Passi leaving Wahine program

Passi is no longer with the team, due to personal reasons.
Official announcement from UH supposed to be by 6 p.m.
She’ll have one more year but believe it has to be at DII since she’s used up her redshirt year.


  1. Ainokea November 24, 2014 5:29 pm

    Maybe with passi leaving, it opens up a scholarship for ma’a to play for UH? Sand or Indoor

    I understand that Hawaii may not be on her list, but it seems like a viable option.

  2. warriorfan November 24, 2014 5:29 pm

    Good luck to her. Maybe she can play at BYUH? She would surely put them over the top. Wait are they ended their program after this year??

  3. warriorfan November 24, 2014 5:31 pm

    Ma’a i bet goes sand only, How about we get Carly Kan or Adora Anae, to come home and get Passi’s scholarship. Just wishful thinking, But saw Missouri over the weekend, Kan is wonderful in the back row, amazing instincts and passing, and she looked a little frustrated because there setting is soo bad.

  4. Turfwar November 24, 2014 5:33 pm

    She could take HPU to the next level.

  5. tsboy November 24, 2014 5:41 pm

    bummers for Passi. i thought she would make an impact this year. but it was pretty clear that she was struggling to play well at this level. maybe it was her size, idk. good luck to her where ever she may end up.

  6. warriorfan November 24, 2014 5:47 pm

    She does have a cannon arm, she could be POY in D2. I am bummed this was announcned before the season ended, but better early than late, UH can now look for a transfer to put UH over the top.

  7. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 5:50 pm

    1. it opens up a scholarship. It won’t go to Ma’a. so best that wishful rumor stop here

    Nor are Kan or Anae leaving their respective programs.
    I hope she plays locally at DII. She’d be a good get for any team.
    BYUH a possibility with the loss of Chen to graduation.

  8. bleachercoach November 24, 2014 5:53 pm

    Wow wish the best for her…Always sad to see another Wahine player leaving. On another note: other than personal reasons the programs has been losing so many girls in recent years to transfer. It is becoming almost unpredictable on who you recruit if they we can retain them…

  9. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 6:11 pm

    8. think that’s a very broad statement. “So many”
    Vorster left because she wanted to graduate and go play at Liberty with her sister. Redshirt freshman Goodman retired from VB because of medical (back).
    We won’t even get into Croson.
    Kam left, sticking it out for Maeda’s senior year, then trying to play DII.
    Hewitt stuck it out through back pain for Danielson’s senior year.
    Did I miss anyone other than 1 or 2 walk-ons who weren’t going to play?
    But I agree it is sad when they leave. And don’t get a senior night. They worked hard with little playing reward, for some.

  10. warriorfan November 24, 2014 6:17 pm

    8. I remember for a while since Jameka Stevens UH had no players transfer out, then Amanda Simmons transferred back in 07 or 08 and since then theres been like 1-2 transfers out after every season.

  11. Kazu November 24, 2014 6:31 pm

    I think we will be having one more departing after this season.

  12. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 6:45 pm

    10. some transferred, some retired. it hasn’t been 1-2 scholarship players every year
    11. yep, may have something on that later this week.

  13. warriorfan November 24, 2014 6:52 pm

    Kazu is that just a guess or do you have inside info? I wouldn’t be surprised to see Long go sand only but she’s listed as a senior on their roster.

  14. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 6:54 pm

    Long is not playing sand this year. She is concentrating on finishing her degree.
    As mentioned, I may have something later this week on that comment by Kazu.

  15. warriorfan November 24, 2014 6:54 pm

    12. Wow! Hope it’s not Maglio, Nikki, Greeley or Olivia.
    so two scholarships opening up??

  16. warriorfan November 24, 2014 6:55 pm

    14. Bummer, she’s really good on the sand. Big loss for the sand bows.

  17. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 7:00 pm

    15. Let’s not start speculating, OK? There may be something this week, there might not be. No decision has been made.
    16. She was a very good sand player but the SandBows will be very good without her.
    Taylor said she plans to play sand again. Kind of surprised because of her elbow.
    May see Magill on the track team, high jump a la Kaufman. I know the Wahine coach is interested in her and Magill said it would help her with the step-out that Shoji wants her to do.

  18. Big Island VB fan November 24, 2014 7:03 pm

    Ginger Long does better on the sand anyway since there are only two players to dig up balls so she can get more kills. It stands to reason that she might just stick with sand next year. However, being listed as a senior is a problem there. But then didn’t Rebecca Tieggs transfer to sand after finishing four years with Stanford?

    I have another topic to discuss even though it’s not relevant to the above title. I hope my post get deleted as a result. If yes, I apologize.

    It’s about our Big West conference. I wonder why Riverside was added to our conference when it doesn’t have a nearby pair (Davis is so far away) and Riverside has lost consistently. (I remember that Riverside was once in Division II and they haven’t yet elevated their play to be worthy of Division I.)

    Wouldn’t it be more logical to pair Sacramento State with Davis which are ibkt 20 miles apart? When I checked the Big Sky Conference schedule, I noted that Sacramento State did not have a close-proximity partner as a pair. So both Davis and Sacramento State are “orphans” in that regard.

    In contrast, the PAC12 conference has six pairs of close neighbors (except Utah and Colorado which are at least in the same region (Rocky Mountain). The Big West is a bit more raggedy as a result requiring teams to travel to two distant locations (over 400 miles apart) in one week. It just doesn’t make sense!

  19. Kazu November 24, 2014 7:08 pm

    13. Its just a feeling i had while talking to a cpl other wahine fans about the team and at that time i sort of told them we might loose two players at the end of the season. I hope i’m wrong, sure hate to see players leave.

  20. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 7:15 pm

    19. Again, Long is not playing sand this year. At least that’s what she told me last week when I asked the indoor players who were going to. Neither are Adolpho or Manu-Olevao.
    not sure why you think you discussion would be deleted but .

    Sac State has inquired about Big West membership, as has Cal Stae Bakersfield. Neither are able to meet Big West eligibility standards yet.
    One other stumbling block> Any new team in the Big West does not get the Hawaii travel stipend.

    Riverside has been a Big West member since 2001. Wasn’t too long ago when the Big West had a lot of WAC/Mountain West teams such as Utah State, Idaho, Boise State. Pacific was the perfect pairing for UCD but left for the WCC

    As for the UCD-UCR pairing, that only occurred this year. and it will be the same pairing next year because it’s a two-year rotation. Although I don’t see UCSB-Cal Poly changing.

  21. warriorfan November 24, 2014 7:16 pm

    19. yes sad to see them leave, but sometimes Shoji hits homeruns with transfers like Olivia. hope we get someone like her again or better yet, two like her since we might lose two players.

    17. thanks for the news, no more speculation on my part, and great news about Nikki playing for the sand team. With Nikki, they have serious national championship potential in Tiegs last season.

    Also great news that Olivia is working on her slide.

  22. todde November 24, 2014 7:17 pm

    Am I missing something. Some of you are already talking about what to do with Passi’s scholarship. Isn’t it rude. It is like when someone who just died, and you are already discussing what to do with the money that is inherited.

    Good Luck Passi, I wish you good fortunes in the furture.

  23. warriorfan November 24, 2014 7:18 pm

    18. Riverside really drags down the rpi for the rest of the league ( in almost every sport) But I don’t think the big west can kick them out. Hope they just decide to go back to D2 sometime.

  24. todde November 24, 2014 7:21 pm

    Am I missing something. Some of you are already discussing what to do with Passi’s scholarship. Isn’t it a little rude. It is like someone who just died and you are wondering what to do with the money that is inherited.

    Good Luck Passi. I wish you good fortunes in your future.

  25. skycap November 24, 2014 7:30 pm

    #11. Are you talking about the Player or the Coach.???

  26. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 7:33 pm

    23. UCR has been DI for some 13 years. they aren’t going to get kicked out of the Big West.

  27. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 7:35 pm

    24. good point. it is a little rude.

  28. AdmrVT November 24, 2014 7:38 pm

    I don’t believe they will use any scholarships that open up for a transfer.

    It looks like they have 12 on scholarship now. Adolpho is the only senior graduating that is on scholarship. With Passi not returning, they now have 2 with 3 recruits incoming. I seem to recall an earlier post that mentioned one of the players is on an academic, and not an athletic scholarship. This may provide a 3rd.

    If not, then perhaps there may be another player leaving, or perhaps Long may graduate early?

    By the way, it does look like the Big West will become even more competitive next year. LBS will be tough once again. Wahine should be better with experience. Hopefully, the serve receive will improve and help Taylor become more consistent with set location. UCSB has a top class coming in, with two top OHs, including a player that reminds one of Emily Hartong. Cal Poly will be better with their freshmen having a year’s experience, plus additional recruits. Northridge and Davis will be slightly behind the top 3, but the Big West promises to be very competitive.

    Hopefully, they play tougher OOC to boost conference ranking & improve RPI.

  29. WaWa November 24, 2014 7:38 pm

    7. Thank you for squashing that Ma’a rumor Cindy. Her hitting was similar to Tai in the fact that she did not do well out of system and was often off-balance which lead to many hitting errors. Although she did have the slight advantage of ball control which isn’t saying much.

    Anyhow, that’s awesome that a schollie is opening up! Although I wish Passi the best, where ever she may end up. She probably saw the writing on the walls…minimal playing time this year + exceptional talent coming in the next. Best wishes Keani!

  30. kahuna November 24, 2014 7:44 pm

    Maybe it involves Huff moving over to basketball. With all the young OHs we have and two more “accomplished” ones coming in maybe Huff feels like she will have an uphill battle for PT in the future and may opt to play basketball.

    Beeman does have one to offer her since Deanna Calhoun never enrolled.

    Am I on the right track??

  31. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 7:46 pm

    28. Believe you have done the math correctly.
    Long isn’t graduating early. She is graduating within 4 years. Because she red-shirted she has a fifth year to play and it would be as a grad student if she so chooses.

    29. not that I was squashing it but she is not coming back to play at UH.

  32. Vbfan November 24, 2014 7:52 pm

    Well if there is another announcement this week I doubt it would have anything to do with a starter or someone getting significant playing time. With the season still going on now is not the time to announce you are leaving. It would be little awkward to say the least, you would wait until the season was over in that case.

  33. warriorfan November 24, 2014 7:58 pm

    Person with mostly very reliable info on volleytalk, said Ma’a is looking at playing sand only for a west coast team.

  34. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 8:06 pm

    30. Huff has said she is interested in being a two-sport athlete, the other being basketball. Beeman may have a scholarship for 2015-16 but I’m not sure if there’s anything beyond that.
    Huff said her priority is volleyball. She is raw and has a lot of up side in the sport.

  35. uhfan November 24, 2014 8:07 pm

    Shocked Taylor will be playing sand considering her elbow. Wonder who Brown will be partnered with since I had her and Spieler as a team since I didnt think Taylor would be playing this season.

  36. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 8:08 pm

    32. was waiting on confirmation on that. Family has lots of contacts that would make it logical.

  37. warriorfan November 24, 2014 8:12 pm

    Brown with Tiegs or Schrieber, possible with Guinnaso or new recruit from Norway is my guess.

  38. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 8:12 pm

    Brown-Mendoza. They played junior sand before? At least that’s what Mendoza’s mom mentioned to me.

  39. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 8:16 pm

    I think Koelsch-Guinasso makes sense.
    Tiegs will need someone with experience. Don’t know how Schneiber is.
    Brown a possibility with Tiegs. Depends on how the chemistry is.

  40. bleachercoach November 24, 2014 8:33 pm

    Yes it would be sad to see Ginger leave sand.
    That is her place of success..You can see her athleticism out there. You have to be more athletic to cover more court on sand. After seeing our shorter outsides struggling I would think that our future to be successful would be to recruit athletic over 6’1 or taller no less. After further review, very good Division 1 volleyball teams are taller outside dominant with exception to the rule (aka Kanani Danielson) But she truly was an “athletic” volleyball player.

  41. bleachercoach November 24, 2014 8:38 pm

    Latter part of comment referring to indoor..
    If you are 5″11 or less you need to be athletic All the power you posess as a shorter outsides equates to being block more often unless your athleticism is enough to tool the block and create kills with that height disadvantage. Just thinking out loud!

  42. tsboy November 24, 2014 8:43 pm

    i know i’m speculating, and i shouldn’t. but if there was another player leaving at the end of the year, i would guess its Maglio. with two middles coming in next year, that would give us four. she’s not even playing with three middles now. she should have gotten more PT because there have been times when either Adolpho or Magill have played poorly.

  43. warriorfan November 24, 2014 8:46 pm

    I don’t see it, Maglio may start next year if Mitchem moves to the outside.
    I really hope not anyway, she has lots of potential. She will be very good by the time she’s an upperclassman.

  44. warriorfan November 24, 2014 8:47 pm

    There’s also a chance Castillo will get to play opposite , now with Passi leaving.

  45. AdmrVT November 24, 2014 8:49 pm

    #33. The women’s BB team has 3 seniors this year: Kuehu, Karaitiana, & Mason, plus 1 if Calhoun does not return. If Huff plays BB, she will be on a BB scholarship. Interesting — all sports have announced their early signings, except for Womens’ BB.

    As I noted, I anticipate a “war” next year between LBS, UH, Cal Poly and UCSB. Much like the old Big West.

  46. warriorfan November 24, 2014 8:50 pm

    38. Actually the more I think about the more I see Brown and Tiegs, Brown seems to play very similar to Karissa Cook, they might be a little short though but still will have a shot at winning the pair championship IMO.

  47. AdmrVT November 24, 2014 8:52 pm

    #43. That’s my guess. Mitchell at MB, and Castillo at Opp IF Nikki moves to OH.

    That would mean Magill and Mitchem at MB, Taylor and Greeley at OH, Castillo at Opp, and Higgins at S. Having played both MB and OH, Castillo should provide a solid block with either Magill or Mitchem.

  48. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 8:53 pm

    They will have a lot of options next year so I’d suggest we wait until then to discuss who plays where next year.
    but, to throw this out, don’t see Maglio leaving.
    41. As you said, you shouldn’t

  49. warriorfan November 24, 2014 8:53 pm

    re. 44 , Why Cal Poly?? They have a long way to go. I think it’s between UH and Long Beach only with UH having more experience and wanting revenge.

    I saw on twitter that Beeman signed a 5′ 6 guard from Washington, I forget her name though.

    I personally would like to see Megan Huff play basketball. It sounds like she’s really good, and has good shooting range for a player her size.

  50. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 8:55 pm

    46. also would be no surprise if someone redshirts. Although Mitchem doesn’t haven’t one.

  51. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 8:56 pm

    anyway, good night. this was supposed to be a day off. didn’t happen.

  52. Hapaguy November 24, 2014 9:12 pm

    #9 Cindy you missed a few: Waber, Garber, Bradley, Ferrel, Blake, Arnott, to name a few right off the top of my head….

  53. warriorfan November 24, 2014 9:22 pm

    51. Also Stephanie Hagins, Corinne Cascioppo and Alexis Forsythe, Sarah Prather, Monica Stauber.

  54. vballfreak808 November 24, 2014 9:39 pm

    Sad to hear Passi is leaving. She definitely would have made an impact at a smaller DI school. Good luck to wherever she is heading!

  55. AdmrVT November 24, 2014 10:55 pm

    #49. Cal Poly had a top 25 class with 7 recruits, including Calif.’s Gatorade POY & Prep VB National HS POY, added a top 100 OH and libero.

    LBS had a top 10 class, and added 3 recruits. UCSB signed a very good class with 2 tops OHs, one a top 15 recruit. Will likely rank high.

  56. warriorfan November 24, 2014 11:32 pm

    I had forgotten UCSB signed the sister of that USC player Ruddins, however her sister hasn’t exactly lit it up at USC and hasn’t lived up to her number 2 ranking.

    I still don’t think Cal Poly will be in the discussion for big west title next year, maybe in two more years. I think its UH and LBSU at the top again, and LBSU will really miss their libero and DS.

  57. wildcard November 24, 2014 11:33 pm

    well good luck to keani and well wishes to her.

    thats too bad if ginger is not with the sandbows. perhaps if she isnt this year, she is next year even as a grad?

  58. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 11:37 pm

    52. someone’s point was WAY BACK AT No 8 that there were 1-2 transfers every year. “so many” that hasn’t been the case In many cases, players who left UH were not on scholarship.
    However, some very personal reasons for some of the transfers, including Waber, to go closer to home when dad was sick.

    Arnott did not transfer. She retired from volleyball.
    Garber left because she wasn’t going to play.
    Bradley left because she got homesick. and, I believe, to get married.
    Ferrell …. some other issues unrelated to volleyball.
    Blake … glad she ended up at BYUH, ended up setting this season after getting married.
    33. As for the players mentioned in that comment, Stauber knew she was going to be No. 3 setter, left. was headed to Santa Clara, last minute went to UCLA. left after a year.

    Players leave volleyball programs all the time. It’s just that in Hawaii, people pay attention and get attached.

  59. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 11:40 pm

    Agree with the assessment of the Big West next year. Cal Poly will be very good, if not in 15, then in 16. Hawaii and The Beach also should be very good.
    not convinced of how good UCSB will be. Don’t know if they brought in the athletes they need to run the offense they want to run.

  60. Cindy Luis November 24, 2014 11:41 pm

    57. WC, Long is done with sand. she is not playing this year or next.

  61. hollycow November 24, 2014 11:57 pm

    Reading all these predictions for next year’s starting lineup, no mention of Olevao? If she’s here next season, I could almost guarantee you she will start as a senior. Shoji will say all positions are open as usual of course.

  62. Cindy Luis November 25, 2014 12:39 am

    61. didn’t see a lot of predictions about starting lineup other than guessing that the newcomers all start. don’t know about that.
    agree people are overlooking and under-valuing Manu-Olevao.
    We’ll see how the lineup shakes out after fall practice.
    It’s going to be a battle for playing time.

  63. po'okela November 25, 2014 12:58 am

    UCSB scored a stud for 2016 in Megan Rice.

    played with iosia at redondo union and is the type of player that would fit in at UH.

    also bustamante, damn she is an emily hartong clone. quick athletic has decent hops and hits a nice hard ball. too bad she’s sticking to sand only.

  64. Warriorfan November 25, 2014 1:46 am

    60. Too bad about Long I thought she could play pro beach volleyball in the future.

    63. I too was impressed with Rice, she has good all around skills decent jumper, but doesn’t really have a heavy arm like Granato, and she’s just 5′ 11/6 ft. I think UH is fine at OH for now, but we need some good ones in the 2017 class, hopefully Lexi Sun lol

    I to thought Bustamante would make a good outside hitter in college , she is one of redondo’s primary passers too and hits hard. Maybe she pulls a Koelsch. Although USC is loaded at outside hitter.

    61. I am sure Olevao will start as a senior but I surely hope it’s in the front row only, and that she concentrates on just hitting and blocking, and can improve that hitting percentage because she is still hitting under .200 percent as a junior which is not good.

  65. blunite November 25, 2014 3:25 am

    Passing will differentiate who gets more playing time. Nikki and Greeley are both 6 rotation starters in 2015. Olevao may start but will probably share time with Granato. Castillo and Huff are wildcards. (Read that Castillo is playing MB since her ACL injury, while Huff may be used as a blocking substitute.)

  66. skycap November 25, 2014 5:34 am

    Like i said before Shoji always prefer playing Locals, players over Mainland, players

  67. LC November 25, 2014 5:48 am

    Wish we knew what really happened, personal reasons I get but it leaves the subject wide open for speculation and rumors.

  68. skycap November 25, 2014 6:16 am

    I wish we could see a scrimmage between.
    Shoji and his Local Team, Long, Anderson, Nikki, Higgins, Olevao, Kahakai, Adolpho, Ponce,
    Versus Scott and Mainland Girl, Magill, Koelsch, Huff, Greeley, Maglio, Mendoza, Guinasso,
    Who do you think would win this Scrimmage ???

  69. Cindy Luis November 25, 2014 6:29 am

    63. Rice is a verbal. Nothing solid until the NLI is in.
    66. Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn’t. People are jumping on that this year because there are more local players on the team.
    67. True. unless player wants to make a statement, leaves a lot of questions.
    68. it has happened in practice, not sure if it was intentional. pretty even if I remember, edge to the local team. There have been a few times this season where all 6 on the court were from Hawaii during a match.

  70. oldtimer808 November 25, 2014 7:29 am

    #66 I don’t think Shoji prefers playing only local girls. You seem to have that stuck in your brain for some reason. When you have local girls on the team some of them will bound to start when you look at roster numbers. It’s no different than a coach on the mainland that has say majority of California girls on their roster and some from other states. So would you say that this coach only prefers to play the California girls and not the girls from other states. Coach Shoji will play the players that shows the best in their practices. You need to get off this local vs mainland players because your attitude sounds prejudicial. The last time I looked we have Magill, Greeley and Mendoza starting. There are other elements that eliminates a player from playing in games. There are a lot of internal things that go on within the team that as fans we are not part of and none of our business. Whatever reason Passi left that is between the coach and Passi and the team. I wixh Passi well.

  71. heluhelu November 25, 2014 7:56 am

    22 I dunno. Since Passi decided she had to announce her departure now, I thinks it’s entirely reasonable to expect feedback now.

  72. Cruisecontrol November 25, 2014 7:58 am

    58 “Players leave volleyball programs all the time. It’s just that in Hawaii, people pay attention and get attached.”

    LOL! Good one, Cindy, and so true.

  73. heluhelu November 25, 2014 8:06 am

    32 Agreed. Never a ‘perfect’ time to announce voluntary departures. But with a season in progress and teammates fighting for postseason berth? Was there a compelling reason to announce it now?

  74. AdmrVT November 25, 2014 8:16 am

    #65. There will be a lot of depth next season, and I believe what will dictate who starts and at what position will be heavily based on serve receive. While Taylor and Greeley can pass, they along with Olevao had times when the struggled. This affects Higgins’ consistency.

    If Castillo is now relegated only to MB due to her ACL as you note, then this may open the door for Granato. Olevao needs to be consistent. She won’t maintain her starting position with the kill percentage she has this season.

  75. Cubicle1126 November 25, 2014 9:18 am

    sorry to hear that passi is moving on. unusual for a player to leave before the season is over. i hope the “personal issues” isn’t too serious. although she didn’t break into the lineup, passi provided much needed depth this season. i hope she finds a way to continue playing in her remaining year of eligibility.

  76. Not an Expert November 25, 2014 9:44 am

    Who was it that wanted this news to be made now. Was it the player, the coach or a news reporter that got hold of inside information prompting the school or Shoji to make the announcement. Whomever was responsible for this getting out before season’s end well you did great. Situations like these could have waited a week later after the season ended.

  77. tongo November 25, 2014 10:03 am

    All the best to Keani. We appreciate your hard work, dedication and sacrifice to come back and make it on the team. Those who follow Wahine volleyball over the years know what it means for a local girl to make the team. Best wishes!

  78. virtuoso November 25, 2014 10:38 am

    76 Could have waited? What are you talking about? You don’t think everyone would notice her absence and wonder what was going on? Come on, no need to stir the pot when there’s nothing in it.

  79. skycap November 25, 2014 10:51 am

    #70 you tell me that i have that stuck in my brain, you must be old, oldtimer808 try read that again, Maybe check you reading glass because i said prefer playing locals over mainland girls, You put that word ONLY, not me….

  80. po'okela November 25, 2014 11:40 am

    why are people so concern when knees and when the news broke out?

    hawaii fans are one of the most critical and judgmental fans in the country. if they never mentioned anything about her departure, I guarantee someone would have noticed immediately she wasn’t in uniform and on the sidelines and I GUARANTEE people on this blog would have just jumped on an opportunity to come up with some sort of conspiracy theory as to why she’s no longer there.

    shoji initially mentioned it was for medical reasons why she didn’t make the trip and that wasn’t good enough because this blog still lit up and people still made assumptions as why she didn’t make the trip.

    pls drop the issue as to why the news broke out now. UH is damned if they and damned if they don’t. there’s no satisfying any of you… people!

  81. tongo November 25, 2014 12:15 pm

    77 If you go over the roster of the past 40 years, you will rarely see a starting roster with so many local players. The last starting roster with so many local girls that I can remember was 2009 Final 4 team with local girls Kanai D., Aneli C., Dani M., and Liz K. As for this year’s starting roster, if not for starters Jane C. (CA) and Jade V. (FL) transferring out, the likely starting rooster would be equal or more mainlanders. Statistically, there is no compilation that supports it. Finally, I can’t think of anyone who ever thinks of our girls as local and non-local girls?

  82. po'okela November 25, 2014 12:27 pm

    for people who b*tch about dave playing local girls or non local girls, why have double standards and hope and pray carly kan and adora anae come back to hawaii to play? so many hawaii fans have dour standards it’s ridiculous…

  83. wop ur jaws November 25, 2014 12:28 pm

    Medical? Hapai?

  84. blunite November 25, 2014 12:43 pm

    Keani’s departure comes right after confirmation of all 3 incoming recruits (Mitchem, Castillo, Granato). Her leaving and Adolpho’s graduation frees 2 scholarships, and since 1 recruit is on an academic scholarship that covers all 3 incoming freshmen for 2015. How convenient, funny how everything works out so perfectly.

  85. Cindy Luis November 25, 2014 12:59 pm

    76. just doing my job. The program had planned to make the announcement Monday afternoon, which they did. Does it matter that it came out Monday or Tuesday when the media was at practice and would have noticed that she wasn’t there again. Or on Wednesday at practice? Or Friday when the match was on TV.
    No different than reporting last week that she wasn’t at practice and wasn’t making the trip.
    It wasn’t inside information. It came up during my conversation with Shoji about the RPI on Monday for a story that was going to run Tuesday. He told me she was no longer on the team and that there would be an announcement.

  86. Cindy Luis November 25, 2014 1:02 pm

    81. None of anyone’s business what her reasons are. It’s ‘personal’ and she made a decision. Medical info is protected by HIPA and unless the person wants it released it remains private.

  87. Cubicle1126 November 25, 2014 1:09 pm

    skycap — i think your exact words were: “always prefer” playing the local girls over the non-local girls.

    that carries a similar meaning to saying “only prefers” …. so oldtimer808 read your comment accurately, and was justified in responding the way he/she did … just sayin’ …

  88. Cindy Luis November 25, 2014 1:09 pm

    82. wouldn’t read too much into that timing. The team has known who was coming in for quite a while. They hosted the players on their visits.

    I was very surprised that she chose to do it now with 2 matches left in the regular season. And at least one postseason. She’s worked so hard for nearly two seasons and then to walk away … just odd.

  89. wop ur jaws November 25, 2014 1:21 pm

    its nobody’s business but they choose to announce it in a newspaper. Talk about announcing it secretly.

  90. LC November 25, 2014 1:30 pm

    The sand roster has been updated twice for 2015 look under the pull down menu, last update has Mendoza,Taylor, Higgins and Long from the indoor team on it. Long’s decision must have been very recent.

  91. po'okela November 25, 2014 1:31 pm

    #89 apparently you don’t read anything cindy says. she said if it was released on monday, people were bound to notice sooner rather than later that she wasn’t with the team anymore.

    what fricken diff does it make? she’s gone and it was HER decision to leave. let the situation be done with.

  92. Ki November 25, 2014 1:48 pm

    83. That’s what I was thinking. Just didn’t want to broadcast it.

  93. warriorfan November 25, 2014 1:56 pm

    90. Sand roster was updated over a month ago, I think the SID just put in the names of the players that played last season and added the four newcomers.

  94. karin November 25, 2014 2:14 pm

    Cindy, from what time can we volleyball ticket holders enter the gates?

  95. Cindy Luis November 25, 2014 3:42 pm

    89. UH didn’t choose to announce it in the paper. They sent a release out to all local media outlets with about 50 people/departments getting it.
    I said that it’s no one’s business what her reasons are. Don’t know where you get that it was supposed to be a secret announcement.

  96. Cindy Luis November 25, 2014 3:47 pm

    90. Long told me last week before the trip she wasn’t playing sand.
    Wong was on the mainland until Monday checking on recruits. The sand SID is no longer working for UH so things might be delayed.
    Did speak to Wong this morning about the team. He said not much crossover from indoor except for Taylor, although they’ll monitor her elbow which is a priority.
    He said he didn’t think Mendoza was going to play but he will see where they’re at in spring. Said he didn’t know who Tiegs’ partner would be. I said Brown. He said maybe, or Schneiber. And that they’d look at pairings in January.

  97. Cindy Luis November 25, 2014 3:49 pm

    94. sorry don’t know.
    what they’ve done in the past is to allow volleyball ticket holders in during the basketball game. UH plays at 430. usually open seating But then fans asked to move to their regular seats for volleyball.

  98. 808 November 25, 2014 4:06 pm

    94., 97. : checking on this question right now with UH SIDs for WBB and WVB and the ticket office. Don’t have an answer yet on when WVB ticketholders will be allowed to enter, but I’ve been told so far that the two (WBB and WVB) are totally separate events. Volleyball fans cannot come early to watch basketball with their wvb ticket or vice versa (wbb ticketholders staying to watch wvb). Waiting to hear back when the gates will be open for WVB.

  99. heluhelu November 25, 2014 4:17 pm

    82 Exactly. No one’s condemning her decision. Student-athletes make big decisions all the time, at any time. But many (most?) who play team sports, especially sports whose seasons are still-in-progress, prefer to keep such decisions private until the season ends. The timing of announcements like this obviously attraction, so if attention was the goal, mission accomplished.

  100. heluhelu November 25, 2014 4:23 pm

    99 But in true fairness to Passi, medical conditions or personal matters which might preclude continued practice/participation and force immediate absences would also attract attention — and sans announcement, generate all kinds of speculation. So like someone said above, danged if you do, danged if you don’t. Apologies to the Passis for even mentioning the supposition of an ‘attention grab.’

  101. Not an Expert November 25, 2014 8:33 pm

    Cindy, is great. Answers as much questions as possible. Tells it like it is and will be diplomatic when needed to and will make her point where and when it too is needed. Very wise in controlling her bloggers and makes it interesting for one to come and read and blog.

  102. wildcard November 25, 2014 9:39 pm

    yes and ill ask cindy.

    cindy, i forgot to ask in the other blog you had said that the reason hawai’i joined the WAC was:

    “because The WAC began requiring that all member schools move all sports to the WAC so Hawaii San Jose St Fresno St. etc moved over”

    what? so does that mean hawai’i left pcaa/big west and joined the wackity wack because WAC simply demanded it?

  103. wildcard November 25, 2014 9:41 pm

    ^WAC simply demanded hawai’i leave from the pcaa/big west to join them?

  104. AdmrVT November 25, 2014 11:27 pm

    #103. Yes. For UH to maintain its football membership in the WAC. Now, UH’s sports are split again between 2 conferences.

  105. Cindy Luis November 26, 2014 9:01 am

    103. Yes, it was a requirement for football to remain in the WAC.
    104. thanks. They are split because the Big West doesn’t sponsor football and the Mountain West deal was a football-only membership.

  106. Cindy Luis November 26, 2014 9:11 am

    100. glad you reversed the attention grabbing supposition. It was going to be reported that she wasn’t at practice Tuesday, Wednesday, etc. UH had to have an answer for her absence and when she would be expected to return. Rather than keep the questions dangling. UH made the decision to say she was no longer with the team. Not going to stop speculation but it was a definite answer.

  107. blunite November 26, 2014 12:08 pm

    So if Passi did not leave there would not have been enough scholarships for the 3 incoming recruits. After the 3 NLIs were received and confirmed Passi departed.
    Did the Hawaii coaches know beforehand that Passi was leaving? How else do you explain 3 incoming recruits and only 2 scholarships available?

  108. connor November 26, 2014 2:00 pm

    #107: maybe they knew that Ginger would be graduating and would not be back. The team may actually have a 4th scholarship now available.

  109. hollycow November 26, 2014 7:04 pm

    108. There are 9 on this years roster and with the 3 players next year, all of the scholarships are accounted for.

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