Hawaii tops The Beach, 3-1

In the season's first meeting between Hawaii and Long Beach State, UH's Sarah Liva hit over LBSU's Allison Martinez (1) and Emma Kirst (3) during the fourth set at the Stan Sheriff Center on Oct. 12. The teams are rematching at the Pyramid on Saturday. / Photo by Andrew Lee, Special to the Star-Advertiser

FINAL: After dropping the first set, the Rainbow Wahine come back to win in four at the Pyramid, 19-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19, to improve to 12-2 in Big West play.

Here’s the breaking news.

Set 4 Hawaii wins 25-19
6:10: Kills by Natasha Burns and Sky Williams ends it.
6:05: McKenna Granato blocked, 49ers close to 21-17. TO Hawaii
6:00 Kills by Angel Gaskin and McKenna Ross puts Hawaii up 18-12. TO Beach
5:55: Hawaii challenging whether Kirst hit was long. Hawaii wins challenge. followed by a 49er lift. UH up 14-11. TO 49ers.
Without the challenge system, it would have been 12-12. Instead reversal makes it 13-11, then 14-11.
SET 3 Hawaii wins 25-17
5:37: Kill by McKenna Granato ends it, UH uses a 4-0 scoring run to win 25-17.
Granato becomes 20th Wahine to reach 1,000 kills when pulling Hawaii to within 4-3.
5:34: Angel Gaskin and Sky Williams stuff Hailey Harward, Hawaii up 20-16. TO 49ers.
5:23: 3 straight aces by Norene Iosia, Hawaii leads 9-6. TO Beach.
Set 2 Wahine win 25-21
5:09: Call stands but Service error by 49ers and Spriggs blocked by Norene Iosia. Hawaii takes Set 2 25-21.
5:07: Hawaii challenging Tyler Spriggs’ kill being in. as it stands, UH leads 23-21. If it stands, Spriggs is 14-0-23
5:02: Hitting error by 49ers. UH up 22-18. TO Beach.
4:49: Kill by Angel Gaskin gives Hawaii a 19-17 lead. TO Beach.
4:45: Spriggs with her 11th kill, 49ers lead 7-4. TO Hawaii
Sky Williams in for Sarah Liva
SET 1 Beach wins 25-19
4:35: Tyler Spriggs with her seventh kill, Beach wins 25-19
4:30: two errors by Kashauna Williams helps Hawaii close to 22-16. TO Beach. Williams has all four of the 49ers errors
4:26: Kirsten Sibley blocked. Beach up 19-11. TO Hawaii
4:16: Beach on 4-0 run, lead 9-4, TO UH
4:08 Game delay due to ref’s stanchion not being affixed correctly. May be an issue with the GoPro camera for the video replay system
Same starters about Friday
McKenna Granato, McKenna Ross, Sarah Liva, Natasha Burns, Norene Iosia, Faith Ma’afala, Tita Akiu, Angel Gaskin
49ers have switched their setter and libero from the last time they saw Hawaii.
Hawaii (15-7, 11-2) at Long Beach State (13-12, 5-7) 4 p.m. HST
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Top 25
3) Minnesota def. Michigan State, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 21-25, 15-7
7) Penn State def. Iowa, 25-14, 25-12, 25-13
9) Creighton def. Seton Hall 25-16, 25-19, 25-13
13) Purdue def. Indiana, 25-22, 22-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-12
19) Marquette def. Georgetown 25-14, 26-24, 25-10
23) UCF def. Temple 25-14, 25-20, 17-25, 31-29
Illinois State def. 25) Northern Iowa, 25-20, 24-26, 25-14, 22-25, 15-11


  1. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 3:45 pm

    Play hard.

    Give the committee something to mull over.

  2. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 3:49 pm

    In women’s volleyball, Nebraska is the better job than Central Florida. The Cornhuskers are perennial winners.

    But football?

    Scott Frost doesn’t realize he had a good thing going at UCF.

    He is living in the eighties.

  3. Cindy Luis November 3, 2018 4:19 pm

    Reminder. Game updates in main box

  4. Ashley November 3, 2018 4:29 pm

    this is so far embarrassing. LBSU playing like they have nothing to lose, Hawaii playing like they are double parked

  5. eMpTy November 3, 2018 4:38 pm

    They keep taking a good game but they always come out flat. Hopefully they can pull it together.
    Go Bows…….

  6. eMpTy November 3, 2018 4:43 pm

    It should have been talk a good game. They always seem to have trouble with Long Beach and I think its because they have a taller team. UH almost always struggle against tall teams. Prove me wrong ladies. Go Bows…

  7. eMpTy November 3, 2018 5:10 pm

    Way to go to make me eat my words. Keep doing it. Go Bows…

  8. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 3, 2018 5:26 pm

    It was interesting to listen to Brian Gimillaro’s color commentary. He mentioned the outstanding players from the past on both sides and how former foes became friends on the USA Team. What hurt the most was his gloating over knocking Hawaii out from the Final Four in 1989. That was when I started hating Long Beach as that was the year I temporarily converted from being a Cal Poly fan to a Hawaii fan since Hawaii was going to host at home and I was going to travel to Hawaii but canceled as a result of the loss. (Seven years later I moved to the Big Island.) Since then I used to cheer against Long Beach except in the senior year of Misty May. So you may call me a fickle fan as I swing back and forth between supporting Cal Poly, then Hawaii and then Cal Poly again until the van Winden sisters graduate (I was a Cal Poly student when their parents played for Cal Poly). Then I’ll switch back to being a Hawaii fan again. Hope you don’t delete this post, Cindy, because of my wavering loyalties. I still cheer good Hawaii plays against Long Beach as I have no love for Long Beach. I’d be glad if both teams (Cal Poly & UH) could make the playoffs. They wouldn’t play against each other in the first or second rounds.

  9. Cindy Luis November 3, 2018 5:42 pm

    8. the ncaa usually avoids putting teams from the same conference at least for the first two rounds.

  10. Lori November 3, 2018 6:13 pm

    Poor Robyn – this team is going to make her age faster with all the slow starts. Good thing this season is almost over.

  11. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 6:14 pm

    I live in hope.

  12. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 3, 2018 6:15 pm

    Good that UH beat Long Beach. Brian Gimillaro paid positive tribute to Hawaii. He also stated that the NCAA should grant an at-large berth to Hawaii since they missed a few crucial matches due to Hurricane Lane. So overall, he has been gracious to Hawaii except for rubbing in the 1989 loss. So maybe UH has a shot at the NCAA playoffs if they win the rest of their matches. Also, congrats to McKenna Granato for surpassing thousand career kills and being recognized as player of the match.

  13. darkfire35 November 3, 2018 6:18 pm

    Cindy, great job as usual. Tried to stream ESPN3 but it was so herky jerky that it was more fun listening to Tiff Wells. I’ve gotten more used to knowing what he’s going to say by his pausing and timing. I love when he mentions the opponents name then he shouts “B – L – O – C – K – E – D!!! You shall not pass!” He speaks so fast but I can still understand what he says.

    Who was it that he mentioned was going to sign with the Bows that everyone in the country is trying to recruit…or something like that. I heard the tail end of his announcement.

    Mahalo nui loa for all you do!

  14. Cindy Luis November 3, 2018 6:58 pm

    13. Will mention it to Tiff about speaking quickly. I think he’s really good. But I am biased (as his mother).
    Expected to sign Wednesday is Riley Wagoner OH from Dublin, Ohio. Named to the second team of American Volleyball Coaches Association’s 13th annual Under Armour Girls High School All-America Teams.
    You’ll notice Emily Fitzner, S, Torrey Pines has a blank next to College commit. She was headed to USC but not sure what happened. She is the daughter of former Wahine Cheri Boyer.
    Hawaii is expected to sign at least 5. Have mentioned earlier that Wahine will be good next year but they will be young.
    Here’s the complete team

  15. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 3, 2018 7:33 pm

    Only one player from the entire Under Armor Girls High School All-American teams chose Hawaii while UCSB netted more than one player. It will be interesting to learn who will commit to Hawaii next year. Well, maybe by 2020 Hawaii could regain its Big West title when these new girls get a year’s collegiate experience under their belts and the last of the van Winden sisters, the better player graduates.

  16. Cindy Luis November 3, 2018 7:42 pm

    15. Personally don’t think high school accolades automatically translate to greatness in college.
    UCSB only had one player

  17. greenthumb November 3, 2018 7:47 pm

    Whew. Glad the team was able to wrap up this match. It was interesting that Gimmillaro was able to pinpoint the moments at which whoever established a lead would ride it to victory.

    Also interesting that he keeps bringing up the hurricane as an external factor the NCAA selection committee should be considering as a one-off regarding Hawaii’s RPI this season. Not sure how that might translate, but it’s nice that he is going on record about it.

  18. darkfire35 November 3, 2018 8:02 pm

    14. Cindy, I don’t have a problem with Tiff speaking fast; he has to to keep up with the action and do it in a very descriptive way. It’s just amazing to me how good he is at keeping up with all the action and being informative on other things at the same time. Interesting about Emily Fitzner… Much mahalos for all the updates!

  19. Cindy Luis November 3, 2018 8:07 pm

    17. It is an interesting take by BG.
    Instead of Hawaii playing K-State (RPI 60) and losing twice, Wahine would have had matches with UCLA (RPI 23) and Gonzaga (167). What would have helped is if Pitt (RPI 8) and Utah (RPI 38) hadn’t pulled out of the tournament, leaving them with Coastal Carolina twice (RPI 115).
    But these teams’ RPI likely would be lower having played Hawaii.

    One key play … and the reason that the CRS (Challenge Review System) should be mandatory … came in Set 4. Akiu’s ace gave Hawaii the 12-11 lead. Kirst’s attack initially ruled a kill which would have tied it at 12. Ah Mow-Santos won the challenge, attack ruled long, made it 13-11. Beach called for a lift and it’s 14-11. Then 15-11 on a kill by Iosia.

  20. cappie the dog November 3, 2018 9:11 pm

    The RPI is an excuse to keep mid-majors out of the NCAAs.

    Those committee members who select the teams, aren’t they almost always from the big schools?

    I like what the NIT Basketball Tournament does.

    Every conference leader gets an automatic bid.

  21. Cindy Luis November 3, 2018 9:35 pm

    new thread up on Cia Goods.
    20. No, selection committee not always from big schools.
    Every conference gets an automatic bid in women’s volleyball in the NCAA, just like men’s and women’s basketball.

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