Friday checkin: Practice video, beach signings


if you click on ‘practice’ link, you should get a short clip from practice. I’m not great at this.

As for beach signings, this is the official release from UH. More info than I could get into my story in today’s paper

Hawaii beach volleyball coach Jeff Hall announced the signing of six players to national letters of intent. Cyrene Hertzog, Sydney Kidd, Julia Chizanskos, Amy Ozee, Morgan Martin and Chloe Luyties will all join the Rainbow Wahine for the 2016-‘17 season.

“I am very excited about our incoming 2016 beach volleyball recruits at the University of Hawai’i,” said Jeff Hall who is in his second season with the ‘Bows. “Our program has reached national prominence and we intend to stay there long into the future with this phenomenal group of talented student-athletes. From San Diego to San Francisco, all the way to Seattle and across the archipelago on Maui we have tapped into the top juniors available and expect great things from this group. We are confident they will be positive contributors in our community, impact players on the court, and exceptional students in the classroom.”

Morgan Martin – Mission Viejo, Calif. (Capistrano Valley High School)
Won inaugural FIVB Beach Volleyball U-17 World Championship in 2014…won her age group title at the FIVB AGWC in 2014…placed 13th at the 2015 AVP Championships in Huntington Beach, Calif. and is a AAA rated player on the CBVA tour.
Hall quote: “Morgan is the top beach recruit in the nation and excels in every aspect of the game. She is a defending FIVB World Champion in her age division and has already qualified for an AVP beach tournament, playing against the best professional players in the US. There is no doubt there are great things in store for her here at UH. Simply stated, she’s a game changer.”

Amy Ozee – Makawao, Maui (Seabury Hall/Kuikahi Volleyball Club)
Aloha Volleyball Summer and Aloha Region Beach Series champion…silver medal at the 2014 Pan Pacific Tournament…seventh at the 2015 AAU West Coast Junior Olympics…four-time all-league indoor selection at Seabury Hall…top 15 finish with indoor club team at the 2015 AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships.
Hall quote: “Amy comes to UH from Seabury Hall where she was not only a standout volleyball player but she was also a state champion in the high jump. Long, lanky and silky smooth on the sand, she decided to stay home to help us in our quest to win a national title and we are so glad she did. We are looking for great things from her in the years to come.”

Cyrene Hertzog – Snohomish, Wash. (Snohomish High School/Lake Volleyball Club)
Qualified for the Junior Beach National Championships each of the last five years…won gold at the prestigious Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournament along with three other major tournaments…named the 2013 Puget Sound Beach Volleyball Player of the Year.
Hall quote: “Cyrene is an athletic and polished player with an impressive resume of wins across the region including an age division championship at the illustrious Seaside Open. Intelligent and hardworking, we look forward to the contributions Cyrene will make to our squad in 2017 and beyond.”

Chloe Luyties – San Diego, Calif. (La Jolla Senior High School/692 Beach Volleyball Club)
AAA rated in California…ranked 5th on the CBVA tour U18…1 pair for the La Jolla beach volleyball team…medaled in 13 of 16 events in 2015.
Hall quote: “Chloe has won at every level of the junior beach game in Southern California. She is AAA rated and comes from a volleyball family that knows what it takes to be the best as her Dad is 1988 Olympic Gold Medal Setter and AVP legend Ricci Luyties. No surprise that Chloe’s volleyball IQ is off the charts, we are excited to guide her growth and watch her blossom in the collegiate ranks.”

Sydney Kidd – Carlsbad, Calif. (La Costa Canyon High School/San Diego Beach Volleyball Club)
Plays at La Costa Canyon High School and played her club ball for the San Diego Beach Volleyball Club…with her club partner took home the U18 title at the 2015 CBVA championships…won several AAU junior beach volleyball events, including four junior olympic bids, and twice qualified for Pan Pacific Championships in Honolulu.
Hall quote: “Sydney is a San Diego player who emerged in recent years as a top rated junior beach player who plays with passion, intensity and skill. She was an AAU All-American and has grown into a fantastic all around beach player who promises to bring great energy and enthusiasm every time she steps on the sand at UH.”

Julia Chizanskos – Gilroy, Calif. (Archbishop Mitty High School/City Beach Volleyball Club)
Won gold at the NCVA NorCal Championships and bronze at the AAU Junior Nationals…runner-up finish at the Los Angeles Open…selected to the Best Volleyball Players of AAU in 2014.
Hall quote: “Julia is a proven winner and comes to Hawai‘i from Archbishop Mitty in Northern California where she is a two time indoor volleyball state champion. She honed her beach skills winning tournaments at the world famous Santa Cruz beach boardwalk and will be a tremendous asset to our program.”


  1. Andrew November 13, 2015 9:12 am

    Watching the Stanford – Washington match, it made me conclude that UH will probably be sent to one of those sub-regionals or somewhere like USC or UCLA.

  2. rage777 November 13, 2015 9:43 am

    Is calling a 17-18 year old female long and lanky a compliment?

  3. blunite November 13, 2015 10:04 am

    Is there a Prep Sand volleyball ranking service? If so, where do the Hawaii recruits rank?

  4. frings November 13, 2015 10:04 am


    Bring it on. When firing on all cylinders the Wahine can defeat the Dawgs, the Tree, the spoiled kids from USC or the Bears from Westwood. Hawaii will be the feared X factor come tournament time.

  5. Andrew November 13, 2015 10:07 am


    As much as I would love for UH to go up to Seattle and get revenge on the Huskies for the last few years, I think going to UCLA would be in UHs best interest.

  6. tongo November 13, 2015 10:19 am

    #1 While past does not predict the future, here are bigger named opponents that recur in our bracket for the past 8 NCAA dance – Washington (4x) and USC (5x).
    2014 Seattle Regional included Washington & Nebraska
    2013 Los Angeles Regional included Washington, USC
    2012 Nebraska Regional included Nebraska, Washington, Oregon
    2011 Honolulu Regional included Nebraska, USC
    2010 Seattle Regional included Washington, Nebraska
    2009 Stanford Regional included Stanford, USC
    2008 fort Collins Regional included USC Stanford
    2007 Honolulu Regional included UCLA, USC, Oregion

  7. mei mei November 13, 2015 10:46 am

    #4 that pretty harsh calling the Trojans “spoiled kids” –
    i’m hoping also for UH to be @ UCLA if that is the case… a revenge would be awesome!

  8. Big G November 13, 2015 11:58 am

    USA VB has beach rankings by region. Only it doesn’t include AAUs events and just the CBVA Rox tour events not all CBVA events.

  9. frings November 13, 2015 12:06 pm


    That’s what they’re politely called in mixed company here in SoCal.

    USC=University of Spoiled Children.

    Privately they’re called MUCH worse.

  10. Big Island VB fan November 13, 2015 12:16 pm

    The travel schedule is unnecessarily long and complicated. First the Wahines are sent to Davis, then Irvine, then Cal Poly and then UCSB in zigzag fashion. It would have made more sense to go to Cal Poly right after Davis, then UCSB and then Irvine without any zigzags. Why did Dave Shoji schedule such a complicated road trip?

  11. Andrew November 13, 2015 1:40 pm

    I don’t think Dave had any say in the order in which the Big West teams came on the schedule. However, he did say on the radio that in order to solve home scheduling conflicts with Basketball, they decided to be on the road rather than at home towards the end of the season, thus such long road trips.

  12. Andrew November 13, 2015 1:41 pm


  13. Cindy Luis November 13, 2015 2:14 pm

    2. I don’t see anything wrong with the description. would you prefer tall and thin?

    10. Very happy when Shoji said it on radio because it just reiterated what he said in stories I’ve written and what I’ve tried to explain numerous times on this blog.
    He traded two road trips for one, avoiding playing on Wednesdays or 1 p.m on Sundays and avoid football and basketball conflicts.
    The Big West sets the travel pairs so it was always UCD-UCI and CP-USCB

    7-8. agree. pretty mild, particularly from BruinLand.

  14. warriorfan November 13, 2015 4:31 pm

    UH announces Austin Matuatia signing, but not the other three Jackson Van Eekeren, Jack Reese and Everett Schuette , my guess is they are probably walking on.

    I’m a little surprised by Wade’s comments because I thought Kupono was the top recruit from the state just a few years ago.

  15. Cindy Luis November 13, 2015 5:03 pm

    Top 25 for Friday
    15) Florida def. Alabama 25-22, 25-23, 25-16
    22) Louisville def. Miami-FL 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23
    20) Florida State def. Notre Dame 25-18, 25-14, 25-19
    25) North Carolina def. Pittsburgh 28-26, 25-20, 25-21
    Big West
    UCSB def. Cal State Fullerton 25-15, 25-19, 14-25, 25-17

  16. Cindy Luis November 13, 2015 5:08 pm

    14. Not necessarily about the others walking on. They have a week to get in their NLI and perhaps Wade just wanted to put out the one he got since the rest of the UH teams were announcing theirs. Iosia didn’t have her signing ceremony at school until Friday (today), Sibley’s was Thursday. But both wanted to sign Wednesday on the first day and send it in.

    Here’s the link for Austin announcement.

  17. rayson November 13, 2015 8:44 pm

    14) Actually wasn’t Michael Fisher considered the top local recruit that year? Along with Fisher and Fey, Nainoa Frank was also one of the top players. Glad Frank has found his way back to UH.

  18. isles November 13, 2015 11:25 pm

    10 and 11. shoji does what shoji does. either thats by design, to battle test them or who knows. the yielding to an unsavory basketball thing was ridiculous. if i were shoji i would of told basketball to kiss my grits.

    13. lanky is defined as:
    adjective (of a person) ungracefully thin and tall.

    should of used better choice of words ie ‘slender’ rather than something ‘ungracefully’

    but oh well thats your media ‘at work’ namely the SID on UH athletics. and btw cindy since you have it repeated for SA, it becomes your work too.

  19. isles November 13, 2015 11:44 pm

    referring to previous thread, so that 4.5 scholarships are distributed however they are distributed namely it can be split between 9 players or half-scholie per each?

    monetary-wise, its not exactly players get half-off price on everything? is that what you said cindy?

    when i asked where does the other half (scholarship) go, i meant what sport in what gender is the other ‘.5 scholie’ allotted to by ncaa? (example: if baseball has ‘.5’ scholarship somewhere then thats where the other .5 went, unless the grand total of all scholarships allotted by ncaa to all sports in a school ends in a ‘.5′, which would be another reason to loathe the ncaa, sorry if thats ocd.)

    to all other posters here that seem to be trippin over iosias height:

    remember micah hancock was a 5’ 11 setter and she was devastating. it said in the link provided by maverick on previous thread that norene has a devastating jump serve too. assuming shes not left-handed already, perhaps ka can train her to be ambidextrous if yall still arent satisfied?

    perhaps should norene not redshirt, they can have her in as the second setter if tayler higgins apparently struggles again (that would be unfortunate since she would be a senior) and convert kendra koelsch into an opposite since she was a opposite/setter before UH?

  20. pokesquid November 14, 2015 4:14 am

    Damn…this what I was talking about…it seems like there is more information available for us fans to follow on the sand players than there are on the indoor players…Sometimes it seems to be a hush hush on the indoor players…Is that because of recruiting?…I know the football team did this so that other teams would not then start to recruit a certain player.

  21. islandman November 14, 2015 11:53 am

    18. British dictionary definition:
    tall, thin, and loose-jointed

  22. isles November 14, 2015 12:56 pm

    21. thats still a shoddy denotation. ‘loose-jointed’? synonymous with ‘ungraceful’.

  23. Cindy Luis November 14, 2015 2:30 pm

    19. the NCAA sets the scholarship limits. the .5 doesn’t go to another sport.
    The idea is to balance out the scholarship numbers between men and women. women have no sport that is the equivalent to football in terms of number (85). So unfortunately how the NCAA chose to do it was to cut scholarships from other men’s sports. IE. Softball has 22, baseball 11. WVB has 12, MVB 4.5. Beach has 6.
    It’s up to the coaches as to how they divide up the scholarship money. if a sport is ‘fully funded’ such as basketball, all scholarships are full rides, no dividing them up.

  24. Cindy Luis November 14, 2015 2:45 pm

    18. not sure what you’re getting at. It was a direct quote from Hall. so the SID did his job. I did not repeat it in my story because I wrote my story before UH got quotes from Hall and put out the release. I had other quotes from Hall. Merely re=pasted the UH release. “long, lanky, silky smooth on the sand.” so i see nothing wrong with the entire description.

    20. There are plenty of info out on indoor players. Some require subscriptions. Not exactly hush hush. There are no secrets when it comes to recruiting. Very hard to hide players these days, especially on the girls side with so many out-of-season tournaments like the JOs, Vegas.

  25. Cindy Luis November 14, 2015 3:01 pm

    new thread up for Saturday.

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