Hawaii to No. 12, Taylor three-peats, Kahakai Defensive POW


Hawaii at 12. Florida drops to 5.

here’s scores from Sunday
4) Texas def. 14) Colorado State 25-20, 25-18, 25-19
10) Arizona State def. Gonzaga 25-23, 20-25, 25-14, 25-17
14) Colorado State def. Iona 25-12, 25-22, 25-15
17) UCLA def. UCSB 25-19, 27-25, 25-23


  1. uhfan September 14, 2015 8:55 am

    Wahine ranked #12 this week


  2. Maverick September 14, 2015 8:56 am

    Hawaii up to 12. Surprisingly to me, Florida drops to fifth.

  3. Cindy Luis September 14, 2015 9:05 am

    1. thanks. was a little behind you.

    was surprised that Florida dropped to 5 too. unless coaches are seeing it as ‘bad loss.’

  4. Andrew September 14, 2015 9:10 am

    Wow Pacific is ranked? Can’t remember the last time they were in the polls. Good for them

  5. H-Man September 14, 2015 9:29 am

    Looking over the rankings, I would say Kentucky (5-5) is fortunate to be ranked after losses to Ohio and Wichita St. Long Beach State has a tough Mizuno Invitational coming up with San Diego, UCLA and Oregon St. A win over San Diego or UCLA would help them in the rankings and with the RPI.

  6. H-Man September 14, 2015 9:37 am

    Pacific is 8-1. They have matches against Stanford and Cal coming up. We’ll see how they do.

  7. Cubicle1126 September 14, 2015 9:53 am

    florida dropping 3 spots doesn’t seem unusual. altho i thought they’d at least be right next to texas, since uf beat them the week before (at texas, mind you).

    with stanford losing to unc over the weekend (even without the services of burgess), it provided a little more movement within the top 5.

    i don’t know if florida is more a function of coaches thinking it was a “bad” loss to hawaii, than coaches not really knowing who comes after the #1 penn st. at this point. just from looking at the coaches’ ballots, there doesn’t seem to be a whole of consensus on where teams should be positioned after #1.

    plus, the teams ranked #2 through #5 (texas, usc, nebraska, and florida) are all bunched together within 120 points of each other. not a lot of separation there.

  8. Cubicle1126 September 14, 2015 10:12 am

    hawaii plays cal st bakersfield this week, who is 2-8. and highly likely to be 2-10 after this weekend, unless something goes horribly wrong on hawaii’s side of things. this will be ABSOLUTE KILLER on hawaii’s RPI. hawaii plays them twice too, so that poor record will be factored in twice as well.

    the only saving grace would be if bakersfield goes into its WAC conference play and starts winning a lot of matches. if they have no more than 2-3 losses in conference, then they may be able to raise their win percentage to about .500. anything is better than their current win percentage. we need to be their biggest fans when they start WAC play … haha!

  9. Cindy Luis September 14, 2015 10:12 am

    7 agree with you. points are close. was just offering up one thought about the ‘bad loss. kind of hard to figure how to vote when Florida beats host Texas two weeks ago. then loses to host Hawaii which was no. 16.

  10. Cindy Luis September 14, 2015 10:16 am

    8. it is what it is with the roadrunners. They were available for two matches. teams aren’t going to come out for singles out of conference.
    Think I mentioned before that CSUB desperately wants to get out of the WAC and into the Big West. they had backed off a bit when told that any new teams do not get the Hawaii travel subsidy.
    other team that wants in is Sac State. would make since with UCD so close as a travel partner.

  11. AdmrVT September 14, 2015 10:24 am

    #6. If Burgess is still out for Stanford, they may be vulnerable. Cal is having a very bad year.

  12. Cindy Luis September 14, 2015 10:25 am

    Be back in a bit. still nothing from the Big West on POW but did notice that they are slowly updating all sports

  13. hollycow September 14, 2015 10:57 am

    Nele Barber of the Beach played 3 good matches over the weekend with figures comparable to Nikki’s. Her hitting pct was in the .340’s(or so?), Nikki hit .250+. The Beach had a big come back win over LMU who beat UCLA. Just to point out……..voting may be close for BWPOW.

  14. JOJO September 14, 2015 10:58 am

    Congratulation to Ms. Diva “Taylor” for getting the weekly honor three weeks in a roll. Congratulation to Ms. Farrington “Savanah” for getting the weekly awards for the Big West this week. Keep up the good work girls and Lets Go Bows..

    Taylor Keys Victory Over No. 2 Florida Named the Most Outstanding Player of the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge, Hawai‘i junior Nikki Taylor claimed Big West Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week honors for the third time in as many weeks. Taylor averaged 4.75 kills, 2.25 digs, 1.33 blocks and 0.75 service aces per set to help the Rainbow Wahine take down San Diego State, No. 2 Florida and Eastern Washington for the tournament title. She also hit .252 with a tournament-high 57 kills to go along with 27 digs, 16 blocks and nine service aces. The 6-3 opposite came up big in the five-set win over the second-ranked Gators. Taylor slammed a career-best 27 kills and added a season-high 17 digs in the win. She hammered the set-winning kill in set two to knot the match at a set apiece and then delivered the put away on match point. Taylor posted 11 kills and a season and game-high eight blocks in the sweep of the Aztecs. Against the Eagles, Taylor drilled a match-high 19 kills, nine of which came in the decisive fourth set, and had five stuffs at the net. She has led the Rainbow Wahine in kills in all nine matches this season. Taylor also tied her career-high three times with three service aces in each contest. Others nominated: Taylor Nelson (Cal Poly); Kyra Hill (Cal State Fullerton); Nele Barber (Long Beach State); Kaylin Squyres (UC Davis)

    Kahakai Helps Spur Upset Of No. 2 Florida The leader in digs in three Hawai‘i victories, sophomore Savanah Kahakai (Kalihi, O’ahu, Hawai‘i/Farrington HS) collected Big West Women’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week honors. The libero/defensive specialist registered double-digit digs against San Diego State, No. 2 Florida and Eastern Washington. Her best effort came when it was needed most – Kahakai notched a career-high 19 digs in Hawaii’s five-set takedown of the Gators. Kahakai led UH in digs in all three matches, totaling 42 over the three matches at the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge. She had 13 digs against the Aztecs and 10 versus the Eagles. She also contributed in other ways, chipping in with eight assists and a service ace against Florida. Others nominated: Katherine Brouker (Cal Poly); Maddie Hubbell (UC Riverside); Phoebe Grunt (UC Santa Barbara) – See more at: http://www.bigwest.org//story.asp?story_id=18602#sthash.maSq7H2q.dpuf

  15. po'okela September 14, 2015 10:59 am

    nikki POW again

  16. hollycow September 14, 2015 11:00 am

    Congrats to Nikki and Savannah!

  17. hollycow September 14, 2015 11:05 am

    Can’t recall 2 Hawaii players named POW in a conference for the same week’s play.

  18. roofer68 September 14, 2015 11:29 am

    Congratulations to Savannah and Nikki! Aloha Ron, missed you and the fruit platter at the potluck which took place after the EWU match. Kendra sat at our table, such a great kid with a easy going personality.

  19. Cubicle1126 September 14, 2015 11:38 am

    congrats to taylor and kahakai!

  20. mei mei September 14, 2015 12:33 pm

    huge congrats to both amazing ladies!

  21. EastWest September 14, 2015 1:08 pm

    Wanted to give a shout out to the OCS Pre-game and Post-Game show for Wahine Volleyball for the great job they do, especially the post game interviews with our players.

  22. Cindy Luis September 14, 2015 1:21 pm

    Thanks for the help. Just got back.
    17. they just started doing Defensive and freshman of the week honors (2014
    Mendoza and Greeley named Oct. 17.
    Taylor and Greeley named Nov. 24
    if you ever have a question, big west has their record book online

  23. darkfire September 14, 2015 1:28 pm

    Mucho congratulations to Taylor & Kahakai! What a weekend for the Wahine! Is the 3 POW in a row a record for the Big West?

    RPI up to # 12 and climbing. GO BOWS!

  24. hollycow September 14, 2015 1:45 pm

    22 Thanks for the link, Cindy. I gave the wrong impression with my wordings, I meant two local players from Hawaii born and raised.

  25. Big Island VB fan September 14, 2015 1:53 pm

    10. I wish that Sacramento State could join the Big West. Why can’t Hawaii offer travel subsidy to Sacramento State? After all, UOP dropped out of the Big West. Couldn’t Sacramento State come in its place? It would make road trips so much easier for Hawaii as Davis and Sacramento are only 20 miles apart, instead of having to travel to another match in Southern California. Let’s invite Sacramento State to join the conference with open arms.

  26. Big Island VB fan September 14, 2015 1:56 pm

    Oh, and I forgot to congratulate Nikki Taylor for making Big West Player of the Week three times in a row. She should also make national player of the week tomorrow as well with such great stats and also helping UH to upset Florida. That was huge!

  27. Brian September 14, 2015 2:07 pm

    Cindy, I was wondering if you had heard anything on the alumni game scheduled for this weekend in regards to who is expected to show up and the format. I try to keep up with your blog and appreciate your coverage, perspective and tolerance for internet comments, but I know that I miss things from time to time and am sorry if you covered it earlier.

  28. AlexM September 14, 2015 2:18 pm

    I hope Huff gets a lot of playing time this weekend. We really need to have more offensive weapons other than Magill and Taylor. Should Nikki ever get sick/injured/have an off night, there could go the season. Tai is too streaky, at this point. Maybe Mitchem or Maglio will begin to get more confidence and get more aggresive at the net. Florida had problems with ball control, but they could score seemingly from all positions anytime they had a halfway decent pass. We can’t have our offense so reliant on one or two players.

  29. Maverick September 14, 2015 2:19 pm

    25. From a volleyball perspective, I don’t know what Sac St. Brings to the table. Sure they are 10-1 this year and better than the current Big West cellar dwellers, but historically this is not a strong program. Last year they were 8-23 with an RPI ranking of 280. Previous to that, the team had yearly records of 15-16, 12-18, 17-15 and 15-17. If anything, that team would further erode UH’s RPI if they were in conference. Bakersfield is even worse. Bad season this year, winless season in 2010.

    As to the travel subsidy, UH is running a $2m+ yearly deficit and is not looking to increase that figure.

  30. HawaiiMongoose September 14, 2015 2:33 pm

    29. I agree. Also Sac State’s gym is 60 years old and seats barely a thousand fans. Even by Big West standards that’s tiny. They drew 731 fans per game for men’s basketball last season, and are averaging only 220 per match so far this year for their 10-1 women’s volleyball team. I think they need to build a real arena and put some people in it to be considered for Big West membership.

  31. Brandon September 14, 2015 2:37 pm

    Cindy or anyone else, does anyone know why Hawaii hasn’t made a move to join the Pac12 in volleyball? Im sure 0 pac 12 coaches would protest this.

  32. Vbfan4life September 14, 2015 3:25 pm

    i actually wish UH would join the WCC. Pacific, Santa Clara, st Mary’s etc all decent schools

  33. Andrew September 14, 2015 3:31 pm


    Big West would never allow it and doubt the PAC 12 would invite UH’s other non football sports in addition to volleyball.

  34. Brandon September 14, 2015 3:32 pm

    Despite the great win, Taylors stats aren’t nearly AVCA POW worth IMO. She’s playing like a first team AA though.

  35. Maverick September 14, 2015 3:49 pm

    33. To add, power five conference expansion has been driven by football and specifically expanding into high population TV markets that will help increase TV revenues. Hawaii just doesn’t have the market size. Also, Pac 12 would want an even number of teams. Invite UH and they need to have a second. Plus UH doesn’t have a natural rival given its geographic isolation. And to repeat, Pac 12 won’t do a one off for WVB.

  36. H-Man September 14, 2015 3:52 pm

    I don’t know if this the answer, but the Pac-12 only has affiliate members in wrestling (3 – Boise St, Cal Poly & Cal St Bakersfield) and one for men’s soccer (San Diego St.). There used to be 6 other affiliates in wrestling, but they departed over the years since 1990. Two schools were also affiliated in swimming & diving, but they departed in the 2014-15 season. I would venture a guess that the Pac-12 is not looking to expand their Women’s Volleyball beyond their full members. All twelve member schools field Women’s Volleyball teams. A bit of tidbit – Did you know that Idaho joined the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) in 1922, along with USC? In 1924 Montana and UCLA in 1928 Montana joined the PCC to bring membership to ten teams. The PCC disbanded in 1959 due to a “pay-for-play” scandal. But prior to 1959 four schools, Cal, UCLA, USC and Washington, got together in 1958 to form a new conference. Stanford joined a month later. The conference became known as the Big 5. It became the Big 6 after Washington State joined in 1962 and then the Pacific 8 (Pac-8) when Oregon and Oregon State joined in 1964. It became the Pacific 10 or Pac-10 when Arizona and Arizona State joined in 1978.

  37. Andrew September 14, 2015 3:53 pm


    Agreed. I think had UH ridden the football success back in 2006/2007 and explored the opportunities in the Asian markets like they said they would, it could have been possible.

  38. turfwar September 14, 2015 4:02 pm

    Now that was enlightning H-Man. Mahalo for the effort.

  39. Ron September 14, 2015 4:11 pm

    Roofer, I really miss not getting to talk to the girls. I will never forget when Clare-Marie came over to our table to get Emily M. so they could go study all night for a chemistry exam. Andersen is going to make a great M.D. Watching these girls mature into young women gives me hope for the future.

  40. warriorfan September 14, 2015 4:16 pm

    Congrats to Taylor and Kahakai. Kahakai’s award was a surprise.

  41. OrbitalRipZ September 14, 2015 4:30 pm

    NCAA National Statistics through September 13 games are out for all D-1 teams. I would never have thought the Bows would be among the Top 20 in the blocking category but surprise! surprise! surprise!. Cindy can fill in all the team and individual stats. I will go blind if I try. Lol.

  42. Maverick September 14, 2015 5:10 pm

    41. Not to burst your bubble, but UH ranked #7 in the nation last year in blocks per set.

  43. roofer68 September 14, 2015 5:21 pm

    Ron, Maui must be good for you and wife, with the slower pace. Talked a bit with Clare, mentioning about her more than a foot thick backpack. Always takes her studies with her. Very friendly and bright for sure.

  44. z September 14, 2015 5:59 pm

    Congrats to Nikki and Savanah!!!

  45. OrbitalRipZ September 14, 2015 8:36 pm

    42. Guess you miss the sarcasm. For the tallest team in Wahine history, of course you would expect them to be rated up there in the stratosphere in blocks.

  46. kimo browner September 14, 2015 8:52 pm

    not all the tallest players are playing. We often have 6-1 Magill, TMO and Higgins in the front row. That has to be the shortest front row in the conference.

  47. Cubicle1126 September 14, 2015 9:01 pm

    kimo — wouldn’t magill, olevao and higgins only be together in the front row for 1 rotation?

  48. Lei September 15, 2015 1:13 am

    Congratulations to both girls.. Glad to see that they recognize the libero, it goes to show that in order to get an offense going you need a pass/dig… Good job to the whole team on a job well done…

  49. Cindy Luis September 15, 2015 7:55 am

    Since I have numeric inversion dyslexia .. seriously but it only kicks in at times … to answer without specific numbers.

    Don’t you think they’ve been trying to get into the Pac-8/10/12 for decades?
    It came closest right before Stan Sheriff died, at least from the accounts I got from Sheriff and Yoshida back in the early 90s.
    Agree with the comments that it is football driven.

    That UH won’t have to pay travel subsidy for any teams added to the Big West after UH joined is part of the Big West-UH agreement. Besides, it’s not only on UH to accept a new school into a conference. It has to be by a vote of the conference members and I don’t believe it would be a unanimous vote from what I’ve been told.

    As for the alumnae match this Sunday, haven’t heard anything about who is playing. It seems like it is a lot earlier this year than in the past.
    Marilyn Moniz-Kahoohanohano normally handles the commits and we probably won’t get a list until like Thursday. They usually have a practice a few days before in Gym 1, followed by beer and Ben-Gay.

  50. tongo September 15, 2015 7:58 am

    Congrats to Savannah Kahakai on the award! She is looking like the player that we saw in the Spring Exhibition Match with Texas where I believe she had 25 digs and received high praises even from Texas Coaches. Go Savannah!

  51. LanaiBoy September 15, 2015 8:03 am

    Not unexpected, but Nikki Taylor has just been named the AVCA National Player of the Week! Congratulation Nikki, a well deserved honor! Expect her to be named the ESPNU player of the week too, which will be announced tomorrow.

  52. Cindy Luis September 15, 2015 8:11 am

    thanks. was working on it

  53. Cindy Luis September 15, 2015 8:16 am


    new thread up for Tuesday

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