No. 15 Hawaii 3, Pacific 0; Top 25 scores

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updated Top 25, 6-3 night for the Big West so far
1) Nebraska def. Iowa State 25-20, 25-17, 25-12
2) Wisconsin def. 18) San Diego 25-15, 25-16, 25-20
3) Texas def. Army 25-15, 25-22, 25-18
4) Kansas def. Chicago State 25-12, 25-8, 25-9
4) Kansas def. Maryland 26-24, 25-19, 25-23
5) Washington def. Villanova 25-20, 25-19, 25-19
5) Washington def. Idaho 25-18, 19-25, 25-21, 25-16
6) Minnesota def. 14) Texas A&M 25-18, 25-23, 25-19
8) UCLA def. Missouri State 21-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-14
10) BYU def. LIU Brooklyn 25-16, 25-8, 25-13
10) BYU def. Wyoming 25-20, 25-22, 25-14
11) Ohio State def. Wyoming 25-22, 25-17, 25-16
11) Ohio State def. LIU Brooklyn 25-11, 25-17, 25-19
16) Florida State def. Alabama 22-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 15-12
19) Western Kentucky lost to Cal Poly 25-21, 22-25, 21-25, 8-25
20) Loyola Marymount lost to Denver 13-25, 25-18, 16-25, 22-25
21) Louisville lost to Santa Clara 23-25, 25-19, 20-25, 22-25
22) Creighton def. Northern Iowa 25-20, 32-30, 27-25
23) Kentucky lost to USC 19-25, 15-25, 17-25
24) Purdue def. Howard 25-14, 25-20, 25-20
25) Colorado State def. Baylor 25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23

Big West Conference
Cal Poly def. Western Kentucky 21-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-8
Cal State Fullerton lost to Eastern Washington 16-25, 18-25, 24-26
Cal State Northridge def. Hofstra 23-25, 19-25, 25-17, 25-15, 15-13
Cal State Northridge def. Sacramento State 25-11, 25-18, 25-23
Long Beach State def. Cal 24-26, 25-17, 28-26, 25-23
UC Davis def. Murray State 25-22, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20
UC Davis lost to San Diego State 21-25, 22-25, 17-25
UC Riverside lost to Saint Marys 25-23, 23-25, 15-25, 16-25
UCSB def. CSU Bakersfield 25-11, 25-20, 26-24


  1. Hot September 2, 2016 6:56 pm

    What’s up with Guinasso wearing the #12 jersey? In the Wisconsin match, she was in a 12 jersey and #13 shorts.

  2. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 7:04 pm

    1. thought i discussed it last week. They only received 18 uniforms instead of 19.
    No. 12 is Ma’afala but she is redshirting. Guinasso is wearing No. 12 until No. 13 jersey comes in.

  3. warriorwahine September 2, 2016 7:04 pm

    10, 13 previous thread. i said besides the obvious. it certainly doesnt involve anything harassing/nasty/personal attacks. i dont know volleytalk so cant use/vet that as a reference point.

  4. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 7:04 pm

    same starters as yesterday. Granato, Iosia, Greeley, Taylor, Kahakai, Castillo and Maglio.

  5. Maverick September 2, 2016 7:05 pm

    Warriorwoman, below is an updated and more complete list of blogging etiquette that hopefully answers your question from the previous thread:

    1. Don’t make comments on a player’s looks (like how hot a particular player is).
    2. Don’t make ad hominem/personal attacks.
    3. Don’t write profanity. However, words like “fudge”, “shoot” and “crud” are acceptable alternatives.
    4. Don’t write “Hey, Cindy” when starting a post.
    5. Don’t write when frustrated with some issue–take a moment first, then reconsider before posting an inappropriate comment. Emotions make us do weird things and the comment may live on forever online. Criticism is ok, but try not to violate Rule #2 above.
    7. Don’t ask Cindy out on a date.
    8. Don’t ask me out on a date.
    9. Feel free to ask any other poster out on a date.
    10. If you are getting info from a third-party, please mention your source if possible (other than if it involves game stats)—Cindy appreciates this.
    11. Similarly, don’t plagiarize.
    12. Don’t take offense if one of your posts is challenged or criticized by another poster. Respectful disagreement is healthy. However, if such criticism violates Rule #2 above, feel free to go nuclear on the offending poster, but do so on, not on Volleyshots. Better yet, ignore the poster.
    13. Don’t write about your problems (“TMI”). We have our own and don’t need to read about yours. Seek out a friend or therapist instead.
    14. Don’t make accusations that you can’t back up with a citation/source. Instead, ask a question about it to seek clarification/verification.
    15. If someone answers your question, thank her. Or at least thank her for the effort.
    16. If you made a mistake when challenging another post (i.e., you were wrong and she was right), be considerate and briefly acknowledge the mistake. This builds goodwill.
    17. Be patient with Cindy…she has a full-time job with the print edition and can’t be on the blog 24/7. The blog is also a labor of love for her, so try not to make it a drag.
    18. Don’t use the football blog as a model for blogging on Volleyshots.
    19. Be clear with your posts as much as possible. Confused writing will only elicit other posts seeking clarification, and we don’t need that clogging up the blog.
    20. Don’t plug any products or services.
    21. Don’t reveal another poster’s identity or personal information.
    22. Do show respect for others, and respect will be shown to you.

  6. Hot September 2, 2016 7:09 pm

    2. Thanks, Cindy. I might have missed your post last week.

  7. Blunite September 2, 2016 7:11 pm

    Yes, a good pass and Mags puts it down. 2. Roofs to go

  8. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 7:11 pm

    Maglio involved in 3 straight blocks UH up 7-2. TO UOP

  9. Maverick September 2, 2016 7:12 pm

    The audio on my stream is ahead to the video. Anyone else observing the same?

  10. T103 September 2, 2016 7:14 pm

    I observe that none of the rules bar anyone from asking for Cindy’s hand in marriage…. interesting….. Tee tee! Thank you Cindy for all your hard work in doing this secondary ‘work’. 3 Blocks for Mags already. Lisa Strand-Ma’a mentioned that she was 2nd in the country in blocks by the end of last season I believe….

  11. Maverick September 2, 2016 7:14 pm

    9. Never mind, it is now better synced.

  12. z September 2, 2016 7:15 pm

    Wow UH more points by blocks than kills so far.

  13. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 7:15 pm

    5. wow that took up a lot of your time. but thanks.

  14. Maverick September 2, 2016 7:16 pm

    12. Welcome. I’m in a good mood, so I decided to add a little levity. I can only talk about RPI so much.

  15. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 7:17 pm

    Maglio on the step out. it’s 11-4. TO UOP

  16. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 7:19 pm

    livestats stuck at 7-2

  17. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 7:30 pm

    UH wins 25-15

  18. Blunite September 2, 2016 7:30 pm

    Passing coming around, few hiccups, but eye of the tiger tonight

  19. Bleachercoach September 2, 2016 7:33 pm

    Hawaii looks like a well oiled machine in the 1st set

  20. warriorwahine September 2, 2016 7:33 pm

    5. i said i dont need you to state the obvious or ‘common sense’ stuff. im trying to get cindy to respond, to lessen the ambiguity regarding the whats ‘not appropriate’/TOS so that simple criticism/disagreement aint simply flagged ‘spam’ just so nobody gets to see it.

  21. Maverick September 2, 2016 7:33 pm

    I like how Na Wahine have started fast last night and tonite. I hope they keep it up for the rest of the season.

  22. T103 September 2, 2016 7:35 pm

    @21 I agree Hawaii has always been slow starters which sucks. Credit to Pacific and their defense towards the ending of that 1st set

  23. Big Island VB fan September 2, 2016 7:38 pm

    9. Yes, it’s the same with me. Only part of the first set was in synch. The second set is out of synch.

  24. Blunite September 2, 2016 7:41 pm

    Wahine passing is improving

  25. Maverick September 2, 2016 7:42 pm

    21. Yeah, audio is about 2 plays ahead of video (at point where Ionia served an ace)

  26. Big Island VB fan September 2, 2016 7:45 pm

    I guess I’ll just listen and not watch the out of synch video, unless someone points out that the audio and video are in synch. I’ll wait till I can watch the YouTube replay.

  27. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 7:45 pm

    UH up 15-12 at the TTO on the Wahine’s 9th block

  28. Maverick September 2, 2016 7:46 pm

    24. I’ve been doing the opposite–turned the audio off. Neither solution is ideal.

  29. z September 2, 2016 7:46 pm

    Mags with 8 blocks already.

  30. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 7:49 pm

    20. as I said on the last thread. There are times that things go into our filters and I don’t know why.

  31. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 7:50 pm

    UH up 21-15. TO UOP

  32. Big Island VB fan September 2, 2016 7:50 pm

    28. I tried both options, but I can’t exactly see who is hitting. I have to memorize all the numbers and it’s early in the season. I’d rather watch the YouTube replay when it’s uploaded. I already got used to listening last week when there was no video option. I agree that neither option is ideal.

  33. Blunite September 2, 2016 7:52 pm

    Wahine got their mojo back, if they pass, they win

  34. Maverick September 2, 2016 7:52 pm

    32. Good news is that audio seems to be in sync with live stats.

  35. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 7:53 pm

    Ace by Iosia and UOP calls its second timeout at 22-15
    a few plays ago, Koelsch came in as a blocking sub and front row setter for Iosia. lasted one point as UOP scored.

  36. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 7:54 pm

    34. wouldn’t be surprised if the storm is creating some issues as well with the sync-ing.

  37. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 7:57 pm

    After her first hitting error (blocked), Taylor puts down her ninth to end it 25-18

  38. Blunite September 2, 2016 7:58 pm

    Left side needs more production, Nikki is a 1 man wrecking crew

  39. warriorwahine September 2, 2016 7:59 pm

    say cindy is there a rule or maybe it is a non-preference you know in indoor volleyball where they dont really hit/spike the ball over after the first touch? such as if the setter receives the ball (which is supposed to be ‘the dig’) but essentially sets it up in the air with both hands? the same thing if it was done by another player other than the setter (does the setter really have to set again?)

    im thinking beach volleyball.

  40. Maverick September 2, 2016 8:00 pm

    UH is out-serving, blocking and hitting UOP. I’m a little concerned that it is the Taylor-Maglio show vis-a-vis hitting, but luckily UH doesn’t need anyone else to step up yet. However, I hope UH has a more varied and equally effective attack against UCLA.

  41. Bleachercoach September 2, 2016 8:01 pm

    A well oiled machine in the 2nd set too!!
    Chee hoo!!

  42. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 8:06 pm

    40. I think Iosia is setting what Pacific is giving the Wahine. some of those kills by Taylor were out of system.
    Taylor with 20 attempts, Sibley 10, Maglio 8, Granato 6, Castillo 2.

  43. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 8:07 pm

    just announced that UOP – MSU match has been moved to 345 p.m Saturday

  44. Hot September 2, 2016 8:07 pm

    Ang kulit ni warriorwahine!

    Hmmm….shades of Steve/Laura.

  45. Maverick September 2, 2016 8:09 pm

    44. I just ignore.

  46. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 8:13 pm

    couple of unforced errors by Hawaii and UOP takes an 8-4 lead. TO UH

  47. Hot September 2, 2016 8:13 pm

    Consecutive errors by Taylor.

  48. Big Island VB fan September 2, 2016 8:15 pm

    I see that so far Nikki Taylor has more kills than all the other players put together. The team is depending too much on Nikki Taylor. UH will need a more balanced offense against UCLA.

  49. Maverick September 2, 2016 8:18 pm

    The long rally at 8-6 UOP was awesome to watch.

  50. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 8:19 pm

    UOP challenging Taylor’s dig that the linesman called down. it looked up.

  51. Blunite September 2, 2016 8:19 pm

    Great reactions by both sides

  52. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 8:20 pm

    Dig good. UH ties it at 9. Wahine now up 11-9. TO UOP

  53. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 8:21 pm

    weird they now announced that first match will be at 445

  54. warriorwahine September 2, 2016 8:22 pm

    44. i dunno what you talking about

  55. Maverick September 2, 2016 8:22 pm

    53. Oops…

  56. Blunite September 2, 2016 8:27 pm

    Passing shaky, Nikki seems to be tiring hitting several out balls

  57. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 8:28 pm

    Shoji now 7 for 7 in challenges. Taylor got the touch. it’s 16-16

  58. Willie September 2, 2016 8:29 pm

    Looks like in set #3, sets quite predictable. Too much #14 and what happened to the middle attack?

  59. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 8:30 pm

    UH with a block and it’s 18-16. TO UOP

  60. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 8:31 pm

    Ross in for Sibley.

  61. Blunite September 2, 2016 8:31 pm

    Setting could use some variety (besides Nikki all the time)

  62. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 8:37 pm

    UOP pulls to 24-22 on an ace. TO UH

  63. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 8:38 pm

    61. it’s not just Iosia setting Taylor. others are too.

  64. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 8:38 pm

    UH wins 25-23.

  65. z September 2, 2016 8:40 pm

    All Nikki tonight.

  66. Andy September 2, 2016 8:42 pm

    You know, the losses last week were painful, but I have to admit that watching the changes in personnel and seeing what everyone brings to the table was very interesting. And the 5 set match against Arizona was a thriller. 3-0, 3-0 (yawn) but really looking forward to UCLA.

  67. Maverick September 2, 2016 8:43 pm

    Well, not much overall from the middles or the OHs not named Nikki Taylor. Granato has cooled off since the Arizona match, and Sibley did not have a good hitting night. Agree that everyone is relying on Taylor, not just Ionia. UCLA match should be an interesting one, especially if they focus on blocking Taylor.

    Also, streaming is still going. It was in slo-mo for a while. Hope they can get video to sync with audio tomorrow night.

  68. islandman September 2, 2016 8:50 pm

    Where’s Higgins ? I want to see her in.

  69. warriorwahine September 2, 2016 8:50 pm

    63. so cindy do you suppose others had confused or disrupted the setting?

  70. AlexM September 2, 2016 8:54 pm

    Had a hard time staying involved with the match because of the sync problems. If they are having issues updating the video scoreboard, maybe they should go back to including the arena board in the shot.

    Agree with everyone else. Need more production from the middles and OH’s. I think it’s hard for some of the other hitters to develop a rhythm when most of the sets are going to Nikki. I hope she has something left for tomorrow.

  71. Maverick September 2, 2016 8:58 pm

    I love the challenge system. Just shows that refs can make mistakes and correcting them is valuable to the teams and to volleyball in general. However, given that teams can huddle and talk to their coaches during the review, the challenges effectively can be used as extra timeouts, particularly if another team is on a run and the coach wants to cool the opposition down. I can see situations in which a coach calls for a review when one is not warranted (a bogus challenge on a non-controversial play) if the team ran out of timeouts. This could be especially valuable in the fifth set when teams only need score 15 rather than 25.

  72. warriorwahine September 2, 2016 9:02 pm

    yeah agree with many. think the rest of na wahine are chillin because of nikki being back?

    also broadcast said about many grumbled that iosia didnt set the middles more yesterday. did any of you get her autograph yesterday and ask the ‘dangerous setter, like a boss’ to include more middle?

  73. LanaiBoy September 2, 2016 9:17 pm

    Pacific shot itself in the foot with all its serving and other types of unforced errors. I didn’t count the service errors but there must have been over a dozen. On the other hand maybe taking a chance on tough serves may have been the UOP coach’s strategy. Agree with everyone, some one other than Nikki has to step up and be more of an offensive threat. Nikki must be leading the team or one to the leaders in practically everything—blocks, hitting, service aces, and digs.

  74. Warriorfan September 2, 2016 9:24 pm

    When you have a hitter like Nikki why not set her alot?? If Uh didnt and UH lost a set or two people would complain we weren’t going to her enough.

    Bad match for Sibley and Granato( again) so hard to justify going to them more. they both need to pick up their games tomorrow against the Bruins.

    68. Iosia belongs on the floor she already looks like a vereran and just two weeks in.

  75. tongo September 2, 2016 9:29 pm

    What a terrible night at OH. Without Nikki and all those serving errors by Pacific, we would have been in trouble tonight. For the UCLA match, we have trouble in paradise unless the OHs bring their A game.

  76. Maverick September 2, 2016 9:37 pm

    74. It’s a conundrum. Don’t set Nikki a lot and you may lose to Pacific. Don’t set Granato/Sibley more and they may not develop into viable threats, which will hurt UH against the top teams when they focus on Nikki. Not an easy balancing act, but at some point, I think you need to get the newer OHs more reps and diversify the offense. I think we will see a lot of inconsistency in the OHs this year.

  77. Ron September 2, 2016 9:40 pm

    Thank you Maverick for your blogging etiquette. I think they are good rules to follow or even to live by. That being said, we need to get more production out of our left side. Both Sibley and Granato have each had one good game and 5 so-so games so far. I think Sibley has the potential to be the stronger contributor of the two. Greeley appears to be a long way from playing the front row. Commentator Ryan stated that when Mitchem gets back he would like to see Dave play her on the Right and Nikki move to the Left. I totally agree. Iosia is good but I would also like to see how Higggins would do. I also thought Gianna played well.

  78. Maverick September 2, 2016 9:47 pm

    77. Thx. Trying to make this blog more fun to participate in.

    By the way, why not move Mitchem to left and keep Taylor and her big block on the right, so can can help slow down the opposition’s left sides? I would think that juggling too many positions could be detrimental.

  79. Ron September 2, 2016 9:49 pm

    Either way would make me happy!

  80. vbfan September 2, 2016 9:56 pm

    A diverse offense is overrated.

    I remember someone asked Shoji once when Hartong was on the team why didn’t he go to other hitters more. His answer was that this isn’t AYSO volleyball and your best player is going to get the most sets.

  81. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 9:59 pm

    78. Hasn’t it always been fun ‘-)
    well that would require Mitchem being cleared to play. I don’t see them moving her to the left. They might move Castillo to the left. Sibley’s just showing she’s a freshman. but a number of those sets were pretty tight.
    Agree they are setting Taylor too much but the passing was a little shaky and Castillo only had three swings (1-1-3).
    Maglio was 6-1-10, 3-1-6 in Set 1, so you can see they didn’t run the middle much after that.
    to answer the SEs for UOP, Tigers had 15.

  82. Cindy Luis September 2, 2016 10:01 pm

    Anyway, heading out. Stay safe out there.

  83. Maverick September 2, 2016 10:09 pm

    80. Overrated until Hartong-led UH played BYU in the 2013 second-round of the tournament and got dominated in three sets. Hartong was 17-5-47 .255, but Taylor hit for .043 on 23 swings, TMO at -.111 on 18 swings, the middles combined for 9-6-23 or .130. Hartong took 40% of the swings and had 40% of the kills. Shoji commented after that match that Hartong had no help. That’s the situation I’d like the team to avoid at year-end. Btw, Wisconsin had great balance and diversity against UH.

  84. vbfan September 2, 2016 10:24 pm

    Shoji as a coach has always relied on his dominant hitter if he had one, and I don’t expect him to change now. There were calls for diversifying the offense when Hartong and Danielson were on the team too.

    Besides you can go pretty far with one dominant player.

  85. Maverick September 2, 2016 10:27 pm

    77, 79, 81. I’d like to know Ryan Tsuji’s logic. Unfortunately, I can’t access OCSports’ broadcasts.

    Castillo has been good as the second middle, particularly in blocking. A front line of her, Mitchem, and Taylor, assuming all are healthy, will be quite imposing. Agree on Sibley, she’s a freshman and hard to expect too much from her at this point. But I hope she improves by leaps and bounds this season.

  86. AlexM September 2, 2016 10:27 pm

    It’ll be interesting to see how the team responds against UCLA. If we have to rely on Nikki again, we’ll be in trouble.

    UCLA vs UH matches are always exciting, so, win or lose, I know it’ll be fun to watch. Hope the weather doesn’t get in the way of a big crowd.

  87. Maverick September 2, 2016 10:38 pm

    84. Agree that Shoji probably won’t change. UH hasn’t gone far since the 2009 final four team (excepting the 2011 season when UH faced USC in its regional and lost at home to Alex Jupiter and co. USC then lost to Illinois in the final four). Teams who are winning the championship have more than one dominant option. Nebraska, Penn State, Texas, etc.

  88. BeanS September 2, 2016 11:19 pm

    Good all around game but tbh why is Kalei even in the game when they could be using one of many DS’s to fill that spot. Let her heal up first for goodness sakes. Just saying.

  89. Hot September 3, 2016 12:15 am

    80. A diverse offense is NOT overrated.

    Yes, it’s hard not to go to Taylor if both outsides are not producing, and the second middle is an outside hitter.

    By the way, Hartong-led teams never went far. Danielson’s time was different. They had a more diversified offense during her time. She wasn’t the only weapon. 2009 FF team also had Kaufman, Hewitt and Cubi-Otineru. 2010 and 2011 had Hartong, Hewitt, Satele and Croson.

  90. Warriorfan September 3, 2016 12:32 am

    Well that 2011 team would not be very diverse if two of their top 4/5 hitters were out injured.

    Sibley/Granato struggled, Iosia went to her hot hitter for that reason period.

  91. Maverick September 3, 2016 1:11 am

    We all know why Taylor was set so much. The issue is how best to solve the problem of poor left-side play so that the team is best positioned for the post-season.

  92. haleiwacrossfitter September 3, 2016 4:49 am

    Is warriorwahine Steve/Laura? Because this girl is acting just like him/her. New IP address, etc?

  93. haleiwacrossfitter September 3, 2016 4:53 am

    Maverick, I would also like to see Annie on the left once she returns. That is if Castillo can continue to improve in the middle and hold her own. I say stop moving her around this year and let her stay in the middle where we will probably need her next year anyway.

    And Annie gives us a huge left side presence, which we need right now. Our left side hitters are our weakest position right now. We need a terminator out there and don’t want to see Nikki get switched over to left. I know she hits there one rotation now, but her position on the floor is at opposite. It’s where she is an all american. Leave her there, place mitchem on the left. I think with the two of them hitting on the pins and our middles getting better it will give Norene a lot to work with and take us far.

  94. setaone September 3, 2016 7:25 am

    68. We have seen what Higgins can do. She struggled setting the middles as a Sophomore, improved setting the middles as a Junior. She brings lots of the other skills needed by a setter (leadership, defense, serving).

    What we have seen from Iosia is similar skills, in addition to a greater consistency in setting the middles. It says TONS that Shoji has started Iosia when he has not shown to start Freshman very often, especially this early in the season.

  95. blunite September 3, 2016 7:51 am

    OH Production:

    Shoji’s position is that it’s the hitter’s responsibility to figure out how to get kills. My position is that the system should provide a vehicle for anybody to get kills.

    Solution: faster sets left. This adjustment requires better timing between setter and hitters; however, it would provide a split block. (ball reaches hitter way before MB can close the block)

    Alternatively, middles can carry out their run-up and jump to keep the MB from a quick jump to the outside. Currently, middles just stand there on an outside set.

    Finally, others can call out when the double is formed so the hitter can adjust with a cut shot, roll shot, or off the outside blocker.

  96. auntyz September 3, 2016 8:03 am

    For Maverick comment 71- Each team has only three challenges per match.

  97. Maverick September 3, 2016 9:08 am

    92. Interesting how ignoring certain comments reduces a poster’s activity.

    93. Agree that Annie is probably better at outside than Castillo right now, even though I have no data to support it, just a belief. I thought I read last year that Annie prefers middle, not that she has any say in where she plays. Wasn’t Castillo training at Opp to be Nikki’s replacement? Agree that making her play musical chairs is not good for her development, but desperate times require desperate measures I suppose. And what’s with neglecting the middles after set 1?

    94. Yes, it is clear Iosia is the superior setter–she’s not perfect, but she is very good for a freshman. I’d like to see Higgins serve more, but perhaps her floor defense needs work.

    95. Agree with your position wholeheartedly, but I’m not a hall of fame coach, so what do I know?

    96. Yes, that limits the opportunites to use the challenge as a timeout. If a coach is desperate in a set, has used her timeouts early, and needs to stop the opposition’s momentum, then a “fake” challenge may be used. The longer a match goes on, the less likely for the challenge to be used given the number of mistakes that refs have been making. As the challenge system is used more widely, it will be interesting to see if coaches become more strategic in using the challenges as fakes.

  98. Maverick September 3, 2016 9:51 am

    96. Now I’m harping on this challenge topic, so I apologize in advance. In set 1, UOP used its second timeout at 11-4 UH. They closed to 15-10, but could not get any closer and lost six straight points near the end of the set. If UOP could have closed to 15-15 or so, and then UH went on a 3-pt. run, UOP could have made a challenge to stop momentum. Didn’t happen as UOP never got closer and their coach probably gave up on the set during UH’s 6-point run.

  99. hollycow September 3, 2016 12:03 pm

    SOS to all other hitters, Nikki needs your help!!!

  100. noblesol September 3, 2016 12:39 pm

    Eventually, would like to see replay systems become a permanent fixture in volleyball. I don’t think it requires that every school in a conference all have it before it’s implemented at any one school. Having seen it used with the men and women’s game at the SSC, it cuts both ways on calls for/against each team and just helps to get the calls right. I especially like that it does help to reduce court and bench tantrums and keeps the focus on game strategy and good play. The fans have been tolerant as long as delays are kept short. I’d like to see the SSC get a permanent and professional replay system, “Hawk-Eye” for example, but there may be others out there. If they made it ‘coaches fund’ project or something similar, I’d contribute.

  101. tongo September 3, 2016 12:49 pm

    LOL. We all know the pins are doing their very best and their up/downs are not entirely unexpected. It is going to take time for Granato and Sibley, as well as Castillo at MH2 to develop. It is what it is – as there are too many uncontrollable factors.

    To me, it’s the return of Greeley to 100% – or not, that will clearly affect who plays where long term. Mitchem is a stud and will do well either MH or OH – or both. We shall see as all these moving parts play itself out.

    Meanwhile, the 7th player on the floor, can be giving our full and very loud support of “let’s go bows” to fire up the team throughout the match.

  102. heluhelu September 3, 2016 1:08 pm

    Announcers mentioned tablet app used by KState coaches to track ingame metrics. Was it Volleymetrics? Does anyone know if Wahine use something similar? I know money tight, but would be worth fundraisers to acquire ingame tools if we expect Wahine to remain perennial power. I’ve seen the VERT app in action; and read Team USA uses this too (to track/count jumps) along w/NBA teams.

  103. noblesol September 3, 2016 1:32 pm

    Just a suggestion for those going to the SSC tonight and next week… I recall KG and Em bringing signs supporting the men’s VB team and holding them in support. Might be nice if folks would hold up a small sign supporting KG and Annie in getting healthy again. Healing always requires emotional support, and it’s healthy to show it.

  104. blunite September 3, 2016 3:25 pm

    The irony is that Hawaii coaches teach the players setting, blocking, and even digging. So why not also hitting? Strange to say “Granato is undersized so she has to find ways to get her kills.”

    Instead of lamenting the lack of production from the OHs coaches should do something about it. Go faster, or teach the girls how to hit, or bring someone in who can teach them.

  105. Cindy Luis September 3, 2016 3:44 pm

    98. interesting that you should bring that up. The hope from coaches is that opposing coaches don’t game the system by using it as a third timeout. but we’ve seen coaches claim moisture on the court to slow things down while towels mop up.
    And only certain calls can be challenged.

    102. UH uses Volleymetrics. Maybe you can’t see Baxter with his iPad but he has it up running during the match. Believe it’s the system also used for the LiveStream. Baxter had it up to help Rich Sheriff position the camera.

    104. They do teach the players how to hit. But the coaches aren’t the ones doing the hitting, ergo the players have to figure out how to score against the block they see or the set they are given.
    new thread up

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