Countdown to opener, feature in ESPN-W

Our special is done and will be in Friday’s paper.
Have some time to catch up now
Nice, in-depth feature on Ah Mow-Santos on ESPN-W

Pretty much everyone cleared to participate in some way although Burns hasn’t done a lot of team stuff.

No decision on a starting lineup but they are playing with some options.
Do not be surprised if Maglio moves to the OH. Today she is taking swings on left and right as they run in both freshmen and Castillo at middle.

It really is hard to say who are the starters right now outside of Iosia, Kahakai, Maglio and Granato.

At one point, Ross was with the other four. Then it was Koelsch.
At the moment they are walking through a rotation to see who lines up where.

Castillo is MH and doing some slides.
On the other side, Williams is at MH and Howling on the right.

Impressed with Maglio and her big swings, from both the right and the left This is definitely not the 2016 team.


  1. Warriorfan August 23, 2017 7:16 pm

    I’d like to see Maglio on the right and freshmen williams thrown at the fire right away get them both ready to beat ucla sunday.

  2. Setaone August 23, 2017 7:41 pm

    Hawaiian Tel customers, please contact Penny Kobayashi @ 625-8531 or to inquire about the change of channels for only Wahine Volleyball.

  3. Setaone August 23, 2017 7:42 pm

    Very nice article about Ah Mow-Santos. If anyone can succeed, it is her.

  4. BRandon August 23, 2017 8:17 pm

    My lineup would be
    OH- ross granato
    MH- williams and castillo
    Opp maglio
    Setter iosia
    Libero- kahakai.

    I think ross has amazinf potentioal to grow and deserves scholorship imo

  5. Maverick August 23, 2017 9:08 pm

    I often post analytical and somewhat boring comments on this blog, so today I decided to change things up to add some fun. Below are betting odds/wagers for the upcoming season, excluding the post-season unless otherwise noted. I hope folks participate at home with their picks.

    General Odds:
    Big West AQ: Poly 7/2, UH 4/1
    BW team with the best overall won-loss record: UH 4/1, Poly 4/1, LBSU 7/1
    BW Coach of the Year: Sam Crosson 3/1, Robyn Ah Mow-Santos 5/1, Anyone else 25/1
    UH is seeded in the NCAA tournament: 5,000/1 (probably not high enough)

    (Note: if the O/U is 10, the over bet wagers that the result will be greater than 10; the under wagers the result will be less than 10)

    Number of UH non-conference wins: 7.5
    Number of non-conference tournaments UH will win: 1
    Number of UH conference losses: 2.5
    Total number of UH wins: 21
    Number of UH wins over an AVCA top 25 team (team must be ranked at time of match): 1
    Number of Volleyshots posters who will be banned for inappropriate posting: 0.5

    Prop Bets:
    (Note: +125 means underdog & bet $100 to win $125; -125 means favorite & bet $125 to win $100)

    For the Marquette Match Only:
    Before the match against Marquette, will the singer of the National Anthem and Hawai’i Pono’i take longer than 2 minutes and 35 seconds to sing both songs (duration from the first word of the anthem to the last word of Pono’i)? (Note: ukulele players with no vocals, etc. will cancel this wager)
    Yes -110 (11/10); No +105 (20/21)

    Will the player with the most kills during the season-opening match play for (a) Hawai’i or (b) Marquette? (a) -200 (1/2); (b) +175 (7/4)

    Will Hawai’i have at least twice as many service errors as service aces (10 errors vs. 5 aces, for example) during the Marquette match? Yes +140 (7/5); No -160 (5/8)

    Will there be problems with the free online stream of the UH/Marquette match (delayed start; buffering issues; lack of access for non-Hawaii residents, etc.)? Yes +115 (23/20); No -135 (20/27)

    All Other Prop Bets:
    Which will be higher, (a) number of different positions Casey Castillo will play, or (b) number of different positions Kendra Koelsch will play? (a) -140 (5/7); (b) +110 (11/10)

    Which will be higher, (a) number of times a UH player wins the BW freshman of the week award, or (b) number of conference wins by Fullerton? (a) +225 (9/4); (b) -250 (2/5)

    Which will be higher for UH, (a) number of different starting lineups, or (b) number of total losses?
    (a) +105 (21/20); (b) -110 (10/11)

    Which will be higher, (a) number of different BW teams that will be ranked in the AVCA top 25 at some point this regular season, or (b) number of UH home games that will exceed 8,000 in attendance (as reported in the box scores)? (a) +300 (3/1); (b) -450 (2/9)

    Will the BW have co-champions (2 or more) this year?
    Yes +110 (11/10); No -150 (2/3)

    Will the BW have more than one team in the NCAA tournament?
    Yes +110 (11/10); No -130 (10/13)

    Will Vili the Warrior make an appearance at a UH WVB home game this year?
    Yes +2,500 (25/1); No: -10,000 (1/100)

  6. Maverick August 23, 2017 9:29 pm

    Singing wager corrected odds are: Yes -110 (10/11); No +105 (21/20)

  7. greenthumb August 23, 2017 10:07 pm

    We are Hawaiian Telcom subscribers to one of the more deluxe packages. I wrote in on Tuesday; by the terms of the inquiry form I am supposed to receive a response “within two business days” which would be Thursday morning. I can share the response here if people are interested.

  8. Bleachercoach August 24, 2017 12:56 am

    #4. I agree with your lineup 100%

  9. Bleachercoach August 24, 2017 1:05 am

    #4. Other than your lineup playing Koelsch with her good blocking and Sibley’s year ecoerience and steadiness, I look forward to no.7 Shaney Lipscomb. Although she had an ankle injury preventing her to fully practice during camp, she did show good athleticism and court demeanor at the scrimmage. IMO, she become a big contributor to our outside hitters

  10. Hot August 24, 2017 2:08 am

    My lineup would be:
    S – Iosia
    OPP – Koelsch with Ross coming off the bench
    OH – Granato and Castillo
    MB – Maglio and Williams or Howling
    L – Kahakai
    DS – Guinasso for Koelsch/Ross, Anderson serving for Maglio

  11. Ron August 24, 2017 5:16 am

    I would go with what ever line up gives Maglio the most swings based on Cindy’s observations. Cindy, I was confused by your last statement “this is definitely not the 2016 team.” Is this good, bad , or just different? Maverick, that is why I have never been a punter, no sure thing!

  12. noblesol August 24, 2017 7:21 am

    I like a coaching staff that can make bold moves, and players who can and will play anywhere to get a win. Not sure if Hawaii’s personnel can be that, but maybe it starts Friday. Being a bit more Shockers like, reminiscent of coach Chris Lamb’s teams, and perhaps a page out of Hawaii’s past.

  13. Andrew August 24, 2017 10:25 am

    I like the really hands on and detailed approach this coaching staff is taking with the team. I have zero doubts coaching wise how they will do as far as getting the team ready. They will do a great job at that. I think whether this program continues the success is really going to come from recruiting and how well this staff does in that area.

  14. hollycow August 24, 2017 10:54 am

    Besides who starts in what position, the area of most concern is in sets decisions, as to when to take a time out, who to sub in/ and when, receiving positions, etc. Shoji was always said by commentators and coaching peers that he was a master at these instant set decisions. Hopefully Robyn has mastered these moves.

  15. rabbit ears August 24, 2017 11:55 am

    #13 agree 100%. Until then go mags!

  16. mei mei August 24, 2017 1:00 pm

    IMHO Ross is a blocking liability on the right…
    my starters:
    Iosia – Koelsch in for blocking and “plays”
    Granato OH
    Greeley/Sibley OH
    Williams / Castillo / Maglio MH or Mags AS RH
    Libero Kahakai / Anderson DS
    go BOWS!!

  17. Spectrum Hawaii August 24, 2017 1:00 pm

    Please do not contact Penny Kobayashi for inquiries about Wahine Volleyball. Please call 643-2337 should you have any questions. Mahalo!

  18. livealoha August 24, 2017 1:43 pm

    No.7 I’d like to know what the outcome is. I have Hawaiian Telcom and basically gonna be unable to watch WVB…

  19. Warriorfan August 24, 2017 2:23 pm

    Best lineup to win the Big West
    S Iosia
    L Kahakai
    OH1 Granato
    OH2 Sibley/ Greeley backrow
    MB1 Castillo
    MB2 Williams
    OPP Maglio

  20. po'okela August 24, 2017 2:34 pm

    i think lipscomb will surprise people.

  21. Cindy Luis August 24, 2017 3:04 pm

    2. had to delete the number given
    the correct phone number for Wahine Volleyball inquiries (643-2337).

  22. Cindy Luis August 24, 2017 3:13 pm

    11. just saying it is a different team from last year. Think there’s a lot of out-of-the-box thinking when looking at various lineups

  23. Cindy Luis August 24, 2017 3:15 pm

    well tried to delete 2
    the number given at 17 and 21 is the correct one

  24. setaone August 24, 2017 3:20 pm

    Thanks for the correction Cindy. That was the phone number given to me by the representative on Spectrum Chat.

    Please call the number everyone. The fact that Spectrum posted on the blog is a little step in the right direction. What they are doing to just Wahine Volleyball is not right. It would be one thing if they moved all sports over to Spectrum 16, but they singled out what is one of the most watched teams (outside of football and maybe men’s basketball).

    Hopefully their advertisers notice that what they paid for is what they are not going the get (the audience size).

  25. Warriorfan August 24, 2017 4:00 pm

    20. Williams is the surprise. I thought she would be redshirted.

  26. Warriorfan August 24, 2017 5:17 pm

    Imo limpscomb should redshirt, didn’t have much hops before and coming off injury probably less now. I do like her heavy swing though.

  27. noblesol August 24, 2017 5:29 pm

    BYU takes all 1st place votes to finish at the top of the WCC poll. USD in second.

  28. Ron August 24, 2017 5:53 pm

    I think Williams is more prepared for collage v-ball but Howlings will develop into a very good player because of her quick arm speed as demonstrated in her tapes. I think she and Lipscome should both red-shirt unless the season goes south to the point where getting experience becomes the priority.

  29. setaone August 24, 2017 5:55 pm

  30. noblesol August 24, 2017 6:31 pm

    Small consolation for tomorrow, you can still watch the Big West video stream of Stanford vs. Long Beach at the Pyramid, about 0900 in the morning Hawaii time (noon Pacific time). Don’t expect great quality, but LBSU usually has a satisfactory stream. For early birds, 0500 Hawaii time, there’s Live Stats for the Cal Poly vs. Dayton match from the NIU tournament. If you are on Oahu tomorrow, you can still head to the SSC and catch both USD vs. UCLA which should be a good match-up, and the Marquette and Hawaii prime time match. Order online tonight and get the 50% off ticket price promotion, but that expires at 1159 PM if I recall correctly.

  31. mauna August 24, 2017 8:50 pm

    Cindy, did Robyn select who will be the starters in their respective positions, and have them go thru plays to establish chemistry?

  32. greenthumb August 24, 2017 10:22 pm

    #18 and others wondering what response this premium subscriber got from Hawaiian Telcom about the telecast situation…. Big goose-egg. No email, no phone call (not even a hang-up). This after giving them 2.5 days rather than the 2 business days of their promised response time.

    I guess worst case we will get the mandated BW feed for conference games, or will that be blacked out for home matches?

  33. Bleachercoach August 24, 2017 11:19 pm

    I just think Coach Robyn will play the best athletes who minimizes making errors and plays hard all the time. She really wants. each girl to know their assignments and play ” wreckless abandon” regardless of your past accolades. She loves selfless players who are more concerned about the betterment of the TEAM. Every player’s mentality is show up ready to play like its your last match of the year. If not you might be with your sweats next to her keeping the bench warm or standing up on the side cheering the other players on the court on…
    I cant wait til tomorrow and the weekend. I have a good feeling about how this team will develop this year!

  34. Cindy Luis August 25, 2017 5:48 am

    24. thanks. will pass that along to Spectrum person who contacted me. They wanted to know where you got it.

  35. Cindy Luis August 25, 2017 5:50 am

    Address the starters in Thursday’s post.…ecial-out-friday/

  36. Cindy Luis August 25, 2017 5:52 am

    let me know if you’re having issues with the new blog format. I continue to have problems.
    Not sure if anyone will redshirt. they have time to make a decision.
    think both Howling and Williams will surprise folks.

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