Indoor RPI at 57; SandBows Horseshoes today

Hawaii libero Reyn Akiu, left, outside hitter McKenna Granato, and setter Faith Ma'afala celebrated a point against Idaho earlier this season. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

Hawaii is down two spots to 57 in the latest NCAA RPI report.

Pepperdine, UH’s most recent opponent that defeated UH in five sets last Tuesday, moved up 9 to 45.

The only conference team with higher RPI than Hawaii is Cal Poly (up 3 to 19).

>Also ahead of the Wahine are:
Oregon (23, down 3) and Kansas State (52, down 2)

Behind Hawaii are:
UC Irvine up 10 to 70, Portland (76, down 17), UC Santa Barbara (94, down 1), Coastal Carolina (124, down 11), UC Davis (128, down 2), Idaho (137, down 1), Long Beach State (141, down 4) and Cal State Northridge (195, down 25 Also, San Diego State (202, down 1), UC Riverside (stays 254) and Cal State Fullerton (stays 305, down 3) out of the 336 teams in the RPI.

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Mentioned this early but:
The Rainbow Wahine will face Big West rival Cal Poly in a pair of afternoon exhibition dual matches on Saturday. UH and Cal Poly will compete in a traditional format during its first dual, before playing an experimental “Ryder Cup”-style dual in the second meeting. Instead of submitting a pre-match lineup, each coach will alternate selecting pairs against their counterparts to create the matchups on each court.
On Sunday, beach volleyball newcomer UC Davis will join the fray for a 16-team pairs tournament.
Times are TBA.

Top 25 Saturday
Top 25 Sunday
9) Creighton def. Villanova 29-27, 25-11, 25-21
10) Pittsburgh def. Duke 25-20, 25-17, 25-17
11) Kentucky def. Alabama 25-16, 25-19, 25-23
13) USC def. 19) Washington State 25-18, 25-18, 22-25, 25-22
14) Florida def. Auburn 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21
18) Marquette def. Xavier 25-15, 25-17, 25-13
20) Arizona def. Colorado 21-25, 8-25, 25-16, 25-20, 15-12
22) UCF def. East Carolina 25-17, 25-16, 25-23
23) Tennessee def. Mississippi State 25-22, 26-24, 25-15
24) Missouri def. Georgia 26-24, 22-25, 27-25, 25-21


  1. Hawaiian Style November 12, 2018 11:26 am

    Had hoped that Cindy would’ve continued in her long standing tradition of promoting Div.II as well.
    … Chaminade punched their tickets (out of Kona or Lihue, nonstop into Vancouver-bordering- Bellingham) with a weekend win against then potentialed UHH. It had been all guts & glory.

    #1/2 WWU, #2/1 San Bernardino, #14 CSLA, #17 Pomona, RVs #26/27 – Azusa Pac, CWU

  2. iGrokSpock November 12, 2018 2:29 pm

    24 Hot from yesterday’s blog, yes I was there for both. Kim Willoughby hit a very hard ball. Kee hit a very heavy ball. A different sound indeed.

  3. H-Man November 12, 2018 2:49 pm

    Yup, the loss to Pepperdine ended any hope for at-large invite. Plan for next year. Pepperdine is in at 45.

  4. Sheila November 12, 2018 5:25 pm

    If wahine could earn two wins against two tough Big West teams this week, RPI could climb from 57 to 49 and IMO, still there is realistic hope for at-large bid for post-season. Hopefully, selection will count favorably the facts that snapping CalPoly winning streak and sitting comfortably at second place in Big West Conference. So, finish up strong with BACK to BACK wins!

  5. H-Man November 12, 2018 6:21 pm

    Sheila, wish I could share your optimism.

  6. iGrokSpock November 13, 2018 9:03 am

    The NCAA can never be trusted to do the right thing. Whatever that thing may be.

  7. Ashley November 13, 2018 9:53 am

    read your article in this mornings paper. super excited for next season. this season hasn’t even ended but i am so anxious for next season to come around.

  8. cappie the dog November 13, 2018 3:16 pm


    Keep hope alive!

  9. Matt November 13, 2018 4:40 pm

    Well…looks like I was sort of right. That Pepperdine loss didn’t negate the full road trip completely. 2 of 3 isn’t that bad, now the girls need to finish strong and win the last two games. But as fate can tell, we’re about to find out what kind of finish we’ll get.

  10. IgnacioSaid November 13, 2018 6:45 pm

    I see that RAMS and staff have landed some very promising recruits (have stated that Wahine maybe 1-2 years away from being ranked)! I still believe that coaching staff (AND FANS) should get in the ear of the AD and make an adjustment , of how to schedule games (eliminate back to back games) to give our ladies a fighting chance. Maybe one of the bigs should play OPP/Dball , and to present a bigger block. Maybe , Norene can improve her game without distractions. Still have to wait another year for a setter (unless , RAMS can make a connection). GOOOO BOOOOWS

  11. Sheila November 13, 2018 7:18 pm

    5 mph comment made during pre-game commentary about star MB was very uncool and in fact threw off her usual rhythm and started papperdine game with two fierce slams way wide and then got benched even during crucial 5th game…Even the MB may not get any blocks in her stats but she brings good stat for our star diggers by forcing opponents to play into diggers trap lanes. Wish complete wahine armory used smartly against Irvine who made three 23-25 against CalPoly…Selection is not only based on RPI (which is computed only by software) but also other favorable factors. For example, unlike Pacific and Longbeach, Hawaii still maintained good standing in conference Table. Also, maintained highest standard in arena, attendance and broadcasting. IMO, wahine is still in hunt for at-large bid with two last wins which could earn two entries from BigWest.

  12. Cindy Luis November 13, 2018 7:19 pm

    10. have said that they are working on the back-to-back issue
    They know they need a setter for next year and are looking.
    11. No idea what you are talking about in regards to 5 mph star MB

  13. rai November 13, 2018 7:51 pm

    I think I know what you are talking about Shiela. Yeah that comment was a little insulting considering the MB was a part of ther recruiting class in his/her regime. Shouldn’t have said at all.

  14. CTS November 13, 2018 7:53 pm

    According to the latest predictions, Hawaii will make it to the tournament with one of the last at large bids.

  15. Manoafan November 14, 2018 12:51 am

    Warriors got snubbed by the NCAA… that was ridiculous to choose Irvine over them. I NEVER trust the NCAA.

  16. cappie the dog November 14, 2018 4:48 am


    The ’89-’90 UH men’s basketball team split the regular season series with BYU. Whereas the Cougars lost in the first round of the WAC Tournament to Utah and finished the season 21-8, Hawaii reached the conference final, falling short to UTEP, and finished the season 23-9. BYU finished second at 11-5 and Hawaii finished third at 10-6, but if you’re a bubble team, that bubble is supposed to burst if you lose in the first round of your conference tournament.

    Hawaii closed out the season 4-2. 6-3 if you include the conference tournament.
    BYU closed out the season 2-4. 2-5 if you include the conference tournament.

    My argument is that neither team should have made the field of 64, but, of course, BYU made it.
    The case for the Cougars was that they beat another NCAA participant Alabama Birmingham. Hawaii had no signature non-conference win.

    Yes, I agree.

    NEVER trust the NCAA. The way they exonerated a certain Big 10, Big 12, and ACC team, puts them in the same conversation as FIFA and the Olympic Committee.

  17. cappie the dog November 14, 2018 5:01 am

    I think longtime UH fans know this story but it bears repeating.

    The ’92-’93 women’s basketball team swept nationally-ranked UNLV at Klum Gym with UCLA AD Judith Holland in attendance.

    She was quoted as saying that it didn’t matter.

    True, Hawaii lost in the first round of the conference tournament(don’t do that), but they were the Big West regular season champions and was 2-1 against the Pac-10.

    And here is the biggest folly. Out of 25 AP ranked teams, Hawaii, ranked 23rd in the last regular season poll, was the only team that was left out.

    It sounds like I’m making this up, but Judith Holland was actually on the longlist as a potential candidate for the AD job after Stan Sheriff passed away.

    Vince Goo reportedly said that he would fling his body off the Pali Lookout if she made the shortlist.

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