WVB, No. 22 Oregon 3, No. 20 Hawaii 2

Hawaii will start Greeley, Magill, Higgins, Manu-Olevao, Mendoza, Kahakai and Adolpho.


  1. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 7:46 pm

    Brenner’s third kill makes it 15-10 Oregon at the TTO. Ducks hitting .444, UH 095.

  2. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 7:50 pm

    Kill by Manu-Olevao makes it 17-14 Oregon. TO Ducks

  3. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 7:54 pm

    Crittenden with her fourth kill, makes it 19-15 Oregon. TO UH

  4. tossup September 5, 2014 8:01 pm

    lets go bows! oregon may be large/have large guns but they are also largely slow. think why texas easily took the championship away from them couple years ago.

  5. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 8:01 pm

    Missed call by the linesman, at least it seemed that way, on Manu-Olevao’s 3-meter attack. instead of 23-19, made it 24-18. Brenner finishes it with her fourth kill. 25-18

  6. warriorfan September 5, 2014 8:04 pm

    Wahine making Crittenden look like an all american, defense needs to step it up. I want to see Huff in there, Passi can not get it down.

  7. warriorfan September 5, 2014 8:06 pm

    Why are they making this oregon team look like a stanford or Penn State level team??

  8. Wop ur jaws September 5, 2014 8:06 pm

    Higgins need a break.

  9. tossup September 5, 2014 8:07 pm

    the wahine probably needs some armor since theyre not being as mobile as they should

  10. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 8:07 pm

    Stanford beat Penn State 3-2 tonight
    Oregon a final four a few years ago.

  11. warriorfan September 5, 2014 8:09 pm

    Olevao is playing like last year, if she is our number one option we are toast.

  12. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 8:11 pm

    Oregon up 11-3. TO UH, Ducks with 3 aces already this set.

  13. warriorfan September 5, 2014 8:11 pm

    Long can not pass. This is such a disappointment the wahine should not be this outclassed by this Oregon team.

  14. warriorfan September 5, 2014 8:11 pm

    They look like deer in headlights out there tonight.

  15. warriorfan September 5, 2014 8:14 pm

    Team captain needs to seriously step it up, especially blocking wise.

  16. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 8:15 pm

    very young lineup with Koelsch, Huff, Greeley in

  17. tossup September 5, 2014 8:15 pm

    wahine you will have a long night. dave needs to use subs instead of accosting timeouts particularly sub in some armor ie your 6′ or reserve middles as outsides huff and maglio

  18. Cubicle1126 September 5, 2014 8:22 pm

    tossup — or a short night … :-/ … yikes

  19. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 8:22 pm

    Oregon wins 25-14

  20. warriorfan September 5, 2014 8:23 pm

    This is just sad, I do not think this Oregon team is a superiorly talented team like the set scores indicate, they just have steadier passing and setting, the wahine need to regroup and take set 3.

  21. Wop ur jaws September 5, 2014 8:23 pm

    I blame the coach on this one. His strategy is predictable.

  22. tossup September 5, 2014 8:23 pm

    dont know if wahine will valor up now that they are endangered of being swept

  23. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 8:25 pm

    21. sorry but all the aces are not on Shoji.

  24. tossup September 5, 2014 8:27 pm

    coach shoji needs to conserve his timeouts in case of runs or serves against the bows, sub in some armor or more mobile steady passers.

  25. uhfan September 5, 2014 8:32 pm

    Huff better be at least starting 3rd set. Put in Maglio too.

  26. tossup September 5, 2014 8:32 pm

    18 cindy i think they will be pain if they lost here especially to a sweep and it will really suck figuratively a long night

  27. WaWa September 5, 2014 8:32 pm

    YIKES. I agree with 16 (WF). Team captainS* need to step up. Adolpho needs to take the bull by the horns and gut check this team in the locker room and let out some Molokai tita, “GET YOUR (BLEEPIN) SERVES IN!” She is the best bet from any of our captains to lead by example. Mendoza and Manu-Olevao are way too streaky.

  28. tossup September 5, 2014 8:35 pm

    mendoza and higgins arent doing a good job passing neither

  29. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 8:36 pm

    UH up 4-2. TO Oregon

  30. tossup September 5, 2014 8:36 pm

    nice serving from tai force oregon to surrender a timeout

  31. warriorfan September 5, 2014 8:37 pm

    Ok this is more like it so far. I repeat Oregon is not that good. Yes they are good, but not Blow UH away like nothing good. UH should make this competitive.

  32. warriorfan September 5, 2014 8:39 pm

    wahine just need to have fun, they were pressing in first two sets.

  33. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 8:41 pm

    UH up 11-5. TO Oregon

  34. ManuOKeKai September 5, 2014 8:43 pm

    Wow people, take a chill pill. It is still early in the season and there are a lot of new folks on the floor. Coach Shoji knows what he is doing. It’s a long season. People are posting like it’s the final four….relax.

  35. tossup September 5, 2014 8:44 pm

    wahine have you valored up? forcing orgeon to a 2nd timeout and bows doubled up on points in 3rd set. good tactics by kalei g forcing them to hit it into the antenna

  36. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 8:51 pm

    consecutive hitting errors by adolpho makes it 19-14 Hawaii. TO UH

  37. warriorfan September 5, 2014 8:51 pm

    Again Team captain is just not getting it done, Lets see Maglio in there.

  38. Wop ur jaws September 5, 2014 8:51 pm

    Taylor is forcing the middle with awful sets to Kalei WTH?

  39. Wop ur jaws September 5, 2014 8:52 pm

    Please coach retire. Seriously.

  40. Wop ur jaws September 5, 2014 8:53 pm

    U CLA did it.

  41. warriorfan September 5, 2014 8:54 pm

    I do not understand how a coach or the bench don’t yell out when balls are out. Come on coaches.

  42. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 8:57 pm

    Manu-Olevao’s ace ends it at 25-19. on to Set 4

  43. warriorfan September 5, 2014 8:57 pm

    40. you are a huge hypocrite dude. You’re the dude that would go on and on in previous blog how we should not question Charlie Wade.

  44. Wop ur jaws September 5, 2014 8:58 pm

    Like windows XP or Klum Gym. Make way for windows 8.1 and Stan Sheriff Center.

  45. tossup September 5, 2014 8:59 pm

    onto set 4, tai aces it through. wahine its imperative, take it to a 5 set thriller!

  46. warriorfan September 5, 2014 9:00 pm

    Tai picked up her game big time in set 3. UH needs to keep this up, start fast again in set 4.

  47. Wop ur jaws September 5, 2014 9:00 pm

    I’m kidding. Stay as long as you like.

  48. warriorfan September 5, 2014 9:03 pm

    Lets set Olivia every time. and please do not serve at the libero and Brenner, the other players for Oregon can not pass.

  49. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 9:08 pm

    Ace by Higgines makes it 10-6. TO Oregon. coach not happy with the linesman’s call but think Wes K. got it right on the baseline. Former setter at Lutheran

  50. tossup September 5, 2014 9:09 pm

    good job so far wahine, force them and demand surrender.

  51. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 9:11 pm

    Crittenden hits wide, it’s 11-6. TO Oregon. Higgins continues to serve tough

  52. tossup September 5, 2014 9:11 pm

    wahine now grasped an armored role. oregon surrenders early again a timeout

  53. warriorfan September 5, 2014 9:16 pm

    I love Huff, she is a cool customer and puts up a huge wall.

  54. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 9:24 pm

    Brenner long. end it at 25-18. on to set 5

  55. tossup September 5, 2014 9:24 pm

    excellent wahine its time to finish the counterattack and take this 5 set!

  56. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 9:33 pm

    Oregon on a 3-0 run. up 7-5. TO UH

  57. tossup September 5, 2014 9:33 pm

    come on wahine this is crucial

  58. Beauston September 5, 2014 9:34 pm

    Put Magill back in. Blocking needs some help

  59. warriorfan September 5, 2014 9:34 pm

    two service errors by our best servers, can’t do that in 5 setters.

  60. warriorfan September 5, 2014 9:37 pm

    UH should take a time out here, what’s Dave waiting for??

  61. warriorfan September 5, 2014 9:39 pm

    Kalei A needs to punish the ball down, come on!! It’s your senior year.

  62. tossup September 5, 2014 9:39 pm

    wahine needs to fire up more steam

  63. warriorfan September 5, 2014 9:42 pm

    wahine back row defense, really let the team down in this 5th set. And then they kept hitting into the Oregon block, setting was poor.

  64. tossup September 5, 2014 9:43 pm

    damn wahine you fought so hard back

  65. warriorfan September 5, 2014 9:47 pm

    okay , glad they came back and were competitive.
    Higgins needs to clean up her location.
    Tai played well but ultimately way too many errors. Kalei was steady at least she hit over. 200.
    One more bad match from Adolpho and that should get the hook, she is just not getting it done. Lets give Emily Maglio a look, why waste her year on the bench.
    Obviously not a good match for Huff offensively but she puts up a huge wall on the right. Perfect blocking sub.

  66. tossup September 5, 2014 9:48 pm

    not sure why wahine did not use mobility and armored role in set 5 especially mobility sets in particular fell lackluster

  67. mano796 September 5, 2014 9:48 pm

    great game. just came out little short

  68. Beauston September 5, 2014 9:49 pm

    Even though Higgins got better in set 3 and 4 , I am not convinced Higgins can carry this team and run the offense. Wahine hitters were ready on 5th set unfortunately, there were forced to hit a rather akward ball hence why it was easy for Oregon to block the hitters. Nonetheless, this is a learning season for a young wahine team. The way they came back 0-2 was pretty remarkable.

  69. warriorfan September 5, 2014 9:49 pm

    obviously we aren’t hosting in the NCAA’s with losses to ASU and Oregon so now the focus should be on beating UCLA and winning the big west, and hopefully we get sent to an overrated east coast school.

  70. Kazu September 5, 2014 9:50 pm

    Not a good weekend. St. Johns tomorrow, and their not a push over. Wahine may end up 1 and 2.

  71. warriorfan September 5, 2014 9:51 pm

    I don’t know what’s up with Higgins because some of the match she looks good but then her location is just way off. Olivia’s errors were all mostly due to seriously low and tight sets.

  72. Beauston September 5, 2014 9:52 pm

    65. Agreed on Adolpho. Amidst sparks here and there with her, she has not been consistent. I remember Shoji saying a couple of seasons back that by the time Adolpho is a senior that she will be an AA. I dont see that this early on the season. Not even close.

  73. uhfan September 5, 2014 9:53 pm

    I wanna see Maglio play tomorrow

  74. tossup September 5, 2014 9:53 pm

    i also wonder why wahine chose to receive winning the toss. they could of used a serve tough begin not defend when receiving is the weakest, were they relying on tai still at that point?

  75. warriorfan September 5, 2014 9:56 pm

    That’s the most disappointing thing. She should be playing like an all american by now. Not sure what the deal is, she has had more time to work with Higgins.
    Higgins is part of the problem though with her sets, but still Olivia is making it work while Kalei is not.

  76. haleiwacrossfitter September 5, 2014 9:56 pm

    man guys…no need to be critical of players right now. They fought hard to get back into it and fell short. Give some credit to Oregon, too. I was really happy to see them fight back, they could have just layed down and gone down in 3. No one was perfect tonight, it’s still early in the season, they are going to take their lumps, WE ALL KNEW THIS coming into the season because they are so young. They will get better and I am excited for a great season and an even better 2015 and beyond with all the young ones we got.

    I hope Dave sticks around for at least a couple more years because I think we will really challenge for the NC soon. Exciting!

  77. Z September 5, 2014 9:57 pm

    Looks like Dave will be going with Greeley and Huff next game. Seems like KaleiA hits the while coming down in her jump. I was hoping Dave would have subbed out Higgins while she was in the front row at the end. Can’t expect her to block Brenner. Tough loss.

  78. Pot-of-Gold September 5, 2014 9:57 pm

    Who expected this match to go to 5 after the first two sets? That was growth right before your eyes. Greely made veteran plays out there, where will her potential top out at. McGill for the kill, she is just finding her groove with Higgins, expect more as the season moves along.

    Tough loss tonight, but the team will benefit from this experience down the road. Just listening to the TV broadcast, knowing that the team captains took it upon themselves to step it up, is huge.

  79. Setaone September 5, 2014 9:57 pm

    I really feel starting Huff instead of Passi would have made a huge difference and Hawaii would have won in 4.

  80. tossup September 5, 2014 10:01 pm

    not sure did wahine really tire their steam in set 5 or needs feel threatened/endangered like in set to play with purpose/at will

  81. mano796 September 5, 2014 10:04 pm

    I agree with #75..going 5 shows alot

  82. warriorfan September 5, 2014 10:05 pm

    78. Huff did make life more difficult for Oregon’s outside hitters. However her hitting is still very green. We need Nikki back ASAP. hope she heals and is 100 percent for the rest of the season. Wish she could play against UCLA.

  83. tossup September 5, 2014 10:06 pm

    or both no set 3 endangerment and no or not much rallying by adolpho and tai for set 5

  84. Wop ur jaws September 5, 2014 10:08 pm

    Higgins is not good. Set locations and set selections were predictable. Shoji should have gone with the big girls from the get go. Not convinced.

  85. tossup September 5, 2014 10:09 pm

    is there absolutely no broadcast for tommorow?

  86. warriorfan September 5, 2014 10:09 pm

    very interesting post game show, loved st johns coach, the accent and personality, very likable but I hope we sweep them easily tomorrow.

  87. warriorfan September 5, 2014 10:12 pm

    85. I do love her serve. and I think we just need to hope she improves by conference play, I think she gets tight and makes bad set locations.
    But if she does not improve by conference play we need to hand the reigns over to Koelsch.

  88. jmy September 5, 2014 10:13 pm

    Hopefully the freshmen will start the next match…

  89. Wop ur jaws September 5, 2014 10:21 pm

    no excuses. no learning curve.

  90. LanaiBoy September 5, 2014 10:28 pm

    Re: 85. Give it up. Shoji will NOT switch setters unless Higgins is hurt. Koelsch will see time on the floor only when Shoji wants a bigger block. Repeating it a hundred times won’t make it happen. It just gets tiresome to hear the same thing over and over again with no real expectation that it will ever come to pass. Higgins is 1st string period.

  91. warriorfan September 5, 2014 10:31 pm

    I think fans have every right to question Higgins setting. Her sets have been off all season.

  92. tossup September 5, 2014 10:42 pm

    think when robyn gets back higgins needs to be chewed again?

  93. warriorfan September 5, 2014 10:42 pm

    They really need to think about a 6-2 when Nikki gets back healthy. Top teams just are not playing short setters anymore, unless they are Micha Hancock good.
    Having Nikki and Huff both at 6′ 3 out there blocking will make life very difficult for opposing teams outside hitters.

  94. cocobean September 5, 2014 10:49 pm

    I’m not a season ticket holder anymore, this was the 3rd game I’ve attended. I plan to go to UCLA and maybe a couple of BW games. I rushed home to see what the critics here had to say. I find it curious that the harshest critics here are those that don’t attend the games.

  95. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 10:51 pm

    To answer a few questions.
    No, there is absolutely NO TV Saturday. there is radio and livestats and the blog. you can complain to Oceanic. K. Leahey is shaking his head at the decision.

    Shoji said he’ll look at starting Huff tomorrow. As someone said, she is still green. She has played mostly as a middle during her career, played some OH in a tournament that Shoji saw. With Taylor out, she was the logical choice to move over to OH.

    Don’t think you can blame Adolpho much. she was 2-1-7, touched a lot of balls but those don’t show up as blocks.

    Oregon’s attack was very quick, they ran a couple of X plays and some doubles.
    Biggest stat I notice is the blocks in Set 5. Oregon 4.5 to UH’s 1. Wahine hit .000. Ducks were 8-1-19.
    Their 6-2 was very effective. Senior Ashen with 29 assists, Freshman Scott with 27.

    Brenner had a very good game after not getting a lot of touches Thursday. She’s a four-sport athlete and has played in three national championships … volleyball, CWS in softball, NCAA track & field in javelin. She also plays some basketball for the Ducks.

  96. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 10:55 pm

    74. that is the usual choice, to be on serve-receive. you are betting on being able to convert for that first point.

  97. R.M September 5, 2014 10:57 pm

    Hang on there people. It’s a learning experience for these kids. I’ll take preseason L than having it deep into the season.

  98. Cindy Luis September 5, 2014 10:59 pm

    See you all in about 13 hours. good night. try not to be so harsh.

  99. tossup September 5, 2014 11:04 pm

    heres something, how come nobody declared duck hunting season open? only freshmen inexperience is retrieving out balls and even more inexperience, no call from the veterans

  100. kimo browner September 5, 2014 11:16 pm

    Fan opinion counts. Watch the turnstile…and no shows. We were told Oregon was slow. Chris M said we played a very quick Oregon team. Who do you believe?Trust your eyes. Coach Shoji said he is going with Greely and Huff against St Johns because they have been consistent. if that is the test, then, Kendra and Maglio, too, need honest looks rather than cameo appearances. Why not? This is a rebuilding year and we wont go dancing unless the wahine take the conference outright. Doubtful with the current lineup.

  101. Ki September 5, 2014 11:18 pm

    Growing pains people. There has never been a setter who came into the program (with the exception of Kamana’o) who did not experience some problems. Give Higgins time to iron out the wrinkles. It’s a work in progress. As for the OH, Shoji is gonna have one heckuva dilemma when Taylor comes back. Tai & Greeley have stepped up their game & Huff is becoming the logical solution for that OPP position with her blocking and stay play. Maybe Dave can implement a 6-2 (Wishful thinking).

  102. tossup September 5, 2014 11:18 pm

    97. that was the time to attack (ie serve) not defend especially you know thats the weakness

  103. bleachercoach September 5, 2014 11:30 pm

    After 4 matches, the team would fare well going big up front from the start IMO. In order to have a final four type teamin the near future, we really need to center around the obvious of being able to compete with a Magill, Greely (FR), Huff (FR), and Adolpho. Even experimenting and playing with Maglio (FR) and Koelsch(FR) more earlier in the season. All these women with height of 6″2 or more will make us able to compete when it really counts. The days of Tita Ahuna, Mahina Eleniki, etc… is over…Bigger, Faster, Stronger, and “Taller” prevails most times in big games. I am always for the underdogs and undersized, but let’s get real! Oh Yes, Tai, Long, and Passi can compete at a high level too, but today at 5’10”-6’0″ if the opposition are taller than you, the odds are stacked against you. (Unless you are superhuman, get perfect sets, and got hops like Magill) It has nothing to do with their athleticism but how size does matter in athletics today. (The odds of a 6′ 2″ 275 lbs.Offensive tackle in football trying to block a rushing 6’5″ 290 lbs. Defensive end all game)…This is time early in the season to find the best mix of athletes with size and steadiness/balance. Losing matches now but learning, growing, and competing at the season end is the what’s important. Change is good and healthy for any team in rebuilding. Being positive and having an open mind playing the best people regardless of who they are and what how many year (s) they have been here. All college athletes should understand they have to make the best of any opportunity because there is always someone on that bench that is waiting for their chance. We have talent to build on…..They need lots more practice and game time experience…but if things are done right….This team this year not next may be able to surprise everyone including me

  104. tossup September 5, 2014 11:40 pm

    96. cindy although theres no tv. im talking about is there no broadcast ie cameras recording the game and placing it on big west tv despite no oceanic?

  105. cocobean September 5, 2014 11:45 pm

    Only the coaches know the pulse of team dynamics as it applies this year. Shoji has been around long enough to know it’s a must to balance team harmony with winning. I can see why he’s trying to be “fair” with Long and Passi. He gave them first shot at securing a starting spot based on the amount of sweat equity they’ve accumulated. I don’t think any of the frosh came in expecting to start immediately.

    By now it must be pretty obvious to the two Jrs that they’ve lost their spots in the starting lineup to freshmen. Shoji is going to handle this situation with tact. He knows he’s dealing with the female psyche. He’ll try his best to keep their spirits up and keep them engaged. He’ll try to find situations to have them on the court. The last thing he wants to deal with is a disgruntled player or one who is total crushed.

  106. bleachercoach September 5, 2014 11:46 pm

    Yes #85…Higgins is a wonderful server and one of the most consistent I have seen. She literally have been responsible in getting leads or catching teams back up single handedly in every game this year so far. Definitely she needs to be in the game but I would love to see Koelsch get a chance. Her height alone brings her close to the top of the net. She is not like the Wisconsin setter but she does make the ball come out of her hands look so much easier. Like to see the team implement a 6-2 sometimes. Between Higgins and Koelsch it is almost like a “dawn if you do” or “dawn if you don’t”…what makes it hard is there isn’t much of a drop off… I guess some of those answer could be answered if Koelsch would be allowed to set a whole game at least one time. Then we could see if she could be an asset or she really isn’t ready yet….Hard to tell if your no ft in a whole game situation. Anywats, good problem to have 2 good setters

  107. blunite September 6, 2014 12:30 am

    Oregon’s faster offense won the match, plain and simple. Shoji intends to live and die with his slow, high, and wide offense from the 1970s. The problem is UH has no “terminator” who can put the ball down. Instead he faults the hitters for being blocked, when the slow high sets are allowing the double and triple blocks to form. A good coach modes an offense around the personnel he has available; Shoji uses the same slow offense regardless.

    Even Karch Kiraly and the U.S. National team are using faster sets. Expect UH to drop out of the top 25 next week, place 4th in conference, and miss the post season.

  108. warriorfan September 6, 2014 12:49 am

    Ridiculous, first of all, UH is the only team in the big west that is being competitive with top competition Long beach got swept by an over rated Illinois team that just got swept by UCLA , who is probably not as good as ASU or Oregon. UH should have no problems winning their conference especially once they get their top “terminator” back from injury.

    Blunite, get a clue!. Oregon’s offense isn’t even that fast. San Diego last season was fast..

  109. Whodaguy September 6, 2014 12:55 am

    If you deserve a start, you better produce on the court at prime time…there are practice player’s and there are game time player’s….not give it to player’ s who paid some dues….what is this? Little league again….performance beats out potential any time…play the freshman, coach Dave….player’s must have a chance to win positions based on performance. Man, none of this favoritism stuff….

  110. warriorfan September 6, 2014 1:01 am

    The wahine offense with Kanani and Mafua setting was fast.
    Oregon not that fast at all. UH lost because they didn’t terminate in the 5th set, plain and simple, it happens! It will be a learning experience. To run a super fast offense you must have an excellent setter and great passing, right now UH does not have that, so Shoji is “MOLDING” his offense to his current personnel.

    heck the US national team doesn’t even have the personnel to run a quick offense as proven by their lackluster results at the world grand prix.

  111. cocobean September 6, 2014 1:18 am

    The one guarantee for the fans…….we won’t have to worry about this team peaking too soon. It’s going to play it’s best ball when the BW tournament begins. By then the frosh won’t be frosh and Higgins won’t be a soph they’ll all have a season of playing time behind them.

    People got to temper their expectations with the amount of experience this team has. Have faith Dave and Co. will get it done.

  112. warriorfan September 6, 2014 1:28 am

    By the way, US men vs France on BeIN sports channel right now at world championships.

  113. warriorfan September 6, 2014 1:28 am

    I wonder if coach Shoji is up late watching Erik okay.

  114. tossup September 6, 2014 1:52 am

    31 said it. oregon was not that good, they got large guns but they are also largely slow and their armor though in number is large, but in value is not, the wahine noticeably didnt exploit that in set 5 like they did in set 3 and 4. piecemeal swings wont penetrate but a high velocity swing would easily tool the block. look at brenners overall play and you would notice.

    also referring to cindys 97, the wahine in set 5 has the momentum (or as said on paper/in theory) but it is less likely that if they chose to serve-receive (defend) wouldnt it? not exactly utilizing momentum there if you dont chose to serve (attack) and have a chance to get some tough serves in for an initial lead.

    finally either wahine lost steam and/or resorted to old play since urgency has changed has it? not utilizing mobile digging/passing, armored role and piecemeal attacks resulting in a .000 for the pivotal deciding set.

  115. tossup September 6, 2014 2:19 am

    also many talks about relying on a ‘terminator’. how about nevermind that?

    hawaii needs more mobility/maneuverability ie passing/setting better

    actually somebody ought to tweet dave this:

    armored role (front line attacking/blocking):
    manuolevao (as a command model, any role)
    magill (as close quarters assault/block with the ball)
    greeley (as outside mobile reserve)
    huff (as general armored role)
    adolpho (command model, with her slide)
    maglio (as general armored role)
    koelsch (as armored setter)

    mobile defense (back row digging/passing)
    kahakai (general purpose mobile reserve)
    mendoza (this libero needs to improve on excellent digging/passing)
    long (train her to be a mobile reserve meaning better passing/train her service into a jump serve since she got a high velocity swing, use her as outside when other team is short or if she masters her high velocity swing to penetrate the block. use her as a mobile reserve ‘hidden in the woods’, she can be hidden in the back corners as a surprise back row attacker just like manuolevao was excellent at last year)
    passi (train her as server as she has a heavy punch/otherwise train her to be a mobile reserve like long mentioned above, hide her in ‘woods’ to surprise attack)
    higgins (though she a setter, train her more to be a better setter/passer/digger and make her more mobile when setting/attacking, her role as server is unquestioned)

  116. tossup September 6, 2014 2:26 am

    i think also ginger long definitely recognizes that this aint no beach. not with 3 to up to a possible 6 attackers it aint. beach was ‘her and her buddy’ vs ‘that and thats buddy’. could really use her to be mobile (mobile reserve) like she was mobile on the beach.

  117. tossup September 6, 2014 2:40 am

    a note to the above, a ‘mobile reserve’ i call is something thats is fast and maneuverable, decisive and even dangerous ie kahakai so it isnt something lightly in case of any blow to psyche if assigned as such.

    wahine didnt win but at least give credit that they didnt suffer defeat of the ‘largest margin’ like they did with byu last season.

  118. LONGs a MUST September 6, 2014 3:02 am

    “Within a span of seven days, the conference that Hawaii has long sought to find a home for its athletic teams in has made itself at home on Oahu.”
    …can EASILY be (mis)interpreted as being quite snobby, accidentally
    *unless is was meant to be 😉

  119. NinthIsland September 6, 2014 6:25 am

    Very proud of how these girls fought back from being literally embarassed in the first 2 sets…shows a lot of character and heart as well as growth…like Kalei Tsuji said in the post game…they will be a totally different team a month from now…especially when Taylor returns…I’m very excited! Like I said before…they’ll peak at the right time…they are just getting their feet wet against pretty good competition…Oregon and ASU are just lucky they got to play us in the beginning of the season because they sure as hell don’t want to play us at the end…

  120. max13 September 6, 2014 6:29 am

    You folks are FRUSTRATING! Yes, we Hawai’i fans have followed the sport long enough to have an opinion, but REALLLLLY?! …. You have people screaming for Koelsch to set, when she has had all of five seconds to make an impression.. Higgins serves 8 aces against New Mexico and all of a sudden she is Jesus re-incarnated… lest we consider the talk you all had to say against Higgins in favor of Koelsch. You all need to manage your expectations and realize this is just going to have to be a period of making adjustments for our Wahine. Perhaps we as a program have been spoiled because we have never had a team not make the tournament since 1992 and it wasn’t until 1997 when we lost in the first round to LMU that we had made an earlier exit. Maybe we should be scared because for the first time in God knows how long, we might be absent from the top 25. Regardless, Hawai’i is and will forever remain an impact program when it comes to women’s volleyball. You can think what you want, and jump ship all you want. But please, learn to manage your expectations. This is a Hawai’i team without (arguably) it’s best attacker. It’s going to take time, and commitment towards a singular plan of attack for us to make a statement. A healthy and cohesive Wahine team is capable of beating any team, on any given night. Just give them time.

  121. LC September 6, 2014 7:03 am

    * Taylor Agost was recruited by Hawai`i almost came here but in the end decided to stay closer to home.
    * It was a good effort by the Wahine last night nothing to hang their heads over. They showed that they can dig down deep and capable of staging come backs.
    * Seems like creating a setter controversy is an annual event with some Wahine fans.

  122. Kazu September 6, 2014 7:11 am

    What a bad sked for today. Terrible start time,no TV coverage, for what? A football game? Like I heard on ESPN radio, when football season comes around nothing else matter.

  123. R.M September 6, 2014 7:14 am

    dont be so hard to them. If its hard for us seeing them loss im sure its harder for them to take it. Im still proud of them last night, that they avoided the sweep. after the second set I was telling to my self “not again.” Coz I was there when byu dismantled them last year. That was harder to chew than this, coz having that win is a must plus you know you have guns but it’s just not enough. Last night they creep back and took it to the fifth set, it’s just wasn’t enough.
    I can see a lot of improvement from the 1st game last week. They are getting better. Baby bows will be a major contributor of this season.They will be at the peak at the right time. As I said before I’ll take preseason L than to have it deep into the season.

    Wait for it… Hang on there! #gobows

  124. Ron September 6, 2014 7:19 am

    Agree, very good effort and learning experience for this young team. Higgins is not going anywhere so we need to support her and watch her mature. Greeley really needed to face a team like this to help her grow. Over all a step in the right direction.

  125. tossup September 6, 2014 7:27 am

    actually now i blame shoji for something. relooking the opening set that could of been won. coach never used his second timeout to plan a counterattack like oregon did when they realized the wahine were catching up close. also the ball sounds like it was bouncing around like rubber so suggests the hits (on both sides) were weak. set 2 the wahine essentially dropped right away because they let themselves become a punching bag. brenners service aces at the start were weak floats but the wahine failed to dig them nevertheless. the look on her face was like she cant believe its easy to toy with the wahine. ginger needs to train on digging/passing, after all hitters including opposites dig too. and that may apply to passi

  126. Wop ur jaws September 6, 2014 7:27 am

    That’s my point. Shoji said in an interview that Higgins will be one of the greatest. Um, no. He wishes. Her foot work – much to be desired. To you think a Penn St. or a USC would even tolerate a setting performance like last night? Shojimay want to consider a 6-2 for the rest of the season. Oregon exploited the lack of blocking on UH’s side. Even Kalei was out of position at the net. Jumping up with your arms up doesn’t equal a block. Higgins may want to use a float serve as well. in game five, two serves out by Higgins and Tai gave Oregon a break. I don’t understand why UH has to settle. They can be great right now not later. If only Shoji had faith. Even after one year of being in his system, Higgins is still setting like she is at Punahou. Its time we make no excuses. If you want to beat the best. You have to be the best.

  127. tossup September 6, 2014 7:28 am

    oh i forget greeley needs more experience digging/passing too

  128. tossup September 6, 2014 7:51 am

    127 said it. they can be great right now not later. also shoji should sub to delay rallies instead of waiting a large run happening to use a timeout. didnt unm last night pull something of the like and it worked? oregon was clearly slow if you look at set 3/4 on how they stumble for the ball. the wahine should also incorporate some feint attacks like in set 2 by oregon and greeleys force opponent block to hit antenna.

  129. oldtimer808 September 6, 2014 7:56 am

    Good morning I just came on to read all the negative comments. We have soo many great coaches in this room that know more than our coaching staff. What is UH waiting for…replace the coaching staff with you people and we will never lose a game again. Oh yawn gotta go get my first cup of coffee Wish I had an armchair to sit in oh well.

  130. cocobean September 6, 2014 8:23 am

    tossup. You got to get one thing straight. It’s easier to side out (receive serve) than it is to score a natural point (to serve). Volleyball 101.

  131. tossup September 6, 2014 8:26 am

    although it may be useful to have jump servers be able to do floaters as it goes on later on in the match, that is unnecessary as jump serving is about gambling on power. its not like otherwise would be of value. also there was saying that oregon is better than asu? false. they have big guns but low velocity, look at their hitting and especially serving, all are soft serve floaters from oregon compared to powered jump serves from asu hurting the bows.

  132. R.M September 6, 2014 8:37 am

    Hawaii fans knows so much about the game that sometimes they think they can do better than the hall of famer seating on the bench

  133. NinthIsland September 6, 2014 8:48 am

    I hope the wahine have their wheaties this morning cause St. John is pretty good…I sure hope they let last nights game go and focus on today…it’s gonna be a dog fight…Let’s Go Bows!

  134. tossup September 6, 2014 8:48 am

    131. not if
    a) the imperative is to attack. you dont score without serving even in rally era volleyball
    b) knowingly your defense (including passing) is your weakness

    they just got lucky tai was there

  135. Z September 6, 2014 8:49 am

    I wouldn’t put it all on Higgins. Serve-receive all over the place. She is also our best server. And we do have a terminator. She just happens to be in the middle.

  136. tossup September 6, 2014 8:56 am

    oregon better than asu?? including because they are physical and ‘fast’?? thats a laugh. yeah like asu showed some power and swept hawai’i comparing to oregon required 5. it seemed like this was a fear including by shoji that oregon is ‘big’. yeah big but slow. sad the wahine went slower than them when it was a tall order not to.

  137. tossup September 6, 2014 8:57 am

    coach even thought st john today was going to be a pushover. wahine better have their mobile reserves ready.

  138. tossup September 6, 2014 9:02 am

    no tv today because of football… i want to say the wahine are better than the football. see you in 3 hours ssc

  139. Wop ur jaws September 6, 2014 9:22 am

    I am a season ticket holder for both men and women. And have been following na wahine before the Stan opened. I remember the year it did open. And the ticket holders had to sit the arena and purchased tickets based on a lottery. So yes I am harsh. Hawaii has always sold itself as a top tier team. You can’t have both ways. Either be a top tier team or don’t. After moving back from NYC, the one thing I noticed about the east coast teams I watched, were that these programs will try everything to get to the next level. And they tell their players they will not tolerate nothing less.

  140. LC September 6, 2014 10:09 am

    For the blogger

    Every time you say “see the new thread” for us there is no new thread here although it might appear later like this one did.

    While you as the initiator of the new thread you might see it but it’s not being linked to here.

    When a new thread is started it also shows up on the Home Page of the SA but in this case it doesn’t even show up there.

  141. kukuihelepo September 6, 2014 10:36 am

    there ain’t gonna be no setting or hitting if we can’t pass the ball…higgins has to move way too much to get to the ball and then to have to place balls in a consistent area. the rotation with adolpho in the front don’t get the ball to target for higgins to run adolpho. it’s obvious by the stats…adolpho gets less attempts for an attack and it showed last night when she was set half of what was given to magill. it’s all about defense..first line of defense is the block then pass the dang ball! hawaii needs to make up for height with defense. fundamental volleyball…passing! this is a young team that is finding their way…i always got faith! so remember it’s not how you start but how you end 😉 go wahine!

  142. cocobean September 6, 2014 10:48 am

    #135. Wat you talkin’bout, Willis?
    a) “the imperative is to attack, you don’t score without serving even in rally era volleyball”
    Are you saying a side out is not counted as a point?

  143. islandman September 6, 2014 11:03 am

    The St John’s coach bought a new outfit, per her interview on the tv post game show last night, expecting to be on TV for today’s game. Alas, the game will not be televised. She is a regular visitor to Hawaii for the volleyball combines or whatever you call them. Started the program at St. John’s 20 years ago.

  144. warriorfan September 6, 2014 11:41 am

    Yea I feel bad for st Johns coach, she said she told all her friends up and down the east coast to catch them on OC sports stream. Sucks it can’t be streamed at least.

  145. warriorfan September 6, 2014 11:45 am

    Btw even though wahine have two losses already to middle of the pack pac 12 teams. at least we aren’t Missouri. number one seed from last year already has three losses to unranked mid majors likes Lipscomb and Norwestern State, and Oaklan, YIKES. Carly Kan still doing okay though. Still love to have her as a DS/backrow attacker, her passing is stellar.

  146. cocobean September 6, 2014 11:49 am

    #135. You’re a better man than me. I stopped buying season tickets for the mens over 10 years ago. Can’t recall the last men’s match I attended. Gave up my Wahine tix 4 years ago. Now I just cherry pick the games I want to go, like last night.

    BTW,what east coast teams do you have access to. You must be an insider to hear coaches telling their players things that are usually spoken behind closed locker room doors.

  147. Cindy Luis September 6, 2014 11:57 am

    141. unaware of how it is appearing to you folks. sorry. the new thread yesterday was up for over 30 minutes before someone asked what new thread.

    143. SJ coach knew as of Wednesday this game was not being televised. I gave her the info for radio link. She said her mom was going to be so disappointed because they are rarely on TV.

  148. Wop ur jaws September 6, 2014 12:05 pm

    146 Fordham. NYU. They look at Hawai’i and try to emulate its success. But of late they have incorporated Russ Rose philosophy of tall fast girls with killer instincts. If you cannot handle you sit.

  149. uhfan September 6, 2014 12:08 pm

    Radio is going in and out but looking at the stats is Long really starting?

  150. jmy September 6, 2014 12:12 pm

    On a different note, what’s up with Missouri? Undefeated most of last season, this season lost already to Lipscomb & Oakland…

  151. tossup September 6, 2014 12:19 pm

    someone tell shoji to start subbing some armor not timeout

  152. LC September 6, 2014 12:25 pm

    No looking good at all.So sad to watch this program going south

  153. tossup September 6, 2014 12:25 pm

    alright shoji you brought in some armor (kendra) now bring in mobile reserves, your libero is not adaquate enough and kahakai and greeley needs to shake a leg, kick if necessary

  154. tossup September 6, 2014 12:27 pm

    they are timeout planning a counter shoji get them ready for a hussle

  155. warriorfan September 6, 2014 12:31 pm

    All team captains doing bad it seems. Bring in Maglio already, Kalei A not getting it done yet again.

  156. AdmrVT September 6, 2014 12:31 pm

    140: Is this Steve, etc.? Sounds like it. Ot is it 151, 153? Maybe both?

  157. LC September 6, 2014 12:32 pm

    Stats must look terrible.

  158. tossup September 6, 2014 12:33 pm

    somebody tell coach dave to immediately deploy armor and mobile reserves (your libero/ds think anderson, baby g for example, they might increase mobility in defending digs and passes

  159. Cindy Luis September 6, 2014 12:35 pm

    you can mosey over to the new thread as others have. I tried to post this a number of times but getting knocked off as well

  160. Cindy Luis September 6, 2014 12:35 pm

    LC, live stats are available

  161. tossup September 6, 2014 12:42 pm

    keep it up wahine. theres that high velocity swing by ginger

  162. Cindy Luis September 6, 2014 12:43 pm

    There has been a new thread for 50 minutes.

  163. LC September 6, 2014 12:43 pm

    Playing better in this set …SO Far

  164. Cindy Luis September 6, 2014 12:45 pm


  165. LC September 6, 2014 12:45 pm

    Don’t see any new thread yet but on mobile

  166. Cindy Luis September 6, 2014 12:48 pm

    thread was up before match started

  167. LC September 6, 2014 12:49 pm

    Maybe you can post the link to the new thread. Here ?

  168. LC September 6, 2014 12:56 pm

    link gets me a sign in page for word press and I’m not joining word press

  169. LC September 6, 2014 1:07 pm

    Played a lot better in set two blocking got better.

  170. LC September 6, 2014 1:15 pm

    Red Storm keying on Tai

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