No. 13 UCLA 3 No. 20 Hawai’i 2

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Series tied 37-37
UCLA has won three straight
Hawaii has not opened the season 0-3 since 1980, on the road in Salt Lake City.
Lost to Pacific, UCLA, San Diego State. then beat Utah and San Diego State to go 2-3 in the Women’s Games Invitational.
Team ended the season third in the AIAW, their last year before moving to NCAA. Wahine lost to USC 3-1 in national semifinal, beat UCLA for third place.


  1. Cindy Luis August 27, 2017 5:04 pm

    Koelsch getting a start at OH, along with Granato, Williams, Iosia, Kahakai, Maglio MH, Castillo OH.

  2. 808wahine August 27, 2017 5:07 pm

    Robyn is stubborn and going with pretty much the same starters in different combinations

  3. Cindy Luis August 27, 2017 5:11 pm

    2. she says she’ll put the best 7 in. Koelsch starting is new. Greeley now in to play back row.
    and they’re up 8-6.

  4. Cindy Luis August 27, 2017 5:13 pm

    2. Stubborn might have been using Ross.

  5. Cindy Luis August 27, 2017 5:14 pm

    Wahine up 12-7. TO UCLA

  6. Cindy Luis August 27, 2017 5:15 pm

    Wahine 8-0-9, .889. UCLA .300. 6-3-10

  7. 808wahine August 27, 2017 5:17 pm

    4. Agreed maybe she found the right combo. Glad to see Greeley in the back row.

  8. Kimo603 August 27, 2017 5:18 pm

    Keep up with the good passing, Wahine.

  9. Cindy Luis August 27, 2017 5:21 pm

    Granato 6-0-8. UH up 18-13. TO UCLA

  10. Cindy Luis August 27, 2017 5:25 pm

    Greeley with an overpass that UCLA puts down. Bruins have closed to 18-15. TO UH

  11. greenthumb August 27, 2017 5:26 pm

    SO happy to see Greeley in. Team seems looser somehow today — in a good way.

  12. Cindy Luis August 27, 2017 5:29 pm

    UCLA challenging no touch call on Buechler’s attempt.

  13. z August 27, 2017 5:29 pm

    Kalei. Casey swinging better. Coach smart. Not panicking. Too many changes not needed.

  14. Cindy Luis August 27, 2017 5:31 pm

    touch called. it’s 21-19

  15. warriorwahine August 27, 2017 5:32 pm

    come on wahine! dont give up!

  16. Cindy Luis August 27, 2017 5:35 pm

    Granato with the ill. UH wins 25-23

  17. warriorwahine August 27, 2017 5:36 pm

    yes! keep it up wahine!

  18. z August 27, 2017 5:37 pm

    Mags the digging machine.

  19. Cindy Luis August 27, 2017 5:39 pm

    Granato 10-1-17

  20. warriorwahine August 27, 2017 5:41 pm

    why was magnum subbed out from the back row and kalei model g mia again?

  21. Cindy Luis August 27, 2017 5:48 pm

    Granato blocked twice, UCLA up 12-8. problem in this rotation Iosia doesn’t have a lot of front row options and they have Greeley and Anderson in the back row. TO UH

  22. T103 August 27, 2017 5:54 pm

    That was a great rally but lets be honest, twice UCLA could have been called for lifts… gracious the refs are today….

  23. Cindy Luis August 27, 2017 5:54 pm

    Chun letting a lot of loose stuff go on UCLA side. Maglio with a kill, UH within 16-15

  24. greenthumb August 27, 2017 5:55 pm

    Great rally. Great hammer by Koelsch!

  25. Cindy Luis August 27, 2017 5:56 pm

    Granato 17th kill. UH takes its first lead at 17-16.TO UCLA

  26. Cindy Luis August 27, 2017 5:58 pm

    My bad. Granato with 14

  27. Cindy Luis August 27, 2017 6:00 pm

    Granato blocked. it’s 21-18. TO UH

  28. Cindy Luis August 27, 2017 6:07 pm

    UCLA ends it on with an ace on miscommunication with Granato and Castillo both going for it. 25-23.

  29. z August 27, 2017 6:09 pm

    Just need to pass better. Can be fixed.

  30. T103 August 27, 2017 6:10 pm

    Argh, what the heck was that last play? Anyway, looks like they took to heart the post game practice last nite. Glad they are swinging harder and playing with urgency. Inexperience the last couple of points but HEY we are playing a heck a lot better then the past two nights so I’m happy. Go Wahine!!!

  31. greenthumb August 27, 2017 6:12 pm

    Will we see an adjustment on the rotation that is just before the one in which Iosia serves? Sorry, don’t know a better way to describe it

    PS are others getting those picture verifications every post?

  32. Pete Jek August 27, 2017 6:14 pm

    ‘Bows are playing much, much better. They can win the Big West with this type of performance.

  33. Maverick August 27, 2017 6:16 pm

    31. Generally, yes, the picture stuff comes up. Very irritating.

  34. T103 August 27, 2017 6:26 pm

    Is Greeley only playing back-row? I thought she re-injured her shoulder and thats why she didn’t play the previous two matches? Hope she can keep it up and tay healthy b/c it seems to be making a difference.

  35. Maverick August 27, 2017 6:27 pm

    34. Back injury is the issue that was keeping her out.

  36. warriorfan August 27, 2017 6:32 pm

    Finally able to post, This is how Granato needs to play for UH to go back to the NCAA tournament, hope she keeps it up, tooling the blocks more.
    Kalei helps the passing, still wish Emily and Casey would switch positions Mags needs more sets, the sets she is getting now in the middle are off.
    May for the Bruins looks like Nikki already, she is going to be a problem for the next three years.

  37. greenthumb August 27, 2017 6:35 pm

    These long rallies are great stuff. Love the fire.

  38. 808wahine August 27, 2017 6:41 pm

    Yes, it has been a challenge to post which may explain how quiet everyone is on this blog.
    Exciting to watch the wahine tonight. They are a different team tonight.

  39. greenthumb August 27, 2017 6:42 pm

    Not a criticism but a question, why are more of the sets to Williams looking better than the ones to Maglio when she is playing middle?

  40. 808wahine August 27, 2017 6:44 pm

    39. It probably hasn’t more to do with the passing

  41. warriorwahine August 27, 2017 6:46 pm

    alright wahine. funs over. fight to survive.

  42. 808wahine August 27, 2017 6:48 pm

    Let’s go, bows! You can do this. It would be a great comeback

  43. warriorwahine August 27, 2017 6:51 pm

    hey where emma smith go anyone?

  44. z August 27, 2017 6:52 pm

    UCLA has sticky fingers. That was a lift.

  45. T103 August 27, 2017 6:55 pm

    Passing is SOO much better then last nite, able to actually run plays, which is awesome. And we haven’t loss the other 2 games by much, UCLA has to fight for it, we aren’t rolling over and just handing it to them.

  46. Bleachercoach August 27, 2017 6:56 pm

    43….she plays for Cal Bears

  47. greenthumb August 27, 2017 6:58 pm

    43 smith transferred to a UC school.

    Need more Mags. (And fewer captchas)

  48. Warriorfan August 27, 2017 7:01 pm

    Sponcil should have been called for being over the net in that one handed set, she is in the backrow.

  49. warriorfan August 27, 2017 7:15 pm

    Whats up with Iosia’s connections with Maglio tonight, way off all night :/
    Kendra and Casey have come up huge, hope they play like this all season.

  50. greenthumb August 27, 2017 7:18 pm

    Really glad for Koelsch after all her backup play. Need better connections for Mags tho.

  51. Maverick August 27, 2017 7:18 pm

    Koelsch and Castillo appear to be hitting a lot harder than they did during the last two matches.

  52. warriorwahine August 27, 2017 7:18 pm

    yes! finish the 5 set wahine!

  53. warriorfan August 27, 2017 7:20 pm

    And of course Mckenna G playing much better tonight, hope she can keep this level of play and confidence up all season, if she does she can be the big west POY .
    crossing my fingers the match against Marquette was just an aberration for her.

  54. 808wahine August 27, 2017 7:20 pm

    And we are going to 5!

  55. Maverick August 27, 2017 7:22 pm

    This match has eerie similarities with last year’s match against Arizona. Both last year and this year’s teams were 0-2 entering the third match, having lost to one ranked and one unranked team. Both third match opponents were from the Pac-12. Both UH teams had to come back from a deficit to get to set 5. In both matches, Granato had a monster match, 33 kills on .467 last year, 26 kills on .315 this year. Could this be a repeat win performance for Na Wahine?

  56. Maverick August 27, 2017 7:31 pm

    If you were to take the UH box scores from the first two nights and compare to tonite, without knowing the names or that it was UH, you’d think you were comparing two completely different teams.

  57. warriorfan August 27, 2017 7:35 pm

    seriously why is sponcil not being called for being over the net when she is in the backrow…

  58. warriorfan August 27, 2017 7:37 pm

    well , ultimately the passing let the wahine down. Hope Skyler is okay 🙁
    Sophia should have played last night IMO.

  59. Maverick August 27, 2017 7:38 pm

    Nice effort for Na Wahine. Unfortunately, 0-3 and will lose their ranking tomorrow.
    But if they play at a high level like this, should be 3-3 in a week.

  60. warriorwahine August 27, 2017 7:40 pm

    welp. wahine gave it a good fight. but so much for rpi eh?

  61. warriorfan August 27, 2017 7:41 pm

    Utah won’t be easy. Seems like hawaii born players always come back and play very well too so expect Anae to be tough to stop especially if Skyler is out.

  62. greenthumb August 27, 2017 7:41 pm

    Don’t understand the sub choice when Williams needed to come out, trial by fire. Hope Williams is ok.

    Glad Robyn is saying she’s proud.

  63. z August 27, 2017 7:42 pm

    Really impressed with Muno.

  64. warriorfan August 27, 2017 7:43 pm

    61. It was either Howling or Burns… Burns coming off injury is probably slow. Tough for Howling to see her very first action in such a pressure situation though.

  65. Maverick August 27, 2017 7:43 pm

    59. Too early in the season to predict or worry about RPI. You don’t know if UH runs the table or loses just another game or two. You don’t know how the Big West will fare over the next 3 weeks. But you now know what this team is capable of.

  66. T103 August 27, 2017 7:43 pm

    So happy Robyn said she was super proud of the girls despite coming up short. So even though it was a disappointment it was a vast improvement and there will be nay-sayers saying they should have won, but everyone on the blog past couple days were hounding them to improve, so TADAH! they did improve, so like I mentioned on earlier blogs, I’m hugely hopeful & optimistic. I hope Williams didn’t injury herself too badly. Looking up ladies, looking up, good job!

  67. Ashley August 27, 2017 7:45 pm

    despite losing, i really must ignore the loss and applaud the complete turn around from night 1 & 2. whatever Coach did last night seemed to be enough to wake her girls up and make them play. so glad with the break out performances we seen tonight from Kendra, Casey, & Granato. Savannah most definitely improved, and despite shaky passing, this team this season is very good defensively. obviously things to work on, but i thought it was gonna be a sweep so, i am glad to be proven wrong.

    also i think i heard them say Kalei tweaked her shoulder colliding with Anderson in practice?? well i mean it’s strictly just my opinion, but redshirting would help, now that she played tonight, i doubt it’s an option now. Kalei is better in the front row than the back. i miss seeing her hit.

    also, prayers to Williams. i hope whatever happened isn’t all too serious to keep her out of the next weekend. she has just been a joy to watch.

  68. warriorfan August 27, 2017 7:48 pm

    UCLA/Hawaii matches are always a dogfight, remember when Hawaii had kim/Lily and UCLA was not that great and it would still go to five sets. One thing for certain though is that the wahine need Mckenna G and Casey to produce like tonight night in and out from the left.
    Kahakai was slightly better also, although her passing still was off at times, especially in the fifth. Also the mags/Iosia connection needs to get sorted out.

  69. warriorfan August 27, 2017 7:49 pm

    I think kalei can play up to 6 matches and still redshirt but not sure about that. wahine need her passing IMO.

  70. greenthumb August 27, 2017 7:50 pm

    63 since it was an injury sub, couldn’t Maglio have gone? I felt bad for Howling’s initiation that way.

  71. warriorfan August 27, 2017 7:53 pm

    69. No because Maglio was already in the match, just subbed out for the libero.

  72. Maverick August 27, 2017 7:57 pm

    Highly unrealistic to expect Granato to perform at tonite’s level over the course of the season. Historically, she has been very inconsistent. If she can be a .250 hitter, I’d be thrilled. Same for Koelsch and Castillo. They had career matches tonight, but it is unrealistic to expect this to be the new normal. But if they can get to .250+, awesome.

  73. cruisecontrol August 27, 2017 7:57 pm

    What a great turnaround from the previous two nights. I don’t know what Robyn & her staff did with the team during that one hour practice last night, but I hope she keeps on doing it. The rest of the season is looking much more positive. Can’t wait for the next tournament.

  74. rabbit ears August 27, 2017 7:57 pm

    Great match wahines, Glad coach started Kendra and Casey. They came through big time.

  75. warriorfan August 27, 2017 8:02 pm

    Yes it’s unrealistic but for the wahine to climb back into the top 20 and win the big west, they will have to.
    hoping if Kendra/Casey can do it against a big block like UCLA like they can also against the big west.
    Mckenna it helped a bit to go against a smaller block from Sponcil, but most of the big west setters are small also, so she can hopefully play as well as tonight during conference play , of if she’s going to make a lot of errors the kill ratio needs to be much higher like it was tonight.

  76. cruisecontrol August 27, 2017 8:06 pm

    Who was on the all tournament team besides Maglio?

  77. WaWa August 27, 2017 8:40 pm

    The coaches will do great things with this team this year. Glad Granato had a nice offensive night, but what was up with that dropped free ball?? At first I thought it might have been a miscommunication with Anderson, but that was all Granato’s ball.

    Poor Howling. Not the first introduction to PT any freshman would want to have. Tough situation.

    Skyler Williams is probably the most complete MB we’ve had in a while. Such a huge upside. She will leave as one of the best MB’s for UH. Definitely one of if not the best freshman middles UH has had.

  78. Maverick August 27, 2017 9:51 pm

    WF, that’s not how most athletes or humans’ performances trend. Nearly every time you see a spike, inevitably you see a fall back to the long-term average. Just review how Granato performed after her match against AZ last year. Wishful thinking to opine otherwise–this isn’t the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Granato, Castillo and Koelsch will have off nights. Btw, Williams did come back down to earth from here rarified air of the last two nights as I cautioned. It happens.

    So if you believe this is all wishful thinking, then UH won’t be top 20 again this year and someone else will win the BW.

    UH can get back into the top 20 and win the BW without having a monster match from Granato and career matches from two other players, night in and night out–the idea that UH needs to constantly replicate tonite’s performance is somewhat of a hyperbole, something I’ve see a lot of on this blog lately (in addition to a bad case of recency bias). To beat Utah, BYU, and Poly, maybe LBSU too, UH needs to play closer to tonite, but to beat everyone else, UH needs to play better than they did on Fri/Sat, but they won’t need career stats from multiple players to win those matches.

  79. Kahuna August 27, 2017 10:11 pm

    I don’t think Howling went on primarily due to Skyler’s injury. I was sitting behind the Wahine bench and Angelica was talking to Sophia prior to the start of set 4. I think the coaches were contemplating putting Sophia because Sky was gassed. She is a very thin and fraile player and I doubt she played three nights in a row of high level volleyball before. Kind of too bad Howling didn’t start the 5th set. Fresh legs could have helped us. Sky just didn’t have anything in her gas tank and was toughing it out like a trooper.

    If the team play like this regularly, we will be fine. I do hope this is the real Wahine team.

  80. AstroBoy August 27, 2017 11:38 pm

    From a strategic standpoint, I don’t think concentrating on the ranking or the RPI is very helpful. The truth is, to get to the post-season the Bows need to get the berth afforded the Big West champion, which they do by beating the Big West in regular season play. Even under better circumstances with a good RPI and a high rank, the NCAA always treats the Bows like dirt in terms of the seeding. Does anyone really think we would get an at-large berth this season? So why worry about it?

    I’m just glad they came out and played like this. I was really depressed prior to tonight’s match that the Bows could be headed into a death spiral (poor performance -> bad recruiting -> bad performance, etc). But this convinces me that they can pick play up and still be contenders. After all, they did fight UCLA effectively to a standstill. I agree that the strategy of diversifying play given the hitter situation is the right thing to do, but I also think the emphasis on skills over plays in the last few weeks resulted in a team that didn’t know how to play with each other in those first couple games. Big turnaround in defense tonight with players diving for balls instead of just looking at each other, confused over who should be doing what.

  81. warriorwahine August 27, 2017 11:45 pm

    ah well. this tourny was painful for na wahine. i hope they unleash their pain and tear their opponents up next tourny weekend.

    61. and they got company with utah. not only adora anae but also phoebe grace! hopefully skyler recovers and they also need the other two frosh sophia and shaney ready as necessary. they will also need kirsten and maybe kalei as well as try the new ds janelle ready (especially to reinforce savannahs passing)

  82. warriorwahine August 28, 2017 12:31 am

    lol i just read this text from my friend who said his neighbor said theres a silver lining to the game with ucla

    not that it matters, but since wahine played horrendous the previous two matches and shoji is no longer really around. whatever mike sealy has as any special scouting privileges is denied.

    thought that was funny.

    anyway, great job ladies despite the loss. particularly awesome to skyler. magnum and kendras presence finally brought command and control. down 0-3, its time to extract some vengeance come next it 3-3?

  83. Bleachercoach August 28, 2017 4:32 am

    I definitely think Kendra should start. She might not possess the power like MG , but her energy, block, and the ability to be successful than not gives her that right IMO. Casey played one of her best matches tonite. When I saw her as a Freshman during scrimmage, she had alot of pop on her arm swing. As tonites match wore on Casey became more assertive. MG is a powerful hitter but Iosia IMO has to spread the ball more. I noticed more times than. not, everytime she goes back to MG she gets roofed by a double block….Her amazing kills gets offset by being blocked alot and her inability to pass well.
    Is Shaney Lipscomb stil injured? I hope she plays soon. From what I saw at a sparse time at the scrimmage last week, she looks very athletic. She might add some depth at the RS. She has that same type of “swagger” like Williams and confidence.
    Once we get our ball control and passing so Irene is not running a track meet out there , we will be very good. I hope the girls realize that every match in the Big West will be more competitive than previous years. Could you imagine if Torry Van Winden still played for UCLA? Well, thr bad news is Cal Poly will be the team to beat IMO…With her addition to an already very good team, Cal Poly and UC Irvine with LBSU will give Hawaii fits. Prayerfully, our freshman MB (Williams) injury isnt too severe. She has been a delightful surprise. She plays with so much enthusiasm and vocal leadership as a rookie. Our team played well compared to the last 2 matches and hope they continue to improve and find that right chemistry to have a successful season

  84. tako August 28, 2017 5:09 am

    Attempting to gauge the height of the new players. Using Natasha as 6′ 5″, Emily as 6′ 3″ and Casey as 6′ 3″, watched them on the court during warm ups, Howling looks at least 6′ 3″, Shaney at 6′ 2″ and Skyler at 6′ 2″; can anyone help and verify? Didn’t see Shaney warming up, mostly shagged balls, so didn’t expect her to play. Howling looks like she is going to be a good player from what I observed during warm ups. Looks like Kirsten is not jumping as high as expected when compared with the others during warm ups. On the side lines the Wahine were very supportive of each other and amped up. Anyways, just additional information….

    Great game and more to come. Go Wahine…

  85. Maverick August 28, 2017 8:53 am

    Confirmed…UH drops out of the poll for the first time in 25 years…received 30 votes, tied with upcoming opponent Baylor, for 30th place.

  86. Maverick August 28, 2017 8:56 am


    Stanford is the new #1, biggest movers up are Florida from 12 to 3, and USC from unranked (#26) to 18. Biggest drop but still in the poll is Nebraska from 5 to 12.

  87. tako August 28, 2017 9:42 am

    Someone recommended that Wahine recruit more pin hitters for next year. So far, we have a verbal from Trinity Castanenda, 6′ 1″ with an approach jump and touching 10′ 3″.

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