10-31 Top 25, Big West scores; Shoji a grandpa for second time

Shoji’s daughter had a baby girl Thursday night, believe 2 weeks early.

Good win for Hawaii. would have been a disastrous loss in terms of the RPI.

1) Stanford def. Oregon State 25-17, 22-25, 26-24, 25-15
2) Washington def. 16) UCLA 25-15, 25-17, 25-8
3) Florida State def. NC State 18-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-17
6) Penn State def. 17) Ohio State 25-13, 25-16, 25-18
9) North Carolina def. Miami-FL 25-21, 25-12, 25-22
10) Illinois def. Michigan State 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18
12) Oregon def. Cal 20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-18
14) Nebraska def. Rutgers 25-23, 25-21, 25-18
15) Arizona lost to 26) Colorado 15-25, 25-18, 20-25, 18-25
19) Arizona State def. Utah 25-19, 25-21, 16-25, 23-25, 15-13
20) USC def. Washington State 26-24, 20-25, 25-21, 25-17
21) Duke def. Wake Forest 25-18, 25-23, 25-17
23) Texas A&M lost to Alabama 25-20, 26-28, 25-17, 20-25, 11-15

28) Hawaii def. UC Irvine 21-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-18, 15-7
UC Davis def. UCSB 20-25, 25-14, 25-21, 21-25, 15-10


  1. wildcard November 1, 2014 3:39 am

    well onto fullerton. wahine better not fall asleep again, particularly at set 1. considering they were beaten to near death, had to push by shove to stay barely alive, and had to come back to dominate; na wahine should have now gotten stronger.

    that said, shoji needs to get them to tune up their SERVE especially higgins and tai.

    also didnt shoji had them practice to grind out at the 20 point mark? may need that again since they lost set 1 even though they were first to 20!

  2. wildcard November 1, 2014 3:41 am

    by the way cindy, whos bright idea was it to have our ladies take the red eye flight considering it in essence compelled them to be barely alive.

  3. Cindy Luis November 1, 2014 7:10 am

    2. They flew out Wednesday. They had all day Thursday to recoup. Not like they flew in the day of the game.
    This was the first time they’ve done it this season but they’ve done this a number of times over the years.

  4. Cindy Luis November 1, 2014 7:27 am

    2. yes, they were the first to 20 and led 20-18. Greeley service error made it 20-19 and they got into this rotation where Lee had 2 kills and UCI had an ace. Just like that it was 22-20.
    Yes, they do practice at 20. doesn’t mean that they’ll execute.
    As for the serving, Higgins had 3 SEs in 25 serves. You target Manu-Olevao, who had 2 in 10 serves. but you seem to be overlooking that both Kahakai and Mendoza had 2 SEs as well.
    The point is the team had 2 SEs after Set 3. They adjusted to the arena.
    Higgins and Kahakai both with 1 SE in Set 5, where UH hit 12-1-18.
    There were no SEs in Set 4 They had 5 SEs in Set 1, 3 in Set 2 and 3 in Set 2.

    People complain about the service errors, they complain when they serve too easy.

  5. donamach November 1, 2014 7:37 am

    watched UCI/UH WVB match up to UCI serving for match (set 3) but , logged out from ESPN/Go–did not want to see 3rd road loss in a row. Went down to rec room to engage in Halloween-bash. Later returned , and out of curiousity , turned on radio—OH MY GOSH , game still on with UH ahead at the turn (5th). Boy , I feel really stupid (giving up on Wahine and missing out on a very , very exciting finish). NEVER WILL HAPPEN , AGAIN!!!!! Anyway , some good changes were done and hope this goes a long way , for the Wahine! GO BOWS

  6. islandman November 1, 2014 7:46 am

    Re comments # 93, yesterday by Cindy on the match.

    Someone said UH was hitting down the line more later too .
    The UCI students left for trick or treating ?

    After the match on TV, Tai said she was pissed off with her play early on, so she stepped it up afterwards.

  7. Cindy Luis November 1, 2014 7:57 am

    6. no idea where the students went. I asked the reporter from the student paper if there was a Halloween party on campus. He said he thought so.

    Manu-Olevao did step up her game. She was definitely bothered by the crowd. Something that happened at CSUN too.
    Kahakai said the crowd bothered her too being her first road trip and all.

    As for the line shots, I haven’t noticed a huge change but they are definitely working on changing things up. Greeley is pretty predictable with her high crosscourt when she’s on the left, so they want her to go line. Taylor is working on the inside angle when she’s on the left.

    but they take what the block gives them.

  8. islandman November 1, 2014 8:16 am

    Have the Wahine ever come back from 0 – 2, match point, to win in five sets ?

  9. vballfreak808 November 1, 2014 8:49 am

    8. The last time I can recall that happening was in 2008 against Washington. An amazing match.

  10. Tenzil November 1, 2014 10:02 am

    The Wahine were down 0-2 against a good BYU team at home Nov 5, 1998. Best match I ever attended. My voice was gone at the end. Great teams, great rivalry. Match point was a serve that fell between two defenders untouched.

  11. vbfan November 1, 2014 10:10 am

    I’m glad they won, but it’s a little frustrating that they had to come back from 0-2 down. I always wonder why they couldn’t just play that way from the beginning rather than wait until the 3rd game.

    They came back from 0-2 down against Fresno State in 2011, the last year in the WAC. That was a loaded team with Danielson, Croson, and Hartong.

  12. bg November 1, 2014 10:40 am

    There are bleacher coaches who provide a lot of entertainment here who get an extraordinary amount of exercise jumping to conclusions (e.g. travel arrangements, who should be playing, game strategy, etc.). This blog certainly provides a needed outlet for them.

    Given the amount of criticism that Dave gets, it should only be fair to recognize the times when his coaching shines through. I have not seen one comment…so let me point out:
    1. The turning point of the game (imo) was when he changed roles for Kahakai and Mendoza. Steadying out the passing and picking up the tips were the keys that started to turn the tide and put the pressure on UCI. How many coaches are capable of analysis AND have the guts to implement the change in mid-match?
    2. Speaking of intestinal fortitude, he also pulled Greeley and Nikki when they struggled so badly and gave them a break to refocus. They were solid when they came back in.
    3. As bad as the team was playing and as bleak as the situation was (their tournament life was on the line), I never saw him take out his frustrations on the players. I think an accurate guess would be that Dave and his 40 years of experience knew the best approach to take with a young team. Doesn’t mean they couldn’t have lost…just that he was the consummate coach when he needed to be.

    I believe the bloggers he who hve coached beyond the peewee level understand how difficult coaching is. There are always the “woulda..coulda..shoulda”. No coach is error-free, hind-sight being what it is. But there are coaches who rise above the pack. Dave’s body of work speaks for itself. Yes, I coached at the high school level, not in vb, did nothing special, and everything I’ve written is just my opinion.

  13. 'ohanaInBellingham November 1, 2014 10:43 am

    Despite UH coaches working on dink defense during practice, opposing teams keep exploiting that offense successfully until UH finally adjusts later during a match. It feels like the team as a whole forgets between matches.

    Maybe it’s not just about teaching dink *defense*, but teaching dink *offense*. The current roster of hitters seem to be focused on spiking. I recall how Kanani used her vaunted court sense to tip to great success (getting a kill or keeping the point alive by avoiding an obvious block). Olivia has that court sense, although I suspect a good 75% of her tips/dinks are a result of adjustments to missets.

    So, ‘bows, let’s see some dink offense. TMO said it well last night: “…take all the advantages (UCI) had and turn them into ours.”

  14. 'ohanaInBellingham November 1, 2014 10:46 am

    Speaking of dink offense, Higgins has already been using it the last two games – to my great satisfaction, even if her hitting percentage doesn’t reflect it. This kind of offense from a setter forces the defense from keying solely on the pins. Our pins need help, and Olivia and Adolpho can’t do it alone.

  15. LONGs a MUST November 1, 2014 11:58 am

    (a trip to the 2014 Seattle Regional is on the line)
    It’s time for a Change-up against AVCA Top25 LBSU, in exactly one week.
    Maglio is fired up to play against the 49ers; 90’s Brazil vs. Cuba comes to mind.
    Outsides—Magill, Olevao & Taylor @OPP
    MBs—Adolpho, our Canadian VBM Fab50 selection
    w/Mendoza @DS (for Magill)

    Long’s a must to sub for Magill when/IF she struggles.

  16. Cindy Luis November 1, 2014 1:03 pm

    14. Long would not be a sub for Magill.

  17. LONGs a MUST November 1, 2014 1:13 pm

    Toward the end of season, I’d hope that you’d be able to figure out a thing or two. I suppose that we should leave the real vb to those who played beyond our teen years.

    Manu Olevao belongs hitting 2/3 on the RS

  18. Cindy Luis November 1, 2014 3:01 pm

    why you think Magill would be an OH is puzzling. she’s never played that position.

  19. islandman November 1, 2014 3:47 pm

    Poster “Long’s a Must” refers to in high school . She posted a video showing Olivia on the outside , i think. Excerpt from the internet, but i like her as the middle blocker :

    ” John Tawa, publisher of PrepVolleyball.com: “Oozing with potential, Magill is a high flying, ultra-dynamic athlete capable of playing multiple positions. She played on the outside on her state championship high school team last fall and was an active, big-blocking middle for her club team the rest of the year.”

  20. wildcard November 1, 2014 4:03 pm

    how about the vs fullerton blog?

  21. Cindy Luis November 1, 2014 4:09 pm

    there has been a new thread up for over an hour.

  22. wildcard November 2, 2014 2:00 am

    3. yes but the scheduled red eye by design was bad.

    4. wasnt really a complaint about service errors, but at 13 throughout the entire match, its just like vs sdsu that its inexcusable (greeley was the best server in service ace-to-error ratio that even she was embarrassed). they need to work on it again just like higgins said she been working on hers when she had the 8 aces vs new mexico. also wasnt picking on tai neither but said especially higgins and tai since they are jump servers, they need to polish up on it to make it sting more.

    i dunno who complains when they serve too easy. hell i dont care if they old school original underhand serve it just for accuracy in getting it over the net. for overhead float servers, its probably best to stand as far behind the service line as much as possible and do a standing float (not jumping) hitting the ball as hard as possible utilizing power and range to lob or mortar it over the net and into the other court unless your a big server ie 6′ player such as adolpho who can just stand float it normal including taking something back to bolt the ball over.

  23. wildcard November 2, 2014 2:33 am

    5. well then, shame on you.

    6. its surprising that tai didnt get pissed earlier like in the first match vs irvine. she said team btw not exclusively herself.

    7. curiously na wahine lets the crowd bother them. they may need to learn how to harvest off the crowd energy like how byu did last year.

    10 and 11. they werent threatened a match point in that byu or fresno state game

    12. shoji never took out his frustrations on the players…this time. he seemed pretty pissed during the csun match so its not never. shoji this time was chillin and seemed cocky that no way irvine was going to beat hawai’i for the first time ever even though the wahines situation was dire at set 3. he of course made some changes and took out some of his magic dust.

    btw the “woulda..coulda..shoulda” is the song for losers and is also sung by the norm chow inside access program. and thats not my opinion because i watched it.

    13. TMOs storyline quote “…take all the advantages (UCI) had and turn them into ours.” – her high watermark forwarding her team to victory despite having been left for dead.

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