Friday check-in: Stanford at Hawaii
Good morning all. Still on the mainland. Won’t be monitoring the matches today and tomorrow live but will check in later.
Links for Friday are
TV: OCsports Ch. 16 ocsports.tv
Radio: 1420-AM espn1420am.com
As for the standings
UH 16-2, UCI 17-3, Pepperdine 17-4 have all clinched hosting duties for first round
USC 13-7 has clinched a playoff berth
Mathematically you have 6 teams alive for last four berths
BYU 10-8, UCSB 10-9, The Beach 10-11, Stanford 7-11, UCLA and CSUN 7-12
UCSB would have done themselves and UH a big favor if they had been able to beat UCI on Wednesday. Instead the Anteaters prevail 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 21-25, 15-6
Friday’s other matches
UCI at UCLA, BYU at CSUN, UCSD at UCSB
Stanford at UH (Warrior senior night)
BYU at CSUN, UCSD at UCLA.
I think it would be really great if Wade started Jones, Hartley and Komisarek tommorrow night, or maybe both nights and play Leung at serving sub.
Long Beach added three new players including two transfers from Marquette and Ball State , and honestly if UH added any one of those three i’d be disappointed. I think UH will be the team to beat in the Fall.
If any Warrior fans are not at the Stanley tonight and tomorrow you might want to go down to Punahou or tune in to Punavision and catch Huntington Beach High School in the Battle of the Titans which features a couple of incoming Warriors. James Anastassiades 6’4″ OH and Ben Vaught 6’4″ Opp. Huntington by the way is on a 86 game winning streak. They match up with Punahou tonight.
3. How unfortunate that it will be on at the same time as the warriors/stanford match.
If anyone watches, would appreciate how Vaught looks.
Also hope Delfaco transfers to UH after next year lol
4. It will be streamed and archived on the punavision youtube channel. No biggie, you can watch it later.
#1 warriorfan, I’m surprised at your sentimentality. UH should not take Stanford lightly. Look at what happened to BYU when they played Stanford. It actually makes me nervous for all the senior night festivities that the guys will be distracted. The Warriors have to stay focused and quickly take out Stanford. Stay the course. A mistake this weekend could cost UH a chance to play in the NCAA tourney. Take care of business and then do the warm fuzzy stuff. Go Bows!
6. It’s not like Jones, Hartley and Komisarek are not good players. Hartley has had amazing matches this season. Jones has responded well when called upon. And Komisarek is a solid libero. Leung has always played, regardless of the quality of opponents.
UH played ok, I think if they play better they will sweep tomorrow much easier.
Siki is really hitting well which is great to see, he will need to be big for UH in the post season.
6. Seriously? hartley is probably better than Fey, especially offensively. Smith is just as good a setter as Jennings just not as good a blocker. Maybe just keep Kanetake at starter, although Komosarik is not chopped liver.
Wow. Setter Franciskovic leads the team with 8 blocks. Pretty impressive. Add to that, Kolby with 15 digs and Siki crushing it. Very special team. Not many teams can say so many different guys contribute to their success. And, compared to most other D1 teams, the bench has gotten significantly more opportunities through out the season to contribute Definitely a formula for success. Props to the coaching staff also. This team can win it all. Now, let’s come out strong tomorrow, send Stanford home early, and then celebrate the Seniors.
Watching Punahou and Huntington Beach now.
I don’t think Anastassiades played. Vaught reminds me of a left handed Brook Sedore, just takes all the garbage sets and makes the most of it.
Too bad we didn’t get Defalco ( he has Taylor Sander like hopes and swing but he is a little error prone) and Gus Tuaniga’s younger brother ( although he’s not nearly the athlete Jennings is).
I think Long Beach got lucky they both have been playing for Alan Knipes club team since they were 12.
Baby G’s little brother got to play as well.
From punahou I liked Yogi the libero, and Clay Stanley’s younger brother might develop into a nice player but not there yet.
I hope Vaught and Anastassiades ( and the rest of the oilers) are able to get to the UH senior night tomorrow. They play HBA at 5 pm, so might be hard.
#9. Hartley and Fey offer different strengths as an OH. Fey more control, Hartley more power. IMO Both are very talented in their own right. Hartley, unfortunately struggled some against SD and UCLA much like Fey struggled in some of the matches before. Could make an argument for either to start. Right now Fey is making his own case. Its a very different story at the libero and setter position. The SD matches exposed some of Komisarek’s weaknesses with platform passing. Kolby is the stronger all-around libero. Regarding setting, Franciskovic is definitely the stronger setter (as the UH coaches have said in many interviews). Jones is a goofy guy who brings lots of energy, but runs a very basic, much slower offense. That has worked in UH’s favor in a couple of situations when the team was flat and the hitters were moving slow. But it most likely wouldn’t work against the top teams. You need the all around game play and game strategy that Franciskovic provides. Ultimately, hitters get all the glory, but Kolby and Jennings are a big reason the Warriors are on top. And, to repeat my previous point, UH just needs stay focused and take care of business at this stage of the season.
13. Nobody is questioning that Hartley, Komisarek and Jones are better than Fey, Kanetake and Franciscovic. There’s a reason the latter are starters, although as you said, a case could be made for Hartley as a starter. The point was that since it’s senior night, it might be possible to start Hartley, Komisarek and Jones because, after all, they aren’t bad players at all.
Wahine defeat Long Beach St. 4-2
Nevermind guess USA Volleyball twitter was wrong. Wahine won 3-2 according to the wahine’s twitter.
watching the telecast of BYU vs CSUN, and boy am I glad that the coverage announcers of Hawaii are the way they are. The CSUN color commentary is just stating the name of the players and does not have much insight into the plays or even mention the type of plays it is besides mentioning who gets an assist and who serves, etc.
On the plus side though, their camera angles are not bad
BYU able to overcome an early 4 point deficit in set 2 and despite numerous serving errors come back and steal the set with 2 blocks at the end. passing is not a strong suit with both teams.
CSUN does not convert on the out of system plays and runs a very predictable offense due to passing way off the net
Set 1 26-24 BYU
Set 2 25-23 BYU
wonder how UH will handle the serves/serve receive when in the high altitudes of the BYU gym. So far it seems like if you stop Matt Underwood and Sanders, you stop BYU
5. Chink: Mahalo for the reminder that it’ll be available on Punavision.
that was a very dominating performance by the Warriors and I’m sure and exceedingly memorable senior night esp for Brook. Congrats to Brook and the seniors and to all the Warriors! IMUA! Let’s go for another 2 more.
The match was pretty lopsided but the Stanford seniors received a classy reception from the fans. If the attendance last night is any guide, the MPSF quarterfinal match should be pretty loud. Let’s Go Bows! Beat BYU … twice!
Warriors get commit from Austin Matautia.
new thread up for Sunday
Thanks for all the help while i was gone.