10-11 Top 25, Big West scores

5) Penn State lost to No. 15 Illinois 24-26, 25-16, 23-25, 22-25
7) Colorado State def. Fresno State 25-15, 25-7, 25-17
10) BYU def. Saint Marys 25-12, 23-25, 27-25, 25-13
14) Purdue def. Indiana 25-15, 25-27, 25-8, 25-23
23) Minnesota def. Rutgers 25-8, 25-17, 25-21
24) Northwestern lost to Ohio State 21-25, 24-26, 25-17, 17-25
25) Loyola Marymount def. Pepperdine 25-21, 26-24, 25-23

UC Irvine leads Cal Poly 25-23, 25-20
UC Santa Barbara leads Cal State Fullerton, 25-23, 25-20
UC Davis def. UC Riverside, 25-14, 25-17,


  1. LanaiBoy October 11, 2014 7:06 pm

    UC Davis impressed me against Hawaii, especially with its floor defense. Looks like it will be the surprise team in the Big West; it is 3-1 right now. Quite capable of upsetting CSUN or LBSU.

  2. 'ohanaInBellingham October 11, 2014 7:20 pm

    Good recovery, na Wahine! I wish it was a victory, but on paper, LBSU is the more experienced team.

    Mahalo to all the SoCal UH fans who went to the cheer na Wahine!

  3. warriorfan October 11, 2014 10:01 pm

    Losing to two mediocre teams just flat out sucks.

    At least they battled saturday unlike Friday.
    But i’ll say it again, Relying on Olevao as much as UH has done is not smart, She is no Hartong or Danielson. She is very error prone and should be the third option for this team to be successful.

  4. warriorfan October 11, 2014 10:11 pm

    Really hope Shoji finally is more confident in putting in Maglio and Koelsch. I just see so much more room for improvement in those two, by seasons end and for next season.

  5. Wop ur jaws October 11, 2014 10:48 pm

    197. Your point about UH’s players not playing their positions until this year is a weak point.
    CSUN’s setter had not even played in a D1 match until last night. And to me, the setter position is arguably the most vulnerable position to have someone start in their first D1 match and yet, her performance against UH was masterful.
    I also should mention that LBSU’s setter is a transfer from Iowa St. who didn’t play with the team until this season. And again, her performance against UH tonight was masterful. Both setters were in control even when chasing down bad passes. They fooled the block, they gave hitters one on one situations and they better the ball. So if anybody has an excuse for new players in new positions, both CSUN and LBSU have there share of getting used to each other and they still won. UH and its protectors can make excuses all they want, UH still loss and now the rest of the conference will watch both matches and exploit UH. UH is quick to make excuses but short on competing consistently.

  6. wildcard October 12, 2014 1:01 am

    3. maglio and koelsch should be in and if necessary used for auxiliary passing/easier dealing with overpasses. when na wahine created many overpasses tonight, the beach unleashed no mercy back at them.

    4. tai may be inconsistent especially on the road, but why was it that last year vs the beach at the pyramid did tai easily pass well? was it because they were all relying on hartong? was it because they were all relying on mita who delivers a tricky set to the middle even if the passing sucked? or ultimately na wahine was babied by hartong the whole time?

    is there like a machine that shots out like a cannon that you could just fill it with volleyballs and the ball shot out speed would be that of the speed of the hardest/strongest human spike on the volleyball? and then na wahine should practice receiving and passing that. doesnt uh the manoa maniacs have that super bazooka thing and can have something similar and larger and just shoot out 1 ball semiauto?

  7. wildcard October 12, 2014 1:05 am

    5. no whoppers there. should be absolutely no excuses. its the same bull as the service errors at the beginning of the preseason.

  8. donamach October 12, 2014 4:48 am

    very depressing to me whenever Wahine lose , but we gotta move on. There are still games to be played , and there is hope. Coaches can further develop depth (with return of Savanah and more playing time for reserves). WE BELIEVE !!!!!

  9. islandman October 12, 2014 8:26 am

    Oct 11 game post, 201. UH out blocked CSUN on Friday, 10 to 3 , but were out blocked by Long Beach St. 16-11, as you stated.

  10. Wop ur jaws October 12, 2014 8:47 am

    Watching the World cup USA vs. China. Sunderland talked about how only since the USA team started jump floating, did they started serving a lot of aces. He said Jordan Larson had to switch from her jump spike serve to a jump float serve and now all the team only uses a jump float serve because they discovered the jump spike serve was ineffective and it caused inconsistent serving which turns into points for the opponents. It also fatigued the players which caused performance issues. So Karch only wants jump float serves from now on. This kind of careful analysis and then correction is sorely lacking with UH. I say transition out of the jump spike serves and incorporate a jump float or just float serve will serve UH better throughout the season. And we need better blocking from the setter position consistently.

  11. kimo browner October 12, 2014 9:20 am

    Here’s the deal: Shoji keeps trying the same things with the same starters expecting different results. Sound familiar. When it he plays Kendra, Huff, Maglio or Anderson–and after they do well–he goes back to the same players he started and the cycle of failure repeats itself again. What is up with Coach Dave?

  12. Wop ur jaws October 12, 2014 10:38 am

    USA USA USA, that’s how you fight back. Great coaching great playing great TEAM work.

  13. OrbitalRipZ October 12, 2014 11:57 am

    Went back to read the blog comments immediately following last Monday’s release by the NCAA of its 1st RPI of the season and found only a couple of fans accepting the “17” rating but all the rest bitching that our beloved Bows deserved better.

    10 matches are left, and even if the Bows end with a 22-5 or 21-6 record, low 20s usually means “borderline” and “left to the mercy of the Selection Committee” … unless you qualify automatically or you belong to the fiercely competitive Pac-12 or Big Ten or you are one of the 4 regional hosts.

    10 matches. Only through blood, sweat, and tears can a team find its heart, and this team will show us if they can play with heart or if heart is just a meaningless cliché to the 40th edition of Team Shoji.

    Go Bows!

  14. OrbitalRipZ October 12, 2014 12:12 pm

    In Sunday’s big match, Washington put down Oregon’s uprising in 4. Thus, Monday’s new AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll will continue to reflect that out of 323 D1 women’s volleyball teams, only 4 remain undefeated and those 4 are ranked 1-2-3-4.

  15. LC October 12, 2014 12:18 pm

    I though that it was pretty cool to see Hartong’s Volero Zurich team in Italy supporting Courtney Thompson who is one of their two setters.

  16. jmy October 12, 2014 12:52 pm

    UCLA lost to Colorado in 4…

  17. jmy October 12, 2014 12:54 pm

    Michigan swept Nebraska…

  18. Cubicle1126 October 12, 2014 4:11 pm

    did a lot of people on here actually think that hawaii deserved better than a 17 RPI? that’s odd … b/c i also remember a lot of comments resigned to hawaii not being seeded this year.

  19. LanaiBoy October 12, 2014 4:44 pm

    I cannot believe that people actually believe that switching setters, liberos, middles, or outsides will actually lead to a better and more efficient Hawaii team. What’s the reasoning? That inexperience triumphs experience? Does any one actually believe that Maglio is better than Magill or Adolpho? Or that starting Koelsch over Higgins will magically transform the present hitters to a Hartong or Danielson? There is constant criticism of Manu-Olevao’s inconsistency and low hitting average. Does anyone believe that Long, Passi, or even Huff can terminate better? Whatever one can say about Manu-Olevao, there is no question that she can terminate the ball better than any outside hitter when Hawaii passes well and is in system. Her problem is that when she gets garbage sets, she knows only one way to react, hit the ball as hard as she can. She plays intense; she has to learn how to hit smarter. In other words, improving the performance of the present starting players is a far better strategy than making constant personnel changes. Volleyball is a team sport and is fast-moving. Lots of plays are made by instinct and habits developed working with a set of regular team mates. This comes with constant repetition with a set lineup. One can recognize instantly a great team. All six players act as one, each knows their roles and what they can expect of each other from lots pot playing time together. Willy-nilly changes does not make for a well-functioning team.

  20. warriorfan October 12, 2014 4:55 pm

    Does any one actually believe that Maglio is better than Adolpho?

    Koelsch over Higgins?


  21. warriorfan October 12, 2014 4:57 pm

    Some good news finally, Hawaii got a commitment from Emma Smith from Mira Costa.
    UH’s next great libero IMO

  22. LanaiBoy October 12, 2014 7:27 pm

    20. warriorfan. You did not answer my question though, do you think the changes will make Hawaii that much better? If you think that Maglio is so much superior to Adolpho and that Koelsch will lead the Bows to the promise land, I would consider you to be delusional. Such changes would PERHAPS be a marginal improvement but in my opinion it would actual result in a DECREASE in effectiveness instead. But everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but I personally think you are wrong. But that’s life in the comment section of a blog. We all have our disagreements. By the way, this does not mean I am always happy with the setting of Higgins or the play of Adolpho. Heck I see Shoji scolding them all the time on the sidelines, but he pretty much stays with them, mostly because of what he sees in practices and scrimmages.

  23. vballfreak808 October 12, 2014 8:40 pm

    21. Nice find. Surprised no one else found out about her earlier cause she apparently committed two weeks ago. She looks good. Can’t wait to have her for both programs.

    Wonder if UH will get another DS/L for 2015. Having only four backrow players seems pretty slim especially for Shoji.

  24. OrbitalRipZ October 12, 2014 9:42 pm

    18 Here are your comments (though you posted several times): “…one of the posters on VT has been posting his projections for the RPI at the end of the season. and hawaii could finish with an RPI of around 17, even if they suffer a loss or two in the big west. so it’s possible they could be on the bubble for a seed.”

    Of course after this weekend, I don’t hear anyone talking about being even a ‘bubble’ team for one of the 16 seeds. Geniuses all.

    As for the Wahine, their only goal should be winning out and getting an at-large berth, much less the automatic bid. Give blood. No tap outs no matter what. Give blood. No tap out.

  25. wildcard October 12, 2014 10:22 pm

    19 and 20. i would say not necessarily maglio would be better than adolpho and not likely better than magill. as for comparing higgins with koelsch, yes! especially due to the bad passing and some bad setting to and by higgins. koelsch is bigger and has more reach to deal with bad passes/overpasses. higgins however is good with her serve.

    koelsch is better than higgins at the current state, and higgins noticably is easily sundered by a spike and not as effective blocking (at least not yet). higgins can eventually get better i suppose. mita who is actually slightly smaller than higgins got it including in solo blocks.

    you say whats the reasoning? is it inexperience triumphs experience? no, but innovativeness upsets experience especially with tenacity (ie csun debut frosh setter, the beachs setter a transfer who is only starting her chemistry with her team this year). and thats not all, as for player ‘experience’, higgins said it before. she compared her and the others to the frosh as ‘us veterans’ when said ‘veterans’ only have ‘seen battle’ compared to others who are actually ‘experienced’ and even ‘tough veterans’. the only ones that could be rated ‘experienced’ would be adolpho, magill, and tai.

  26. cocobean October 12, 2014 10:25 pm

    Didn’t see the match just listened to radio until I parked the car at the football game. When they didn’t announce the result during the game I figured the Wahine probably lost. I decided to wait until tonight to drop in here because I kinda knew what would be posted. I was right.

    That there’d be a lot of exasperated posters. Angry at the teams performance and angry at Shoji for not heeding their often repeated advice on how to correct things. I give them credit for their passion for the Wahine. But I do not confuse passion and OPINIONS as solutions. Solutions are not in their pay grade.

    The paid professionals know all about the options/solutions critics have posted. A lot of fans like myself often wonder how a 6-2 would work out, if switching setters or starting some of the newcomers would make a difference. IN my opinion it’s up to Shoji to make the calls. Shoji has been consistent in one thing. That the first priority is improving serve receive and improved passing. When your starting outsides have 56, 39, 33 attempts and your middles have 13, 9, 8 you know your passing is not where it should be.

  27. wildcard October 12, 2014 10:25 pm

    24. you know part of the problem is na wahine has yet to show some willpower to win a 5 set which this obviously isnt the first and wont be the last. there is something needed to squeeze every bit of wahine out of the team. i just cant believe they pulled that off vs irvine when it wasnt necessarily needed but here when it is do or die, they die.

  28. wildcard October 13, 2014 1:52 am

    looking at the bows history. so far this season na wahine still aint scared enough to win a 5 set, they are almost indifferent and took no priority over it when it happens, or turns into the mental emotion of ‘desperation’ instead of determination.

    additionally this may be a hawai’i fan belief, but if na wahine keeps this up, they add into further statistics of not being unblemished records or ‘difficult to defeat the bows’ and pretty soon will have lesser foes or even ‘weaklings’ defeat them.

  29. LC October 13, 2014 5:31 am

    Oh yea great news another 5’0 libero/DS just what one needs to get excited about. on a Monday morning.

  30. LanaiBoy October 13, 2014 6:52 am

    re: 29 LC. Are you talking about Emma Smith of Mira Costa? She’s 5’8″ tall according to her profile. Has an impressive background. What exactly is your complaint?

  31. LC October 13, 2014 7:39 am

    I want some exciting recruiting news like the fans at Penn State, Nebraska,Stanford etc get. Liberos and defensive specialist are a dime a dozen.

  32. LC October 13, 2014 8:32 am

    Wahine out of the poll again but no real love for CSUN or LBSU for beating them.

    From what I’m seeing on twitter from the Big West UH nominated no one in any of the AOTW categories.

  33. vballfreak808 October 13, 2014 8:47 am

    Hawaii only receiving votes. Placed at 31st. Behind LBSU and CSUN

  34. Cindy Luis October 13, 2014 9:31 am

    31, 32 new thread has been up for over 30 minutes. Please let me know if you’re still having problems with finding new posts. All I’ve heard back from admin is that ‘they’re working on it.

    21. Smith 2016 verbal. 5-8.

  35. warriorfan October 13, 2014 10:45 am

    32. Ridiculous, did you not see the matches this past weekend??
    we could use a solid libero, that CAN PASS period,!! we have enough hitters until the 2016 season!!
    and Emma is one of the best sand volleyball players in her class, she’s a great get.

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