Hawaii sweeps UCI 3-0, MVB schedule released, Swords out

UH vs. UC Irvine at the Stan Sheriff Center in 2017. / Photo by George F. Lee, Star-Advertiser

FINAL: Hawaii sweeps UC Irvine, 25-19, 27-25, 25-16.

Set 3 UH wins 25-16
8:46: Norene Iosia ends it 25-16.
8:38: Casey Castillo with her 14th kill, puts Hawaii up 20-12. TO UCI. Castillo needs one more kill to tie her career high.
8:30: McKenna Granato’s sixth kill puts Hawaii up 11-8. TO UCI
Set 2 Hawaii wins 27-25.
8:13: Hitting error by UCI ends it 27-25.
8:12. Call stands. Sarah Liva with the kill. It’s 25-24.
8:10: UCI challenging whether Hawaii touched the ball off the block. Original ruling is ball went off the block and out. If it stands, UH up 25-24.
8:08: Casey Castillo hits long, UCI holds off two set points to tie at 24. TO UH.
8:03. Casey Castillo with two straight kills puts Hawaii up 23-20. TO UCI
8:00: Two consecutive hitter errors by Natasha Burns has helped UCI close to 21-20. TO Hawaii.
7:52: Norene Iosia with her second ace of the night puts Hawaii up 17-12. TO UCI.
7:49: Casey Castillo’s seventh kill puts Hawaii up 15-12 at the TTO.
7:41: Hawaii wins challenge. UH leads 5-4.
7:40: Hawaii challenging a touch on attack by Casey Castillo. It was called out. If it stands, UCI would lead 5-4.
Set 1 UH wins 25-19
7:33: Fourth block by Wahine ends it 25-19.
7:29: Kill by Casey Castillo makes it 23-17. TO UCI. Tita Akiu has passed 400 digs for her career. Currently has 402.
7:25: Faith Ma’afala with her second ace of the set. Hawaii leads 20-16. TO UCI. Live stats are up.
7:17: Hawaii leads 15-11 at the TTO on a kill by Casey Castillo. Live stats are down.

Hawaii starting all of its seniors. McKenna Granato, Angel Gaskin, Casey Castillo, Tita Akiu, Sarah Liva, Natasha Burns, Faith Ma’afala. Norene Iosia in front row at hitter.

Prior to match, Hawaii will honor McKenna Granato for reaching 1,000 kills. There will be a moment of silence for the late Cia Goods. And singing the national anthem will be UCI senior Idara Akpakpa.

UCI senior Harley Kekauoha still not cleared to play. She has family on Oahu. Her mom flew out with team and Kekauoha is wearing a haku and a maile lei during warmups.

UC Irvine (16-11, 10-5) at Hawaii (16-8, 12-2)
7 p.m. HST
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The UH men’s volleyball team, seen here at UC Irvine last season, just released its 2019 schedule. / Photo by Darrell Miho, Special to the Star-Advertiser

>> Warriors’ schedule had been held up, waiting on sponsorship
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The Warriors got back from Japan last Friday. Said they enjoyed the trip, got a lot out of it. Joe Worsley said it took a while to get used to the Mikasa volleyball. Said it was harder to serve.
>> Chaminade lost its DII regional opener to No. 1 CSU San Bernardino
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Chaminade University women’s volleyball team’s season came to an end Thursday, dropping their NCAA West Regional first round match to No. 2-seed Cal State San Bernardino, 25-23, 25-10, 27-25, at Carver Gymnasium on the Western Washington University campus.
Pacific West Conference Newcomer of the Year Alana Handy (Burlington, Wash./Bethune-Cookman Univ./Burlington-Edison) returned to her home state and put down a team-high 12 kills in defeat as the ’Swords ended their record-setting season at 23-6.


  1. greenthumb November 15, 2018 8:13 pm

    Replying to last thread re: Granato. I think people will realize just how much she contributes on an ongoing basis once this season is over.

  2. WaWa November 15, 2018 8:28 pm

    Sad that you could just predict Castillo’s service error after that challenge call iced her behind that service line. I know I predicted it. That’s been the story of the season…and last season.

    I don’t “think people will realize just how much (Granato) contributes on an ongoing basis once this season is over.” I think people will be relieved that we will have more confidence behind the service line and if we don’t, it’s because we have a freshman back there, not a senior that had significant serving reps throughout her career. Our pins are not terminable and don’t have the confidence we needed.

    It’ll be sad to graduate a lib such as Akiu, but the past couple of years worth of frustration is also graduating and I’m ok with that.

  3. H-Man November 15, 2018 8:29 pm

    Agree about Granato and the same for Natasha Burns. Too bad she won’t return.

  4. Lori November 15, 2018 10:49 pm

    It would have been interesting to see how much better Natasha Burns could have improved next year. She improved a lot since the past few years. I can understand though that it is tough to go through all those practices at the beginning of the season.

  5. Nomu1001 November 15, 2018 11:54 pm

    Akiu is among the best in the country. Right now, no one is at her level. Hopefully, we can recruit a good libero / DS. Okino and Gong will have to get their game up to the next level and beyond.

    Akiu deserves recognition, would be well deserved.

    Riley will be a great player, as will all of the incoming recruits. Coaching staff has produced one of the best recruiting classes this program has seen in quite a while. Competition at all positions is good. Everyone must remember to play for and support each other.

    Fans are in for a some great volleyball in the coming years. Let’s remember to give Robyn, Angelica and the staff credit where and when it is due.

  6. connor November 16, 2018 5:46 am

    I will not miss Granato’s .189 hitting percentage nor her 61 service errors in 24 matches. She has never improved since freshman year. only the lack of competition on the outside allowed her to accumulate so many kills and digs.

  7. Hot November 16, 2018 6:59 am

    I started following Wahine VB closely during the Kim/Lily years. They had a go-to option every rotation. And everyone made the all-conference teams. After that era was supposed to be the rebuilding year, but that team led by Kamana’o with Arnott and Boogaard on the outside went undefeated until the regional semis. UH seemed to have an endless stream of terminating outsides year after year. Houston, Mason, Danielson, Hartong, Taylor.

    It wasn’t until last year that the lack of a terminator was obvious. At least they had Maglio in the middle. This year, there really isn’t a consistent, bail-out OH. Granato’s numbers would probably be so much better if she had a teammate that could carry the majority of the load. Granato has done so much, but she has her limitations.

  8. Andrew November 16, 2018 8:14 am


    I remember that year. Going into that season, it was a very rebuilding year like feeling after losing two titans like that. However they just kept winning and winning and proved they were still a national power. That was when they lost to Wisconsin in 5 right in the regional semis? They were #1 going into the tourney and sent to the midwest

  9. iGrokSpock November 16, 2018 9:01 am

    Nice sweep by Wahine. Anteaters put up a good fight.

  10. iGrokSpock November 16, 2018 9:02 am

    After many years of a limited amount of schools playing Men’s Volleyball, it’s good to see more schools out there. But are they Division III?

  11. Sheila November 16, 2018 9:57 am

    Wow, what a show by wahine & anteaters! No wonder why anteaters were once ranked at 30’s. Skew weighted ranking of conferences leads into RPI disarray: Once Pittsburg tripped at Duke, RPI of Duke climbed way up into 30s but once Irvine tripped at Riverside, precipitated into 70s. Unlike Irvine, wahine started season low but upturned finishing very strong and will not surprise if makes into round 16 in post-season…

  12. waaavvveeessss808 November 16, 2018 2:21 pm

    Nikki Taylor will be playing with Mita Uiato in finland this season.


  13. jm2375 November 16, 2018 3:33 pm

    #10 – some are DII schools. DI & DII schools compete together in MVB. DIII schools have their own conferences and championships

  14. Bleachercoach November 16, 2018 4:50 pm

    7. I couldn’t have said it any better. Great observation!!

  15. Cindy Luis November 16, 2018 6:20 pm

    new thread up for Friday

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