No. 22 Hawaii 3, USF 1

Starting Higgins, Taylor, Magill, Greeley, Mendoza (L), Kahakai, Adolpho.
Long should be replacing Kahakai in the front row.

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  1. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 5:14 pm

    Long with the hitting error. it’s 10-7 USF. TO UH.
    Dons hitting .500, UH hitting .400

  2. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 5:21 pm

    USF leading 18-14 as Greeley’s 3-meter sails long. TO UH

  3. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 5:23 pm

    Long subbed out, Kahakai in the back row serve receive. Kahakai staying in the front row.

  4. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 5:27 pm

    a really poor showing by UH. USF wins 25-15. UH hit .182. USF 517

  5. Wen September 14, 2014 5:29 pm

    Wow. That one really got away from the Wahine.

  6. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 5:29 pm

    USF finished Set 1 on a 5-0 run. outscored UH 11-2 after it was 14-13.

  7. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 5:31 pm

    Passi in.

  8. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 5:33 pm

    It was 14-13. USF finished it out 11-2

  9. warriorfan September 14, 2014 5:37 pm

    I don’t understand why Huff is not in. head scratcher.
    The passing is bad, but even with decent passes the setting is really off.

  10. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 5:42 pm

    Adolpho and Higgins in on the block. UH up 15-10 at the TTO

  11. warriorfan September 14, 2014 5:43 pm

    okay better play in the second set so far. Passing game has cleaned up and Higgins is a bit better with location, still struggling with the middles however.

  12. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 5:46 pm

    SE by Greeley and 2 points by USF has it 16-14. TO UH

  13. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 5:49 pm

    Nice bump set by Guinasso to Greeley helps UH pull out to an 18-14 lead. TO USF

  14. warriorfan September 14, 2014 5:50 pm

    I really don’t get the platoon of the serving subs, sometimes we see Ponce first, or Anderson but to me Guinasso has been the most impressive and she should always come in first.

  15. Wop ur jaws September 14, 2014 5:54 pm

    Higgins trap set again to the left side.

  16. warriorfan September 14, 2014 5:54 pm

    Magill/Higgins connection is just not there still.

  17. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 5:56 pm

    USF serves into the net. UH up 23-20. TO USF. Adolpho best match of the season 5-0-7, 2 blocks. Magill 6-1-11

  18. Wop ur jaws September 14, 2014 5:56 pm

    I don’t see Dave’s confidence in Higgins. Her set choices are so predictable. We are here in the arena calling her sets before she sets it. So obvious.

  19. warriorfan September 14, 2014 5:58 pm

    Okay that was Higins best set of the weekend . Hope she keeps that up. Her setting has been shaky.

  20. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 5:59 pm

    @ hitting errors by UH and it’s 24-22. TO Wahine

  21. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 6:01 pm

    USF service error ends it. 25-22. USF has cooled off to 216. UH hit 31. Adolpho 6-0-8. Magill 6-1-11. Taylor 8-4-21.

  22. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 6:05 pm

    14. Agree that Guinasso probably the best of his serving subs. He has options and he’s using them.

  23. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 6:13 pm

    Huff in Set 3, the fourth OH at that position so far.

  24. Wop ur jaws September 14, 2014 6:23 pm

    Higgins set to the middles are low and slow.

  25. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 6:25 pm

    24 disagree with you on that particular set. that was a shoot set and Magill jumped early. She just gets up so quickly. Can’t blame Higgins for a couple of the sets when passes were low and she was setting from her knees.
    UH up 15-11 at the TTO.

  26. Wop ur jaws September 14, 2014 6:27 pm

    Nice block. That’s the way to set the block. You took a tight angle and Kalei closed the gap.

  27. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 6:31 pm

    Interesting Shoji wanted to get Koelsch for the blocking sub. he called her too late to get her in.

  28. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 6:32 pm

    Magill and Huff in on the stuff. it’s 21-16. TO USF

  29. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 6:37 pm

    Higgins turned into the net when trying a backset. It’s 22-19. TO UH

  30. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 6:40 pm

    Higgins wins the joust with the 6-4 Zaloznik. Wahine win 25-22.

  31. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 6:49 pm

    Higgins on a 5-0 serving run, including an ace. and UH up 7-4. TO USF

  32. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 6:55 pm

    USF pulls to 12-10. TO UH

  33. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 6:59 pm

    Maglio replaces Adolpho

  34. Wop ur jaws September 14, 2014 7:00 pm

    Higgins set location is sucking.

  35. warriorfan September 14, 2014 7:00 pm

    Gotta say I’m really bummed with the setting, I really like Higgins but she’s not improving. Not sure why Kalei got subbed out, that set was way too low for her.

  36. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 7:01 pm

    Not a lot of options in the front row with Higgins there. USF has scored 4 straight after Greeley’s service error. Taylor blocked twice. USF up 15-14. TO UH

  37. PBnJz September 14, 2014 7:02 pm

    Wow…did everyone lose their internet connection? Wahine finally playing just well enough to quiet the usual gripers!?!

  38. warriorfan September 14, 2014 7:03 pm

    Way too many dinks for Olivia, but at least she’s smart and just keeping it in play.

  39. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 7:05 pm

    Magill with her best swing of the night (15th kill) and a Dons hitting error makes it 20-18. TO USF

  40. warriorfan September 14, 2014 7:07 pm

    Guinnaso needs to be first off the bench to serve from here on out, no offense to Anderson and Ponce who have great serves too ,but Guinnaso just makes things happen.

  41. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 7:10 pm

    UH wins 25-20 on the solo stuff by Adolpho

  42. HawaiiMongoose September 14, 2014 7:14 pm

    Nice come-from-behind win. They looked awful to start but recovered nicely.

  43. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 7:19 pm

    42. they did
    Lowe UCLA MOP
    also all-tournament Magill, Mendoza
    USU’s Vanhoff
    Consani, UCLA, Feliz UCLA
    Zaloznik USF

  44. Cruisecontrol September 14, 2014 7:20 pm

    Saw who made up most of the all tourney team and MVP. Who were the rest?

  45. Cruisecontrol September 14, 2014 7:22 pm

    Hmmm…why is my previous comment “awaiting moderation?”

  46. tossup September 14, 2014 7:52 pm

    not too shabby for na wahine. but for dropping set 1 including like that, thats shojis fault. it wasnt long, it wasnt passi, it was his shoddy coaching that must of have happened since yesterday. and he might of been falling back to his old habits at the start of set 4 once the bows got back ahead. nikki taylor had quality swings but does anybody else notice that sometimes in terms of movement she looks like she is still wounded?


    both the broadcast and shoji have said it quite several times that there is no sunday (no tai) matchup in the big west play, BUT shows:
    10/26 which IS a sumday vs ucsb at home
    and i believe i saw another sunday earlier on the bwc schedule….

    am i missing something here?

  47. LanaiBoy September 14, 2014 8:11 pm

    $6 Tossup. Boy, your rants against Shoji are getting really tiresome. Sorry, but Shoji can’t play himself and if you want to criticize please be more specific. Just what did Shoji do wrong in the first set? You should stop the constant name calling. This blog has been taken over by persons who just badmouth the coaches and certain players nonstop, unfortunately.

  48. Big Island VB fan September 14, 2014 8:13 pm

    46. You are right. Everybody missed it but you. It’s because October 25 is a homecoming football match. This will give UCSB a definite advantage. I don’t see why football and volleyball can’t happen the same day. At Cal Poly SLO where I used to come from they had both sports the same day. What happens is that exclusively or predominantly volleyball fans will attend the volleyball matches while the same happens in football. However, if football loses too many matches, the fans of both sports will favor volleyball then. I wish Shoji could have the schedule changed so that UCSB comes on October 25th instead.

  49. Cruisecontrol September 14, 2014 8:22 pm

    Can’t wait for the match vs. Toyota Auto Body. I’d like to see more of Koelsch and Maglio and how they perform for extended periods against good competition, as well as possibly giving Passi more opportunities to work the kinks out.

  50. tossup September 14, 2014 8:41 pm

    47. and what name calling did i do? i just said shoji did a shoddy job coaching causing the lady bows to bomb the opening set. and what was that exactly you say? he made no improvement to his players play of the opening set and it was actually opposite of an improvement. how do you hit negative (-.100 something) and let your opponent of lesser caliber beat you with what .517 hitting in the opening set?

    48. yes and shoji as well as ocsport and maybe even staradvertiser and other media HIDING from truth. if that match vs ucsb is in fact on sunday shoji better have his ‘non tai-manuolevao’ lineup/play ready. ‘big west has no match on sunday’ or ‘thats the last sunday matchup’??

  51. AdmrVT September 14, 2014 9:19 pm

    #47. I agree. I don’t find that any of the discussions you have referenced present any ideas or viewpoints that are “insightful.” Just venting that the “play” has not gone the way they envision — so there must be something wrong.

  52. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 9:28 pm

    49. shoji said Toyota will be a fun match and he anticipates playing everyone.

    46. as for the Sunday matches. just one left vs. UCSB.

    48. they aren’t going to change the match against UCSB.
    Until this season, there was never volleyball and football on the same day.
    the big deal is that SLO has football and volleyball on-campus sites. UH does not. and, sorry, but SLO doesn’t draw 6,000-8,000 for volleyball

    Since I can’t hear the broadcasters, don’t know what they are saying. Hard to believe Shoji would say it.

  53. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 9:33 pm

    50. Not sure what you mean by the hiding the truth. We’ve been saying since last month that Manu-Olevao would be missing three Sunday matches. and that includes Oct. 26 vs. UCSB.
    not sure how much better the Gauchos will be in five weeks from now. they’re 3-6 at the moment.
    Hawaii, however, will be much better by then.

  54. Cindy Luis September 14, 2014 9:34 pm

    45. i see no comments in moderation.

  55. tossup September 14, 2014 9:45 pm

    53. cindy, since both shoji said it more than once (particularly in front of television at the end of the match) and ocsports also said that more than once but the whole time that was not the case is where they are ‘hiding from the truth’. i recall that repeated in other matches besides todays including possibly fridays match that was said. shoji will have a rude awakening come vs ucsb if he continues to say that. not saying na wahine couldnt take it without tai but still, he will have a different lineup/play etcetera and dont think he wants to start believing from the truth and getting sidetracked.

  56. Hot September 14, 2014 9:47 pm

    40. Agree that Guinasso should be the first back row sub after Kahakai. She has a nice serve and since she’s a lot taller than Ponce and Anderson, can likely cover more court on defense. I’ve always wondered why Anderson has seen the most time and not Guinasso. Obviously, I don’t see what Shoji sees in practices and I do like that he’s using all three, as all are deserving of playing time. It’s just that in game situations, Guinasso has been the most memorable, Ponce can hustle on defense and Anderson is steady but not particularly memorable.

  57. tossup September 14, 2014 9:50 pm

    dave said it when talking about tai being off a precise more quote such as ‘fortunately none of big west play is on sunday’, i believe that was said on game on vs sdsu, than something about no sunday play during the big west conference was said on air vs ucla and todays match

  58. tossup September 14, 2014 11:28 pm

    heres another actual quote ‘this will be a final sunday match…’ said by leahey

    – false

  59. oldtimer808 September 14, 2014 11:47 pm

    Sure glad Dave is our coach. I give you guys credit for knowing more than the coach. It’s almost like you’re at every practice and know the personalities of each player. We could never lose a game or a set with you guys giving the right advise with the knowledge displayed in the blog.

  60. kimo browner September 15, 2014 12:03 am

    With all due respect, Coach Dave is losing it. His lineup is a mess because of his player selections. The first set was a clear example of selection bewilderment.
    Watching a back row player closing the first set on the front net was too bizarre. Second time he has done it. Same frosh player. Hawaii fans aren’t stupid. Without bashing players, he needs to heed wall street trader advice, “don’t fall in love with your stocks”. His statement last night, about his frosh “not being ready” is a tragic misstatement. Most fans recall another legendary Hawaii Coach who brought his program to prominence only to stay several seasons too long…

  61. Cindy Luis September 15, 2014 1:02 am

    60. not the first time Kahakai had been used in the front row this season. And it has been planned.
    Set 1 was a mess for a couple of reasons, including USF getting a player back from injury that hadn’t played in the tournament and USF changed its lineup so the match ups weren’t what had been planned for.
    It was 14-13 and then UH got into a bad rotation. not the first time we’ve seen that, usually from the opponent.
    Plus you can just run players in and out, have them change positions in the rotation. There also are limits on substitutions.
    Bottom line, they made the right adjustments and won.

  62. Cindy Luis September 15, 2014 1:08 am

    55. 57. 58. I get it. it got said. It’s not true. Doubt that anyone is intentionally trying to mislead anyone or ‘hiding the truth.’

  63. kimo browner September 15, 2014 3:47 am

    CINDY, Im trading on the NY exchange so Im up early and want to respond to your thoughtful reply. I appreciate your explanation, and I am aware of limits on substitutions which you patiently point out. Thank you.
    Your remarks reminds of that courageous Dutch boy who stuck his finger in a dam to plug a leak. Moreover, this is more of a Peter Principle than it is a Peter at the Dike. Cull the facts as you wish, planning for game time contingencies is part of coaching not the exception. There were other decisions. Starting an OH with a poor hitting percentage and a poor block. Coach made the change later in the match… My point being, the first game was lost on initial player selection. If it were not for Nikkie Taylor’s heroics, the match outcome is in doubt. She had 42 swings. Most agree that was too risky for a player coming off an elbow injury. Yes, we won, JMHO, Coach made it harder. Also, coach was irritated with poor back row passing that made Tayler Higgins work hard to set and thus, tiring her.
    Ok, let Kendra play if Higgins is puffing too hard to make decent sets. What’s going on? In the post game TV interview, Coach looked perplexed and anxious to revamp a lineup this week in practice…he too was not happy with his starting selections and admitted the wahine have been starting out too slow. Uh dogged a bullet tonight–they wont on the road, in conference play, unless we get it right at the START.

  64. LC September 15, 2014 4:22 am

    Where are my posting from last night ?

  65. LC September 15, 2014 4:54 am

    I had one posting last night. I related what I saw in my taped version of the match concerning what was said about the no more Sunday matches this year and also referred to Maglio’s ability to hit just over a back row players head and get the ball in but where is that post ? I know it went through because when I didn’t see it I re-posted it and got a” duplicate post, you already said that” pop up.

  66. WaWa September 15, 2014 6:44 am

    #60, If you think about it…the OH’s were Greeley & Long, while Taylor was Opposite. Due to Manu-Olevao’s LDS commitment, there were no other “true” (Left) Outside Hitters available on the depth chart. Huff (MB/Right) & Passi (Opp). Kahakai, like Cindy said, was used in a previous match in a similar situation because Dave knows that she is capable of taking a few good swings being that her original position during prep days was swinging on the outside.

  67. connor September 15, 2014 6:56 am

    The first game was really difficult to watch. But to Dave’s credit he started subbing in to try to find the right combination. Higgins/Magill connection was really off but I think that they will work it out. I am really impressed with Greeley’s composure even after she makes an error. She is going to be a keeper. The passing left a lot to be desired, so in Higgins’ defense, it is hard to make good serves when you are running all over the court to get the first pass. The team has a long way to go, but I see the bones of a good run in conference play if the freshman get more game experience. It is them who will take us to the promise land, not Long/Passi.

  68. tongo September 15, 2014 6:57 am

    IMHO, not sure if it would have made any difference who started in Set 1, as the girls to me, just seem very flat. Girls look emotionally and physically exhausted in Set 1 and then had to work very hard the rest of the way. Frustrating at times but nevertheless very rewarding that the girls (and staff) fought through it.

  69. LC September 15, 2014 7:28 am

    It was Scott Robbs who said that this was the last Sunday match a couple of times last night. When he said the same thing to Dave I’m not sure Dave had his thinking cap on, his head may have been somewhere else. Schedule says Sunday and I don’t see them changing that.

  70. LC September 15, 2014 7:34 am

    Scott Robbs is the one who said this was the last sunday match several times.

  71. LC September 15, 2014 7:42 am

    Several people last night told me that they were being blocked from posting here. After hitting the submit button nothing happens.

  72. tsboy September 15, 2014 8:05 am

    so what if there is another Sunday game? why does it matter who said it? somebody here needs to get a life.
    the Wahine’s problems stem from the fact that their passing was terrible almost all night. bad pass equals bad set.

  73. setaone September 15, 2014 8:23 am

    LC…something I seen that has worked regarding the website is to hit refresh after posting and after loading the page. For example, if I click on the blog link from, it will say “51” comments. Then I hit refresh and it will say “80” comments.

    As for if there are any other Sunday matches….everyone makes mistakes in what they say. Lets not hold Shoji or any commentators to a mistake. Besides, what would the reasoning be in Shoji intentionally lying about it?

    Everyone knew that this team would be in a rebuilding year. It has just taken longer with Taylor’s injury.

    As for starting Long or Passi……I’ve been unimpressed with both of them. But, they practice everyday and the coaches make the decision to start them. I am certain, Scott and Robyn would mention to Dave if they truly felt they shouldn’t be starting. Long and Passi might be great practice players and need to learn to bring that to the game.

  74. LC September 15, 2014 8:26 am

    And guess what,Hawaii has dropped out of the top 25

  75. Big Island VB fan September 15, 2014 8:26 am

    52. Cindy, you are right that SLO volleyball doesn’t attract 6-8,000 volleyball crowds. That is because the maximum capacity of Mott Gym is 3,000. Back in the heyday of volleyball (mid eighties when Cal Poly was among top ten in the nation), we did attract maximum capacity which is more than Stan Sheriff attracts for men’s volleyball in a bad season. All depends on how well the team performs and the maximum capacity of the stadium.

    Also, it doesn’t matter that the facilities of volleyball and football are on the same campus because the matches were held simultaneous so fans couldn’t attend both matches. Anyway, your knowledge of Cal Poly sports scene is commendable considering how far away it is from us.

  76. setaone September 15, 2014 8:42 am

    So LC….what is it that you seen yesterday that you didn’t want to announce until after the poll came out?

  77. LanaiBoy September 15, 2014 9:04 am

    Well the poll is out and not unexpectedly the Rainbow Wahine has fallen out of the top 25, but just barely out as it is 26th in ranking. Don’t expect for the team to stay out long as long as they don’t get upset by the teams on their rest of its schedule. Teams above them WILL lose especially those in tough conferences such as the Pac 12 and Big Ten.

  78. Cubicle1126 September 15, 2014 9:37 am

    tossup — isn’t it also entirely possible that shoji and the broadcasters (though not all of them) mis-spoke? i mean, think about it, what’s more logical here? it’s awfully hard to “hide” something that is easily verifiable. the schedule is on the UH web site … just saying.

  79. Cubicle1126 September 15, 2014 9:51 am

    we knew last night would be a muddled lineup. and it was. players were playing out of position — taylor played two positions last night, kahakai even was asked to play middle-back, a different defensive assignment for her. and shoji even mentioned that taylor hasn’t taken any defensive reps out of the middle back, but they had to shift her there so she could take swings out of the pipe (higgins was struggling with that D set out of the back right to taylor in the first part of the match, so i can see why shoji shifted taylor to the middle back position, to give the team a better offensive outlet).

    so adjustments were being made. and they proved to be the right ones. sometimes though, these in-game adjustments will be a trade-off. they get more offense with taylor playing middle-back, but they lose some on defense. but it was the right call.

    i give the players all the credit. you try to get pumped for these matches, but sometimes you just start flat. it was nice to see them dig deep, and make the tough adjustments, especially for the players asked to make some very unfamiliar changes to their normal roles out on the court.

    that said, my main criticism on the night was that huff should have been brought in sooner to help keep usf’s outside hitters in check. all 3 of ’em were hitting for ridiculous numbers after set 1. long was not providing a good enough block. so it was odd to me that passi would come in. i can see how it’d be a tough call — hawaii needed both offense and defense out of the RS position. but with the way the usf outsides were hitting, a bigger block was more critical in this situation, imo. when huff came in, she was a game-changer. suddenly, usf’s OHs didn’t quite have their way with the hawaii block. huff didn’t provide much offense, but then neither did long/passi when they were in there. but huff’s size at the net made an impact!

  80. Kaneohe Resident September 15, 2014 10:29 am

    Higgins’ mindset should be changed. The setter shoud SET! Forget the second hit dump shots. I’ve never seen setters dump as often as she does. Don’t be surprised if in league play the opposing teams won’t be waiting. How long does it take for Higgins to start setting Magill HIGH? Low sets play into the hands of blockers who can’t jump as high as Magill. Similar to basketball with the 7’+ center bringing the ball to chest level where the other players will have a chance to swat the ball out of the center’s hands. With Magill’s jumping ability, she can jump, look around, and CHOOSE where she wants to hit the ball, IF, the set is high enough. Like I said, how long does it take to make the adjustment? By the way, what is Robyn’s role on the team? I rarely see her talking to the setter during breaks. Seems to me, her setting at the highest level (Women’s international…three(?) Olympic teams?) isn’t being fully utilized.

  81. Cindy Luis September 15, 2014 10:57 am

    64. 65. 70. Apologize to all for the inconvenience. No one was blocked to my knowledge.

    LC, i don’t know what happened. I lost comments as well. Couple of times had an error message that said I was posting too quickly, another that I had already posted that comment. I am not that tech savvy to know if the conflicting wireless in the arena is a problem, and there is like 6-7 different routers in there.
    I was always getting knocked off the UH server. Went to TWC, it’s been pretty good but not always reliable.

    74. I covered UH matches AT SLO back in the 80s when they were very good.
    don’t think you can compare the Mustangs from back then with the UH men of now. The UH men drew 10,000 in the mid-90s.

    My point was that most places have the venues on the same campus and normally schools don’t play the two sports at the same time. It is very easy for fans to walk from one competition to another. This isn’t the case with UH.

    People who live anywhere besides town are not going to drive to football in Halawa, then drive to Manoa for football, then drive back home. Way too long of a day for one thing, especially if you have kids. When there was that conflict two weeks ago, I think there were some people who came from football to late volleyball. don’t know how many besides than a couple of the cheerleaders.

  82. Cindy Luis September 15, 2014 10:59 am

    76. yes, new thread up for a while. first time since 1992

  83. Cindy Luis September 15, 2014 11:03 am

    79. Higgins has a pretty good dump shot. it keeps the opponents honest. She was 3-0-4 last night. All setters have that shot. Were you complaining when Kamana’o used it? Sometimes it’s their only option.

    As for Ah Mow-Santos, are you at the matches? If you were, you’d see her interacting with the setters all the time during the timeouts, between sets, etc.

  84. Cindy Luis September 15, 2014 11:08 am

    LC, I found 1 comment from you in the pending folder and none from anyone else. I don’t know why it was there since you’ve been posting fine today. I ‘approved’ it but it did look like something you’d already written.

  85. uhfan September 15, 2014 11:11 am

    I see no new thread. Just like last night I didnt see the game thread until the third set.

  86. WARRIORSSS September 15, 2014 11:23 am

    Don’t know why all the dislike for Higgins? Is it because they are in love with Kendra??? Why? No one has watched her play much at all unless you watched her play high school or club. I’ll trust Dave’s judgement. I’ll also trust Dave on his libero with Mendoza and Kahakai. When Ponce and Anderson play, Why get mad because Gianasso doesn’t play? hmm

    As for SLO, Do they even have a football team? haha What is their attendance the last decade?

  87. jimmy the lock September 15, 2014 11:24 am

    Tough crowd, tough crowd.

    Higgins is a good setter. Robyn, Dave, and the coaching staff has confidence in her or else she would not be starting. She practically, if not, leads the team in hitting percentage. Her attacks may not look pretty but doing it a an over .400 average is pretty darn good.

    It’s a young team and early in the season. Sit back, relax, enjoy, go through any growing pains that arises with dignity, and most of all support the student athlete.

  88. wop ur jaws September 15, 2014 11:40 am

    Please Dave retire. This blog is a venue for interested readers of the Honolulu Star Advertiser to voice their opinions. Of course its only our opinions. That being said, its kind of frustrating to voice your opinion and have a few planted protectors come in and negate any view other than what i’m guessing you and your team of supporters want the public to believe. So for the few that voice their opinions and are making logical sense… I’ll call them the realist and for the planted protectors…I’ll call them the protectors. I’ll say this. Its safe that the protectors will never agree with the realist. No need to convince anyone just accept it. for me, as a realist, my first SMDH is why in all the pre season conference tournaments did Long or Passi start over any body else. And if Shoji had so much confidence in both of them, why did they ALWAYS have to removed by either a DS or in Huff’s case, a freshman. Sure you can be specific and say that Nikki came in for so and so and not so and so…but the fact remained. Long took one of those starting spots. And why do you think Long in every single match while on the court had the majority of serves to her? My obvious answer is the other teams scouted UH and found that Long was one of the serving targets. Its plain and simple. So by Dave choosing to put her in and then get a few shanks or bad passes from Long, like last night, no one, not the Chris the TV analyst, who keeps giving us unimportant information about how great a player is with the same information match after match; to the radio announcer saying how awesome Lowe is, even though UH saw her the past four seasons now; to the protectors that come on this blog and says misleading statements like… the freshmen are not ready because they haven’t been in the system enough, yet Kalei G. is starting, as well as the performances of Long, Passi and Higgins who have been in the system long enough but haven’t lived up to their hype. It doesn’t make any sense to deny the freshmen more playing time from the start of the match just because Dave is paranoid about not having confidence in some of them. His over confidence in Long, Passi and Higgins have knocked UH out of the top 25 for the first time since the year UH failed to make it to the post season tournament(Krystal Atwood era) I want to say in 1993 or 1994? The bottom line is, the more the protectors are going to spin the TRUTH, the more the realist will be resistant to the PR Dave this nose dive is on you. Not because you are in there playing, but because you make the line up and you make the coaching plan.

  89. connor September 15, 2014 11:51 am

    I agree with you Cindy. I think that #79 is watching game on tv and not in person because you can see Robyn talking to players during match and sometimes walking to reserves group to discuss something. she is into the game and Dave is definitely utilizing her knowledge.

  90. blunite September 15, 2014 12:01 pm

    This being a rebuilding year, Shoji might consider red-shirting Kendra Koelsch since she hardly plays. (a waste of a year for a good setter) Megan Huff needs to let it fly and hit away (all her shots are touch shots or dumps). Judging from the games played (and I’ve been to all of them) Guinasso is fair to middlng in the back row. The reason Taylor Higgins is dumping is due to the rotation where UH has only 2 attackers. In this rotation opposing teams are doubling up on either Magill or Greeley. Hence, a third option, setter dumps. If Shoji had a reliable 3rd hitter Taylor would be able to set the pipe set out of the back row.

  91. Cindy Luis September 15, 2014 12:02 pm

    84. don’t know why. it’s been up since 10 a.m.

  92. Cindy Luis September 15, 2014 12:06 pm

    86. if you read my 81, the year was 1992.
    the comment that some of the freshmen weren’t ready was a quote from Shoji, specifically Huff, who has been a middle and training on the outside for five weeks.
    88. Koelsch cannot redshirt. she’s already played this season.

  93. LC September 15, 2014 12:11 pm

    I can only post from a wireless device like a phone or tablet.It looks like my isp is being blocked.

  94. Cindy Luis September 15, 2014 12:16 pm

    85. agree, tough crowd. they lost to three teams who are a combined 22-3 on the year. Oregon remains undefeated. UCLA lost to LMU, who remains undefeated.

    it’s 60 people voting. the points fall where they fall.
    It’s perception. USC loses twice at home, they drop 4 spots. lost to TAMU 3-2, Florida 3-0. SC was No. 6, now No. 10.
    San Diego loses twice to the same teams USC did they drop 6 spots to 19.
    Texas A&M’s two wins over USC and USD pushed them from unranked to NO. 21.
    LMU (9-0) unranked to 23.
    Two teams had to fall out based on that. Hawaii was one of those.

  95. Cindy Luis September 15, 2014 12:21 pm

    again, don’t know what to tell you. This is the third time I’m trying to reply. the site crashed a minute ago on me.

  96. Butch September 15, 2014 1:24 pm

    Koelsch can’t red shirt she already saw the court. Once someone plays they can no longer redshirt unless injured thus medical redshirt.

  97. blunite September 15, 2014 2:33 pm

    If Shoji thinks Kendra is not ready, how does sitting on the bench improve her play? Watching poor set selection and inaccurate sets does not “make” Kendra more ready to play. Faced with the known setter, why not try the unknown setter (who gives you a better block to boot?)

  98. Pot-of-Gold September 15, 2014 9:38 pm

    90. blunite, Koelsch won’t be red-shirted even if she hadn’t seem the court as of yet. Where would the Bows be if Higgins sustained an injury? You need backups to compete at this level, much the same position that Maglio finds herself in, backup middle just in case Magill or Adolpho get nicked.

    Ranking of 26th won’t sit well with the team, they know the implications that come with that. Maybe that has had an effect on Adolpho, knowing that it was coming.

  99. Cindy Luis September 16, 2014 6:25 pm

    98. the last thing Adolpho would be thinking about is the ranking. They have no control over how the voting goes.

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