Saturday checkin

Warriors have the weekend off. next face UC San Diego Friday and Sunday, No. 1 UCLA in two weeks.

from previous thread courtesy of nobelsol (thank you)
UCSD is considering going from DII to DI in all sports, and thinks its profile may fit in the Big West:

Think the Tritons would be a good fit for the Big West and much easier travel for Hawaii and other schools say thank adding Cal State Bakersfield. You would hope that, if it happens, UH-UCSD makes sense for travel partners.

the comment about profile fit was from a 2011 study. Don’t think UCSD fits the profile of the WCC and USD may not want the competition. very similar to UC Davis not wanting Sac State in the Big West.

Dropped by the Hawaii Volleyball Combine at Manoa DP. about 50 college coaches from all levels, including assistants from Minnesota and Texas. Got to catch up with Shoji’s brother Tom and his daughter Malia. Tom at Willamette (head) and Malia at Utah (assistant).

and, burying the lead, Shoji said they’ll be wrapping up recruiting for 2017 in the next few weeks. They may only offer one more scholarship and save the other for 2018. said a lot of good players still out there.

Forgot to put out scores from Friday
BYU def. Long Beach State, 26-24, 25-17, 16-25, 25-20
UC Santa Barbara def. Cal Baptist, 25-21, 29-31, 25-14, 22-25, 15-10
Pepperdine def. UC Irvine, 34-32, 25-21, 20-25, 25-19
Stanford def. UC San Diego, 25-16, 25-20, 25-19

Saturday matches
BYU at Long Beach State
UC Irvine at Stanford
UC San Diego at Holy Names
Big West did UCI no favors. Anteaters were at Pepperdine last night then had to fly up to play Stanford today.


  1. auntyz January 23, 2016 6:06 pm

    I have heard the term travel partners for years, I do not understand exactly what it means. Plaese explain.

  2. Aloha73g January 23, 2016 10:26 pm

    Travel Partners in college sports are pairs of teams that will travel to play another pair of teams. The Pac-12 is very easy to follow in this department:

    1. Washington & Washington State
    2. Oregon & Oregon State
    3. Cal Berkley & Stanford
    4. UCLA & USC
    5. Arizona & Arizona State
    6. Utah & Colorado

    For instance, week 1 the Oregon Teams would travel to the Bay Area:
    Oregon @ Stanford
    Oregon State & Cal Berkley
    Oregon @ Cal Berkley
    Oregon State @ Stanford

    Then, a few weeks later it will reverse and the Bay Area teams will both travel to Oregon to play the Oregon teams. If you at the Pac-12 schedule in WVB, WBB, or MBB you will see this pattern.

    Since the Big West only has 9 teams, Hawaii doesn’t have a travel partner for WVB which results in a few schedule anomalies:

    1. We can play home conference matches on back-to-back nights since the other team doesn’t need time to travel to/from the second match.
    2. For all of our conference games we are our opponents ONLY match that week since they don’t have to play our travel partner also.

    Shoji volunteered to be the “Lone Wolf” due to the benefits of Friday-Saturday home matches (better ticket sales) instead of Thursday-Saturday or Friday-Sunday. Some fans don’t like that other teams can focus on us 100% instead of having to prepare for 2 teams. If UCSD joined the Big West, it would be a good travel partner for UH, especially since there are multiple daily non-stop flights from HNL-SAN.


  3. jmy January 23, 2016 11:09 pm

    UCLA def. USC 3-1, BYU def. Beach 3-1, Stanford def. UCI 3-1, USCD def Holy Names 3-0

  4. Cook 'Em January 24, 2016 12:01 pm

    Thanks Aloha73g for the terrific and easy-to-understand explanation. Much appreciated!

  5. Cindy Luis January 24, 2016 4:44 pm

    2-3. thanks for the help, although I still bristle at Cal Berkeley They are Cal.

    2. yes Shoji agreed to be the lone wolf for 1 year and got stuck for a second.

    We’ll see what happens with UCSD.
    as mentioned before, both Bakersfield and Sac State were interested in joining but backed off a bit when told that they would not get the Hawaii travel subsidy. Which applies to any school joining after Hawaii did.

  6. vbfan001 January 25, 2016 7:20 am

    So I guess Dave is coming back next year. I think we would have heard something by now if he was going to retire.

  7. Cindy Luis January 25, 2016 2:49 pm
    new thread up for Monday

    6. never thought he wasn’t coming back for 2016.

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