Practice 8-27

Was unable to make it to Monday’s practice, which was the first with school in session. They are back in Gym 1 at least until Wednesday morning. Either Wednesday or Thursday they’ll return to the Sheriff Center where they’ll hold afternoon practices and establish the usual routine for weekday matches.

Will start by saying Shoji has not named a starting lineup. Said the competition was too close still and he’s told the team that who starts Friday might necessarily be in at the end, or be starting Saturday. He does know he has to put in a lineup card prior to the first whistle Friday ‘-)

At this point, I don’t know either other than Hartong, Uiato and Longo.

Practice included a lengthy session of ‘baseball’ with three teams rotating between being ‘at bat’ (offense, scoring runs) and being ‘in the field (defense, making putouts) ┬áIt looks like a scrimmage but they have set plays were they specifically work with hitters and middles with repetitions. I.E. a player hitting left side 4-5 consecutive times

and it also allows for the coaches to look at blocking pairings on certain rotations. On one team, it was Long and Adolpho stacked on the left side … with Adolpho and Goodman stacked on the right side.

Some reminders during the practice included that the hitters not rely on tipping, especially against Texas, which jumps very well, instead to hit hard and smart; And to not anticipate that the opponent will not be able to make a good play coming out of a broken one (bad pass), that they have to always be back and ready to play on defense.

Continued to be impressed by how well Tuaniga moves, the progress of the freshmen Taylor and Higgins. For a big girl, Taylor has very nice hands and has taken the second ball with authority, setting well to the left back and cross court while in the front row.

There were a lot of long rallies and all teams played well in transition.

Manu-Olevao made quick adjustments when being critiqued. She was blocked when trying to hit line against Tuaniga and Taylor; next play, she hit sharp angle inside of Tuaniga for a successful kill. Long also took some big swings on the left and continues to look good there. Vorster ran some inside slides that were very effective, connected well with both setters on the ‘quicks.’ hit some heavy balls, too.

couple of plays that drew some cheers: Goodman’s solo stuff of Taylor and Vorster’s solo of Hartong’s 3-meter attack.

Think that’s about it from this morning. Ann will have a story in Wednesday’s paper, which will include our ‘special preview’. Not the big magazine, sadly, from the past. but hope you’ll like what we’ve come up with.


  1. Dedicatedfan August 27, 2013 10:45 am

    Cindy, you actually got your old body out of bed to attend morning practice, just kidding, thank you for doing that. Good to hear that there still is no clear cut difference between the 1st and 2nd line players. Gives Shoji, a great in game tactician, a lot of options. Just curious, have not heard to much about Kastl lately, is that a good, or bad thing. Hoping it is a good thing, meaning, she is doing her job as an outside hitter. Thank you again, Cindy, for attending morning practice.

  2. Dedicatedfan August 27, 2013 10:54 am

    Cindy, forgot to mention, especially when Tuesday is usually your normal day off, too. Much appreciated. DF

  3. LC August 27, 2013 11:08 am

    Well of course Dave is going to tell you there is no starting lineup he’s not going to tip his hand and he also wants to keep the players competing and pushing each other.

    I’ll give you the starting lineup but no guarantees how long the will be in there like the man said

    OH Hartong
    OH Kastl
    RS Tai
    M1 Adolpho
    M2 Jade
    Setter Mita
    Libero Longo

    You can thank me later.

  4. Dedicatedfan August 27, 2013 11:26 am

    LC, I totally agree with you. On Sunday, when Tai sits, I see Nikki Taylor starting at RS.

    I do not see Kaela Goodman starting, anytime soon. She is to valuable to Shoji, as his blocking specialist. I see Shoji doing a lot of double subbing with Kaela and Higgins.

  5. Kazu August 27, 2013 11:43 am

    I think Long will be a surprise this year.

  6. Cindy Luis August 27, 2013 2:07 pm

    1. you may be be kdding but I am not amused. If I paddle in the mornings, I am on the water by 7 a.m. Ann normally covers morning practices. I have no regular days off.

    3. why must you continue to question what is being said? It is being said with honesty and no ulterior motives. If Shoji had a lineup, he would have given it out. He has in the past. Your lineup is as good a guess as anyone’s at this point.
    The only guarantee is that it won’t be the lineup used Sunday since Manu-Olevao won’t be playing against USD.

  7. RedZone August 27, 2013 2:23 pm

    Thankyou Cindy. Friday is sooo close.

  8. PurpleMaple August 27, 2013 2:50 pm

    This blog is way more interesting than the FB one.

  9. tako August 27, 2013 3:11 pm

    Thank you Cindy. Whoever starts, starts; know coach(es) must be having a hard time deciding (a good thing when blessed with talent) and who poses the best match ups against the Texas(s) teams and San Diego. -kick butts Rainbow Wahine

  10. Cindy Luis August 27, 2013 3:17 pm

    The talent is very balanced. All the coaches agreed when talking to them this morning (Shoji, Wong, Ah Mow-Santos). Depth is a good thing but it also complicates things. What Ah Mow said she appreciates now as a coach (but not when she was a player) the tough decisions the head coaches have to make, telling people who have worked so hard they won’t be starting. or sometimes even playing.

  11. Hot August 27, 2013 4:06 pm

    OH – Hartong
    OH – Goodman, Kaela/Goodman, Kyra
    MB – Tuaniga
    MB – Taylor
    S – Uiato
    OPP – Vorster/Kawamura
    Libero – Long
    Floor captain: Kawamura

  12. Cindy Luis August 27, 2013 7:15 pm

    Hot, let’s be serious here. No need to make a farce out of things as some would like to do. Taylor is not an MB option. but I did appreciate you injecting some levity into another thread.
    after watching practice i don’t know how shoji is going to decide.
    I like.
    L1. Hartong
    S. Uiato.
    L. Longo
    MB: Adlopho & Vorster. But Tuaniga has shown such quickness that she might be hard to track by defenders on the slide, especially the extended slide where she goes from way left to way right
    L2 Mano-Olevao
    RS. Goodman, althought Taylor looks like a very good blocking option os well on the opponent’s top LS.
    much will depend on how the matchups go.
    Think Kawamura is the first DS off the bench to serve and play back row.

  13. Hot August 28, 2013 2:14 am

    I think it could go this way:
    OH – Hartong, Olevao
    MB – Adolpho, Vorster
    S – Uiato
    OPP – Goodman
    L – Longo

    I also think that Tuaniga will play at least one full set if she is not a starter. Kawamura will play back row for Goodman. Surely Kastl will see time, and Taylor will play both on the left and right and would probably play at least one full set. I see Long continuing with her role as designated server for one of the MB’s. Others who will likely see time: Mendoza, Higgins, Lelepali.

  14. Cindy Luis August 28, 2013 6:43 pm

    13. I am leaning toward your lineup.
    but likely a lot of players will see the court.

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