Hawaii finishes No. 7 in final poll, 15 in RPI


Best finish since 2011 when Wahine were No. 5.

1. Nebraska (63 votes). 2. texas. 3. Minnesota. 4. Kansas. 5. USC (1 vote)
6. Washington. 7. Hawaii. 8. Florida. 9. Penn State. 10. Wisconsin.

As for the RPI:


  1. Andrew December 21, 2015 11:59 am

    I wonder who in their right mind who even give USC a first place vote? They shouldn’t be allowed to vote anymore.

  2. Maverick December 21, 2015 12:50 pm

    1. Jason Oliver of High Point University had the exact same vote in the final poll as in the week 14 poll. Either an error or someone dropped the ball.

    In any case, #7 bodes well for UH in next year’s preseason poll, as we know it plays a big role in how teams start out the season.

  3. turfwar December 21, 2015 1:03 pm

    So who would have placed Penn State and Wisconsin at 9 and 10 after last season. Congrats to the Wahine. Mahalo for yet another very successful season. Really missed seeing the Wahine play after ending their home schedule so early. Hope next year they are given a better conference schedule.

  4. tako December 21, 2015 3:08 pm

    The Wahine had a great year!

    Let’s not be remiss and not consider that the Power 5 schools have reloaded with caliber recruits. Next year we will be facing similar obstacles. And similarly we just have to win. As Coach Shoji pointed out on the Leahy and Leahy show AM football locker room had TV sets over the urinals and at their lockers. As he pointed out we need to recruit “good” players because there are lot of them out there and develop them to become “better.”

    The bottom line for us next year is how many players are gotta come back like “Maglio?” Is Mitchem going to step up, come back stronger and quicker and become a force multiplier like we all hope? What will Sunshine Burns play like next year now that she got a taste of D1 ball? Will Nikki be able to develop her cardio to help her stay strong throughout the season? Will Mags continue her rapid development rate by increasing her verticial by 6″? I am rooting for Casey and Kalei to be vastly improved… so many unanswered questions???

  5. H-Man December 21, 2015 7:03 pm

    Congratulations to the Wahine for a very successful season. Merry Christmas to all.

  6. tongo December 21, 2015 8:19 pm

    Congrats wahines – the 7th best team in the nation – pretty darn good! Thanks for all the hard work and dedication. For us fans, it has been a lot fun watching you grow. Looking forward to next year.

    And as you hit the weights in the off-season, make sure you do your rotator cuff exercises to avoid shoulder injuries.

  7. oxtai01 December 21, 2015 8:41 pm

    Why is no one bringing up the BIGGEST liability for next season – the setter position. IF UH don’t improve in setting, they will not be any better next season.

  8. Doug December 21, 2015 9:31 pm

    congrats, miss it already.

  9. ionw December 21, 2015 9:36 pm

    wahine lucky #7 CHEEHOO!

    could of used that #15 RPI before the postseason…

    next year, wahine is to be reckoned with….

  10. max13 December 22, 2015 1:31 am

    Even more so the “final” RPI is proof that it’s a flawed system. I know we’ve talked about it enough on here, but obviously Hawaii is going to jump 12 spots because they played and beat the type of teams in NCAA play that RPI dictates it should play and beat to warrant such a ranking. Not going to make a difference next season. Watch them plummet to ~30 RPI after the first few weeks of play and we’re back having the same argument we always seem to find ourselves in. *SIGH* Anyways, proud of Na Wahine and the season they had. Tremendous progress making it to the first Elite 8 since 2009. Hoping this momentum carries on into 2016. Let’s go Bows!

  11. blunite December 22, 2015 2:29 am

    Purely nostalgic since the seniors are no longer with the teams and the chemistry of each team will change. Of more import is NCAA adoption of video replay to eliminate bad calls. Considering that Texas beat Florida on a bad call in the fifth (17-15), I would hope that does not happen to Hawaii next year. Moreover, the implementation of faster sets and offenses will level the playing field and give hope to less talented teams. I would not be surprised to see Russ Rose and Penn State join the fast lane, as their talent level is insufficient to guarantee success. Ditto Hawaii, although without reliable passing the point is moot.

  12. H-Man December 22, 2015 4:29 am

    Hawaii’s RPI at 15 is somewhat of an insult when you consider Florida is at 5, Texas A&M at 9 and Penn St at 10; all three teams the Wahine beat and the latter two were swept 3-0 by the Wahine.

  13. darkfire December 22, 2015 6:56 am

    Congratulations Wahine and staff! It would have been great to see you in the final 4, but the sweep of Penn State should have raised some eyebrows. We’ll see how next year plays out. But oh so proud of our girls for representing Hawaii particularly with all the injuries this past year. They ought to be commended and thrown a ticker tape parade. Good job Dave & staff for leading our precious flock to the Elite Eight! ;o)

    GO BOWS!

  14. Maverick December 22, 2015 12:21 pm

    If you want to see UH’s best performance of the year, again, the Penn State match is still available on replay on the WatchESPN app/ESPN3. Watched it again last night and it still was exciting and uplifting. Given we won’t have much to talk about regarding the indoor team until next summer, others may find the replay worth seeing. A good pick-me-up if you want one.

  15. Don December 23, 2015 3:48 am

    Maybe this will give us the leverage to get Nebraska to come out to Hawaii for one of the early season tourneys, instead of a spring exhibition match that has no bearing on the RPI or regular season…We played 2 SEC teams (TAMU & Florida) and 1 Big10 team (Penn St.) in 2015 and beat them all. Now its time for a Big 12 team to make the trip…

  16. Maverick December 23, 2015 5:52 am

    Why not have UH travel to play a top tier team on the road in the preseason? UH has proven it has the talent to win away from home against top 25 competition. Name of the game is to play a very high level slate of opponents in the preseason if UH has hopes of a seed next year, even if that means traveling to play a Nebraska or other top team.

  17. noblesol December 23, 2015 7:39 am

    Would like to see them travel at least once during the preseason. Done right with the right competition and venue, it can help with RPI, preparing for post-season, recruiting, and with sustaining/building its Mainland fan base. Might even generate worthwhile media coverage that could also cover expenses. Lots of transplanted Hawaii fans that would love a chance to see them, and lots of Mainlanders that might be converted into Wahine fans. Might also help garner some AVCA and NCAA goodwill.

  18. turfwar December 23, 2015 12:21 pm

    Travel sounds like a good idea but with every power 5 school able to invest more into their volleyball program than Hawaii it becomes almost foolish to travel and give up a home game that is their main source of income. The Wahine volleyball program is one of only three or so sports at UH that show a profit. They need to help the UH athletic program financially when they can, especially now.

  19. Cindy Luis December 23, 2015 5:43 pm

    agree that UH not going to give up a home tournament with 3 matches to travel to the mainland for 2. they would lose too much money.

    17. not sure how ‘worthwhile media coverage’ would generate revenue.

  20. Cindy Luis December 25, 2015 4:24 pm


    new thread up

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