Hawaii 3, UCI 0

Not expecting any lineup changers among the starters.


  1. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 6:51 pm

    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

  2. wildcard October 4, 2014 7:04 pm

    thats some strong attack (kills per set) for irvine

  3. wildcard October 4, 2014 7:11 pm

    shoji i mistaken you. keep up the good work. he told taylor to increase agression and she serves an ace

  4. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 7:11 pm

    UH up 7-3 on Taylor’s 5-0 serving run. TO UCI.


  5. warriorfan October 4, 2014 7:22 pm

    Tai is hitting amazing tonight, hope she can keep this up the rest of the season.

  6. NinthIsland October 4, 2014 7:23 pm

    We’re playing pretty well…Tai looking good…especially from the pipe.

  7. wildcard October 4, 2014 7:23 pm

    shoji even had foresight and took command and ordered kalei adolpho to put up some armor. tai playing like a boss so far.

  8. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 7:24 pm

    Taylor with her 4th kill. It’s 20-14 TO UH.
    Manu-Olevao 5-0-6.
    Higgins is isolating UCI’s block well. couple of times no UCI block up.
    UH hitting 333. UCI 217,

  9. warriorfan October 4, 2014 7:25 pm

    Only gripe about tonight so far, Higgins connections with the middles, still not quite right.

  10. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 7:28 pm

    Greeley with her first kill of the night. ends it 25-17

  11. wildcard October 4, 2014 7:29 pm

    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.

  12. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 7:30 pm

    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

  13. NinthIsland October 4, 2014 7:30 pm

    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!

  14. Z October 4, 2014 7:31 pm

    Got to keep the momentum.

  15. warriorfan October 4, 2014 7:40 pm

    Tai is looking extremely confident out there hitting tonight, extremely good news and hope she keeps this confidence up the rest of the season.

  16. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 7:41 pm

    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

  17. Z October 4, 2014 7:42 pm

    16. I agree.

  18. warriorfan October 4, 2014 7:42 pm

    Tai is just swinging away, ala Karsta Lowe.

  19. NinthIsland October 4, 2014 7:42 pm

    Keep it rolling ladies…looking better than last night…

  20. NinthIsland October 4, 2014 7:45 pm

    Very smart for Higgins to keep feeding Tai from the back…especially when Uc Irvine choosing not to block it.

  21. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 7:45 pm

    3-0 run by UCI and UH calls a TO at 16-13

  22. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 7:46 pm

    18. don’t see a similarity in the two. Manu-Olevao a little more explosive. but has to be being shorter.

  23. wildcard October 4, 2014 7:47 pm

    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.

  24. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 7:47 pm

    Maglio for Adolpho at 16-14.

  25. warriorfan October 4, 2014 7:50 pm

    Not sure why the wahine are struggling so much with Lee.

  26. warriorfan October 4, 2014 7:51 pm

    Higgins has got to get Olivia going, she’s the most explosive hitter on the floor.

  27. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 7:52 pm

    2 blocks on Pickrell gives UH a 20-18 lead TO UCI

  28. NinthIsland October 4, 2014 7:52 pm

    That Lee girl is giving us some fits…good block Magill and Taylor

  29. wildcard October 4, 2014 7:52 pm

    does tayler higgins appear to be wounded? bandage on her leg?

  30. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 7:53 pm

    25. probably deciding to concentrate on Pickrell and Bubica. Lee has been the third option for UCI this season.

  31. warriorfan October 4, 2014 7:54 pm

    Olivia comes alive = Wahine go ahead!

  32. NinthIsland October 4, 2014 7:55 pm

    The block party is back! Go Magill

  33. warriorfan October 4, 2014 7:56 pm

    There you go, keep feeding Olivia!

  34. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 7:56 pm

    Magill with her 5th kill. UH wins 25-19

  35. Z October 4, 2014 7:56 pm

    Magill with the kill.

  36. wildcard October 4, 2014 7:57 pm

    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.

  37. Beauston October 4, 2014 7:58 pm

    Wahine on fire in all aspect of the game right now. Surprisingly Adolpho only have 1 kill. Show us some of them slides!

  38. wildcard October 4, 2014 8:01 pm

    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?

  39. NinthIsland October 4, 2014 8:03 pm

    Don’t fall asleep just yet ladies…one more set to go…Go Bows!

  40. Z October 4, 2014 8:04 pm

    Tai is amazing tonight. I hope she can keep it up.

  41. Beauston October 4, 2014 8:06 pm

    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.

  42. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 8:21 pm

    UCI up 15-13 at the TTO.

  43. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 8:22 pm

    Bublica with her 9th kill down the line. it’s 17-13. TO UH

  44. warriorfan October 4, 2014 8:24 pm

    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.

  45. Beauston October 4, 2014 8:24 pm

    Wahine got this. UCI as expected made adjustments. But they got this.

  46. wildcard October 4, 2014 8:25 pm

    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.

  47. warriorfan October 4, 2014 8:25 pm

    ok this is ridiculous need to get out of this rally and get Olivia back in the front row.

  48. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 8:25 pm

    Huff in for Greeley. Hawaii having trouble closing on Bublica

  49. warriorfan October 4, 2014 8:25 pm

    Meant out of this rotation.

  50. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 8:28 pm

    Rotation violation called on Hawaii. Taylor should not have been serving. should have been Mendoza.

  51. warriorfan October 4, 2014 8:28 pm

    unfortunately might have to go four sets ugh!!

  52. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 8:30 pm

    double sub Koelsch and Passi in

  53. warriorfan October 4, 2014 8:31 pm

    Koelsch’s sets are nice!!

  54. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 8:33 pm

    Manu-Olevao with the kill. it’s 22-19. TO UCI

  55. warriorfan October 4, 2014 8:36 pm

    Should have just stuck with tai’s serve.

  56. warriorfan October 4, 2014 8:37 pm

    ok that bad rotation violation really hurting now.

  57. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 8:37 pm

    UH with its 11 block, Wahine have held off two set points. closing to 24-23. TO UCI

  58. warriorfan October 4, 2014 8:40 pm

    Sarah has Ice in her veins. Love it. Learned from Aly.

  59. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 8:41 pm

    Great win 26-24. was 21-14. UH finishes it on a 12-3 run

  60. Z October 4, 2014 8:41 pm

    Thank you Sarah!

  61. NinthIsland October 4, 2014 8:42 pm

    Wow…what a late come back…Good job Bows!

  62. wildcard October 4, 2014 8:42 pm

    told you irvine is giving hawai’i some excercise. the bows still proves their armor is too thick. ekahi elua aloha.

  63. wildcard October 4, 2014 8:48 pm

    53. 55. 58. and 60. CONCUR.

  64. jmy October 4, 2014 8:49 pm

    Nice comeback…I really don’t get all the hype surrounding CSUN…They haven’t beaten anyone good and have one very questionable loss…

  65. warriorfan October 4, 2014 8:55 pm

    IMO Olivia has Olympic potential, she still looks very raw out there. Her ceiling is very very high.

  66. islandman October 4, 2014 8:57 pm

    Wahine are getting to be a good blocking team.

  67. Beauston October 4, 2014 8:58 pm

    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.

  68. warriorfan October 4, 2014 8:59 pm

    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.

  69. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 10:00 pm

    66. UH ranked third in the country in blocks coming into the week.

  70. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 10:02 pm

    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.

  71. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 10:05 pm

    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.

  72. wildcard October 4, 2014 10:08 pm

    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.

  73. rayson October 4, 2014 10:22 pm

    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.

  74. bleachercoach October 4, 2014 10:34 pm

    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!

  75. Cindy Luis October 4, 2014 11:10 pm

    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.

  76. kimo browner October 5, 2014 12:40 am

    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!

  77. wildcard October 5, 2014 12:46 am

    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.

  78. po'okela October 5, 2014 1:47 am

    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

  79. LanaiBoy October 5, 2014 3:13 am

    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.

  80. islandman October 5, 2014 5:30 am

    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 …

  81. High N Wide October 5, 2014 6:05 am

    “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.

  82. Cindy Luis October 5, 2014 7:06 am

    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.

  83. Cindy Luis October 5, 2014 7:09 am

    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.

  84. LC October 5, 2014 7:17 am

    81 Is she suppose to sound like a thug ? 🙂

  85. HigH N Wide October 5, 2014 7:25 am

    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.

  86. LC October 5, 2014 7:27 am

    Cindy any updates on Cecilia Goods ? Last we heard was about raising funds.

  87. Casual Observer October 5, 2014 7:55 am

    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?

  88. warriorfan October 5, 2014 8:59 am

    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.

  89. warriorfan October 5, 2014 9:07 am

    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.

  90. LC October 5, 2014 9:24 am

    The Hawaii team that Meranda Watkins (who was mentioned here) says made her an offer looks to be BYU Hawaii in a recent tweet.

  91. wildcard October 5, 2014 11:23 am

    84. lol

    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’

  92. LanaiBoy October 5, 2014 12:22 pm

    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.

  93. warriorfan October 5, 2014 1:07 pm

    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.

  94. warriorfan October 5, 2014 1:13 pm

    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.

  95. OrbitalRipZ October 5, 2014 1:51 pm

    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

  96. 'ohanaInBellingham October 5, 2014 2:15 pm

    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.

  97. HigH N Wide October 5, 2014 3:54 pm

    Anyone for guess on the RPI?
    How about something around/between 14-20..?

  98. Cubicle1126 October 5, 2014 4:01 pm

    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.

  99. kimo browner October 5, 2014 5:19 pm

    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.

  100. Cindy Luis October 5, 2014 5:29 pm

    86. about $20,000 has been raised out of the $30K asked for
    you can follow at

  101. Cindy Luis October 5, 2014 5:38 pm

    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

  102. Cindy Luis October 5, 2014 5:42 pm

    88. watched a little FSU-Miami as well. Ma’a didn’t play. she has played very sparingly this year.

  103. High N Wide October 6, 2014 6:19 pm

    YEAH. cindy nailed it on the high side.

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