No. 8 Hawaii 3, The Beach 2

Higgins is setting in warmups, and moving along the net in drills. Though at the moment volunteer coach James Ka is setting the second side.

Looks like it’s going to be packed. Traffic backed for the University offramp before Bingham.
But of course do you think they’d plan for this by opening the arena a little early? nope. they actually didn’t open the games until after 4 p.m.
Looks like Wilson, who was playing right side after the first few matches, has been moved back to libero, meaning I guess Atkinson, who was little at 20 percent, is going to swing out there.

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1) USC def. Utah 25-17, 25-15, 25-22
2) Texas def. Oklahoma 22-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-18
5) Arizona State lost to Washington State 14-25, 17-25, 21-25
7) Stanford def. 25) Oregon 25-27, 25-23, 25-10, 25-16
11) Minnesota def. Rutgers 25-11, 25-17, 25-18
12) UCLA def. Colorado 26-24, 25-15, 25-19
17) Florida def. Auburn 25-23, 25-21, 25-18
18) Florida State def. Wake Forest 25-11, 25-17, 25-18
22) Arkansas lost to Tennessee 25-18, 22-25, 25-27, 20-25
23) Western Kentucky def. Southern Miss 25-16, 23-25, 25-9, 25-17


  1. Aloha73g October 11, 2015 4:56 pm

    Thanks for all you do Cindy!! 🙂

  2. T103 October 11, 2015 5:05 pm

    Bahah during TV intros, when TMO is being introduced, u can see & hear Nikki yell to TMO “SMILE” lol! Go bows!

  3. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 5:12 pm

    The Beach up 8-4. TO UH

  4. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 5:17 pm

    1. thanks.

  5. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 5:20 pm

    not a good decision by Maglio to take that serve overhand. ends up as an ace. 18-11. TO UH

  6. AlexM October 11, 2015 5:22 pm

    LBS seems better prepared tonight.

  7. warriorfan October 11, 2015 5:23 pm

    Wahine starting off slow, they must have gone to the football game last night.
    Passing is off , defense is off, setting, and no blocking.

  8. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 5:25 pm

    one of the issues is they are worried about setter Hudson, who is very offensive minded.

  9. Jojoptong October 11, 2015 5:26 pm

    Sure do wish Higgins was well enough to play

  10. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 5:27 pm

    nice run by Hawaii behind Anderson’s serve. it’s 23-18. TO Beach

  11. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 5:27 pm

    wouldn’t be surprised if Mitchem goes in for Maglio next rotation.

  12. Don October 11, 2015 5:32 pm

    BG still a jerk to the R1 about the lift on his setter…he should know better by now…or not…

  13. Big Island VB fan October 11, 2015 5:33 pm

    7. How could watching football last night affected the Wahines’ game today? Is it because they were discouraged by the Warriors’ loss?

  14. AlexM October 11, 2015 5:33 pm

    Hawaii started off so tentative …, like they were afraid to make a mistake. I hope they finally woke up. They were so out of sync, until the last third of the set.

  15. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 5:34 pm

    good rally by Hawaii but too deep of a hole to dig out of. Beach wins 25-22.
    first time they’ve dropped a set this season in Big West play, first dropped set since Sept. 18 third set vs. Bakersfield

  16. warriorfan October 11, 2015 5:36 pm

    Football games end late, and I’ve noticed in years past when wahine attend they start off slow sunday matches.

    Anyway hope the first set loss is a wake up call.

  17. warriorfan October 11, 2015 5:39 pm

    Awesome start this is the wahine team we all expected.

  18. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 5:40 pm

    Maglio with a solo. UH up 10-3. TO Beach.

  19. T103 October 11, 2015 5:40 pm

    Cheee! Wahine’s finally arrived! Block party going on. Maybe took one set loss to get ticked off, go Bows!!!!

  20. H-Man October 11, 2015 5:41 pm

    Wow, TMO and Mags!!!

  21. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 5:41 pm

    15. game don’t end that late. no later than how late Friday was after a long autograph session. don’t know if the whole team went.

  22. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 5:43 pm

    The Beach a little unorthodox on offense. think they were very concerned with Hudson’s attack. but they’ve done a better tracking her

  23. T103 October 11, 2015 5:45 pm

    During half time I was by the student section and I was standing right next to TMO & Savanah, they called Kalei G asking her where she was sitting. Don’t know who else from the team went with them. Go bows!

  24. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 5:49 pm

    UH with another block. it’s 21-11 TO Beach

  25. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 5:51 pm

    One other thing, most of the tape they had on the Beach had Wilson on the right, not as liboro. and Murray has missed two of the last 3 matches. Looks like they’ve adjusted fairly well.

  26. Aloha73g October 11, 2015 5:51 pm

    Took about half a set for The Wahine to wake up … They’re all playing inspired volleyball at the moment. Great to see them play through some turmoil!! Let’s hope they keep it up!!

  27. kimo browner October 11, 2015 5:51 pm

    kendra playing mano y mano w hudson. wow.

  28. AlexM October 11, 2015 5:52 pm

    Greeley still hot from Friday.

  29. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 5:53 pm

    UH wins 25-12.

  30. Warrior Dave October 11, 2015 6:01 pm

    Crowd is loud and going crazy. I think this is the biggest crowd this yeaf. Cindy will let me when she posts the attendance.

  31. z October 11, 2015 6:02 pm

    Started slow but Clare came in to serve near the end of the first set and the momentum carried over to the second set. Hope the start the third fired up. Good to see everyone playing well.

  32. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 6:06 pm

    Beach up 5-0 in Set 3. TO UH.

  33. z October 11, 2015 6:07 pm

    Passing, passing, passing.

  34. AlexM October 11, 2015 6:07 pm

    Deja Vu all over again …

  35. z October 11, 2015 6:13 pm

    Middle attack is there.

  36. z October 11, 2015 6:15 pm


  37. AlexM October 11, 2015 6:15 pm

    Nikki is having an off night.

  38. warriorfan October 11, 2015 6:17 pm

    defense is just not that good, they are letting diggable balls hit the floor. Wahine need to make a run here can’t stay behing 2-3 all set.

  39. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 6:18 pm

    three kills by Barber helps the Beach take a 17-12 lead. TO UH

  40. warriorfan October 11, 2015 6:19 pm

    36, yea it’s like the UCLA game all over again for her.

  41. AlexM October 11, 2015 6:19 pm

    Set the middles.

  42. z October 11, 2015 6:19 pm

    OHs facing double blocks. Mags had no block on her and was ready but no set.

  43. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 6:20 pm

    37. wouldn’t say that. the block is creating odd angles off the deflections. just weird how momentum swings back to that side of the court. Mitchem in for Maglio.

  44. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 6:21 pm

    40. they would set the middles if they could get the pass there.

  45. Maverick October 11, 2015 6:21 pm

    For all the grief certain folks have given TMO, she is the leading OH with .312. If these posters were to be consistent, they would demand that Taylor be pulled for Castillo.

  46. warriorfan October 11, 2015 6:23 pm

    Now they can’t pass, this is a very poor showing.

  47. T103 October 11, 2015 6:24 pm

    Yikes, man we aren’t doing well at all this set! C’mon ladies! Feels like there isn’t any urgency in their playing right now for some reason. Lets pull ourselves together and get this!

  48. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 6:25 pm

    The beach wins 25-16.

  49. warriorfan October 11, 2015 6:26 pm

    I’m not that impressed by Long Beach some of their hitters have no heat, UH is just not playing well. Hope they pick it up.

  50. rapid October 11, 2015 6:27 pm

    wahine need to not let the beach or hudson pull a 5-0 in set 4 and play with a lance.

  51. AlexM October 11, 2015 6:29 pm

    We miss Higgins setting and serve right now.

  52. kimo browner October 11, 2015 6:29 pm

    maverick is having a bad day.

  53. Maverick October 11, 2015 6:32 pm

    51. maverick is just pointing out the lack of consistency among certain posters

  54. AlexM October 11, 2015 6:34 pm

    LBS playing great defense.

  55. warriorfan October 11, 2015 6:34 pm

    Just don’t know why they couldn’t keep the momentum from the second set. Disappointing.

  56. kimo browner October 11, 2015 6:35 pm

    maverick is bitter.

  57. rapid October 11, 2015 6:36 pm

    wahine letting themselves be treated like in ucla match. they need do some iron discipline to wright this.

  58. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 6:36 pm

    Beach on a 4-0 run. It’s 7-4. TO UH.
    it’s not completely on Taylor for an off night. Koelsch’s D sets have been off and a couple of times it’s been Kahakai who had to take the second ball. gave 49ers plenty of time to set up the block. Mitchem in for Maglio.

  59. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 6:36 pm

    Can we not attack people? if you want to do that go to VT

  60. warriorfan October 11, 2015 6:38 pm

    I hate sunday matches.

  61. warriorfan October 11, 2015 6:41 pm

    Yea this is not a good match for Kendra, they need the block to come alive again to pull this off.

  62. warriorfan October 11, 2015 6:41 pm

    Luckily Kendra is a great blocker.

  63. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 6:44 pm

    UH up 16-14. TO Beach

  64. T103 October 11, 2015 6:47 pm

    @Kimo. seriously, just play nice gee wiz. Its so catty, lets all just be civil & mature. Cindy has enough on her plate, she don’t need to freaking baby-sit u guys….

  65. Maverick October 11, 2015 6:47 pm

    57. And the stats are starting to show some similarities with UH’s performance against UCLA. OHs all around having below-average hitting pct., one middle producing but grossly underused, other middles not set much either. Taylor having a worse night than vs. UCLA. Still have much more match to play, however.

  66. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 6:52 pm

    Manu-Olevao with two kills. It’s 23-18. TO Beach

  67. warriorfan October 11, 2015 6:53 pm

    Two huge plays by Tai she has stepped it up in conference no question.

  68. kimo browner October 11, 2015 6:54 pm

    kendra w 3 K, 12 D, 8 Bs and 35 a.

  69. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 6:56 pm

    on to 5. UH wains 25-21

  70. rapid October 11, 2015 6:58 pm

    62. thats the greatness of a big setter

    67. now there is when we need the sheer agression of shar manuolevao

  71. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 6:59 pm

    link for complete stats

  72. AlexM October 11, 2015 7:00 pm

    Hope the pattern of won/loss alternateing sets is not happening here.

  73. warriorfan October 11, 2015 7:01 pm

    Darn Nikki is still off.

  74. warriorfan October 11, 2015 7:02 pm

    Magill is a blocking monster.

  75. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 7:02 pm

    Magill makes it 18th block, season high. another makes it 19 and a UH 3-2 lead

  76. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 7:04 pm

    UH up 6-3. TO Beach

  77. kimo browner October 11, 2015 7:04 pm

    #64. read #45. Now, that is catty.

  78. z October 11, 2015 7:05 pm

    Really good match. LBSU a little tight right now.

  79. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 7:07 pm

    hmm, not sure if that was a touch or not but BG did not get the call. UH up 7-3 TO Beach.

  80. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 7:09 pm

    wow, nice call by Martinez over ruling the back linesman. that was in by a foot. UH up 8-3 at the changeover.

  81. T103 October 11, 2015 7:10 pm

    @kimo Be the bigger person then, its like we are in h.s. all over again. Cindy, props to u for having to put up with some of the things on here!

  82. z October 11, 2015 7:12 pm

    Nikki’s serve shows up at the right time.

  83. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 7:14 pm

    UH wins 15-8

  84. warriorfan October 11, 2015 7:16 pm

    Great win, they did not play well, but they still pulled it off, thanks to their big block.

    it seems like no matter the talent discrepancy on paper , UH/Long beach always seems to go 4 or 5 on the island or the Pyramid ( except for those misty may years when the beach were so dominant and 2001 when Hawaii was missing starters.

    Koelsch and Magill are blocking monsters, and when higgins comes back Kendra needs to keep playing front row even if she sort of struggled with location tonight her block just makes it much harder on opponents outside hitters.

  85. kimo browner October 11, 2015 7:16 pm

    kendra for pow. 3 K, 41 A, 13 D, 9 B.

  86. rapid October 11, 2015 7:21 pm

    na wahine shows why they are the number 1 armored team in the nation in blocks with kendra leading the hussle.

  87. rosepetals October 11, 2015 7:23 pm

    Kendra was so close to a triple double! Just a block away!

  88. AlexM October 11, 2015 7:23 pm

    Good to have this team pushed to 5. This will help to make us better prepared for the post season.

  89. z October 11, 2015 7:24 pm

    Savanah was amazing. But so many players making plays that they did not have to rely on one player. Really good match for the wahine. They have grit.

  90. kimo browner October 11, 2015 7:25 pm

    T103. Agree with some of your points. However, there is really a subtext message here that just grates me the wrong way when posters attempt to stifle opinion that is contra to their personal holdings. Juveniles behave in that manner. It’s OK to call them out. Maverick was out of line. Stick to game commentary. He was instigating and trying to rub dirt when it was uncalled.

  91. T103 October 11, 2015 7:30 pm

    The last 3 times UH/LB played went to 5 games. Nov 6th they re=match at Long Beach. Tough win, gritted it out, #blockparty . Live to play another day, learn from this win and move forward and improve!

  92. warriorfan October 11, 2015 7:30 pm

    Tayler at the back for her serve and defense, and Koelsch in the front for her block and ability to dump tight sets, is the way to go. (when Tayler gets healthy of course)

  93. Don October 11, 2015 7:31 pm

    I wonder if BG is argumentative with the refs on the continent..he seems to have big issues with them here, win or lose…

  94. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 7:32 pm

    93. all the time.

  95. Maverick October 11, 2015 7:33 pm

    90. I didn’t stifle opinion, I just offered my own. If that is critical to others’ views, so be it. That’s the point of a blog. But I didn’t attack anyone personally. The same cannot be said of you. Onward, this is silly now.

  96. jmy October 11, 2015 7:33 pm

    93. He is…he argues with everyone…sometimes I think he does it to fire up his team…

  97. jmy October 11, 2015 7:34 pm

    92. I agree, but Koelsch needs to work on set location…

  98. z October 11, 2015 7:42 pm

    96. I think he also does it to throw off opposing teams too. But then it is something you can pretty much count on. I also like playing against his teams.

  99. warriorfan October 11, 2015 7:43 pm

    97. they both have off matches IMO, I’d pair Koelsch up with Magill and TMO, she connects better with those two. Higgins with Taylor, Maglio and greeley.

  100. AlexM October 11, 2015 7:52 pm

    Whatever the problem was tonight (set location/timing/ball control issues), Nikki really needs to up her game on a consistent basis. Hawaii needs to know she is reliable night in and out.

  101. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 7:57 pm

    be back later. have to write

  102. warriorfan October 11, 2015 8:00 pm

    100. she was hitting over .300 prior to tonight, Nikki IS realiable. She got some key kills in the fifth.

  103. Ron October 11, 2015 8:01 pm

    Fun game to watch especially when Brian gets upset. He did get some bad calls but they evened out. I would agree with those who would like to see us use both setters the way warriorfan suggested. I am so glad that this was “pops” last broadcast of the year. He was embarrassing. The sophomore class is the best one we have had in a long time. All four started tonight.

  104. AlexM October 11, 2015 8:05 pm

    With Higgins out, it’s very fortunate that we were at home for this first match. A #8 ranked team shouldn’t struggle like we did tonight. I can’t wait to see how we do on the road against Cal Poly and LBS.

  105. warriorfan October 11, 2015 8:13 pm

    So someone mention on volleytalk that since Kendra’s been a starter she averages, 1.64 blocks per set, thats crazy, that’s better than most middle blockers.

  106. tongo October 11, 2015 8:14 pm

    Great win. Great blocking and digging by the team. Give credit to the Beach because they came out with a great plan that neutralized Nikki and they also dug a ton of balls. For me, Tai was MVP for providing much needed leadership and rallying the team at key critical points. Koelsch had great night blocking but setting was streaky and locations were off to both the MHs and OP. Anderson serve effectively for long runs. Mitchem came in to put several balls down that helped to hold their block. Both Olivia and Emily blocked well. We need to work on our serve receive.

  107. Ki October 11, 2015 8:45 pm

    104. In Hawaii’s defense, they had to prep for TWO teams this week where the Beach had 5 days to prep, scout Hawai’i Friday night, and more rested than the Wahine. The Beach came ready to play with nothing to lose and everything to gain. Fortunately, the Wahine had enough to pull out the win.

  108. tongo October 11, 2015 8:55 pm

    #107 Totally agree. You could see it in the eyes of Beach players during the introduction – they were there to beat the wahines. The fact that both our passing and setting were off tonight says a lot about our strength – our blocking and effective serving. Our weakness remains the serve receive and the step out – both defending it and the inability to run it in order to stretch out the opponents defense.

  109. AlexM October 11, 2015 8:55 pm

    105. This is why everyone sees more potential for Kendra over Higgins. Kendra can improve her location, Higgins can’t grow to 6′. She blocks well for someone her size, but you can’t make up for the height difference.

    107. Agreed

  110. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 9:00 pm

    107. The Beach did play UC Riverside Tuesday. Flew to Hawaii Friday. Did have more time to prep for UH than UH had for them since the Wahine had to play CSUN Friday.

  111. Cindy Luis October 11, 2015 9:19 pm

    105. think you take the blocking numbers with a grain of salt. If you jump with another player and there is a block, both players get credit even if one player never touches the ball. When Koelsch is a front row player, she is often with Magill and Greeley.
    Higgins does block well for her size but as we’ve been saying, Koelsch’s advantage is her height, can do a lot more with tight passes.
    105. Koelsch has had 2 BS and 17 BA in 11 sets as a starter. If you added Fullerton in since she played the majority of that it’s 3 BS and 20 BA in 14 sets.

  112. blunite October 11, 2015 10:02 pm

    Poor passing caused Hawaii’s 2 losses to LBSU last year; and nearly caused another loss tonight. (Same UH passers, same UH problems.) The difference tonight was UH’s block. UH shut down LBSU’s left side in the latter sets. Koelsch’s blocking made up for her inconsistent setting. (Tayler Higgins’ settting last year did not help against LBSU.)

  113. Volleyman October 11, 2015 10:09 pm

    Still. Higgins setting is much more consistent especially with the middles and Taylor. The lack of a slide for Hawaii also contributed to the Hawaii’s letup.

  114. rapid October 11, 2015 10:30 pm

    106. shar tai manuolevao sure was the leader she was, she showed everyone how fierce she is and played with a lance.

    109. perhaps kendra can be trained to spin serve too? then that would even some odds between her and tayler. however her standing launch serve is sound and effective as far as accuracy, low risk and moderate award.

  115. tongo October 11, 2015 10:37 pm

    #109 You are right about the height but Kendra set location digressed and set selections were not the best tonight. Only time will tell if Kendra really improves or not – to a level where she can run the team smoothly for an entire match. At this point in the season, it is pretty risker to make changes. As others have alluded to, it makes more sense to go with Jen Carey/Margaret Vakasausau format when the situation calls for it.

  116. rapid October 11, 2015 10:41 pm

    sorry about double post.

    na wahine really needs to work on serve receive, that set 3 5-0 serving run by the beach was abysmal to the wahine and that sort of thing ‘upends’ any team no matter where they are by postseason. there was even that dig kill by the beach and no wahine bothered to get it??

    also they need to execute more step out slide manuevers, especially defend against them. that was 2 missing links, nevermind nikki having an off night.

    finally, if necessary we need leader tai to use her jump/spin serve again if necessary for lack of that kine of serve. 1 is not enough, when tai initially did it from the getgo this season, it was a couple of aces before it went only errors. if the stakes are too high and accuracy is needed/shes tired or needs to cool, she may switch on the spot to her standing deep float serve (which can be applied to any server as needed). of course if necessary, tai may also ‘not start’ and instead watch and then come in leading as a mobile reserve hidden in the back corner to do a pike spike.

  117. rapid October 11, 2015 11:02 pm

    watching the replay, na wahine has armor too thick (#1 block right?) and kendra is no exception.

    and forgot to mention tonight was also the better stronger kalei model g!

  118. Mo-Jo October 12, 2015 1:00 am

    Simple analysis. Serve/receive and LBSU defense and their setting was the key.
    Large percentage of our passes were not good and I’ve not seen so many bump sets.
    Really think that defined set location problems and the lack of middle hitting.
    Thank god for the blocking.

  119. haleiwacrossfitter October 12, 2015 1:20 am

    Great match! Beach came to play. Loved it.

    Nikki looks like she is playing with some pain. When she is getting up from digging a ball, I just want to run over and tell her to stay down. I hope she can last the season.

  120. nonnon October 12, 2015 1:30 am

    Great match for LBSU . Hopefully Higgins is ready on the road. Kahakai is coming into her own

  121. connor October 12, 2015 6:43 am

    BG is a big crybaby. He was on the referees all night over very minor matters. However, he can coach a team and recognized that serve returns were Hawaii’s weakness. He must have called the serve to target Olevao 90% of the time over the course of the match. I was there and could see him give the server Tai’s location. Taylor’s problems with percentages were a large part due to bad location on the sets, but Kendra was trying to set from getting errant passes on the service returns. I guess that Dave feels that Tai is better returner than anyone on the bench, but I would like to see DS for Tai in backrow and letting Maglio serve. Watch her in practice and she can do the job as a server.

  122. Cindy Luis October 12, 2015 7:25 am

    120. Gimmillaro has always been like this. someone said he was justified complaining on some calls but I didn’t see any that should have been overturned in favor of the beach. He did question why Maglio didn’t get called for the carry when Murray (I think) had been a few plays earlier. Thought Martinez, the up ref from the mainland, did a very good job about that. IMHO, several of the other Beach players should have been called for the carry but he let those go, as he did with Maglio. however the one called on Murray was more like palming a basketball and thrown down.

    sorry but a number of times Koelsch’s sets were off and it had nothing to do with the pass. and they aren’t going to put Maglio into the serve-receive.

  123. LanaiBoy October 12, 2015 7:26 am

    It is not unexpected that Nikki Taylor stats are not as good at the beginning of the season. We are in conference play. Opposing teams are going over film with a fine tooth comb to learn the tendencies of Wahine hitters, especially its stars like Taylor and Olivia Magill. Obviously, you stack your blocks against them. I don’t remember Taylor ever hitting against a single block during the match and the back row players were placed where Taylor likes to hit, forcing Taylor to try riskier shots down the line or at sharp angles. It doesn’t help when the set is off too. Sometimes a coach will take a chance and assign one blocker to a top player, like Arizona did to Lianna Sybeldon of Washington. Of course you know what happened. Sybeldon had a career night, hitting at a .731 percent clip with 19 kills.

  124. vballfreak808 October 12, 2015 7:31 am

    Hawaii’s Nominations for Big West Players of the Week:
    Player: Manu-Olevau
    Defense: Magill

  125. ruffles October 12, 2015 7:33 am

    Great win for the wahine, this kind of tough matches will only make them better later on. The beach was really serving tough, thus making for harder passing, and not as accurate setting, but kudos to Kendra for setting a great victory. A win is a win. Next year should be interesting when Iosia gets here. Will Coach redshirt her if she shows that she is a better fit? or will she play? Hmm! inquiring minds want to know. I still think that despite losing Olivia and TMO, next year will be the wahines year. GO BOWS!

  126. Cindy Luis October 12, 2015 7:35 am

    new thread up for Monday

    123. some of that is true but seems the only one who was effective at digging consistently Taylor was UCLA. Her money shots are line and sharp angle. The tempo of the sets by Higgins and Koelsch are very different, especially the D sets.
    Agree the block is stacked on her and that teams are doubling up on Magill as well.

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