Congrats to all-region picks Taylor, Magill

appreciate all the help in trying to find the link this morning.
To answer from previous thread, in California, leave for Iowa tonight through LAX, LAS, DFW then DES

COY to UW’s first-year Kegan Cook


  1. surfboy December 8, 2015 7:05 am

    Stanford with four selections wh8ch is a headscratcher with only Hawaii/Washington with comhined 4 total.

  2. Cindy Luis December 8, 2015 7:19 am

    Other player from Hawaii named all-region.Carly Kan of Missouri and Penina Snuka of Arizona. Kalei Mau from Arizona honorable mention

    someone mentioned on previous thread that they were disappointed in Mau not getting first team. Believe she is hurt. She hasn’t played in the last few matches.

    another comment was about Maglio and Kahakai getting it next year. While Maglio was eligible for first team all-region since she was on the all-Big West first team, Kahakai was honorable mention on the big west and wasn’t eligible for all-region.

  3. Cindy Luis December 8, 2015 7:21 am

    Someone also pointed out that the list had it being Magill’s third honor. this is her second. She was not recognized while at Arizona.

  4. Cindy Luis December 8, 2015 8:11 am

    to answer a few things from Monday’s thread.

    in California, headed to Iowa tonight out of LA

    as for reporters and radio.
    At Texas A&M, there was someone from the Houston paper covering, TCU sent someone from their student paper, no one from Corpus Christi. Hawaii radio was the only one on the table besides the ESPN3 crew.
    Don’t know who all is coming to Iowa

    Players have said the European trip helped them get closer but that the 4 matches in 7 seven days a few weeks ago was the better prep for this trip.

    Nicknames: Mags and KG are used for Maglio and Greeley. One of Greeley’s relatives came up to me at the SSC and asked not to refer to her as KG (which I don’t) but it was moe directed at radio’s use. Then Greeley’s dad said KG is one of her nicknames.

    Appreciate the radio summary. Pretty much what I wrote in the two stories. but I realize no everyone gets the paper.

    As for the pronunciation of players, ESPN was given the UH sheet with how to pronounce the names, they also asked 1420-AM how to pronounce them. Did no good.

    and lastly, have not been with the team since Sunday so didn’t see their workout Monday. Not sure if Mitchem has been cleared to play. We know she is cleared to practice.

    OK, not lastly. they are 28-1. They have depth. they’ve used it when they’ve needed to. Think the comment from Manu-Olevao about if it’s not broken, why fix it continues to be taken out of context. Especially when it was followed by “and then we adjust.”

  5. tongo December 8, 2015 8:13 am

    #1 Yeah, I don’t get it also. As a team, Stanford totally under-performed. IMO, Howard (having career highs this season) and Hodson (Pac-12 Freshman of the Yr) are very deserving. Much less deserving are Bugg, a great 3X Pac-12 Setter of Yr who is having serious lapses this year, and Lutz, a tall offensive MH machine who puts up great numbers but is so very slow that well organized offense totally exploit her as in season ending LMU match.

    Congrats to Nikki and Olivia! Had hoped that Maglio surged enough in second half of season to make Honorable Mention. Next year Emily!

  6. 'ohanaInBellingham December 8, 2015 8:33 am

    As of 12/8, voters on have UH with a 66% probability of winning against PSU ( With the exception of LMU vs Kansas @50-50, the six other third-round matches have the higher seeds favored. I don’t know how predictive this is, since the deletion of the already played games’ predictions don’t allow backtesting.

  7. 'ohanaInBellingham December 8, 2015 9:00 am

    Well-deserved, Nikki and Olivia!
    Emily and Savannah, keep progressing and you’ll get there!
    My Indomitable Spirit First Team selection is TMO!

  8. Cubicle1126 December 8, 2015 9:17 am

    Congrats to Taylor and Magill !! Good chance for AA honors for both!

    No region COY for Shoji (Cook from Washington is deserving) … but Shoji is possibly still in the running for national COY. He became automatically eligible for it when he was named conference COY.

  9. Maverick December 8, 2015 9:24 am

    6. It is just a fan vote used to build interest in the game and sport. Nothing scientific or predictive.

  10. Cubicle1126 December 8, 2015 9:31 am

    Cindy – FYI, it is not a requirement that a player must be on her all-conference first team to be eligible for AA regional honors. (Although, i’m sure that being all-conference first team is a sign that your chances are better to make the all-region team.) The AA honors are based on season stats and performance, not on conference stats/performance.

    For example, the following players were named to the Pacific South all-regional team: Claire Felix (UCLA), Whitney Follette (ASU), and Taylor Whittingham (USC). And they were not first teamers in the Pac-12; they were honorable mention.

    The requirements for AA eligibility are here:

  11. tongo December 8, 2015 9:43 am

    #6 I thought some other poster here had reference the fact that Pablo had also had UH over PSU. While these predictive softwares have made great advances, I prefer the hard facts. Nittany Lions have five losses this year, attributed to on-going ball control issues, and inconsistencies with serve receive and setting. Watched several of their matches on TV and they will have serious lapses – just like Florida, when their ball control fails. This year’s edition of PSU remains physical and big with strong MH/OH/OP but backcourt and setter is so-so. IMO, wahines will need to hang tough and continue to stress them.

  12. blunite December 8, 2015 9:45 am

    Not sure about the validity of these selections. Texas and Florida both had 5 players listed as All Region (Texas also had 1 honorable mention). While Texas’ performance marginally warrants the honors, Florida’s performance does not. (Florida’s libero seemed a lock but go figure.) Furthermore, Keegan Cook received COY; however, he could not even account for his substitutions when they played USC. (His 5’5″ libero ended up playing front row.)

  13. frings December 8, 2015 10:01 am

    #4…Cindy, can we expect (hope?) for perhaps at least a “B-lister” from ESPN3 to do the play by play and color commentary of Friday’s game?

  14. Hi5Ho December 8, 2015 10:07 am

    Why is Hawaii playing the second match in the regional? Shouldn’t the second match have been Minnesota?

  15. Hot December 8, 2015 10:12 am

    Cindy, I don’t think the AVCA All-Region honors have anything to do with conference honors. I checked the Awards Nomination Packet. It said the team can nominate as many players as they can. I didn’t see that they should have been all-conference first team to be considered for honors.

  16. Rosepetals December 8, 2015 10:14 am

    Congrats to both Nikki and Olivia! Watched the replay against Texas A&M three times already, lol. I love Robyn’s celebration for match point, she jumped high and her clipboard fell to the ground off her hands

  17. greenthumb December 8, 2015 11:32 am

    #11, I had noted that Penn State was just 1 rung higher than UH in Pablo (saw that in the Rich Kern grid someone linked to yesterday). Thought it was interesting.

    Speaking of Penn State, does anyone have suggestions on a past match or two from this season to watch to get prepared? Thank you.

  18. tongo December 8, 2015 11:50 am

    #17 Thanks for the clarification. This poster has uploaded PSU matches:

  19. menehune December 8, 2015 11:51 am

    My only wish is that Higgins gets more offensive minded in this match. The only time she does a dump is when there is an over pass.

    But Kendra is another story. She’s got that OH/OPP hitters mentality.

    If we do it a couple of times a set, even if it doesn’t go down, it’s going to freeze PSU’s block and open up the pins.

    Just my opinion, Dave.

  20. OrbitalRipZ December 8, 2015 12:10 pm

    As I mentioned in a previous thread on this blog, I thought the COY from our region would be between Shoji (my choice) and Keegan Cook. As someone on this blog already pointed out, not winning doesn’t exclude Shoji from National COY consideration. All conference and region COYs, and all coaches whose team reach this year’s Quarterfinals/Elite 8 (or was that Regionals?) are candidates for National COY.

    (The Coaches’ Club is a very inclusive bunch. Lol.)

    [Aside: My choice for Pacific South COY was Mick Haley. He led the USC women’s volleyball team from No. 22 [AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll] to No. 2 in the current Coaches Poll. Moreover, the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll picked the Trojans to finish 5th in the final standings. USC ended as co-champs of the Pac-12.]

    There’s also been a major rule change. Previously, if a player was picked for Honorable Mention in her region, she would automatically be HM on the AA list. Now, just because a player was selected for HM does not exclude her from consideration for AA 1st, 2nd, or 3rd team. (Indeed, can’t imagine how it would happen but it would be interesting to see a Region HM voted AA First Team. )

    Congrats to Taylor and Magill — legit and obvious AAs, but you never know when it comes to Awards.

    GO BOWS!

  21. 'ohanaInBellingham December 8, 2015 12:40 pm

    Mine as well, menehune #19. Could it be that the coaches are telling them not to score on the second touch unless necessary?

  22. warriorfan December 8, 2015 12:40 pm

    I think these awards are based on offensive stats more than anything.Florida and Stanford players have good enough offensive stats to get accolades. However they do not have adequate backrow defense or passing which is why they lost as much as they did.

  23. Not an Expert December 8, 2015 1:31 pm

    warriorfan good point. Thus an All-Ameican Team should be players of front row 6 rotation players voted in separate by those who are front row players only. An All-American player of the year if a front row player should be awarded to a 6 rotation player and one who is a 3 rotation player. A 6 rotation player should be the one with the highest accolades.

  24. Mo-jo December 8, 2015 1:55 pm

    Menehune strategies taller than his name suggests….
    I too wish for more playing time for KK….. Just saying…

  25. Cindy Luis December 8, 2015 3:27 pm

    thanks been wrong before. it had been my understanding the HM all-conference were not eligible for all-region. May have been one of the new changes for 2015.
    Another being athletes named to the All-Region team will not automatically be named All- American Honorable Mention if they are not named an All-American.

  26. Cindy Luis December 8, 2015 3:43 pm
    new thread up on Mitchem, new E. Shoji award, and Passi.

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