VIDEO: Rainbow Wahine start practice

The Hawaii women’s volleyball team started fall camp without head coach Dave Shoji, who is at the Rio Olympics watching his two sons play for the U.S. volleyball team.


  1. blunite August 10, 2016 10:25 am

    If reaching the Final Four is the goal then the status quo must change. Minnesota proved that the Wahine system (and positions in the system) was insufficient. So unless Granato and Mitchem are an order of magnitude better than their predecessors then it’s all just hope and smoke. Just expecting everybody to get much better is akin to Speraw and the USA Men’s Volleyball team.

    The system must evolve into a vehicle that magnifies the Wahine strength (their height). It also wouldn’t hurt to improve their blocking by practicing “dynamic” blocking. (Where the middle blocker moves her hands to make contact with the ball as opposed to going straight up.)

  2. rabbit ears August 10, 2016 2:11 pm

    shoji retires, blunite named new coach.

  3. menehune August 10, 2016 6:39 pm

    blunite. “It also wouldn’t hurt to improve their blocking by practicing “dynamic” blocking.” Huh?…..The #1 blocking team in the nation last year was the Wahine.
    rabbit ears is right. When Dave retires and you become the new coach, teach the girls your system of blocking.

  4. blunite August 10, 2016 9:05 pm

    @2 & 3: Total number of points to win a 3 setter = 75. If you block 7 balls (7 points) that’s less than 10%. Brittany Hewitt lead the nation in blocks, even with a bad back and not closing the block half the time. Her eye-hand coordination allowed her to make contact with many balls despite limited mobility. Like anything else the more you practice the more your eye-hand coordination improves. Hannah Tapp of Minnesota blocked Olivia Magill’s first shot by moving her hand to the ball. Previous to that PSU (using the standard double block) failed to block either of our middles.

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