Hawaii-UCR rewind

I’ll be back on later. Box not up yet but you can look at the live stats


this is what I posted on breaking news

Senior All-American hitter Emily Hartong put down 12 kills and No. 6 Hawaii added a season-high seven aces when sweeping UC Riverside, 25-7, 25-13, 25-15 in today’s Big West volleyball match at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Rainbow Wahine (13-1, 2-0 BWC) needed just 76 minutes to extend their winning streak to 11 and defeat the Highlanders (1-12, 0-1) for the 14th time in as many meetings.

All 15 of Hawaii’s available roster players got into the match, with senior hitter Kaela Goodman having a career night blocking. She had three solo blocks and six total blocks, both one above her previous highs.

Hawaii out-blocked UCR 10-1 and finished with a 43-29 edge in digs. Senior libero Ali Longo finished with 11 digs and senior hitter Ashley Kastl added 10.

Sophomore hitter Ashley Cox led the Highlanders with nine kills.

Hawaii had just five hitting errors, four by Hartong, the other by Kalei Adolpho. Freshman hitter Nikki Taylor had six kills with no errors in seven swings, hitting .857 in two sets. Kastl, starting in place of sophomore hitter Tai Manu-Olevao — who sat out the Sunday match because of religious beliefs — also had six kills with no errors in 19 attempts.

The Wahine travel for Big West matches Friday at Long Beach State and Saturday at UC Irvine. They are next at home Oct. 11 against UC Santa Barbara and Oct. 12 against Cal Poly.


  1. vballfreak808 September 29, 2013 7:24 pm

    I hope the coaches nominate Nikki Taylor for POW. She has a chance as I think Chelsea Hardin is the only other competitor to earn it this week.

  2. Ron September 29, 2013 7:46 pm

    vbf808 Thats exactly what Roofer 68 said at the game tonight. Are you related? By the way , I totally agree that Nikki was awesome this week and should be considered for the honor.

  3. LC September 29, 2013 7:58 pm

    Jim please retire, like tomorrow. One UCR player hit the ball out so wide they found it out on H1 but Jim calls it in. Just one of many gems.

    The BIG West is currently trying their best to make a big deal out of Cal Poly being 2-0 in conference play so don’t be surprised if Hardin is POW.

    Hawai`i has already captured 3 of the 4 weekly awards and I’m pretty sure they want to spread the wealth before someone starts whining about it.

  4. vballfreak808 September 29, 2013 8:03 pm

    2. Whoops didnt see that.

  5. Warriorfan September 29, 2013 8:23 pm

    Nikki is en Fuego, If she keeps hitting like this, she could be the national FOY.

  6. Grammy September 29, 2013 9:27 pm

    Yes, Nikki is feasting on this week’s blocks but not all are going to be short as this pair. She’s also getting split blocks and is going to see more ‘awareness’ as good second/third option, so she needs more middle setting as do Wahine. But she has not been playing like a ‘freshman’ since her Texas debut. Go Wahine! Go Team Stay Strong and Play Together and Focused!

  7. roofer68 September 29, 2013 10:25 pm

    Nikki came out of set two with the score 10-4 and never went back in. Long played the RS from there on. I see Hardin getting the nod for POW with 29-5-60 for .400 vice Nikki with 26-3-37 for .632. Check out the disparity in hitting attempts 60 vice 37. Was hoping Shoji would leave Nikki in to finish set 2 to build up her numbers for POW nomination but nada. Good thing is Nikki is a freshman, so many more chances, Hardin is a senior and a local Iolani grad so congrats to her.

  8. roofer68 September 29, 2013 10:28 pm

    Oh Ron, no relations, no clue who vbf808 is.

  9. Cindy Luis September 29, 2013 10:45 pm

    7. doubt very seriously that Shoji was thinking POW stuff when he pulled Taylor. He was looking to give some other players time to be in game situation, was pretty limited with his OHs Kastl was in all 3 sets. his choices for the other OH then are Goodman and Long. Good chance for both of them so that he can show different looks during the rest of the season. Long didn’t get in until very late in Set 2.

    I could see Hardin getting it since Hawaii has won it all but one week so far.
    Biggest thing tonight was that Hawaii didn’t play down to UCR. thought they stayed pretty focused for the most part. UCR simply overmatched. And Shoji didn’t want to embarrass them I am surprised the up ref didn’t call more lifts on their two setters. Those sets came out very ugly.

  10. roofer68 September 30, 2013 12:50 am

    I’m well aware of Shoji not thinking along those lines about the POW, I’m just saying, IF he did leave her in to finish the set. We all know with a big lead like that his first concern is for the players who are sitting to get playing time for experience down the season’s stretch. Still me and my friend would love to have Taylor get awarded for her UC play, oh well one week it’s coming.

  11. po'okela September 30, 2013 1:53 am

    which matches are being televised on espnu this season?

  12. Kazu September 30, 2013 3:14 am

    I think Cal Poly will out do LBS this year, of course its still early,but they look tough.

  13. Grammy September 30, 2013 6:06 am

    9. I agree about UCR setting. Thought it looked ‘massaged’ at game, but when I went home it definitely looked worse. But to call mishandling on them would have taken away even more ‘offense’ before they got a chance to even hit. Sad really and I only hope their coach and team get things together soon. Go Wahine!

  14. rage777 September 30, 2013 6:41 am

    I saw that the Wahine are being re-broadcast next Wednesday for the Long Beach State match on ESPN-U.

  15. vballfreak808 September 30, 2013 7:51 am

    Uiato was nominated this week

  16. Maverick September 30, 2013 8:21 am

    Here’s this week’s AVCA top ten:
    1. Washington
    2. USC
    3. Florida
    4. Texas
    5. Penn State
    6. Hawai’i
    7. Stanford
    8. Minnesota
    9. Michigan State
    10. Nebraska

    Other teams of interest: San Diego (13), UCLA (16), Creighton (22)

  17. Maverick September 30, 2013 8:30 am

    An independent RPI calculator still has Hawai’i at #2 (unmodified for Home-Away games). These are not the official RPI rankings. Other teams of interest:

    1. Texas
    6. Creighton
    14. San Diego
    15. UCLA
    39. Wichita State
    40. Northridge
    42. Arizona
    60. Northwestern
    61. Santa Clara
    71. South Dakota
    74. Irvine
    80. Portland State
    95. Cal Poly
    107. LBSU
    108. UC Davis
    114. Fullerton
    126. UCSB
    140. NMSU
    152. UTEP
    306. Riverside

  18. little papi September 30, 2013 8:39 am

    Stop knocking Leahy. He is a legend. Yes, he make mistakes as he gets older. Can’t imagine wahine volleyball without him.

  19. LC September 30, 2013 8:48 am

    Hawai`i is loaded with self anointed legends.

  20. Little Papi September 30, 2013 9:02 am

    LC, sounds like you are one of them!

  21. Safinator September 30, 2013 9:03 am

    Washington number one is a joke.

  22. Cindy Luis September 30, 2013 9:53 am

    16. see new thread on poll.
    13. I was sitting pretty even with where the UCR setters were setting from during Sets 1 and 3. the delivery from both was pretty flat and definitely not pretty. They could have been called nearly every time but think the up ref was being kind.
    UCR coach first year, played at UW. she should be able to do things when she gets a year of full recruiting in.
    19. As for Leahey, I feel he is a legend, and not self-annointed.
    Still I do find that Scott Robbs (radio) does a better job with play by play when watching the action on the court. Leahey is watching the TV monitor.

  23. hollycow September 30, 2013 1:58 pm

    Oceanic should get Jim Leahey a 22″ monitor to replace his now tiny 12 incher.

  24. Warriorfan October 1, 2013 7:31 am

    21. No kidding, their best win is over fringe top 25 team oregon. total joke.

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