tentative 2014 WVB home tourney schedule
looking like home football games may split a couple of the early tournament with a couple tourney games to be played as singles on Saturday. biggest issue may be UCLA in the middle date.
Aug 29: Ohio vs. San Diego State; Hawaii v Arizona State (30 Ohio ASU single)
31 (sun) ASU vs. SDSU; Ohio vs. Hawaii. Sept. 1 (Mon) Hawaii-SDSU
Sept 4: Oregon vs. St. Johns; Hawaii v New Mexico; Sept 5 St. John’s New Mexico; Hawaii vs. Oregon. Sun Sept. 6 Hawaii-St. John’s 1 p.m.; Oregon-New Mexico Early UH start likely to accomodate St. John’s travel
Sept. 11 UCLA-USF; Hawaii-Utah State; Sept. 12: Utah State v. USF; Hawaii vs. UCLA; Sat 13: UCLA=-Utah State; Sept. 14 Sun Hawaii v USF
“tentative 2014 WVB home tourney sued”
What do you mean by “sued”? Who is suing who ?
sorry, having major track pad problems and auto correct. supposed to be s k e d
all of those teams are capable of being top 75 or top 50 rpi. which is good for hawaii. but no team looks like they’re a guaranteed top 10 or even top 25 rpi, which is worrisome. in the past oregon and ucla have been solid top 25, even top 10 rpi performers. we’ll see how they bounce back from their struggles last year (altho, with oregon even tho they struggled, they still finished in the top half of the pac-12 last year).
having 3 teams on the schedule from the pac-12 (asu, ucla and oregon) will be a good challenge on the court, but 3 teams from the same conference — any conference — can be problematic for the rpi.
i’m glad, at least, that there is ohio and st. john’s on the non-conference schedule, to give hawaii’s schedule some geographic balance. and those 2 teams will usually put up a good win-loss record.
good, not great schedule. but it is probably about right for a hawaii team that will be rebuilding this season.
For the rebuilding year they have, this is a good schedule. Some tough matches in Oregon and asu, but nothing to difficult that they can’t handle. This is not a seed favoring schedule and the only way I can see them getting a seed is if they go perfect in conference and with this schedule. But I’m excited to see Oregon play
But what I realized is there are quite a bit of Sunday matches. This means that tai won’t be able to play. Last year I only recall her not playing against San Diego. This year she will be missing quite a few
Is not playing on Sunday a requirement by the Mormon religion ? I believe Higgins is a Mormon also.
With only Adolpho graduating 2015 looks to be the payoff year, I only wonder if Dave will still be around by then.
LC no it’s not a requirement. Shoji said he’s had LDS players before but Tai was the only one who chose not to play on Sundays
6. It’s not a requirement, it just depends on how strict your views are. Just like church. You don’t have to go to be a Christian, but some people go every Sunday. Higgins played in the match against San Diego, so she won’t be sitting out
Who were the other LDS players?
is it ohio or ohio state?
al — looks like it’s ohio. yesterday, another poster (mauna) posted ohio also …
Re. 5 to be quite honest I don’t think it will matter because I think she will be coming off the bench next season.
13. I want passi to start, but knowing Dave, he has his favorites and will stick with them until he needs to change. I mean it took him the whole season to switch Nikki and tai. Let’s hope passi gets the starting spot because honestly tai hurts the team more than helps. She’s a sweet girl and maybe she can improve, but if she plays like she did last season, It won’t be pretty
Ohio. if it had been Ohio State I would have written it as such.
as for the LDS-Sunday … it’s a personal choice from what I’ve always been told For example, Jenny Wilton would play on Sundays, younger brother Mikey chose not to. There are quite a few LDS playing NFL. and those are Sunday games.
Since October 2014 will be the 20th anniversary of the SSC Will UH have anything planned.
17. i have heard they will.
3. and he gets who he can get. not everyone can or wants to play out here
And I’m not trying to down tai at all. She really try’s her hardest in games and I respect that. I just felt last year, she wasn’t ready to start. Maybe this year she will be, but that will only be with improvement
10. Jenny Wilton was raised LDS.
brandon – i know you’re typing quickly, and it’s easy to gloss over the details … but nikki and tai never actually “switched.” nikki was always at opposite, and tai at L2. the change was in having nikki take more swings from the left and backrow, and tai more swings on the right. the real “switch” was having mendoza come in for tai in the back row instead of for nikki.
these adjustments to the lineup came at the start of november, and were likely expected, since hawaii had just lost 3 of 4 (all in 5 sets), including 2 losses on the road.
with hindsight, it’s always easy to say these changes should have happened sooner. but up until that stretch in mid-october … hawaii was winning! it’s awfully tough to make that kind of a drastic a change when things are working. the losses mid-season exposed the weaknesses, which then led to the changes. i think that’s a natural progression, rather than any kind of perceived stubbornness from shoji.
has he appeared stubborn in other situations? perhaps, yes. he has even acknowledged some of them over the years. but with the changes made to nikki and tai’s roles last season, i think they occurred at the right pace. i’m not sure nikki would have been ready right from the start of the season, for the expanded role she was given (on offense and defense) later on. expanding her role slowly and naturally was a good move.
i think joselyn robins is LDS. i do not know if she was then … but i believe she is now.
22. Apologize for the confusion. Should of been more clear about that. Looking at it, I agree with you. Dave made the move when it was the right time. But I also think he gave tai, too much chances at times. They’re were times when she was hitting negative and still
Playing and times where she just couldn’t pass. He has Kastl on the bench, and while she too hit negative at times, she was more consistent than tai when she came in. I love Dave and I know he’s an amazing coach. One of the greatest in the history of the sport, but at times I feel like he has a favorites, and will stick with them until the very end, and sometimes that proves costly. That’s why I hope he starts passi at opposite. Because from what I’ve seen her do in junior college and highschool , she’s an excellent player and for someone of her size, post a nice block. Granted that’s not division 1 she was playing in, but she has the skill for it IMO
you’ve never seen passi play in JC so lets stop making judgement calls based off of 10 seconds video clips you’ve seen online.
NOBODY was b*tchin’ when tai was playing superb against the likes of texas ucla long beach etc, get off her case. she was the right choice to start over a very inconsistent kastl. do I think she’ll be the better player to start next year? we’ll have to wait and see. greeley has yet to prove herself in college and passi has yet to prove herself in div 1
25. lol you didn’t watch the ucla game did you. Tai hot subbed out in the first set for hitting horribly. She game back in set three I believe for a little while. She had 4 kills 5 errors hitting -.067. Don’t make claims you can’t back up. At long beach tai hit .167 with 10 kills and 6 errors. She played better at home hitting. .333 I believe. She finished the season hitting .193. So no I Persoanlly don’t believe she was the best choice, come back when you actually know what her stats were. Against byu she hit -.111 and Texas she hit .248 so no she didn’t do amazing at Texas
25. Also tia was the ONLY rainbow wahine starter to not get any big west awards. I’m being honest. Can she improve? Yes. Will she? Idk. If she stays the same do I think she will start? No
agree with po’o….
people are only remembering tai’s inconsistencies. nothing about her great play.
she is still young. not all underclassmen are ready to play at a high, consistent level.
give her time.
apparently you don’t know what you’re talking about because you’re already holding passi on this pedestal and she hasn’t even set foot in 1 game yet… so for now, I’m all for tai’s .197 hitting percentage against passi’s NONE
Yes players improve over time, but she has a long way to go, her hitting percentage was one of the worst ever for a UH starter.
The really good players at elite programs come in and perform at a high level right away, hopefully that will be the case with Greeley and Passi.
btw hitting .248 against the defending national champions is pretty fricken amazing, why would you not call that stellar?
why only highlight her negative games, why don’t you point out her positive games. oh that’s right, you pick and choose what you want to believe.
27. it’s the Big West awards, not the all-wahine team.
She had great matches, she had very poor matches.
As for Passi, have only seen her in practice. think she is very explosive, hard serve. Don’t want to compare her with anyone else they’ve brought in from JC but many think she is in the mold of a Cubi-Otineru.
First practice is still 4 months-plus away. I’m sure it will work itself out starting then. And who knows what the freshmen will bring.
30. hitting percentage doesn’t tell the whole story. you have to consider the pass, if a player goes up on an overpass and hits long, or doesn’t get the touch.
Look at some of Hartong’s percentages. There were many games that it was low, in part due to her taking trouble sets, barely got a hand on it but it’s called an attempt.
And too bad about BYUH, is there anyway they will be able to keep their women’s volleyball team going at the d2 level?
this is why you are a blogger and coach shoji is a hall of fame coach with the most wins in ncaa history with several national championships who despite coaching a mid major university who is always up there with the UCLAs, Penn States, Texas. remember this is not mens volleyball with its 30 something teams, womens volleyball is played at practically every division 1 college, thus making recruiting the best harder with all the choices the best players have, yet he consistently puts out a highly competitive team. GO BOWS
Yes players have bad matches but it all averages out, Tai’s was just way to low. If UH wants to be top 15, all three pin hitters should be hitting well over .230. It’s not asking for too much , especially since Tai didn’t have to pass as much as Hartong.
Just to get people even more crazy on the blogs. And for S@%*s and giggles.
Or switch Taylor and Greely
This would allow na wahine to essentially have 2 liberos on the court. Just as UW (Strickland) and MIZ (Kan) did with their “Libero” recruits.
34. not sure what you mean
38, this article from utah newspaper posted on volley talk
37. who is Mcgill? It’s Magill 🙂
I do see Kahakai playing DS for Taylor, Manu Olevao or Passi, but not hitting, she is just too short.
Greeley is supposed to be very advanced in the back row, I believe she played DS/libero while she was nursing an ankle her senior year of HS.
thanks. not what i was told Monday and not what I wrote in Tuesday’s paper
40. Personally I don’t see Taylor being subbed out. her passing is getting even better thanks to sand and she is a big threat at 3-meter.
Recent clip of Greeley. #10 in black
43: Re, thanks for posting. I am not even half way done watching and i am very impressed. Tough serve, very good passer/digger and she gets up pretty high and hits it like Nikki Taylor. I don’t see how this girl will be kept off the floor.
29. Because MOST of her matches were hitting below .200. Why do you think she has a .198 hitting percentage! You’re the one who brought up ucla and long beach so don’t tell me I’m brining up the negatives. You said she played amazing those games. She didn’t. Had she hit at least .230
I wouldn’t be complaining. But hitting .198 is just not what UH needs. The difference is hartong still hit better numbers than tai, even when she took more swings and had more kills. I don’t think hartonf had 1 negative game the whole season. Tai had MULTPLE. People are so excited for annie mitchem and say she will start in 2015 when she comes. What’s the difference between that and passi: she wasn’t jc POY for nothing. She OBVIOUSLY has talent.
36. Thank you! Having bad matches herre and there is fine, but tai was WAY to inconsistent.
And I’ve said that if she improves, she can start. All I stated is based on her past season, she wasn’t great nor ready to start. Hitting percentage is a huge thing and when you see that big of a difference between tai and the other two OH, and even though the other two for more sets, that shows something
40. I’m sure that’s what people told Strickland and Kan as of more recent. Many others hit for elite teams that were “too short.” Simply put…if you got it, you got it.
If Greely and more so Taylor are passing 6 rotations, they will be out of system a lot. Just my 2 cents
45. I remember watching Passi a few years ago when she practically willed her junior college to the national championship, she was a spitfire and had some amazing digs that kept rallies going and hard hits
She will be fun but I do think UH could use a bigger block on the right. I think Taylor and Greeley are locks on the left.
49. And that’s what I’m saying! I saw her play in high school and I’ve watched clips of her. Haven’t seen her play in person, but based on what everyone else is saying, she’s good. She wouldn’t be POY for nothing.
48. Greeley is a good passer though, I know it’s just club and high school but I definitely see her skills transitioning to college, Like Cindy mentioned, Taylor is getting better everyday with the sand team. I do have Kahakai playing a lot but not hitting sorry.
You can improve your hitting percentage a few points over the years in college (20/30) with coaching and reps, but not from .200 to .300. Either you got it or not, that’s my take. Kanani, Emily Hartong and now Nikki are examples of this.
re. 52 Totally agreed. If you want to go far, you need the players that just have “it” from the get go.
Which brings up the topic of Passi and hitting pct. I realize that it’s JC to D1, however what was her pct. over the two years at Southern Idaho, esp. her Soph year. That’s probably the max we would expect from her at the D1 level, unless Shoji and Wong can make changes to her hitting technique that would up her killing success.
Passi hit about .280, had over 50 aces when she won avca 2 year colleges player of the year. Definitely will help with her serve IMO.
Gonna be exciting. So many new faces that may play a role right away. Greely, Kahakai, Passi (not really new). And now maybe Koelscch on the right if not Passi…Who knows what will happen lol. And then there’s the great news of Magill coming in to possible strengthen the middle. Maglio could get some time if the other two struggle…can’t wait to watch it all unfold while I pound the bambucha nacho’s cheehoo!
Check this out on YouTube granado and kahakai playing in Vegas
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There were times last year when Tai just wowed the heck out of me. She was noticeably better than the previous year. Jumping higher, hitting harder. I think Shoji will start her on the right for sure. She has the playing experience over Passi. I’m wondering if her inconsistencies have more to do with the mental part of playing the game. Some players can shake off bad plays easier than others. I dunno… she’s definitely capable of improving that hitting % imho. Would love to see her do just that!
Just wondering but does anyone know who is being recruited for 2016 and 2017?
58. There’s a setter that Dave and scott have been looking at. Forget her name. I think she’s Polynesian. Someone would have to clarify the name.
Norene Iosia from Redondo Union.
I am sure they are looking also looking at the Kamehameha Freshmen outside that’s really good.
60. Yes thank you! But she will be heavily recruited by a lot of schools. Ucla is already after her. She’s gonna be the top setter of her class and I’ll be stoked if UH lands her
UCLA already has another setter committed in 2016, so doubt she is even looking at them.
Actually UCLA has a setter committed in 2015 and another one in 2016 and both are really good.
She has connections to ucla by playing at mizuno long beach. She is going to be heavily recruited. Usc I heard is also after her
Wahine vs UCLA right now
Riggs/Rooks win in 2 sets 21-16 21-15
Chow/Higgs win in 3 sets 21-19 16-21 15-10
Higgs is Higgins right?
Good job so far taking care of business. Time for top three pairs to do the same.
Yeah sorry Higgins. I dont know why I get them confused lol
Long/Longo win their first set 21-10
Urban/Mendoza win their first set 21-16
Urban/Mendoza win 2-0 taking the 2nd set 21-11
Long/Longo lose 2nd set 23-25
Looks like long/longo clinched it for uh, way to go!
Long/Longo win the 3rd set 15-10
Taylor/Spieler win in 2 21-13 21-15
Cook/Tieggs win 1st set 21-15
Any update on tiegs/cook? I think they won since UH is already playing USF.
Guessing they won since they’re playing the Dons now which you can watch here http://thew.tv/live
The sand looks kind of dirty. But Riggs is really impressive. It’s weird that USF keeps serving her.
Wish they would tell us what’s going on , on the other court, looks like Mendoza and Urban are winning but hard to tell.
I agree Riggs is really good. My first time actually getting to watch Hawaii play and I’m pretty impressed.
It’s fun seeing Mendoza hit on the far court (at least I think it’s her)
Looks like Urban/Mendoza just won their match, but it probably doesn’t count.
Whoops looks like it was London Chow and Not Mendoza and it did count 🙂
Riggs/Rooks win 21-18, 21-14
81. They say Chow and Higgins but it didnt really look like them.
Longo and Long will play on the filmed court
83. It was definitely Urban, tall and blonde, couldn’t have been Tayler.
So higgins played the first game agains ucla but isn’t playing against usf
Ginger and Aly are fun to watch. Ginger definitely has a future on the beach.
Have no idea who is playing on the far court for UH. Kinda looks like Sydney Shinn and Spieler?
86. I saw Spieler on the sideline watching the Long/Longo match. Could be Tucker
I’m confused. I thought that you had to play with the same partner all day if you played. Or is that not a rule?
Oh yeah, thanks, it’s probably tucker/Shinn.
Aly’s defense is amazing as always, and Ginger is really good on the beach.
Longo/Long win set one 21-14
I believe court two is at 20-18 UH now. Not sure
I must say… Ginger has found her calling with Beach Volleyball.
Reading everyone’s comments, it sure seems like ginger is a stud on the beach. It’s amazing at how much there is a difference between sand and indoor. I mean she’s a great indoor player, but It seems like she has a professional career in sand
USF is overmatched. Ginger is pretty much unstoppable.
What an improvement over 1 year. I mean last year they were good, but no where this good. They’re competing with the best of the best and winning. Scott is an amazing coach and can really make this team into the number one team next year
It’s fun watching Aly put balls down.
Darn looks like the stream video got cut off.
Nikki’s not playing??
Working fine for me. Tiegs has a great serve
Wait where do I watch the video stream
Brittany and Karissa are just on another level.
Yeah it just cut off for a minute or so,
Nikki and Katie Speiler are just warming up, thought their match had already started but it was the Tucker/Shinn match still going on.
First time watching them play besides clips, and brittany and karissa are amazing. They have the skills to take pairs championship
Looks like nikki and katies match has started.
They have a 9-3 lead
My feed went dead then came back with a Please Stand By message.
Same, oh well, it was better than nothing. Hope Stanford has a stream for saturday’s matches.
I hope when OCsports televises UH’s matches that they play one at a time, keeping track of 2-3 matches at the same time is hard and I wanna see them all.
Last I heard Wahine were up 4-0 headed for another sweep.USF’s program I believe is in their first year and has a ways to go.
Just signed on. You guys sure make it sounds exciting. I don’t understand Sand Vollyball at all, but sure sounds like fun.
USF is actually in their second year. Last year they only played against the nor cal schools (pacific, santa Clara, Cal, Stanford, St mary’s and Sac State)
It’s kinda like indoor when the host team is being embarrassed the GT or Live Stats suddenly has issues. 🙂
#114…………datz funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahaha
a link to Imi Ike’s gold match against Rancho Valley if you haven’t stumbled upon it yet. McKenna Granato #13, Savannah Kahakai #40 and Kalei Greeley #10 at the end of the video. You can find links to a few Imi Ike’s matches on the right.
Taylor/Spieler won their match, so UH is 10-0 for the day.
See new thread with complete results
109. When TV gets around to it, it likely won’t be done one match at a time. That’s not how the format is
If they do it on campus, there will be two matches simultaneously. The only time you might get a single match is for a title match or since there are 5 teams, one match would be a single.
And it honestly looks like kahakai has amazing potential to be an OH. Yeah shes short, but she makes that up with power. She will probably play libero, but who knows. Maybe she can be like a kan.