Wahine Tuesday practice, scrimmage update

Pictured is a blocker's drill where blocker stands on box and contacts the ball on the quick set (or toss). At left, Norene Iosia worked with Natasha Burns and Anjelica Ljungqvist with Skyler Williams at right. / Photo by Cindy Luis

Good morning from the arena. Practice not as early as last week since summer school is out. They are going 8-11 a.m. first session as opposed to 6-9 a.m. Manoa Move-In today also for the dorms.

Afternoon practice today also moved from 3-6 to 5-8 due to a meeting after lunch. 3-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday’s scrimmage 3-5 p.m. (Open and free to public.)

People have asked how practice is going. Not much has changed, still doing drills, mostly position specific such has blocking and hitting.
Continue to be impressed with Angel Gaskin, the left-handed oppo. Think the battle for L2 will be between Casey Castillo and Kirsten Sibley. Tita Akiu looks to be front-runner for libero. Have no clue who will be in the middle, seems pretty even with Skyler Williams, Sophia Howling, Sarah Liva and Natasha Burns. Not sure if they will redshirt either of the freshmen Trinity Castaneda and/or Kamalei Krug.

Mentioned earlier that former UH baseball player Steven Ventimilia was with the Wahine as the strength coach. He helped with some of the ball retrieval during drills and I thought he had nice hands. Asked about it and he said he played volleyball in high school (Monterey, Calif). Asked setter? He said yes.

Quite the prep athlete. lettered four years in baseball, two in football, tennis and track, one in cross country, basketball and volleyball.


  1. islandman August 14, 2018 11:28 am

    Thanks for the possible lineup listing.

  2. Crazy4WVB August 14, 2018 11:30 am

    Thank you for the update. Great to get your take on the team. Do you know what time we’ll be able to enter the arena on Friday?

  3. Cindy Luis August 14, 2018 11:39 am

    2. Have not heard when doors open. will check.

  4. Cindy Luis August 14, 2018 11:41 am

    1. not sure about the possible lineup. a lot of question marks still.

  5. Cindy Luis August 14, 2018 11:50 am

    1. still checking likely opening at 2 p.m.

  6. Cindy Luis August 14, 2018 3:39 pm

    The SSC will open at 230 pm for fans

  7. Bleachercoach August 14, 2018 4:08 pm

    Cindy would you say that McKenna Ross could be McKenna Granato’s back-up at OH and/or a DS specialist hitting out from the middle backrow also? (Utility-like?)

  8. Tuffy August 14, 2018 4:11 pm

    In San Francisco what station can we catch the games.

  9. Kazu August 15, 2018 4:40 am

    Like to see Burns get to start,but that brace on her knee doesn’t look good. I hope its not as bad as it looks.

  10. H-Man August 15, 2018 8:34 am

    Me too. Would like to see Burns start. Howling and Williams also great combo. So it probably will be a mix, depending on game situation.

  11. Cindy Luis August 15, 2018 10:33 am

    7 no Ross won’t be the backup L-1. Thinking Sibley if Castillo is the L-2. we’ll see.
    See Ross more in the role she had last year Backrow with 3-meter attack
    Burns’ brace is precautionary Wouldn’t be concerned for now


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