Hawaii 3, CSUN 0 11-23

Should be a good crowd although they’re expecting 30,000 at the Stadium for prep football.

There will be 7 co-captains for tonight’s match. UH sent its seven seniors over for the coin flip with the down ref.


  1. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 6:39 pm

    Some sadness for me tonight. Ann Miller will be retiring in February so you’ll see her being interviewed on the pre game tonight. She began working for the Advertiser in 1980, about a year before I started at the Star-Bulletin. She has been a great colleague. We’ve shared many a road trip.

    CSUN coach Stork said he watched UH’s match last night (on TV), thought the Wahine passed well, had changed their passing formation a little since they last played the Matadors.
    Said his team knew the importance of tonight’s match for both teams. He was more concerned about getting a win to keep their RPI up in around 30 to get a spot in the NCAA tournament.

  2. Volleyball fan November 23, 2013 6:53 pm

    After Ann retires, will you be the sole volleyball reporter for the Star Advertiser, Cindy?

  3. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 6:53 pm

    Probably go back to being the beat writer. Doubt if I’ll get a sidekick ‘-)

  4. Volleyball fan November 23, 2013 6:54 pm

    Unfortunately, due to terrible Internet buffering I won’t be able to watch the match tonight or comment on it. I’ll have to wait till tomorrow early morning to watch the match as I did with the Davis match this morning. It’s such a huge disappointment. Does anyone else have problems with buffering or is it just me?

  5. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 7:06 pm

    No change for UH starters. Longo, Uiato, Vorster, Taylor, Manu-Olevao, Hartong, Adolpho.

  6. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 7:20 pm

    UH up 14-10. TO CSUN. UH hitting 250 to CSUN’s 111

  7. Maverick November 23, 2013 7:23 pm

    4. I have no issues with buffering and I’m on the mainland.

  8. Brandon November 23, 2013 7:25 pm

    Seems from the live stats harotng isn’t on today. I’m at work so I can’t watch it live. Does anyone know how she really is doing today

  9. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 7:27 pm

    UH up 20-14. TO CSUN. Seems that Manu-Olevao is the wildcard tonight. She’s had a couple of shots that had the CSUN coaching staff looking at each other. Uiato spreading the offense around nicely. Manu=Olevao 5-1-7, Taylor 3-0-4, Adolpho 2-1-4, Vorster 1-0-3, Hartong 1-2-6.

  10. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 7:33 pm

    Manu-Olevao with her sixth kill. UH ends it on their third swing 25-19

  11. Warrior Dave November 23, 2013 7:36 pm

    Wow! Wahine win and Hartong gets only 1 kill!!! Great to see the other girls in the game.

  12. RedZone November 23, 2013 7:36 pm

    Tai’s arm has been on fire this weekend.

  13. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 7:38 pm

    Manu-Olevao was 7-1-15 vs. Davis. Tonight 7-2-11 already

  14. setaone November 23, 2013 7:38 pm

    Adolpho and Manu-Olevao are playing great so far.

  15. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 7:39 pm

    Think CSUN strategy is to camp on Harttong, figuring the other OHs might not have the success that they are having. For sure UH’s serving is keeping CSUN a little off balance.

  16. Warrior Dave November 23, 2013 7:40 pm

    Nikki’s on fire too!!!

  17. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 7:40 pm

    Haina having a nice night for CSUN 5-1-13. Tools the block well.

  18. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 7:41 pm

    16. Agree, Taylor playing well. has a very nice linedrive hard serve.

  19. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 7:43 pm

    CSUN closes to 8-6 taking advantage of Uiato being on the left side.

  20. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 7:44 pm

    Uiato with the solo stuff. it’s 10-6.

  21. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 7:45 pm

    CSUN hits wide. it’s 11-5. TO CSUN. Matadors hitting 118, UH 417 in Set 2.

  22. Brandon November 23, 2013 7:46 pm

    Today’s the one night I wand hartong to shine. Senior night. Hopefully she starts to get her grove back

  23. setaone November 23, 2013 7:48 pm

    Taylor is IMPRESSIVE. So much diversity!!!

  24. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 7:48 pm

    22. she’s carried the team so much this season. nice to see others carrying her.

  25. Brandon November 23, 2013 7:49 pm

    It’s gonna hard to honor the seniors as players of the match with the way Olevau and Taylor are playing

  26. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 7:50 pm

    Very key tonight is UH’s lack of SEs. They had 1 in Set 1, none so far in Set 2. It’s 16-10

  27. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 7:51 pm

    Of course, Taylor serves into the net.

  28. Warrior Dave November 23, 2013 7:54 pm

    Spot on Cindy regarding SE’s. Good TO Hawaii.

  29. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 7:54 pm

    Some very impressive rallies. CSUN closes to 18-14. TO UH.

  30. Warrior Dave November 23, 2013 7:56 pm

    Seniors would be happy with a win whether they play or not. Poor Ashley….

  31. Zig November 23, 2013 7:56 pm

    Please. Can someone show the Hawaii hitters an off-speed shot? They need tip shots.

  32. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 7:58 pm

    Manu=Olevao with her 10th kill. makes it 21-16 TO CSUN. Tuaniga coming in for Vorster.

  33. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 8:01 pm

    Kastl in for Manu-Olevao after two bad S-R passes by Manu-Olevao. it’s 22=19

  34. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 8:03 pm

    Hartong and Tuaniga with the stuff. UH wins 25-20

  35. Zig November 23, 2013 8:03 pm

    Who is the up ref?

  36. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 8:04 pm

    Syd Church, from the mainland. letting a lot of sloppy things going, especially on CSUN’s side

  37. RedZone November 23, 2013 8:05 pm

    No wonder Dave going nuts.

  38. Beauston November 23, 2013 8:06 pm

    This feed is awful. Happy for the Wahine.

  39. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 8:07 pm

    CSUN hit 200 for Set 2. Haina having the most success 7-1-19. 31 digs, 6 blocks.uh hit 222. 6 blocks, 26 digs.
    Taylor 10-1-15, Vorster 1-0-5, Manu-Olevao 10-3-16, Hartong 4-3-22, Adolpho 4-3-15. Uiato 2-2-4.

  40. Warriorfan November 23, 2013 8:07 pm

    Was hoping Northridge wouldn’t score over 20 in any set, Come on wahine smash them in set 3.

  41. Tld November 23, 2013 8:09 pm

    I think Northridge is done. I don’t see them coming back from down 0-2 on the road on senior night.

  42. Warrior Dave November 23, 2013 8:10 pm


    Scott Robb’s said Wahine needed to win in 4 sets or less. I’m confused.

  43. Maverick November 23, 2013 8:12 pm

    41. So is Scott Robbs

  44. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 8:15 pm

    tickets 9458. turnstile 8005.

  45. Warrior Dave November 23, 2013 8:17 pm

    Cindy what was the conversation about??

  46. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 8:17 pm

    Guess he was talking about the potential tiebreaker. since CSUN won in 5 at their place, UH would need to win in 3 or 4 .. or by point differential if it goes to 5. Don’t think it will go to that.

  47. Zig November 23, 2013 8:18 pm

    Please stop hitting so hard into the block.

  48. Maverick November 23, 2013 8:18 pm

    45. Too much disinformation here. Sets won is not part of the tiebreaker formula. Shocking this is still being discussed.

  49. Warrior Dave November 23, 2013 8:19 pm

    Guess Scitt Robb’s was right.

  50. Zig November 23, 2013 8:20 pm

    If I’m scouting Hawaii, I’m going to presume they will NEVER intentionally dink.

  51. Zig November 23, 2013 8:21 pm

    That’s how you dink a ball.

  52. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 8:21 pm

    49. then you haven’t been watching. Hartong’s had a few tip shots. CSUN has dug most of them

  53. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 8:23 pm

    44. I”m assuming you’re asking about CSUN complaining that the ball was dug when the up ref called it down? CSUN up 9-8.

  54. Zig November 23, 2013 8:23 pm

    You cannot forecast that you’re going to dink the ball. That’s too obvious.

  55. Brandon November 23, 2013 8:24 pm

    I really hope they play ashley

  56. Zig November 23, 2013 8:24 pm

    A dink shot is only a dink shot when it’s not obvious.

  57. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 8:25 pm

    55. you said nothing about being obvious. Manu-Olevao’s dink just got dug.

  58. Zig November 23, 2013 8:27 pm

    51. The way you’re supposed to do a good tip shot is to pretend like you’re going to hit it hard, then hit it soft. The Hawaii hitters are forecasting the tip shot and that’s why it just looks like they’re keeping it in play.

  59. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 8:28 pm

    Vorster blocked. CSUN leads at the TTO 15-14.

  60. Warriorfan November 23, 2013 8:29 pm

    UH defense seems slow all of sudden come on wahine.

  61. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 8:31 pm

    Difference for CSUN this Set is Natalie Allen. 4 kills this set already. had 6 coming into Set 3.

  62. Zig November 23, 2013 8:31 pm

    56. The presumption is it shouldn’t be obvious, because if it is, there’s really no point in doing it.

  63. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 8:34 pm

    That and UH’s SEs. they had 3 coming into Set 3, 4 in Set 3. Kastl in. CSUN up 19=17

  64. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 8:36 pm

    Taylor with her 14th. ties at 20. Vorster with the solo, UH up 21-20. TO CSUN

  65. Zig November 23, 2013 8:38 pm

    All the UCSB fans need to get off the live stream. It’s impossible to watch.

  66. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 8:39 pm

    Taylor with 2 more kills. makes it 23-20. TO CSUN.

  67. Zig November 23, 2013 8:40 pm

    I feel that if Hawaii just put up a slightly better block (middles closing better) we wouldn’t be in these tight games with these Big West schools.

  68. Beauston November 23, 2013 8:41 pm

    65 Good one

  69. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 8:41 pm

    another block. it’s 24-20. Longo to serve

  70. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 8:42 pm

    CSUN serves into the net. 25-21

  71. Warriorfan November 23, 2013 8:43 pm

    Good for UH, they are a superior team with superior talent and glad they played like it.

  72. Maverick November 23, 2013 8:43 pm

    Yay, Mclaughlin understands the tiebreaker. Leahy does not.

  73. Brandon November 23, 2013 8:44 pm

    Kinda sad that the seniors got hardly any play time. But oh well good game wahine!

  74. Warriorfan November 23, 2013 8:46 pm

    People having problems with the stream? Maybe it’s your internet connection? I had no problems at all, crystal clear for me.

  75. Warriorfan November 23, 2013 8:47 pm

    Still a chance SB will choke, it’s what they do..

  76. Beauston November 23, 2013 8:47 pm

    71 couldnt agree more. This is how a 12th ranked team should play. Great win for the Wahine!

  77. Brandon November 23, 2013 8:48 pm

    Am I the only one who laughed when leahey said they had a five point lead at 23-20

  78. Warrior Dave November 23, 2013 8:48 pm

    Wonderful tribute for Ann Miller!!!

  79. Testy November 23, 2013 8:48 pm

    Lots of stream problems tonight through big west site. The bw commissioner I am sure will be hearing about it from fans.

  80. Brandon November 23, 2013 8:50 pm

    I always have stream problems online. Maybe it’s just my computer

  81. Warriorfan November 23, 2013 8:53 pm

    This is fun but I was hoping the whole team dances like last season 🙂

  82. Warriorfan November 23, 2013 8:55 pm

    That was a lot of choreography for them to remember. Must have practiced a lot.

  83. Brandon November 23, 2013 8:59 pm

    @maverick say ucsb looses twice does hawaii get he aq because of the point difference between northridge and hawaii or is there another rule?

  84. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 9:17 pm

    maverick apologize. didn’t mean to delete your post on tiebreakers. could you repost? thanks. Agree that Scott and I are stuck in the MPSF mode.

  85. Cindy Luis November 23, 2013 9:21 pm

    if you missed the seniors dancing, big west .org has it up on their website.

  86. Warriorfan November 23, 2013 9:23 pm

    I think the tiebreaker rules are ridiculous! who cares who beat the second place team better. What matters is what happened between the teams tied at the top, who scored more points!

  87. Dan Nagami November 23, 2013 9:32 pm

    #77….He said they were on a five point run….and lead 23-20, as they were down 20-18.

  88. Ki November 23, 2013 9:35 pm

    Cindy… Any idea who the two recruits are that was on the Wahine bench?

  89. Maverick November 23, 2013 9:40 pm

    84. No worries, I’m kinda glad you did. Just to set the record straight, some of the reported tiebreaker rules are actually from MPSF men’s volleyball such as sets won, not from the Big West women’s bylaws.

    You can read the detail in section 20.14 of the Big West bylaws, which can be found on the Big West site here: http://www.bigwest.org/code_book.asp. But in effect, the rules are generally based on match won-loss records. When three teams are tied, the tiebreakers are all based on match won-loss records. When two teams are tied, the first four tiebreakers are based on match won-loss records. The fifth and last involves point ratio across all conference matches.

    The botttom line is that for UH to get the AQ, UH needs to win out and UCSB must lose two more matches.

    That being said, the AQ is somewhat irrelevant as UH is going to get into the tournament regardless of whether it gets the AQ. My view is that UH should win out to maximize its RPI, get a higher seed, and host the first round matches.

  90. Maverick November 23, 2013 9:50 pm

    83. I’ll post an updated version of what I wrote last night to clarify all of the above on getting the AQ bid.

    If UCSB wins out and UH wins out, UCSB wins the conference title outright as it will have two losses in conference vs. three for UH and CSUN.

    If UH wins out, CSUN wins all remaining non-UH matches, and UCSB wins all but one of its remaining matches, then all three teams will have identical conference records. The conference tiebreaker formula says that teams will be ranked based on W-L records against the other tied teams. UCSB will be 3-1, UH will be 2-2 and CSUN will be 1-3. UCSB gets the AQ.

    Assuming UH and UCSB tie (i.e., CSUN loses another match while UH wins out and UCSB loses once more), UCSB wins because first tiebreaker is record against each other (1-1), and next tiebreaker is record against common opponents beginning at the top of the conference standings, and the next team is CSUN. UH will be 1-1 and UCSB will be 2-0. UCSB gets the AQ.

    For UH to win the AQ, it must win out and UCSB must lose two more matches in conference. UH and CSUN will be tied at the top of the conference and have identical conference records (assuming CSUN wins its remaining matches). They will each have a 1-1 record against each other. The next tiebreaker is record against common opponents beginning at the top of the conference standings. That would be third-place UCSB with four losses. UH will be 1-1 against UCSB and CSUN 0-2. UH gets the AQ.

  91. OrbitalRipZ November 23, 2013 10:49 pm

    Re: 89 Good info.

    UCSB will not likely receive an at-large bid, so it must win the WCC title and with it the AQ to take part in The Dance.

    CSUN is now a “bubble” team. For CSUN to receive an at-large bid, the Volleyball [Selection] Committee will have to take away an invite to a BCS “bubble” team, such as UCLA/Pac-12 or Purdue/Big Ten or Arkansas/SEC. And when push comes to shove, the Volleyball Committee avoids currying the disfavor of BCS schools.

    UH needs to win out and it will be seeded in the Top 16, and thus automatically be a subregional host. That Hawai’i will not win the BWC crown is not entirely irrelevant, as this will be the main argument used against seeding Hawai’i. (Thus it will be to Hawai’i’s advantage for LBSU to (wo)manhandle UCSB, and thus UH can claim to have a piece of the title before the tiebreaker.) But Hawai’i will be seeded as long as its RPI remains in the top 10.

    BTW: TV announcers are spreading wrong info. If a team is in the NCAA RPI top 16, it does not necessarily mean it will be seeded as 1 of the top 16 teams in the nation.

    The NCAA Championship Volleyball [Selection] Committee — not the computer-generated NCAA RPI — is the body that seeds the top 16, and the NCAA RPI is just one of the tools (albeit the most influential tool) used to seed teams 1 ~ 16 and used to determine at-large bids for the remainder of the 64-team field.

    AQ (automatic qualifiers) receive automatic berths to the NCAA Championship, but even conference champions are under the control of the Volleyball Committee as the committee determines which teams are place in which bracket. And contrary to what the TV announcer said, not all conference champs are AQ to the NCAA Championship.

  92. Grammy November 24, 2013 4:16 am

    Rainbow Wahine need to take care of those things under their control – win out. Then sit back and find out what committee decides. Too much speculation only leads to ‘chaotic’ and unnecessary anxiety come tournament time. Breathe in, breathe out, know you’ve done your best and stay calm. Noise is not going to reach seeding committee or change their decision so just be ready for anything. Too much ‘should’ve’. ‘could’ve’ and righteous indignation only detracts from focusing on job at hand. Go Wahine! That was a laser focused team effort to celebrate Senior Night in style and only counts if you understand that you can play and stay at that level for rest of the way. Journey is not done till the final whistle, but you showed your best selves last night. Go Wahine!

  93. 'ohanaInBellingham November 24, 2013 11:24 am

    Cindy, I can say that it will be a sad day for me when you retire. Between your game-side comments (36.) and creating and making the time for this blog, you make not being able to attend games bearable. Mahalo!

  94. 'ohanaInBellingham November 24, 2013 12:00 pm

    It may seem appear that the seniors didn’t have a signature night on the court because of the awesome performances of Nikki, Olevao, and the middles. However, Ali had so many key digs and the attackers can only do what they do with good passes from Mita. With that latter point in mind in both matches this weekend, I hope UH nominates Mita for BWC PotW.

  95. Ashley November 24, 2013 7:24 pm

    it will be strange not seeing these girls next season. it’s been a pleasure watching them on the court. they have impacted the program so much, whether it’s on or off the court. i was very concerned going into this weekends matches. such a long time off, sometimes isn’t good for any team. two big matches, against two teams who beat them in five. happy to see them able to sweep both teams, I was preparing myself for a 5 gamer with northridge. I hope the team we saw friday and saturday stays till the end. this is the team that we have been waiting to show up for a while. all in all, very proud of this team, and our seniors. very happy that both Nikki and Tai performed extremely well this weekend. we need them and also welcome back Kalei. so happy that she is playing more better than the previous games

  96. Cindy Luis November 24, 2013 11:49 pm

    93. not sure about retirement yet. can’t afford it. but thanks for the kind words.
    Ann is younger than I am. has made me think about it. But as my son said to me last night. you couldn’t handle retirement.

  97. Cindy Luis November 24, 2013 11:52 pm

    For sure I will miss Ann being around. She’s been a great colleague. very supportive. Can’t say we were rivals since she was with the morning paper and I with the afternoon for so many years. the advertiser, back in the day, was always going to have the story first. it was a challenge to make my story better for our readers. and she made me a better writer because of it. She and all the Tiser writers I ‘competed’ against, especially Ferd Borsch when I was covering UH baseball.

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