No. 8 Hawaii 3, CSUN 0

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  1. Cindy Luis October 9, 2015 7:08 pm

    Yellow on CSUN for delay of game. Matadors very confused.

  2. Cindy Luis October 9, 2015 7:11 pm

    Hawaii up 5-1. TO CSUN. UH with 2 blocks already

  3. z October 9, 2015 7:12 pm

    Unusual start.

  4. vbfan4life October 9, 2015 7:12 pm

    man, our team is very injury plagued this year. Hoping this bug gets eradicated permanently soon and that everyone is back to full health. The only “positive” thing is we get to develop other players

  5. z October 9, 2015 7:13 pm

    No answer for Nikki so far.

  6. Cindy Luis October 9, 2015 7:17 pm

    UH has had those kinds of seasons in the past. Nicki Thomas’ freshman year comes to mind. maybe more noticeable this year with setter out.

  7. Cindy Luis October 9, 2015 7:25 pm

    Great line shot by Manu-Olevao. UH up 18-15. TO CSUN

  8. z October 9, 2015 7:26 pm

    Savanah playing well so far. Got robbed on that pancake.

  9. Cindy Luis October 9, 2015 7:31 pm

    Manu-Olevao from the right. UH wins 25-19. no Big West team has scored more than 20 points on Hawaii so far this season in a set.

  10. AlexM October 9, 2015 7:35 pm

    Happy to see Greeley is okay. She had a good first set.

  11. Cindy Luis October 9, 2015 7:44 pm

    roll shot by Taylor makes it 13-9. TO CSUN

  12. Cindy Luis October 9, 2015 7:45 pm

    10. she does look good. she was able to take it easy during practices but has some heat tonight.

  13. Cindy Luis October 9, 2015 7:48 pm

    And just like that it’s 18-10. TO CSUN

  14. Cindy Luis October 9, 2015 7:49 pm

    two really nice sets by Kahakai to Taylor. who has 10 kills. 10-1-19. Greeley 7-0-8, Manu-Olevao 4-0-8.

  15. jmy October 9, 2015 7:50 pm

    Did they ever say why CSUN had to forfeit a bunch of matches?

  16. z October 9, 2015 7:50 pm

    Nice to see our OHs doing well tonight.

  17. AlexM October 9, 2015 7:51 pm

    So many service errors tonight. On both sides.

  18. Willie October 9, 2015 7:53 pm

    For those watching on TV, what is up with Pops Leahy’s eyes? Only on set #2 and think he needs new glasses to help with his commentary accuracy.

  19. 'ohanaInBellingham October 9, 2015 7:53 pm

    Wow, underclassman Kahakai has begun playing like an upperclassman.

  20. Cindy Luis October 9, 2015 7:55 pm

    Uh wins 25-16

  21. z October 9, 2015 7:57 pm

    Kalei .875. UH 9 blocks.

  22. warriorfan October 9, 2015 8:01 pm

    Sophomores Kahakai and Koelsch just keep getting better and better.

  23. Hot October 9, 2015 8:04 pm

    Kudos to Greeley for having a great match thus far. I was worried Magill and Mitchem weren’t getting enough sets (Mitchem with a bunch of errors as well), but they’re both blocking well and Greeley, Taylor and Manu-Olevao are all doing great. And with Kahakai with lots of digs, Koelsch doing well, Anderson and Ponce playing, it’s looking good!

  24. Warrior Dave October 9, 2015 8:11 pm

    Kalei is playing great. Nikki is playing lights out. Hitting for a high percentage with 0 to 1 errors?

  25. Cindy Luis October 9, 2015 8:14 pm

    UH with 12 blocks, the last by Magill on the setter dump shot. It’s 12-5 TO CSUN

  26. z October 9, 2015 8:16 pm

    Nikki .500, Tai .400, Kalei .889.

  27. warriorfan October 9, 2015 8:17 pm

    Koelsch’s backsets are so nice.

  28. Warrior Dave October 9, 2015 8:17 pm

    Thanks Z

  29. warriorfan October 9, 2015 8:18 pm

    her bumpsets aren’t though.

  30. Hot October 9, 2015 8:19 pm

    Guinasso in as well. I love that Shoji is rotating Anderson, Ponce and Guinasso in a match as I think all three are equally great.

  31. warriorfan October 9, 2015 8:21 pm

    I’d like to see Casey finish off this set, or Mckenna.

  32. Cindy Luis October 9, 2015 8:23 pm

    a bit of a bad rotation. CSUN on a 4-0 run. it’s 19-15. TO UH

  33. z October 9, 2015 8:23 pm

    We are in a funk now.

  34. z October 9, 2015 8:26 pm

    Nikki 393, Tai 318, Kalei 692.

  35. Cindy Luis October 9, 2015 8:26 pm

    Castillo in at 23-16.

  36. z October 9, 2015 8:27 pm

    UH 14 blocks.

  37. Cindy Luis October 9, 2015 8:27 pm

    UH wins 25-16.

  38. z October 9, 2015 8:29 pm

    Dave just said Kendra will be setting the next match.

  39. AlexM October 9, 2015 8:36 pm

    Too bad we didn’t see more of Granato and Castillo. The sets to the middle were still shaky. Sunday’s match should be good.

  40. Volleyman October 9, 2015 8:44 pm

    39. agreed. Connections with Mitchem and Magill weren’t sharp. However, I do have faith that the middles will bring it against LBSU

  41. tongo October 9, 2015 9:03 pm

    Connection between Koelsch and MH still needs lots of works. Ryan on post game said the tempo of pass to Mitchem on the step out can be much quicker as Annie can chase it down. I agree. She was quick and explosive on the step out at IVC. Kalei seems to have more snap in her wrist has her attacks had some zip to it. Previously, she seem to be overly using her shoulder and not using of her wrist to generate speed on her hits.

  42. ruffles October 9, 2015 9:59 pm

    Reading this blog, seems like Hawaii is suppose to win their matches 25-0, 25-0, 25-0. This is a team without their starting setter (and floor leader), lost their top back-up opposite, and a playing with a banged up primary passer, left side, and still won in straight sets without letting their opponent reach 20 points, outhitting them .400 to .100, 14 blocks to 3. No such thing as perfection. Just wanted to spotlight the wahine in a positive light instead of all the negativity written by some bloggers. But I guess opinions are like xxxx everyone has one. I guess we all just are fans.

  43. Cindy Luis October 9, 2015 10:03 pm

    Nothing against Granato but when UH struggled a couple of times when she came in for Greeley. Agree that they were unable to set the middle as much as they would have liked Mitchem 6-2-11, Magill 3-2-6
    Shoji said he wasn’t happy with the ball-control, had to go high and outside too much.
    Top 25
    1. USC def. Colorado, 21-25, 29-27, 27-25, 25-16, 15-7
    3. Penn State def. No. 13 Illinois, 25-18, 25-18, 24-26, 27-25
    6. Washington def. No. 5 Arizona State, 25-6, 28-26, 25-16
    No. 7 Stanford def. Oregon State, 25-19, 25-22, 25-18
    9) Ohio State def. Northwestern 25-19, 25-20, 25-18
    11) Minnesota def. Maryland 25-23, 25-16, 25-19
    No. 12 UCLA def. Utah, 17-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-16
    No. 14 Arizona def. Washington State, 25-18, 18-25, 25-13, 16-25, 15-13
    No. 16 Wisconsin def. Rutgers, 25-15, 25-15, 25-11
    17) Florida def. Texas A&M 25-9, 25-23, 25-18
    18) Florida State def. Duke 25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 21-25, 15-12
    No. 23 Western Kentucky def. UT-San Antonio, 25-23, 16-25, 25-22, 25-20
    No. 25 Oregon def. Cal, 26-24, 25-19, 25-22

  44. Cindy Luis October 9, 2015 10:08 pm

    41. Greeley’s money shot has been the high lob. She has a chronic shoulder issue that will require surgery at some point, probably after her career is done. She definitely has more pop on her hits. Think it helped that she wasn’t allowed to jump on Tuesday, just defensive drills.
    42. It can be brutal here sometimes.
    Huff’s departure seems so long ago that I don’t think it’s a factor now. Manu-Olevao did a nice job when hitting right.
    We’ll see what happens Sunday. The Beach pretty banged up as well. Never good when you pull your starting libero (freshman Wilson) and have her hit right, apparently something she hasn’t done since sophomore year in high school.

  45. greenthumb October 9, 2015 10:20 pm

    #18, kinda, but it was great to hear his voice again tonight. Liked that photo he showed of him and Chris McLachlin in their spiffy tournament attire.

  46. AlexM October 9, 2015 10:49 pm

    Maybe Greeley needs to rest her body more during the week and not overuse her arm and legs. She did seem to be more dynamic and sharper than she was before her injury.

  47. jmy October 9, 2015 11:15 pm

    Wow! USC needed 5 to beat Colorado & had to come from down 0-2…interesting…

  48. warriorfan October 9, 2015 11:17 pm

    46. I agree with that, having Greeley take it easy during practice jumping and hitting wise might make her hit for a better percentage during matches.

  49. kimo browner October 9, 2015 11:22 pm

    Congrads to Kendra. distributed to all, TMO loves the high set, ditto with Greely. That one back set to Nikki late in the 3rd was so beautiful it caught CSUN with no block on their left. I would not worry too much about the middles, they will connect sooner than later. Still, there were several thunderous vertical kills, a good indicator of a juicy set. That is VB’s version of a dunk!
    TMO looked special. So happy for her.
    The team connects well w Kendra. She was digging well (#2 in digs) and was in on blocks. Great all around performance.
    BTW, in response to #42, a lot of negativity was the result of Kendra and others not playing. As much as it may be annoying to folks to read critical opine, it is equally irritating to hear sugar coating when it is undeserved.
    The team looked good tonight. They sparkled together. That is what happens when a good QB is running the team efficiently.

  50. rapid October 9, 2015 11:28 pm

    i guess i might as well address poster 16 in previous thread:

    starting with the most important one or two: i mock volleytalkers (especially when i mention them) or any poster i think would be involved with vt (because they are no worthy including you). AND ive been known cindy does not and cannot ‘close down the blog’, in fact i posted ‘knock knock’ (because nobody was posting, apparently yet) and this was way before you said somebody “claimed he never goes on VT was just there whining that Cindy locked down the blog.” that (you) sounded ridiculous right there.

    vt is rubbish and bs. i only saw it for the first time, once, 2 months ago and declared it ‘tldr’ and ‘just a bunch of bull.’

  51. rapid October 9, 2015 11:36 pm

    now about this match…

    a couple sets didnt connect between setter and middle but kendra played near flawless.

    greeley was kalei model g! she was sharp on her blows during her kills.

    tai was decisive. nikki doesnt need to be said.

    a couple ‘needs communication’ issues especially from the beginning when kendra went after balls causing savannah to stop to avoid a collision. savannah herself was an amazing flying libero. bad ref owes her a dig and possible a point.

    and na wahine shows like they are the number 1 armored (blocking) team!

  52. kimo browner October 10, 2015 12:18 am

    The top six in the nation: USC, Texas, Penn State, Nebraska, ASU and Washington will be a tough mix to crack. It is difficult to see an outlier included with this group in the final four.With the exception of Texas, the remaining five will face off with each other in conference play. That will have little impact on their ranking or regional host consideration. Texas beat Nebraska in preseason.
    It will be surprising to see a final four without 4 of these teams.
    But, that is why games are played. Parity makes for exciting play and pundit talk as reliable as tutus’ hunch.

  53. Jon October 10, 2015 5:44 am

    25-6 by UW over ASU in that first set?! Yikes!

  54. Mo-jo October 10, 2015 5:56 am

    #49. Imho watching Kendra in on a total of 14 blocks in the last three matches is a new dimension for opposing outside hitters on the left side. They have to honor her height and line shots are not given. Her higher sets to Tmo and Greeley also seems more effective than the quicker low sets that shoji mentioned she had to improve on. All in all she’s coming through like most ardent fans thought she would.

  55. H-Man October 10, 2015 12:08 pm

    The Dawgs are peaking nicely.

  56. islandman October 10, 2015 12:19 pm

    43. The 3rd set was 27-29, Colorado with the 29. How come, USC had a hard time at Colorado, except for the last two sets ? The altitude factor ?

  57. Not an Expert October 10, 2015 1:00 pm

    It is apparent with 3 games under Kendra’s belt she has a lot of upside potential. Sunday’s game will help to gauge this potential. If UH wins soundly then it will be hard to decide who should continue as the starter at setter?

  58. Cindy Luis October 10, 2015 1:53 pm

    51. sorry but can’t agree with you about the near flawless comment.
    if you were anywhere near the court you heard the coaches making it clear that the set location was off. She has says her backset are better than keeping the ball in front of her.
    but thought she played fairly well. But connection with the middles definitely need to be better.

    See new thread about my lack of internet connection Saturday

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