Manu-Olevao to play beach; Lewis 3, Harvard 2
Was chatting with Hall for a story and asked about Manu-Olevao playing beach. He said she is officially on the team. He’s still talking to Kahakai about coming out but sounds like she wants to concentrate on indoor. as will Koelsch.
Someone had asked last week about offseason surgery. Taylor had minor surgery on her right knee, has been rehabbing and should be ready for beach in a few weeks.
Don’t know that status on Greeley’s knee or other ailments.
Catching up on a few things from the previous threads
OCSports not televising the Outrigger. guess they didn’t think Harvard and King that worthy and they have a history of not doing Sunday games
i mentioned previously that if you went to the UH schedule page and clicked on details, it shows whether its on TV or not
at the moment they are showing only one of two matches vs. Grand Canyon, UC San Diego and UC Irvine. the second UCSD match is a Sunday,
As for Tuileta, was told on Wednesday that they would be able to announce something by Friday. He would be eligible to play immediately. School starts Monday.
2016 schedule. Shoji wouldn’t say anything until contracts are signed, other than one Pac-12 team in each of the preseason tournaments. UCLA a given. plus they have to wait on football schedule to work around things. That New Mexico State likely on schedule will be a plus, better than Bakersfield for sure.
Not sure why people dislike Jordan so much. Good coach, competitive program.
2017 recruiting. they should have 3 scholarships available with Taylor, Higgins and Mitchem gone. Lipscomb the only verbal so far so that leaves 2 left.
Aside from the actual time spent practicing for indoors in the spring, could “wants to concentrate on indoor” mean combining a heavier academic load in the spring with a lighter one in the fall?
Great tidbits on today’s blog thanks Cindy.
Very excited to see Olevao playing beach, she’s got a lot of potential there, and I believe would only be a junior for beach??
Also excited about Tui Tuileta being eligible to play right away. He will add much needed depth on the left side, and won’t put that much pressure on the Freshman Rosenmeier to be the top hitter off the bench.
Cindy, thank you for the update. Not much to read about these days, so your update is refreshing. Glad to read that Nikki had minor surgery and currently rehabbing. A healthy Nikki is a force.
Thanks Cindy for the updates. I thought Greeley was supposed to have off season surgery on her shoulder. Also regarding Mike Jordan, not sure why any Wahine fans would dislike him also. He’s said publicly that he’s a fan of Dave’s and of the Wahine program and has always said nice things about the UH Wahine. He’s also a really nice guy in general. Years ago I got a chance to meet him and speak to him at the Las Vegas Classic when my daughter played club volleyball. He came to watch her play. Really nice guy…..
Just a few comments on the scheduling (note that all RPI and won-loss records are as of tournament selection, not season’s end, which skews things given not every team plays and those that win more will play more, and get relatively better RPI impacts versus those watching at home or losing in the early rounds–plus RPI as of selection time is the only relevant RPI stat):
1. Too early to make any conclusions about NMSU, and we can’t even say that it is for sure a better team to play than Bakersfield (although probable IMHO). NMSU had higher RPI ranks and better records than Bakersfield in 2015, 2014 and 2013: NMSU RPI (record) of 61 (28-5), 132 (17-11), 91 (22-10) vs. Bakersfield’s 130 (13-15), 204 (16-14), 133 (21-12), but we need to see what each team loses to graduation (I don’t know who the recruits or transfers are, but safe to say neither team currently has a top 20/game-changing player coming in next year).
NMSU loses 4 out of its 5 top hitters in terms of kills/set and hitting percentage (including AVCA HM All-American Gwen Murphy), its senior setter who split time with the freshman setter, and it’s #2 digger. Bakersfield loses its top two hitters and its starting senior setter. Seems to me NMSU will not have its stellar record of 2015 (young team, no seniors on roster next year), and Bakersfield will probably have the same middling record it had in each of the last two years. What I conclude is that NMSU will not be the top-50 caliber team UH needs to play in preseason to challenge for a seed next year. And I have nothing against Mike Jordan or his program–he’s done a really good job considering where he’s at.
2. I can see why the comparison between NMSU and Bakersfield given my and others’ criticisms of last season’s scheduling, but it is probably apples and oranges if NMSU is in one of the tournaments versus playing two against UH in the final pre-season weekend. UH has to fill its three tourneys, but it doesn’t have to schedule a team in weekend #4 (although I continue to lobby for a travel weekend to play good non-conference teams like UH did in 2013), particularly a Bakersfield (go Div II route if revenue is the issue, even though it wasn’t in 2013). Also, NMSU wouldn’t have helped UH’s 2015 seeding prospects much given its #61 RPI (not a top 50 team, so no help on bonuses), even if it replaced Bakersfield. UH needed a lot more help…
3. Interestingly, had UH played NMSU in 2015, it would have faced its fourth-highest non-conference, RPI-ranked team of the year at 61 (mainly due to its great won-loss record, which is unlikely to repeat in 2016 given graduations). Here are the selection day RPIs for UH’s 2015 non-conf schedule:
Florida 7, UCLA 11, Wichita State 28, American 77, Iowa 91, Bakersfield twice 130, Oregon State 142, San Diego State 145, Idaho 173, and Eastern Washington 189. As an aside, LBSU was #53.
4. If there are three Pac-12 teams coming in, including UCLA, the real question is who? Per #3, even Bakersfield had a higher RPI rank than Oregon State. Last season’s RPI ranks for all Pac 12 teams:
USC 3, Washington 9, UCLA 11, Stanford 12, ASU 39 (although would have been higher had their star OH not gone down with a season-ending injury), Arizona 46, Oregon 48, Colorado 64, Washington St. 109, Utah 129, OSU 142, Cal 176.
Suffice it to say that if any of the four bottom dwellers come in, UH’s RPI won’t benefit. No brainers are the top 4; ASU and Oregon are intriguing given who they are getting back, but they were here in 2014. Wouldn’t be surprised if Arizona comes back (Snuka and Mau will be seniors) even though they were here in 2013, and they may be top-50 again in 2016. Colorado is a wildcard given the coaching change.
5. Outside of Pac-12/NMSU, another key question is, who else is coming in? Kansas would be a no-brainer, they return nearly everyone except OH Dockery. A top tier Big 10 and WCC team would be very helpful. Others that could be very good given low graduation impact and high 2015 RPI ranks are Creighton, Missouri (Kan will be a senior, too), and Louisville.
I hope the pac 12 teams coming in are UCLA (obviously) and Stanford and Oregon, all three should be good with who they have coming back and recruits.
Washington, or USC wouldn’t be bad choices either, hope no Oregon State. Colorado, Utah, WSU, Arizona state ( who just lost their head coach) or especially Cal, all those teams are on the downswing and will hurt rpi.
Is Coach Milan Zarkovic going to be with the team this weekend or is he going to be coaching A’o A Koa club volleyball team in california?
1. wanting to concentrate on indoor means just that. it’s what Koelsch did last year, wanting to work on her indoor game.
Indoor team trains for 5 weeks during spring.
2. Manu-Olevao would have 2 seasons to play beach, is considered a junior this season.
4. don’t know either. Personally I like Jordan.
Greeley is supposed to have surgery but don’t know if she has yet or not. Hall didn’t know either. the only one he knew about was Taylor.
6. not stanford.
8. don’t know about coach Milan. will know one way or the other if he is here tonight or not.
Lewis up 16-13 in Set 1. Live stats at
Lewis has Julian Moses, son of the great Edwin Moses. Also a deadly left-handed Opp in Mitch Perinar.
About 100 in the arena, including the Harvard women’s swimming and diving team. They’re here on a training trip. Diving here for the Nakamoto Invitational.
Lewis wins 25-19. Some very sloppy volleyball.
Harvard wins Set 2 25-22
Shocked that Harvard won a set.
To bad about no Stanford, hope that means Washington or USC are coming instead.
Harvard wins Set 3 25-23.
15. Not necessarily means UW or SC.
Going five. Lewis takes Set 4 25-14
Lewis wins 15-8, scoring the last 7 points.
new thread up for UH-King match. Looking like Coach Milan not here, with club team in California.