No. 20 Hawaii 3, New Mexico 1

Looking like Hawaii will go back to its starting lineup with Manu-Olevao, Passi and Long on the OH. No other changes. Higgins S, Mendoza L, Magill and Adolpho MB


  1. Big Island VB fan September 4, 2014 7:29 pm

    Help! The webmaster of Big West made a huge mistake with his URL which redirect the Hawaii match to Long Beach and there’s no other way I can watch online. How can I get a direct online reference to today’s match without having to subscribe to Cable TV (which I can’t in my area)? Any suggestions or direct URL?

  2. Brandon September 4, 2014 7:36 pm

    Greeley still not starting. I’ve always wondered, does olivia have a slide? I wanna see her run one.

  3. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 7:37 pm

    sorry. only suggestion is to listen online at

  4. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 7:39 pm

    New Mexico up 6-1. TO UH.

  5. Brandon September 4, 2014 7:39 pm

    Mendoza saves two out balls.

    Come on wahine. You can’t start the match like this

  6. Brandon September 4, 2014 7:43 pm

    Put Greeley in!

  7. warriorfan September 4, 2014 7:44 pm

    Long and Passi have trouble getting the ball to the floor. Higgins struggling early again.

  8. warriorfan September 4, 2014 7:49 pm

    Yea I don’t get all this praise for Riddle, she’s gotten some blocks cause Passi and Long and trap sets are not a good mix, but she aint all that great.

  9. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 7:49 pm

    Long with the kill. UNM calls timeout, Lobos leading 13-11

  10. Brandon September 4, 2014 7:51 pm

    Long roofed again…

  11. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 7:51 pm

    8. perhaps because Riddle had 17 blocks in three matches last week.

  12. warriorfan September 4, 2014 7:54 pm

    If Uh loses this set at home, it will be pretty embarrassing.

  13. Brandon September 4, 2014 7:55 pm

    New Mexico isn’t a slouch. They are receiving votes in the avca poll. But hawaii is just not playing well.

  14. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 7:56 pm

    12. seriously? Set 1 isn’t even over

  15. Big Island VB fan September 4, 2014 7:57 pm

    Problem solved with a little bit of luck. I had emailed a video link of last week’s match to a friend and found out that the same number works. So I’ll pass it on to any other frustrated fan who doesn’t have cable. To access tonight’s match and tomorrow’s match, use the same ID:

  16. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 7:57 pm

    UH up 21-20. TO UNM

  17. warriorfan September 4, 2014 7:58 pm

    UH just needs to serve tough and keep rallies going UNM has bad ball control and low vball iq.

  18. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 7:59 pm

    15. Thank you for passing the link along. glad you can watch

  19. Brandon September 4, 2014 8:00 pm

    Stop being a debby downer. New Mexico is playing good. Not great but good. Both teams have stuff to work on.

  20. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 8:01 pm

    UNM has closed to 23-22. TO UH.
    here’s the link to live stats

  21. warriorfan September 4, 2014 8:05 pm

    Not a good idea to trap set someone like Passi. Man Passi has been a disappointment. Not a good time for Gianna’s first SE. Darn

  22. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 8:05 pm

    Passi wide (looked in) UNM wins 26-24

  23. warriorfan September 4, 2014 8:06 pm

    That first set is on Shoji IMO for not starting Greeley from the get go.

  24. Brandon September 4, 2014 8:06 pm

    Greeley plays better than everyone besides tai and Magill. She needs to be in every set.

  25. jmy September 4, 2014 8:07 pm

    Kinda reminds me of the men’s team…set point, serve out, hit long…

  26. warriorfan September 4, 2014 8:08 pm

    25. Yea it does, Stubborn head coaches playing veterans over better but green freshmen too.

  27. Cruisecontrol September 4, 2014 8:08 pm

    Don’t understand why Passi is still in there.

  28. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 8:09 pm

    23. Perhaps. Greeley might have been a bitter matchup against Riddle. But Riddle plays bigger than her listed 6-0

  29. Brandon September 4, 2014 8:09 pm

    Greeley in the second set.

    Thank god

  30. warriorfan September 4, 2014 8:10 pm

    .27 I don’t understand why Higgins insists on going to her at the end of sets. She has not been clutch.

  31. warriorfan September 4, 2014 8:12 pm

    Higgins serve is causing chaos for the Lobos, serve em tough and they are nothing.

  32. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 8:12 pm

    30. probably because the block was stacked on the left.

  33. warriorfan September 4, 2014 8:19 pm

    Team captain really needs to step up her game.

  34. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 8:20 pm

    33. Team captain is 3-0-4.
    UH up 15-12 at the TTO

  35. Brandon September 4, 2014 8:21 pm

    Lol warrior you’re not watching the match. Kalei is hitting .750 and is getting blocks. Tai is also playing amazing leading UH with 9 kills.

  36. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 8:24 pm

    UH up 19-14 on a kill by Magill. TO UNM

  37. warriorfan September 4, 2014 8:26 pm

    I stand by my comments she’s been too quiet since the opening match.
    I am glad Huff is in there, have no idea why she didn’t get valuable playing time against San Diego State, another head scratcher by coaches.

  38. Brandon September 4, 2014 8:26 pm

    Tai has improved so much. Most improved player in a while for the wahine.

    I was so hard on her and I regret it now because she’s amazing. GO TAI

  39. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 8:27 pm

    UH up 21-14 TO UNM. 2-0 run includes ace by Manu-Olevao

  40. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 8:28 pm

    37. hard to do anything when you don’t get set.

  41. Brandon September 4, 2014 8:32 pm

    I agree Cindy. Kalei is doing the best with what she is getting. But I am disappointed in Mendoza. She isn’t playing like a libero should. She needs to be more of a leader and she’s dug way too many out balls

  42. warriorfan September 4, 2014 8:33 pm

    Okay Sarah has now played about 3-4 for sure out balls. Not good, hope someone yells at her when balls are going out.

  43. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 8:34 pm

    42. had to play those. split second decision.
    nice bump set by Kahakai to Greeley. UH wins 25-18

  44. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 8:35 pm

    Mendoza with 8 digs to lead UH,

  45. warriorfan September 4, 2014 8:44 pm

    ok wahine now playing like they should. They should dominate this team.

  46. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 8:44 pm

    UH up 4-0. TO UNM

  47. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 8:50 pm

    Riddle into the net. it’s 11-4 TO UNM

  48. warriorfan September 4, 2014 8:51 pm

    Boy I hope Shoji hasn’t lost confidence in Gianna cause of the serving error in set 1.

  49. warriorfan September 4, 2014 8:53 pm

    Although Anderson has a pretty good serve as well.

  50. warriorfan September 4, 2014 8:55 pm

    Huff gets up pretty good, Once she gets stronger she will be able to hit with more authority.

  51. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 8:58 pm

    48. anderson is the first serve sub. he hasn’t lost confidence in her (Baby G)

  52. warriorfan September 4, 2014 9:00 pm

    I am disappointed in higgins sets to the middles still. That was her strength at Punahou. Not sure why she’s struggling with those sets now.

  53. warriorfan September 4, 2014 9:01 pm

    NM is a mess when Higgins serves. Taylor has been superb serving tonight.

  54. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 9:01 pm

    Higgins with her career-high 7th ace, UH’s 9th. UH wins 25-11.

  55. Brandon September 4, 2014 9:02 pm

    Cindy do you remember how many Aces Kaufman had against Washington? Was it ten?

  56. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 9:03 pm

    52. just no pleasing you. Magill 9-0-18. Adolpho 5-1-10.

  57. warriorfan September 4, 2014 9:05 pm

    It was 11 by Kaufman.
    And the middles are hitting well , but the connections are not clean. Connection needs to be cleaner against stiffer competition.

  58. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 9:08 pm

    Mendoza has the record for a four-set match now with 7 aces.
    Kaufman 11 in five sets

  59. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 9:09 pm

    UNM up 5-4. TO UH

  60. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 9:11 pm

    57. fourth match of the season. they are still working on connecting

  61. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 9:13 pm

    Play nice people. Gotta work on my story.

  62. warriorfan September 4, 2014 9:23 pm

    I like Huff, lots of potential. She doesn’t have the velocity that Passi has right now but she finds ways to put the ball down, and Passi struggles with that.

  63. warriorfan September 4, 2014 9:23 pm

    And She puts up a huge block.

  64. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 9:28 pm

    Greeley ends it 25-17

  65. warriorfan September 4, 2014 9:29 pm

    I really love this freshmen class, and the two I like the most and think have the most potential , didn’t get off the bench tonight, Maglio and Koelsch. If you include Magill the could be the best recruiting class ever when all is said and done.

  66. Setaone September 4, 2014 9:29 pm

    Looks like shoji has found his starting lineup.

  67. warriorfan September 4, 2014 9:31 pm

    I do hope Long/Passi aren’t starting tomorrow.

    But if they do again because Shoji is gonna be Shoji. I hope they finally get the job done. Oregon will be tough.

  68. warriorfan September 4, 2014 9:33 pm

    .66 not until Taylor comes back. But If Huff keeps improving might wanna try a 6-2 She puts up a huge block, and Higgins is a blocking liability.

  69. haleiwacrossfitter September 4, 2014 9:35 pm

    This freshman class is outstanding!

    Dave just said he wanted to give Long another chance and didn’t want to have 2 freshmen in their at the same time (regarding game 2), but he would not answer the question if Greeley earned a starting spot for tomorrow night when asked if she would start tomorrow.

    Tai has improved from last year, hope she can maintain. I really hope Greeley starts from here on out and I hope Huff is given more of a chance to play tomorrow. I think Passi will get the start tomorrow again over Huff, but I think Greeley will get the start over Long tomorrow

  70. warriorfan September 4, 2014 9:40 pm

    69. He needs to have more confidence in his freshmen. they will make mistakes but thats how they will learn. Think big picture , they need to be ready by big west play and post season.

  71. warriorfan September 4, 2014 9:47 pm

    Tayler has a great personality in her interview.

  72. LC September 4, 2014 9:50 pm

    I bet he will go right back to Long and Passi again tomorrow. 🙂

  73. warriorfan September 4, 2014 9:52 pm

    72. Won’t surprise me one bit, Shoji is gonna be Shoji. He was reluctant to start Kim W on the left,reluctant to start Robyn AM from the start, reluctant to play Nikki T all the way around, and so and so on.

  74. Ki September 4, 2014 10:16 pm

    I know Dave wants Kendra to concentrate on setting exclusively but I would really like to see this lineup once Nikki is back to norm:

    Nikki Taylor (OH)
    Kalei Adolpho (MB)
    Taylor Higgins (S)/Tai Manu-Olevao (OPP)
    Kalei Greeley (OH)
    Olivia Magill (MB)
    Kendra Koelsch (S/OPP)

  75. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 10:39 pm

    74. Koelsch will not be an OH.
    As for Friday’s lineup, Shoji said he wasn’t sure. They were going to look at tape and it will be a game-time decision.
    Guess he told TV the same thing, that he didn’t want to have two freshmen in there. But he did say that Greeley really steadies them out when she’s in there.

  76. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 10:41 pm

    One other thing that didn’t make it into the print edition for friday,
    Shoji said he felt Manu-Olevao was a different person when she came back this summer and that he was expecting a breakout season for her. Hoped that tonight was the start of that.

  77. tossup September 4, 2014 10:44 pm

    dave is smiling. wahine overwhelmed new mexico despite dropping the first set. set 1 kalei adolpho started to have the bows rally from behind to create a push comes to shove. the wahine made a comeback and kept that momentum. shar tai manuolevao turned sheer aggression and upgunned her tactics as well as upgraded her serve into a jump serve, first with a light punch then strong punches. she shows why they made her an assistant captain or i would call her the wahines deputy commander. tayler higgins was more aggresive with more tactics shoving it across the net in case of overpass and especially she upgunned her jump serve with a one shot knockout power. now there is that kid from punahou. how bout her 8 service aces! olivia magill shows how stonewall she is in close quarters assault on the ball. megan huff took a puff and blew new mexicos house down. and how about bringing in the freshmen as mobile reserves, think kalei greeley and savanah kahakai.

  78. Cindy Luis September 4, 2014 10:46 pm

    For what it’s worth, I think Greeley starts over Long. They need the height out there. Oregon is bigger, more physical, so I think you’ll see Huff get time as well. I wasn’t that impressed with the Ducks tonight, but neither was their coach. He said there were ‘interesting choices” made by his setter who went away from their two big guns in Brenner and Bettendorf.
    Oregon is big but a little slow. If Hawaii can pass well, quickness on offense could be the difference.

  79. tossup September 4, 2014 11:24 pm

    you know the wahine can develop more tactics to scramble and improvise including hitting/serving (trick) off the top of the net tape. check out new mexico used a sub to delay a serve/run instead of wasting a timeout. in case of that happening to the wahine, dave would want to sub in his mobile reserves/ready reserve freshmen. that way to kill 2 birds in 1. also the wahine definitely anticipate opponent dump shots like greeley and dont forget receiving tips.

  80. tossup September 4, 2014 11:30 pm

    thats the wahine should definitely antipate. and also ocsports needs to keep the camera on the game instead of something else ie tai manuolevaos debut jump serve ace and another rally on the game.

  81. warriorfan September 4, 2014 11:31 pm

    Was just at UH sand volleyball Facebook, and according to team photos, it looks like Karlee Riggs is not on the team anymore? That’s a major bummer if true.

  82. tossup September 4, 2014 11:37 pm

    tai surely was bold in her aggression tonight smashing through the block and blocking whatever opposes her.

  83. tossup September 5, 2014 12:12 am

    looks like shoji definitely made serving imperative at practice some improved serving, some upgraded serving, some variety serving, some upgunned serving! good job to greeley and magill countering dump shots.

  84. tossup September 5, 2014 1:56 am

    tai played like a unit. yes a whole unit. enough said.

  85. bleachercoach September 5, 2014 2:58 am

    Love the way our team pulled themselves together. My heart goes out to Long and Passi. I know they are fierce competitors but it is obvious that hitting over bigger blocks because of lack of height not their talent is tough. Greely is so steady and contributes in so many facets. She blocks, serves, hits, and covers alot of the backrow. She is like a big libero/ds…She steadies the team with her calmness as a freshman. Higgins was amazing from that service line…Her serves in every set help the team get back or build a lead…That was crucial! Tai played a great match with her 17 kills! It looks like when that timing of any setter with Magill connects it will be hard to defend..She is so quick to get up….Huff the magic dragon also made a sensational showing playing up front. I love when I saw 3 6-2″-6″3 go up to block. It really affects other teams hitting and defending..Well, let’s see if their is another SURPRISE tonite vs. Oregon….GO BOWS!!!

  86. tossup September 5, 2014 3:29 am

    long and passi, one has a high velocity swing, one has a heavy punch respectively. but that would work if it was tooled off the block from somebody who is 6′ and above, essentially anyone who is faster (including jumping, since its less height to raise/height reached quicker) and particularly taller than them especially 6′ 2, 6′ 3. tai manuolevao knows this from before last season when she went to usav with mita uiato and shes 6′ even but knows that the average being 6′ 2 and 6′ 3 had her handed over (somewhat literally) and she was humbled because she got blocked alot.

  87. tossup September 5, 2014 3:31 am

    cindy, you might want to bring this into attention since nobody else seems to

  88. tossup September 5, 2014 3:35 am

    86. add to that is also why tai was chosen co-captain. perhaps this be assigned/declared: adolpho, captain; mendoza, first officer; manuolevao, deputy commander

  89. Kazu September 5, 2014 4:35 am

    Aces are sure adding up. I think Shoji should start the freshman and if it doesn’t work out he can pull them,but give them a chance. Passi and Long struggling.

  90. LanaiBoy September 5, 2014 6:13 am

    Cindy. Re: 78—I think the setter made the right decisions. I was very impressed with the freshman Frankie Shebby, who got most of the sets, 29, and led in kills with 14, hitting .310. The other player who caught my attention was Naya Crittenden. She really skied and got lots of “straight down” kills. She had 10 kills, one error, and hit .692. Brennan just had a bad match or was scouted really well. She had 5 kills, 4 errors and hit .071. Bettendorf was even worse; she had 6 kills and 8 errors and hit at a minus percentage. Obviously, St. Johns was targeting both of them on defense and the setter took advantage. Kudos for her.

  91. LC September 5, 2014 7:05 am

    Hang in there Wahine fans in about 5-6 weeks the light bulb in Shoji’s head will go on.

  92. LC September 5, 2014 7:42 am

    Consistency is what we wanted to see from Tai and consistency is what she has given to this team so far.

  93. gobows September 5, 2014 8:28 am

    was that longo on the bench?

  94. NinthIsland September 5, 2014 8:50 am

    91…Lmao…I agree…

  95. cocobean September 5, 2014 9:00 am

    I don’t know too much about the technical aspects of the sport nor stategies involved. Just got of layman’s understanding from years of attending games and watching the tv replays. I have a question for those with more insights.

    Is it harder to dig a ball that’s been hit from a higher contact point or from a steeper angle? I ask this because through the years I’ve noticed a lot times tall girls like Jade or high jumpers like Magill don’t have to smoke the ball for the defense to mishandle the hit. I don’t think Greeley hits harder than Long nor Huff hits harder than Passi but it seems the taller girls hits are harder to dig. Is this a valid impression I have?

    I know in baseball the higher the mound the harder it is for a batter to hit. It’s not that the higher mound increases velocity but it changes the trajectory of the pitch and affects the hitters view plain.

  96. mei mei September 5, 2014 9:22 am

    91 – too funny, but very stressful on us fans :(… i say start all frosh… w/ the exception of the middles/libero – 🙂 and sure put in Maglio too for playing time!

  97. jimmy the lock September 5, 2014 11:26 am


  98. Brandon September 5, 2014 11:43 am

    Castillo ranks at 61. I’m seriously questioning tawa right now. Castillo is defanitely a top 30 recruit.

  99. roofer68 September 5, 2014 11:45 am

    Haven’t seen this mentioned yet, if yes, apologies. Casey Castillo #61 on Aces. Rated at this because of knee injury. Both Granato and Castillo ranked at least 30 spots too high at 75 and 61, IMO.

  100. Brandon September 5, 2014 11:47 am

    Castillo should be in the 25-39 range and granato in the 35-40 range. IMO, tawa got their ranks wrong

  101. roofer68 September 5, 2014 11:47 am

    98. Quick on the draw. That what happens when I’m 50+ years older.

  102. Brandon September 5, 2014 11:51 am

    Well I have to think of it this way, now shoji can make these recruits, who didn’t even crack the top 50 into AA, and prove why he’s the best coach in the game

  103. AdmrVT September 5, 2014 12:59 pm

    98 & 99: As I noted before, both Granato and Castillo were on prepvolleyball’s Top 50 juniors, so something changed — like 25 players improving past them or coaches solicited by Tawa now showing their bias.

  104. po'okela September 5, 2014 1:20 pm

    don’t trip out so much. it’s just a list.

    I remember mafua being ranked in the top 25 and she was, IMO, the weakest setter we’ve had play for the wahine this decade while uiato was ranked much lower and proved to be one of the best in the country.

  105. warriorfan September 5, 2014 1:26 pm

    Please, Mafua was not the weakest much better than Uiato. her connections with Kaufman was a thing of beauty, she was also much better connecting with Britt Hewitt.
    Anyway not that surprised with Tawa, he ranked Nikki what 30th?? when it’s obvious she was a top ten recruit in her class.

  106. Jeff September 5, 2014 1:34 pm

    It’s very subjective I remember Tuaniga and Goodman were pretty high on the senior aces and they rode the bench for most of their career

  107. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 1:45 pm

    104. agree with you. it’s just a list.
    but disagree about Mufua being the weakest. hard to follow Kamana’o, which is who you immediately compare her to.

  108. Cubicle1126 September 5, 2014 2:02 pm

    pookela — well, this decade, technically there’s only been 3 setters … mafua, uiato, and higgins (who’ve started). just sayin’ … 😉

  109. po'okela September 5, 2014 2:15 pm

    uiato is hands down a much more polished setter than mafua. it took her a year or two to learn the system but uiato was impeccable by her junior year.

    if you don’t remember, mafua was so inconsistent her sophmore year she lost the starting role to stephanie brandt. uiato was able to turn bad passes into very very hittable sets. many “professionals” looked at her as one of THEE best setters in the nation by her senior year. mafua was never placed in that category. YES, mafua was good but she was probably ONE of the weakest link of setters we’ve had since ah-mow.

    so we have ah-mow, hubbert, carey, kamana’o, mafua, uiato and now higgins.

    I’d take thurlby over mafua in a heart beat.

    her connection with Kaufman wasn’t really a thing of beauty. Kaufman had hops. if you set the ball behind you high enough, Kaufman can just elevate and hit the ball.

    I like to compare setters with their passers. mafua had the best passing trio in UH history – danielson otineru and ka’aihue. rarely ever did she have to deal with bad passes.

    it’s just my opinion. don’t shoot me LOL

  110. warriorfan September 5, 2014 2:26 pm

    Mafua her senior year was excellent, you are just being a hater. I’d take her in a heartbeat over Uiato and Higgins.

  111. warriorfan September 5, 2014 2:29 pm

    Uiato set her team to the final four and completely outplayed the stanford and Michigan setter Zimmerman in the NCAA tourney on the way. Can’t say the same for Uiato, and the only “professional” praising her that much was Shoj, but he praises all his setters.

  112. uhfan September 5, 2014 2:29 pm

    How many years has it been since Mafua graduated? Move on.

  113. warriorfan September 5, 2014 2:36 pm

    I know right, don’t know why this poopkela person is hating on her, she was a good setter and definitely lived up to her ranking. that wasn’t a very strong class anyway.

  114. jimmy the lock September 5, 2014 2:37 pm

    One can always look at the post season awards both won as testament to their abilities.

    This would have been good reading for Steve. You could say he is reading but not able to add his 2-cents.

  115. warriorfan September 5, 2014 2:37 pm

    Obviously I meant Mafua in post 111. Doh.

  116. kimo browner September 5, 2014 2:54 pm

    If Coach Shoji isn’t the best coach in the nation he is certainly among the most stubborn. Many of the top coaches are unafraid to use their frosh if they show promise. Remember Penn State? Stanford? I don’t know if the lights will “go on” with Shoji, he has standards not always measured with talent and potential that mortals understand. He is in his 40th year and the recruits coming in next year will test the limits of his subjective measurements…time is running out to exit as a winner….in addition to listening to practice music he should follow his instincts rather than his heart. Nicki Taylor is still a big IF, but his Frosh are ready to roll!

  117. LC September 5, 2014 3:23 pm

    When I read all the comments about the 2014 Wahine here and other forums I’m getting the impression that many have already waved the white flag 0n 2014 and have started looking ahead to 2015.

  118. Cubicle1126 September 5, 2014 3:33 pm

    lc — i think this team can make some noise … but yeah, it doesn’t seem expectations are high. that’s expected for 2014 though.

  119. Cubicle1126 September 5, 2014 3:34 pm

    kimo browner — shoji has started many freshmen in the past at the start of the season, and been unafraid to do so … he started one just last year … in the first match of the season … against the defending national champs (texas) … with returning players/veterans sitting on his bench.

  120. tako September 5, 2014 3:51 pm

    Shucks, it was enlightening to see the master at work. Coach made the necessary adjustments.

    Respect Coach for maintaining his sense of values. He’s providing both Passi and Long ample opportunity to earn their spots.

    Love Sarah’s ability to dig so many balls in the back row, believe she is doing a great job.

    Also, foresee the Higgins to Magill connection soon to be very, very lethal.

    With that, predict we’ll earn a spot to the sweet 16, baby… -go bows

  121. warriorfan September 5, 2014 3:53 pm

    118. Watching BYU/Wash
    Stan/Penn St

    Wahine have a long long way to go to be competitive with these teams.

  122. warriorfan September 5, 2014 3:53 pm

    Mclaughlin and Rose not afraid to throw their freshmen into the fire.

  123. LanaiBoy September 5, 2014 4:16 pm

    Interesting match between BYU and Washington. Even at one set each right now. Vansant and Hamson both have 12 kills each for the two sets. Hamson turning out to be as good as advertised. With her height and athleticism she is hard to stop. With her BYU last year would have been a contender for final four.

  124. Cubicle1126 September 5, 2014 4:25 pm

    warriorfan — washington and penn st aren’t the best comparisons to use. it’s way easier to start freshmen (who are also already very skilled and top of their class recruits) when they’re surrounded by returning players/starters/all-americans from a final four and national championship team, respectively. just sayin’ …

  125. warriorfan September 5, 2014 4:27 pm

    Problem for BYU now is that Gray does not look as impressive as last season. She actually looks regressed.

  126. warriorfan September 5, 2014 4:29 pm

    Disagree, Greeley is highly skilled and top of her class as well. It’s actually harder because they have solid players behind them but McLaughlin and Rose still play the freshmen right off the bat.

  127. kimo browner September 5, 2014 4:37 pm

    119. I understand you are supporting Coach Shoji. Your right to do so. If you bother watching the top teams, you will understand the futility of using the “shorts” in the front row. With this mindset we will struggle in the BIG WEST Conference. JMO.

  128. warriorfan September 5, 2014 4:42 pm

    BYU’s problem all season and in trying to get back to the final four will be that they have 3-4 very solid starters, but then the next 2-3 are just not up to par and would not start on most top 25 teams.

  129. warriorfan September 5, 2014 4:51 pm

    Stanford looks very solid, they have great defense and then the best offensive weapon in all college volleyball right now.

  130. Cubicle1126 September 5, 2014 4:55 pm

    kimo & warriorfan — i’m actually in support of at least greeley starting. i was posting that on the match thread on VT. and i’m not one to wholeheartedly support a coach. my posting history both here and VT has shown that i’ve been critical of the teams’ play when i see it. in my post in 119, i was merely disputing the notion that shoji is afraid to start freshmen, when his coaching history has shown that he’s started many freshmen, often over more experienced players on his roster.

    warriorfan — no doubt that greeley is proving that she is entering the program already playing at a high level. but i think you misunderstand my point. it’s a whole lot easier to start a freshman, knowing they’re on the court alongside all-americans and/or experienced returning players and starters. it’s a much tougher call to make to start a freshmen when they’re being thrown into the lineup alongside other newcomers and/or inexperienced players (like the bulk of this hawaii starting lineup is this year). it may seem so easy to the arm-chair quarterbacks, but it’s a much tougher call to make for a coach. that’s all i’m saying.

  131. warriorfan September 5, 2014 4:57 pm

    Jeez someone just posted the exact same comment 121. I made on volley talk, It looks like it was that steve/Laura pyscho.

  132. Cubicle1126 September 5, 2014 5:02 pm

    warriorfan — lol … so that wasn’t u?

    i wish people used the same handles on both VT and on here … it’d be so much easier! haha

  133. warriorfan September 5, 2014 5:10 pm

    definitely not me, going by posting history, I think it’s definitely Laura/Steve. only person insisting that Shoji should think of redshirting Taylor. Im just glad it got banned from here.

  134. warriorfan September 5, 2014 5:18 pm

    Drats. I wanted Washington to go down in flames.

  135. Kazu September 5, 2014 5:23 pm

    Washington over BYU in 5. Intresting Penn and Stan going to 5 too

  136. warriorfan September 5, 2014 6:32 pm

    So St Johns dispatches the Lobos in 3. We have to wait an hour for the wahine match, ugh, why????

  137. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 6:39 pm

    re: Shoji playing freshmen … he does tend to reward his returning players but consider how many FOYs he’s had during his career … Taeatafa, Chase, Kahumoku, Gustin, Willoughby, Kamana’o, Hittle, Danielon, Hewitt, Hartong … (Taylor should have been) … he hasn’t been that stubborn.

  138. Wop ur jaws September 5, 2014 7:25 pm

    Oh geez, the debate is like a broken record. Facts are that Shoji, as one acquaintance relayed to me, who is also an acquaintance with Shoji, does have a general fear of playing a freshman who is unfamiliar with because he has to consider the players ability to handle the pressure as well as the team dynamic. Not sure if I understand that but whatever. To me it is his choice even if I think it makes no sense. Freshman come to play and want to play. Trust in them and provide them with all the resources you have. It’s a little stale. Top programs bring in freshman to lead their teams and give them the chance to grow. It’s and investment and it allows for future phenom freshmen to want to come because they know they will be given a fair shot.

  139. Wop ur jaws September 5, 2014 7:26 pm

    I hate auto correct.

  140. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 7:34 pm

    see new thread for UH-Oregon match

  141. Wop ur jaws September 5, 2014 7:47 pm

    Man Higgins is not good right now, poor set location and set selection. IMHO

  142. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 7:52 pm


  143. Beauston September 5, 2014 8:26 pm

    Am I the only one not seeing the new thread?

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