a lot of them that can “terminate” at any time. They considered Mac May to be UCLA’s terminator, but look how she ended up! She only had 7 kills, 3 errors, hitting @ .125.
    But yes, the “whole is greater than the sum of its parts”!!!

  16. alexm September 16, 2019 5:32 pm

    Anyone know who will be on the travel team for UH? Any players staying home?

  17. fredau9 September 16, 2019 6:09 pm

    I saw Jolie at school today. Still in the boot. Looks like recovery might take a while.

  18. darkfire35 September 16, 2019 7:24 pm

    14. Very clever and tongue in cheek satire on the have and have nots in the brain department for the AVCA polls! GO BOWS!!

  19. warriorwahine September 16, 2019 7:30 pm

    somebody including cindy, tell norene since its her fourth season and now that she is a senior – that shes got the nice hands (along with bailey) but how bout that nasty serve of hers? put it to good use more especially versus upcoming missouri and baylor!

    i remember her frosh year especially versus wisconsin when she first stepped onto the court was that auspicious stern look on her face before she served the ball it was like uh oh shes going to serve a mean jump topspin and inflict shellshock damage with an ace. ‘…and her serve was nasty!’ – wisconsin hc kelly sheffield

    although they ultimately lost that match being already down 0-2, i remember she instantly improved everyones performance substantially so and when she shoved the ball over, jousting at the net against really big girls at least twice that she showed she doesnt play just to hang out with the big gals but because she IS one of the BIG gals.

  20. Maverick September 16, 2019 8:12 pm

    17. Thanks much

  21. vballfan September 16, 2019 9:35 pm

    11. Hanna hou!!!!!!!!!!!??

  22. vballfan September 16, 2019 9:37 pm

    11. Hanna hou!!!!!!!!!
    Mistake: no question marks were intended in last post!
    Hanna hou!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Astroboy September 17, 2019 12:02 am

    6. It’s a rule change for 2018-2019. To quote the NCAA:

    Change: Reduce the maximum allowable time for intermission between sets two and three to five minutes for all matches.
    Rationale: Currently, the maximum length for intermission is 10 minutes. This proposal will keep the pace of play
    more continuous from match to match. In addition, it will enhance the fan experience.

    It hurts this fan’s experience. Not enough time to hit the restroom and get food, or have a sponsor contest.

  24. vballfan September 17, 2019 7:11 am

    What’s with UH not being able to record accurate heights for the players? Hanna looks taller than 6’2″. Brooke?
    Like the way Robyn is using more words like, “they” when talking about the team vs “I.”
    Shoji had that one down pat using “we” to this day!
    Sounds trivial, but very important for team unity.

  25. rabbit ears September 17, 2019 8:18 am

    watching the girls stand side by side. My guesstimate
    Hanna 6-3
    Jolie 6-2
    Riley 6-0
    Amber 6-2
    Westerberg 6-2
    Sky 6-1-1/2
    Norene 5-10-1/2
    Akana 5-10-1/2
    Bailey 5-8-1/2
    brooke 5-7
    makenna 5-9
    sibs 6-2

  26. vballfan September 17, 2019 8:39 am

    24. Thanks for your estimates. But, why can’t the official UH stats be accurate? What is behind the inaccuracies?

  27. Kahuna September 17, 2019 9:23 am

    I believe the heights are correct. You guys need to take into account that when they ask the girl for a measurement, they stand straight and upright as possible. What you see on tv is there regular everyday posture. Nobody walks around using their upright posture. Everybody slouch when they are not being measured.

    BVS was listed at 5-9 at UO. Did UO mis-measured her too? Tiffany was listed at 6-3 in her youth bios.

    My guess is the measurements are a accurate as possible. Hanna probably grew hence her wrong measurement.

  28. jm2375 September 17, 2019 9:37 am

    #22. Thanks. Not sure how I feel about it. Will miss the sponsor contest @ SSC and the “Corner Crew” analysis on TV.

    How many other schools had 10 min intermissions?

  29. Cindy Luis September 17, 2019 9:56 am

    couple of comments.
    The heights are correct
    Only time they do 10 minute intermissions normally is if they have radio/TV
    just like they only do the technical timeout at 15 if there is radio and no one has called a TO before
    They haven’t announced travel roster. they usually travel 14 so two will stay home. NCAA tournament is 15 max in uniform
    They did consider Mac May the terminator which is why she was target on serve.
    Shoji was told by TV not to say ‘we’ because as a “journalist” he’s supposed to stay neutral.
    19. do not intend to do that.
    26. have said multiple times they are still having problem with the stats program. it is ridiculous, I know, which is why i have told UH and the Big West I can’t use stats that aren’t accurate.

  30. Cindy Luis September 17, 2019 10:18 am

    16. just spoke to Ah Mow. They are traveling 14. she said she has one more day to decide who is traveling. No update on Rasmussen other than to say “She comes back when she comes back.”

  31. jm2375 September 17, 2019 10:20 am

    There were numerous times during the MVB season when the TTO was still called at 15 even when there had been a previous time, sometimes at 14. 😀

  32. jm2375 September 17, 2019 10:20 am

    * time out

  33. Cindy Luis September 17, 2019 10:22 am

    31. You’re right but it normally happens only in Hawaii. on the road the TTO only if there is a broadcast. Which is why they often call it a media TO.

  34. Cindy Luis September 17, 2019 10:58 am

    new thread up for Tuesday.

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