Call the Coach and scores

Reminder: Call the Coach with Dave Shoji, 6 p.m. Tuesday
Rumors at the Ala Moana Hotel
296-1420. you can listen online at

Top 25
22) Loyola Marymount def. No. 23 San Diego 25-16, 25-21, 25-16


  1. NinthIsland September 30, 2014 7:38 pm

    Missed the Call the Coach so just sitting back waiting to hear what was said…Loyola Marymount looks really good this year…they probably will win the WCC…

  2. hollycow September 30, 2014 7:39 pm

    Just thought I’d throw some stats out, very un-SDU numbers, hit .011, 32k, 31e. LMU has a starting lineup of two 6’1 the others below 6′ and a 5’1″ libero.

  3. Cindy Luis September 30, 2014 8:01 pm

    2. USD hasn’t been the same team as of late. Don’t know if there are some injuries or what going on.

  4. Cubicle1126 September 30, 2014 8:09 pm

    san diego lost a lot to graduation after last year. their strength last year was their middle duo (ferrari and hoekman), who were seniors. also replaced their senior libero, an outside hitter, and one of the setters in their 6-2. that’s a lot to replace. they’re feeling that loss this year.

  5. Cindy Luis September 30, 2014 8:11 pm

    1. Don’t know if this post showed up on the main page until late.
    There are some comments on the preceding post Tuesday checkin
    Shoji spoke about the first road trip, how they played well enough to win but that the team isn’t good enough to roll over teams. Felt Thankful to win in sweeps.
    Talked about how good the fans have always been on the road, how the Hawaii transplants always seem to show up at matches. Good crowd at UCR had a lot to do with Greeley.
    Said Greeley has ben a nice surprise as a freshman, that she has continued to have problems with that ankle she rolled first week in practice.
    Said the lineup the past 4 matches is what they had envisioned with Taylor back.
    Said this week’s opponents will be good tests. That Irvine more of a concern with tough serving that leads the conference in aces.
    couple of callers asked about some old memories, such as Carolyn Kootnekoff’s service run at Air Force and about the types of sets karrie Trieschmann liked to hit (think it was a rising quick)
    Jen Carey (now married, assistant at Cal) called in, asked Shoji about what he enjoys when each season starts. Cal nearly knocked off Washington last week.

    which led to the 6-2 question about Carey and Vakasausau, said it worked but it wasn’t a true 6-2 since Carey was used as a blocking setter, Vakasausau better in the back row.

    and the question about a 6-2 with Higgins and Koelsch. he said the problem is they have such different tempos that it’s a harder adjustment for the hitters when doing that. But they’ll continue to look at it, and use Koelsch as a front row blocking situational sub.
    good stuff for an hour.

  6. LC September 30, 2014 8:19 pm

    No interest in recruiting in the far east more interested in Europe,taking to a German girl ?

  7. Z September 30, 2014 8:29 pm

    Thanks Cindy.

  8. Cindy Luis September 30, 2014 8:39 pm

    thanks Forgot about that. That and they were close on the Greek woman who ended up at UCLA

  9. warriorfana September 30, 2014 9:06 pm

    I wonder who that german girl is.. Hope UH gets her, probably 2016 recruit?
    Not too sad about losing Stranzali to UCLA, don’t think she’s all that great.

  10. NinthIsland September 30, 2014 9:12 pm

    Thanks Cindy…good stuff…

  11. Cindy Luis September 30, 2014 9:53 pm

    Thought Stranzali was pretty good. second in kills and aces, has played all 40 sets, not even Lowe has done that. not bad for a freshman

  12. Cindy Luis September 30, 2014 10:10 pm

    updating scores
    10) BYU def. Pepperdine 25-17, 25-21, 25-20
    22) Loyola Marymount def. No. 23 San Diego 25-16, 25-21, 25-16
    San Francisco def. Saint Marys 25-21, 25-16, 25-21

  13. Cindy Luis September 30, 2014 11:03 pm

    Oh, and someone called about Huff. Shoji said that they have converted her to an OH, that she hasn’t taken a swing as an MB since the first week of practice so ..
    How I read this, and I could be wrong, but it might mean that Mitchem would be the third middle next year along with Maglio and Magill. They have Granato and Castillo as OHs. I would venture a guess that one of those two will redshirt.

  14. LC October 1, 2014 6:35 am

    Dave talked about how having connections overseas helps with recruiting. Since his sons have been playing pro in Europe one German added to sand team,one Norwegian suppose to join sand team in 2015 (but haven’t heard how that is going) and talking to another German girl about indoor. Not saying that the sons had anything to do with this but it is possible.

  15. hollycow October 1, 2014 6:43 am

    13. Yes a redshirt will be a real possibility with 8 outside hitters on the roster if all players return and Granato and Castillo sign in Nov. Granato presents an interesting topic since Shoji always mentioned about Long being undersized. They’re both listed at 5’11”.

  16. setaone October 1, 2014 7:50 am

    Regarding Huff…..if Taylor was available in the beginning of the season, would Huff be potentially redshirting this year?

  17. Hot October 1, 2014 8:04 am

    Don’t know why people keep calling the Carey/Vakasausau duo in 2002 a 6-2. It was not. It was a 5-1. Carey and Vakasausau shared one spot. If Vakasausau started in the back row, she would be replaced in the front row by Carey, and vice versa. The opposite position was also shared by two players with three rotations each, Tano as the hitter and Ilustre as the defensive specialist. After that it was mostly a situational 6-2, with the reserve setter replacing the opposite in the back row and the front row setter being replaced by a hitter/blocker. This was the situation with Kamana’o/Thurlby, Brandt/Mafua, Uiato/Stauber. The reserve setters were paired with specialized blockers/attackers like Jessica Keefe, Corinne Cascioppo and Kaela Goodman.

  18. Cindy Luis October 1, 2014 8:23 am

    17. Didn’t say it was a 6-2 if you read the post. Said there was a question about it as a 6-2.
    Seem to remember them not exactly sharing the position at all times, that it wasn’t always a 1-for-1 sub, that there were times they had two setters on the court.
    There also have been times that they’ve had situational blockers with no setter on the court.

  19. Hot October 1, 2014 8:34 am

    18. Cindy, I didn’t mean you. Some fans still refer to that as a 6-2, since that was the only time two setters were used on an equal basis. Regarding the 2002 season, I don’t remember exactly if there was a time both Carey and Vakasausau were on the court, but if both were it was either Carey was a hitter or if she was the setter, Vakasausau was a DS. But for most of the season, that was the rotation that Shoji settled in – Vakasausau/Carey sharing one spot and Tano/Ilustre splitting time at opposite.

    There have been times when two setters were on the court but obviously not both were playing the same role, otherwise it would just create confusion. Thurlby started a few matches at opposite in 2005, so of course she was on the court at the same time as Kamana’o. Before and after that season, they also shared the court with Thurlby as DS. Same thing with Brandt/Mafua.

    I was referring to the actual setting duties. And the 2002 season, with the aforementioned Carey/Vakasausau combo.

  20. setaone October 1, 2014 8:55 am

    I believe that their Junior year, Carey was the right side hitter. They needed her on the court for the intangibles that she brought.

    For their Senior year, I remember reading that Carey specifically told Shoji she was going to set.

  21. OrbitalRipZ October 1, 2014 9:55 am

    Decided to look at national stats, and unsurprisingly (if there’s such an adverb) Big West teams and Big West individuals barely appear in the Top 50.

    The 2014 version of Team Shoji — unlike most versions — features height and power serves. Are these characteristics reflected in the Top 50 stats? See for yourself.

    Based on current national stats. it appears that UC Irvine (surprise! surprise!) more than any other Big West school poses the greatest threat to the Bows.

    TOP 50 TEAMS IN THE NATION (Sept 29)

    Aces Per Set = #20 Hawai’i
    Assists Per Set = #21 Irvine
    Blocks Per Set = #3 Hawai’i …. #27 LBSU
    Hitting Percentage = #48 Irvine
    Kills Per Set = #15 Irvine … #38 CSUN
    Opposition Hitting % (keeping opponents % down) = #42 LBSU
    Team Total Assists = #10 Irvine
    Team Total Blocks= #19 LBSU … #38 Hawai’i
    Team Total Digs = #43 Irvine
    Team Total Kills = #8 Irvine
    Team Total Service Aces = #25 Irvine

    Aces Per Set = #9 Manu-Olevao …#15 Higgins … #29 Pickrell (Irvine)
    Assists Per Set = #34 Anderson (Irvine) … #40 Higgins
    Blocks Per Set = #10 Magill
    Hitting Percentage = #21 Magill … #37 Kaul (CSUN)
    Kills Per Set = #34 Bubica (Irvine)
    Total Service Aces = #8 Pickrell (Irvine) … #36 tied Higgins … #36 tied Lee (Irvine)
    Total Assists = #44 Anderson (Irvine)
    Total Blocks = #25 Magill … #34 Mackie (LBSU)
    Total Digs = #39 Davis (Irvine)
    Total Kills = #40 Bubica (Irvine) … #47 Pickrell (Irvine

  22. Broseph October 1, 2014 10:44 am

    Agree that those Irvine stats are impressive, but looking at their schedule may provide a clue as to why the team is so impressive on paper. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure they will provide a good test for the Wahine, but losing to Utah St, Xavier, Cincinnati, and New Mexico isn’t the greatest of résumés. I don’t envy the UCI conference schedule opening week+… Playing LBSU, CSUN, UH right off the bat is rough!

  23. Cindy Luis October 1, 2014 10:44 am

    21. Thanks for putting those up. Also available at if you don’t want to do the tedious stuff through the AVCA site.
    The Big West also breaks it down by conference-only matches. UCI’s still impressive despite going 0-2 against two of the top teams in CSUN and The Beach. They could have easily won that match with the Matadors, up 2-0 then serving for the match at 14=13. lost it 16-14.

  24. mei mei October 1, 2014 11:32 am

    Thanks Cindy and all for the notes for call the coach!!

    Irvine certainly will be an interesting and challenging game for Na Wahine this weekend!

  25. 'ohanaInBellingham October 1, 2014 12:03 pm

    Since I’ve planned to visit my family around the time of the CalPoly and UCSB matches, I’ve been paying attention to the seat vacancies during the television coverage of prior matches. Based on the much lower availability of seats via eTicketHawaii, the vast majority of those empty seats appears to be held by season ticket holders. However, since there is no resale availability on UH Ticket Marketplace and craigslist currently, can anyone suggest where else I might be able to get a ticket from a season ticket holder? Thank you.

  26. Cubicle1126 October 1, 2014 12:22 pm

    ohana — maybe start a thread on VT? i haven’t done that. but sometimes fans with season tickets on there have offered me their seats when they can’t go.

  27. LanaiBoy October 1, 2014 4:04 pm

    #25. Re” Availability of unused tickets from season ticket holders.

    Since I’m a season ticket holder, I am familiar with the UH program that establishes a market for unused tickets. You can learn about the program at this link:

  28. 'ohanaInBellingham October 1, 2014 4:44 pm

    Thank you, Cubicle1126, that’s a great idea!

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