Hawaii women’s volleyball: Wahine receive votes in AVCA Top 25

The Hawaii women's volleyball team opened practice last Saturday. They will begin the 2019 season outside of the AVCA top 25. / Photo by Dennis Oda, Star-Advertiser

The AVCA released the preseason NCAA women’s volleyball Top 25 poll today.

Hawaii received 13 points, worth an unofficial rank of 32nd along with Northern Iowa.

Stanford was near unanimous at No. 1 with 62 first-place votes. Nebraska had one first-place vote as well as No. 8 Penn State.

Ranked teams on the Wahine schedule are:
13. Washington; 20. Baylor; 21. San Diego; 23. Cal Poly

Missouri was just out of the Top 25 at 26, while UCLA received 7 votes, 35th most.

It’s the second straight year the Wahine were not in the preseason top 25. Last year, they had 27 points for 34th.

AVCA Top 25 is coming out today
complete poll supposed to be out 9 a.m. HST
They teased it on Twitter in reverse order
No. 10 Florida
No. 9 BYU
No. 8 Penn State
No. 7 Kentucky
No. 6 Illinois
No. 5 Wisconsin
No. 4 Texas
No. 3 Minnesota
No. 2 Nebraska
No. 1 Stanford


  1. kapakahi August 13, 2019 9:15 am

    Wahine voted #32 behind Cal Poly at #23…..but ahead of UCLA at #35

  2. Crazy4WVB August 13, 2019 9:52 am

    Cindy have you attended any more practices? Any observations to share?

  3. Cindy Luis August 13, 2019 9:52 am

    1. yes, updated that above per our style

  4. H-Man August 13, 2019 10:31 am

    Lots of opportunity for Wahine to move up with matches against 6 teams receiving votes – Washington, Baylor, San Diego, Cal Poly, Missouri and UCLA. Shaping up to be an exciting season.

  5. rabbit ears August 13, 2019 12:32 pm

    Preseason poll is meaningless. The girls know what they got to do.

  6. ManoaFan August 13, 2019 1:26 pm

    Why have the practice videos stopped? Can’t find any new ones on Twitter or the other TV channel websites. To increase the hype and interest, post more awesome videos! I wanna see Igiede and Westerberg make craters in the floor on stepout moves! 🙂

  7. Cindy Luis August 13, 2019 2:11 pm

    2. yes i have. Mostly been just reps. Serving drills. Passing drills. blocking drills
    Sunday no jumping.
    They are off today (Tuesday).
    not really much to report. Freshmen continue to look good. Krug moving well, espeically coming off knee surgery from spring. Everyone battling it out, as Ah Mow says, no one has a guaranteed starting position.
    6. guess you’d have to ask TV channels about videos
    spectrum hasn’t shown up. Hawaii News Now came Monday morning.
    We shot a few Saturday. Mostly from Brian McInnis and Dennis Oda. Think I did one.
    UH has done some from practices.
    To be honest with you, my job is not to do hype.

  8. Crazy4WVB August 13, 2019 2:21 pm

    Thank you Cindy.

  9. Manoafan August 13, 2019 3:00 pm

    I dunno if the pre-season polls take into account the transfers or international players coming in, but I know we will surprise the women’s collegiate volleyball world this season. Polls are …. but still, it was nice when the Men were #1, even for those few weeks.

  10. Bleachercoach August 13, 2019 4:06 pm

    4…I agree with your view….I am glad we received votes and at #32. After witnessing the Spring Match against #4 Texas, I was not very impressed with Texas. The Bows competed very well against Texas ( the “Jolie Rasmussen” show) but now with the added summer transfers (Bailey/Brooke), with the host of very talented Freshman class, and all the returnees all coming back in their best shape…BEWARE!!!
    All they need to do is compete hard and win those crucial preseason matches and that will speak volumes for polls sake. Can’t wait!!!!

  11. Matt August 13, 2019 5:05 pm


    As good as it was, the team wasn’t at full capacity due to the flu bug that afflicted the team and Skyler having to be the only middle blocker available. Having overworked Skyler pretty much made it difficult for the Wahine to keep up with the Longhorns in terms of blocking. Once regular season hits abound, the question remains to who they’ll use as their second middle in the lineup. Krug has experience, having played last year, and 3 (Possible) freshmen middles. Which is it?

    It’s going to be a curious season for sure as we head into Robyn’s 4th season.

  12. roygbivs August 13, 2019 5:26 pm

    When does the Big West come out with their preseason poll? Is Tiff Wells again a pollster this season?

    Should be a competitive conference season.

  13. Rodney Okita August 13, 2019 5:30 pm

    Is Reilly still here? Ang spoke about 4 True Frosh but I thought that there were5?Wagoner still here?

  14. Cindy Luis August 13, 2019 6:33 pm

    12. Big West poll out Wednesday, 9 a.m HST
    Tiff does not vote on the Big West poll. It’s a coaches poll.
    Tiff votes on Off The Block men’s poll. I have in the past as well.
    13. Wagoner is here. Ljungqvist did not say four freshmen. I wrote that I made the mistake of typing four, not five, and forgot to mention Wagoner. (It’s Riley, BTW)
    I mentioned my mistake in earlier post.

  15. Cindy Luis August 13, 2019 6:36 pm

    another thread up here with short feature on Sky Williams’ serve.

  16. Kazu August 13, 2019 6:53 pm

    Kind of thinking way ahead of time ,but i wonder if Lang and Via (2020 commits) will be making a trip down to Waco when the Wahine take on Baylor and Missouri. I think they live about 2 hrs away.
    Little over 2 weeks first serve, can’t wait. Hopefully by the time Wahine starts Conf play they are in the top 25.

  17. Cindy Luis August 14, 2019 9:14 am

    new thread up on big west poll

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