11-19: UH taking 15 on road, Castillo paperwork in

For the first time this season, they are traveling 15. Only one staying home this road trip is Passi, who is not medically cleared to play. Don’t know anything more than that.She wasn’t at practice.

Manu-Olevao was in Gym II but did not practice. She is making the trip. She said she is getting better and feeling better. It’s that same thing that’s been going around, coughing and fatigue.

Castillo’s paperwork was received around 3:30 today. However it has not gone through the compliance office so likely no official announcement for a day or so. Did ask Shoji about today’s deadline. He said that the 19th was the last day for a school to offer an NLI, not the last day that it could be signed. Haven’t had time to check if that is true but it is a moot point.

As for their travel, they are based out of Santa Barbara for the trip. Will be driving back to SB after the Cal Poly match and leave out of LAX around 10.


  1. kay November 19, 2014 4:23 pm

    Hopefully none of the other girls get sick…
    Changing topic a bit…anyone know the cost of admission to tonight’s OC16 Senior Girls Volleyball Invitational at Mililani High School? I can’t seem to find that info anywhere…

  2. blunite November 19, 2014 7:47 pm

    15 is the regulation limit while 14 was purely a Hawaii decision. Glad that Shoji came to his senses, pinching pennies in the Wahine program will not float the massive football deficit. Besides, Wahine volleyball has always turned a profit, use it on the girls. Question is will Shoji give the girls a few days to acclimate/fight jet lag? Because his previous travel arrangements ended with 2 losses and a near loss.

  3. wildcard November 19, 2014 7:49 pm

    2. agreed

    traveling with 15 eh? i knew that travel with 14 thing was kind of dubious – more the same as the redeye.

    stationing at santa barbara is a fine choice. wahine should have no problem to besiege the gaucho thieves.

  4. eMpTy November 19, 2014 8:42 pm

    #2 My understanding is that the football program makes enough money to pay for football. However, they are not making enough to cover the whole Athletic Department budget. If all the non-revenue sports made money like football and wahine volleyball then the Athletic Department would easily be in the black.

  5. idk November 19, 2014 9:39 pm

    Dave should do what Wisconsin does with their backup setter who can hit. Sigh. Really think Koelsch could prove beneficial on the right.

  6. OrbitalRipZ November 20, 2014 1:51 am

    Wednesday came & went, and most of the action took place in the 14-school Big Ten with all the favs winning.

    Big Ten Current Standings (top tier of the 14-squad league):

    1. Wisconsin (25-2, 16-1 conf, RPI 6)
    2. Penn State (27-3, 15-2, RPI 10)
    3. Illinois (21-7, 13-4, RPI 9)
    3. Nebraska (19-7, 13-4, RPI 11)
    5. Purdue (22-7, 12-5, RPI 47)
    6. Ohio St (19-10, 10-7, RPI 33)

    Also playing on Wednesday were 2 Hawai’i preconference opponents, and both lost: San Diego St fell to Boise St (1-3) in the Mountain West and Utah St was swept by UNLV.

  7. LC November 20, 2014 7:12 am

    If they caught that Hawaiian red eye they got into LAX sometime around 6:30am this morning then they have a 2 hour drive to Santa Barbara, if true it wouldn’t surprise me if they looked sluggish on Friday night.

  8. blunite November 20, 2014 8:19 am

    In the last match with UCSB Tai Manu Olevao did not play (it was on a Sunday), Nikki played right, Greeley and Long played left, and Hawaii swept them in 3 on Nikki’s 22 kills. Why try to fix/change something that is not broken? Traveling on Wednesday instead of Tuesday was a miscalculation; moving Nikki to the left will lose the match and any post season aspirations.

  9. Cubicle1126 November 20, 2014 10:04 am

    blunite — hawaii beat ucsb in 4 when ucsb was here. hawaii did not sweep them.

  10. oldtimer808 November 20, 2014 2:27 pm

    Wow so impressive with so many coaches with the know it all and can predict wins and losses by what Coach Shoji does with his lineup.

  11. Cindy Luis November 20, 2014 3:45 pm

    Still don’t understand the fixation on the travel arrangements. They’ve done it this way for decades. sometimes they go redeye, sometimes they go afternoon 2 days before. never ceases to amaze how people can find something negative in everything. It’s not like they are playing the same day as they get there. It’s not like they’re traveling to Louisiana Tech.

    They’ve taken 14 because they’ve taken 14. They took 15 because they took 15. Nothing dubious, nefarious, conspiratorial.

    Do they really need 5 DSs when only 3 or 4 usually play in a match? No but this way prepares everyone for postseason as a team.

    4. Football makes money. Volleyball makes some. All the programs have been asked to do their part in helping with the deficit, which wouldn’t exist if the athletic department was allowed to keep the money it generates, particularly from parking fees, signage at Aloha Stadium, concessions.

    5. Koelsch will be a front-row sub for Higgins. there will be no double-sub now that Passi is not with the team.

    8. never said the move to the left for Taylor was a given. But they are looking at options.

    9. & 10. thank you. Hawaii won in 4 against UCSB here.

  12. Robin November 20, 2014 7:17 pm

    I just got blocked from a The University of Hawaii Wahine V-ball Facebook site for arguing that they didn’t know what the definition of ‘premier’ was. Part of original post was “The ACC is the premier conference this year (in women’s volleyball).” (Right before, they stated that the Pac-12 and Big-10 might have 6 teams each in the NCAAs.) Apparently, because as they followed, this is their (ACC) best year with 2 top 10 and another top 20 team. I pointed out about how the Pac-12 and Big-10
    have as much teams in the Top 10 and much more in the lower part of the Top 25 rankings (Pac-12- 7, Big-10- 3). I also stated that by writing ‘THE’ premier would give the impression as the best (alone) say versus ‘A’ premier . A person (the site poster?) replies @Robin, justifying they (ACC) is THE premier conference this year restating that are having such historically strong year for their conference. Not arguing that they should have more ranked teams, they are stronger than the nation realizes, etc. I said what does conference history have to do with being ‘THE premier’ in all of volleyball? I get an angry reply from the husband? (same last name) of the poster, telling me to take a chill pill again stating the ACC is THE premier conference. I reply sincerely “do you know what the definition of ‘premier’ is?” (Definition: First in status.) Because based on their replies it really doesn’t appear they do. I also state that it appears they just don’t want to admit they might have used inappropriate terminology. I also ask this person if they are the husband of the site poster. Then I get a notice that I am being banned from the site for “personal attacks” and “low blows”. Brah, you keep telling me I am wrong (and I strongly believe I am not, I goin keep on with the argument). Bottom line, they edited their text to state “ONE of the premier, from THE premier” conference(s). If you are right, why did you edit it then?
    Well, UH Wahine Volleyball Facebook site person, you are free do respond. I can’t defend myself from charges of ‘low blows’ and ‘personal attacks’ because I can’t post there anymore.

  13. Robin November 21, 2014 12:45 am

    ACC is not THE premier league in WVB, based on the quantity in the poll rankings cited by the UHWVB FB administrators themselves. Just because they were historically weak and are having a good year this year doesn’t make them THE premier. Its comparable to stating when the old WAC football had Hawaii and Boise State ranked in the Top 15 that they were THE premier conference in the NCAA, and justifying (and repeating) that on the grounds that they were having such a banner year compared to past years. The then Pac-10, SEC, Big-12, ACC, and Big-10 were still better as a whole- at the very top itself and also top to bottom.

  14. Cindy Luis November 21, 2014 8:00 am

    Don’t know if the FB person reads this. So don’t know if your venting will get seen. But your points are valid.

    The bottom line is the ACC has never won an NCAA title in volleyball despite the NCAA selection committee trying to make it happen (like with the SEC) with putting so many teams in the tournament.
    The coaches poll is a popularity contest. If you look at the Top 25 in the RPI: ACC has 3 teams in there. Pac-12 has 7, Big Ten 4, Big 12 5.

  15. Robin November 21, 2014 10:26 am


    Thanks for reading.

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