12-12 NCAA regional semis. UW out


Link above to Friday’s schedule

At Louisville
Wisconsin def. Ohio State 3=2
Penn State def. UCLA 3-0

At Ames, Iowa
Stanford def. Oregon State 3=1
Florida def. Illinois 3-2

At Minneapolis
North Carolina def. Oregon 3-1
Texas def. Colorado State 3=-0

At Seattle
BYU def Florida State 3=1
Nebraksa def. Washington 3-1


  1. bleachercoach December 12, 2014 12:08 pm

    I think Penn St., Stanford, Texas, and yes I hate to say it BYU…. BYU’s block is the difference….I hope Washington wins but this is my upset pick. National Champs: Stanford

  2. Big Island VB fan December 12, 2014 1:07 pm

    This is volleyball bonanza. Pick your match to watch. Sometimes I watch two matches simultaneously splitting the screen until two teams are closer than the other and then I watch one match only. Two matches simultaneously at 12 PM, 1 at 1 PM, 3 at 2 PM and then two more following two hours later. So far Ohio State took a set from Wisconsin after losing the first. Texas cruising ahead two sets of Colorado.

  3. Warriorfan December 12, 2014 1:16 pm

    I think Uh is a better team than Oregon State and Colorado State, they got lucky with some great sub regional draws.

  4. Big Island VB fan December 12, 2014 1:34 pm

    Ohio State won the third set so it’s two sets to one. Looks like an upset is brewing unless Wisconsin pulls itself back up.

  5. OrbitalRipZ December 12, 2014 1:52 pm

    Re: Subregionals
    NCAA Selection Committee can be pleased with their seedings/matchups.

    Of the 16 seeds, there was only one major embarrassment in Round 1: Seed 16 Kansas (Big 12) was upended by UALR (Sun Belt).

    Of the 15 seeds left in Round 2, there was a minor upset and a minor-minor upset: Seed 13 Kentucky (SEC) was tossed out of the competition by Ohio State (Big Ten) and Seed 11 Arizona (Pac-12) was booted by BYU (WCC), which I would hardly call an upset as Arizona has a RPI 16 and BYU has a RPI 17 and I thought the Cougars had a better shot at being one of the 16 seeds than the Wildcats. Obviously I was wrong on that call.

    Thus we enter the Sweet 16, and 13 of the 16 seeded teams remain. NCAA Selection Committee would like to see its top 8 seeds enter the quarterfinals, but with 2 ACC teams (Florida State and North Carolina) among the top 8, I see little chance of that happening.

  6. Big Island VB fan December 12, 2014 2:09 pm

    Wisconsin took the fourth set and now it boils down to a fifth set, winner-take-all. It was a very close fourth set, 26-24.

  7. Big Island VB fan December 12, 2014 2:38 pm

    Wisconsin finally took a close fifth set, 15-12. Ohio State sure gave them a run for their money.

    Meanwhile feisty Oregon State took the third set from Stanford after down two sets.

  8. setaone December 12, 2014 2:56 pm

    WF….agree about Hawaii potentially being a better team than OSU/CSU. I can’t speak for CSU, but OSU beat several teams that Hawaii lost too. So although Hawaii did have a harder draw, they also didn’t earn an easier draw. Imagine if Hawaii beat Orego, ASU, and LBSU they may have been sent to Kansas instead of OSU.

  9. Kazu December 12, 2014 3:24 pm

    Watching UCLA /Penn State
    Washington from Penn is good. I think she played for Tara Hittle in high school.
    UCLA keeping up with Penn for now anyway.

  10. warriorfan December 12, 2014 3:30 pm

    watching regionals without UH is depressing, UH needs to end the drought of not advancing past the second round next year, Three years is way tooo long.

  11. warriorfan December 12, 2014 4:06 pm

    Robins hardy is steady for BYU. Still wish Her and Anae stayed home.

  12. Big Island VB fan December 12, 2014 4:19 pm

    BYU just won a very tight fourth set and the match against Florida State. They will face Washington tomorrow.

    North Carolina beat Oregon in four sets also, but I only got to see the tail end of that match after BYU match which was closer and more interesting.

    10. Yeah, we all wish Robins and Anea stayed home, but they wanted to play in the Rocky Mountain region. Hope next year will be better.

    Since I love volleyball so much, I am content watching other teams play now that UH is out. I simply appreciate high level volleyball no matter who plays. It’s so much fun watching!

  13. islandman December 12, 2014 4:43 pm

    Watched some of the BYU vs. Florida St. , Robins-Hardy did most of the setting and
    BYU was down 21 – 24 in the 4th set, but won 26-24 and the match.

    Saw some of the UCLA vs. Penn St match and Sealey.

  14. islandman December 12, 2014 4:51 pm

    12..BI VB fan; How you know BYU vs. Washington tomorrow ?

  15. jmy December 12, 2014 5:06 pm

    Watching Illinois-Florida…Gators making some very uncharacteristic hitting errors…

  16. warriorfan December 12, 2014 5:17 pm

    UH can beat florida next year. They just have to serve them tough to keep sets away from Alhassan. Would be big to beat them to get a seed at the end of the season.

  17. Cindy Luis December 12, 2014 5:39 pm

    Updated the original post above with results

    Saturday’s Regional finals have
    BYU vs.Nebraska
    North Carolina vs. Texas
    Penn State vs. Wisconsin
    Stanford vs.Florida

  18. Cindy Luis December 12, 2014 5:43 pm

    Something that I found very unfair at UW last week,
    the NCAA tournament is supposed to be a neutral site, which is why UH isn’t allowed to play Hawaii Pono’i.

    UW does its Point Huskies after after point, led by the PA guy.
    This should not have been allowed. I guess they got away with it because when it was UW-UH, the PA guy did say, Point, Rainbow Wahine. but not the same as he did for the home team. and since it’s not a UH tradition, it wasn’t the same effect. and certainly not when you figure it was 3500 vs. 500 last week.

  19. islandman December 12, 2014 6:11 pm

    BI VB fan, you sure going to be Washington tomorrow vs. BYU ? I see Nebraska has a set of twins playing and another two sisters on the roster. And the players on the roster look kind of huge.

  20. Cindy Luis December 12, 2014 6:37 pm

    19. Nebraska leads UW 2-1 at the moment.
    Here’s the game tracker link if you can’t watch


  21. warriorfan December 12, 2014 6:42 pm

    Washington is definitely vulnerable, If only Higgins and the outsides played better last weekend , oh well.

  22. Cindy Luis December 12, 2014 7:00 pm

    Nebraska was up 23-19. it’s now 27-27
    21. Hawaii had its chances.

  23. Cindy Luis December 12, 2014 7:00 pm

    Nebraska wins 29-27

  24. islandman December 12, 2014 7:03 pm

    Big Island VB fan; — BYU vs NeBRASKA .

  25. Kazu December 12, 2014 7:06 pm

    How bout that, two upsets at Seattle, getting interesting. Tomorrow going to be fun day.

  26. Cindy Luis December 12, 2014 7:07 pm

    Saturday’s Regional finals have
    BYU vs.Nebraska
    North Carolina vs. Texas
    Penn State vs. Wisconsin
    Stanford vs.Florida

  27. islandman December 12, 2014 7:07 pm

    Cindy, the last game of Nebraska vs.Washington was a barnburner, even just looking at the live stats play by play .

  28. warriorfan December 12, 2014 7:13 pm

    BYU has a great shot to go to the final four.

  29. islandman December 12, 2014 7:19 pm

    Washington outblocked Nebraska 13- 7. But Nebraska’s MB Hall had 14 kills out of 17 attempts with no errors for .824 . The setter Pollmiller hit 9 out of 14 with no errors for .643.

  30. Don December 12, 2014 7:25 pm

    What I find offensive is the UH band playing during the visiting team lineups . Doesn’t matter what it is, they should be SILENT and show some respect.

  31. hatakeman December 12, 2014 7:31 pm

    Is the NCAA considering instant-replay for volleyball? The officiating crew missed or erred on two calls going against Washington when the replay clearly showed the balls were in, but Nebraska got the points when it should not have. The second one especially showed the spike by Washington was not on the line, but clearly inside the line. These two errors in the fourth set by officiating affected the outcome of the set and match.

  32. Cindy Luis December 12, 2014 7:37 pm

    31. they may consider it but it would have to be for postseason play only since not all schools have the camera capabilities to offer it.
    don’t know who the refs were tonight but they missed several calls in the UW-UH match early that all went against UH.

  33. frings December 12, 2014 7:38 pm

    Is McLaughlin that much of a soore loser and classless individual that he walked off the court in a huff without shaking hands and leaving his team to fend for themselves?

  34. Cindy Luis December 12, 2014 7:39 pm

    30. it’s not like they are drowning out the introductions. it’s background music for both teams. And very mild compared to how it’s done in many other places.

  35. Cindy Luis December 12, 2014 7:39 pm

    33. didn’t see it. will have to watch the end of the replay.

  36. islandman December 12, 2014 7:48 pm

    31. — Is a spike on the line good or not good ? In tennis it is good .

  37. frings December 12, 2014 8:08 pm

    35. Was at the game and watched him do it with my own two eyes. Are there any NCAA sanctions for poor sportsmanship?

  38. Cindy Luis December 12, 2014 8:51 pm

    37. didn’t say I didn’t believe you. only that I didn’t see it. I would want to before making any comment.

  39. hatakeman December 12, 2014 9:26 pm

    On the line is good, just like in tennis. The announcers mentioned this on the telecast.

  40. wildcard December 12, 2014 9:46 pm

    ah well poor vansant. u-dub lost to nebraska in a 3-1 punchout. washington had the armor (block) but so did nebraska and they also had the attack to sunder the block.

    i think that makes byu vs nebraska interesting. byu final four? maybe. provided their renown block alone including by alexa greys team is good enough vs nebraskas block and renowned attack off the block.

  41. wildcard December 12, 2014 9:51 pm

    33. yeah i saw mclaughlin do the same on espnu. he sure is a poor loser. thats why i call him the villain. but i would say either the alaska airlines arena always has poor refs…

    or it is karma. remember 2010 after 15th seeded hawai’i lost to no seed u-dub? it was another washington vs nebraska and the result was a 3-1 punchout unseeded washington at home regional upsets the number 2 seed nebraska. the refs botched that one too and in 4 sets. set 4 had nebraska at set point on which a kill attempt by washington landed out the back line and was called in, which allowed washington to tie up that set and then they scored the next two points and won the match. when john cook shook hands with jim mclaughlin and congratulated him on a nice match including his luck since that ball was actually out, mclaughlin then threw a tirade and had to be restrained. it was all over the news outlets.

    then washington was swept by cal which is comparably a weakling in pac12 (even though they were the runner-up that postseason)

    oh well it took 5 years for nebraska to have sweet revenge on mclaughlin in his own home regional. (nebraska may have watched how hawai’i handled it vs u-dub this year and simply bettered it by including sundering of the block).

  42. Big Island VB fan December 12, 2014 10:26 pm

    Yes, I admit that Nebraska played better tonight, but the refs really caused Washington to lose the fourth set unfairly. UW should have won the fourth set and it was anybody’s game in the fifth set. I don’t blame UW coach for not shaking hands. He must have been steaming at the unfairness of the officiating in the fourth set. You fans were right that I jumped the gun too early. My bad.

  43. Butch December 12, 2014 11:06 pm

    I saw Mclaughlin shake hands then went straight to the locker room after that.

  44. bleachercoach December 12, 2014 11:22 pm

    BYU, Texas, Stanford, and Penn St. to the Final 4…..IMO

  45. wildcard December 12, 2014 11:29 pm

    42. no uw coach got it back handed to him. the refs or shall i say ‘his refs’ caused nebraska to lose similarly unfairly in 2010 and 5 seasons later that is thrown right back at his face. it wasnt nebraskas fault the refs (on washingtons home court) were incompetent. i would only not blame uw coach for not shaking hands because he might throw foul language again except only this time john cook gets to laugh back at his face. and even if the bad calls werent made, it was still improbable that washington should/would of won set 4 since those bad calls were made way before either of them were at set/match point. that is in contrast to 2010 when nebraska lost set 4 and the match when they were at set point and given a bad call.

    this picture sums it up, it was posted on gohuskies.com


    consider nebraska despite them being overrated did something hawai’i couldnt do and that was simply the missing key to the match of punching it off the block. nebraska did poorly compared to hawai’i in their set 2 and overall in terms of ball handling, receiving (being aced), and service errors; but they won set 3, 4 and the match all by punching it off the block and getting kills.

  46. 'ohanaInBellingham December 13, 2014 7:47 am

    18. Cindy, I think I recall that you said this was your first visit to the UW arena for a UH match. Well, before last weekend, I had been dreading going to the UW arena after my 2012 experience. In 2012, UW student fans started off with their unsportsman-like conduct when they chanted, “Point, Santa Clara!” during the UH-SCU match. Really! UW fans then escalated their poor behavior in the UH-UW match when they rushed over to the UH sideline to create havoc as our players were in their timeout.

    This year was very different. For one, there was a noticeable drop off in UW fan attendance – both in the Dawg Pack (student section) and elsewhere. Then, there was no “Point, Duke!” and no jeering during timeouts. I doubt that the NCAA had anything to do with this because the usher in that section this year was the same one in 2012. That UW gave our band space and loans of equipment added to my much better enjoyment this time. The cream on the pie was that we took one set – and in convincing fashion – from the all-powerful UW team when I wasn’t even looking past Duke.

  47. Lanaiboy December 13, 2014 9:06 am

    The Jim Mclaughlin not shaking hands—that was debunked by the Washington fans in attendance at the match. It was not shown on TV but that’s true of 90 percent of the proceedings. I know that there were negative comments on Volley Talk about the Hawaii band playing during the Washington player introductions by Washington fans. Cindy, I sit next to the band during all Wahine volleyball and basketball games (season ticket holder). I admit I am annoyed with the band when it does that. It does not play when the Wahine are introduced; they may give a player a drum roll or flourish but the band does not try to drown out the announcers voice like it does with the opposing team. Frankly, I feel a LITTLE embarrassed, but no one makes a big thing about it so I guess it will go on, admittedly a minor peccadillo (no big thing) for a devoted fan like me.

  48. OrbitalRipZ December 13, 2014 9:16 am

    Seed 1 Stanford/Pac-12
    Seed 2 Texas/Big 12
    [Eliminated = Seed 3 Washington/Pac-12]
    Seed 4 Wisconsin/Big Ten
    Seed 5 Penn State/Big Ten
    [Eliminated = Seed 6 Florida State/ACC]
    Seed 7 North Carolina/ACC
    Seed 8 Florida/SEC
    Seed 14 Nebraska/Big Ten
    Unseeded BYU/WCC [RPI 17]

    Couple of new faces among the Elite 8 Head Coaches: Kelly Sheffield of Wisconsin (HC since 2013; formerly HC of ACC’s Dayton) … Shawn Olmstead of BYU (HC since 2011)

  49. High N Wide December 13, 2014 10:19 am

    Pulling for BYU. Almost the same team that eliminated Hawaii last year but with
    Hamson’s hammer and Robins-Hardy’s setting, they are fun to watch and a dark-horse.

  50. Cubicle1126 December 13, 2014 11:34 am

    orbitalripz — don’t forget the other newbie … sagula at north carolina … their first elite 8 appearance in program history, i believe …

    sheffield new-ish … but then again, wisconsin had that unlikely run to the final, before bowing to penn st last year.

  51. warriorfan December 13, 2014 12:00 pm

    Watching Hancock and Carlini makes me miss Kamanao. Hope Iosia turns out to be that good.

  52. hatakeman December 13, 2014 12:45 pm

    Watching the Penn St/Wisconsin match. To me, difference is Penn St’s setter, Micah Hancock. She is outstanding.

  53. Lanaiboy December 13, 2014 12:51 pm

    How depressing. Penn State leading Wisconsin two sets to one. The announcers just listed all Penn State’s top recruits including several number ones. Just make one realize how hard it is to compete against traditional powers, which just keep stockpiling highly rated recruits. Of course sometimes Hawaii can sneak in an elite player like Emily Hartong, who was vastly under-rated. We’ll see if Annie Mitchem will fill that role next year.

  54. hatakeman December 13, 2014 1:12 pm

    Doesn’t look like Penn St has a weakness. They beat Wisconsin fairly handily with Micah leading the way.

  55. HigH N Wide December 13, 2014 1:20 pm

    53. Russ doesn’t have to coach. Everyone thinks he’s so analytic with his tablet and note-taking but he’s actually drawing cartoons. it is depressing to see how much our Big West conference is just on the fringe of the top 16. In fact thats being kind. While the Wahine need to rebuild the Penn States and other BCS teams are just reloading. (sigh). Losing Scott Wong doesn’t help either.

  56. warriorfan December 13, 2014 1:25 pm

    PSU did not dominate, in fact they mostly won just because Carlini got injured and Hancock’s serving late in sets 3 and 4. Glad she will graduate, the field will be wide open next year with her gone. Stanford will have a monseter senior class, but they are all over rated except for Inky Ajanaku.

  57. Cindy Luis December 13, 2014 6:15 pm

    56. agree they didn’t dominate. What they have is the experience of being there.

    have had a new link up for hours. Perhaps all the Mariota buzz pushed it out.

  58. Cindy Luis December 13, 2014 6:21 pm

    Domination would be what Stanford did to Florida.

  59. blunite December 13, 2014 6:34 pm

    My hopes are not high for a return to elite status, due to a slow offense with a simple basic attack. This type of offense boils down to whoever has the better athletes. The future lies in deception and speed; neither of which Shoji employs. The only change he will admit to is “the players have to improve”.

  60. Maverick December 13, 2014 10:43 pm

    57. Wisconsin had experience being there as well–they did play for the championship last year.

  61. wildcard December 14, 2014 2:36 am

    psu didnt dominate. they got lucky carlini got injured and hancock got it the right time in sets 3 and 4. whats dominating is standford vs florida. amazingly the horns had to push come to shove and punch out the tar heels. since nebraska didnt punch through/sunder the block enough. im interested to see the horns hook em byu.

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