UCSB stuns Hawaii 3-0

UC Santa Barbara celebrated winning the second set on the way to a three-set sweep of host Hawaii at the Stan Sheriff Center on Saturday. / Photo by Andrew Lee, Special to the Star-Advertiser

UC Santa Barbara completes a road sweep of Hawaii, 28-26, 25-22, 25-21, knocking the Rainbow Wahine (14-7, 10-2 Big West) behind No. 11 Cal Poly (19-2, 9-1) once again.

Here’s the breaking news on it.

McKenna Granato smashed a ball over UC Santa Barbara’s Rowan Ennis (2) and Charlie Robinson (11) in the second set. / Photo by Andrew Lee, Special to the Star-Advertiser

Gigi Ruddins ends it 25-21.
Kirsten Sibley with a kill, Hawaii has held off three match points. It’s 24-19. TO UCSB
UCSB running away in Set 3 18-11. TO Wahine
Another 4-0 run by UCSB puts the Gauchos up 7-3. TO UH
Rowan Ennis ends it 25-22.
Natasha Burns with her sixth kill. Hawaii holds off its second set point, closing to 24-22. TO UCSB
An odd call on Faith Ma’afala, called for an overreach when there was no way UCSB could play that ball. Instead of it being Hawaii 19-17, it is UCSB 19-18. TO UH.
Lindsey Ruddins looks to have reinjured her wrist. She is in a lot of pain. Hawaii has retaken the lead at 16-15. TO Gauchos.
Wahine looking very flat. Having trouble with Petrachi’s short serves. UCSB on a 6-0 run. It’s 12-9. TO UH
Call Stands. it’s 9-7 UH leading
Hawaii challenging a net violation on UCSB during the play. At the moment it is 9-7.
Gigi Ruddins , Lindsey’s younger sister, with her third kill. Gauchos win 28-26. Hawaii led 24-20.
Hawaii with six set points, can’t do it. UCSB with its first at 27-26. TO UH.
A bit of confusion on serve receive. Emilia Petrachi with the ace. UCSB closes to 24-22. Set point No. 3 for Wahine.
McKenna Ross with her fourth kill. Hawaii up 20-18. TO UCSB
Hawaii up 9-6. TO UCSB. Lindsey Ruddins who is second in the country in kps is 0-1-5
Getting her second career start is McKenna Ross as L2. Also starting McKenna Granato, Natasha Burns, Tita Akiuu, Sky Williams, Noreene Iosia and Faith Ma’afala.. First Start for Williams since Sept. 22, 2017 vs. UCI.
Senior hitter Casey Castillo is not medically cleared to play tonight, which ends her consecutive starts streak at 48 (all 28 last season, 20 this year). Did not get anything official but I think the reason she did not play after Set 1 Friday was she tweaked something. There may have been something with a Cal Poly player under the net on the left side.
Not sure who will get the start tonight.
Coach Dave Shoji’s mother-in-law Jeanne Tennefos passed away today. Condolences to the Shoji and Tennefos
ohanas. Mary Tennefos played basketball for the Wahine in the 1980s.
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UC Santa Barbara (13-9, 5-5) at Hawaii (14-6, 10-1)
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  1. Setaone October 27, 2018 6:53 pm

    Is Castillo not playing?

  2. Cindy Luis October 27, 2018 7:05 pm

    1. See upper box for answer. Not medically cleared

  3. Don October 27, 2018 7:10 pm

    Castillo not playing due to a center line violation is unacceptable. The R2s need to start calling it or more players will get injured. Last night, Cal Poly’s setter on several tight passes to the net, took off under the net, foot completely on UH’s side. Not good officiating.

  4. greenthumb October 27, 2018 7:12 pm

    Thank you for the personnel updates. Is Castillo with the team even tho she’s not cleared to play?

  5. Cindy Luis October 27, 2018 7:14 pm

    4. yes, she’s on the bench.
    3. Don, you’re right.

  6. rabbit ears October 27, 2018 7:46 pm

    Is Granato the UH career leader in service errors?

  7. Cindy Luis October 27, 2018 7:59 pm

    6. no

  8. Warriorfan October 27, 2018 8:04 pm

    Faith front row is not the way to go ugh
    Wrong wrong move

  9. Ashley October 27, 2018 8:10 pm

    it’s almost like Hawaii failed to show up to the arena tonight. UCSB embarrassing Hawaii on their home court.

  10. Warriorfan October 27, 2018 8:13 pm

    Just baffled by their play and the untimely service and hitting erros and then some questionable coaching moves
    From not calling a time out up 24-23 in first set to not challenging some questionable calls ,to playing maafala in the front row.
    They need to get it together they must win out!!

  11. Warriorfan October 27, 2018 8:23 pm

    Did they forget they need to win out? Just stunned by the lackadaisical play. Hope they can turn this around.

  12. Warrior Dave October 27, 2018 8:33 pm

    I was afraid Wahine would be flat after last nights big win.

  13. Ashley October 27, 2018 8:35 pm

    this loss will be shame. how you stun a ranked team the night before, but ultimately struggle against a team that is unranked is beyond me. i get that last nights game took a lot of energy out of them, but tonight they are just downright sloppy. Norene seems so defeated and tuned out, Granato looks like she forgot to show up as well. They needed to win out, and after last night, you would think the possibilities were great. The way they played tonight worries me with their last 4 remaining games, because CSUN & LBSU at home won’t be easy. I give credit to UCSB coaching staff for being ready and having Hawaii scouted. they did their jobs

  14. Warriorfan October 27, 2018 8:41 pm

    To get swept it is just shameful.
    All those bad service and hitting errors just terrible.

  15. Warriorfan October 27, 2018 8:45 pm

    Ugh they just had no answer for that other ruddins.
    Havnt seen a loss this disappointing at home since BYU in the ncaa tournament.
    They just did not show up!

  16. Ashley October 27, 2018 8:48 pm

    that rise to the top of the conference was short lived. Cal Poly must be laughing their butts off now. they may have lost, but Hawaii AGAIN helped them secure the top spot once again.

    I wanted a quick game tonight, just never thought they’d be the ones who ended up on the losing side. I guess saying Stuns Hawaii is about right. I never overlooked Santa Barbara, but Hawaii surely did.

  17. Warriorfan October 27, 2018 8:50 pm

    I am most dissapointed in Granato and iosia aren’ t they supposed to be captains they played terrible and didn’t show any leadership tonight. Oh well guess there goes any at large hopes what a terrible day to be a uh fan.

  18. warriorwahine October 27, 2018 8:51 pm

    ugh. they will have something to cry about. forget postseason, may as well settle for niva or whatever that was?

  19. Warriorfan October 27, 2018 8:58 pm

    From the highest of highs last night to lowest of lows, wow at this team. This season is basically over with this horrible rpi killing loss.hope the freshman class next year is amazing.
    Oh well on to the sandbows and warriors.

  20. Duster October 27, 2018 9:00 pm

    The Wahine did not look like they had much left in the tank, physically or nentally, after last nights grueling five setter.

    This BWC garbage has got to stop. Why does UH have to play BWC opponents two nights in a row while all BWC opponents have only one match when it’s UH week? For matches here, UH subsidizes the opponent anyway, right? The second match opponent has the huge advantage of not having a Friday match before playing UH. Why not have UH’s second match each week on Sunday?

    Will UCSD be UH’s travel partner when they join in 2020? I dare BWC to schedule BWC teams to play in Honolulu on Friday and in San Diego on Saturday, and vice versa.

  21. Lori October 27, 2018 9:03 pm

    Wow. Just wow.

    Guess UH didn’t want to leave it other people’s hands on whether they go to the playoffs or not. They decided to take things in their own hands. Good job.

  22. Warriorfan October 27, 2018 9:06 pm

    R20 bakersfield is joining as well so one team will have to continue being the lone wolf it just baffles me that apparently shoji volunteered to be that ? Why put your team at a disadvantage?that needs to stop. It should be a different team each season.
    It’s just an excuse though ucsb was flat out the better team tonight and that is sad.

  23. greenthumb October 27, 2018 9:08 pm

    Hoping the team can regroup and move past this. They played their hearts out last night and surely did not want this match to turn out the way it did.

  24. Warriorfan October 27, 2018 9:12 pm

    R23 they had no room for error and this was a colossal error, and at home. I could see maybe a game like this where nothing went right and yiu get swept on the road like the men last year at northridge (twice ) but at home?? Where was the fight and pride?

  25. Warriorfan October 27, 2018 9:30 pm

    Another thing is they were neck and neck in set one ( the wahine choked it away) and start of set two up 18-17, there was no need to switch up the lineup and try maafala in the front row that was a complete disaster and the wahine immediately lost four straight points and fell behind 21-18 and never recovered .

  26. islandman October 27, 2018 9:33 pm

    They were tired mentally and physically from their effort vs Cal Poly.

  27. Duster October 27, 2018 9:37 pm

    My bad. CSU Bakersfield joins BWC in 2020 so it will still be an odd number of schools. BWC could still schedule UH matches on Friday and Sunday so UH does not play on consecutive days yet ensure that the matches are played on weekends.

    No travel subsidy for UCSD and CSUB at least.

  28. H-Man October 27, 2018 9:49 pm

    Yeah, didn’t get enough sleep; rest time. Tough loss though.

  29. Cindy Luis October 27, 2018 10:17 pm

    Don’t know what to say other than it has been unfair for years the way the BWC schedules for Hawaii. Shoji agreed to be the lone wolf for the first year back in conference and it never changed.
    Not sure why Hawaii has had to play back-to-back nights when a Sunday was available.
    You knew tonight would be a trap game and that is how it played out.

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