Taylor AVCA POW, Call the Coach; Hau’oli la hanau Ah Mow-Santos

Not that much of a surprise
Taylor named AVCA National POW

Call the Coach with Dave Shoji tonight at 6 p.m. on 1420-am, espn1420am.com
it’s at the Pagoda Restaurant. not sure if Shoji will stick around for the karaoke after.

Also Happy Birthday to Robyn Ah Mow-Santos.
Not to give away her age … you can look it up easy enough … but she was born about six weeks before Shoji coached his first match at Hawaii.


  1. Ryu September 15, 2015 8:40 am

    Congratulations Nikki! Well deserved. I was hoping she would get national recognition.
    Happy Birthday Coach Robyn!

  2. islandman September 15, 2015 8:58 am

    Congratulations to Nikki. I wasn’t expecting it, since one poster said she didn’t have the stats to get it. But another said that she should get it.

  3. Cubicle1126 September 15, 2015 9:14 am

    congrats to taylor!! well-deserved

  4. Cindy Luis September 15, 2015 9:29 am

    don’t know why there was a thought that Taylor didn’t have the stats. career high 27 vs. Florida, good dig, block, ace numbers 6-plus points per set, three consecutive POWs from the Big West. Kind of hard to overlook all that. so much for the comment a few weeks ago that NMSU player would be the only one from a non-Power 5 conference to

  5. roofer68 September 15, 2015 9:43 am

    4. That particular poster was referencing to Nikki’s kill pct. AVCA saw it the same as you pointed out. Congratulations Nikki! Outstanding playing, well deserved!

  6. roofer68 September 15, 2015 9:53 am

    Happy Birthday Robyn!

    I myself, lost count after 39.

  7. innocent observer September 15, 2015 10:23 am

    so that make Robin 27 years old and make Dave that much older.

  8. Cubicle1126 September 15, 2015 10:56 am

    i love that robyn’s career has come full circle.

    as a player with a program (one of the few, if not the only one) willing to give her a chance. an all-american career here, then a remarkable (and remarkably long) career internationally and with the national team, capped by a silver medal at the olympics. then finding her way back home again to coach.

  9. H-Man September 15, 2015 11:22 am

    Happy Birthday Robyn !!! Phenomenal career. And back home with the Wahine. Have a great day !

  10. mei mei September 15, 2015 11:28 am

    well wishes to Robyn!

    congrats to Nikki!

    also Cindy, not sure who the staff writer is, but wanted to bring it to your attention: this was the caption below the photo:

    UH’s Nikki Taylor puts down a kill against Eastern Washington’s Natasha Burns in a match at the Stan Sheriff Center in Manoa on Sept. 12. Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo by Krystle Marcellus

    Natasha Burns?

  11. mauna September 15, 2015 12:10 pm

    Hah, yeah I caught that right jersey number, wrong team.

  12. darkfire September 15, 2015 12:56 pm

    A much deserved honor; way to go Nikki!

    Hau’oli La Hanau Robyn!

  13. darkfire September 15, 2015 12:59 pm

    10.11. Yeah, that was funny. I keep thinking to myself, wait a minute, Natasha’s on our team, lol!

  14. tongo September 15, 2015 1:03 pm

    Congrats to Nikki. Thinking back, I can still recall when she decided against playing in her last year at Kaiser HS, and wondering to myself, what kind of player does that! Wow, never would have guess, she is now among the very best!

    Just an amazing story, just like another certain amazing Kaiser High grad name Cheryl Grim, AIAW All American, on UH 1979 team.

  15. tongo September 15, 2015 1:09 pm

    #14 Sorry officer – I meant to say Cheryl Grimm. Who could forget the sellout match at the old Blasdell area.- Grimm Power!

  16. Hapaguy September 15, 2015 1:30 pm

    Well Deserved! Congratulations Nikki!
    And Happy Birthday to the best setter ever to come out of the state of Hawaii!
    Cindy just curious: is this the first time a local born volleyball player has made national POW?

  17. tongo September 15, 2015 3:09 pm

    According to UH Athletics, the other AVCA National Players of the Week include
    Heather Bown, Kim Willoughby(3X), Lily Kahumoku, Jamie Houston , Emily Hartong, and Nikki Taylor.

  18. warriorfan September 15, 2015 3:47 pm

    Congrats to Nikki not bad company to be with. I think playing beach has improved her game so much, it makes me wish Kalei,Mckenna, Casey, Megan and Annie would play beach as well to improve their games the same way. But I know Megan can’t cause of basketball.

  19. H-Man September 15, 2015 3:57 pm

    Congratulations to Nikki Taylor for being named the National Player of the Week. Awesome.!!!

  20. Cindy Luis September 15, 2015 4:17 pm

    Appreciate the help when answering questions while I was unable. Will let our people know that the caption was incorrect. That is on the photographer. Or, from what I recently found out, photo department now using code that automatically puts in name and number. it might have been photo autocorrect that changed it.

    7. very observant.

    18. they may walk on. they may not. they will do beach training during spring. People tend to forget that this would be asking a student-athlete to play two sports. Not that easy, trying to keep up with school and the demands of indoor training along with a beach season.
    UH, much like other schools, is moving away from using indoor athletes on the sand so that it eventually will be two separate roster.
    Kahakai was an elite AAU beach player as well.

  21. volley September 15, 2015 4:54 pm

    congratulations to nikki taylor! the queen tiger of na wahine!

    cindy you forgot the ‘okina. hau’oli la hanau robyn!

  22. Setaone September 15, 2015 5:30 pm

    Tongo…Robyn went to McKinley, not Kaiser.

  23. Cindy Luis September 15, 2015 5:46 pm

    21. fixed it. Still can’t do the macron, mekona or what is now called the kahako over the As

  24. warriorfan September 15, 2015 6:26 pm

    Is it true Florida has been invited back next year, I hope they come back, they are a huge rpi boost, and with Stanford also rumored to be coming in sounds like a great schedule so far for 2016.

  25. tongo September 15, 2015 6:50 pm

    #22 Yeah, I know Robin went to McKinley. I remember when Robin was competing with Anderson for the starting position. I was referring to Nikki, who did go to Kaiser.

  26. Cindy Luis September 15, 2015 6:56 pm

    24. Shoji said on his coaches show tonight that Florida was invited back because next season is when the O’Connell will be renovated (was supposed to be this year). Coach Wise told Shoji that she didn’t think her AD would agree to let her come back two years in a row.
    Shoji said he is almost done with 2016 schedule.

    4) Nebraska def. Creighton 25-17, 25-19, 25-22
    15) Colorado State lost to 42) Texas A&M 15-25, 25-19, 19-25, 25-21, 11-15
    28) Western Kentucky def. Belmont 25-11, 25-20, 26-24

    Big West Conference
    UC Davis lost to Sacramento State 24-26, 20-25, 15-25

  27. 'ohanaInBellingham September 15, 2015 7:04 pm

    Thank you, Nikki. A Big who gives up her body like a Small. A Wahine legacy in the making.

  28. Cindy Luis September 15, 2015 7:12 pm


    we have video of Taylor from the impromptu press conference today. Big thank you to Stanley Lee.

  29. Setaone September 15, 2015 7:18 pm

    Tongo. Sorry. My bad. I totally spaced.

  30. Brandon September 15, 2015 9:34 pm

    I was the one who though Nikki wouldn’t win it, because her hitting percentage was Average, to a little above it, but I’m happy to be wrong đŸ™‚

  31. lina September 15, 2015 10:02 pm

    OK Cindy, since you’ve mentioned it, i’m dying to know right now what non-conference schools are on the 2016 schedule!!!! Any info that you are able to share? I’m assuming UCLA, (Stanford?)

  32. warriorfan September 15, 2015 10:14 pm

    Too bad Wise said it’s unlikely their AD will want them back again next year. I am assuming Missouri will be here next year (kan’s senior year) UCLA is a given and should be even better next year with two top recruits and only losing Inouye.

  33. Cindy Luis September 15, 2015 10:46 pm

    31. sorry don’t know the teams other than UCLA just passing along that he said he is basically done with 2016
    Not sure on Missouri, but would make sense. Wichita State wants to come back in 2 years.

    32. It is too bad. Not like they’re hurting for $$$.

  34. Brandon September 15, 2015 11:18 pm

    A few Stanford in the knows have said the Card are coming down, well thats what they heard. Would make sense. The 2012 class came their freshman year, and now the famed 2016 class.

    Would love to see missouri come down. Would LOVE to see a top b1g team like Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska or Penn state, but doubt it.

  35. Cindy Luis September 16, 2015 6:53 am

    34. we’ll see if it happens.

  36. Cindy Luis September 16, 2015 7:12 am


    new thread up for Wednesday on Call the Coach recap

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