A 16-0 season


Great photo from UH SID Kara Nishimura.


  1. AdmrVT November 21, 2015 10:38 pm

    #107. 23 errors and .076 hitting percentage by UCSB answers your question re: blocks.

  2. rayson November 21, 2015 10:42 pm

    Congratulations! Impressively done.

  3. noblesol November 22, 2015 12:05 am

    The ice pack on Kalei’s shoulder (see pic above) answers why McKenna was getting extra playing time, and perhaps why Nikki was getting most of the bailout sets. UCSB didn’t have an answer for Emily and Olivia, but if they could get Hawaii out of system they focused on stopping the D set and bailout to Nikki, and had some success. The adjustment for Hawaii was better digging and passing, and set it to the middles every possible opportunity. The lowish blocking numbers was UCSB avoiding the block at all costs, even if it meant some awful looking hitting errors. I think they calculated that they would probably lose the match anyway, and just wanted to pick their own poison. They chose to go out making a ton of hitting errors wide, long, high, and into the net, rather than get blocked. Ok, Gauchos, but same result. Three and your out.

  4. ignaciosaid November 22, 2015 2:40 am

    WELL DONE – Rainbow Wahine and Coaching Staff for another FANtastik regular season and Big West Championship! Now , we’ll find out what the NCAA thinks of us next Sunday. Regardless , job well done and ALL THE BEST from us – THE FANS of Rainbow Wahine Volleyball!

  5. menehune November 22, 2015 4:29 am

    A sterling season by the Wahine, but now the second half is at hand. These young ladies, and their coaching staff, and their fans, deserve mountains of credit as they persevered through many negative comments by “expert coaches” on this blog.

  6. Casual Observer November 22, 2015 7:08 am

    A great season for a well deserving team. However, the Wahine full potential hasn’t been realized because (if I’m not mistaken) they only played two ranked teams, winning one and losing one. Certainly we will see a higher level of play in the playoffs where no team will be a walkover or a familiar foe. Speaking of potential, this is a young team with another year for Nikki Taylor so expectations will be even higher next year.

  7. Ron November 22, 2015 7:26 am

    The Wahine “persevered” because they are a very good team with very good coaching. Any comments either positive or negative made by “expert coaches” on this blog had no effect on the outcome of their season. Everyone who expressed their opinion on the blog with rare exception are “bleeding green” Wahine fans. I for one have learned a great deal from Cindy and the regular bloggers because of the freedom allowed in making constructive criticism for our eyes only.

  8. tongo November 22, 2015 8:38 am

    Legendary volleyball sportscaster Paul Southerland names Hawai’i as one of six that can win it all. http://destinationvolleyball.com/2015/11/22/sunderland-6-can-win-purdue-upsets-minnesota-ncaa-bids-on-the-line-today/

  9. tongo November 22, 2015 9:36 am

    Was at the match last night and Gauchos had a really good crowd considering how badly their season went for them. From get-go, there was a lot more giggling and kidding among our players on the floor. While Shoji’s serious demeanor and critique continued (and rightfully so), players appear to just want to let go and enjoy the moment. So, while the very high level of play at Cal Poly came down a bit, you can’t fault the players for wanting to decompress and just enjoy. Also can’t say enough about the families of the players who follow their daughters from match to match and cheer them on unconditionally – so very impressive!

  10. doug November 22, 2015 9:39 am

    16-0 in Big West pretty awesome!

  11. Ron November 22, 2015 10:26 am

    Tongo, thank you for your on the scene reports, they are very heart warming. I love the feeling of an all encompassing family that this team projects.

  12. mo-jo November 22, 2015 11:00 am

    1. got it. good point out!. didn’t see the match and tried to view the replay but for some inane reason it’s blocked. Did read the article that we stalled in the second set and KK had another set ending block assist. Middles had unreal hitting %s. We’ll need more from our OHs when we move to and through hopefully the 1st and 2nd rounds…. i’m thinking the NCAA will allow us to host regardless what the selection logic based on RPI is… Our six matches on the road must count for something.
    Or NOT !!!

  13. jmy November 22, 2015 11:52 am

    Just watched Texas A & M beat Florida after being down 0-2…Neither team looked very good…

  14. roofer68 November 22, 2015 12:08 pm

    12. mo-jo, you have to be a subscriber to the BIG WEST CONFERENCE youtube videos to view it. The BW posts the video replay only for that same day and removes it from the youtube listing the next day.

  15. jmy November 22, 2015 12:09 pm

    Arizona beat UCLA in 5…

  16. nomu November 22, 2015 12:21 pm

    Every team in the tournament will bring their “A” game, because they can.

  17. OrbitalRipZ November 22, 2015 12:46 pm

    1. August 5 – 8 (of 9) head coaches in the Big West Preseason Coaches Poll picked Hawai’i to reclaim the league crown. And that Na Wahine did, as UH became the 10th team in Big West history to have an undefeated conference season.

    2. August 12 – AVCA Division 1 Coaches Preseason Poll ranked Hawai’I 18th in the Top 25 – UH’s worst preseason ranking in the history of the polls. Subsequently, Hawai’i ranked 17, 16, 12, 11, 10, 8, 8, 8, 6, 6, 7, 8, __ (11-23), __ (11-30). Thus we see that the nation’s coaches originally voted Hawai’i as a marginal (at best) contender for the Sweet 16 (NCAA regionals) but now believe Hawai’i should be considered a serious threat to make the Elite 8 (NCAA Quarterfinals).

    3. October 5 – The first of the weekly NCAA Women’s Volleyball RPI is released, and Hawai’i comes in at 36th or potentially around the mundane middle of the pack of the postseason 64-team NCAA Championship. Further rankings — 28, 26, 23, 32, 32, 27, __ (11-23), __ (11-30) – gives UH no reason to believe that it will be chosen as one of the 16 subregional hosts by the NCAA’s supercomputers. Will the human-driven NCAA Selection Committee — which presumably has the last word over the NCAA’s supercomputers – see things differently? Yeah, right.

    GO BOWS!

  18. tongo November 22, 2015 12:50 pm

    #13 Watched the match too. First ever win for Texas A&M over Florida Gators. . While win was bad for Hawai’i’s RPI, had to cheer for Aggies as Coach John Corbellis was raised in HI. The SEC commentators showed slide of primary and secondary RPI factors. The primary factors are well known but the lesser known secondary factors are not so well socialized. Secondary factors include last 10 matches and location of contests. So (a very big) “if” the evaluation of the primary criteria does not result in a decision, the secondary criteria would definitely help UH as we won our last 10 matches and our last four matches were on the road in course of a week.

  19. tongo November 22, 2015 12:57 pm

    #13 Also, wasn’t that the former Head Coach at Notre Dame – Debbie Brown on the bench of Texas A&M helping the Corbellis.

  20. tongo November 22, 2015 1:11 pm

    #12 Mo-jo The replay was blocked on Big West TV link last night but it is now working and available.

  21. doug November 22, 2015 1:45 pm

    if our middles are hitting for such a high percentage. Seems like we need to feed them more. I guess good passing will dictate that.. Does seem like we could give Maglio more sets though.

  22. Bleachercoach November 22, 2015 2:21 pm

    Beautiful picture of the team wearing haku’s. Again, the smiles with a 16-0 conference record says it. Best Wishes to the girls during postseason. You can do it!!

  23. Bleachercoach November 22, 2015 3:44 pm

    Just watching the replay of Redondo High and Mater Dei…Norene has nice soft hands and will be a great one. UCSB is fortunate to get Megan Rice (Redondo)…Although she is only 5’10-5’11”, she is super athletic IMO and will be a force in the BW…There were a couple very good athletes on the floor. Scully (Mater Dei) is also probable BIG West bound too….

  24. menehune November 22, 2015 3:48 pm

    7. “Constructive criticism” for a team that has only 1 loss for the season? Unbelievable. What is there to criticize? What would you call it if the Wahine had 2 losses (or more)?

  25. Maverick November 22, 2015 4:24 pm

    18. Actually, you have made a misstatement. What you mentioned are the evaluative criteria available to the committee that may be used to set the championship bracket. It can be found in section 2.2 of the following, which I post again:


  26. Ron November 22, 2015 4:55 pm

    menehune, Your interpretation of my statement is both funny and sad. You need to learn more about volleyball and blogging before you attempt to converse with the adults . Just a tip. If they were undefeated there would still be room for “constructive criticism”.

  27. Cindy Luis November 22, 2015 4:56 pm

    3. Greeley has an ice pack on her shoulder after every match. She has a chronic shoulder problem that will require surgery at some point.

    Did ask who gave them the haku. SID said someone made them but she didn’t know who.
    anyway, new link up for Sunday with all Top 25 scores.


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