Not expecting any lineup changers among the starters.
In case you missed the BWC scores from Saturday
Cal Poly def. UC Riverside 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 25-19
Long Beach State def. CSUN 25-20, 25-16, 20-25, 25-22
UC Davis def. UCSB 25-21, 25-19, 25-16
thats some strong attack (kills per set) for irvine
shoji i mistaken you. keep up the good work. he told taylor to increase agression and she serves an ace
UH up 7-3 on Taylor’s 5-0 serving run. TO UCI.
Tai is hitting amazing tonight, hope she can keep this up the rest of the season.
We’re playing pretty well…Tai looking good…especially from the pipe.
shoji even had foresight and took command and ordered kalei adolpho to put up some armor. tai playing like a boss so far.
Taylor with her 4th kill. It’s 20-14 TO UH.
Higgins is isolating UCI’s block well. couple of times no UCI block up.
UH hitting 333. UCI 217,
Only gripe about tonight so far, Higgins connections with the middles, still not quite right.
Greeley with her first kill of the night. ends it 25-17
outstanding wahine keep it up. dont let irvine pull a stunt like they tried vs northridge.
nikki taylor also playing like the tiger of na wahine.
Wahine hit 387 to UCI’s 222. Taylor 6-1-10, Manu-Olevao 5-0-6.
For UCI, Lee 6-1-9. UH has done a good job on Pickrell 2-1-12. Bubica 2-03. Expect her to be set more in Set 2
Started the set a little slow but found the groove and good overall play by the wahine…good serving, setting(although the middle needs some work), and defense. Good job Bows!
Got to keep the momentum.
Tai is looking extremely confident out there hitting tonight, extremely good news and hope she keeps this confidence up the rest of the season.
Really strange that UCI choosing not to put up a block on the 3-meter attack. Greeley with the overpass. UH up 14-10. TO UCI
16. I agree.
Tai is just swinging away, ala Karsta Lowe.
Keep it rolling ladies…looking better than last night…
Very smart for Higgins to keep feeding Tai from the back…especially when Uc Irvine choosing not to block it.
3-0 run by UCI and UH calls a TO at 16-13
18. don’t see a similarity in the two. Manu-Olevao a little more explosive. but has to be being shorter.
is it me or when the play started since first serve the ball and irvine appeared to be in slow motion and easy picking for na wahine? tai still playing like a boss, suppose make her angrier in play?? nikki taylor also playing as the tiger of na wahine. the rest wahine being sturdy players tonight.
Maglio for Adolpho at 16-14.
Not sure why the wahine are struggling so much with Lee.
Higgins has got to get Olivia going, she’s the most explosive hitter on the floor.
2 blocks on Pickrell gives UH a 20-18 lead TO UCI
That Lee girl is giving us some fits…good block Magill and Taylor
does tayler higgins appear to be wounded? bandage on her leg?
25. probably deciding to concentrate on Pickrell and Bubica. Lee has been the third option for UCI this season.
Olivia comes alive = Wahine go ahead!
The block party is back! Go Magill
There you go, keep feeding Olivia!
Magill with her 5th kill. UH wins 25-19
Magill with the kill.
i think thats why olivia is a middle blocker not a middle hitter ie adolpho and huff. magill adds to na wahines armor is too thick.
Wahine on fire in all aspect of the game right now. Surprisingly Adolpho only have 1 kill. Show us some of them slides!
it seems either irvine is confused on the sets or they do not rely on armor (blocking) but rather their big attack. suspect irvine planning (masterminding) something?
Don’t fall asleep just yet ladies…one more set to go…Go Bows!
Tai is amazing tonight. I hope she can keep it up.
38, pretty sure UCI will do lots of adjustments in set 3 but would not drop 2 sets just to win 1. There is another team on the other side if the net who wants the same thing which is to win. Doubt they forgot that.
UCI up 15-13 at the TTO.
Bublica with her 9th kill down the line. it’s 17-13. TO UH
Little lack of energy and focus in this set, too many hitting/service errors/freebies for UCI. Bubica on Higgins is not a good match up.
Wahine got this. UCI as expected made adjustments. But they got this.
exhilarating play so far. shoji actually vocally giving effective orders. told taylor to ‘come on drill it’ while she was serving and she serves another ace. tai has a legion of attacks and even used her chin to defend/attack. now uci giving wahine some excercise now.
ok this is ridiculous need to get out of this rally and get Olivia back in the front row.
Huff in for Greeley. Hawaii having trouble closing on Bublica
Meant out of this rotation.
Rotation violation called on Hawaii. Taylor should not have been serving. should have been Mendoza.
unfortunately might have to go four sets ugh!!
double sub Koelsch and Passi in
Koelsch’s sets are nice!!
Manu-Olevao with the kill. it’s 22-19. TO UCI
Should have just stuck with tai’s serve.
ok that bad rotation violation really hurting now.
UH with its 11 block, Wahine have held off two set points. closing to 24-23. TO UCI
Sarah has Ice in her veins. Love it. Learned from Aly.
Great win 26-24. was 21-14. UH finishes it on a 12-3 run
Thank you Sarah!
Wow…what a late come back…Good job Bows!
told you irvine is giving hawai’i some excercise. the bows still proves their armor is too thick. ekahi elua aloha.
53. 55. 58. and 60. CONCUR.
Nice comeback…I really don’t get all the hype surrounding CSUN…They haven’t beaten anyone good and have one very questionable loss…
IMO Olivia has Olympic potential, she still looks very raw out there. Her ceiling is very very high.
Wahine are getting to be a good blocking team.
64 diff team playing diff night. CSUN has been very inconsistent this year. The setter they had last year stabilized the team LY and now they are feeling their loss. I still will not count them out as a threat. the more loss they have the more eager they want a piece of Wahine to redeam themselves.
If UH serves tough against Long Beach and CSUN next week, they will win both IMO, those two teams have passing problems and their OH’s are error prone and block-able, and tough serving would also limit Long Beach’s middles, who are their biggest weapon.
66. UH ranked third in the country in blocks coming into the week.
Impressed by the comeback. gotta wondering if UCI was thinking about how the match with CSUN got away.
To be fair, UCI was pretty limited in their attack. They had no middle attack with 2 starting middles out.
Did ask Weishoff about not blocking the 3-meter attack. Said they didn’t normally do that. And that Manu-Olevao had a lot of heat. Don’t think they thought she could be as consistently good as she was.
Manu-Olevao said she that it was ‘gracious’ for them to give her the open look.
na wahine at the end of the day/night showed how they would win with a push comes to shove match and let irvine put up their best fight.
Great comeback be the Wahine in the 3rd set. Nikki looks like she’s getting her groove back. I also liked that Tai attacked every set she was given.
What puzzled me during the match was why Irvine never bothered trying to block any of the Wahine’s many back row attacks.
This team looks like a very fine work in progress. They are look like they are becoming a legitimate force and look forward for them to produce the same overall energy, effort, and passion they showed tonight at Northridge and Long Beach. Nikki Taylor is looking like she is getting more comfortable and getting back to the true form of last year. I thought Adolpho appeared to have more spring and explosiveness in her jumps and reactions. Magill is the “Block Ness Monster”. I thought the subbing of Koelsch and Passi coming in the last set was a pivotal point for the comeback. Koelsch brings a different dimension to this team and can give Higs that needed breather. Passi had a solid kill. I love Koelsch quick high release of setting…we have 2 great setters!!…Tai is playing with so much confidence! Mendoza had a brilliant night of passing overall. Greeley steady as usual. This team is getting better week after week! Looks very promising and could surprise many in postseason if they continue to bond and improve…wow!
73. answered that in 71.
74. still a work in progress but what you’er seeing is the lineup they were hoping to have from the beginning. Taylor being back makes a huge difference.
Going to be a tough road trip.
Wahine showed character tonite despite tiring in the amazing 3rd set.. in post game interview, it was mentioned that several subs in set 3, Kendra and Passi in particular, fired up the team and swung momentum back to Hawaii. Shoji’s response was he actually conceded the 3rd set and took out several of his starters to rest them for the 4th set…Kendra’s back set to Passi was spectacular to watch.
That was my pick for play of the match. It turned the game around!
the lady bows took command of all sets. passing was good. setting was decent. and the reserves provided relief when needed like mobile reserves (quick feet/hustle). hopefully kahakai is ready and augmented to add into the attack as needed for the road. passi took that much needed shot like a boss. sarah looked like she either is faster or did not needed to be ‘summoned’ to the ball and she served to the end like in an unconscious state.
tai played like a boss. she was a volcano.
hawai’i blocked as though its armor is too thick. and ultimately na wahine showed they had the heart and will to win every set.
thought this was the best match they played
greeley lacked in offense but made up with it in defense
next season is going to be a thing of beauty
Funny about the comment about UCI not setting up a block for Tai Manu-Olevao. This was a long time ago, when Keri Walsh of Stanford came into the Sheriff to wreak havoc among the Bows. As a freshman, Walsh was killing the Bows with kills from the back row (Boy, was I impressed!). The Bows were not putting a block for spikes from the back row. Shoji explained this tactic afterwards stating that Hawaii defenders should have had enough time to pick up the spikes given the extra time and distance of balls hit from the back row. Shoji found out how wrong this can be when you have a powerful hitter like Walsh who can hit bullets from any point in the court, like Krista Lowe of UCLA this season. By the way, Walsh never did hit as hard for the rest of her college career because of never fully recovering from a shoulder injury. For this match, I think Paula Weishoff just underestimated Manu-Olevao’s power while developing her game plan.
74 and 76 — Kendra did a jump set , i think to Passi.
75 — With Nikki in there, the block is looking pretty huge. She had six block assists last night.
Kanoa on TV was giving Magill several descriptions like Air Magill and some other …
“Air Magill” and “Block Ness Monster”…
luv these posters. ” Olivia” sounds too gentle.
Congrats to the Na Wahine for the show of guts/stamina that
should carry them a long way through the next tough week.
79. Think Walsh had an even better match vs. UH in the 1996 title game in Cleveland. Although 18 kills, 13 digs not too shabby a month earlier in the sellout at the SSC. think Shoji in the first meeting was more concerned about Fokl, and Lambert played out of her mind that night as well.
In Cleveland, you knew Hawaii was in trouble when a very ill Ljungquist got blocked on the first play.
Agree with you that Weishoff may have underestimated Manu-Oleveo’s ‘heat’ as she put it. And, as has been the complaint from others here, her consistency. As mentioned, Manu-Olevao was surprised there was no block and that UCI was ‘very gracious’ in doing so.
80. it was a back set. a little bit of jump to it, or ‘kick’ as they call it.
It came when Hawaii was down 21-14. good sub by Shoji. He did say that Koelsch brings a different energy and look. no way was UCI prepared for KK and Passi on that play.
always find it interesting when he says things to TV that he doesn’t to the print media. When I asked what he was thinking at 21-14 he said that he thought if they could get a point, momentum, that it would make UCI start thinking.
Appreciate getting the info from what he said on TV since we don’t get to hear it.
81. not sure why you think it makes Magill sound too gentle. She is quiet, that is her demeanor, but she is very intense on the court. just doesn’t put on a ‘mean’ face.
81 Is she suppose to sound like a thug ? 🙂
83. Just meant on her court presence. She sounds like an Olivia in post-game TV interview in which she comes across as smiling and refreshingly thoughtful in these live sessions.
Cindy any updates on Cecilia Goods ? Last we heard was about raising funds.
Haven’t seen the wahines for several matches but last night noticed a big difference in the team’s demeanor when compared to the first two weeks. They seem more relaxed, smiling a lot more, seem to communicate more, and hence play looser and with greater confidence. This is what we were used to with the teams that returned more veterans than newcomers. Also the power serving is something they needed and will need for the tougher matches. The players have the talent, just give them the skill and confidence. Final thot: When you look at a team like UCI (or many teams like UCI), they seem to have good talent. So why do they have a poorer record? Conversely, what makes Hawaii better?
Watching florida State/ Miami on tv, no Misty Maa for Miami so far.
But boy do I hope we are in Florida State’s bracket if they are a top seed, they look weak.
Watching a little of Florida match too, Alhassan from Florida is such a beast for a freshmen. Best four middles in the NCAA right now are Alhassan, Inky, Nia Grant and Olivia IMO
I think we will see Alhassan, Inky and Olivia in Tokyo, 2020.
The Hawaii team that Meranda Watkins (who was mentioned here) says made her an offer looks to be BYU Hawaii in a recent tweet.
na wahine proved its still ‘difficult to defeat the bows’. and made it a fact in set 3, that it is ‘very difficult to defeat the bows’
88. Agree that Alhassan of Florida looks great at middle; very athletic. Another freshman with even more potential is Stanford middle Merete Lutz. She is 6 feet 8 inches tall and improving every match. Dunning claims that she could be the best volleyball player in Stanford history by her senior year. Hard to believe anyone could surpass Olympians Logan Tom or Keri Walsh, though.
Dunning is over reacting. Lutz is good for college, but she lacks speed for the international game. International setters will fool her IMO, she’s not as good a blocker ( not even close) as Olivia, Inky and Alhassan, and is just a year younger than Olivia/Inky.
ASU is turning out to be the worst loss for the wahine so far. In retrospect,that is definitely the worst match the wahine played.
From the WHO CARES department:
Head up! 1st weekly NCAA RPI should roll out tomorrow (Monday, Oct 6)
D1 NCAA unbeaten ranks drop to 4, and IMHO these perfect teams should be ranked 1-2-3-4 in the AVCA Top 25 Poll this Monday:
1. Stanford (14-0) … Still perfect with redshirt frosh and National FOY candidate 6′-8″ middle blocker Merete Lutz hitting a career high .714 against Oregon State
2. Texas (11-0) … Probably the team with the best chance at a perfect regular-season record if Horns can take down the Florida Gators in an odd last match before the post-season NCAA Championship tournament begins
3. Washington (16-0) … Dawgs and reigning National POY Krista Vansant continue to make a case for No Fear (remember when that phrase was popular? wonder where it went)
4. Florida St (14-0)… Fl St was preseason pick to finish first in the ACC, followed by Duke and North Carolina … Funny thing is come NCAA Selection Sunday, the ACC will get more berths than the much stronger Big West
Wow, na Wahine!
Kudos to keeping Bubica under .290 because UCI wins when she hits above that.
Nikki executed the most balanced match of her sophomore year (17 points vs next highest at 15.5).
Sarah also executed a balanced match: I could see Longo’s influence on Sarah’s digging. Her passing to the Bigs was a surprise, and helped save Higgins from scrambling.
Kendra…her deft play extends beyond the time that she is in the match because she betters Higgins’ play when Higgins comes back in.
Anyone for guess on the RPI?
How about something around/between 14-20..?
high n wide — there is an “unofficial” rpi (as of today) and RichKern’s RKPI (as of last monday) both have hawaii at #13. these are just estimators/simulators, of course, but they usually get it pretty close.
Coach has to mix his frosh in two days of play against C-SUN and the Beach.
Save legs and give them different looks. His starters can not play as effectively without intervals of break against these two up tempo teams.
86. about $20,000 has been raised out of the $30K asked for
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97. I’m thinking 14-17 for the RPI
Pablo vs. RKPI as of Sept. 29.
Hawaii 20 13
teams UH has lost to
Oregon 5 3
ASU 14 34
UCLA 9 12
88. watched a little FSU-Miami as well. Ma’a didn’t play. she has played very sparingly this year.
YEAH. cindy nailed it on the high side.