Taylor, Schucht earn weekly BVB honor

Nikki Taylor-Ka’iwi Schucht earned the Wahine’s seventh Big West weekly honor in beach volleyball.

From the Big West:
Taylor-Schucht went 2-2, with both losses to USC at No. 2
They swept Long Beach State and Grand Canyon

NCAA beach selection show on NCAA.com at 4 p.m. Sunday HST


  1. Rabbit ears April 26, 2016 10:09 am

    Nikki Taylor-Ka’iwi Schucht make a good pair. USC really exposed Katie S. lack of height. Maglio should have looked to hit on two sometimes to mix it up. But what do I know. hah

  2. Cindy Luis April 26, 2016 10:14 am

    and USC’s pair has won its last 56 or so matches.

  3. Rabbit ears April 26, 2016 10:31 am

    Yes they are very good. They were hitting dinks, cuts and bullets. Hope they are seniors.

  4. Maverick April 26, 2016 1:45 pm

    McKenna Ross has committed to UH indoor for this fall, reported on various sites including here: http://hawaiivolleyball808.blogspot.com

    Given her 5’10” height, speculation is that she is a back row player. She’s a walk-on, unless something has changed with the scholarships.

    Her sister was a gold medal Olympian in 2012, Kyla Ross.

  5. turfwar April 26, 2016 2:12 pm

    Then her dad is former Rainbow outfielder Jason Ross?

  6. haleiwacrossfitter April 26, 2016 7:03 pm

    Wow…when you hear 5’10” now days, we think back row. Just shows how tall players are getting now days. Even 6’0″ can be considered short now days. We are playing in the land of the giants where unless you are 6’2″ and above, you will be a liability in the front row. Back when I started watching college vball..waaaaaaaay back when….5’10” would be the middle blocker all star player. Hahaha.

    Anyway, welcome McKenna. Weird to have 2 McKennas on the same team. And she looks just like her sister. And yes, dad is former baseball/football player for UH

  7. darkfire April 26, 2016 7:04 pm

    Would love to see more 6’3″, 6’4″ girls come on in keeping with the team height and talent we have now. I’m so excited for the upcoming year for the Wahine! Especially with Mags playing well in Beach. She’s going to be a terror in the middle! Go Bows!

  8. haleiwacrossfitter April 26, 2016 7:37 pm

    As for the beach team goes. If they play USC again, possibly for the NC, I think they should put the lowest available pairing to play the #1 flight. What is that the current #3 team? They can move 2 places, right?

    Then stack the #2, #3 and which ever other flight they beat USC with, I forget. Win the earlier flights. Don’t let Claes/Hughes play a factor into USC winning that match. We have proven we can win the other four flights with various other lineups. I think Mags/Spieler have the best shot at USC #2. They beat them before.

    Time to get strategic here!!

  9. rabbit ears April 26, 2016 9:34 pm

    6 ft is actually 5-10″, but 5-10″ is actually 5-9″ but of course 6-3″ is really 6-4″.

    girls will be girls.

  10. noblesol April 26, 2016 10:27 pm

    #8 haleiwacrossfitter:
    From the NCAA Beach Volleyball rules:
    “Team Line-ups: Coaches are responsible to position their teams in order of ability for ALL matches from the first match of the season to the last match of the season.
    a. Within this guideline, line-up changes are restricted to one position up or down from one event to another.
    b. If a player is injured and misses one or more matches, she returns to the line-up in her old position, and may be moved from there in subsequent matches as warranted.
    c. The one-up/one down regulation applies to pairs events also (i.e., a #1 team cannot play in the #3 spot or vice-versa).
    d. Transfers at quarter break or student-athletes joining the sand team from the court team after the beach season has started should be placed in the line-up by ability.”
    At this point in the season, the pair rankings for the top teams are likely pretty well known by all. By the rules, teams must submit all their line-ups ranked by ability, and movement in rank is limited to one up or one down from the last event to the next event. At this point in the season, I think this will be watched closely by the competition and NCAA officials.

  11. haleiwacrossfitter April 27, 2016 5:21 am

    Rules are rules, but you can get creative and as long as you play within the rules, you’re fine. IF we are able to move things around to take advantage of the up and down rule, then all is good. I mean Claes/Hughes are human and they can be beat, it just does not happen a lot, if at all. I can’t recall their total team record through the years. So, why not throw in a “sacrificial lamb” to them and try to win the other flights. Players have moved around so much this year, that they can pretty much go from 3 to 1 because they may have played a 2 at some point in the year.

    Besides, best individual players don’t always play well together. So, who is to say who is your top ability player. I honestly can say, I don’t think Hawaii has really determined that yet, so it can still be played around with within the up and down rule. There are lots of combos and situations that can happen. It’s about sitting down and seeing how far up or down each player can go and who plays best together. If you are able to put your top 3 in the 2, 3 and 4 flight, then I say go for it.

  12. Bleachercoach April 27, 2016 3:25 pm

    Wow this blog has really matured. Great insights by everyone. I totally agree 5’10” in today’s standards are Libero’s or DS.. The setters are even getting over 6’1″ and talker….The days of 5’10” OH and MB are long gone at a competitive D1 level…. They just cannot go over bigger blocks !!! Its not their fault. It’s just the truth! Unless your LeBron James or Kobe Bryants daughter..

  13. tako April 27, 2016 3:46 pm

    Current trends regarding height as a factor is growing in the Women ranks. But was often reminded by our opponents who had short OH hitters and they were very effective against us this past season even though our team was one of the best blocking teams in the country. There will always be a place for them, quickness, hops, Volleyball IQ and desire can still transcend in the Women’s game. On the men’s side, how about Micah Ma’a as a “short” player model. Love what the Wahine has accomplished and still sustaining…in today’s game…

    Believe the TWO Mckennas will continue to remind us that under 6′ players play BIG.

  14. Ron April 27, 2016 4:08 pm

    Coach Hall was on the radio with Josh Pacheco this AM. He talked mostly about the bright future of sand ball and about his hopes for the future for this UH sand ball squad. If he talked about the strategy involved in the ranking and placement of teams, I missed it. I did hear him say that the in -door team was really working hard and he thinks we will be a final four team. He said the this upcoming team will be better than last year because of the improvement of certain individuals and the experience gained last year.

  15. rabbit ears April 27, 2016 5:46 pm

    M. Granato is 5-10″ on a good day. Castillo is 6-3″, saw her right next to Maglio.

  16. Cindy Luis April 28, 2016 9:32 am

    Ross is a walk-on. thought I had mentioned her earlier but perhaps I didn’t. The Orange County Register listed her on their commit list from last week.
    Yes, daughter of former UH dual athlete Jason.
    she’s listed as an OH-L. not sure what the plans are for her.

  17. Cindy Luis April 28, 2016 9:40 am

    12. don’t know if the blog has matured, there’s always been good insights from people. But there definitely is less, shall we say, craziness.


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