On 1420 AM 6-7 pm Tuesday
Completely missed it, anyone have a recap?
I was at practice and had the 1420am phone app on to listen since practice started at 630 and Call the Coach was 6-7. SandBows had the last 30 minutes of the show on via their sound system during the beginning of practice.
It was pretty thorough. Hall recapped last week’s competition at Hermosa Beach and spoke a little about this week’s play. Broke down his pairs and explained how duals work.
He spoke about how this year’s nationals have expanded to 8 teams from 6 the past few years. and that they’ll seed 3 teams from the west, 3 from the east, one AQ from the Atlantic Sun and one at-large. He is hoping that the Big West will sponsor a tournament in order to get an AQ.
Felt that the three west teams would be USC, Hawaii and Pepperdine. East would include FIU and FSU.
He talked a little about how they practice, that he kept the drills the same as the ones the team had in the fall. He didn’t want to change everything when he replaced Wong. Gave a lot of credit to Danny Alvarez for keeping the transition smooth. Gave a lot of credit to Wong, Alvarez and Michelle for having the program where it was.
He discussed having the Warriors at practice a few times, particularly the redshirts when the rest of the team is on the road. Said he hopes that some of the current Warriors will stick around after graduating and come out to play sand. That it would only help the SandBows get better.
There were a few callers asking about the Warriors’ recruiting for next season and the new Wahine recruit. Said that the incoming Warriors were the top class in the country and will continue the success that this year’s team was having. couldn’t mention who UH signed but alluded to one commit (we know it’s Matautia from Moanalua) and that he hoped for a large crowd for the MPSF playoffs. Said he couldn’t discuss the new Wahine recruit but hoped there would be official news in a few weeks.
I’m sure I’ve missed some stuff. Perhaps others can add.
2. Thanks for the recap Cindy.
Wednesday is the start of signing period. Hope Natasha signs as well as that player coach Wade went to visit in the Netherlands.
Cindy, I think you meant Matautia from “Moanalua” (HS). Regarding the “Call the Coach” radio talk show, in responding to a caller’s question, Jeff Hall mentioned the excellent relationship he and Dave Shoji share. There are some schools (i.e. USC) that do not allow or discourage indoor players to play sand and visa-versa. Dave, however, has been really supportive in encouraging his players to play sand if they want to. He mentioned Nikki Taylor as an example of an indoor player making an excellent transition between indoor and sand. He said her sand play is making her a better indoor player in her jumping and overall strength. He also said that Nikki’s arm is fully healed although she wears an arm brace when she plays (I think he said) indoor.
CL: Not being an aficionado of sand volleyball, it was quite a surprise to learn how little if any the coaches have input during the match with players. Also with 5 matches going on at the same time with only 3 coaches, makes for challenging time devotion on the coaches part.
4. Burns and I finally connected so will be speaking with her later today.
her situation is very different and there will be no NLI. players can only sign one and she signed it with West Virginia.
But because there was a coaching change (Sunahara came in after she signed in November), the NCAA granted her release.
What Burns has is a scholarship agreement. Nothing is official until she is enrolled.
5. thanks, it was late when I was typing. ‘-)
And appreciate that you added all that you did.
Taylor does tape heavy during matches.
6. Yes, no coaching during the match, only during TOs (one per team per set) or the Technical TOs. And it does make it difficult. UH has three coaches which is more than a lot of programs. Rare that all 5 matches are going on simultaneously. Doesn’t happen on campus courts but at venues such as Queen’s, Hermosa and Santa Cruz.
What was interesting was the dual vs. Long Beach last week. It came down to No. 5. so everyone ringed the court to watch. Tucker and Schucht said they didn’t know that the match hinged on their outcome. Said they were happy not to know, that they were only focused on winning.
I think the school not the NCAA has to release you from LOI. At least that’s what’s happening at VCU after basketball coaching change.
critical road matches at byu … good luck to the warriors!
and welcome to natasha burns … to the hawaii ohana!
cindy — from the earlier thread … how did hawaii football not follow through with tuileta?
i thought it was tuileta who pulled the last-minute switch, foregoing hawaii’s football scholarship offer, so that he could be a preferred walk-on at usc? (but i could be wrong…) or were there other commitments that hawaii did not keep?
Wondering if Ali Longo still helping out with the team or did she go back to the mainland.
8. not the way it was explained to me. but that person could be incorrect. either way, she can’t sign another NLI. It’s a scholarship offer.
11. I wasn’t there at signing day. Was told that UH did not have an offer letter for him to sign and so he opted for USC.
12. Ali is still here. has been working with the indoor team. If you came to the Texas match she was there.
13 Thanks Cindy. Don’t live there so i only get to see Wahine’s when they televise their matches. Few years ago i flew out to watch a match and it was a disaster.
Flight got in late,hit the traffic from airport to UH and to top it off the ticket lines was unreal, By the time we got in they were in their second set,and the match didn’t last long cause the Wahine swept the other team.That was my first and last trip to the SSC.
8. got a clarification and seems what I was initially told was the condensed version.
Sooooo NCAA regulation says player can be released if new coach comes in. School has to officially release player and it then goes to the NCAA. In this case, Sunahara granted the release.
cindy — this is what was reported on the blog (well the old volleyshots blog): http://volleyshots.staradvertiserblogs.com/2014/02/05/tuileta-signs-with-usc/
i don’t think tuileta would’ve been at the signing ceremony, if he didn’t have a scholarship offer from hawaii (for football). because it was also determined he didn’t sign an LOI for USC, b/c he was joining the football team as a preferred walk-on.
12, 13, 14 re Ali: Booster club almost always has photos of home matches https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.943215475711630.1073741887.209942649038920&type=1
Sometimes hawaiiathletics has photos up too but most won’t show much background: http://www.hawaiiathletics.com/galleries/?gallery=470
Then there’s the Star Advertiser, which also posts photo galleries from time to time (again, mostly close-ups): http://www.staradvertiser.com/multimedia/photo_galleries/20150320_Volleyball__UH_vs_Texas_Mar_19.html
Not the same as being there, but in some of the booster club’s photos, you can see Ali in the background.
Wow UCSB just beat Pepp in Malibu.
Leaves a little breathing room for the at large in case UH doesn’t win the MPSF tourney,
but still if UH goes 7-0 and they are mpsf and national champions!!
ucsb has been kind of an enigma this season. great win over pepperdine, snapping pepp’s home win streak (22 in row?) … but odd losses to csun, lbsu, and even a faltering usc late in the season.
still though, ucsb has a lot of balance which they showed tonight against pepp. they will be a potentially dangerous team in the playoffs. if the standings hold, they will be on hawaii’s side of the draw in the mpsf tournament.
for #13 or 14 on flying in from neighbor islands for wvb
i flew from maui for about 5 years (including season tickets) to watch the wahine. great experience. I would get in the day before or early in the morning, get a car rental, bum around. I would leave for ssa real early (from Pearl City) because i knew about honolulu rush hour traffic. maybe this will help
I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if USCB loses to USC in the quarters. I think pepperdine just looked flat.
16. thanks. that link takes you to what I posted from Paul Honda who had posted that day on another one of our blogs.
What I passed along today was something I was told earlier this season from someone within the men’s volleyball program. And they still aren’t happy with what happened.
want to move the Pep-UCSB discussion over to new thread?