Hawaii drops to No. 11 in AVCA poll

Somewhat interesting, I think. UH trades places with Lewis at 10 and 11. Perhaps the voters are waiting to see how real Hawaii is when they hit the road for the first time. Frankly, I don’t get it. They split with Long Beach. the 49ers are No. 6 and did get a big 5-set win over former No. 1 Pepperdine Friday

Loyola-Chicago and UCLA tied for No. 1. Last week’s No. 1, Pepperdine, falls to 3. BYU 4, USC 5.



  1. Warriorfan January 27, 2014 10:31 am

    Ugh, seriously coaches who has lewis beaten of worth??

  2. rayson January 27, 2014 10:59 am

    1. Lewis is still riding their early win over BYU but I don’t see how beating Harvard and Sacred Hearts this past week justifies bumping them up over Hawaii.

  3. jm2375 January 27, 2014 11:15 am

    Is Loyola really that good?

  4. Tiki808 January 27, 2014 11:51 am

    It is really good to see Hawai’i will have a chance for the MPSF crown and then national contention. At #11 ranked, they still got enough room to mix it up and see if they can move up to number 4 or 5 by season’s ending game. It looks good for them.

  5. Cindy Luis January 27, 2014 12:02 pm

    The poll is meaningless. it’s 16 coaches voting. What will determine them advancing to postseason is where they finish in the league. On that note, I do think they are a playoff team.

  6. Cindy Luis January 27, 2014 12:06 pm

    3. all the coaches I’ve spoken with say yes on the Ramblers.

  7. Cindy Luis January 27, 2014 12:10 pm

    2. agree. We’ll see what happens with BYU when the Cougars head to Pepperdine this week.
    BYU on the road for its next five matches.

  8. Tryouts January 27, 2014 12:47 pm

    a) I say that Pepperdine is one of three teams to beat this season. I’d be surprised if BYU wins this weekend.

    2) Loyola Chicago and UCLA are ‘automatic’ on the six-team tourney this 2014 (along with Penn State, of course). Their 7ft. Bruin is likely one of two legit. POY candidates this season.

    c) I like Kanetake a lot. Joby is short; this I do not like. If Ramos can speed up the offense just a tad, BION it’ll compensate for his lack of height. He needs to keep the opposition constantly “guessing” (setting, blocking, dumping, etc.) with his mere 6ft. quickness.

    4) The men’s game is now allowed two liberos (in the NCAA?) and I’d like to see Jennings developed, setting, with Ramos playing stellar *down the line* defense, at specialist.

  9. Cindy Luis January 27, 2014 1:42 pm

    I don’t think UCLA is automatic. The MPSF is very tough.
    Yes, they allow 2 liberos. they are developing Franciscovic as the second setter. Are you suggesting Ramos as the second L?

  10. hanabuta January 27, 2014 3:03 pm

    I want the women’s game to have two liberos as well.

  11. Ron January 27, 2014 4:34 pm

    Our last 6 matches at home should be epic. UCLA, UCI, and then BYU. I like our chances if Wade continues to develop the new young gifted players he has recruited. I missed my first match in many years Sun. but Tiff did a great job of helping me get the feel of the action through his words eye description.

  12. Cindy Luis January 27, 2014 4:53 pm

    agree Ron. a very exciting end to the regular season.
    They should have West back, which will help, although I think Holt’s done a really nice job.
    I will pass along the kind words to my son.

  13. Warriorfan January 27, 2014 5:57 pm

    Loyola is over rated, I believe that win over BYU was a fluke (first match of the season), UC irvine isn’t that good and they barely beat them in 5, and they got beat pretty handily by USC.

  14. vbfan4life January 27, 2014 8:16 pm

    although I too don’t get why we are dropping though we are winning, perhaps this will fuel our warriors discontent and get them fired up to prove all the other coaches wrong and win on the road

  15. Tryouts January 28, 2014 7:36 am

    Under any other circumstances, I’d have to go with my druthers:
    UCLA, Pepperdine, Long Beach State, Stanford, Loyola Chicago (based upon returnees/Sr’s), and Penn State (always the automatic berth) for this years NCAA MVB final-tourney.

    Yet as I can foretell, the Conference Carolinas champ is currently a crap shoot for advancement; only two will make it outta the MPSF; Penn State is a given; and although Loyola will end up being the regular season winners of the MIVA, I see them as part of an upset in their conference tourney by Ohio State (who’s led very well by a storied coach).

    In the end I’lll go with UCLA, Pepperdine, Ohio State, Loyola Chicago, Mount Olive? and Penn State.

    I do think that Ramos has got a specialty at digging/ball control however.

    I also really think that Tiegs MUST be paired up correctly, in Beach, to be a repeat All-American this season.

  16. Tiki808 January 28, 2014 9:41 pm

    Nick West and Taylor will have to play well together to advance UH’s team to higher ranking.

  17. Tryouts January 29, 2014 9:39 am

    I would like to see Holt continue on at MB2. It would appear as though C.W. has his heart set upon Taylor A. being MB1.

    West is the same age (as Davis), they’re both as lanky as all get-out, and Holt is 6’9″ supposedly.

    West continues to sport those sideburns. I’ve not generally been a fan of those. 😉

  18. Kaleiboy January 29, 2014 11:38 am

    Cindy, are the Big West Men’s VB schools still thinking about leaving the MPSF? To start as the BW?

  19. Cindy Luis January 29, 2014 6:44 pm

    Don’t remember that being the discussion since the Big West runs the MPSF.
    Think the discussion was about the PacWest adding men’s volleyball.

  20. karmady January 30, 2014 4:52 pm

    I love this team, and I think one of the big differences could be Milan Zarkovic’s international experience, not to mention being a year older and more experienced. Kanetake is doing a great job filling Matt Cheape’s shoes, and it really seems they ‘click’ better. Loved Jace Olsen’s quote today in the paper, too, about playing with your best friends. GO BOWS! All the way to Chicago!!

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