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  1. 808 September 27, 2014 4:17 pm

    And here it is as soon as I post the question on the previous blog. ‘Bows up 13-8, set 1.

  2. 808 September 27, 2014 4:19 pm

    I always wonder why a coach will call a timeout at 13-8 or down by 5 with the opponent at 13 or 14. Why not just wait for the TTO?

  3. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 4:28 pm

    The TTO only exists if there is media. With Hawaii radio, there is. UCR coach might not be used to it.
    Kill for Greeley. UH wins 25-12

  4. Beauston September 27, 2014 4:42 pm

    2nd set has been embarassing so far.

  5. Beauston September 27, 2014 4:43 pm

    Higgins is setting the worst offense Ive seen her do so far

  6. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 4:44 pm

    UCR up 13-9. TO UH. sounds like two blown calls helped the Highlanders out.

  7. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 4:46 pm

    Wahine have tied it at 13. TO UCR.

  8. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 4:51 pm

    Greeley slowed to get up after rolling left ankle. Long in for Greeley.

  9. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 4:52 pm

    UCR up 18-15. TO UH

  10. Beauston September 27, 2014 4:53 pm

    I dont even know what to say…now an injury possibly?

  11. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 4:56 pm

    Greeley back, puts down 2 kills. UH closes to 20-19. TO UCR

  12. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 4:57 pm

    10. Greeley rolled her ankle in preseason practice as well but looks like she’s back in.

  13. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 5:10 pm

    wahine win it on their 5th set point 29-27

  14. 808 September 27, 2014 5:12 pm

    Nice that they are using Tiff’s radio feed with their video feed. Synchronized audio and video.

  15. mei mei September 27, 2014 5:14 pm

    image so much better than UCD’s …

    well that pulled that set out of their …. u know what!

  16. Beauston September 27, 2014 5:17 pm

    So dissapointing Hawaii coaches that at this point, has yet to mximize having someone like Magill on the team and the kills she can contribute, yes passing included.

  17. mei mei September 27, 2014 5:19 pm

    16 agreed! i know it’s possibly the passing, but yes middles need to get more involved… including NT!

    Hope kalei G is ok w/ her ankle seems to be tho…

  18. uhfan September 27, 2014 5:25 pm

    Riverside just stacking the outside cause we have no middle attack

  19. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 5:40 pm

    UH up 18-16. TO UCR

  20. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 5:41 pm

    16. it’s not the coaches who are doing the passing.
    UH pulling away 20-17. TO UCR

  21. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 5:45 pm

    18. Looking like despite the ‘stacked block on the outside’ UH’s OHs have been pretty successful

  22. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 5:47 pm

    14. unfortunately can’t watch. I’ve got a desk shift and only able to listen online. Huff in with a kill and UH up 24-19.
    Manu-Olevao kill wins it. 25-19

  23. mei mei September 27, 2014 5:48 pm

    gotta luv the fans that came out !!! great job fans!! 🙂

    p.s. i wonder if the radio announcers know that we hear them when they are not announcing the calls LOL!

  24. NinthIsland September 27, 2014 5:53 pm

    Wow…what a game…Riverside came to play…I’m glad we got the win in straight sets…Go wahine…

  25. uhfan September 27, 2014 5:55 pm

    Wahine gotta work on their passing and defense this week.

  26. NinthIsland September 27, 2014 5:55 pm

    CSUN and Irvine heading to 5.

  27. 808 September 27, 2014 5:56 pm

    #23 — I’m sure that Tiff is not aware that even though he may be off air on espn radio, his audio is still playing over bigwest.tv. lol!

  28. East Coast Fan September 27, 2014 5:57 pm

    Wow, noone said anything about the modified 6-2 they were watching da wahine running in set 3? No wonder coach wanted all the oh on the trip and took only 2 ds/servers.

  29. NinthIsland September 27, 2014 5:57 pm

    I liked the video quality of the Riverside game as opposed to the Davis and even Uc Irvine…

  30. LanaiBoy September 27, 2014 5:58 pm

    UC Riverside probably played one of its better matches of the year. Did an impressive job on defense, diving and scrambling for balls. Hawaii’s announcer kept saying that Hawaii blocking on the right side was lacking or UCR right-side hitting— step-out moves—was very effective. Give UCR some credit for its effort, but admittedly this wasn’t one of Hawaii’s best matches. The passing especially just did not allow a good middle attack and there were too many balls unblocked and not being dug. But any road win is good, especially a sweep. That’s the most important thing—winning.

  31. mei mei September 27, 2014 5:59 pm

    nice homecoming for Kalei G… put up some excellent numbers!! hope she gets BW player of the week!

  32. High N Wide September 27, 2014 6:04 pm

    TV Quality a lot better than the Davis match. Happy about that but disappointed in how we struggled against a 2-10 team. Seems like the setting and/or the passing is causing a lot of problems for the middles. The next road trip CSUN/LBSU will
    be brutal if the na wahine does’nt improve.

  33. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 6:10 pm

    Suggest you folks contact the Big West and tell them the quality was better at UCR.
    Hawaii is at a real disadvantage in that they are the only match of the week for each Big West team while the Wahine have to back to back all but one weekend, that being UH’s homecoming weekend that splits Hawaii’s schedule Friday vs. Cal Poly and Sunday vs. UCSB. UCR didn’t play Friday while UH did. Think it will really be an issue on that Beach-CSUN swing.

  34. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 6:15 pm

    23. I doubt if he knew his mic was still open. Will let him know.
    One other thing that led to some ragged play. UH used all 14 players which changes things on blocking and passing assignments.

  35. NinthIsland September 27, 2014 6:15 pm

    And CSUN just lost in 5…Wow…

  36. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 6:16 pm

    probably won’t be back for a while. In the office with a desk shift.

  37. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 6:17 pm

    34. actually CSUN won in 5
    23-25, 15-25, 25-16, 25-16, 16-14
    UCI had match point at 14-13. Stinson with two kills and then an ace wins it for the Matadors


  38. Cruisecontrol September 27, 2014 6:17 pm

    CSUN won in 5 over Irvine

  39. NinthIsland September 27, 2014 6:23 pm

    35…my bad lol…watching the wrong team…haha…

  40. NinthIsland September 27, 2014 6:24 pm

    I meant 37

  41. rayson September 27, 2014 6:24 pm

    34 No, CSUN won in 5.

  42. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 6:29 pm

    In the fifth at Santa Barbara. UCSB up 9-8 in Set 5 over Cal Poly

  43. NinthIsland September 27, 2014 6:31 pm

    I liked that Dave Shoji employed a 6-2 in the 3rd set…

  44. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 6:37 pm

    43. Think you’ll see more of it as Koelsch gets used to this level of play.

  45. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 6:38 pm

    BWC scores Saturday
    Hawaii def. UC Riverside, 25-12, 29-27, 25-19
    Long Beach State def. CSU Fullerton, 25-14, 25-15, 25-15
    CSU Northridge def. UC Irvine, 23-25, 15-25, 25-16, 25-16, 16-14
    UC Santa Barbara def. Cal Poly , 23-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-11

  46. wildcard September 27, 2014 6:39 pm

    passing may still be the issue. these bloggers here complaining AGAIN that the bows should of dominated riverside because they are weak. so they gave na wahine a good fight for survival in set 2? and na wahine was just having fun for the whole match for what it was worth. complain complain complain. hawai’i won in a sweep `ekahi `elua aloha.

  47. kimo browner September 27, 2014 6:41 pm

    The good news is we won twice on the road despite what Cindy politely calls “ragged play”, albeit against the two worst teams in the BW. Harbinger for the next two weeks? Wahine play 3 of the best teams in the BWC–two on the road.

  48. High N Wide September 27, 2014 6:57 pm

    46, Not sure we were watching the same match. Na Wahine struggled during the last 2 sets. We were fortunate against a 2-10 team. 43, agree about the 6-2.
    passing and setting seems to be no better than 20013. still a lot of room for improvement.

  49. HawaiiMongoose September 27, 2014 7:26 pm

    The scheduling arrangement is bush league. UH shouldn’t stand for having such an obvious competitive disadvantage imposed on the Wahine, on top of the team already having to cope with far more travel than any other conference member. Ben Jay needs to grow a spine and raise he!! with the Big West conference office about this. A fair schedule that requires every team to take a turn playing back-to-back isn’t too much to ask for.

  50. LC September 27, 2014 8:30 pm

    49) The blame actually goes to Shoji HawaiiMongoose he is the one who agreed, once again, to be the lone wolf.

    And when it comes to travel he also makes the decision on when they will travel.

  51. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 8:30 pm

    It’s nothing new. Happened last season as well, for all but two weeks.
    Shoji agreed to the schedule as the the lone wolf. He also agreed to Fri-Sat matches at home, in part, to make it easier for the fans.

  52. Big Island VB fan September 27, 2014 8:56 pm

    My question is why can’t the Big West women’s volleyball matches follow the format of Mountain West where Hawaii hosts the same team twice (usually on consecutive days) and then plays other teams twice on the road. That would save a lot of air travel for Hawaii and its opponents. Every other year they reverse. Teams that played twice at Hawaii one year host Hawaii twice the following year. This way Hawaii wouldn’t have to play two teams in a row while their opponents only face Hawaii that weekend. It would be more fair to everybody. Any comment or answer here?

  53. wildcard September 27, 2014 9:54 pm

    52. dunno. the status quo still sounds ok. so other teams have hawai’i on their eyes as their ‘brass ring’. there are certain advantages/disadvantages which are just de facto that opponents only face hawai’i on a weekend.

  54. Cindy Luis September 27, 2014 10:20 pm

    52. I’m assuming you mean the MPSF, not the MWC, in men’s volleyball. The MPSF only does that for Hawaii and BYU because of travel costs, all the other schools play a true home and home. The Big West used to do that with Wahine back in the 80-90s where teams alternated with UH, 2 home, then 2 away. Even if that happened, UH still would have play back-to-back nights when hosting and on the road.
    But agree that it is not fair to UH the way it is.

  55. rayson September 27, 2014 11:18 pm

    Actually, when Cal Baptist first joined the MPSF and before Pacific got rid of their men’s team BYU and Cal Baptist were travel partners. Hawaii was the only the only team that played back-to-back matches against the same team at home and on the road.

    When the Wahine were in Big West before they also did the the same. Playing back-to-back matches against the same team is very different from playing back-to-back matches against 2 different teams both of whom only play one match that week. Even though playing back-to-back matches against the same team like the men do is more cost efficient and fairer I’m sure the Big West doesn’t care since part of the agreement of Hawaii rejoining the Big West was that Hawaii would pay travel expenses.

  56. rayson September 27, 2014 11:29 pm

    Despite the challenges it presents to the Wahine as a fan I do selfishly prefer the schedule the Wahine now have as I get to see every Big West team play in person every year as opposed to seeing half the conference teams every other year like the men.

  57. Menehune September 28, 2014 3:10 am

    Tai should go back to her float save. We cannot be giving away freebies, especially to teams like CSUN, LBSU and UCI still to be played. Yes, watching the Wahine play the last two sets last night really tested my blood pressure. And Huff should get more playing time. GO BOWS.

  58. vbfan4life September 28, 2014 5:38 am

    I actually like the fact that the wahine have to play different teams back to back in a quick turnaround time. I think it simulates post season play better and forces us to adapt

  59. LC September 28, 2014 6:38 am

    Like I said before blame Dave if you don’t like the BW schedule set up.

    Hawai`i should be dominating teams like UCR not going toe to toe with them.

    I do give them credit for being fighters and pulling out the wins in close sets this weekend but how long will that work in their favor ?

  60. wildcard September 28, 2014 6:48 am

    57. tai is fine with her jump serve. she is capable of taking something off at the last moment in her jump serve if accuracy needs to be tipped instead of power. you want her back to float serving and then you would not have her whole deck of service aces or catching up in service aces with higgins or her having more aces then errors. hell if you want purely accuracy then might as well they just serve it underhand then.

  61. 'ohanaInBellingham September 28, 2014 7:29 am

    Kudos to UCR for digging like mad!

    Kendra: Her sets were a thing of beauty and confidence.

    I agree, 808: I really enjoyed listening to Tiff’s commentary.

  62. tako September 28, 2014 7:46 am

    As an example: 59 uses the word “blame,” why and what purpose does it serve?
    Believe Coach has a multitude of concerns and factors to consider when making the schedule. Would imagine stuff like league agreement or financial constraints or even prepping them for travel and post season play, etc…

    Despite the obstacle(s) the program/team/players are “winning” and overcoming the “odds.” It is a tribute to a great program that faces daunting constraints.

    Just maybe, this program is about the development of players like Olevao, Greely and Magill this year…and just maybe more turning the corner and stepping up at the right time…that makes it worth watching and supporting……………………

  63. LC September 28, 2014 8:00 am

    62 because I can .

  64. 'ohanaInBellingham September 28, 2014 8:24 am

    I found it interesting that Coach started Maglio in S2. I guess we were all expecting another S1-like blow-out; that is, before we found ourselves down 7-11 and in need of Adolpho.

  65. tongo September 28, 2014 8:56 am

    Give Riverside its due – they were playing lights out volleyball. Wahine fans are not use to a “working in process”, but it is what it is this year. Meanwhile, I am loving how Tai and KG are developing. Congrats to SM for 20+ digs! Another stellar night of team blocking including one block by EM. It appeared that Dave was trying to play EM in 2nd set but the team fell off. And to our Taylor Made dynamic dual, get well and be gentle with yourself, as it takes time but you two are the soul and future of this team.

  66. Menehune September 28, 2014 8:59 am

    60. How many SA versus SE did Tai have last night…her last two matches?
    Case closed.

  67. wildcard September 28, 2014 9:15 am

    you know part of why hawai’i didnt ‘dominate as demanded’ is because they were taking it easy….and i mean why not? riverside is the weakest team in the bw so na wahine can afford to and dave put in some reserves early to get some practice in. maglio was put in before set 2 even started. the rest of yall are complaining for lesser important reasons. if shoji left in his starting lineup the whole time like an elite assault team, you will have hawai’i ‘dominate as demanded’. just think even if riverside put in their best how they going to get past the big armor provided by taylor, greeley, olevao, adolpho, magill, and huff? na wahine could lose a lot on the rallies and still win every set. boring. btw ponce also did fairly decent, had 2 aces in the first set and was still serving, digging and even set to close.

  68. wildcard September 28, 2014 9:25 am

    66. no its not case closed. when tai did her floats they were even worse and looked unbecoming of her ever since last year and before. as it turns out, it was because shoji was ‘conservative’ and holding her back until he finally realized it from asu how the serve pays off. and still it was robyn who told tai to gloves off. tai had 4/1 and 1/1 her last two matches so your case close is false and your point is moot. for jump/spin serves, its a gamble on high risk, high reward and she only had 2 se last night not half a dozen or more.

  69. jc September 28, 2014 9:42 am

    44. I did notice his decision to use Kendra in non-blocking situations vs UCR.
    6-2, at this time, would be good for the team. At least until his present setter
    develops into the player he envisions her to be. UH certainly has the players
    to run a 6-2. I’m pretty sure he recognizes that the teams offensive potential
    is, at this time, under-utilized.

  70. tongo September 28, 2014 9:57 am

    As for Tai going back to the old float serve at critical points in the match, how do you develop confidence in it if you don’t use in similar critical situation? It is only through real game situations where true confidence is developed. I give Tai credit for developing and using it – even when the game is on the line. The team is going to need it when tournament times rolls in. And if Dave prefers to make sure it gets in, he can make a server change as he has done in the past for Tai. Right now, in the moments that count, it is Tai that delivers. What am amazing development over last year! Go Tai!

  71. Cubicle1126 September 28, 2014 10:19 am

    sweeps but tough first road trip for wahine. need to step it up for the next road trip, which is just 2 weeks away at csun and lbsu, oct 10-11. this same level of play won’t cut it.

    let’s see if they can work on a few more things in this week’s home matches. work on passing! get the middles involved, and it takes pressure off the OHs. that’s really the key right there. stay in system as much as possible. the 3 OHs can terminate but they’re not at the level (yet) where they can reliably terminate on out-of-system bailouts.

  72. hollycow September 28, 2014 10:19 am

    How soon do we forget that Tai “float” served two match points to UCLA in the net. I’m all for ripping the jump serve.

  73. Big Island VB fane September 28, 2014 2:22 pm

    I just watched an awesome match between USA and Russia ending the first round of the World Women’s Volleyball Championship. I won’t reveal the scores only that they were very close and it was a super epic battl!. Here is the link to the match and the replay is available on:

    It’s well worth watching!

  74. Layne September 28, 2014 3:55 pm

    Everyone keeps talking about UH should run a 6-2 but what they don’t understand is you have to have good passing to run a 6-2 and really passing is our weakest point right now. In a 6-2 you are basically passing with only two players all the time so the passing needs to be good. Same for speeding up the offense: you need to have good passing to speed up the offense.

  75. Butch September 28, 2014 4:13 pm

    72. Speak for yourself. They were 2 set points and they were not float serves they were jump serves. But I too am for the jump serves.

  76. hollycow September 28, 2014 5:20 pm

    73. Speak for yourself. They were jump floats, the kind she has been doing since last season. They were not the jump serves she had the green light for the last few matches.

  77. roofer68 September 28, 2014 5:32 pm

    73. hollycow, Butch is right it was two jump serves not the floats she was doing previously. I have all the OC16 matches on dvd.

  78. cocobean September 28, 2014 5:33 pm

    Silver lining.

    Didn’t SEE either match. The UC Davis match was unwatchable online thought it would be the same for Riverside so I didn’t bother to try to catch it. Judging by the news articles and the comments here the Wahine were not sharp. The coach didn’t seem as concerned about the team’s performance as much as some posters here.

    In a way it’s good the team faced some adversity rather than having two cake walks. Mistakes were made and play got ragged at times. All teaching and learning points that are correctable. It’s good our young team got it’s first taste of playing on the road out of their comfort zone. It’s good that they got their first taste of league play. All while coming out with two sweeps.

    They should have gotten an inkling of the type of venues and the crowds they’ll be facing. They should now know they’re the team that EVERYONE wants to beat. That they’ll get the best shot each team can give. That they’ll have to match the intensity across the net. We’re a young team with a high ceiling. They need experiences such as these to reach their potential.

  79. Butch September 28, 2014 5:36 pm

    74. Let me help you out a little bit.
    *Youtube links already set to their respective times of serves.

    Set 1: set point UCLA
    Tai jump serves and hits into the net

    Set 2: set point UCLA
    Tai jump serves and hits long

    FYI last season Tai did a standing serve.

    * You do realize that all of UH’s home matches are on youtube and its pretty easy to go back and look at them including the UCLA match where Tai did in fact Jump serve on 2 set points.

  80. wildcard September 28, 2014 5:42 pm

    74. they were both jump serves actually, at least the 2nd one was. the first one she took something off to create more a float and hit into the net. unfortunately higgins made a se before that and she was essentially forced to bail the team out but alas choked. the 2nd one she put too much power into it like a jump serve and hit it long.

    the ucla one was a misfortune. but its over now. only way that could be prevented in the future is their experience and if shoji created something for training to squeeze every game out of each wahine.

  81. wildcard September 28, 2014 5:55 pm

    yeah the coach didn’t seem as concerned about the team’s performance as much as some posters here didnt he? not so much it appears. then again he might of have been distracted in this match because a couple his players fell down hard including greeley who he chose to sub out because she rolled as if on her ankle again.

    the passing may be off but its not as evident watching the match on video. however i did catch one set problem by higgins which was probably a bad set and that was when greeley went down on the left side and struggled to get back up, higgins went ahead facing the same, set it that direction as if somebody was there.
    additionally the libero mendoza may definitely need improvement including awareness. she had a lot of digs and appeared to dig alright but during that same rally mentioned above when greeley was down, tai had to push mendoza to get her attention to dig the ball over the net that was bad set by higgins to nobody since greeley was down.

  82. wildcard September 28, 2014 6:00 pm

    happend on the 1:00:10 mark

    yeah tai had to physically push mendoza on the side before she reacted to the ball falling and greeley down not able to get it. mendoza not to full libero caliber yet despite lots of digs.

  83. OrbitalRipZ September 28, 2014 10:37 pm

    As of September 28, 4 teams (Ole Miss, Appalachian St, Loyola Marymount, Texas Tech) fell from the NCAA D1 undefeated ranks, thus leaving 5 with unblemished records.

    1. Florida State (13-0, 2-0 in ACC) ::: Best start in Noles’ vball history … FSU is listed as #1 in the unofficial daily RPI … HEADS UP: Official NCAA D1 RPI comes out next Monday (Oct 6) … Says me

    2. Washington (13-0, 2-0 in Pac-12) ::: Senior AVCA 1st-team AA and reigning AVCA National Player of the Year Krista Vansant continues to deliver … Next up: USC followed by UCLA

    3. Stanford (12-0, 2-0 in Pac-12) ::: In spite of Carly Wopat’s graduation, Junior AVCA 1st-team AA Inky Ajanaku has stepped up big time this season … While Stanford’s middles dominate, setter Madi Bugg remains the Cardinals’ anchor … Next up: Oregon

    4. Oregon (12-0, 2-0 in Pac-12) ::: Senior AVCA 2nd-team AA Liz Brenner continues to make an early case for the Ducks … Next up: Stanford

    5. Texas (9-0, 1-0 in Big 12) ::: Led by reigning Volleyball Magazine’s Player of the Year, Senior AVCA 1st-team AA Haley Eckerman continues to deliver for the Longhorns … Next up: Iowa St followed by Kansas

    (Yes, this is my first post here of the season. After hearing Shoji say that refrain from last year, “It was ugly but we’ll take it,” I told myself I wouldn’t watch the Bows this season if I heard that refrain again during pre-conference. I never heard it again. So I’m back.)

  84. Brandon September 28, 2014 10:46 pm

    Cindy kind of irellevent, but why isn’t emily hartong listed in the top ten for all time kills on the 2014 media guide. She should be at 8

  85. daluna September 29, 2014 8:42 am

    What a great match, UCR played their hearts out they came to play gotta give them credit for that.

  86. NinthIsland September 29, 2014 9:11 am

    Ranked #24

  87. Cindy Luis September 29, 2014 9:27 am

    New thread up. Hawaii at 24.

  88. Cindy Luis September 29, 2014 9:38 am

    81. you’re right. She had 1,494 career kills Should be No. 8

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