Saturday NCAA scores and regional brackets

Des Moines
7. Penn State vs. Hawaii (unseeded)
2. Minnesota vs. Illinois (unseeded)

3 Texas vs. 14 UCLA
6 Wisconsin vs. 11 Florida

San Diego regional
1. USC vs. 16 Creighton
9 Kansas vs. LMU (unseeded)

4. Nebraska vs. 13 BYU
5. Washington vs. 12 Ohio State

Saturday scores
1 Washington def. Michigan State, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21, 25-13
4) Minnesota def. Marquette 25-23, 25-13, 25-21
5) Nebraska def. 35 Wichita State 25-19, 25-19, 25-14
7) Hawaii def. 15. Texas A&M 25-22, 25-19, 25-20
8) Penn State def. Dayton 25-17, 13-25, 25-14, 25-17
11) BYU def. 20 Western Kentucky 25-23, 25-17, 25-20
12. UCLA def. 28 Michigan 23-25, 24-26, 25-22, 25-20, 15-11
14) Ohio State def. American 25-23, 25-11, 25-17
21) Illinois def. 18 Louisville 15-25, 25-22, 25-18, 27-25
26) Creighton def. 23 North Carolina 30-32, 25-18, 25-18, 25-14


  1. islandman December 5, 2015 9:04 pm

    So UH is in the 1st match on Friday ?

  2. Maverick December 5, 2015 9:06 pm

    Cindy, small correction, LMU plays #9 Kansas

  3. Maverick December 5, 2015 9:16 pm

    The attached pdf file of the bracket has the dates, times and tv for the regional matches:

    Assuming UH plays the first match in Des Moines, it will be the third match to start on the 11th, at 6pm EST, on ESPN3 or ESPN App

  4. WaWa December 5, 2015 9:20 pm

    We’re going to a Regional! I almost forgot what that feels like. I believed from the beginning that they could reach Des Moines and even beat Penn State. Hopefully that latter statement comes true. I think there was more pressure to get out of the sub-regional since we were unable to since 2011. Now, hopefully, they will be a little more relaxed, yet confident, and able to play freely.

  5. Ron December 5, 2015 9:39 pm

    This was one of the best days as a fan that I have ever had. Tiff was at least 5 to 10 sec. ahead of espn3 so I knew what was coming before seeing it. For a cringing, heart pounding, pulse-racing fan like me it was the ideal way to calmly enjoy the match. The joy they all expressed in a giant group hug at the end almost made me cry. All the rest will be icing. Don’t get me wrong , Russ Rose is a very nice man but I think the Wahine can beat Penn. St. on a neutral court. Go bows.

  6. warriorfan December 5, 2015 9:47 pm

    I predicted a UH sweep. I just felt they were jetlagged friday and would play better Saturday and that Texas A&m wasn’t as good as their seed.
    Now to beat PSU, UH will have to elevate their game even more. PSU is vulnerable but they still haven’t lost a match in the tournament in two years and players like Washington and Courtney can take over a match. I think UH will need to play really smart and serve tough and at Frantti and the PSU libero who are not good passers, avoid serving at Megan Courtney.
    Also need to get all 5 hitters involved which means TMO needs to get in on the action and tool the block and not get roofed (like she did against Florida)

    I predict UH wins in four, but they have to serve tough and Nikki and the middles need to keep playing well with TMO joining in on the party. I thnk Koelsch will need to be used as well in the front court because Courtney or Frantti can both hit over Higgins.

  7. OrbitalRipZ December 5, 2015 10:00 pm

    Can hardly wait to read Cindy’s take on the Bows W over TAMU in the Star-Advertiser’s Sunday Sports section.
    Next up: All Region Awards

    December 8 (Tuesday): 10 All-Region Teams, All-Region Honorable Mentions, Region COYs, and Region FOYs.

    Hawai’i is in the PACIFIC NORTH (with Washington, Stanford, etc.). 14 players — regardless of position — are honored wth All-Region awards and 6 are named Honorable Mentions.

    I think almost everyone on this blog would agree that Nikki Taylor and OMG will be chosen for All-Region. Question is: will Emily Maglio receive postseason regional recognition, or will she be left off the list due to a lack of playing time?

    As for this region’s COY, it will be between Shoji (my choice) and Keegan Cook, who got his name in the floodlights as the Dawgs’ 1st year HC. Haley Hodson of Stanford should receive FOY.

    GO BOWS!

  8. warriorfan December 5, 2015 10:25 pm

    Nikki is a shoe in for all region no question but if Olivia isn’t o the first team all region also, It will be an injustice. They both deserve it.

  9. MAKA December 5, 2015 10:40 pm

    Ms. Cindy- can you ask please, some of the players, how they think their trip to Europe helped them if any ?

  10. AlexM December 5, 2015 10:41 pm

    Too bad the team can’t play right away. Having to go another week, on the road, living out of a suitcase can get to be exhausting after awhile. Sooner or later, it catches up with you.

    Penn St. is having an off year, but they are loaded with talent, so we need to play like we did against TAMU. Should be a great match.

  11. warriorfan December 5, 2015 10:50 pm

    I really like Maglio but I dont think her kills per set are high enough to make all region team, but she has made a huge impact this season. I wish she was a redshirt freshmen and UH would have her for three more years instead of two.

  12. warriorfan December 5, 2015 11:00 pm

    By the way it was a successful day for UH recruits at the California state championships as well. Norene Iosia set her team to second straight division one state title. and beach recruit Julia Chizanskos won her fourth straight Division two state title. Chizanskos is really good defensively, wish she was playing both indoor and beach at UH.

  13. jmy December 5, 2015 11:04 pm

    Just noticed that for the second straight year Nebraska, BYU & UW are in the same regional….

  14. OrbitalRipZ December 5, 2015 11:23 pm

    13. Yes: Nebraska, Washington and BYU were all in the same regional last year as well. Difference: they’re in the Lexington, Kentucky (and not Seattle) regionals this year.

    Interesting fact I just found out: With the Dawgs’ victory over MSU, Washington improved to 30-2, “reaching the 30-win plateau for an unprecedented third straight season.”

  15. greenthumb December 6, 2015 12:04 am

    Love this Youtube upload by UH:

  16. Andrew December 6, 2015 12:29 am

    This is a great opportunity for the Wahine to get revenge for that ’09 final four loss

  17. warriorfan December 6, 2015 1:17 am

    17. It will be nice to just beat PSU for once. I think the battle of the middles will be great, Magill and Maglio vs Washington and Thielen and also at opposite Taylor vs Whitney.
    I’m hoping Frantti and Courtney have an error prone night and lots of shanks 🙂

  18. LanaiBoy December 6, 2015 1:57 am

    Hope the announcers learn how to pronounce the Wahine names in the next broadcast. Couldn’t understand why the announcers kept saying “Hawkeye” in the Aggie broadcast. Realized after a lots of joshing in VT that the announcers was referring to Savanah Kahakai. They butchered Tai Manu-Olevao’s name too.

  19. Pot of Gold December 6, 2015 4:54 am

    Okay mission one and two done. Now the task ahead, defeat the reigning two time champions. While Penn St isn’t at the same level as 2913/14 without Mica Hancock, they have a seasoned team for this playoff run. No way that the BOWS can allow the high hitting percentage that they allowed both Texas teams vs PSU.

    Time to get back to showing that the number one blocking team in the nation can do it against the top teams in the nation. If the BOWS can stop the Washington slide and it is the best slide in the NCAA, they will give themselves a real chance to win.

    PSU hasn’t been playing with as much confidence as they began the year lately, so it is important for the BOWS to get a quick start to put some fear in the hearts of PSU.

    This is definitely a measuring stick match for Hawaii, time to establish some respect on the national level for Hawaii’s program regardless of their perceived conference level. This team has all the tools to accomplish the victory, jthey ust have to believe in themselves and know that PSU is as worried about Hawaii as Hawaii is about them.

    GO BOWS!

  20. menehune December 6, 2015 4:57 am

    16. Thanks for the link. Nikki hits the ball so “heavy” it’s like listening to a sledge hammer making contact with the ball. Because of the force and speed and power behind her spikes, especially behind the 3 meter line, the defenders can’t react in time to clearly make a play on the ball.

    It was nice to see the contingent of Hawaii fans in the stands and the familiar “Let’s go bows” chant.

    Win or lose (of course, we’re going to win), this is a special team of young ladies and we wish them nothing but the best going forward.


  21. UHfanNVA December 6, 2015 6:20 am

    Is there a way to buy tickets to the regionals in Des Moines and sit with other Hawaii fans. I know I have to buy tickets through the NCAA site but curious is there a way to sit with UH fans.

  22. PBnJz December 6, 2015 7:50 am

    UHfanNVA, contact the UHTicket office or Marilyn…Boosters were contacted last week about who would be traveling and wanted tickets…
    I can only make one trip, so it’s gonna have to be Omaha or nothin’!

  23. T103 December 6, 2015 7:54 am

    Ok, so apparently I can’t watch the streaming online of the games on ESPN3. So does anyone know of any sports bars that carry ESPN3? Shack hawaii kai doesn’t have, closest to my house, I didn’t try calling anywhere b/c it was already game time and just stayed in my car to listen to the radio. Help?! I’m DONE just listening to the games, I need to see it live lol! Go bows!

  24. islandman December 6, 2015 8:10 am

    Better hope Greeley can play. Today’s article in SA print edition said due to her chronic shoulder problem, there had been doubts that she would have been able to play in these last two matches and had had limited practice time.
    She hit .625 vs. TAMU, 10 kills, 0 errors and .300 vs. TCU with 16 kills, plus served and received very well; with 17 digs in the TCU game.

    This year the team had 13 days between the end of the regular season and the start of the NCAA’s. Last year they had only 6 days.

  25. Cindy Luis December 6, 2015 8:14 am

    2. thanks. it was a long night. ‘-)
    fixed it.

    And thanks for all the help. It has been a real pain to change tickets and nearly didn’t make my flight out of CLL.

    Yes, Hawaii first match. As for revenge. no one from the team left. What I remember from the final four was the poor officiating and the up ref calling over Cubi-Otineru ‘and the PSU captain saying I’m having a really bad match, aren’t I.

    As for Tickets as mentioned call UH. there should be a block at the regi

  26. Cindy Luis December 6, 2015 8:15 am

    And appreciate all the links posted that I didn’t get to before heading to the airport.

  27. vee December 6, 2015 8:17 am

    Thanks PBnJz! for info on how to get tickets for regionals match. Am assuming it’s the same source for Omaha tickets? A couple of us are planning to go and would love to be in the Wahine fan section this time instead of the peanut gallery.

  28. UHfanNVA December 6, 2015 8:20 am

    Thanks for the info on tickets. Go Bows!

  29. Cindy Luis December 6, 2015 8:23 am

    If nothing else, Greeley is a gamer. they have great medical staff and trainer with them. They aren’t going to let her hurt herself more. But you never know how she’ll feel. She did a lot of stretching before Saturday match. She was pretty amazing. As I wrote, the X Factor.

  30. tongo December 6, 2015 9:13 am

    For those who want to see the Texas matches again, poster on VolleyTalk has uploaded the TCU match and has provided links to the match. Same poster says TAMUmatch will also be posted but has not yet appear.

    Link to poster is:

  31. greenthumb December 6, 2015 9:15 am

    Kudos to all the Wahine for their preparation. It really showed last night. And you can’t teach heart, but you sure the heck can coach so that those hearts beat together. Whether it’s that selfless [insert play here], that giant hug after match point, or that call to unity afterward in that incredibly cosy locker room.

    You’re nowhere near done! 🙂

  32. gator arms December 6, 2015 9:38 am

    congrats Ladies!

  33. 'ohanaInBellingham December 6, 2015 9:41 am

    Mahalo, Tongo!

  34. Maverick December 6, 2015 10:37 am

    Nikki Taylor had one of the Capital One impact performances last week:

  35. 'ohanaInBellingham December 6, 2015 10:41 am

    Warriorfan #12, mahalo for the update on our recruits!

  36. tongo December 6, 2015 11:20 am

    #32 You are welcome. For me, this was the most complete and satisfying match to date along side the wins against Cal Poly@Mott and Long Beach@Pyramid. The wahines most glaring weakness of pass receive was nullified by Lady Aggie’s most glaring weakness – their very weak serve game. How fortunate for us – so that we can be in system most of the night. It is another great win and showed so much team maturity, focus and unity after that near season ending TCU match. This is indeed a special team and you can just see the hard work that the players and coaches have put in. As fans, we are really fortunate to bear witness to it.

  37. OrbitalRipZ December 6, 2015 11:33 am

    1. Big West (1.000)
    Round 1 = 1 team
    Sweet 16 = 1 team remains (UH/AQ)

    2. Big Ten (.666)
    Round 1 = 9
    Sweet 16 = 6 (Minnesota/AQ, Nebraska, Penn State, Wisconsin, Ohio St, Illinois)

    3. West Coast Conference (.500)
    Round 1 = 4
    Sweet 16 = 2 (BYU/AQ, Loyola-Marymount)

    4. Pac-12 (.428)
    Round 1 = 7
    Sweet 16 = 3 (Washington/AQ, USC, UCLA)

    5. Big 12 (.400)
    Round 1 = 5
    Sweet 16 = 2 (Texas/AQ, Kansas)

    6. BIG EAST (.333)
    Round 1 = 3
    Sweet 16 = 1 (Creighton/AQ)

    7. SEC (.250)
    Round 1 = 4
    Sweet 16 = 1 (Florida/At-Large)

    Note: ACC had 4 teams in Round 1 and Missouri Valley Conf. had 4 teams in Round 1. None advanced to the Sweet 16.

  38. MAKA December 6, 2015 11:49 am

    Mahalo – tongo..

  39. mauna December 6, 2015 1:59 pm

    Link to 30. tongo’s link and you’ll get part 1 of 6 TAMU match. Other parts will be up with patience.

  40. Cubicle1126 December 6, 2015 2:01 pm

    wow, what a performance by the wahine yesterday. after their struggles against tcu on friday, i thought for sure that the tamu match would be a battle. i was even nervous for the wahine team. but hawaii cam out focused, aggressive and with a lot of energy/emotion. they handled in 3 a very good tamu team, on tamu’s home court!

    bring on psu!

  41. rage777 December 6, 2015 2:30 pm

    Here’s the link to RUHS volleyball article on state title.

  42. greenthumb December 6, 2015 2:39 pm

    33, worth noting that Nikki Taylor was included for her efforts against TCU. Imagine what highlights the next installment Capital One weekly impact performances may have if the new week started yesterday.

  43. 'ohanaInBellingham December 6, 2015 2:46 pm

    OrbitalRipZ #36: A new spin on your analyses, but just as enjoyable to digest! Mahalo! I am glad, also, that you dropped the “From the WHO CARES department:” preface. Or are you reserving that for the the truly esoteric reads?

  44. ionw December 6, 2015 2:54 pm

    Well Sweet 16 for Na Wahine it is, after being dormant for so long. Chee-hoo!

  45. noblesol December 6, 2015 3:42 pm

    For those with access to ESPN3/ESPNU over your streaming device, here is the Friday game schedule link:

    Suggest if you have access to it on your device, download the app for ESPN. You may find it easier to navigate to the games and you may get more reliable streaming than through your browser. If you don’t have reliable broadband, streaming will always be iffy at best. Even if you have reliable broadband, if your match gathers a lot of interest an viewers, it may overwhelm the broadcasters serving host.

    The NCAA link to the bracket now has start times and the broadcast stream host, although the Penn State vs. Hawaii bracket currently is the only one lacking the indication of the stream host. Could be an oversight, or possibly there is interest in broadcasting that match over TV since it is likely to gather a pretty substantial audience. Guess we wait on that.

  46. greenthumb December 6, 2015 4:00 pm

    Re: Friday’s match, I am seeing Hawaii-Penn St. as the second match of the night and on ESPN3 on both the ESPN page and on the NCAA page linked below, anyone else seeing that? Agree with noblesol about the ESPN app being better-behaved than going through a web browser.

  47. Not an Expert December 6, 2015 4:21 pm

    OrbitalRipZ, Interesting to see the results on who is surviving. How many conferences are there in women’s volleyball? What will also be interesting to know is how many teams from those conferences that had 3 or more made it out of round 1?

    This RPI things is to promote the Big 5. I remember at one time the NCAA stating that they wanted to have women’s volleyball be represented on a wider basis. Their meaning of a wider basis is for the big schools and conferences. They are doing a reverse on that philosophy on how there are leaving the smaller conferences out of the tournament especially when a team like Long Beach State is left out. The NCAA is speaking with fork tongues.

  48. warriorfan December 6, 2015 4:51 pm

    Darn was hoping the Hawaii/PSU match would be on ESPNU, looks like ESPNU is airing the USC/Creighton match instead, which makes no sense to me since the trojans and Bricio will probably dominate and win easily.

  49. tongo December 6, 2015 4:56 pm

    #45 FYI The “2015 Wahine Volleyball News” site has links to most of the volleyball conferences in the bottom. Link is:

  50. menehune December 6, 2015 5:18 pm

    30. Both the TCU and TAMU matches can be watched on ESPN3.

    On their Home Page, scroll down and click Replay. A menu will come up and you can pick your choice of what to watch.

    Already watched those games TWICE.

    Can’t get enough of our Wahine.


  51. Cubicle1126 December 6, 2015 5:27 pm

    one of psu’s fans on VT shared a youtube link to psu’s matches this season uploaded at this account. in case the fans wanted to do their own scouting … 🙂

  52. Bleachercoach December 6, 2015 5:56 pm

    You dont know how happy for the girls, coaches, and state the way they played. I have to say this was their best performance thus far. To sweep Texas AM on their home court really settles the deal if the women play well on the Road. I think the girls have a big chance to get to the Final 4…Now, after getting over the 2nd round hump, they can go out and have fun bring relax…I think Penn St. will have the pressure on their back.
    As far as Greeley, in my opinion, I feel she is the next valuable player after Nikki…She steadies that backcourt, a good server, and is a very good OH…I firsthand know how much pain her shoulder is bothering her…I had the same problem like her and I couldn’t hold an object overhead. I know If she didn’t have the injury, she would be very unreal! She truly is a Warrior!! We know Nikki is going through all her injuries top to bottom but wanted to make mention of how Greeley is battling too

  53. Bleachercoach December 6, 2015 6:05 pm

    16…That was a super cool video…goosebumps@
    Like coach said in the locker room, ” You folks played BEAUTIFUL”… (touching!) then from the background the other coach yells, ” we not done yet!” (Now I going do jumping jacks!)

  54. Bleachercoach December 6, 2015 6:24 pm

    Wow everyone should check out this website: Go Dig Nittany Volleyball (it is titled on web page psumaui Scouts Hawaii. Eight Things to know About the Wahine….We got a trader! (lol) it is a pretty good scouting report about our strengths and weaknesses. A must read and again a motivator if the team read it: of course psumaui would say Penn St will beat Hawaii…

  55. Bleachercoach December 6, 2015 6:33 pm

    I think they will set Haleigh Washington on the slide alot…we need to ready for that…she moves really quick laterally..Be ready!

  56. mo-jo December 6, 2015 7:02 pm

    Just saw the ESPN replay.. Great win but in set 3 we need to see the good TMO.
    shanks and hitting into the block won’t cut it with PSU. Wish we get KK off the bench more… not just a bailout for us after one turn. Sorry if this sounds like moaning but I hope
    we clean this up a bit. (sigh)….

  57. menehune December 6, 2015 7:07 pm

    On a previous thread, I made a statement that the two weak links in the Wahine armor is their inability to stop the slide and dink shots….and it is still happening, as witnessed by their last two matches against TCU and TAMU.

    Unfortunately for us, PSU run their slides to perfection so I’m hoping Dave is shoring up the ladies in this area.

    But PSU is definitely beatable if our ladies remain focused and believe in themselves.


  58. Maverick December 6, 2015 7:36 pm

    36. Actually, you have computed the number of each conference’s teams remaining in the tournament, not each conference’s subregional winning percentage. For example, the Pac12 has 3 out of 7 teams left, or .428. But the conference has a .636 subregional winning percentage (7-4, based on 2-0 from USC, Wash, UCLA; 1-1 Stanf; 0-1 ASU, Ari, Ore).

  59. tongo December 6, 2015 7:48 pm

    #48 Thanks, I did know that. I was directing the link to those who had asked for an alternative replay viewing source of the Texas matches because they did not have access to ESPN.

  60. warriorfan December 6, 2015 7:51 pm

    Wondering if the wahine are already in Des Moines??

  61. Maverick December 6, 2015 7:52 pm

    45. There are 32 total conferences, and each has an AQ for the tournament. So no conference is unrepresented in the tournament.

    By the way, the RPI whining has gotten really old. Here are some interesting facts that may surprise you:

    Non-Big10/Big12/Pac12/ACC/SEC teams with highest RPI rankings: Western KY (13), BYU (14), Creighton (15), Arkansas State (16), Louisville (19), Colorado State (20), Dayton (22). Such teams that were seeded: BYU (13), Louisville (15), Creighton (16).

    Highest rated RPI conferences:
    #1: Big 10; #2 Big 12: #3 Pac 12; #4…..West Coast Conference. That’s right, the WCC. Not the ACC, not the SEC. A non-conference record of 90-31 (.744) will do that. You can get a top RPI ranking if you schedule smart and you win in the pre-season.

    Yes, UH was screwed (not in terms of established criteria, but in terms of eye-test worthiness/quality) and yes, the RPI is flawed when it comes to seeding according to team quality. But 13/16 seeds still remain (81% of the seeds), so it’s not like a lot of unworthy teams are being seeded (only one of the three seeds (Stanford) was truly upset IMO). The seedings can be improved a bit, but the committee didn’t do a truly horrible job this year. The best thing UH can do to prove the NCAA committee wrong/criteria should be changed is to keep on winning. End of story.

  62. darkfire December 6, 2015 8:20 pm

    16. Greenthumb – great highlight video especially in the little locker room. It was truly inspiring to see a part of Dave that we don’t normally see. Usually we see his stoic self cracking a smirk/smile every once in a while. Almost got me emotional seeing him raise his arms like that. I wanted to yell “GO BOWS” right along with them!

    20. POG – Well said, particularly about how they may be just as worried about Hawaii as Hawaii is worried about them. Often times, we’re so concerned about the jitters the Wahine may feel going into the match facing a caliber of team like Penn State that we forget that they may have the same jitters knowing the outstanding stats that the Wahine has generated in blocking, hitting, etc.

    33. Mahalo Maverick for the link for Impact Player of the Week. And as always, your valuable insight on all things RPI. Indeed, we can put it all to rest by just keep on winning (sing the “keep on swimming” tune by Dori in Finding Nemo). End of Story.


  63. Bleachercoach December 6, 2015 9:20 pm

    61..they will stay in College Station then Tuesday head up to Des Moines according to Coach Dave

  64. noblesol December 6, 2015 9:23 pm

    I’ve put up an Excel spreadsheet on my OneDrive site that can be sorted by team, conference, AVCA ranking (1-35), AVCA votes, RPI ranking, seeding, exit round, record, etc. Will probably work best to view with an IE browser.

    I’m thinking of adding a column for avg. attendance per home game pre-NCAA tournament, if it’s not too difficult to dig those numbers up. Might be interesting to see those numbers. Might spark some discussion whether a team that doesn’t draw above some reasonable minimum number should get a seed over programs that are fan supported. It might be one of those intangible ‘integrity-balance’ issues the NCAA committee should be considering.

  65. Bleachercoach December 6, 2015 9:24 pm

    Debating to go to the Regionals with 4 Excellent teams playing or wait and see if our ladies make it to Lincoln, Nebraska for the Final 4. I think I will hold off til Saturday, then book my arrangements when we win the Regionals! Now. that’s confidence!

  66. ionw December 6, 2015 9:24 pm

    I found direct links to both this first and second round match:

    vs TCU

  67. ionw December 6, 2015 9:25 pm

    and vs TAMU

  68. Row13 December 6, 2015 9:27 pm

    The fact that 13 of the 16 seeds advanced to the regionals does not necessarily validate the committee’s judgment in seeding those teams. NCAA volleyball creates a self-fulfilling prophecy because all the seeds (except for Creighton) hosted the 1st and 2nd rounds, thus getting a huge advantage right off the bat. One could argue that even had all 16 seeds advanced, it wouldn’t necessarily mean they were the best 16 teams — just 16 very good teams given home-court advantage against other very good teams.

  69. noblesol December 6, 2015 9:53 pm

    #69 Row13: plus, the Seeded generally get cupcakes in round one. Minnesota got Jackson State, sheesh. Creighton got Coastal Carolina (RPI 83), and still managed to lose a set to them. Gotta think the committee was thinking some about the Omaha based fan turnout for the Finals, in giving the #16 seed to Creighton. Slighting Creighton wouldn’t of helped fill all those seats.

  70. OrbitalRipZ December 7, 2015 2:24 am

    Someone pointed “a surprising fact” that 13/16 seeds remain. What’s so surprising about that? Just look at the AVCA Coaches’ Poll: 13/16 of its Top 16 remain (including Hawai), and the Coaches had nothing to do with providing subregional cakewalks for teams like USC, Nebraska, Penn State, etc.

    38. Someone smugly pointed out that the title is wrong, which I am well aware of. Any 5th or 6th grader would have pointed it out. Just didn’t have the time to go back and make the obvious correction (title started off one way but piece went another way), like I didn’t have the time to correct the spelling of Russ Rose and other minor errors. I have a life. Just assume that most of those who post here are well-informed that they can pick up obvious typos and lapses.
    Nothing to do with the above but was surprised only 2000+ filled the almost 13,000 Texas arena. As I’ve been to the 10,000-seat Alaska Airlines Arena when the Dawgs hosted the Bows — deafening! — I know what a hostile crowd is!

  71. noblesol December 7, 2015 4:28 am

    #66 Bleachercoach: the finals venue is in the Century Link Center, Omaha, NE. It’s Creighton’s home court for some of their games. It’s not their normal venue, but they use it for games that draw, like with their interstate rival Nebraska. They’ll get north of 10,000 to attend that one. NU is sited in Lincoln, NE, just a quick drive on I-80 between Lincoln and Omaha (quick when the weather and traffic cooperate).

  72. ionw December 7, 2015 5:48 am

    Hi Cindy, does the SA online if you subscribe to it contain exactly what it is on the hard copy of the paper particularly sports section and including past days?

  73. Maverick December 7, 2015 6:16 am

    71. If you’re going to use stats and call others on this blog “wannabe statisticians”, as you did you on 9/28, then you better bring your A game every time. Don’t cherry pick data in a weak attempt to make a point about SOS, and try checking your posts before hitting the submit button once in a blue moon. I could have been very smug by saying a fifth or sixth grader would have known the difference between winning percentage and percentage of teams left.

    13/16 seeds remaining was not a surprising fact, but you are making it up as one because you can’t handle having your post being corrected. Not my issue, yours.

  74. Maverick December 7, 2015 6:29 am

    69. Most of the seeded teams are actually top tier teams, if you go by record, AVCA ranking, eye test, etc. My point is that the committee didn’t do a horrible job seeding using the established criteria. Give me a few examples other than UH if you disagree.

    70. Seeds don’t get cupcakes in round two….ask Texas A&M…or Stanford.

  75. noblesol December 7, 2015 6:31 am

    Not everyone likes a nickname or their ‘handle’ but like many things in life they tend to be inevitable, especially with those that achieve some notoriety. The Rainbow Wahine VB players are locally pretty well known, but are about to receive some extra mainland attention. Many of those folks will wonder what is a ‘wahine’!
    I have my own nicknames for some of the Wahine. Likely they’ll never catch-on, but they reflect a bit of a personal feeling they invoke when watching them play. They are:
    – Olivia “Sky Walker” Maglio
    – Emily “Slap Shot” Magill
    – Nikki “Wonder Woman” Taylor. I like “Andraste” more, but this may be a bit too obscure.
    – Tai ” ‘io! ” Manu-Olevao (‘io is the hawaiian name for the big isle’s Hawaiian Hawk. Hawaiians would go ‘eeee-oooh’ when they saw it soar)
    – Kalei “Puuilima” Greely. “Ilima” for short. Forget the ‘steady Eddie’ please. Kalei is much more deserving and prized, like Oahu’s most prized flower for lei’s, the Puuilima flower.
    – Savannah “Naupaka” Kahakai. Naupaka Kahakai is the legendary hawaiian plant that saves the beach sands from blowing away. “Paka” for short.

  76. noblesol December 7, 2015 6:51 am

    #75 Mav. Sorry Mav, didn’t mean dis the cupcakes, some of them brought game. It was why I prefaced the first round foes of the Seeded as ‘generally’ cupcakes. As to your non-cupcake examples, both Stanford and A&M swept their first round foes, with their foe RPI’s in the 60’s. Then both Stanford and A&M went on to round two to get swept themselves. So I suppose an argument could be made that they were so tired out by stressful first round sweeps of their non-cupcake foes that they couldn’t handle round two. But both LMU and Hawaii definitely had tougher first rounds, so kind of deflates that argument.

  77. mauna December 7, 2015 6:52 am

    Nikki would appreciate “Bat Woman” Taylor!

  78. Ron December 7, 2015 6:58 am

    ionw- When you sign on to the paper, at the top of the page it says Print Replica. Hit that and you will receive the full paper. It took me awhile to figure out how to use it but once you do you won’t go back to the on-line version.

  79. noblesol December 7, 2015 7:30 am

    #76 self-correction:
    – Olivia “Sky Walker” Magill
    – Emily “Slap Shot” Maglio
    Keep getting the M&M’s mixed up these days. Both so good.

  80. Ron December 7, 2015 7:42 am

    I would nick name Nikki the “trebuchet”. Too obscure?

  81. noblesol December 7, 2015 8:00 am

    #81 Ron. I like the imagery, but concur, obscure. Also, from another era, antiquated, replaced, and certainly an ineffective tool on today’s battlefield. So not how I think of her.

  82. frings December 7, 2015 8:01 am

    On to Des Moines!

    Good luck and good playing ladies!

  83. T103 December 7, 2015 8:48 am

    Anyone know of any bars or restaurants in town that have ESPN3? I can’t get the streaming and not content with Radio of 1420.. I NEED VISUALS!! Lol. Let me know! Go Bows!

  84. T103 December 7, 2015 8:58 am

    Just wondering if anyone knows of any restaurants or sports bars around town that have ESPN3 to show the UH game this friday? I can’t stream it and not content with just the radio anymore, this is getting seriously exciting and wanting to see visuals! Someone help me out?! Let me know!!! Go Bows!

  85. Maverick December 7, 2015 9:03 am

    81, 82. Famous Chinese OH and former US Olympic women’s coach Lang Ping was nicknamed the Iron Hammer, so trebuchet is not so far off, although quaint.

  86. Maverick December 7, 2015 9:12 am

    Btw, picked this up from VT and verified it on Tennessee-Chattanooga’s volleyball website….they had a libero a few years ago whose real name was Paula Passmore. No joke. And she was conference libero of the year, twice.

  87. Anon December 7, 2015 9:19 am

    On nicknames, I’ve enjoyed hearing what the players call their teammates in those interviews by OC Sports.

    They appear to be short, because you’d have to say it quick while on the court.

    Olivia is shortened to ‘Liv’.
    Tayler Higgins is ‘Higgs’.
    I think Maglio is shortened to ‘Mags’, though that might just be Kanoa Leahy’s doing.

    It sounds like TMO, Nikki Taylor, and Greely are just referred to by thier first names, they’re distinctive on their own.

    I do wonder what they call Savanah, though. It’s 3 syllables for both her first and last names.

  88. Maverick December 7, 2015 9:25 am

    Also picked this up from VT and may seem old news to some, but here is Lily Kahumoku’s long middle name and translation from the VT poster…

    Lily Kapi`olani malamalama `o Hawai`i nei. Ku`uipo `o keali`i inulama `o Kapa`akea, he makua `o Kawika. Kealoha pumehana `o Kaila a Momi a Konia. Lapa uila nui malamalama `o kou la hanau. `O `oe u`ilani ku`u lei, ku`u milimili e. Aloha no ko makou ia ka pua Lilia ke kuini lapa uila. Kahumoku

    Here’s the translation: “The heavenly rainbow that shines over Hawai`i, who is the sweetheart of the chief who drinks the rum of Kapa`akea, the father of David Kalakaua. A warm love of her mother, Gayle, her grandmother, Pearl, and her grandmother, Connie. The great lightning bolt struck on your birthday. You are a heavenly beauty, my necklace that I like to hold and caress. We all love the lily flower, the queen of the lightning bolt.”

  89. frings December 7, 2015 9:29 am

    Good luck and play great ladies!

    On to Des Moines!

  90. Maverick December 7, 2015 9:41 am

    76. Some mainland folks will wonder what a Wahine is. I’m still trying to figure out what a ka-hawk-eye is. Lol.

  91. Aloha73g December 7, 2015 9:52 am

    I quite like KaHawkeye as a nickname for Savanah. Sounds like a stealth fighter jet.


  92. UHfanNVA December 7, 2015 9:53 am

    I asked previously how can I get tickets for the Des Moine regional and sit with other UH fans. I called the UH ticket office as suggested and was told they did not receive an allotment of tickets to regionals. Does anyone know what else I can do or must my party and I sit alone.

  93. Maverick December 7, 2015 10:00 am

    90. Try contacting the booster club ( ) and see if any of them are traveling with the team.

  94. Maverick December 7, 2015 10:02 am

    90. Booster club phone number per the web site is 808-521-1456

  95. 'Couve December 7, 2015 10:12 am

    Best of Luck and Safe Travels Ladies!
    Play Hard and play smart.
    On to Des Moines!

  96. Cindy Luis December 7, 2015 10:13 am

    Thanks for all the updates and entertaining reading.
    new thread up for Monday

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