Baylor with a reverse sweep, Hawaii down in 5

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Here’s the breaking summary of Baylor’s 23-25, 23-25, 25-14, 26-14, 16-14 win over Hawaii in the NCAA first round.

Set 5 Baylor wins 16-14
7:22. Baylor ends it 16-14.
7:19: Baylor with match point at 15-14. TO UH.
7:16: Milana hits long, UH with match point 14-13. TO Bears.
7:13: Call stands, it’s 11-11.
7:12: In the fifth set, you get another challenge. Baylor had already used its 3. If call stands, It is tied 11-11. if not, Baylor would be up 12-10.
7:07: rare misjudgement by Tita Akiu. service ace gives Baylor the 9-8 lead. TO UH.
7:06: Norene Iosia has her fifth triple double. Her 11th kill has hawaii up 8-6 at the changeover.
7:02: McKenna Granato with an ace and two hitting errors by Baylor has Hawaii up 6-4. TO Bears.
Hawaii is 3-3 in Set 5, Baylor 4-2
Set 4 Baylor wins 26-24
6:54: Angel Gaskin blocked, Bears win on second set point 26-24.
6:52: Baylor losing challenge. it’s 23-23.
6:50: Baylor challenging if there was a net violation on Ross. Currently 23-all. If Bears win, it would be 24-22 Baylor leading.
4:46: Baylor on a 3-0 run, takes a 22-21 lead. TO UH
4:38: Sky Williams with a solo on Pressley. Hawaii up 18-14. TO Baylor.
6:34: Baylor has closed to 14-13. TO UH. Was 14-11.
6:26: Angel Gaskin with her fifth kill, nice line shot. UH up 10-6. TO Baylor. Also McKenna Ross in for Casey Castillo, Ross 3-0-5.
Set 3 Baylor wins 25-14
6:15: Pretty ugly out there. Jaelyn Jackson with her third kill. Bears win 25-14.
6:08: Baylor up 19-10. TO UH.
6:05: surprisingly call stands, it’s 15-9.
6:03: Hawaii challenging ball in or out. looked in from here. If UH wins, it would be 14-10. If not, it’s 15-9.
6:00: Hawaii’s first challenge Burns’ attack being touched. Good call for Hawaii instead of 12-8, it’s 11-9.
3:55: McKenna Granato hits long. Baylor up 9-5. TO UH
Set 2 Hawaii wins 25-23
5:43: Hawaii needed two set points, Casey Castillo ends it 25-23
5:40: Baylor on a 5-0 run. Bears close to 23-20. had been 23=15. TO UH
5:35: Natasha Burns blocked on tight play at the net. UH up 21-15. was 21-13. TO Wahine
5:28: Pressley hits long. Wahine up 17-11. TO Baylor.
5:18: Hawaii up 10-6. TO Baylor.
5:24: Baylor challenging Burns attack was wide. Initially ruled out, which would give Hawaii a 14-9 lead. Baylor loses it. 14-9 it is.
Set 1 Hawaii wins 25-23
3:08: Took a while but Baylor loses the challenge. Hawaii wins 25-23.
3:05: Baylor challenging Pressley’s attack. Originally ruled out. which would give Hawaii the 25-23 win
302: Hawaii blocks Yossiana Pressley. UH with is first lead since 1-0, at 24-23. TO Baylor
5;00: Yossiana Pressley with her eighth kill, Baylor up 23-22. TO UH
4:55: Faith Ma’afala with an ace, pulls Hawaii to 20-19. TO Baylor.
4:48 Baylor up 15-13 at the TTO. Hawaii with 4 service errors otherwise ….

Starters for Hawaii
McKenna Granato, Natasha Burns, Sky Williams, Norene Iosia, Faith Ma’afala, Tita Akiu, Casey Castillo.

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Hawaii (18-8) vs. Baylor (19-8)
As mentioned yesterday, no Teraflex is down since it’s what the home team wants to use. The Ducks play on the hardwood.
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  1. T103 November 29, 2018 1:28 pm

    Go Bows! Side note, just saw this, UH signs 2 commits for 2020 season per press release.

    “The University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball team secured commitments from a pair of prep standouts, Chaz Galloway of San Diego, Calif., and Dimitris Mouchlias of Thessaloniki, Greece for the 2020 season. “

  2. Cindy Luis November 29, 2018 1:34 pm

    1. yep, here’s link to full release

  3. T103 November 29, 2018 1:36 pm

    Cindy, is that the only commits for 2020, or was there previously that I didn’t know about, it they just did it really early?

  4. H-Man November 29, 2018 1:37 pm

    One hour away from game time. Wahine needs to put down the Bears to boost the program a giant step towards re-establishing its national relevance. Go Wahine !!!

  5. Cindy Luis November 29, 2018 1:52 pm

    3. as far as I know these are it for now. It’s not early. early NLIs begin in Nov.

  6. Cindy Luis November 29, 2018 1:53 pm

    4. Hawaii remains relevant. But a win today would be good.

  7. JOJO November 29, 2018 2:09 pm

    Lets go Lady Bows… FIGHT!! FIGHT!! FIGHT!!

  8. Cindy Luis November 29, 2018 2:25 pm

    Early scores
    Florida 3, Florida State 0
    Texas State 3, Rice 1

  9. Cindy Luis November 29, 2018 2:26 pm

    Same deal, updates in the main box. will answer on the thread.

  10. HawaiiMongoose November 29, 2018 2:42 pm

    Why is the Spectrum live streaming website ( showing a replay of a UH-Air Force baseball game instead of the volleyball match? I’m logged in as a Spectrum subscriber and yet that’s what I’m seeing. Anyone else having the same problem? Help??

  11. Andrew November 29, 2018 2:45 pm


    Yeah I’m seeing the baseball game too

  12. Andrew November 29, 2018 2:48 pm


    use that

  13. Warrior Lifer November 29, 2018 2:49 pm

    Hawaii down 15-13 in set 1. Was down by 4 earlier in the set and they came back to tie it at 13, but service errors are killing them right now. Already have 4, and it seems to come every time we’re either tied or down just one. Good action so far though

  14. The Green Roof November 29, 2018 2:49 pm

    The Big West Streaming seems to be working OK.

  15. Cindy Luis November 29, 2018 2:56 pm

    13. AM UPDATING in main box

  16. Cindy Luis November 29, 2018 2:57 pm

    10. we have fixed the link to TV. Thanks Brian

  17. HawaiiMongoose November 29, 2018 3:04 pm

    Thank you Andrew and Cindy. I found the link and the stream is working. Go ‘Bows!

  18. Andrew November 29, 2018 3:09 pm

    nice comeback

  19. menehune November 29, 2018 3:11 pm

    One down, two to go.


  20. T103 November 29, 2018 3:29 pm

    What the heck, that was the longest “challenge” convo ever. It shouldn’t have taken that long to specify, if I was the up ref, I would have called the Baylor coach off and said u loose your chance cuz your taking too long. He got it wrong but still took too much time and stalled the match. lets keep this momentum going, lets go Bows!

  21. Don November 29, 2018 3:33 pm

    That Duck statue is UGLY and stolen from Disney…Only in Eugene would that be acceptable… #GOBEAVS #orangeandblack

  22. ballerz November 29, 2018 3:34 pm

    Its a block party. Go bows!

  23. H-Man November 29, 2018 3:41 pm

    Coach Robyn waited too long to call TO.

  24. Warrior Lifer November 29, 2018 3:44 pm

    Mini heart attack at the end of that 2nd set. Glad they still pulled it off. ONE MORE WAHINE!!!

  25. Andrew November 29, 2018 3:45 pm

    Sheesh they sure made that way too interesting. I honestly did not like their chances for the rest of the match if they lost a huge lead like that and went into the break 1-1 with Baylor that high on confidence.

  26. menehune November 29, 2018 3:45 pm



  27. Chicken Grease November 29, 2018 3:46 pm

    Give a broom to Baylor for Christmas, Wahine!!! Give one to that haku-wearing mascot bear first!

  28. Bleachercoach November 29, 2018 3:46 pm

    Yessss!! Let’s do this and finish!

  29. shar November 29, 2018 3:48 pm

    Whew! Glad they broke that “come from behind” curse!

  30. T103 November 29, 2018 3:52 pm

    Man, too close for comfort, lets keep our foot on the pedal and get this thing done! Let go bows!

  31. Ashley November 29, 2018 4:07 pm

    Kanoa and his bachi. Heard him say it, and i was like OH MAN! there goes Set three. lol

  32. Ashley November 29, 2018 4:15 pm

    kinda looks like Hawaii just never show up in Set 3. team looks different from the way they played in sets 1 and 2. reset and regroup guys. i will be sick if this gets pushed to 5

  33. Andrew November 29, 2018 4:16 pm

    This match has done a complete 180

  34. shar November 29, 2018 4:25 pm

    Imua, Wahine. UDABDEST! Let’s go!

  35. T103 November 29, 2018 4:52 pm

    Thats the stinking SECOND time that Baylor coach has had thee longest convo to challenge.

  36. Ashley November 29, 2018 4:57 pm

    Baylor should lose a point everytime he challenges a call and decides to delay time by striking a conversation. The ref seems so annoyed everytime he challenges. heck i would be too.

    On to the 5th….
    Anybody’s game now. Hawaii had chances, let’s hope Robyn has some words to encourage these girls to finish

  37. HawaiiMongoose November 29, 2018 4:57 pm

    Inability to close out an opponent after taking a lead has been this team’s problem all season. Oh well, it’s anybody’s match now.

  38. Lori November 29, 2018 4:58 pm

    Too many errors. Can’t win. They are giving away the game.

  39. T103 November 29, 2018 5:01 pm

    I swear that baylor coach is doing it on purpose, making me so mad, that team/coach should get penalized for delaying the game

  40. Don November 29, 2018 5:05 pm

    39. It IS a penalty. Delay of game warning 1st time, loss of point 2nd time…but, what’s the rule book good for with these Blue Men?

  41. Ashley November 29, 2018 5:24 pm

    no complaints,
    we already thought Hawaii wouldn’t make it to the Tournament to begin with, so the fact that they did is rewarding in itself.

    Hawaii played with heart and a whole lot of fight. You can’t complain about that now can you.

    mahalo to her stellar seniors, & looking forward to 2019 and the amazing class that is assembling.

  42. Andrew November 29, 2018 5:25 pm

    #1 key moment of that match was the run Baylor made at the end of the 2nd set. Hawaii won that set but Baylor became a totally different team and they took control of the match. Hawaii made some runs here and there but could never recover. It could have been a completely different match if Hawaii terminated that 2nd set a lot quicker . We really need a terminator hitter.

  43. z November 29, 2018 5:25 pm

    Akiu should AA.

  44. HawaiiMongoose November 29, 2018 5:26 pm

    Such a frustrating finish. Again. I hate seeing us go down that way but that’s how this year’s team is wired. It is what it is.

  45. Vbfan4life November 29, 2018 5:36 pm

    Thanks for the season and the fight. Too bad it wasn’t enough in the end. Baylor was a completely different team halfway thru match.

    We graduate our main hitters and awesome should be all American libero.

    Lots to rebuild but we can do it.

    Cindy, any word on Hanna

  46. Kahuna November 29, 2018 6:00 pm

    2 gut wrenching 5 set losses 2 years in a row. How many teams have experienced that? My God…..Robyn and her staff must have had years taken out of their life going thru such a roller coaster of emotion.

    That is why I would like her to take a more calmer attitude. She may burn herself out quickly.

  47. Sheila November 29, 2018 6:08 pm

    Superior Baylor hitters defeated Hawaii although overall wahine performance was very impressive & competitive, and moral victory to earn a match point. Big Mahalo for wahine-2018 for very hard work!

  48. cappie the dog November 29, 2018 6:11 pm

    Baylor is more talented.

    Playing hard closes the gap.

    You lose in five as the underdog, you played hard.

    Not like the men’s basketball team when they phoned it in against Air Force in the first round of the CIT. We should have walked out, but Vander Joaquim beat us to it.

    Hawaii made the post-season.

    You don’t want the bar to be so low, but I think it’s getting harder for mid-majors all across the sporting board to compete against the Power 5. But by making the NCAAs and remaining visible to potential recruits, Coach Ah Mow-Santos might get lucky and recruit that transcendent player. Maybe that transcendent player is already here.

    Looking forward to next season.

  49. cappie the dog November 29, 2018 6:15 pm

    Late nineties, or the outset of the millennium, didn’t hard lose in five to Florida after winning the first two sets?

    That was hard to take because both teams were equally matched.

  50. Vbfan4life November 29, 2018 6:22 pm

    #49 are you talking about the Kim and Lily days?

  51. Kahuna November 29, 2018 6:31 pm

    I think we are in desperate need of a dominant OH1 type. If we can land one, I think we could be OK. Wagoner can be our OH2. She may not be the hitter we want but her passing might help us be in system more….resulting in more options for the setter to set. Westerberg looks like she can be a dominant force either at OPP or MB. Hopefully, Skyler can make another leap in her game and become more dependable.

    I do wonder if Westerberg is open to playing left. LS get the bulk of the set and if she can become a decent LS, then maybe Braelyn could play OPP. Hartong went from MB to OH and so did Kim Willoughby so there is always that possibility.

  52. cappie the dog November 29, 2018 6:43 pm


    Checked Wikipedia.

    Found it.

    1998 Regional Finals.

    When I left the car, Hawaii was ahead 2-0.

    When I returned, Hawaii lost.

  53. Hawaiian Style November 29, 2018 6:48 pm

    I just have to say this because for as much as folks keep reiterating the Westerberg-playing-ability, it doesn’t happen in real life just because it goes round and around like a broken record.

    Hope, yes, but the girl is a HIGH SCHOOL player who can hit hard against Canadians. In recent years there has been a sort of spike in Canadians playing abilities, the few and far in between in, this, the NCAA U.S., but historically Canada has never been a true world women’s power. Back in the late 80s early 90s they did okay on the world stage yet that’s been it. Now Maglio was able to start in a major international tournament; good for her, she and her team were out in 1-2-3.

    Don’t count on this new Canadian to be too much more than what we’ve just had in Burns. the harder you hit, ask Granato, the faster the ball returns to your side of the floor un diggable by block.

  54. Vbfan4life November 29, 2018 7:14 pm

    I’m not worried about sky as the starting middle. Interested to see who’s gonna be second middle whether it’ll be Krug or a freshmen. I don’t predict Sibley or Ross being starting outside.

    As mentioned before worried about libero

  55. Kahuna November 29, 2018 7:17 pm

    #53….if you don’t want to be optimistic, then it’s your right. Not sure why you need to throw cold water on people who want the girls to come in an excell.

    Sure there is no sure thing but I’m sure the coaches would rather you talk up the players than to make like the recruits are just run of the mill volleyball players who are no different from your neighborhood park player.

    Excitement breeds optimism. Optimism breeds hope. Hope is always a good thing to have and something to look forward too.

  56. Warriorfan November 29, 2018 7:20 pm

    The wahine were just never able to shake off the hitting errors all season, it cost them lots of matches.
    Hope the freshman hitters just are more efficient with their swings.

  57. Hawaiian Style November 29, 2018 7:40 pm

    54. Ross passed well tonight, as against 2017 IL. When focused she could possibly win out the libero position.

    Sibley is in a position to make or break it. She either decides to make her sr year the best ever or she relinquishes all rights for senior leadership braggings, fading as it were into the Manoa mist.
    **To counter this complacency the coaching staff has to stack the OH position for as much as possible, creating competition. SKy is M1. Krug and Akana should try for position at Opp. I’d RS the one who ends up second.
    It really isn’t about having a must terminator, although nice, on the left. It’s really about consistency.

  58. Bleachercoach November 29, 2018 7:54 pm

    Yes everyone had a good assessment of match and season.
    I was looking for this to have been a super win over a very tough Big 12 Conference (Texas, Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa St. T.C.U., Texas Tech,
    and Kansas St–lost twice to) to name a few. For Akiu to have a dominant match in her only season as a Wahine coming from Texas Tech. who didn’t make the tourney. Most importantly, to see how far the team have improved since losing to Kansas St who was on the bottom of the Big 12 Conference and didn’t make the tourney was huge! Comparing the disparity of talent in th Big 12 and the Big West competition , but putting a fabulous showing regardless of our low hitting pct and amount of errors was amazing! Nobody including myself thought we would be in this position let alone be in position to steal this match against the 2nd Best Big 12 Volleyball Team this year.
    All I can say is, “Unreal!”
    Yes, we are talking about next year and yes they are only in high school yet. Robyn and Angelica Co. has done a remarkable thing transforming this team
    and we only can trust what they have in store for us. You can only trust that they know what needs to be addressed and how those areas will be filled. They have been there and done it. They have been All Americans,Olympic, and Professional Players. They have proved what they could do in two years with what they had so I only can only imagine what the Canadians, Swedes, or Americans coming in next year and future will be. We, the people of Hawaii better get ready for what’s in store!! BELIEVE!!

  59. Hawaiian Style November 29, 2018 8:05 pm

    ^ How much better does it get than this? …

    Setter&Opp, 5’11 JR NORENE IOSIA: 2017 USAV Jr. National Team. 3-time all BWC 1st team selection. VB Mag HS Fab-50/PrepVB Top 100.
    Setter&DS, 5’8 SR FAITH MA’AFALA: 3-seasoned NCAA Div.I WVB starter. Double-double of a career came in 2017 vs. #3 Il. (in the NCAAT).

    Opp, 6’1 SR ANGEL GASKIN: B1G Southpaw. 2017 USA Collegiate National Team. 2015 Penn St. recruit.

    Blocker1, 6’5 SR NATASHA BURNS: 2018 1st team all BWC. CN HS Sup-75.
    Blocker2/3, 6’1 SO SKYLER WILLIAMS: 2016 so.central Los Angeles Ca. Starlings USA POY. /SARA LIVA
    Libero, 5’4 SR TITA AKIU: M.V.P. w ~2K career digs

    Hitter1, 6′ SR MCKENNA GRANATO: VB Mag HS Fab-50/PrepVB Top 100.
    Hitter2, 6’3 SR CASEY CASTILLO: VB Mag HS Fab-50/PrepVB Top 100. & DS, 5’5 RsSO (Vale.) RIKA OKINO

    The core of which has been around for the last two years. It’s a double whammy when you’re lacking on different fronts. Does Angelica speak English very well?

  60. nomu1001 November 29, 2018 8:16 pm

    Akiu deserves all american recognition. No question, she is among the top liberos in the country. She is a leader, always humble, and imho, has kept us in matches all season long. Ask opposing hitters how many times they thought the ball was down for sure…..

    What I especially like is that the culture is changing . They earned the postseason, no one can take that away from them. The program is definitely moving in the right direction.

    Also, coaches deserve credit where and when it is due, all season long they have excelled in bringing out the best in each of the players. So, why not top 20 next year? The incoming recruits bring a lot of talent, the future looks awesome. Fans should be excited.

  61. Hawaiian Style November 29, 2018 8:42 pm

    The miss hit(s) came w Granato on the RS and Iosia on the LS. non traditional Hawaiian and Poly foods are rich in starch and excessive protein.

  62. shar November 29, 2018 8:45 pm

    Hawaiian Style…that was a low blow commenting on Anjelica’s English skills. The middles were GREAT this year. She and Robyn grew a great team. Where I teach, the 7th grade teachers are always commenting about how difficult it is when their class is comprised of students from different elementary schools. Between the three new seniors and new recruits, part of making the TEAM is getting them to connect and complement their skills. You can’t look at them individually and use stats. These are people. Those stats etc. may not transfer well. No matter how great they maybe, it has to transfer well to the team. Who knows how much better we would have been had we had the first two tourneys because the team excelled in leaps and bounds from week to week. I found it exciting to watch.

  63. Bleachercoach November 29, 2018 8:54 pm

    Hawaiian Style….trying to get your point?

  64. Bleachercoach November 29, 2018 9:08 pm

    I came to today’s matching knowing that this was going to be a real challenge for Hawaii. I looked at Baylor’s resume and they actually beat #2 then Wisconsin 3-1 this season when they were ranked #15. They seemed to have a consistent, effective, high pct. OH and MB throughout the season
    We looked like we were in trouble. Our girls hung tough, dug deep, played hearts out to go ahead 2-0 but eventually losing 3-2 by a really good Baylor Team.
    Ok, I am going a limb. If we just had one more OH that could elevate and terminate more efficiently, we could have actually won the Big West and this game.
    They were much bigger and more talented overall, but we have them all they could handle. I am PROUD of them for just not rolling over, but representing Hawaii with true grit and determination.
    I am sure the Big 12 teams that didn’t get into tourney but watched were surprised how competitive Hawaii was staying toe to toe with Baylor. I am so proud of the team

  65. H-Man November 29, 2018 9:54 pm

    I thought passing/setting a little off in sets 4 & 5, And Hawaii shied away from the middle attack those two sets. Feedback please.

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