Pepperdine defeats Hawaii 3-2

The scoreboard from Firestone Fieldhouse at Pepperdine. / Photo courtesy Tiff Wells

FINAL: Pepperdine defeats Hawaii in five, 19-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-18, 15-6, to fall to 16-8 on the season with the nonconference loss.

Here’s the breaking news on it.

Mahalo to The Voice of Hawaii Volleyball Tiff Wells for the picture from Firestone Fieldhouse.
Set 5 Pepperdine wins 15-6
6:09: Wahine down 10-4. TO.
6:07: Not looking good. Pepperdine rolled out 7-1 and now 8-3 at the changeover
6:03. McKenna Granato hits long. Waves up 4-1. TO UH
Set 4 Hawaii wins 25-18.
5:57: this time Wahine held, finishing it on a kill by Kamalei Krug and a Waves HE. On to Set 5
5:55: Hitting error by McKenna Granato makes it 23-18. It was 23-16. TO UH.
5:51: Waves hitting error, Hawaii up 20-15. TO Waves.
5:43: Kamalei Krug with a couple of kills and in on block. Hawaii leads 10-8. TO Pepperdine.
SET 3 Pepperdine 25-22
5:29. Shades of UCSB. Dyer with 4 aces and Pepperdine serving 24-22. Make that 5 aces to end it. Pepperdine wins.
5:27: Wahine led at 22-17. Waves have closed to 22-20. TO Hawaii.
5:20: Wahine on a 5-0 run, two consecutive blocks by Kamalei Krug and Norene Iosia, makes ti 16-14. TO Waves.
5:14: Hawaii down by as much as 8, has closed to 13-9. TO Waves
5:09: Momentum has switched sides with the teams. Pepperdine up 10-3. TO UH
SET 2 Hawaii 25-20
4:59: Hawaii uses a 3-0 run to close it out 25-20.
4:46: Ace by McKenna Granato gives Hawaii its largest lead at 22-18. Waves answer with a 2-0 run. It’s 22-20. TO Wahine
4:50: With Janelle Gong serving, Hawaii has jumped out to 18-16 lead. TO Waves.
4:45: Sky Williams with the kill, Wahine close to 15-13. TO Waves.
4:40: McKenna Granato blocked, Waves up 12-8. TO Wahine.
4:31: McKenna Ross replacing Casey Castillo, Sky Williams in at middle for Sarah Liva.
SET 1 Pepperdine 25-19
4:27: Waves needed three set points. Two kills by Sarah Liva staved off the inevitable. Pepperdine wins 25-19.
4:22: Hawaii having problems with the taller Waves. Pepperdine up 20-15. TO Wahine.
4:13: Natasha Burns hits wide, Waves up 11-7, TO Wahine. Pepperdine has led from the start (3-0).
Starting lineup for Hawaii
McKenna Granato, Casey Castillo, Norene Iosia, Faith Ma’afala, Natasha Burns, Sarah Liva, Tita Akiu.
Former Wahine libero Ali Longo an assistant for the Waves.

Hawaii (16-7, 12-2 Big West) at Pepperdine (16-8, 10-4 WCC)
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  1. Sheila November 6, 2018 9:03 am

    Pepperdine is a relatively taller team and will be strong challenge for wahine.

  2. H-Man November 6, 2018 11:01 am

    This is a must win. If they can manage the block, Wahine can win. Go Wahine !!!

  3. islandman November 6, 2018 11:09 am

    Ali Longo is a volunteer coach for Pepperdine, per the roster

  4. 808 November 6, 2018 12:26 pm

    #3 Islandman — actually, if you click and read her bio, it says that Ali is now a full assistant. Started as a volunteer assistant in August, promoted to Assistant Coach in September. I guess they didn’t update the title and heading.

  5. islandman November 6, 2018 12:54 pm

    4. Oh, thanks. They also have Savana Greene from Punahou, but is she red-shirting ?

  6. Cindy Luis November 6, 2018 3:52 pm

    3. thanks I had forgotten to mention that about Longo.
    Yes, Greene is redshirting.

  7. Cindy Luis November 6, 2018 3:53 pm

    Same deal as we’ve been doing. Updates in the main box, answers on the thread.

  8. Duster November 6, 2018 4:28 pm

    I’ve watched most of set 1. Not sure I can properly describe what I’ve seen. Wahine look uninspired. Maybe even lazy.

    And Pepperdine whines a lot, looking for touches on errant kill attempts.

  9. greenthumb November 6, 2018 4:33 pm

    Is there a challenge system in place at Pepperdine? And sadly so far the second set is looking as mushy as the first.

  10. Cindy Luis November 6, 2018 4:42 pm

    9. No CRS.

  11. greenthumb November 6, 2018 4:47 pm

    10, thanks. Sure wish it would spread.

  12. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 6, 2018 4:48 pm

    The video didn’t come on at all. I don’t know how others could watch the match. So I am listening to Tiff Wells. I wonder why he doesn’t have the same surname as Cindy Luis as he is her son.

    8. So the Rainbow Wahines look lazy and uninspired? Is it because it’s a non-conference match and thus not as critical? Or are they counting on Irvine defeating Cal Poly this coming Saturday at the Bren Events Center on senior night?

    Seems like UH is showing more effort during the second set and now Pepperdine called its first timeout.

  13. Duster November 6, 2018 4:49 pm

    Wahine seem to be inclined to score points for Pepperdine. Less hitting errors and service errors = win to me. Are they warming up now? I hope so. Go Wahine!

  14. Duster November 6, 2018 4:51 pm

    #12, yeah, they apoear to be picking up steam.

  15. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 6, 2018 4:52 pm

    Now they sound more inspired, leaping ahead by two points. Pepperdine called second timeout. So my above assumption was wrong. But I couldn’t see them play,

  16. Duster November 6, 2018 4:52 pm

    Subs making a difference.

  17. Duster November 6, 2018 4:53 pm

    Pepperdine whining for touch again.

  18. mei mei November 6, 2018 4:54 pm

    i’m still puzzled why Iosia is STILL hitting. honestly need to change it back to a 6-1 (where Iosia is strickly a setter).. their weakest rotation is when she is hittting.,so glad they started Skyler . their best asset is serving… so lets go bows!

  19. greenthumb November 6, 2018 5:00 pm

    12 — I finally got video to work using Firefox which is weird as I have that locked up tighter than Safari.

  20. Cindy Luis November 6, 2018 5:01 pm

    12. No big mystery.
    My legal last name is Luis-Wells. My byline, that I’ve used since before I was married, has always been Luis. Son born Christopher Joseph Koalelepio Wells.

  21. islandman November 6, 2018 5:02 pm

    Wahine showing good defense

  22. Cindy Luis November 6, 2018 5:05 pm

    8. Wahine aren’t counting on anyone to help them out. They need this win badly.

  23. H-Man November 6, 2018 5:11 pm

    It seems Wahine middles not doing so good.

  24. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 6, 2018 5:21 pm

    20. Thanks for answering my question and rebutting my wrong assumption. I had no idea that they needed this win badly.

    I bet Pepperdine regrets that they can’t get a challenge review. Maybe next year they’ll improve their video technology next year. Hawaii just erased an 8-point deficit. They are showing how important this match is.

  25. Robin November 6, 2018 5:21 pm

    linesman is blind or biased…not a fast (float) serve was clearly IN…darn right the top ref overruled.

  26. Duster November 6, 2018 5:28 pm

    C’mon Wahine – close out Set 3!

  27. cappie the dog November 6, 2018 5:31 pm

    That was hard to watch.

  28. Duster November 6, 2018 5:33 pm

    Oh man – 8-0 run by Pepperdine to win 25-22? Was it 5 service aces by someone who only had two going into this match? It’s as if Wahine went into cruise control and tried to snap out of it but the momentum shifted.

  29. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 6, 2018 5:35 pm

    It’s amazing that Heidi Dyer who has a titanium rod to prop up her spine served five aces in a row after a previous ace and a momentum ending kill. She aced both McKennas and two other Wahine players Dyer sounds like the death knell of the Rainbow Wahine.

  30. Robin November 6, 2018 5:35 pm

    You’d think they were trying to receive Charlie Hough’s knuckleballs. That many shanks that bad I see in my league.

  31. H-Man November 6, 2018 5:36 pm

    3rd set, Wahine were up 22-17 and lose 25-22. So the Waves ran off 8 straight points. How does this happen?

  32. cappie the dog November 6, 2018 5:43 pm

    Charlie Hough knuckleballs.

    You’re awesome.

    Born in Honolulu.

  33. cappie the dog November 6, 2018 5:48 pm

    Love that solo block.

    Maximum effort.

  34. cappie the dog November 6, 2018 5:52 pm

    Lightning doesn’t strike twice.

    Hawaii is going to hold this lead.

  35. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 6, 2018 5:55 pm

    I had to Google to find out who was Charlie Gough. At first I thought he’s a volleyball player, but then learned he’s a baseball player. I don’t know hardly anyone outside of volleyball.

    So Tiff Wells noted that each time wins on the left side. Who will chose the left side should it come to a fifth set?

  36. Cindy Luis November 6, 2018 6:00 pm

    The frustrating part is our blog style is to update on the initial box.
    I don’t care for it but it’s what we are now doing.

  37. Big Island Volleyball Fan November 6, 2018 6:07 pm

    So the left side is working well for Pepperdine now on the fifth set. Can Hawaii catch up after the side change after having fallen so far behind?

  38. cappie the dog November 6, 2018 6:07 pm

    Does anybody out there miss the side-out?

    How do you rally?

  39. eMpTy November 6, 2018 6:27 pm

    Its just an assumption but I would assume if UH and Pepperdine split that it wouldn’t be so bad since they are one point apart in the RPI rating or could it be bad for both?

  40. Duster November 6, 2018 6:33 pm

    Squandered opportunity.

  41. greenthumb November 6, 2018 6:43 pm

    This was a tough loss. Hope the team will use the break to recharge and plan ahead, and not get stuck in “what-ifs.”

  42. Duster November 6, 2018 7:06 pm

    Knuckleballers – Hoyt Wilhelm, Phil Niekro, Joe Niekro, and now, former Rainbow Steven Wright.

    Anyway, agree with #41. Gotta put this match behind them since what’s done is done. Reboot, finish strong, end with no regrets.

  43. HawaiiMongoose November 6, 2018 8:44 pm

    31. UH has been doing it all season. In 28 years I’ve never seen a Wahine team give up a big lead at the end of a set and lose as often as this one.

  44. Sheila November 7, 2018 5:47 am

    In this 5th set, top defenders left out in bench while exposing undersize attackers/defenders in 5th set, the biggest weakness of wahine.

  45. islandman November 7, 2018 7:53 am

    The article today pointed out the great play by Krug and Gaskin in the match and the contributions of others including Ross. I thought Skyler looked pretty good.

  46. OrbitalRipZ November 7, 2018 9:00 am

    Not happy with that article by “Star-Advertiser Staff” (anonymous) proclaiming “The Wahine finish … at home next week with matches against UC Irvine on Thurs and UC Davis on Fri, victories that would have them finish second for a second consecutive season.”

    As I’ve said several times here (and I am the only one to keep bringing this up), it isn’t over until the fat lady sings, and she will be on stage Saturday night at Irvine when the Anteaters take on Cal Poly. Should the fat lady sing, then and only then proclaim any realistic chance of the Bows being crowned BWC champions over. But it aint over till it’s over, so do not write off Na Wahine until Saturday night!

    Should the fat lady in her full glory fail to belt out her show-stopping finale, that can mean only one thing: The Big Dance’s automatic qualifier is for the taking for the Women of Manoa! Stranger things in sports have happened! Wishful thinking indeed, but let’s not proclaim this A REPEAT OF 1992 until Saturday night.

  47. islandman November 7, 2018 9:34 am

    If the fat lady sings, regarding the NIVC, one reason given for not going last season, if they had qualified for that tourney, was money.
    However, a traveling school is only responsible for the first $15,000 of expenses. A host school has to share revenue with the NIVC.

  48. Savich November 7, 2018 10:57 am

    No at-large bid. No post season.

  49. Matt November 7, 2018 3:21 pm

    Well…this is quite a bit of a flux this team is now in. The fact that they’re only one spot behind Pepperdine and forced them to 5 is astonishing, and that’s after they went 3-0 and 3-1 in conference play. Given where this team is at in the RPI, I’m hoping the 2-1 road trip will at least give them some form of confidence boost because I hate to see this non-conference loss negate the two conference road trip wins and have them DROP down out of the NCAA bubble. This team worked so hard to get where they’re at and given what they’ve done, I would hate for Robyn to not accept the NIVC invitation and put the team’s disappointment on the wall just in case they didn’t make it to the NCAA. Their only hope left is if teams with higher RPI than Hawaii somehow get upsetted by teams below Hawaii (E.g. Somewhere perhaps close to 100 maybe?). It’s going to be somehow a long day for Robyn to wonder if she actually ends the season right there.

  50. Cindy Luis November 7, 2018 6:04 pm

    46. It was not anonymous. It is staff byline. I wrote the story. But because I’m not at the match, I cannot put my name on it.
    That is how we have done it ever since I began at the paper in 1981. Did you notice the rewrite of the CSUN match? same staff byline. I wrote that as well.

    49. they went 2-1 but the wins were against conference teams that are way down in the RPI. Long Beach State 137, CSUN 170. Beating Pepperdine (RPI 54) non conference on the road would have been a big boost.

  51. Cindy Luis November 7, 2018 8:30 pm
    new thread up for Wednesday

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