Sunday checkin, Top 25 scores

Saturday thread getting a little hard to follow so Sunday morning QBing can start here.
I am off today and have some commitments that will keep me off the blog until late afternoon.

Couple of thoughts.
Not sure how many other teams could have pulled that type of match out given all the injuries and missing starters.

From what I was told later, Mitchem injured her hand diving for a ball in Set 1 but apparently didn’t make it known until much later in the match. She left immediately for the hospital and I may not get a diagnosis until Monday.

Not sure how much of Kahakai’s quotes got into the paper. Deadline writing also means space limitations when things go late. She said she saw that the team was tiring and needed to win it in 4 because they might not have had much left for a Set 5.

Anyway, hope you enjoy your Sunday.

In case you missed the T25 from Saturday, buried somewhere on Saturday’s thread
2) Texas def. Texas Tech 25-18, 25-23, 25-17
3) Nebraska def. 16) Illinois 25-22, 25-18, 25-19
5) Penn State def. 18) Purdue 25-18, 25-17, 25-17
8) Hawaii def. UC Irvine 25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 26-24
11) Minnesota def. Wisconsin 25-20, 25-23, 19-25, 25-19
13) BYU def. Portland 25-16, 25-17, 25-15
15) Wisconsin lost to Minnesota 20-25, 23-25, 25-19, 19-25
21) Colorado State def. San Jose State 23-25, 25-15, 25-14, 25-19

Big West Conference
Cal Poly def. UC Riverside 25-7, 26-24, 25-18
Long Beach State def. Cal State Northridge 25-21, 25-19, 25-16
UCSB def. Cal State Fullerton 20-25, 25-12, 25-19, 25-10


  1. heluhelu October 18, 2015 7:36 am

    No complaints with anyone, anything. Agree team missed Nikki and UCI did scout Wahine well. But like CL mentioned, Wahine overcame new chemistry/transition challenges to gut out win. Do think something amiss if team uses ImPACT (or something similar) and Taylor ‘passed’ sideline test. ImPACT establishes preseason baselines to assess/compare players in-game. Would be shame if elite VB programs like Wahine can’t afford ImPACT or its equivalent. Not 2nd guessing Wahine trainers though. Just hope they have tools they need.

  2. 'ohanaInBellingham October 18, 2015 8:02 am

    Another fantastic showing by Kahakai! At this rate of progression, she has earned, in my eyes, a free pass for a future game when she has an off night. Congratulations to her and the backrow coaching.

  3. auntyz October 18, 2015 8:10 am

    Loved Oliva’s expression when she went back to serve. Congrats for serving out the match. With all the line up changes injuries forced this week, everyone on the court stepped up to finish the match. Great job!

  4. islandman October 18, 2015 8:17 am

    Those Kahakai comments made it in today’s paper.

  5. tongo October 18, 2015 8:32 am

    I honestly thought that Shoji was going to bring Higgins in after set 1 as Irvine was clearly making the proper adjustments and had clearly figured out our tendencies. If we didn’t do something to change the flow, IMO, we would have lost – just like the UCLA match. To me, it was about using what you have. By Shoji switching between both setters throughout the reminder of the match, it kept the anteaters guessing enough for UH to win with our available players. As to Shoji being more gracious in post game interview, I don’t see as disrespect but an unfortunate carry over – anybody who has ever played for Shoji with tell you about his bluntness in a competitive match and you got to have a thick skin.

  6. warriorfan October 18, 2015 8:33 am

    Kahakai has been much steadier, only thing she needs to work on a lot is those bumpsets to the right, which are always way too tight.

    Kalei Mau, just playing great against USC in the first set, 8- 9 kills.

  7. doug October 18, 2015 9:11 am

    coach keeps his starters in so long in easy games that the subs have no experience. (not counting the DS’s). Look at other highly successful programs they sub OH regularly. So the OH’s are virtually interchangeable.

  8. PBnJz October 18, 2015 9:42 am

    #5: I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Kahakai bumpset…she seems to always use her hands when she provides the backup set.

  9. HaaHaa October 18, 2015 9:51 am

    I think all the posters on Saturday’s thread need to review the box scores before they post. Stats tell the story.

  10. AdmrVT October 18, 2015 9:59 am

    #6. What teams are you referring to?

  11. z October 18, 2015 10:09 am

    Savanah has bumped set a lot. It just depends on where she is on the floor when she does it. She has had to set a lot this season because she seems to be the back up setter when our setter makes the dig. What Savanah said about the players getting tired which is what worried me the most because except for Kendra the other subs have not had to play as long as they did last night.

    I like teams like this that force the Wahine to find different ways to win. Usually the wahine have started slow but gotten stronger as the match went on. Last night it went the other way but the wahine still had the grit to find a way to win when things weren’t going their way. I like these kinds of matches vs walk in the parks. I think that it will make us better going into the post season. Hats off to the subs who played well enough to win. It is so hard to do especially wheb you are missing your top gun. Well done ladies.

  12. tongo October 18, 2015 10:14 am

    Did not know Annie had injured her fingers in early set 1 making a great diving save. It explains her rubbing her fingers throughout the match. It may explain her just tapping it over on a number of occasions. Can’t wait to see her at full force.

  13. tongo October 18, 2015 10:33 am

    Sorry to read the comments about bias. It is tough when you feel that your favorite player has been thrown under the bus. For whatever it is worth, I was a Jen supporter during the 6’1″ Carey vs. 5’8″ Vakasausau setter controversy during the Willoughby era. Both sides claim coaches were bias. Both romanticized version of the players had strengths and weaknesses. We did get to the final four. Looking back many years later, I can now say Margaret did a great job, but at the time, I was outraged about it.

  14. LanaiBoy October 18, 2015 10:38 am

    USC just beat Arizona 3-1. Hope Hawaii invites Arizona for a preseason tourney next season when Kalei Mau is a senior, so that she can play in her home town. She is an amazing player, getting 26 kills at a .312 clip against USC. Even though Penina Snuka is really an Arizona girl she did spent a year here. She is an amazing defensive player, making spectacular digs. I’m sure Snuka would appreciate the trip too.

  15. Aloha73G October 18, 2015 11:14 am

    I think we all need to remember that for all of our BigWest games we have to play 2 matches–often back-to-back–while our opponents have the whole week to focus strictly on stopping UH. The team we face second is always going to have a distinct advantage.
    I give major props to the entire team for grinding it out last night. Tai was a great leader on the floor…a true team captain. Olivia was cool as ice … I was so stoked to see her behind the service line for match point. Maglio came through with some awesome hard hits.
    As for the Tayler/Kendra battles, I think we need trust Dave and Robyn as to who plays….they are at all the practices and have a lot more info than we do. I think both are good and I will always defer to Robyn & Dave as far as which is better on any given night. It is clear to me that Tayler and Kendra have a great relationship and there is NO animosity between as to who plays, how much, and when. We have a true TEAM this year.

  16. doug October 18, 2015 11:21 am

    #6 start with the UH mens team!

  17. jmy October 18, 2015 11:40 am

    Florida beat Kentucky 3-1…

  18. islandman October 18, 2015 11:49 am

    Speaking of height, Robyn Ah-Mow was only 5′ 7″ .

  19. AdmrVT October 18, 2015 11:49 am

    #6 & #14. As Dick Tomey once said, comparing apples and oranges. Thought you had a more apropos example.

  20. nomu October 18, 2015 12:06 pm

    TMO, congratulations for leading the team last night. Rather than thinking of things as being your own worst critic, think about how your team always supports you and give that same feeling back to the team. As to a comment I read earlier somewhere, I think the girls are mature enough to handle Shoji’s bluntless and turn it into positives. As to the setters, when postseason gets here, we are fortunate to have two setters who brings different things to the table. The level of play we’ll be seeing will make the UC Irvine match look like, at the very least, a second round team. Speaking of Irvine, I was impressed at how the players huddled around their coach during the timeouts in the fourth game, with confidence and smiles that showed how much they believed they could win. And I really liked the positive attitude of Guinasso and how she and Kahakai support each other.

  21. Vbfan001 October 18, 2015 12:09 pm

    The match shows how important Nikki Taylor is. If she plays Hawaii wins 3-0 and I don’t think it’s that close. They didn’t have anybody to bail them out on out of system plays last night.

  22. warriorfan October 18, 2015 12:15 pm

    Stanford went down. Wahine might move up in the rankings, not that it matters. but it definitely helps with recruiting to be a top 6 team.

  23. Not an Expert October 18, 2015 12:16 pm

    #6. It is evident that history shows that Shoji does play his starters especially those that have AA potential longer than is needed in many games. Obviously he wants these players statistics to be at the top so their chances are greater.

    If a potential AA on the team was asked what is more important for them being an AA or winning a national title, I would think everyone would say winning a national title. AA being an individual award winning a national title is a team award.

    Winning can never be taken for granted however there are times that one can see it be difficult for the other team to come out on top should UH take 1 or 2 starter out. Granted making the post season in no guarantee, however there needs to be an angle to have your horses in top shape if that opportunity arises. There were many post season games that UH top guns were not at there physical best.

  24. menehune October 18, 2015 12:16 pm

    Colorado over #6 Stanford in four. Wahine moves up?

  25. T103 October 18, 2015 12:17 pm

    Saw the ending of game 3 and the rest of the match, yelling in a restaurant. It was tough and ugly but a win nonetheless. Hopefully this will help us post-season. Just a rant: I trip out at how critical everyone gets on this thread of Shoji. 1st its the scheduling of preseason games, then the RPI, then the setters, then the libero, then the the middles, then the outside hitters. pretty soon everyone gonna be blaming him for weather stuff instead of Lie Hagi. People criticize him for things he has no control over, i.e. RPI and how well or junk other teams have as the seasons progress. He can’t control the fact that UH has to play teams one at a time and has a difficult time managing road trips b/c of the distance of the pacific ocean as opposed to being on the mainland. Somehow its his fault when he has tried everything to make the schedule work in our favor and get our RPI boosted when we consistently screwed by NCAA selection committee. As if he’s trying to make it as difficult as possible for us to win a championship again. I mean he’s only been at this for 41 years….. As far as I know, none of us are in the practices daily, none of us have been coaching for 41 years. None of us are his assistant coaches but we all assume that we know better and can do better. So please, by all means, let us sign up to take Shoji’s place. But then again he’s been doing this for 41 years so all our criticisms are water off a ducks back. I just wish this blog had more people who encouraged the team and coaches instead of just nit-picking about everything and being so negative. Because we ALL KNOW that negative reinforcements does wonders right? All that being said, nice job ladies & coaches, keep doing you, and lets continue to find a way to being successful this season! Thanks for not giving up and giving us all something to look forward to some excitement on game days! Go bows!

  26. jmy October 18, 2015 12:18 pm

    Stanford-Colorado going to 5…

  27. jmy October 18, 2015 12:19 pm

    Sorry, actually Colorado won in 4…

  28. OrbitalRipZ October 18, 2015 12:45 pm

    From the WHO CARES Department:

    Coach Shoji said more people need to root for Na Wahine’s opponents from the nonconference season, so since this blog seldom lists the results of the nonconference opponents, I thought I would bore most of you with the following:

    American (17-5, 8-0 PLC) … 10/14 W over Loyola Maryland, 10/16 W over Behune-Cookman (nonconf.) …. Patriot League Conf. leader … This week’s opponents: 10/21 George Washington, 10/23 Bucknell, 10/24 Lafayette

    CSU Bakersfield (7-12, 5-2 WAC) … 10/15 W over Chicago State, 10/17 W over Missouri-Kansas City … 7-0 New Mexico St leads the conf. followed by tied-for-2nd Bakersfield and Utah Valley … This week: 10/24 Grand Canyon

    E. Washington (12-7, 7-1 Big Sky) … 10/15 W over Montana St, 10/17 LOST to Montana …. Leads the North Division, tied for overall conf. lead with Northern Arizona and Idaho St of the South division … This week: 10/22 Idaho St, 10/24 Weber St

    Florida (13-4, 5-3 SEC) … 10/14 W over Tennessee, 10/18 W over Kentucky … Soph OH Carli Snyder, who missed four matches with a sprained ankle, is back as is senior OH Živa Recek who was gone for three crucial matches playing for Slovenia in the European Championships … SEC standings: Kentucky (6-1), Missouri (5-1), Texas A&M (5-2), LSU (4-2), Florida … This week (MORE OPPORTUNITIES): 10/23 Arkansas, 10/25 Missouri

    Idaho (8-12, 5-3 Big Sky) … 10/15 W over Montana, 10/17 W over Montana St … 2nd to E. Washington in the North Division of the 2-division Big Sky …This week: 10/22 Weber St, 10/24 Idaho St

    Iowa (10-11, 0-8 Big Ten) … 10/16 LOST to Illinois, 10/18 LOST to Northwestern … Big Ten, currently led by Nebraska, Minnesota, and Ohio St (all with 7-1 conf. records) with the bully-of-the-pack Penn State trailing (6-2), is on pace to sending a record number of teams to the NCAA Tournament, and you can bet bottom-feeder barely-clinging-to-the-ropes Iowa isn’t going to be one of those teams … This week (MORE PAIN, TIME TO THROW IN THE TOWEL AGAIN): 10/23 Wisconsin, 10/24 Minnesota

    Oregon St (4-14, 2-6 Pac-12) … 10/14 LOST to Washington, 10/16 LOST to Washington St … Conf. bottom feeders are Oregon St (2-6) , Utah (1-7), and California (1-7) …. This week (DOUBLE OUCH): 10/23 USC, 10/25 UCLA

    San Diego St (6-14, 3-5 MWC) … 10/15 W over Utah St, 10/17 LOST to Boise St … Colorado St leads the 11-team Mountain West Conf. and should win the conf.; San Diego St stands in the middle of the pack, and stands almost no chance of being invited to The Dance … This week: 10/20 San Diego, 10/22 Air Force, 10/24 New Mexico

    UCLA (15-3, 6-2 Pac 12) … 10/16 W over Arizona, 10/18 W over ASU in a thrilling 3rd set (5 of the last 7 matches have been sweeps for UCLA) … Tied for 2nd in conf. standing (behind undefeated USC) … This week: 10/23 Oregon, 10/25 Oregon St

    Wichita St (16-6, 7-1 MVC) … 10/16 W over Bradley, 10/17 W over Loyola Chicago … Leads the 10-team Missouri Valley Conference … This week: 10/23 & 10/24 Illinois St

  29. Maverick October 18, 2015 1:21 pm

    20,22. Best case scenario is that UH moves up to 7. May stay at 8 if voters reward Minnesota for two wins over #15 Wisconsin this past week. UH could move up a spot on November 2 if they win next two matches and Ohio State loses one or two to Penn State (they play twice at month’s end).

  30. wow October 18, 2015 1:26 pm

    #21, comments the result of “fall on head” synfrome

  31. 'ohanaInBellingham October 18, 2015 1:34 pm

    26. OrbitalRipZ: Please keep publishing the records of our pre-season opponents! I appreciate your work.

  32. Willie October 18, 2015 1:35 pm

    If the Wahine can survive those two upcoming brutal road matches, I feel that, they really will have earned the right to host a playoff round(s). No one else in the conference or country has to deal with this kind of scheduling. As #13 notes the second opponent typically has a leg up on rest and prep. Just being on the road traveling takes its toll, it is not easy to win as a visitor.

  33. 'ohanaInBellingham October 18, 2015 1:47 pm

    Was Nikki wearing ear plugs to help recover from the concussion?

  34. Maverick October 18, 2015 1:49 pm

    30. The issue is that UH plays in a very weak conference, and that offsets any “unfairness” in the conference schedule. Plus, UH has a weak out of conference schedule (not helped by a loss to UCLA and Florida’s two subsequent losses). One could also argue that given opposing teams’ travel, UH should have swept LBSU. Few voters know of or care about the UH-LBSU rivalry/history, much less the scheduling issues. Bottom line is you need to schedule tough and you need to win most of those matches to impress the voters.

    This doesn’t take away from your enthusiasm for UH, but the realities of the RPI world and the Big West’s weakness are difficult to overcome. When you are a top ten team, you need to play like one. And in UH’s case, right or wrong, you have to win in impressive fashion often.

  35. warriorfan October 18, 2015 1:50 pm

    26. I never wanna see Bakersfield, San Diego State, or Idaho on the schedule again. Oregon is a perennial cellar dweller in the Pac 12, last’s years sweet sixteen appearance was an aberration for them so I won’t want them on the schedule again either. Not good choices for rpi by the coach, oh well.

  36. Bleachercoach October 18, 2015 1:53 pm

    Well Robyn Ah Mow is an Olympian and nobody in UH history could command the floor, chase down balls, set perfect effortlessly, and was quiet but oh so effective. She is a different breed so her height was not a factor.
    Kim Willoughby is another one at 5’11” that could soar over 6’3″ kids…Again, we dont have a Kim Willoughby…That’s were the height game doesn’t matter if you have supernatural athletes like them

  37. Maverick October 18, 2015 1:56 pm

    33. Oregon played for the national championship in 2012. Agree the three teams you mentioned are scheduling mistakes. We should have scheduled Arkansas State (lol), but hindsight is 20/20.

  38. Maverick October 18, 2015 1:58 pm

    35. I think you meant OSU. Yes, a perennial cellar dweller.

  39. warriorfan October 18, 2015 2:11 pm

    yes meant OSU my bad. no more OSU, not only are they going to lose a lot in the Pac, they are taking another pac 12 team’s spot in the schedule.
    I hope Shoji schedules more big 12 teams in the future, they seem to get favorable rpi rankings and please no more mountain west teams or big sky unless it’s colorado state.

  40. tongo October 18, 2015 3:49 pm

    #23 Well said – It gets difficult because we get emotionally involved. I better go back to watching MSNBC to learn to make better gross rationalizations and Fox for emulation of more effective character assassination.

    #26 Thanks – I will be looking out for these teams. Again, very impressive and thanks for the effort.

  41. OrbitalRipZ October 18, 2015 3:53 pm

    26 …..Correction to UCLA ….3rd in conf. standings after 8-0 USC and 7-1 Washington (which won its 25th straight Pac-12 home match, breaking a record set from 2004-07, and which hit over the weekend over their NCAA-leading attack percentage)

  42. AdmrVT October 18, 2015 4:26 pm

    #33 – 35. Bakersfield was not a good choice, but OSU has had a good team every so often, as had SDSU. For those teams, you roll the dice on whether you play them in a year when they have a good team. They aren’t perennial powerhouses, but whomever you schedule pre-conference, you need to win. Scheduling tough and losing does you no good. Even Cal has been down the past several seasons.

    Economics also play into scheduling, and some better “name” teams don’t want to travel here. And, UH wants home games to generate revenue. The key is finding teams in the 30 – 75 range, that will be in the top 2 – 3 of their conference, that UH can beat, and will travel here. Some won’t.

    UH routinely schedules UCLA because of past history, and with their incoming recruiting class next year, they will again be in the top 10 for several years.

    So, games against 2 teams in the top 15, 2 in the top 30, and 2 – 3 in the top 75 will get a better RPI — if you guess right, and WIN. UCLA, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri . . . if you want “name-brand” schools, but there are others that aren’t “well-known names” that will help your RPI – Creighton, Wichita St., Cincinnati, ACC. Maybe a couple in the Big East. I do think Iowa will get better.

  43. tako October 18, 2015 5:03 pm

    As far as scheduling, if I remember correctly, scheduling is done one or two years in advance. I would venture a guess that next years non-conference scheduling is already complete or near completion. Aside from scheduling, IMO recruiting and winning take precedence, all else follows…On paper, our recruiting class for next year fulfills needs. Our current record addresses the second and we’ll see how we do in the tournament. GO WAHINE…

  44. tongo October 18, 2015 5:28 pm

    #34 I get what you are saying but FYI. UH Setter Kanoe Kamana’o (2003-2006) was a 4x AA and Robin was 2x AA. In 2006, Ann Miller wrote in a then Honolulu Advertser article that “Kamana’o has become the most decorated setter in the history of Rainbow Wahine volleyball” and OC Sport Commentator Chris McLachlin said “Kanoe is very similar to (Olympian) Robyn (Ah Mow-Santos) in size, skill, humility, quietness. If Robyn can make it at the highest level, Kanoe can too.” Kanoe was just 5’8″.

  45. blunite October 18, 2015 6:26 pm

    @26. OrbitalRipZ: nice to know, but opponent’s strength of schedule calculation (25% of RPI) is unknown. With the RPI just 1 error can result in “an order of magnitude” of changes. (NCAA relies on human input into a computer program.) Errors probably do occur; but the NCAA’s lack of transparency is legendary. (For example, who does the data input and what checks and balances are in place?)

  46. Cindy Luis October 18, 2015 7:42 pm

    Top 25 from Sunday
    1) USC def. 14) Arizona 29-27, 25-22, 26-28, 25-14
    6) Stanford lost to Colorado 23-25, 25-27, 25-23, 21-25
    7) Ohio State def. Indiana 22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-18
    12) UCLA def. 19( Arizona State 25-21, 25-16, 30-28
    17) Florida def. 20) Kentucky 22-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-20
    18) Florida State def. NC State 25-18, 33-31, 22-25, 25-20
    22) Western Kentucky def. North Texas 25-23, 15-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-11
    24) Oregon def. Washington State 25-17, 22-25, 25-19, 25-

  47. Cindy Luis October 18, 2015 7:45 pm

    41. thank you. that has long been my point about imputing the data. Never have gotten an answer as to who does it and what is their background.

  48. Cindy Luis October 18, 2015 7:48 pm

    one other point about Granato vs. Castillo from yesterday’s thread.
    . Granato has been training mostly left, she replaced Man-Olevao there a couple of matches and it made sense to slide her into Greeley’s position and the passing rotation.
    Castillo has been training mostly right, backing up Taylor. they decided to move Mitchem right because of her experience. I don’t see that as bias.

  49. Maverick October 18, 2015 7:52 pm

    42. Yes, I’ve written about most of this over the past two years. The point is that this year’s schedule could have been better if UH didn’t play teams which are less of a roll of the dice than you state.

    Take OSU. Good last year but they lost their starting setter and three other starters/key contributors to graduation. And prior to last year? 9-22, 14-18, 16-16, 9-23. OSU hasn’t finished above 7th in its conference since 2001. Cellar dweller. SDSU’s records over the previous five years are 14-15, 16-14, 23-8, 18-10, 16-16. Nothing in its 2014 play or recruiting suggested a good 2015 campaign.

    Name teams make little difference to me from an RPI perspective. See Kansas’ schedule or Arkansas State’s. Key is finding teams you think are going to have stellar seasons and most of who you are confident in beating. Then look at top historical RPI programs for a list of potential additional scheduling candidates. I think your scheduling suggestion would improve upon this year’s RPI, but to be taken seriously and counteract the Big West’s weakness, I think you need to schedule even tougher. Having a preseason of just top 50 competition is doable (9-10 opponents) and next year, very beatable.

  50. darkfire October 18, 2015 7:58 pm

    33. Yes, Nikki was wearing earplugs. It is to guard from post-concussion syndrome/injuries.
    People with this syndrome may report dizziness, decreased tolerance to (flickering) light, or a decreased tolerance to sound (hyperacusis).

  51. oldtimer808 October 18, 2015 8:11 pm

    I respect everyone’s opinions even if I disagree. I have no comments on how the coach does things because after all the bottom line is the team is 18 wins and 1 loss with the possiblity of being 26 and 1 at the end of the regular season. I see improvement with the team and unity. Coach Shoji has so much talent to work with so this I’m sure excites him. Last year Maglio was a sub that rarely played and Kahakai was learning to be a div 1 libero. Castillo will be a starter next year if she continues to improve with time and practice. Everyone should exercise patience with our players and coaches. TMO has figured things out in her senior year and has been a big contributor. The team has many players injured and some that we don’t know about so for what this team has done this pass weekend is commendable. Ok off the volleyball subject, I do believe it is time for UH to part ways with Coach Chow. It is apparent that he has become a liability to the economic stability of our program. This saddens me that he was not capable to be effective to develop a solid team. Yelling at his coaches on national TV is not pono.

  52. Maverick October 18, 2015 8:16 pm

    45. Opponents’ SOS is not unknown, you can calculate it. Will take a few hours. And there are folks who have done it independently. And as I’ve written before, given the magnitude of teams and matches, you need a huge number of input errors to skew the RPI. Plus, if there was a skew or favoritism, it would be picked up in comparing to the independent calculations. But because the independent calculators track the NCAA RPI calculations to a great degree, such speculation of malfeasance/error is misplaced (the computer program is likely directly populated through auto download, not by human hand). I think it is time to discard such unfounded beliefs and realize what the RPI is (reflection of team SOS), what it isn’t (reflection of team quality), and try to find ways to maximize UH’s RPI score through smart scheduling and winning. The rest sounds like sour grapes.

  53. oldtimer808 October 18, 2015 8:24 pm

    Ok I come from a coaches perspective since I coached many years ago. I doubt seriously that Coach Shoji has any bias for any player. I believe he bases his judgement on how a player practices and improves during that time. This is the fundamental base for all coaches. Of course there are other factors that a coach uses to determine starters and playing time and game time decisions and adjustments. As for Wahine Volleyball so much depth and talent so this is a very exciting time for the program. This year’s team will continue to grow and improve and will be a force again next year.

  54. Maverick October 18, 2015 8:28 pm

    Here is a good, succinct explanation of the RPI calculation:

    On bonuses, per the NCAA pre-champ manual, the value approximates one or two RPI positions (single or double bonus). McGinn and I both estimate to be .0014 for single bonus based in difference between top and bottom RPI scores divided by 334 teams. See for the raw RPI scores. .0028 for double bonus.

  55. blunite October 18, 2015 8:39 pm

    NOTE: Height is not affected by fatigue. All players tire as a match wears on, and this affects their ability to jump. The higher a player has to jump, the more tiring is the effort. The net is 7’4″ high; so the effect is greater on shorter players.

  56. rapid October 18, 2015 8:50 pm

    awesome grind last night.

    kendra did fine, shoji just trippin over setting.

    mckenna came through and did handsomely, though she needs to sharpen her shots with some hollow points to penetrate or sunder the block more.

    claire of course serves and ball handles spectacularly.

    i liked tayler switching up her serve from jump serving to standing attack (just like tai now does). when high risk, high reward is too much high risk or expensive (on energy/health/ankle). thats what we need. the reverse can be true as well, serve in both ways one for simple accuracy, one to overpower/terrify, and one to be unpredictable 😀

    annie was no question what she did tonight, not only was she fabulous, she also served as a dual position OH/MH as she not only imitated nikki she also did some step outs. how about her spin serve? bringing that from ivc and a bit sharpening (standing back/watch the service line) and then you have another service threat yet again.

    olivia, theres no arguments here. nice slide by her, need more of them. and her stare as she serves!

    shar tai manuolevao proves why she is captain and no more of this complaining about her right? i hope so. one thing i like to see is her sometimes switch up her current serve into her previous jump serve, just to create panic in the opposing team and be more unpredictable striking again. she can do the reverse of what tayler higgins does (main serve: deep standing attack. secondary serve: spin serve at will!)

    savannah not only this match is definitely getting better and better as a libero, by design. perhaps she can communicate louder so she gets the balls and bump set them more efficiently to the right so that its not tight.

    casey needs to be added more into the attack (and blocking). had that been done, wahine probably would of swept! but then again, had they swept, casey probably wouldnt be added. lets charge shoji with this!

    emily mags continues to show her magnum and armor, she blocks any whatever. get more slides out of her and even blocking right side/step outs!

    dave needs to chill, naught wrong was with kendra and ill add insult to everybody elses injury-hes partial to punahou.

    oc sports needs to go back to showing the player introductions after the pono’i like before as quite some people pointed out. we dont need to see more yapping. we hear them already. the other minor as pointed out is replays and graphics running into next play, cut it out!

  57. rapid October 18, 2015 8:59 pm

    one more thing shoji needs to do. stop being soft on other sports or the athletics department (ie mens basketball scheduling conflicts). next year he should be like no lousy mens basketball you dont get any of wahines scheduling time. ‘pull’ the ncaa mandated gender balance rule thing. mens basketball already violated enough of those.

  58. Ron October 18, 2015 9:11 pm

    Rapid, I actually agree with most everything you said and I understood it! Maybe I am getting smarter or you are getting more lucid.

  59. Hot October 18, 2015 11:20 pm

    58. Ron, Hahahaha! His last posts are definitely more lucid.

  60. AdmrVT October 19, 2015 7:34 am

    #52. Mav, so the SOS of all teams are know at least 2 years in advance, so you have an idea of who to schedule to tailor your RPI?

  61. Cindy Luis October 19, 2015 8:13 am
    Monday thread up
    Hawaii up to 26 in RPI

    56.Higgins changed up her serve more to keep pressure off her ankle. There were questions during the match as to whether she could jump or not, including in the front row to block.

    57. BTW, it’s not a gender equity thing when it comes to the scheduling.
    It also was men’s AND women’s basketball that scheduled tournaments during this time. Nothing new. Also playing a part is football schedule.

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