Hawaii unranked, stays at 30 in RPI, Adolpho DOW honors

From the Big West
Hawai‘i senior Kalei Adolpho put on her own personal blocking clinic in earning Big West Women’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week honors.

The 6-1 middle blocker led the Rainbow Wahine at the net in both matches against Long Beach State and CSUN, averaging 2.11 blocks per set to help UH to a home split.

Adolpho recorded nine blocks (two solo) against the first-place 49ers. She also had a solid night offensively with nine kills on .368 hitting in the tough five-set loss.

In a four-set win over the Matadors, Adolpho collected 10 blocks, including two more solos as she spearheaded a 14.0-7.0 blocking advantage for UH. She added seven kills, helping UH improve to 9-3 in the Big West with sole possession of second place.

Also Hawaii remained at 30 in the RPI, Long Beach moved from 31 to 26, SCSUN dawn 2 to 38.

UH nominated Magill for POW and Greeley for FOW

Hawaii picked up some points but dropped to 31 from last wee’s 28.
The Wahine with 29 points.

Long Beach State moved up to No. 20 from 23.

Stanford remains at 1, no other changes in the top 8.

Other teams Hawaii has lost to:
Oregon up a spot to No. 10, UCLA down three to No. 18 and ASU up from 20 to No. 19.


  1. mei mei November 10, 2014 10:52 am

    Adolpho gets player defensive player of the week ! Others nominated: Mackenzie Olsen (Cal State Fullerton); Casey Hinger (CSUN); Kaylin Squyres (UC Davis); Ali Barbeau (UC Santa Barbara); Olivia Magill (Hawai‘i)

  2. Willie November 10, 2014 11:51 am

    Seems like velocity of the kills from the middles have increased. Better timing with Higgins, more offensive diversity with the outside attack or both?

  3. Kazu November 10, 2014 12:21 pm

    Don’t think Hawaii will get back into the top 25 this season. Just got to hope they win out and get invited to the NCAA tournament. Not a good year to much ups and downs.Unfortunate Taylor being hurt didn’t help much.
    Getting ahead of myself but thinking about next season already.

  4. Andrew November 10, 2014 12:46 pm

    If they do make the NCAA tournament, I’m hoping that the committee sends them further east (Not to Penn State of course). The draw may bode better for the team in that case rather than being sent to UW, Stanford, or another good west team. There are good schools in the east, but they are not as tough as much of the west.

  5. hollycow November 10, 2014 1:31 pm

    It’s not a big deal for some but it may mean a little something to the players involved. I thought the SID got the nominations for the past two weekends backwards. Nothing on Magill’s performance, but I thought Nikki had a better week this past weekend, leading in kills and points scored. Trying to make up for the boo-boo ?

  6. OrbitalRipZ November 10, 2014 1:37 pm

    The NCAA Selection Committee states that it looks for momentum as one of the deciding factors in awarding at-large bids to “bubble” teams. Kazu (#3) is right in saying this year’s squad has had too many “ups and downs.” UH has only 4 matches left, but it could still send a signal to the NCAA that the Big Mo is ready to rumble — perhaps a little late but late is better than never.

  7. warriorfan November 10, 2014 2:08 pm

    I hope they get sent to one of the over rated schools like Colorado state, Florida State or North Carolina, however travel to FSU or UNC might be tough. I fully expect UH’s first round opponent to be someone like USC, UCLA or Arizona.

  8. Andrew November 10, 2014 2:34 pm


    I was expecting their possible 2nd round opponent to be one of the PAC 12 schools like in 2012 when they went to the Seattle region. I’ll still pray for an eastern side region though.

  9. Cindy Luis November 10, 2014 5:11 pm

    5. As mentioned in the initial post, Magill was nominated for POW, Greeley for FOW.
    6. they look for momentum usually over the last 8-10 matches for bubble.
    if Hawaii wins out, they will be 9-1 having won their last 5, with a five-set loss to a ranked team.

  10. Cindy Luis November 10, 2014 5:16 pm

    9. Mei mei, Magill nominated for Player of Week, which went to 49ers Alex Reid. The other POW nominations were Mackenzie Olsen (Cal State Fullerton); Casey Hinger (CSUN); Kaylin Squyres (UC Davis); Ali Barbeau (UC Santa Barbara)

    For Defender of Week, which Adolpho won, the nominees were Nicole Kessler (Cal Poly); Paige Reed (Cal State Fullerton); Kelcie Randazzo (CSUN); Tyler Jackson (Long Beach State); Valerie Brain (UC Davis); Kristen Berlo (UC Santa Barbara)

    Freshman of the Week went to Cal Poly’s Greisen. Also nominated were Niki Withers (Cal State Fullerton); Lauren Conati (CSUN); Ashley Murray (Long Beach State); Aima Eichie (UC Davis); Kristen Berlo (UC Santa Barbara); Kalei Greeley (Hawai‘i)

  11. Cubicle1126 November 10, 2014 5:30 pm

    there will be a good number of pac-12 schools that are seeded, and thus, likely hosting the first 2 rounds: stanford, washington, oregon, ucla, arizona (even usc remains in the running).

    going a little further “east” of these schools, there is: texas, colorado st, kansas st, oklahoma, kentucky, kansas, byu.

    the likely places hawaii will get sent seem to be a pac-12 school or to colorado st. unless hawaii gets sent to stanford or washington, i think hawaii has at least a chance at the remaining likely options.

  12. karin November 10, 2014 5:40 pm

    Getting sent to Washington is like the movie Groundhog Day, same same over and over again. For the first two rounds hoping for Oregon or UCLA for some payback.

  13. kimo browner November 10, 2014 7:08 pm

    Coach Shoji is still struggling with his selections. Wahine will be one and out in post season play unless he gets it straight.

  14. warriorfan November 10, 2014 8:35 pm

    12. Maybe the third time will be the charm??
    I’d love nothing more than for the wahine to end Vansant’s career in the second round of NCAA tourney.

  15. po'okela November 11, 2014 1:15 am

    norene iosia is a phenomenal setter.

    she’s had hawaii as her #1 for quite some time and not surprised at all that she committed. she won’t beat out higgins however I have a strong feeling they’ll finally run a true 6-2 when she does arrive at manoa and run a 5-1 for the following 3 years.

    norene has the potential to be as great as kamana’o. her only weakness is her blocking. she doesn’t jump as high as Kanoe but she definitely is a smart setter and can give her hitters 1-on-1 opportunities. you think she’ll set outside and the ball will get released to the middle or behind her.

    every one is going to love watching her play. can’t wait for 2016

  16. 'ohanaInBellingham November 11, 2014 6:35 am

    Bear with me folks, but could someone show me what stats are used to make the nomination for the BWC Offensive PoW? I have gotten it completely wrong the last two weekends.

  17. Cindy Luis November 11, 2014 8:24 am

    16. The SID makes the selection. He looks at the stats from the matches.

    I’m assuming you’re questioning why Adolpho and not Magill? Magill was nominated for Player of the Week. Lost out to the Long Beach State player, who only had one match. Magill had a great two matches but the Big West felt that the Beach winning in Hawaii for the first time in 21 years was a bigger deal, I guess.

    Adolpho nominated for Defender of the Week.

    Don’t think you can argue with any of UH’s nominations this week.

    The SID did say that, looking back, that Magill probably should have been nominated last week.

  18. Kazu November 11, 2014 9:48 am

    When Hawaii don’t have to play back to back matches things will be different and maybe next season when they go on the road if they can go cpl days before the match would be better yet. Hope the coaches would consider that.

  19. Big Island VB fan November 11, 2014 10:44 am

    I wonder if the UH Athletic Department can afford to spread out Wahine’s road matches with a day in between. That would incur more hotel costs and the Athletic Department already has a $3 million deficit. In my heart I do feel that Wahine volleyball deserves a break as it is the only revenue producing sport at UH while football is the main drain of the budget. What do you think?

  20. Mith November 11, 2014 11:49 am

    while football is not making enough money, it is not a drain on uh sports. there are a number of sports which are not making money (non-revenue) or not making enough to cover their expenses. this is a problem for most division 1 sports programs. only a handful of programs make money/break even.

  21. karin November 11, 2014 3:20 pm

    Any info on the NLI signings for tomorrow. Is it in the morning and at the Sheridan or another similar site as the previous years? I recall a complete tv coverage for last year.

  22. hollycow November 11, 2014 4:26 pm

    Wonder if UH has Punahou’s 6’2″ junior RS Kiana Peroff on the radar?

  23. OrbitalRipZ November 11, 2014 5:34 pm

    Stand corrected on one of my facts.

    Even though the current NCAA web site says there will be 33 automatic and 31 at-large bids awarded, if it’s the same as last year, there will be 32 and 32.

    Last year the NCAA gave 28 at-large bids to the BCS schools: Pac-12/8, Big Ten/7, SEC/7, ACC/3, and Big 12/3. The remaining at-large bids went to the Big West/2, WCC/1, and Big East/1.

    In other words, after the BCS leagues swallowed the lion’s share, only 4 at-large bids were left for the pickings. Yes, 4.

    For those who think it’s almost a gimme that the Big West will again have 3 teams at the Big Dance (i.e. 1 automatic and 2 at-large), remember also that the NCAA Selection Committee doesn’t forget what happened from a year ago (although they will never say so). In the 2013 Championship Tournament, 0 of the 5 teams from the SEC, 0 of the 3 from the Big West, and 0 of the 2 from the Big East made it out of the subregionals.

    As Cindy (#9) said, “if Hawaii wins out, they will be 9-1 having won their last 5, with a five-set loss to a ranked team.” Although detractors will point out that Team Shoji has yet to beat a ranked team in the regular season. Prove to the NCAA Selection Committee that you deserve a shot at a ranked team in the post-regular season. Win out. Momentum is all.

    Go Bows!

  24. OrbitalRipZ November 11, 2014 5:43 pm

    Change “0 of the 5 teams from the SEC” to 0 of the 8 teams from the SEC.

  25. 'ohanaInBellingham November 11, 2014 7:27 pm

    17. Hello, Cindy. I wholeheartedly agree with Adolpho’s nomination, and eventual win, for DPoW. It was Olivia’s nomination over Nikki for PoW that surprised me. Nikki’s stats were not only better than Olivia’s, they were also better than eventual winner, Alex Reid’s. Even the “Points” metric gives Nikki the edge over Reid: 21 (Fri) and 17.5 (Sat) to 17.

    Maybe I’m making too big a deal of this. Maybe the girls don’t really care about these accolades.

    Thank you for humoring me.

  26. Cindy Luis November 12, 2014 5:28 pm

    25. as well as Taylor played, something the SID and I spoke about after Saturday was Magill’s efficiency. She had 0 hitting errors in 12 sets, from Set 3 at UCI through Set 2 vs. CSUN. I didn’t have access to the stat program that would have showed how many attempts she had while going errorless. That may have played into her nomination, as well as her blocks. Magill had 3 hitting errors in 4 matches with UH going 3-1.

  27. Cindy Luis November 12, 2014 5:30 pm

    23. agree that UH has yet to beat a ranked to but they haven’t had a lot of chances, not like being in in the Pac-12. Wahine 0-5 with 2 5-set losses to The Beach.

  28. 'ohanaInBellingham November 12, 2014 5:48 pm

    Thank you for the perspective, Cindy!

  29. Cindy Luis November 12, 2014 5:55 pm

    25. as for Reid, do think it carried a lot of weight that The Beach won for the first time in 21 years here. although it wasn’t that many matches since UH wasn’t in the Big West after 95.

  30. Cindy Luis November 12, 2014 5:57 pm

    19. regardless if UH can afford the schedule split, it’s what the schedule will dictate. they have to do it for men’s and women’s basketball.

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