11-7 Top 25 scores; The Beach 3 Hawaii 2

Kahakai at libero tonight.

1) Stanford def. Arizona 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, 23-25, 15-9
2) Washington def. Oregon 25-20, 25-18, 25-20
3) Florida State def. Virginia 25-17, 25-15, 20-25, 25-22
4) Wisconsin def. Michigan 25-20, 24-26, 25-19, 21-25, 16-14
5) Texas def. 22) Kansas State 16-25, 25-15, 25-21, 25-16
6) Penn State def. Rutgers 25-11, 25-12, 25-10
7) Florida def. Alabama 25-13, 25-23, 25-20
8) North Carolina def. Boston College 25-20, 25-18, 25-20
17) Kentucky def. Georgia 26-24, 24-26, 25-16, 25-13
18) Ohio State def. Maryland 25-16, 20-25, 25-19, 25-12
19) USC lost to Utah 17-25, 22-25, 24-26
20) Arizona State def. Cal 26-28, 25-22, 26-24, 25-22
#23 Long Beach State vs. Hawaii No scores yet
22) Kansas State lost to Texas 25-16, 15-25, 21-25, 16-25
25) Duke lost to Pittsburgh 27-29, 25-21, 25-27, 25-11, 11-15

UC Irvine def. Cal Poly, 26-24, 21-25, 25-20, 25-15
UC Santa Barbara def. CSU Fullerton, 25-20, 22-25, 25-15, 25-15


  1. wildcard November 7, 2014 6:48 pm

    wahine defend your ‘aina!

  2. wildcard November 7, 2014 6:49 pm

    actually that should be defend your hale wahine!

  3. Cindy Luis November 7, 2014 7:07 pm

    Beautiful rendition of the National Anthem and Hawaii Ponoi by Raiatea Helm on the ukulele.
    As mentioned Kahakai at libero, Higgins Taylor, Magill, Manu-Oleavo, Greeley and Adolpho.

  4. warriorfan November 7, 2014 7:21 pm

    This is frustrating, the beach getting lucky bounces from the net.

  5. Cindy Luis November 7, 2014 7:21 pm

    49ers on a 4-0 run, they’ve had a few aces that hit the tap and dribbled over. 49ers up 15-12 at the TTO

  6. Ashley November 7, 2014 7:22 pm

    I love when hawaii plays at home. But I hate our commentators. I feel like they are playing at LBSU because they only talk highly of Long Beach rather than talking about Hawaii

  7. warriorfan November 7, 2014 7:24 pm

    We just can’t have Higgins playing front row . Good idea to bring in Koelsch.

  8. warriorfan November 7, 2014 7:25 pm

    Olevao and Adolpho the team captains need to step up their games, this is a must win!

  9. Cindy Luis November 7, 2014 7:26 pm

    49ers on a 3-0 run. it’s 18=14. TO UH

  10. Z November 7, 2014 7:27 pm

    Seems like 2 blockers on our attackers.

  11. Cindy Luis November 7, 2014 7:31 pm

    great dig by Higgins. UH wins the point, closes to 22-21. TO Beach

  12. warriorfan November 7, 2014 7:34 pm

    Ok I’m hard on Higgins but she’s made some awesome digs to save us.

  13. Cindy Luis November 7, 2014 7:34 pm

    5-0 run behind Kahakai. UH up 23-22. TO Beach

  14. Don November 7, 2014 7:35 pm

    BG already whining to R1 about the lifts on his setter…typical…

  15. Cindy Luis November 7, 2014 7:37 pm

    Beach fight off to set points. Taylor hits wide. it’s 24-24 TO UH

  16. warriorfan November 7, 2014 7:37 pm

    Darn Nikki had a great set to end it.

  17. Cindy Luis November 7, 2014 7:39 pm

    Internet very shaky tonight. not sure how often I can update. Appreciate the help

  18. warriorfan November 7, 2014 7:41 pm

    We have got to get our middles involved, been going outside too much at the end there and Long beach went to their middles. Come on. Okpala carries all the time.

  19. warriorfan November 7, 2014 7:41 pm

    Ugh, Nikki trying to do way too much, again. wahine choked this one away.

  20. Ashley November 7, 2014 7:43 pm

    I have a feeling this is gonna be a match that is filled with unfair calls, after all I seen LBSU in the net, no call. LBSU not hitting over, no call. Hmm

  21. Z November 7, 2014 7:43 pm

    The beach can serve and it is our court.

  22. Beauston November 7, 2014 7:43 pm

    Wahine hang tough and got a set point but blew it. In the end, SE cost them set 1 onto set 2.

  23. warriorfan November 7, 2014 7:44 pm

    The end there was that Long Beach went to their middles in the end, Hawaii kept going outside and outside.

  24. Wop ur jaws November 7, 2014 7:44 pm


  25. Beauston November 7, 2014 7:45 pm

    Wahine just need to calm down

  26. jmy November 7, 2014 7:46 pm

    Arizona-Stanford going to the 5th…

  27. Kazu November 7, 2014 7:46 pm

    Wahine 2 set point and they couldn’t pull it off. OUCH!!

  28. warriorfan November 7, 2014 7:53 pm

    Ugh why can’t we stop Reid, she’s average. Olevao is really struggling again.

  29. Beauston November 7, 2014 7:54 pm

    Wow Dave waited that long to call T/O?

  30. Wop ur jaws November 7, 2014 7:54 pm

    Taylor H is a hitters target. Too slow at the net while blocking.

  31. Wop ur jaws November 7, 2014 7:55 pm

    You know she will get a block every now and then, but consistent enough to be an effective blocker. IMHO.

  32. warriorfan November 7, 2014 7:57 pm

    31. She shouldn’t play front row IMO. and Tai should not play back row.

  33. Wop ur jaws November 7, 2014 7:57 pm

    I meant not consistent enough to be a good blocker.

  34. Kazu November 7, 2014 7:57 pm

    27. guess i’ll go watch Stanford/Arizona. After that Wash/Oregon ESPNU

  35. Wop ur jaws November 7, 2014 7:58 pm

    33. I agree but that would never happen.

  36. warriorfan November 7, 2014 7:58 pm

    WOw Sarah with a kill. but this team right now looks flustered.

  37. Z November 7, 2014 7:59 pm

    Our defense our best offense right now.

  38. warriorfan November 7, 2014 8:01 pm

    Long Beach is ahead because they have a better setter.

  39. Z November 7, 2014 8:03 pm

    That beach setter is really good.

  40. Don November 7, 2014 8:04 pm

    Their setter is good?? She’s deep dishing the ball way too much, throwing it like a Dirtbag baseball player and the R1 isn’t calling it!!!

  41. warriorfan November 7, 2014 8:05 pm

    Too bad we have no one better to bench Olevao, she’s not getting it done tonight against a 5′ 8 blocker no less.

    If UH loses this second set, I’d put Magill on Okpala, Adolpho can’t hang with her.

  42. Beauston November 7, 2014 8:05 pm

    39 yup, also Wahine’s offense is so predictable.

  43. warriorfan November 7, 2014 8:06 pm

    42. She is confusing our blockers and knows how to set her middles, can’t say the same for UH’s setters.

  44. Wop ur jaws November 7, 2014 8:07 pm

    Ole Wow?

  45. Wop ur jaws November 7, 2014 8:08 pm

    Dave now what?

  46. Wop ur jaws November 7, 2014 8:10 pm

    You notice how Dave always look worried? Maybe that translate to the team as no confidence

  47. Don November 7, 2014 8:11 pm

    46. She is doing it with illegal attacks and mishandling the ball that any FIVB ref would be whistling left and right…

  48. warriorfan November 7, 2014 8:12 pm

    This is frustrating. Olevao needs to pick it up big time, and Adolpho too.
    Dave should Try a 6-2 offense in the third set, Higgins is just to short for the front row.

    UH needs to pass better and Make Olivia Magill and Nikki Taylor the go to players not Olevao!

  49. Beauston November 7, 2014 8:12 pm

    LBSU is doing a digging clinic

  50. Ashley November 7, 2014 8:12 pm


  51. Wop ur jaws November 7, 2014 8:13 pm

    I love how the hitters run to the setter or the net. As if they are calling plays and executing it. Our hitters are just reacting to a set but they don’t know what set they’ll get.

  52. Kazu November 7, 2014 8:14 pm

    Short night for UH. Stanford over Arizona in 5.

  53. jmy November 7, 2014 8:14 pm

    Stanford won it 15-9 in the 5th…

  54. Beauston November 7, 2014 8:14 pm

    51 Warriorfan, as much as I agree with you, im not sure if Higgins is that comfortable to set Magill or the middles period hence its height inconsistencies.

  55. warriorfan November 7, 2014 8:15 pm

    But look at what Dan Fisher is doing at Pittsburgh in just his second year. that Guy just wins period. when Dave retires we need to give him a serious look. He will get the best out of the talent he coaches.

  56. Beauston November 7, 2014 8:16 pm

    After set 1 LBSU and UH were tied in digs give or take 1, but after set 2, LBSU pulled ahead with 47 against UH’s 37 digs

  57. warriorfan November 7, 2014 8:17 pm

    Uh can come back and win in 5, but Olevao and Adolpho will have to step it up, will they??

  58. Beauston November 7, 2014 8:18 pm

    LBSU is doing a great job covering individual areas to cover.

  59. warriorfan November 7, 2014 8:21 pm

    Higgins needs to step it up too, if Shoji will insist on playing her all the way around. She is too predictable tonight.

  60. Z November 7, 2014 8:23 pm

    Kahakai needs to improve her serving.

  61. PBnJz November 7, 2014 8:27 pm

    Yeah! So glad Sarah’s back in at libero!

  62. warriorfan November 7, 2014 8:28 pm

    good start hope they maintain this lead.

  63. Cindy Luis November 7, 2014 8:28 pm

    Mendoza in at libero. UH up 5-0.

  64. warriorfan November 7, 2014 8:29 pm

    Tai just can’t buy a kill yet Higgins keeps going to her.

  65. hatakeman November 7, 2014 8:31 pm

    No middle attack again 3rd set. Shoji really loves his left side,

  66. warriorfan November 7, 2014 8:33 pm

    You’re not gonna beat good teams going exclusively to your outsides, especially if they arent as good as hartong/Wiloughby.

    and just like that Long beach is back in this set.

  67. Beauston November 7, 2014 8:34 pm

    Dave youve got a to please use it

  68. jmy November 7, 2014 8:35 pm

    62. jinx

  69. Beauston November 7, 2014 8:35 pm

    Wow Dave waited for LBSU to catch up before calling a T/O. Its so perflexing to me

  70. jmy November 7, 2014 8:37 pm

    There’s just a certain energy & crispness with the way the Beach plays…UH just looks scared and unsure of themselves…

  71. HawaiiMongoose November 7, 2014 8:37 pm

    This team has the same problem it’s had all season. No terminator.

  72. warriorfan November 7, 2014 8:38 pm

    Okay Adolpho is stepping it up now finally.

  73. warriorfan November 7, 2014 8:40 pm

    71. I think the main problem all season has been no real leader and inconsistent setting. Magill is a terminator. and I think UH’s hitters are all better than Long Beach’s, also the person UH sets the most is a .195 hitter in conference.

  74. Beauston November 7, 2014 8:41 pm

    70 agreed. I hate to beat a dead horse, but ut starts with coaching. I just saw the UW match against Oregon and I was very impressed with the UW’s freshmen and how cofident they were. Its all about conditioning and grooming.

  75. Z November 7, 2014 8:43 pm

    Manu needs to pass better.

  76. warriorfan November 7, 2014 8:46 pm

    .76 she shouldn’t play back row IMO, her passing gets UH in trouble more than anyone else Kahakai/Mendoza should come in for her after she serves IMO. I don’t think Taylor should play back row either, too her defense is just not there due to her injury.

  77. warriorfan November 7, 2014 8:47 pm

    better third set, Adolpho blocking like a mad woman, glad she stepped it up.

  78. warriorfan November 7, 2014 8:54 pm

    serve Brinke all the time.

  79. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:04 pm

    that ball from Hudson should have never gone down.

  80. wildcard November 7, 2014 9:06 pm

    lets go bows!

  81. Don November 7, 2014 9:06 pm

    Open-handed hits aren’t called…time for new refs…and get them from FIVB, please!

  82. Beauston November 7, 2014 9:07 pm

    Wow Dave actually did call a timely T/O

  83. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:09 pm

    Don get real, this is NCAA ball.
    I don’t like how Brian teaches his middles to throw the ball. but they can get away with it. he’s very sneaky.

  84. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:15 pm

    Greeley plays the back row like a veteran, she’s gonna be so good back there when she’s a senior will be libero like.

  85. Cindy Luis November 7, 2014 9:16 pm

    UH wins 25-17. on to Set 5

  86. Don November 7, 2014 9:16 pm

    84. I guess you’re happy with mediocre, then. I like high standards and that’s what all fans should expect of the officials, at any level. The NCAA is horrible…

  87. Z November 7, 2014 9:17 pm

    Better serving so far.

  88. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:18 pm

    UH needs this.

  89. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:19 pm

    .87 FIVB rules are different for a reason, that’s the best of the best in the world playing. This is just NCAA.

  90. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:21 pm

    Higgins Struggling. Don’t set Tai.

  91. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:23 pm

    UH needs to ride their middies and Nikki, Olevao and greeley have not been effective hitting wise.

  92. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:25 pm

    On a good pass Higgins needs to go to Olivia, stop going outside and outside, ugh so frustrating.

  93. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:26 pm

    The leftsides have cost UH this game. big time.

  94. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:27 pm

    The setting hasn’t been great either, that last set to Greeley was terrible.

  95. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:29 pm

    Sarah has been Huge.

  96. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:31 pm

    No idea why Olevao is in the back row. Not smart.

  97. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:31 pm

    Long beach setter knows how to use her middles.
    those two bad passes by olevao were huge.

  98. Cindy Luis November 7, 2014 9:33 pm

    The Beach wins 15-10

  99. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:33 pm

    disgusting. well congrats to the beach on their big west, they deserved it with a much better setter and better defense.

    UH needs a new setter and outsides that can terminate.

  100. jmy November 7, 2014 9:36 pm

    Oh well…another loss to a (barely) ranked team…I think a lot of people knew that UH would struggle this year, but it’s just difficult watching it actually happen…This is just not UH’s year…and if it’s any consolation, Beach will probably lose in the first or second round…

  101. Maverick November 7, 2014 9:37 pm

    Barring a collapse by LBSU, UH will not win the conference title. And UH has yet to beat a ranked opponent. As I’ve said before, this will be and is a down year. Frankly, another loss and I’ll start worrying about even getting into the tournament this year.

  102. jmy November 7, 2014 9:38 pm

    102. Start worrying CSUN is tomorrow…

  103. Maverick November 7, 2014 9:39 pm

    101. I don’t agree with hoping for an early Beach loss in the tourney. Great if you dislike the Beach, but not great for the conference reputation. It is in UH’s interest for Big West teams to continually make and perform well in the tournament

  104. beuston November 7, 2014 9:39 pm

    the scheduling for the team cost them this conf title.

  105. Maverick November 7, 2014 9:39 pm

    103. If they lose tomorrow, then I will be very concerned.

  106. jmy November 7, 2014 9:40 pm

    104. I didn’t say I was hoping for it…I just think that they will…

  107. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:40 pm

    It shouldn’t be this bad they have the talent. Some head scratching moves. Tai can’t pass,she should not be playing back row defense. Higgins is too small upfront, and can’t block. Long Beach does not have superior talent, they do have a better setter though and that’s huge.
    This was very winnable but Shoji was out coached by Brian in the end.

  108. beuston November 7, 2014 9:40 pm

    106 which is not fair at all to this young players.

  109. Maverick November 7, 2014 9:41 pm

    106. And why is that a consolation for UH fans?

  110. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:41 pm

    It’s a very sad time to be a UH sports fan right now.

  111. Maverick November 7, 2014 9:43 pm

    109. Agreed. Football is horrendous. Women’s VB is having a down year. Men’s BB lost its coach and top returning player. But didn’t men’s tennis do well this year?

  112. Big Island VB fan November 7, 2014 9:45 pm

    I see that overall Hawaii had more points than Long Beach but not when it counted. I suppose the first set loss hurt the most (which I missed due to buffering). I saw that Dave Shoji was teary-eyed. So Hawaii will not win the Big West title this year.

    Well, at least Long Beach is graduating four seniors instrumental in our loss. Maybe next year Hawaii can beat Long Beach.

  113. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:49 pm

    They should have beat them this year ugh. Not a happy fan right now.
    Too bad Norene Iosia is not class of 2015. We need a new setter, so tired of Uh having a predictable offense.

  114. Kazu November 7, 2014 9:50 pm

    Should Shoji retire after this season UH will probably be looking for three coaches. Don’t see Chow and Taylor being around next year the way things are going with football and basketball.

  115. Maverick November 7, 2014 9:51 pm

    Passing is really bad this year. Difficult to set poor passes, although I am surprised our setter is not performing better given her high prepVB rating.

  116. PBnJz November 7, 2014 9:51 pm

    I’m still very happy to be a fan of UH Wahine sports…from the little I saw tonite, looks like the softball team got some good new blood and Wahine basketball has been getting better and better each year! I’ll never give up on our vb wahine either…not being conf champs probably means more to the fans than them. They can still make the tourney and we all know that this adversity will help make them stronger!

  117. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:55 pm

    No thanks softball is boring, and women’s basketball drives me crazy with the horrible shooting and overall sloppiness. I guess my best hope is for the beach team, although it will hurt their title hopes if Nikki skips the season to heal.
    I don’t have much faith in Charlie Wade.

  118. warriorfan November 7, 2014 9:58 pm

    114. A lot of the bad passing is due to Olevao, greeley sometimes struggles too but she’s a freshmen. Not sure why Shoji insists on playing Olevao backrow.

    Higgins was over rated by prep vb. I am disappointed I haven’t seen much improvement from her from the preseason to now, NONE.

  119. Z November 7, 2014 9:58 pm

    Wahine BB will be the one to watch. It seems Beeman has finally gotten all the ingredients to make a run for the conference title.

  120. jmy November 7, 2014 10:01 pm

    108. Because for the longest time, Beach has been a cocky arrogant team, and it’s fun to watch teams like that get their comeuppance…and as far as the BW’s reputation is concerned, it will never be great & BW teams will never get much respect because the coaches & the NCAA are too busy being awestruck by the Pac-12, Big Ten, Big 12 & SEC…

  121. LanaiBoy November 7, 2014 10:07 pm

    There’s the old cliche, passing and serving win games. At the beginning of the year, serving was one of Hawaii’s strength. It has fallen off considerably in terms of service aces ratio to service errors. Passing has been lacking so Hawaii has to go to the outsides too much, neglecting its strong middle attacks. Teams have been stacking the outsides.

  122. islandman November 7, 2014 10:10 pm

    Is this the first time the Wahine will not win a conference title under Shoji ?

  123. warriorfan November 7, 2014 10:11 pm

    119. I don’t want Long Beach to advance far either. Hell if its up to me they get swept easily in the first round and UH advances to the sweet 16, however I just don’t see that happening the way this team is playing at this point I’d be happy if they just get a bid to the tourney.
    Shoji seems to be phoning it in IMO.

  124. PBnJz November 7, 2014 10:29 pm

    This is a tough year for us fans, but it doesn’t seem as bad as the year we lost all our records…was it 2005? Longest win streak, longest home win streak, longest conf win streak, longest home court win streak, never lost to a an unranked team at home…it was crazy…all those streaks gone and we’ve not come close to matching them again. We’ll get over you it, and they’ll return to their winning ways, even if it isn’t absolute domination. Let me be clear, I’m not disappointed IN our Wahine, I’m disappointed FOR them. They’ll be okay, and so will we the fans.

  125. Maverick November 7, 2014 10:44 pm

    119. BW will get respect if teams beat the power conference foes, make the tournament, and win a few matches in the tourney. BW had three teams in last year. Key is to continue to put teams in the tourney. Not a short-term fix, but something to strive for. Saying it is a consolation for UH fans that LBSU loses early in the tourney when they get there is very short-sighted. But I guess some folks like too look at the trees and not the forest.

  126. Cindy Luis November 7, 2014 10:48 pm

    121. Hardly.
    UH was 8th in the PCAA in 1985 2nd in 1986,
    PCAA became the Big West in 88. UH was 2nd in 91, 4th in 92, 3rd in 93, 2nd in 94,
    this will be, however, the first time they don’t win the league crown or a share of it since 94.

  127. jmy November 7, 2014 11:13 pm

    125. You guess right!

  128. blunite November 7, 2014 11:48 pm

    IMHO Hawaii has blue chip players on the floor and the reason for the inconsistency is overcompensation for the offensive system (slow, high, and wide).

    Check the height of the sets of each team and Hawaii’s sets are the highest. Translation: slow, inaccurate location, and allows ample time for a double or triple block to form. The system is causing the players to try too hard, resulting in errors.
    Note: Hawaii made no significant changes against LBSU and suffered the same result.

  129. turfwar November 7, 2014 11:49 pm

    The Long Beach libero is not only the best in the conference she definitely has a chance to play on the A-1 or A-2 National squads.

  130. rayson November 8, 2014 12:19 am

    Long Beach simply played better than the Wahine and, though it sickens me to say so, they deserved to win. They looked ready for the post-season. The Wahine looked like they were just improvising the best they could.

    The Wahine’s passing needs work but more concerning is the setting. Higgins has yet to show she can better ball with any consistency. Poor set choices, horrible set location and most worrisome no improvement from the start of the season. Not sure what the problem is. Are we (coaches and fans) expecting too much, putting too much pressure on her?

  131. donamach November 8, 2014 3:25 am

    the Wahine had a chance , but negatives are still there (NO BLAMES) , but some huge mistakes at bad times cost them dearly (and have to be corrected). This is OUR team and I , for one , will admire them! Let’s finish strong and build for the future.Keep your heads high players and staff ! GO BOWS

  132. wildcard November 8, 2014 3:50 am

    well as for this match postmortem….

    wahine blew it in set 1

    and in set 5. really now, start slow, lucky to catch up and then let them run away the same again turning you over (change over at set 5, first to 8 point)

    in hindsight maybe they need to not only drill practice at 20 all but also at 10 all as if a 5 set (and make them fatigued before they do so)

    passing ok, setting mediocre, mainly on poor set choices why wasnt the ball set to the middle particularly magill? other than the opening set, when more sets were to magill, it contributed to the team dominating (ie set 4)

    speaking of magill because she can jump 10′ 7″ over anybody and hammer it down over the block, compared to adolpho, magill should be middle hitter and adolpho should be middle blocker (she hardly attacked including running her moloka’i slide much this year and with success) though shes big in armor. whats the difference if any between middle blocker and hitter anyone?

    tai should of been pissed again playing tonight, she was angry but not mad enough, you notice her face cooled down starting in the 5th set. then she wouldnt have had to put her hands over her head and practically pull her hair out afterwards.

    and so much for vs the beach. supposively someone said reid is average, but na wahine gave away it all to her, mackie and okpala. also their setter was sneaky and pulled many fast ones (not all unchecked) compared to higgins being more predictable. but oh well the beach does have a more veteran team compared to our ladies. congrats to them, i wouldnt be surprised they could contend deep into the post-season.

    ‘could of, would of, should of’ – dave should not sing that song!

    on to tomorrow, wahine better defend their hale from csun and not blow it this time. they need to be angrier, especially tmo.

  133. wildcard November 8, 2014 4:19 am

    i should note these:

    the libero switch up between mendoza and kahakai…i know shoji says maybe it provides a spark but even since at the irvine game i didnt see there was a problem with mendoza, its more like the hitters got in her way when she was trying to dig but it contributed to a problem later by messing up her plays. same with this match with kahakai at libero, didnt appear to be any problems other than perhaps she is less experienced if servers got lucky tickling the tape over.

    speaking of that why is higgins having her back turned sometimes while the opponent is serving? (liable for a just over the tape, drop ace) and if the served ball barely makes it over the tape, couldnt someone in the front row including higgins immediately slam it down? (think during the alumnae game when i think lisa strand ma’a slammed it down when courtney lelepali served, making fun of her serve, which btw she immediately switched to a jump/spin serve)

    also some positives: nice plays by the ‘smurfs’ with a mendoza kill, she and ponce with some aces.

    anyways for the wahine. it should be watch out csun! and tai should be extra angry to show her and her teams intensity.

  134. OrbitalRipZ November 8, 2014 4:56 am

    3 up with 6 matches left, I think we can safely call the league title (and the automatic for the NCAA Championship) for the 49ers … like the election polls closing at 7pm, and 1 second later the national newscasters calling it correctly for so-and-so candidate.

    Ditto BYU.

    I mention both the Big West and WCC at the same time because what happens in the WCC will affect what happens in the Big West come Selection Sunday. (And of course both will be affected by whether this year’s Pac-12 gets a record-tying 7 or record-breaking 8 invitations to the Big Dance.)

    It will change on Monday, but for now the WCC has 5 teams in the RPI top 50: BYU/28, San Diego/34, Santa Clara/37, LMU/43, and Pacific/48. BYU has pulled away, but the other 4 are involved in a photo-finish horse race for 2nd place. Last year the WCC had only 2 teams in Showtime! This year the WCC could be looking at 3.

    Last year the Big West had 3 teams in tournament play, and none made it out of their respective sub-regional. Although Gimmillano recently stated in the Star-Advertiser that he thinks the Big West will again return 3, I say 2: LBSU and the winner of tonight’s (Saturday’s) match between UH and CSUN. The Fat Lady is about to sing and the season-ending curtain is about to fall for one of these.

    Go Bows!

  135. LanaiBoy November 8, 2014 7:17 am

    I said before the season began that Hawaii would have an outstanding season if Nikki Taylor matched her stat of last year, hitting .280; Tai Manu-Olevao hits at least .250; and the 3rd outside hitter hits at least .220. Alas, none made these minimum requirements. The actual stats are .227, .207, and .201 respectively. Not that I’m blaming these hitters. Hitting percentages depend on many factors, including the quality of setting, passes, and being injury-free (not true of Taylor and Greeley). However, one thing on which some of the players can improve—their power. Only Tai Manu-Olevao is really a powerful hitter, the others depending on placement and their height (better angle). I’m not too sure if spending more time in the weight room actually helps in hitting a heavier ball, but it is worth trying for next season anyways.

  136. bleachercoach November 8, 2014 8:08 am

    Great fight in the team to come back being down 2 games but the teams problem is evident. Our passing is horrors. Tai cannot pass and play backrow…Regardless how effective she can be at times offensively and service line, her shank passes is consistent game after game…She needs to work just on that because she had the same problem last
    year. It is really hurting our team. On that note, if our passing is not on, Higgins is not that type of setter to create a kill out of a bad
    pass. I thought maybe Ginger Long would have been a good substitution to have if you needed a hitter in the backrow. She proved well against UCSB taking over for Tai on a Sunday. These continued bad errors need to be addressed. It is kind of like a football runningback. If he fumbles the ball once in a game, you don’t bench him…but if he does it twice or more in a game….He may be actually hurting your team regardless how much yards he runs for or touchdowns he scores..An all around consistent athlete far outweighs an error prone star..just thinking out loud….Still love these girls no matter what…Go Bows beat Northridge!

  137. WaWa November 8, 2014 8:34 am

    I haven’t bothered to read any of the previous comments so I apologize if I repeat any sentiments, but if I do then there’s no other explanation other than great minds think alike.

    Obviously that first set was costly should we have capitalized, this could have been a win in 4. Although I wish that Hawai’i pulled out the win, I am kind of happy in a way for Long Beach State. Maybe not in the polls, but they were favored by many to win this year based on their their returnees and their newcomers. Based on how much we lost, many thought that this could be the year in which we do not win or share the Big West title.

    Long Beach has disappointed in years past. So it’s great for the conference that they are living up to their billing, however unfortunate for UH. Hopefully we can win Northridge tonight and get into the NCAA tourney as an at-large.

  138. Cindy Luis November 8, 2014 9:37 am

    new thread up for those wanting to continue the postmortem

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