Penn State 3, Hawaii 1
Good news that the decided to stream the play-in matches. 3 p.m. HST for Loyola-Pfeiffer, UH-PSU no earlier than 5 p.m. HST
Spoke with my son (1420am guy) who said he watched Pfeiffer’s practice and didn’t expect the Falcons to score more than 15=16 points in any set vs. the Ramblers. said Pfeiffer was small and didn’t look very good in practice.
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Are all the teams seeded 1-6? I’m also behind, but how does a team like Pfeiffer get included? Was it an automatic bid?
A bit nervous ’bout today’s matchup. But, I think the Warriors going win!
Ms. Cindy, I quite enjoy Tiff Wells’ broadcasts! “Pack it up. Let’s go home!” — I think that this IS his catchphrase 🙂 .
Happy Cinco de Mayo day, all.
Happy Boys’ Day to all us boys! Let’s hope our Warrior boys eke out one against the Nittany Lions!!!!!
All the teams were seeded, UH is No. 4, Penn St No. 5. Pfeiffer got an automatic bid as champions of Conference Carolinas. Loyola- Chicago got the automatic via Midwestern Intercollegiate VB Assoc. Penn St. got the automatic for the Eastern Intercollegiate VB Assoc, from what i gather.
You are correct “islandman” Hawaii and Lewis got the “at large” bids
Phiffer is putting up fight against Loyola. 18-14 in the second and were pretty competitive in the first.
Loyola wins 25-20, 33-31, 25-15, advances to play No. 2 UCI Thursday.
Hartley starting over Sedore
here is the Pac-12 video link.
5=0 run by Penn State, lead 9-5. TO UH
Come on UH, you know you can do this
Too many service errors/getting blocked, and no defense at all so far. Not good, hope warriors wake up.
Pull Jennings…put in Jones…
Goodall serving well, ace, near ace. UH down 16-9. TO Warriors
11. why pull him. Not his fault on the aces and the poor passing.
Nitanny Lions are roaring while the Warriors are faltering. Not looking good at all. Already two serves went wide. Are they trying to land the ball on the corner?
Man the passing is horrendous and UH hitting right into the block.
Put in Brook, sub out Fey.
Give Penn State credit. Playing great defense. Their experience at being in the national tournament is showing. They’ve won the EIVA the past 17 years in a row.
16. That’s not the substitution. It would be Sedore for Hartley.
Why did wade not call his second time out?
Hawaii has pulled to 22-17. TO PSU
They actually subbed in Sedore for Holt.
19. he has called both, the last at 16-9
UH holds off one set point, it’s 24-21. TO PSU Solo by Holt is UH’s 5th block.
Averill serves into the tape. PSU wins 25-22.
Great job of making the first set score respectable, but they have to stop giving away long runs , hope they have the momentum going forward.
I still think Sedore would do well against this team.
Another bad rotation for UH. PSU up 10-5. TO UH
Sedore in for Hartley to serve. UH trails 11-7
Great dig by Kanetake. UH up 12-9. Ace by Fey makes it 12-10
We Knew Rusell would get his kills. But the other two are looking like all americans. UH defense is just bad.
PSU serving for the set at 24-20. TO UH
Nittany Lions win 25-20.
Sub out Fey, put in Hartley at outside. UH just has no energy.
Hawaii is losing to teams it had beaten before, first Pepperdine and now Penn State. They both popped Hawaiia’s bubble. Hawaii is declining while other teams improve.
Zarkovic now over 900 kills for his career, Kanetake at 301 digs.
Hawaii up 2-1, the Warriors first lead of the match.
Another great save by Kanetake, Sedore puts it down. UH up 8-4. TO PSU
hope they keep this play up.
Sedore with an ace makes it 16=11
Zarkovic with the kill. UH up 19-14. TO PSU
UH just needs to ride it’s middles to victory.
I like penn state. Their players aren’t overly obnoxious like BYU and their fans aren’t bad either. Couldn’t be happier playing this team in the tournament. Really such a class act. Russell too. He has every right to be cocky, but he’s super down to earth and doesn’t overly celebrate.
UH wins Set 3 25-17 on a 3-meter kill by Zarkovic.
The rotation flip worked!!
In case it goes 5, PSU is 4-2 in five setters , UH is 3-2
UH hit 696 with no errors in Set 3.
42. also moving Kanetake to middle back on defense.
Sedore with a block, it’s 13-10. TO PSU
set Taylor everytime.
Wow thats two overpasses Siki Cant put away. Ugh
Kanetakes’ sets are just always too slow.
Fey hits the net on a redirect, it’s 22-21. TO UH
47. agree. UH has lost that battle on the overpasses.
thank god for Taylor.
IMHO where they lost the set was at 15-14 instead of winning the point on the overpass. Penn State won it. It would have been 16-14, instead it was 15-.
Avery with the block, ties it at 23. TO PSU
chance after chance, Siki should have just kept it in play 🙁
PSU serving for the match at 24-23. UH with a TO
Zarkovic with a solo, its 24
UH ties it at 25.
Simi hits it long, PSU wins 27-25.
Siki made some critical errors late in sets, too bad. He used to be clutch.
Oh well…PSU played like a team on a 16-match win streak, UH played like a team that’s lost its last 3 of 4…Great season…too bad it had to end on a low…
He came up with that HUGE block to save the match, but its ironic because I was just thinking to myself earlier in the match about other matches in which he would hit match point wide/long. They played sloppy once it hit the 20’s. Sedore’s missed serve, then giving a free ball over, misplayed ball leads to (I think) Fey forced into antennae. They got lucky with that match saving block by Siki, but they were not looking sharp enough to pull out a close one.
As mentioned, that Penn State has so much NCAA tournament experience came into play. This is their 17th consecutive NCAA semifinal appearance.
Also think the team was affected by the different lineup, not sure what Wade was thinking Hartley doesn’t hit nearly as good from the right as the left.
I think PSU’s coach’s NCAA experience came in play as well, Wade was overthinking it.
60. I do believe that. A team that’s been there has confidence. A team that’s been there will play like it belongs there. Although disappointed with the outcome, I enjoyed the journey this team has taken us on. Now that we got here, hopefully we will be back again. The incoming class looks to be very promising. Impossible to fill in the shoes of the likes of Averill/Sedore, but they will compliment the returnees nicely and compete for some starting roles. With the returnees upping their game as well, the future for the Warriors is looking bright! Thank you Coach Charlie & team! You brought excitement back to the Stan Sherriff, now if only the fans can remember the great season and fill up the Stanley from day 1 next season!
If they get that Dutch player and he’s umlauft like, that would be an upgrade at that opposite, position. Either way I think Mol if healthy should do all right there.
Big loss is Averill. Not sure if any of the current middles can replace him, maybe Patrick Gasman will surprise or UH will get a middle transfer.
Fey and Jennings need to improve, Hopefully Siki will get more consistent, he tends to look tired at the end of seasons.
UH had the better hitting % and blocking stats, but couldn’t get over the hump on the crucial points. Kills less errors were the same, 36 .
Mahalo for your hard work on the court and keeping it together academically, Warriors. I wish you seniors success in your exciting new lives. For the returnees, I look forward to your growth next year.
61. Probably thinking that Sedore has been struggling the past few matches.
The service errors didn’t help and Penn State’s defense was outstanding. A number of those balls looked like they were going down but they kept the play alive.
A MB like Averill comes by (UH at least) once in a blue moon. Hopefully that will change. Although we wouldn’t need the next MB to be Averill, but a solid role player and a little more would be nice. If the M2 position beefs up which is highly likely that will bode well.
Fey will improve. He improved a ton from last year. I was not impressed with him coming out of high school, but he’s definitely put in work to get to where he is at today. Do I think Hartley should’ve taken him out at times during the MPSF finals and other times? Sure. Leaving him in will only let him learn to work out of his funks which will be great experience for him to build on in his final two years. I think Fey will be even more of a surprise next year. I just wish his body language would be more upbeat to show confidence throughout the course of a match.
67. think you’re reading way too much into body language. He has come a long way this season.
Just came back from the match. Feel really bad for the team and especially Siki. He probably won’t sleep tonight. PSU is a surprisingly strong passing team and they scramble like heck.
Their outsides are imposing but they have nothing else it seems.
UH was just in such big holes in the first and second set. It was like we never wanted to play or something.
The only thing worse than hitting badly to end the match and season is to miss a serve which is a totally unforced error. At least Ziki has one more year to make good. Can’t fault him for lack of effort. He might have been tired. I feel sorriest for Averill who played a great match but didn’t get enough help there. Hope that he’ll make the USA team. I wish them all well.
we lose a lot of starters this year – Sedore, Holt, Averill, Hartley*
Returning starters = Jennings, Kolby, Siki, Kupono*
Essentially we need a really strong opposite recruit and excellent middles to make up for the losses. Would be great if Kupono can continue to improve and Siki increase his stamina.
also forgot to mention that every time PSU tried to cheer or chant, we started a “Let’s go Bows” and drowned them out. hehe. Practically the whole gym was in green =)
The important thing is they bring back basically all of the passing/backrow defense and setting. But they will need a terminator on the right. Sedore struggled the last month of the season, so he won’t be too hard to replace.
They need two middles that will just be steady and block. Hope Owens and Gasman will surprise and be those two.
while what you state is pretty much true, tonight it didn’t matter. We could not block their outsides to save our lives and we didn’t have many 3 point passes. On the other hand PSU was solid passing and their defense are great hustlers and scrambled.
UH had way too many misconnections and miscommunications that it was embarassing
74. Agreed way too many miscommunication errors and just bad plays whether it be missing serves or not putting away overpasses, this team wasnt ready for primetime
75. yup we gave away so many balls back as free balls.
But I will say we did try to fight although way too late in the first 2 sets. In the 4th set we had a lead and let it get away.
All that I can say is let’s hope and pray for next season and hope that Averill makes the Olympic team and makes us proud
I would like to congratulate the team and the coach for and exciting year. We had some great wins and I think Hawaii has reestablished itself as a top tier team. Next year will more of the same with a great bunch of players returning. I think that McKeller could be the next big time right side player if he is healthy. We need one more really good middle or someone all ready in school needs to step up next year. 2015 team, thanks for your efforts!
Press conference link
Quotes from the press conference:
Hawaii Head Coach Charlie Wade
“I just can’t say enough how proud I am of my guys and how well they battled and what a great season we had. It had been 13 years since Hawaii’s men’s team had been to the tournament. I’ve been here for the last six, and we’ve made a lot of progress. We don’t look at this as kind of a one‐hit wonder. We think we have the program back to national prominence. I couldn’t be more proud of my guys and everyone associated with the program. I’m just really grateful to them and for providing us an unbelievable journey and a great season.”
On Penn State’s Aaron Russell…
“We did a nice job on him. We kept him 100‐plus points under his average. He’s a nice player, though, there’s no question. I thought his serve was the big difference early in the match. You just have to account for him the entire time, for six rotations. You really got to pay attention to where he is. Even though we kept him a hundred points under his average, he still had 20 kills in four sets. There’s no question he’s an exceptional talent.”
On the third set…
“We just started playing Hawaii volleyball. In the MPSF this year, we thought we were the best defensive team. We had the lowest hitting percentage against us. We were one of the league leaders in blocking and in digging. We’re pretty good defensively, and when we’re siding out a good clip, we’re hard to beat. In that third set, we sided out at 82 percent, hit almost .700 with zero hitting errors. That will get it done a lot. Actually in that second set, we did pretty well. We sided out at 68 percent, but Penn State was just a little better. That’s the beauty of playing this time of year. You’re playing pretty good teams and Penn State played well.”
Senior Middle Blocker Taylor Averill
On the match in general…
“I thought our guys fought pretty hard. It’s been such a journey and such an honor to play for this team and this coaching staff who worked so hard offseason and have such a great season. It’s unfortunate to go out this way, but I’m really proud of our guys. Hats off to Penn State. They’re a great team with a great coaching staff. I’m just happy with the way we battled back. Sometimes it’s easy to give up, so I’m stoked that we hung in there.”
On playing a short distance from his hometown of San Jose…
“It was great. It’s nice to finish where you started. It’s great to see old family and friends. I thought we had a good crowd, too. The Penn State versus Hawaii crowd, you’ll get a lot of people out there. We have a lot of love and support. Playing here has taught me a lot. For our school and for our program specifically, you don’t just play for a couple of fans here and there. We get lots of fans and lots of love in the community. I just want to thank the community for everything they’ve done in my life. It’s changed my aspect as to who I am as a human being. I think I’m the better for it. I also just want to say to the future guys to just keep pushing. This program and playing on this team is just such a special experience and something I’ll never forget.”
Junior Ooutside Hitter Sinisa Zarkovic
On the third set…
“We can talk all about the game, but it’s all ‘coulda, woulda, shoulda.’ I’m just really proud of this team. We were picked No. 7 preseason. All throughout the season we were one of the best teams in the country. Maybe we didn’t prove that tonight. However, I’m really proud of how the guys battled. It’s up to us to get back, get better and prove once again that we’re the top team in the country.”
Finally got a box.
UH outblocked PSU 17.5-9.5. Hit .327 to PSU’s .483.
Averill 15-1-23, Zarkovic 13-6-26, Holt 9-2-1ey 6-4-22, Sedore 6-3-16
Although it didn’t see like it, serving was pretty even
UH 3 aces 12 SE, PSU 3 aces, 11 SE.
UH 27 digs, 8 by Kanetake. PSU 32 digs, 9 by Curry.
Great season, but finishing the season losing 4 out of the last 5, is disappointment and leaves bad feeling.
well i dont normally watch mens volleyball nor do i really comment on them but i watched and i must say.
yeah i dont really watch the mens teams because i think they xxx uh tonight was no better. cant defend/dig/receive the ball and also keep hitting it out. it was a very lackluster (for a kinder word) performance especially the first 2 sets. penn st was playing for keeps while uh was playing like it wasnt important. by set 3 i was like meh, i want penn st to sweep em so i dont have to watch anymore.
was it coach wades fault? thats the million dollar question perhaps. it seemed so, particularly the starting lineup and rotation. ie where was homeboy sedore in set 1 and 2?? almost near absence.
btw cindy im jacking this thread just one more time (i promise) to rip on title ix. somebody needs to do better. i say create something anew, example lets call it title x, which should void out (because i dont want to say supersede) title ix, stipulate a stronger version of what title ix was and then some and specifically take a stab against some of the mens programs ie football and basketball including for the purpose of deglamorizing the money generated for football and mens basketball. make it by design too a burden into any power conferences such as the power 5, thereby limiting their finances such as collect their surplus and consider them taxes due.
82.83. then WHY oh WHY are you here?
This team wasn’t even picked to finish in the top five, and they made it to the NCAAs after a 13 year drought. I think that is worth celebrating – and they have set something in motion that I believe will return UH to national prominence. This group of young men played as a team – and have set a great example for the underclassmen who will be playing next year.
Well done UH!
was at last nights game. guys performed as best they could due to circumstances beyond their control, like a very driven penn state team, but having to contend with wades coaching is more than they should have to bare. ok, maybe not start sedore for whatever reason, but after game one…whats the excuse??? they couldn’t have done any worse. wade is the worst and to deny the guys their opportunities, especially as a coach… wade lost the game for the warriors! but good season guys…hold your heads high. the fans there last night appreciate you and felt your pain…but were proud nonetheless!
82. if you don’t normally watch then why comment so negatively?
83. HEY WC. when you understand what Title IX is about then perhaps there can be an intelligent discourse.. Until then, as you promised, no more jacking a thread.
84. Thank you.
85. what it is interesting is no one was complaining about the coaching when they were winning. But agree that not using Sedore earlier was surprising. The men’s game is so different than the women’s, especially when it comes to subs. They only have 6 substitutions.
new thread up