Looking at Thursday’s semifinals

Stanford-Penn State, Texas-BYU

two compelling match ups. Think both will be very competitive.
Thoughts on who you think will make it to Saturday?

All-America teams announced later this week. Magill will be somewhere on the list.


  1. Cubicle1126 December 15, 2014 9:59 am

    stanford-penn st i think is a toss up. and probably that semifinal should really be the championship final. the difference is that washington didn’t play for penn st when the 2 teams clashed early in the season (a 5-setter). whoever wins this, wins the title, imo. i think stanford in another 5-set battle.

    byu-texas. i think byu matches up very well against texas. byu has the block that can neutralize eckerman and bell on the left and right. texas has been winning, in part, because they’re just so physical at the net. but byu is actually bigger at the net, and can be just as physical. byu serving can bother an average at best passing of texas, and plant their blockers on eckerman and bell. at the same time though, unc was putting 3 blockers on eckerman, and it still didn’t stop her. i think byu pull this out. an unseeded team in the final would be pretty impressive.

    … but what do i know … looking forward to watching the matches.

  2. mei mei December 15, 2014 11:57 am

    my bet is on – Stanford and BYU (yup upsetting Texas)…

    p.s. thanks for all that you do Cindy and Happy Holidays!

  3. bleachercoach December 15, 2014 1:07 pm

    From the very start of the Sweet 16, I predicted Stanford vs. BYU in the Final
    with Stanford coming out as “National Champions”…..(IMO)

  4. Isleboy December 15, 2014 1:13 pm

    BYU has a young lady who is HUGE…..Washington could not block her
    Everything she hit was over the block…..National team should sign her up
    Now….Reminds me of the Russian that used to win the shot put every
    Year at the Olympics…..

  5. Kazu December 15, 2014 1:51 pm

    Stanford and BYU is my pick.

  6. Big Island VB fan December 15, 2014 3:22 pm

    Maybe everyone will be surprised. Who knows? There are four possibilities. Could be even Penn State vs. Texas. Still, I’d love to see Stanford vs BYU in the national final with two giant girls facing each other, Merete Lutz vs. Jennifer Hamson. That would be the clash of the Titans in height.

  7. hatakeman December 15, 2014 5:32 pm

    I’m going with Penn St and BYU.

  8. High N Wide December 15, 2014 8:28 pm

    Hoping BYU gets in. No preference over Penn State or Stanford. I’m thinking Penn State has the upper hand because of the number of times they’ve been to the Final Four. None of the current Stanford team have been to the Finals. They (BYU)
    looked awesome in Seattle and a Alohi looks like she’s coming into her own during the last two matches. i’m pulling for Cinderella.

  9. tom December 16, 2014 8:27 am

    Happy Holidays Cindy!

  10. Andrew December 16, 2014 9:05 am

    I really hope Penn State gets eliminated. It gets old hearing the ESPN commentator continuously talk bout the whole championship repeat thing and having to watch clips of their previous year wins over and over again.

  11. Cindy Luis December 16, 2014 9:22 am

    9. thank you Same to you and everyone here

  12. OrbitalRipZ December 16, 2014 2:29 pm

    If you haven’t read the NCAA.com summary of the FinalFour squads, do so by clicking on the following link (you might pick up a few facts you didn’t already know):


    (I’ll go with Seed 1 vs Seed 2 for the Final.)

  13. karin December 16, 2014 3:50 pm

    Anyone interested in watching McKenna Granato play for the West team, HS All- American match, its delayed on Saturday on CBS College Sports Network, channel 1247 at 1:00 pm HST.

  14. Kazu December 16, 2014 4:13 pm

    13. Thanks will keep that logged down.

  15. hollycow December 16, 2014 6:03 pm

    On VT, the word is AA teams are out tomorrow, Wed.

  16. Kalihifc December 16, 2014 7:55 pm

    The associate coach job has been posted.


  17. hollycow December 16, 2014 9:00 pm

    16. Dual role as done by Scott. Sand coaching experience eliminates a few names that came up.

  18. Maverick December 17, 2014 6:24 am

    Olivia Magill named honorable mention all America by AVCA. See: http://www.avca.org/awards/all-america/division-one/

  19. donamach December 17, 2014 6:39 am

    Mahalo and Seasons’ Greetings (especially to you , Cindy–again , job well done) wishing everyone Mele Kalikimaka/Haole Makahiki Hou (especially to Dave and Staff and The GIRLS) for continuing the TRADITION and giving us another good season (looking for better in 2015!) LOVE U ALL

  20. Cindy Luis December 17, 2014 7:06 am

    15. Guess I should have mentioned that. It is always announced on the Wednesday prior to the NCAA final four.

    18. see new thread.

  21. Cindy Luis December 17, 2014 7:16 am

    19. thank you. Happy holidays to all.

  22. tako December 17, 2014 7:26 am

    By chance, did the SID ever put out information on the three recruits for next season, mainly, Coach’s comments on what he views as their strengths and their possible contributions next season. -happy holidays

  23. hollycow December 17, 2014 8:17 am

    As obviously mentioned, I count 3 players out of 42 from non big5. These AA teams are getting to be a good laugh.

  24. Cindy Luis December 17, 2014 11:17 am

    22. no there has been no release.
    you can check hawaiiathletics.com for any updates.

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