Wahine VB: Day 9 recap

Had a nice chat with Passi before practice for a feature that will run Friday.

Guess I have to do a Fluff Alert.

Anyway, coaches and players seem very happy about the progress being made. The various lineups looked good and they did, as Shoji has promised, a lot of 3-meter attacks.

All OHs hitting from both LS and RS. Greeley has a really sharp angle cut shot from the left. Magill continues to impress with how quickly she gets up on a ball.

Huff continues to improve and could be a force on the right.

Liberos/DSs all look good, freshmen look ready to contribute. But you never know when the lights go on.

Mentioned on another thread … Taylor will return when she is cleared to return. She has been in a lot of pain from some of the treatments but was in a very good mood today so hoping that’s a good sign.

Team is off in the morning, doing some lifting. They’ll be back at it Wednesday afternoon.

The arena is still undergoing renovation. They’re re-doing the concrete concourses. Supposed to be finished by Friday.


  1. volleyballfan August 19, 2014 11:14 pm

    Cindy, what in the world is a “fluff alert”?

    I would not hold my breath concerning the concourse renovation being completed by Friday. This is UH that you are talking about, nothing is completed on time. Would not surprise me if some of the concourses are off limits, due to ongoing renovation come next weekend.

  2. Russ August 20, 2014 1:05 am

    uhfan mahalo for the YouTube links. It’s hard to follow the Wahine here in the Philippines so I appreciate the links. Cindy mahalo for the Volleyshots Blog. You must be very busy now that Ann has retired. For those of you who are there, please support the team if you can by joining the booster club. You can also help with the postgame meals and its a lot of fun meeting the team and families. I miss the matches, the atmosphere at the SSC, the band and the fans. Lucky you live Hawaii!

  3. warriorfan August 20, 2014 1:15 am

    I am very excited about all the freshmen, it sounds like none will redshirt and all could be seeing court time in some capacity this year.

    BTW noticed Cindy’s article on Guinasso and Koelsch is up at NCAA.com, pretty cool.

  4. warriorfan August 20, 2014 1:36 am

    That was a great video on the OH’s, Nikki is so well spoken.
    Some things I noticed from this video ,
    1. Ginger had an absolute bomb from the back row . Hope she can do that in actual matches.
    2. Maglio looks huge, easily taller than the 6′ 2 she is listed at, she looks about 6’4,
    3. Olivia had her head OVER the net when she blocks, wow, if she connects with the setters well, she will be unstoppable.
    4. Kendra’s sets are very nice.
    5. Was that Scott Wong playing on Kendra, Emily and Megan’s side??

  5. LC August 20, 2014 7:09 am

    Fluff is a good thing it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

  6. Cindy Luis August 20, 2014 7:48 am

    1. in reference to LC calling my story on Guinasso and Koelsch ‘fluff.’
    Rich Sheriff is on them to finish but not holding my breath either.
    2. You’re welcome. you can also find links through uhathletics.com in case you missed links here.
    Ann’s retirement changes things for me from the last four years. I was the beat writer since 1981 for the Star-Bulletin but then took over other things when the papers ‘merged.’ Biggest change this year is no more live blogging from the arena during matches. I will be on deadline and priority is the print story.
    Yes, said last week no one was likely to redshirt.
    3. Thanks for noticing. Was told by UH that the NCAA wanted to put up my article. Told them they needed to credit the paper it was posted.
    4. Ginger has that shot, she just needs to be more consistent with it to stay in the lineup.
    The heights are what they were measured at when practice started. It’s a pretty tall front line at times.
    Magill touches 10-6/10-7. She has hops.
    Koelsch is working hard on set location. I’ve been impressed with her growth.
    Yes that was Wong playing. He and James Ka are being used in practice. Being left-handed, Ka gives a different look for blockers to practice against.

  7. scrooge August 20, 2014 8:15 am

    If Scott Wong is 6’5″, then Maglio is not 6’4″

  8. setaone August 20, 2014 8:27 am

    How are the setters looking, in terms of setting the ball? Has one moved ahead of the other or are they pretty even?

    Also….how do I keep my “name” filled out in the comment section?

  9. Ron August 20, 2014 9:20 am

    My season tickets arrived Tues. I really appreciate the daily feedback you provide regarding the team. I also enjoy the other bloggers takes, even the sarcastic ones. Hope to watch the scrimmage on Sat.

  10. Cindy Luis August 20, 2014 9:33 am

    8. they are both progressing. I think Higgins will get the nod to set because of her experience. But Koelsch has quite the upside and is a very good blocker.
    sorry, not sure how to keep your name in the comment section.

  11. rage777 August 20, 2014 9:41 am

    8. To keep your name in the comment section, you need to have cookies enabled. If you have a private setting, then usually the cookies get deleted after you close the window or browser.

  12. Cindy Luis August 20, 2014 9:47 am

    8. thank you

  13. vballfreak808 August 20, 2014 11:17 am

    Matches at Fullerton, Irvine, and Long Beach will be on ESPN3

  14. LC August 20, 2014 11:21 am

    Match at CSUN is on Fox Sports Prime Ticket I forget what station it is here.

  15. Cindy Luis August 20, 2014 11:21 am

    thanks. had only seen the one that will be on PrimeTicket.

  16. Warriorfan August 20, 2014 11:28 am

    That’s great that four out of the 7 road matches will be viewable. Some of the livestreams for these big west teams are just terrible.

  17. Ki August 20, 2014 12:15 pm

    Exposure is great for recruiting. Hope they have a great showing.

  18. warriorfan August 20, 2014 1:43 pm

    7 . I wasn’t judging by Wong, I have always figured he was much taller than his listed playing height anyway.
    But Maglio looks taller than 6′ 3 Huff. and clearly has a few inches on 6′ 1 Koelsch.

  19. scrooge August 20, 2014 2:31 pm

    I already pointed out a few threads back that there is a noticeable height difference b/w Greeley and Maglio both listed at 6’2… and that Maglio looked taller than Huff. Believe Huff is 6’2″ and Maglio is 6’3.

  20. scrooge August 20, 2014 2:38 pm

    18. Never known a guy (in sports) who stated they were shorter than there actual height. Usually its the opposite. But I guess since you ‘figure’.. its a fact.

  21. Kazu August 20, 2014 2:42 pm

    6. Why does the paper get the credit with the article you wrote? Are you just being nice? Love that article. That’s a bummer no more live blogging.

  22. Cubicle1126 August 20, 2014 3:03 pm

    finally got to see the outlook video on the OHs:

    -how about that pick up by mendoza! she came flying in behind the block to pick up the tip shot.

    -huff looks good taking swings on the left. i wish there were clips of her hitting on the right. like taylor last year, huff might be worth the investment of getting her in there to play often and early in the season. it’s an investment that could pay off by the end of the season.

    -that said … higgins soft-blocking huff’s shots … bodes well for higgins that she can get up and at least bother opposing hitters.

    -long had a great kill at the end there, but earlier when she had front row duties, she was a liability blocking. maglio (it looked liked) went right over long on the slide to end one of the earlier rallies on the clip.

    -scott wong … tsk tsk … out of position on defense on long’s back row spike to end that last play … lol 😉

  23. LC August 20, 2014 3:23 pm

    Live blogging rules are aimed at the media the average Joe blow sitting in the stands with a smartphone or tablet can I do whatever they want to do. They don’t know if you are there or at home watching it on TV.

  24. mauna August 20, 2014 3:38 pm

    adding to Cubi’s comments from the OH video:
    Huff is looking good for being thrown into the mix for outside. She may turn out to be another Hartong, athletic and with almost the same mindset, to be the best that she can be. She had said that with the top coaching of Shoji and staff, pro volley maybe in her future. The switch to outside in her first year will be a good thing for her and the team.
    On Higgins, it was mentioned last year that by the time she’s a senior her right side blocking will be outstanding for a 5’9 setter.

  25. Cindy Luis August 20, 2014 3:46 pm

    What I am saying is I won’t have time to do the live stuff as I have the past 4 years or so

  26. Cindy Luis August 20, 2014 3:48 pm

    14 see new tread about PT match

  27. Cindy Luis August 20, 2014 3:52 pm

    21 they were supposed to use my byline Haven’t checked the site

  28. islandman August 20, 2014 4:35 pm

    27. Your name appears on the article on ncaa.com :
    Cindy Luis | The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
    Last Updated – Aug 19, 2014 15:25 EDT

  29. mauna August 20, 2014 4:47 pm

    a short background on Nikki, since it has been mentioned on this blog and on OC16 about her being well spoken. At Kaiser High, Nikki was active on stage and doing a Shakespeare play. Speaking and choosing her words well in front of an audience or in the case now, videos or live television broadcasts seems to come very comfortable and easy for her.

  30. Cindy Luis August 20, 2014 9:17 pm

    28. thanks for checking for me.
    29. She is well-spoken and very sweet.

  31. Cubicle1126 August 20, 2014 9:55 pm

    who made the rule that there’s no more live blogging at the arena? is it the arena/school’s rule? or, Cindy, do you mean that you are just going to refrain from doing it, so that you can focus on getting ur story done? i agree it’s hard enough to getting everything you need for your story, and having to do stuff on social media makes it tougher.

  32. Cindy Luis August 20, 2014 11:18 pm

    There is no rule.
    I wrote: Biggest change this year is no more live blogging from the arena during matches. I will be on deadline and priority is the print story:
    Meaning that I won’t have time to do live updates on the blog as I have done the past few years. And don’t know how soon after I’ll get to a match recap. it depends what the deadline is, when the match is over and how much they want me to write.

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