Tuesday check-in: Taylor cleared to practice

Good morning
Previous years team would practice 6-830 am early in the week then switch to afternoons. because of heavy morning class loads this semester, they are going 3-6 p.m. instead.

We should get an update on Taylor’s situation and will be able to see if she is cleared to practice a little before 3.

Know there was discussion on the morning show about four TRUE freshmen playing. As mentioned on earlier thread, the last time I believe was 84 with Ahuna, Eagye, Eleneki and Jesse. there’ve been other years where they had four freshmen out there but they were redshirt freshmen.

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  1. kkv3000 August 30, 2016 1:08 pm

    Cindy or anyone, would love to get your thoughts about performance of McKenna Granato. I love her arm swing and aggressiveness. Tai Manu Olevao also had great arm and athleticism. On some nights Tai could take over the game, other times inconsistent. With McKenna Arizona knew where the ball was going in the last three sets. I know it was said that she was able to take advantage of the short setter, however when a team the caliber of Arizona knows where the ball is going on most sete and is unable to stop her, that is impressive. I remember the player, about the same height as McKenna, who left and went to arizona a few years ago, cannot remember the name, McKenna reminds me of her. Not having Nikki and Anne and Greely not able to be a hitter really allowed other players to show their abilities. McKenna to me looks like a new star, and a much needed left side hitter to balance Nikki and our middles.

  2. Cindy Luis August 30, 2016 1:19 pm

    Thought Granato played great, obviously the best match of her career. The comment from Shoji was that Granato made all the right adjustments depending on the block. She gets up quickly, has a quick armswing and power.

    I guess you’re thinking of Jane Croson who transferred to Arizona and was supposed to be at Adams State but don’t see her on the roster
    Don’t think there’s much resemblance between the two. but that’s just me.

    We’ll see how the lineup goes this week. Much depends on Taylor’s availability and whether they want to continue to use Ross.

  3. kkv3000 August 30, 2016 1:28 pm

    Yes, Jane Croson was the player I was thinking of. Thanks for the response. The similarity that I was seeing, is that Croson seemed to be able to hit well against bigger players.

  4. ALLAN August 30, 2016 1:43 pm


  5. sharene August 30, 2016 2:56 pm

    I felt badly when Jane left and it seems she has not been able to get out of whatever funk she was in. I also feel badly that Tai had to burn her redshirt that year because of her. If not, Tai would be on the team this year.
    I think McKenna Granato was awesome. Norene’s passes seem faster and higher which allows our hitters to hit down rather than up (if they jump at the right time). I was surprised that Higgins did not come in to at least serve.
    Hope the team is on an upswing. I am looking forward to the season.

  6. Cindy Luis August 30, 2016 3:18 pm

    4. Allan please don’t use all caps.
    5. Higgins was the odd-man out so to speak for the serving rotation. Just the way it worked out. As is the situation with Croson. Manu-Olevao would have be a senior this year had she not had to burn her red-shirt season but think it’s time to move on.

  7. Cindy Luis August 30, 2016 3:19 pm

    Taylor cleared to practice on a limited basis. She won’t be going all six rotations, is being held out of blocking reps.

  8. rabbit ears August 30, 2016 5:37 pm

    Why is Maglio still rotating in second in the middle like last season. She is our top middle. I don’t get the logic.

  9. Kazu August 30, 2016 6:16 pm

    Pushing the panic button here but i think Shoji needs to start using his reserves because i don’t think Taylor,Mitchem, and Greeley will be 100% this season. They may come back but not at 100%.

  10. Maverick August 30, 2016 7:59 pm

    9. Not exactly sure what you mean–everyone available other than Okino and redshirting Ma’afala has played, including 9 players that have played at least 10 out of a possible 13 sets. Also, there is too little public info on the injuries to panic. The coaches are doing the best they can with the available players.

    Now if you are suggesting the one or more of the three players redshirt this year, that’s a different issue, and I’ll leave it up to each player to make that determination.

  11. H-Man August 30, 2016 8:48 pm

    Would like to see Nikki back this week, but IMO, the type of injury she sustained requires more healing time. Rather than risk re-injuring the elbow, I think it would be prudent to keep her out this week.

  12. blunite August 31, 2016 7:26 am

    If she can’t block I don’t see Nikki coming back for the next game.

    Defense will carry them until the offense comes around. In particular, the backcourt, which was a tower of strength for the Wahine in the last tourney.

    – Blocking numbers should improve with the switch to Castillo, who closes the block faster.

    – Emma Smith impressed with her back row play, and along with an improving Savannah Kahakai, provided much better passing in the last game. Even the digging was close to on point.

    – Greeley seems more agile and really laid out on the floor to get digs.

    The shorter lineup up front (Ross and Granato) means the back row will have to cover more area but they were up to the task against Arizona.

  13. Cindy Luis August 31, 2016 8:06 am

    new thread up

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