Finally in Des Moines, Warriors at No. 7 in preseason poll

Downright balmy 35 when landing, up to 44.

Team got in yesterday, oddly routed through atlanta.
They are at study hall then lunch. They have practice later this afternoon at Drake.

The really random thing was pulling over to check directions to hotel and having a guy tap on the window. It was Shoji out for jog.

Will be back later. Will try to shoot stuff from practice.


  1. islandman December 9, 2015 8:11 am

    Dave out for a jog ?

  2. doug December 9, 2015 8:58 am

    Hope Mitchem is taking care of her school.

  3. Ron December 9, 2015 9:16 am

    I know what happens this week in Iowa is our #1 concern. That being said, what happens with Annie is crucial for next year. Dave gave her a free trip to see her parents even though he knew she was not ready to help the team yet. She is now back in Hawaii taking care of school and rehabilitating. She will be a 6 position player next year which will really help with substitution patterns. We will have 5 really good defensive specialist we can call on. Annie could be the key to a dynasty in the making. O.K. That might be too dramatic! Go Bows!

  4. Cubicle1126 December 9, 2015 10:31 am

    routed through atlanta? was a psu fan in charge of booking hawaii’s flight plan?


  5. tongo December 9, 2015 11:36 am

    #3 Yeah, my thoughts completely. Mitchem is so multi-skilled and physically gifted that she can be either the starting MH or OH – or both. Annie will play a very important role next year if the team is to succeed. Hopefully, all is going well with her school work and other necessary requirements. At the end of day, Annie needs to understand and have the maturity to make school work her highest priority – and then volleyball. Wishing her the best.

  6. greenthumb December 9, 2015 11:49 am

    Count me in Camp Tai. You can’t teach or build heart. It has to come from within. Does that mean she never gets subbed for? Nope. Shoji did so in the sub-regional and that helped her see the whole game and come back in with more overall scope.

    I am guessing most of us are long enough past age 21-22 that it is hard remember what it was like at that age to have responsibility and feel like you must live up to it and do not allow yourself to say “I’m only human, I will do my best and push myself but I am not perfect and I cannot bear the burden alone.”

    I don’t know her or any of the other players and yet it is so obvious to me that they look to her as a rock and a centering force. It’s all there in the body language. Something to think back on is TMO’s comment earlier this year that NT had said she (TMO) is stronger/has more abilities than she is aware of. As well as her repeated statements of gratitude to be playing for UH.

  7. Jay December 9, 2015 12:16 pm

    Maybe I missed it in a previous string but will the wahine game against penn going to be shown on TV?

  8. tongo December 9, 2015 1:07 pm

    #6 Agree, playing Tai is a moot point as she is the starter and essential part of team chemistry. My only comment about her play is that Tai is trying to play almost too perfectly and playing more aggressive than she needs to be, which most often leads to unnecessary mistakes and resulting unearned points to the opponent. IMO, Tai needs to play relax so that the mind can come into play to help make the right shots – just like Kalei. Tai plays best when she is smiling.

    PSU has lost 5 matches this year and much of those losses have been attributed to ball control. We have real chance to win but it requires steady high level play, understanding it is going to be a point for point slug fest for long periods, and playing to win the war of attrition. To me, this match will come down to a game of attrition – which team wears the other team down. If wahines can keep play at a high level and continue on-going serving pressure, PSU’s ball control errors will likely appear soon or later degrading their offense and causing them to falter.

  9. H-Man December 9, 2015 1:37 pm

    Cindy, would you happen to know why the’ web site does not (has not yet) list a GameTracker option for this Friday’s match? I can pick up the GameTracker option at the official Penn State Women’s Volleyball web site, so it’s not a problem. I just find it unusual that UH Athletics does not (yet) list this option. Perhaps, they will add it prior to the start of the match.

  10. darkfire December 9, 2015 1:57 pm

    Regressing to previous thread.
    ionw, bleachercoach

    I have the Saturday paper with Keolsch & Granato, but I can only make a black & white PDF of that page. Don’t know how to share it. Any suggestions? Would be glad to mail it if Cindy can’t post it.

  11. Aloha73g December 9, 2015 2:12 pm

    I think this is the picture people are asking for. I found it on VT. If not, that thread is a great resource for all articles and photos related to the 2015 season.


  12. Aloha73g December 9, 2015 2:14 pm

    The photo’s caption:
    With the game hanging in the balance, Wahine players, Kendra Koelsch, inset left, hugged McKenna Granato.

  13. menehune December 9, 2015 3:04 pm

    How cool that the Wahine team is practicing at Drake. My son-in-law is a Phd Professor at Drake University and has taught there since 1995. He and my daughter are both El Camino HS graduates in Oceanside and their home in Des Moines is only three blocks from DrakeU.

    They’ll be at the game against PSU with their two sons and their UH sweatshirts and hats. They are both athletes, my son in law played football, baseball and wrestled; my daughter was an All Conference setter and was on the track team as a sprinter and long jumper.

    Maybe they can seek out Cindy and tell them that “menehune” is their Dad on Volley Shots.

    Wishing our ladies good luck and thanking them for this wonderful, exhilarating
    ride…two down, four to go.


  14. tongo December 9, 2015 3:35 pm

    #12 Wow, so totally cool. Oceanside is really nice and a great place to raise kids.

  15. setaone December 9, 2015 3:53 pm

    Question regarding expenses picked up by the NCAA…..

    Since Hawaii is in the unique situation where they couldn’t go home and then back out for regionals, is the NCAA picking up ALL costs associated with them staying on the mainland for the entire week? I hope so.

    I’m sure that LMU was able to go home, stay in their own beds for at least a few days and then head to San Diego.

    I do recall that the NCAA will only pay up to the night/morning after a team loses. So if a team loses on Friday and wants to stay through the regional finals, that second day is paid for by the school.

  16. Cindy Luis December 9, 2015 4:02 pm

    1. Shoji remains very athletic and since he he couldn’t go surf or SUP, he was out jogging/walking. didn’t realize i written job, not jog. thanks for the catch.

    2. it’s why she went back to take care of classes Team manager Ilima couldn’t make it to TAMU because she had an oral exam. She is here now.

    3. They brought her hoping she’d be cleared to more fully practice and perhaps be cleared to play. since neither happened she went back to finish classes.

  17. Cindy Luis December 9, 2015 4:12 pm

    4. Travel done that way because they wanted to keep the team together.
    If they had gone, say, DFW to DSM plane very small. Was on one today.

    5. no one said she was failing classes. of course she understands the importance of the classroom. Not sure why you’re questioning her maturity.

    8. nope, don’t know why. I’m sure Kara will take care of it.

    12. tell them to drop by. plenty of people did at TAMU.

    14. yes, the NCAA picks up the expenses. No, if a team loses and wants to stay for whatever reason, school pays for it.
    nothing new for some teams to get to stay home, sleep in own beds. SC and LMU both when heading to USD. Texas home for subregional and region. UW last year as well.

  18. Cindy Luis December 9, 2015 4:23 pm

    From UH today
    One season removed from a 24-win season and appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 13 years, the University of Hawai‘i men’s volleyball team was picked No. 7 in the preseason 2016 AVCA Top 15 Coaches Poll.

    BYU was voted No. 1 followed by UC Irvine, Loyola-Chicago, Long Beach State, UCLA, Ohio State, UH, Lewis, UC Santa Barbara, and Penn State. Rounding out the Top 15 were Pepperdine, Southern California, Stanford, and Ball State and George Mason (t-15th).

  19. WaWa December 9, 2015 5:18 pm

    12.- It’s always great to have have fans local to the area cheering on our Wahine. Thank you for sharing with Cindy and the rest of us. I, as well, am a transplant and enjoy meeting people at UH events. What are your folks’ ties to the islands if I may ask?

  20. menehune December 9, 2015 6:18 pm

    #13 tongo. Yes, Oceanside (also home to Wahine Castillo) is a really great place to live and raise a family. In one day, you can go surfing, skiing, play tourist in Mexico and we’re only two hours from L. A. and five from Vegas, where we’ll go next month to celebrate our 59th wedding anniversary.

    #18 WaWa. No problem. Born and raised in Ypahu, joined USMC right out of high school in 1955, retired after 26+ years & 17 from USPS. Yes, I’m a triple dipper and really enjoying our golden years and are also fervent fans of Wahine vball. I’m also a Klummer, played in Klum Gym while on the USMC vball team in a tournament sponsored by UH back in 1965. Still get plenty ohana back in the Islands.

  21. roofer68 December 9, 2015 7:37 pm

    I guess I’m a Klummer, playing pick up basketball after classes in 1960. The only two structures there in the quarry besides Klum Gym that I can recall was the ROTC and dance hall.

    To answer a question on the announcers for the Regional, it’s Cara Capuano and Maria Taylor. Who’s Capuano?

  22. Maverick December 9, 2015 7:41 pm


    She’s academically accomplished.

  23. A View From Afar December 9, 2015 8:00 pm

    #12 Glad your ohana can make it to the game. I saw the show on the Food Network where the Aloha Plate truck won season 4 of “The Great Food Truck Race”. One of the big reasons for that win was that people from the great Hawaiian diaspora (people with Hawaii ties or just Hawaiians at heart) would show up where ever the trucks stopped and supported Aloha Plate. Hopefully a similar thing will happen on Friday for the PSU match. That match will be a huge challenge and Na Wahine will need to super focused and bring their A++ game. Having UH fans in the stands might help make the difference. If you can attend and cheer on Na Wahine, please do so; you might be witnessing history.

  24. warriorfan December 9, 2015 8:17 pm

    20. I was hoping for Anne Marie Taylor or Karch, but Capuano is good and Maria Taylor isn’t bad.

  25. Al December 9, 2015 8:24 pm

    Some comments on Hawaii by PSU:

  26. hollycow December 9, 2015 8:31 pm

    Capuano and Taylor. My personal issue is 50/50 with the comments on the two teams. Unlike the TAMU twosome when I used the mute when watching the replay.

  27. noblesol December 10, 2015 4:28 am

    Link to OMG blog report:
    Well done!
    Also, video postings up on
    Good use of social media.

  28. noblesol December 10, 2015 5:54 am

    I’ve updated an Excel spreadsheet on my OneDrive site with Avg. Home Attendance in 2015. The spreadsheet can be sorted by team, conference, AVCA ranking (1-35), AVCA votes, RPI ranking, seeding, exit round, record, etc.

    Regarding the Avg. Home Attendance numbers, they include the sub-regional rounds. The attendance numbers are probably reported as tickets sold, not turnstile. Some attendance breakdowns for 2015:
    – Avg. Att. of the AVCA Ranked (1-35) = 2,224
    – Median Att. of the AVCA Ranked (1-35) = 1,818 (the number in the middle of the set)

    – Avg. Att. of the Seeded teams (1-16) = 2,751
    – Median Att. of the Seeded teams (1-16) = 1,964

    – Avg. Att. of all DIV I WVB teams (1-334) = 636
    – Median Att. of all DIV I WVB teams (1-334) = 381

  29. Cindy Luis December 10, 2015 6:02 am

    Menehune heard from your daughter. think she’s coming to open practice today.
    Thanks for putting up the links to UH social media. Came back from practice, wrote story and crashed. long day. took me 16 hours to get from LAX to here with layovers.

  30. Cindy Luis December 10, 2015 6:28 am

    Thanks for the spread sheet.
    new thread up for Thursday

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