Taylor earns 5th POW, Wahine RPI at 26, No. 8 in poll

While we’re waiting for RPI and poll,
UH stays No. 1 in blocks at 3.30. Penn State at 3.18.
Magill No. 6 at 1.53 bps, No. 17 in hitting percentage .412

If you want more stats, link below

In case you missed it, shot video with Shoji and 2 setters after they returned Sunday

Video: Rainbow Wahine return as Big West champions


  1. Aloha73g November 23, 2015 9:35 am

    Hawaii is #26 in RPI

    Florida is #5
    UCLA is #13
    LBSU dropped to #63

  2. Cindy Luis November 23, 2015 9:39 am

    thanks. just updated things.
    here’s the link

    probably not good news for Long Beach State’s at-large chances

  3. Cindy Luis November 23, 2015 9:44 am

    Wahine stay at No. 8 in poll

  4. tongo November 23, 2015 10:26 am

    Thanks for the video Cindy. Very nice.

  5. vbfan4life November 23, 2015 10:55 am

    Interesting to note that LBS head coach thought UH should be ranked #3 and his team #16 in the country right now.

    Most of the other coaches who’s team is in the top 10, ranked us around 8-10 including our own coach who ranked us #8.

    Dave also respects LBS too and ranked them #19.

    Not accusing, but I kind of wonder if there is a tendency for coaches in the same conference to try to rank teams that are doing well higher

  6. frings November 23, 2015 11:40 am

    Not to belabor a subject that upsets everyone on this blog, I’m sure, but has there ever been any consideration given to awarding the subregional rounds to the winners of the various conferences (either outright or by way of a conference tournament)? I have no idea how many automatic qualifiers there are by way of conference winners, but it would seem easy enough to do and would give added incentive to winning your conference. It would also assure teams that they are rewarded for their efforts, along with giving these institutions an opportunity to showcase premium volleyball in the post season. Just a thought. And one that might at least give the appearance of parity in a sport that has become too beholding to the Bigs.

  7. tongo November 23, 2015 11:41 am

    I know the RPI issue has been talked to death so forgive me if I missed it if it has already been addressed. My question is has anyone ever recalling a much lower RPI team, such as Hawai’i at #26, ever getting to host the 1st/2rd round? Has it ever happen?

    Recent developments include – Paul Southerland recently said that Hawai’i is a top six contender in a video that appeared to also have National Team Coach Karch Kiraly; pro-Hawai’i posters on VT are socializing that Hawai’i deserves to host in the volleyball community; and our recent 6 dominant wins on the road make a strong statement. Do we have enough forward momentum?

  8. frings November 23, 2015 11:41 am

    #5…where is the link to the actual votes cast?

  9. jmy November 23, 2015 11:54 am

    5. #3 & #16 seem kind of high for UH & Beach…

  10. nomu November 23, 2015 12:05 pm

    Given current RPI ratings, like our chances this year in the regionals.

  11. Ki November 23, 2015 12:14 pm

    Looks as though the Big West is only getting one team in for the NCAA Tournament. Best of luck to the Wahine!

  12. Derek November 23, 2015 1:02 pm

    Let’s face it, the Big West was weak this year other than UH and Long Beach and the Beach wasn’t as tough as in past years. That’s going to hurt UH in the NCAA tournament. The PAC 12, Big 10, Big 12, and SEC are especially deep and the competition there harden the teams to be ready for the NCAA. Unless things are different this year, I can see the same things happen again, Hawaii losing in the 1st or 2nd round and if they get by in the 16s or 8s. What has to be different is winning the battle at the net, serving and passing tough, and hitting better. Power five teams and BYU just seem to get the best of us every year. How many times have we lost to UW in Seattle. Shoji knows this and I don’t know if he has the answers this time around. I hope so. If UH wins the National Championship he will retire and say Aloha! That JMHO.

  13. Cubicle1126 November 23, 2015 1:08 pm

    frings — there are 32 automatic qualifiers. it might be tough to have that be what decides the subregional hosts. each conference decides its champion differently (some have a post-season tournament, some just go by regular season record). plus some conferences have imbalanced schedules (meaning they don’t play every team in the conference twice). and not to mention, you’d have seeded teams who wouldn’t be able to host, simply because they didn’t win their conference. (but i do like that you’re thinking outside the box a little.)

  14. mauna November 23, 2015 1:12 pm

    Nikki’s POW for the 5th time and a lock for BW POY.

  15. Cubicle1126 November 23, 2015 1:18 pm

    tonga — you’d have to go back to 2009 probably (hawaii’s last final four team). their RPI was either high teens or low 20s at the end of the regular season, but hawaii was still seeded (at #12). what helped them that year was their strength of schedule. if i’m remembering correctly, hawaii was something like 3-1 or 4-2 against the RPI top 25. that kind of scheduling helps get you a seed.

    (this year, hawaii is 1-1 against the RPI top 25. that won’t help them make the kind of jump for a seed, like they did in 2009. but with the committee, you never know. you’d have to see who else is on the bubble for a seed, and whether their resume is better than hawaii’s. but there is precedent for the committee to seed a team who is outside the RPI top 16. the issues will be: what criteria will the committee focus on to bump a team up like that, and how far outside the RPI top 16 is the committee willing to look. low 20s maybe. but mid to late 20s, maybe not. … we’ll see…)

  16. 'ohanaInBellingham November 23, 2015 1:27 pm

    Wow, Player of the Week and the Conference! 😉

    Thank you for all those sprawled-out digs, Nikki!

  17. Cindy Luis November 23, 2015 1:32 pm

    14. thanks. think the Big West already in basketball mode with the VB POW delay

  18. Cindy Luis November 23, 2015 1:36 pm


    here’s the link to Taylor’s award for POW

  19. RJ November 23, 2015 2:20 pm

    8. Go to the AVCA website – http://www.avca.org/polls/di-women/ Click on Poll Ballots which will download a spreadsheet which shows how the coaches voted each week.

  20. mauna November 23, 2015 2:40 pm

    Nikki with the 5th POW award, sets a new Hawaii record for winning this award the most times in a single season. Emily Hartong was the last to receive this award 4 times and I believe Willoughby, Tee? otherwise help me out, my poor memory.

  21. mauna November 23, 2015 3:05 pm

    Sunday’s selection show info- ESPNU Oceanic channel 221, HD 1221, 4pm HST. Follows a basketball game so it may start later than 4pm.

  22. cocobean November 23, 2015 3:23 pm

    Unlike the previous 2-3 years this team passes the eyeball test. It deserves to host.

  23. mei mei November 23, 2015 4:14 pm

    was watching ESPNU over the weekend (where Gaters – lost in 5) 🙁

    anwway the announcers were talking and question came up of who should be up for National Player of the year – of course Bricio/USC name came up, among others (someone from Wisconsin/PSU/ etc.. ) didn’t pay much attention but was super bummed that Nikki wasn’t mentioned at all…
    are we (UH Na wahine ) over looked that badly??

    n e way – huge congrats to Nikki – is that record?

  24. Big Island VB fan November 23, 2015 4:31 pm

    23. It’s too early to be bummed out. In women’s volleyball, player of the year is always selected from one of the Final Four teams. If Hawaii makes it to the Final Four, then Nikki Taylor’s chances rise dramatically. On the converse, if USC is upset before reaching the Final Four, then Semantha Bricio will be dropped from any consideration. So whatever ESPNU discusses is really premature.

  25. tongo November 23, 2015 5:29 pm

    #15 Thanks, I remember the 2009 team as I attended the regional finals at Stanford. At end of regular conference play, wahines had a RPI of #22 and a pretty high AVCA ranking within the top 10. The post season committee gave us a #12 seed for the tournament but we did not host. We were sent to USC for 1/2 round, and then to Sanford for sweet 16 before beating then #3 seed IL and then Michigan to get to final four.

  26. Cindy Luis November 23, 2015 5:43 pm

    20. It’s a UH record for Taylor in Big West
    Ljungquist and Danielson were five-time winners in the WAC.

    24. not always from final four team.
    Co POY Stacey Gordon’s Ohio State team did not make it in 2004.
    Neither did Houghtelling, Nebraska 2003
    Bev Oden, Stanford 90
    Teee Williams, Hawaii 89
    Tara Cross, Beach 88
    Marlissa Salmi, BYU 86

  27. darkfire November 23, 2015 7:47 pm

    26. Hi Cindy, so, if Nikki wins 6 times next year, will that be a new UH record?

    Congratulations Nikki on Offensive POW and to the Wahine and staff for their outstanding performance on the road. I hope we host! GO BOWS!

  28. OrbitalRipZ November 23, 2015 9:29 pm

    26. Since the rally scoring era (i.e. since 2001), the AVCA National POY has always come from a Final Four team — except in 2004 when (as you correctly say) the award was co-shared by the Canadian Stacey Gordon of 5th-seed Ohio State (which lost in one of the Regional Finals to 4th-seed Minnesota) and by Ogonna Nnamani of 11th-seed Stanford (which went on to not only reach the Final Four but win the NCAA Championship, led by Bryn Kehoe who became the first freshman setter to lead a team to a NCAA national championship). Nnamani was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player that year.

    However, in 2005, the Big Red’s junior OH Christina Houghtelling won AVCA National POY but top-ranked Nebraska was swept by 3rd-seed Washington in the Final of the National Championship.

    Congrats to Nikki Taylor, who is super ready to unleash the beast. Ditto OMG, who I thought should have been named Co-Offensive POW. (If the AVCA can give a Co-National POY, the Big West can …)

  29. T103 November 24, 2015 9:14 am

    What is the magic RPI # for teams to be hosting in their hometowns?

    Congrats to Nikki & the wahine for a perfect conference season!

  30. OrbitalRipZ November 24, 2015 9:52 am

    28. The long and short of it … The unwritten rule for AVCA National POY is that she must have carried her team to the Final Four.

    However, if there’s a truly outstanding player who almost took her team to the Final Four — Ohio State’s Stacey Gordon in 2004 — she can be named Co-National POY as long as the other Co-National POY is from one of the Final Four teams.
    29. There is no magic RPI number. NCAA Championship Committee (comprised of humans) seeds the top 16 teams, and the seeding is first and foremost based on the NCAA’s own RPI but then other factors come into play, so the top 16 RPI teams is seldom if ever the top 16 seeds.

  31. Cindy Luis November 24, 2015 10:20 am

    28. yes my mistake on Houghtelling. think i typed 03, which was Willoughby. sometimes 03 and 05 look the same.

  32. Cindy Luis November 24, 2015 10:35 am


    new link up for Tuesday

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