Hawaii up to No. 11, no Big West weekly honors


Top five remain the same: Penn State, Texas, USC, Nebraska, Florida.

Helping everyone move up was Wisconsin dropping from 11 to 16.

The Beach breaks through at 25.


  1. tongo September 21, 2015 9:44 am

    As Ron said previously, it is now kind of getting fun and enjoyable to watch Tai play again. I see a more relaxed player as oppose to the previous overtly intense and “trying too hard” player that seemingly looked compelled to hit every shot, as hard as she can, often mindlessly, directly into a block. I see change – as shot selection and placement are now trumping raw aggression. Tai is laughing and talking more to others, especially Nikki, which appears to help Tai snap back into a more relaxed mindset, that is so necessary to play well. Does Cesar Millan of the syndicated Dog Whisperer Show, work with volleyball players?

  2. Cindy Luis September 21, 2015 10:14 am

    I have seen a new maturity in her as well. Feel she has embraced her role as a senior leader and definitely has begun to talk more on the court in matches and in practices. The team has always seen her as a leader but now she is showing to those on the outside. Self-doubt has crept in at times and that is when you see things getting forced. No Cesar sightings but team does have motivational speakers in pregame.

  3. Vee September 21, 2015 10:35 am

    Sadly, I had to miss the Alumnae Match, first time in years. Any videos?

  4. Cindy Luis September 21, 2015 11:01 am

    3. probably not. you might check with Marilyn Moniz-Kaho’ohanohano. I know that UH had a student doing some video interviews after

  5. Cindy Luis September 21, 2015 11:03 am

    No Big West weekly honors for Hawaii this week
    POW and DOW to The Beach players, FOW to UCI’s Kekauoha.

    Taylor nominated for POW, Kahakai for DOW.

  6. bleachercoach September 21, 2015 11:44 am

    Great for Hawaii to be #11….and Long Beach #25..
    That match here and away will be toughest one as always! Now, Cal Poly may be the other surprise team…They beat 2 common opponents Hawaii beat (San Diego St. 3-0) , (Idaho 3-1)…They list to Baylor (2-3) and LMU (1-3), the same way UCLA lost…Their other lost was to Portland who gets into the NCAA’s often…UC Davis and UC Irvine are also pretty good….Although UCSB not doing as well they always seem to give Hawaii fits…CSUN always is tough to play at their place….Hawaii has lost there two seasons in the row….I think getting to see high level teams like UCLA and Florida got to test if we could raise the bar…Playing the Eastern Washington and Cal St. Bakersfield showed we have to keep that intensity and skill level high because these David’s will upset the Goliath’s…Let the BIG West begin….it will be a very interesting year indeed! Let’s do it!

  7. mauna September 21, 2015 12:20 pm

    I guess it’s OK to have a really bad match and still win the POW. Barber against UCLA hit minus .047, 10-12-43.

  8. AlexM September 21, 2015 12:30 pm

    I think what has really helped Tai with her overall game has been switching to a standing serve. She has only missed a few serves since the switch and because of that, she is more relaxed and confident when playing the backrow.

  9. islandman September 21, 2015 1:12 pm

    3…. There is a group picture of the alumni at the link. OC Sports showed a short clip of the game in the post game show, but i can’t find it. It showed or mentioned the Duggin sisters, Sarah Mason, Courtney Lelepali, Robyn, Marilyn Moniz, etc. Scott Robbs said a lot or most of the alumni that attended didn’t play in the game.


  10. connor September 21, 2015 2:07 pm

    Cindy: in the post game, did Dave talk at all about the large amount of service errors? we did get a lot of aces (7) but does he feel that it makes up for 11 service errors (8 from higgins and taylor with their jump serves, so that may be the risk in getting the aces)?

  11. OrbitalRipZ September 21, 2015 2:15 pm

    From the WHO CARES Department:

    Correction to my 7 undefeated list in yesterday’s post: #7 Arizona State is 11-0, not 10-0, after a 3-2 win over then #6 and now #9 Illinois … Surprised Missouri was not listed among the AVCA Poll’s “others receiving votes” as they are 1 of the 7 undefeateds (and should remain so this week as they don’t play #5 Florida until the 30th) … Even undefeated San Francisco came in at #36 but face a reality check when they host #10 BYU this Thursday.

    Let the Conference Season begin! Go Bows!

  12. Maverick September 21, 2015 3:29 pm

    On the estimated RPI front: UH opponents UCLA and Florida are 1, 2 in one published calculation. Bakersfield is 195, so that’s almost a wash. UH was at 9 last week, now at 20, unsurprisingly.

  13. Cindy Luis September 21, 2015 5:00 pm

    Alumnae played four on four. couple of them came late, a couple of them said their knees wouldn’t let them play. Couple of them ended up as Designated Servers. their side had five on serve then the server ran off.
    The Duggins sisters did a little trash talking through the net. Lauren targeted Elise on serve. it was funny.
    Lelepali set one side, Ah Mow-Santos the other.

    As for the SE, nope, didn’t address the service errors. On Friday he did say he wanted to be more aggressive on serve. They’ll live with 7 aces vs. 11 SEs. plus what doesn’t show up is how many times the serves made the pass predictable.

    Taylor 4 aces, 4 SE Taylor had 3 in one service run
    Higgins 1 ace, 4 SE,
    Greeley 1 ace, 0 SE
    Granato 1 ace, 2 SE
    Manu-Olevao 0 ace, 1 SE

    Stats show that the best scoring rotation is when Higgins is on serve, which means three attackers in the front row.

  14. z September 21, 2015 6:10 pm

    They showed a short clip of the alumni game last night. Sarah looked like she still has it.

  15. Big Island VB fan September 21, 2015 7:02 pm

    7. I thought that maybe Nela Barber might make POW despite her negative hitting percentage against UCLA, but I wasn’t totally sure. However, the following night she hit over 60% against one of the opponents, so maybe that’s why they awarded her the POW. She was error free on her last game and that’s probably the mitigating and deciding factor. Nikki was also nominated, but most likely they wanted to give the award to someone else this week.

  16. darkfire September 21, 2015 7:10 pm

    Sorry if old news; just wanted to put my 2 cents worth about the post game show last night. Maggs may have been a little shy and intimidated, but it didn’t help with the hockey question. It’s almost like asking someone how baseball has helped their volleyball game; they’re kinda unrelated. Plus, I really did cringe when Scott asked Maggs to say “eh”. How humiliating. It would be like asking Marcus Mariota to say “da kine”. Ok, enough of that.

    I love the emergence of the MMG squad (Pot of gold – mmm mmm good). Those middles have put some power in the wahine attack. When they get that slide going, whew, talk about opening up the OH to single or no blocks! Plus, can you imagine Castillo come blasting in on a pipe attack like TMO does?! Go Bows!

  17. kahuna September 21, 2015 7:29 pm

    I find is “disturbing” that grown men like Scott, Chris and Ryan cannot sense Maglio shyness and didn’t try to make the interview easier for her. I mean if I was interviewing someone I know was shy, I would keep the questions straightforward and easy. She obviously was uncomfortable in front of the camera and would have been better to just ask volleyball questions. She can answer “stupid” questions later on.

  18. z September 21, 2015 8:34 pm

    I watched Mags interview and I thought she did alright. Perhaps. One on one would have been better. Use Kanoa.

  19. Amosilatus September 22, 2015 3:50 am

    It was obvious to me that Scott, Chris, and Ryan were aware of Maglio’s shyness and were trying to get her to relax. I found Maglio’s shyness mostly charming. I think we should keep in mind that with shyness often comes a lot of good qualities–good listening, thoughtfulness, courtesy, humility, a quiet strength.

  20. ruffles September 22, 2015 5:56 am

    OMG now people critical of people interviewing players cause they shy!
    This blog is great!

  21. tongo September 22, 2015 7:25 am

    #19 Totally agree. The same posters who insist the Hall issue was tied to Huff leaving, are back with more of the same. Being on live statewide TV for the first time would be overwhelming for most. Though the interviewers were fine.

  22. Cindy Luis September 22, 2015 7:31 am

    Do think the question about hockey is legit since she played on a boys team growing up. I think what has helped her indoor game more is having played on the beach.
    Didn’t see the interview so can’t judge. I just know that she was still a little shaken when coming into to talk to the rest of us after doing TV.
    She is a very sweet but very shy young woman.

  23. Vee September 22, 2015 7:54 am

    Maglio’s shyness and nervousness showed….understandable . First live interview on TV? Know how she felt. If anyone has had a mike in their face, a TV camera blinking in front with a interviewer shooting questions (she had three!), he/she knows how the tongue can disconnect from the ears and brain….. (And I was used to speaking in front of fairly large groups.) Am sure she’ll do better as she does more. Go, Maglio…. Am so glad you chose to play for Hawaii!

    Just wondered if the team did anything to prepare players for interviews.

  24. Cindy Luis September 22, 2015 8:24 am

    23. they do media training and each player does do individual interview with OC16 during the season. Maglio is very quiet. At least with me she isn’t on camera and it is easier for her. But not the easiest interview. Reminds me a lot of Ah Mow-Santos when she was playing for UH.

  25. Cindy Luis September 22, 2015 8:27 am


    new thread up for Tuesday.

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