Top 25 scores: Hawaii 3, Iowa 1

In the first match, No. 25 UCLA swept American 25-19, 25-19, 25-18

Also Friday, courtesy Rich Kern
1) Penn State def.21) Colorado 25-19, 25-21, 25-18
2) Stanford def. 6) Illinois 16-25, 27-25, 25-18, 25-21
3) Texas def. 5) Nebraska 25-17, 21-25, 25-15, 23-25, 15-11
4) Florida def. 11) Oregon 25-18, 25-19, 25-20
7) Washington def. Murray State 25-18, 25-8, 25-11
7) Washington def. Buffalo 25-13, 25-15, 25-9
8) USC def. Creighton 25-17, 25-16, 25-8
9) Colorado State lost to 15) Arizona State 17-25, 21-25, 20-25
10) Kentucky def. Northern Iowa 25-13, 25-10, 25-12
12) BYU def. Saint Louis 25-17, 25-11, 25-14
13) Wisconsin def. 18) North Carolina 25-22, 25-20, 25-19
15) Arizona State def. Colorado State 25-17, 25-21, 25-20
16) Arizona def. South Dakota 25-13, 25-23, 25-14
19) Michigan State lost to Virginia Tech 25-27, 21-25, 25-21, 21-25
19) Michigan State def. Butler 26-24, 25-15, 21-25, 25-27, 15-9
20) Western Kentucky def. UT Martin 25-9, 25-7, 25-13
23) San Diego def. Oregon State 25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 25-13
24) Purdue def. Arkansas-Pine Bluff 25-9, 25-12, 25-10
Big West
26) Long Beach State lost to Illinois State 15-25, 25-27, 24-26
Cal Poly def. Coppin State 25-5, 25-11, 25-11
Cal State Fullerton lost to SMU 12-25, 19-25, 17-25
CSUN def. Florida A&M 20-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-21
UC Davis lost to George Washington 24-26, 25-23, 18-25, 25-23, 13-15
UC Davis def. Radford 25-20, 25-19, 25-17
UC Irvine lost to Washington State 19-25, 19-25, 14-25
UC Riverside def. Grand Canyon 25-18, 25-17, 25-12
UCSB def. Rice 24-26, 25-15, 25-19, 28-26


  1. Brandon September 4, 2015 7:04 pm

    The big West is doing AWFUL.

    I mean, losing to Washington State? Come on now.

  2. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 7:06 pm

    Same starting lineup for the Wahine. Higgins, Magill, Manu-Olevao, Greeley, Taylor, Maglio, Kahakai.

  3. wildcard September 4, 2015 7:13 pm

    tai started with fire but wahine being flustered

  4. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 7:14 pm

    Iowa up 9-4. TO UH. missed touch call on hit by Taylor. last point was a miscommunication thing between Kahakai and Manu-Olevao.
    Iowa runs a lot on the right, something UH practiced this week. Not quite the right blocking matchups for UH early.

  5. kkv3000 September 4, 2015 7:14 pm

    Tai is a great athlete but she is not good in the back row!

  6. Brandon September 4, 2015 7:21 pm

    Tai does her best when she only played front row.

  7. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 7:22 pm

    Koelsch in. Taylor with a standing down ball. UH closes to 18-14 TO Iowa

  8. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 7:22 pm

    No sense of urgency at all from wahine so far 🙁
    Granato should be in the backrow for Olevao imo.

  9. Beauston September 4, 2015 7:23 pm

    IDK why Tai is still there.

  10. Willie September 4, 2015 7:23 pm

    K, are they considering #3 for #10 to serve and play back row? #10 gave up 3 points at least in this 1st set due to service error and passing errors.

  11. wildcard September 4, 2015 7:23 pm

    need to block some step outs. and crush with pins.

  12. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 7:23 pm

    UH’s has played a couple of out balls on Iowa serves.

  13. Beauston September 4, 2015 7:23 pm

    She cant pass to save her life

  14. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 7:27 pm

    Agree that Manu-Olevao is struggling. it usually starts when she doesn’t serve well in the beginning. Her kill brings it to 21-17. 3 service errors by UH no. 22-17

  15. Kazu September 4, 2015 7:27 pm

    Looks like a repeat of the Wichita State match.

  16. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 7:27 pm

    UH seems to be slow starting again this season. 23-17. TO UH

  17. Beauston September 4, 2015 7:28 pm

    This set is pau. Hopefully Coaches wake up.

  18. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 7:28 pm

    Sloppy play
    olevao continues to be inconsistent she’s given Iowa about 6 points on errors alone.
    Put in granato and mitchem please.

  19. Willie September 4, 2015 7:28 pm

    #10 just made another receiving error. Got the point mentioned on a kill, but prior she had two hitting errors. That is 6 points in the negative.

  20. kkv3000 September 4, 2015 7:29 pm

    Tai seems to be Shoji.s girl and he is going to play her until it is too late. He talked in the pregame about making quicker adjustments but he is unwilling to do iy.

  21. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 7:30 pm

    Coaches have no sense of urgency either! This iowa team playing decent not great wahine should win this.

  22. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 7:31 pm

    Iowa wins 25-18. livestats off so can’t give you any yet

  23. Beauston September 4, 2015 7:32 pm

    Set 1 loss due to Coaching staff. Olevao’s inconsistencies has been consistent so cant blame her much. It’s the coaches who keeps her in regardless that blows my mind.

  24. Brandon September 4, 2015 7:32 pm

    I blame Dave. I do like Olevao, she seems like such sweet girl, but when she struggles, dave continues to play her. Like COME ON

  25. Willie September 4, 2015 7:33 pm

    So is that leash on #10 going to get shorter in the best interest of the team? finally #3, but a little too late with the adjustment. Yes it has been said to let her play out if it, but tonight it certainly did not happen in the 1st set. There are 6 players total, not 1.

  26. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 7:33 pm

    Granato in to start Set 2 and serve. Agree Iowa isn’t playing that great but they were 12-0-32 to UH’s 14-8-41

  27. 'ohanaInBellingham September 4, 2015 7:33 pm

    Curious why Higgins was pulled for Koelsch. I was thinking of another substitution, instead.

  28. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 7:38 pm

    17. more of a blocking sub. UH’s passing also a little tight to the net. Koelsch being taller handles those better.

  29. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 7:39 pm

    they have left Granato in the front. Anderson with her first SE of the season. UH up 8-6

  30. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 7:39 pm

    Huff on the right. Taylor left.

  31. kkv3000 September 4, 2015 7:42 pm

    this team mentally is not in this game!

  32. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 7:42 pm

    Magill on the overpass. UH up 13-9. TO Iowa

  33. wildcard September 4, 2015 7:43 pm

    dave needs to stop his fantasy 6 rotation tai. and have mckenna to increase some accuracy. tai is too hard thinking this on herself.

  34. Beauston September 4, 2015 7:44 pm

    Now its clicking, go figures.

  35. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 7:44 pm

    31. not sure what game you are watching. they’ve got 5 blocks this set and leading by 4

  36. wildcard September 4, 2015 7:44 pm

    33. that post posted late for some reason.

    wahine keep pushing!

  37. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 7:45 pm

    I like koelsch in more she makes good things happen but Higgins is doing okay.
    I wonder if the wahine went to the football game? They do seem lackadaisical tonight.

  38. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 7:45 pm

    go figures? because they made the adjustments.

  39. kkv3000 September 4, 2015 7:46 pm

    is that four or five service errors in this game

  40. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 7:47 pm

    Brobst is just using higgins block.

  41. wildcard September 4, 2015 7:48 pm

    the last thing they need is to be toyed by iowa. a vb team not even existant on the map regardless of them being in big 10

  42. Beauston September 4, 2015 7:48 pm

    Wahine just need to calm down and play loose.

  43. WaWa September 4, 2015 7:48 pm

    I like seeing Huff in there, but I’m still not sold and not a fan of Nikki swinging on the left.

  44. Beauston September 4, 2015 7:49 pm

    38, after loosing set 1 convincingly, unacceptable.

  45. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 7:51 pm

    Ace by Anderson looked like it was going out and landed just in. UH up 19-15. TO Iowa

  46. z September 4, 2015 7:51 pm

    What a serve by Clare.

  47. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 7:52 pm

    Love Anderson so reliable, consistent and just a sophomore.

  48. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 7:55 pm

    Keala having a nice match for Iowa. This is the first time she has played in the SSC. Maglio struggling on jousts, it’s 20-18

  49. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 7:55 pm

    Iowa gives the santa barbara dink queens a run for their money in dinking. Would love to see Annie , wahine need more offense.

  50. z September 4, 2015 7:58 pm

    See Granato can hit back row.

  51. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 7:58 pm

    UH wins 25-20.

  52. Willie September 4, 2015 7:59 pm

    #14 is a beast! #10 had a good rotation in the front row with 2 saves and a kill, good for her!

  53. Willie September 4, 2015 7:59 pm

    Do you think we will see #8 tonight?

  54. Brandon September 4, 2015 8:00 pm

    This needs to be the starting lineup dave.

    Please and Thank you 🙂

  55. Beauston September 4, 2015 8:01 pm

    It’s nice to see Iowa and its bench having fun though. That’s says a lot about aloha spirit.

  56. wildcard September 4, 2015 8:01 pm

    shoji needs to have his adjustments fixed and na wahine needs to valor up more.

  57. rage777 September 4, 2015 8:01 pm

    Am I the only one that can’t see the live stream from I could watch the matches last year, but this year it is giving me an error. I’ve tried in Chrome and IE.

  58. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:02 pm

    50. never said she couldn’t.
    Still think they’re setting Taylor too much and I think she is better on the right.
    she is 12-5-28. Magill 5-0-12.
    Still too many service errors 4 in Set 2.
    After no errors in Set 1, Iowa 11-8-28 as Hawaii adjusted its block. 6.5 in Set 2.

  59. surfboy September 4, 2015 8:02 pm

    I have spoken highly on Maglio during camp, but I think its time Mitchem starts..

  60. kkv3000 September 4, 2015 8:03 pm

    service errors and dinks had to account for more than half of Iowa’s points. Cindy, that is why I am saying they mentally did not look into both of these first two games.
    they handled dinks much better in last weeks matches.

  61. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:03 pm

    Ah, the blimp stay broke.

  62. wildcard September 4, 2015 8:03 pm

    add to that, they cant rely on nikki forever, niks got a large gun but not as high a velocity as em hartong.

  63. surfboy September 4, 2015 8:04 pm

    I have spoken highly on Maglio, but I think its time Mitchem starts..

  64. z September 4, 2015 8:04 pm

    Not you Cindy. Other critics.

  65. wildcard September 4, 2015 8:06 pm

    em maglio is not so good offensively. also need kalei model g to be on it more. savannah also needs twice her attention to the ball.

  66. surfboy September 4, 2015 8:06 pm

    57. You need flash player…I had the same problem last week…Chrome does not work with flash player you have to use Firefox or Dolphin then your problem would be solved.

  67. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:07 pm

    There weren’t that many tips, a couple were unintentional when Iowa didn’t get a good swing.. One difference is Hawaii is taller and often that creates some hesitation. Taylor deflected a couple of this tips and the ball angled away.

  68. Beauston September 4, 2015 8:08 pm

    56 he needs to do it much quicker and not have to give up a set to realize it. It kills the morale and frustates the other girls.

  69. surfboy September 4, 2015 8:08 pm

    57. (Rage777) You need flash player…I had the same problem last week…Chrome does not work with flash player you have to use Firefox or Dolphin then your problem would be solved.

  70. rage777 September 4, 2015 8:08 pm

    Thanks surfboy.

  71. wildcard September 4, 2015 8:08 pm

    46, 47, 50. yes indeed.

    claire does a nice arch.

    mckenna should be deployed more – all round role.

  72. surfboy September 4, 2015 8:09 pm

    (Rage777) Are you using flash player.?..I had the same problem last week…found out that Chrome does not work with flash player you have to use Firefox or Dolphin then your problem would be solved.

  73. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:10 pm

    No surprise. Mitchem in for Maglio

  74. surfboy September 4, 2015 8:12 pm

    Rage777….had the same prob last week…chrome does not work with flash player you must use firefox or dolphin

  75. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:16 pm

    Granato definitely plays bigger than her 5-11/6-0.

  76. Willie September 4, 2015 8:17 pm

    Who is responsible for the dink shots?

  77. CC September 4, 2015 8:19 pm

    Too much Nikki Taylor tonight.

  78. surfboy September 4, 2015 8:19 pm

    Dont know why my comment kept posting but youre welcome

  79. z September 4, 2015 8:20 pm

    Tayler is a blocking machine tonight.

  80. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:21 pm

    Higgins and Mitchem stuff Brobst. 14-11. TO Iowa

  81. Beauston September 4, 2015 8:21 pm

    This set is ugly, hitting % wise yikes

  82. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:21 pm

    After no blocks in Set 1, UH with 12.5. 6 so far in Set 3

  83. wildcard September 4, 2015 8:22 pm

    annies got some commanding armor as well as a lethal gun.

    mckennas also got some sturdy armor.

  84. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 8:27 pm

    They arent playing incredible but this should be the starting lineup, gives uh the best chance in post season imo.

  85. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:28 pm

    UH calls time out, leading 19-17.

  86. Beauston September 4, 2015 8:28 pm

    Iowa’s libero is pretty amazing

  87. wildcard September 4, 2015 8:29 pm

    perhaps if dave wants, mckennas perfectly capable of spin serving.

  88. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:29 pm

    Huff in for Granato

  89. kkv3000 September 4, 2015 8:29 pm

    blocking is the bright spot.

  90. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 8:29 pm

    Keala looks way better this year last year at missouri i was not impressed.

  91. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:30 pm

    Granato back in to serve. 20-17

  92. kkv3000 September 4, 2015 8:32 pm

    definitely covering the dinks better

  93. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:33 pm

    UH wins 25-18.

  94. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:34 pm

    89. they were running a 6-2 last year and it was not successful. The coach’s daughter being the other setter.

  95. Willie September 4, 2015 8:34 pm

    #11 was very beastly her self with big kills, blocks and digs in set 3; great job!

  96. Beauston September 4, 2015 8:35 pm

    Impressive blocking game for the wahine, def will come handy come post season

  97. Brandon September 4, 2015 8:35 pm

    Mitchem and Granato proving why they SHOULD be STARTING.

  98. Maverick September 4, 2015 8:35 pm

    Seems to me that when Mitchem is in, the UH block is much more effective. UH out blocking Iowa 14.5 to 5. Connections to the middle appear to be off tonight, and serving is atrocious, for both teams. Whoever wins will win ugly tonight.

  99. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:37 pm

    97. Mitchem still working on her footwork but makes up for it in size. Magill playing well. UH with 15 blocks it’s 2-0.
    and just like that, UH now down 3-2. TO UH.

  100. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 8:39 pm

    Geez terrible start setting wise by higgins in this set 4.

  101. 'ohanaInBellingham September 4, 2015 8:39 pm

    Good to see Coach calling a TO early.

  102. Maverick September 4, 2015 8:39 pm

    Nikki Taylor with 42 swings and hitting .190. Both figures should be cause for concern. She’ll be worn down at year’s end if this continues.

  103. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:40 pm

    99. not seeing it all her fault. first one maybe too low to Magill.

  104. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 8:41 pm

    101. She will be fine, i prefer her getting the most sets than olevao.

  105. z September 4, 2015 8:42 pm

    Too mant errors.

  106. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:42 pm

    tickets 6299. turnstile 4722. another bad call by the ref. Iowa clearly over. Mitchem into the net. Iowa up 7-3

  107. HawaiiMongoose September 4, 2015 8:44 pm

    Time to focus in and take the momentum back.

  108. z September 4, 2015 8:45 pm

    Nice set Savanah.

  109. Maverick September 4, 2015 8:45 pm

    Greeley is coming alive here in the fourth set, just as she did in the third set against Oregon State. Now hitting .292.

    103. She will wear out at this pace. And she’ll be less effective as other teams pay more attention to her. 46 swings now.

  110. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:45 pm

    5 aces, 13 SEs for UH.

  111. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:48 pm

    Don’t think UH wants this to go 5.

  112. Maverick September 4, 2015 8:48 pm

    103. BTW, Manu-Olevao hitting for a higher percentage than Taylor. UH just needs to use TMO the right way.

  113. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:50 pm

    17 blocks for UH. UH up 14-12

  114. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 8:51 pm

    Kenna is a no brainer for playing backrow her serve is too valuable, she just got aced though.

  115. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:51 pm

    111. Taylor also taking a lot more swings.

  116. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 8:53 pm

    46 swings is nothing kim w used to take 70 plus
    And nikki is having an off night but better now than against ucla.

  117. Maverick September 4, 2015 8:54 pm

    114. Yes, but another reason for the lower hitting percentage–too many swings. I’d camp out on her and force the other players to win the match.

  118. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:54 pm

    Was 15-12, Iowa now up 19-18

  119. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 8:55 pm

    Wahine letting iowa hang around with all their silly errors.

  120. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:55 pm

    Mitchem blocked. 20-18. TO UH

  121. wildcard September 4, 2015 8:56 pm

    a key thing to iowas defense it seems theyre attention is on the ball, at least the first time around, then they swarm to dig/pass and they put the ball up high allowing plenty of time for positioning the spike but of course also the opposing block ready.

  122. Maverick September 4, 2015 8:56 pm

    115. Nikki Taylor is no Kim Willoughby. And she is tiring in this match. 20 kills and 12 errors.

  123. WaWa September 4, 2015 8:57 pm

    We are struggling in this rotation because we are pulling Tai up and out of the passing rotation and Nikki is forced to pass. UGH! Midas well just leave Granato in. That would be better a chance to s/r. Not like Tai put away that off play, she rolled it into the net anyway.

  124. HawaiiMongoose September 4, 2015 8:58 pm

    Better buckle down right now. Nikki looks like she’s almost out of gas. Would hate to see this go to five.

  125. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 8:59 pm

    She sure looked as good last week shes having an off night big deal alot of her errors have barely missed.

  126. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 8:59 pm

    Behind Ponce’s serve, UH up 22-20. TO Iowa

  127. HawaiiMongoose September 4, 2015 9:02 pm

    Yeah baby!!

  128. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 9:02 pm

    UH wins 25-21. Back later

  129. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 9:02 pm

    It was ugly but a win is a win, not as ugly as the football win last night though.

  130. 'ohanaInBellingham September 4, 2015 9:03 pm

    Good recovery against a good team, ‘bows!

  131. Maverick September 4, 2015 9:05 pm

    124. She is tiring, anyone can see that. And the cumulative impact of taking swings throughout the season will wear her out, and make UH more predictable to defend. Even Shoji doesn’t want to set her that much.

  132. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 9:06 pm

    Not sure iowa is a good team but they are decent would probably be top 3 in the big west. Hope they pull off some upsets in the B1G.

  133. Willie September 4, 2015 9:07 pm

    1st W State and now Iowa, did the coach see the pattern? Right now #10 is a liability serving and receiving in the back row. #3 had a 6 point service run tonight, #10 has never had at in 4 years and now with her jump serve it is so erratic and lots of service errors. #10 much more effective just playing front row, #3 is far superior with overall volleyball skills. It is time to think of the team, irregardless of senior status.

  134. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 9:08 pm

    She didnt look tired at the end of set 4, maybe people are overreacting with her injury history but i don’t think she is taking too many swings
    Again she was just off tonight from the get go but barely missed on alot of those errors.

  135. surfboy September 4, 2015 9:17 pm

    Higgins has shown improvement thus far this season in setting the middles but tonight she could have distributed the ball around much more than he did..hopefully this is not like last year where in the beginning of the season she distributes it around and then after preseason she is too predictable with her sets to the outside and forgets about the middles. Mitchem needs more looks offensively…..liked what I saw from Keala tonight, she is a gamer.

  136. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 9:20 pm

    Greeley needs to be OH1 she is gettingn the job done
    Hitting smart and is consistent.

  137. surfboy September 4, 2015 9:28 pm

    Greeley has shown she should be OH1 , Tai brings firepower and should play three rotations in the front if consistent there but not 6 rotations, Granato is pressing Tai and surprised that Shoji said the spit could be hers…Im all for it. Higgins is indeed the better setter of the two but she still needs to work on her decision making …

  138. Brandon September 4, 2015 9:30 pm

    My lineup
    Greeley OH1
    Granato OH2
    MB Magill and Mitchem

  139. surfboy September 4, 2015 9:30 pm


  140. wildcard September 4, 2015 9:31 pm

    think tayler higgins is embarrassed in their performance tonight. and shes ‘lucky’ they didnt lost (to a weakling)

    looks to be dave needs to drill his girls on some serving since theres 14 service errors including on his ol girl tai specifically on her spin serve accuracy.

    he also needs to besides counter pin/step out hitters develop/deploy his own step out hitters.

  141. wildcard September 4, 2015 9:34 pm

    127. time for tge volleytalkers/whoever else to cause chaos and wreck havoc keeping cindy entertained 😀

  142. Warriorfan September 4, 2015 9:38 pm

    Tai coming off the bench to play front row and inject energy offensively would be best for this team, she is more suited for that role, less pressure.

  143. WaWa September 4, 2015 9:51 pm

    135 & 136. I agree that Greeley that a case could be made for OH1, but if she were to go with OH1 then I would rather see Granato in at OH2 full time because the OH2 should be your stronger passer which obviously isn’t Tai’s strength.

    Also, now that Mitchem is coming around…if/when she does become a starter does she remain at M2? Or does she move to M1 (and Magill move to M2) so we can utilize the slide more? I originally thought that Magill was the M2 and that Maglio was the M1 based strictly on versatility and not on the ability to terminate. Is that too drastic of a shuffle in personnel? I think that should Mitchem take over Maglio’s spot, that switch needs to occur.

  144. tongo September 4, 2015 10:01 pm

    Did Dave say in the post game interview something along the line that “Granato may have won herself a starting position” or something like that?

  145. kkv3000 September 4, 2015 10:07 pm

    only five sets to mitchem in two games. She really hammered her first kill and is a good blocker. It seems that higgins is not comfortable trying to set mitchem.

  146. Brandon September 4, 2015 10:12 pm


    No, he said that if she continues to play the way she does, she very well may earn a starting spot.

  147. Ki September 4, 2015 10:16 pm

    I think Tai playing front row & Granato playing backrow for her is the way to go. They need Tai’s firepower because they rely heavily on Nikki to bail them out.

  148. surfboy September 4, 2015 10:17 pm

    Yes Higgins seems not to be comfortable in setting both Mitchem and Maglio and that problems needs to be addressed because aside from blocking that Middle 2 position is exposed as a weakness for Hawaii offensively. Dont know why we are not seeing Mitchem utilized with the step out or attacking behind the setter….Higgins needs to employ that because we all know Magill hits infront the setter strictly and having Mitchem and Maglio do that makes hawaii too one dimensional from that position…heres hoping this improves…Also did I mention Mitchem needs to be involved in this offense??? (Sarcastic)

  149. tongo September 4, 2015 10:17 pm

    #145 Thanks. What a totally frustrating match to watch. Glad the girls grind it out.

  150. Ron September 4, 2015 10:26 pm

    Nikki was a little below par but still the go-to person for Higgins. Granado is not good enough yet to be a full time starter. Regardless what all you experts think, our team would be better off if Tai would be allowed to work through her problems until she is playing at the high level she is capable of. I love the way Emily plays but we need to go with Annie. Higgins is still a liability trying to block the line. From her comments in the post-game show , apparently “everybody” tries to tell her what to do and it is sometimes confusing. Kendra needs to play more. Savanna earned her scholarship tonight. Leave Greeley where she is , she is a rock! The only time we saw Castillo and Guinasso, they looked they were ready for prime time. Give them a chance!

  151. Cindy Luis September 4, 2015 10:35 pm

    My take on it is they are four matches into the season, 4-0, and still trying to find a rhythm. They made the right adjustments and when they cut down the unforced errors they show they are the better team.

    Not as critical of Higgins as others are. Mitchem still getting used to this offense. She did show some pretty good power but still a little slow to get into position.

    Officiating still not good. There was one call where the up ref ruled a touch when it clearly hit the top of the tape and bounced out. But it seemed that Hawaii might have had a few of the controversial calls go their way at the end.

  152. bleachercoach September 4, 2015 10:46 pm

    I am going to jam some fan gears with my starting lineup but I trust this would work…size and athleticism wins..
    DS- Castillo
    I love my local women but Higgins could come in for Koelsch backrow and set too but wouldn’t keep her in front of other teams are hitting over her. Granato can come in backrow as a sub. Manu-Olevao can help out at OH when needed. I would like to see Guinasso help out Kahakai at libero. Anderson and Ponce can help out at DS and serving…..I like Castille cause she has height,size, and can play all rotations without being subbed…My girl Huff is also in my opinion the next best hitter but she has Taylor in front of her. She could give Nikki a break but I definitely would like them both in at the same time if possible. I think the team needs cohesiveness and I don’t like the subbing just because…This is the time to experiment a little…if it doesn’t work then at least we tried. McKenna Granato is doing a very good job but she lacks the height when she rotates to the front. Castille brings a bigger hitter who can play backrow too…Anyways this is a good problem especially when you have the talent like we do…okay got that off my back…

  153. darkfire September 4, 2015 10:54 pm

    Although this may be a little subtle; how many of you noticed what Tai looked like at the end of last season during the intros? She played better when at the beginning she was smiling a big smile; she was loose and not worried so much about the pressures of being a “senior” or how their team needs to play. Now, she has a half-hearted smile and she is over thinking her much needed performance. We need that “old” Tai back. Loosey goosey and forget the pressure! Go Bows!

  154. Maverick September 4, 2015 10:57 pm

    151. I think the training camp reports on how much the team has improved set posters’ expectations fairly high. And few, if any, understood that Mitchem’s acclimation to Div I was going to take some time, particularly given her late arrival. Clearly some frustration with the team not meeting an expected standard to date. I think we should expect more tinkering and more choppy, inconsistent play. Hopefully the team can put it all together for UCLA and Florida. Winning those two are key, IMHO, to getting a decent seed, assuming no losses in conference.

  155. blunite September 4, 2015 10:59 pm

    Not a fan of the strength coach’s new pregame “workout”. I recognized all of the exercises because we did them in football. At the end of the 15 minute workout the Wahine went through their volleyball drills, then got smoked in the first set. A pregame warm-up makes more sense, with stretching after the match (like UCLA).

  156. Maverick September 4, 2015 11:03 pm

    155. Can you explain the difference between the two pre-game routines? I haven’t seen what the team does and I’d like to understand your view better.

  157. z September 4, 2015 11:19 pm

    Tayler was in on 6 blocks. As much as Nikki. Only Magill has had more.

  158. auntyz September 4, 2015 11:22 pm

    Thank you Cindy for the reminder that this was the 4th match of the season. Our row in the upper level was happy for the challenges that the team faced and over came. Tomorrows UCLA v Iowa will be interesting.

  159. auntyz September 4, 2015 11:23 pm

    Magill had 11 blocks!

  160. haleiwacrossfitter September 5, 2015 12:05 am

    Dave said if Granato can start getting some kills she could earn that spot. He said blocking is her weakness but had two great blocks tonight. She is solid in the back.

    Mitchem just needs to start playing more…period. She needs to play to get better and I feel we need her in there.

    Nikki needs to stay on the right. She is not the same on the left.

    Tai, Maglio and Huff would be great coming off the bench. I think that would fit their roles this year. Tai has great energy off the bench and won’t be a target in the passing rotation. And Maglio has some spunk, but I think she needs another year. And with Kendra energetic as well off the bench, they all could provide great sparks and a different look. I like this as a starting lineup…

    OH1 Kalei
    OH2 Granato
    M1 Magill
    M2 Mitchem
    Opp…duh, who else?
    Setter Higgins
    Lib Kahakai

    With the energy Tai, Kendra, Maglio and Huff can bring off the bench. I think this may be what will take us far this year.

  161. lina September 5, 2015 1:35 am

    Some ugly losses among fellow Big West teams tonight!

  162. LanaiBoy September 5, 2015 5:07 am

    Yes, Nikki Taylor had a lots of errors tonight but many of them were due to some “trap” and other bad sets by Taylor. Higgins just had a bad night in terms of the location of her sets. She just has to forgot about it. Nikki is very effective in using the whole court in her spikes. Her beach volleyball experience is obvious. One thing she could do is tip more when the set is bad instead of trying to blast the ball as she is wont to do. In other words just get the ball over. It’s okay to play conservative and not think the whole world is on her shoulders in terms of the Wahine offense.

  163. blunite September 5, 2015 6:53 am

    The new pregame workout started with high stepping, then progressed to straddling, side-stepping, back-pedaling, a few sprints, then stretching exercises (hamstring, calf, thigh, arm, core, back, chest, abs, etc.) Taken by themselves, none of them are over-taxing; however, executed without rest is a different matter. A pre-game warm-up should not end in exhaustion. Stretching – understandable but they were static (not dynamic) and rep intensive, straddling is understandable, even back-pedaling is ok, but sprints are unnecessary. All the running should have been done before entering the SSC.

  164. Ron September 5, 2015 7:15 am

    Great insight by Cindy and the rest of the bloggers. In the post-game interview with TH, Ryan asked some very leading questions about the pressure to play setter for the Wahine. Very revealing. (I like Ryan more and more as an interviewer, and Lisa isn’t bad). My comments about what we need in the long run from Tai were stolen from Jim M. I think Dave is doing a good coaching job with Tai and by the time it counts, she will be ready to play at a high level. The volleyball intelligence of the contributors to this blog is so superior to anything else around. Thanks

  165. connor September 5, 2015 7:45 am

    #162 i disagree with your comments about warmups. the strength coach puts them thru exercises that loosen them up to help prevent injuries during hitting drills and the game. these girls are in great shape and the warmup does not hurt them. in fact i think that it will be good for them in long run. it is like the football team pregame, they do the same kind of loosing up.

    As to Tai. she had her chances like ginger long. she should not be starting.

  166. LanaiBoy September 5, 2015 7:53 am

    Well, the pre-game warmup exercises are truly entertaining to watch. Some real contortionist moves! My first reaction was, Wow! a lots of stretching exercises over a short period of time. Stretching exercises are usually designed to make one less susceptible to injuries, so I think it’s a good idea.

  167. mauna September 5, 2015 9:09 am

    Thought I saw Kirsten Sibley and parents at the end of the match going to the Makai, Diamond Head tunnel.

  168. blunite September 5, 2015 10:48 am

    Static stretching and sprints can lead to injury on an artificial surface. I’ve experienced a dozen exercises crammed into a short period of time and ended up exhausted. Getting your cardio vascular system energized is one thing but getting your heart racing before an athletic event does not provide optimal performance.

  169. Duster September 5, 2015 10:48 am

    Great to see Wahine pull out the W. They seem to look flat on the day after a football game. Just an observation. I expect things to look crisper against American.

  170. mei mei September 5, 2015 10:53 am

    138 i like it! except i would use Guinasso or Anderson and Kahakai as serving sub…

    kill it tonight Na Wahine!

  171. mei mei September 5, 2015 10:59 am

    ohh and subbing in Koelsch sooner when higgins is in front… due to her lack of height…agreeing w/ #152 🙂

  172. kahuna September 5, 2015 11:07 am

    Re: Kirsten Silbey…..I saw her too. It was actually quite amusing leading up to her entering the locker room after the game. After the aunties finish giving the leis to the girls Kirsten tried to gain access to floor to go to the locker. She. was denied by the usher. The family stood there for about a minute or two to decide what to do. Mom went over to the other side of the court and convinced that usher to let her in.

    Hope the team give recruits some kind of floor pass or something in the.future. Hate for recruits to think UH some kind of Mickey Mouse operation

  173. Warriorfan September 5, 2015 11:08 am

    Florida just beat texas!
    Florida is a must win game for the wahine to get seeeded in the ncaa tournament IMO.

  174. Warriorfan September 5, 2015 11:10 am

    Kahuna wow thats not good, I agree recruits should have some kind of pass to access the locker.
    Just wondering does Kirsten look a legit 6’2 or 6’3?

  175. tongo September 5, 2015 12:12 pm

    #163 Agree. Tai currently represents a certain potential that we will likely need in post season play when the pressure is on and experience counts. When she is on, she can be very effective. A good example was set 4 last night. However, much work to develop a new mindset that focus on consistency, is needed. I think it can be done. Meanwhile, others need to be given play time so multiple options are available to both backup Tai up or replace her if she falters.

  176. Warriorfan September 5, 2015 12:15 pm

    Tai does have moments when she gets hot and is good offensively but how do we know Kenna won’t do the same as well especially by the time post season play comes.

  177. Warriorfan September 5, 2015 12:16 pm

    Wichita state completely letting me down
    Lose to new mexico state ( horrible loss) and then gets killed by texas a&m
    I was hoping they would be a top 20 team to boost the wahine rpi but that won’t be the case.

  178. turfwar September 5, 2015 12:23 pm

    Saw Kristen on the concours and it looked like she was with another recruit about her age and slightly taller. Kristen looks like she is listed about 6’1 or so so she could arrive at 6’2. That would be great.

  179. Warriorfan September 5, 2015 12:28 pm

    I wonder who that other recruit could be?

  180. Cindy Luis September 5, 2015 1:35 pm

    mentioned a few days ago that K Sibs as she is often referred to would be here this weekend, making her official visit.

    178. didn’t see who else was here. the only otherfrom ’16 class would be E. Smith. Hall has 5 orals for ’16=17. Could be beach?

  181. Hapaguy September 5, 2015 2:56 pm

    Someone mentioned UH Wahine stretching prior to the match, I’m a little surprised that they do “static stretching” rather than “dynamic stretching” prior to the match. “Static stretching” should be done after the match as a warm down and muscle relaxation technique. “Static stretching” can trick the mind and body into relaxation mode. If your not familiar with the difference Google it…..most modern fitness experts advise “dynamic stretching” prior to a match….

  182. darkfire September 5, 2015 2:58 pm

    I don’t remember who said it during the game (Leahy or McLaughlin) but it was an important aspect of the game. Since none of the wahine can effectively do the step out yet, the wahine haven’t really practiced against it. Consequently, Iowa was killing with the step out in the first couple of sets. They finally figured out the blocking scheme (Granato) by being patient and watching for it at the pin. I hope they can get a couple of middles to execute it soon.

    Hi Cindy, I finally caught up on my newspaper reading. Great article on Greeley. To quote Lisa Strand-Ma’a, she really is a “Steady Eddie”. Because of that, she can be overlooked by the other team. Which is good for us. “Stealth is good.” Keep up the great work! :o)

  183. Cindy Luis September 5, 2015 3:14 pm

    new thread up for Saturday

    181. I have found their warmups interesting and very non-VB. But it’s how they’ve trained starting in spring.

    182. it’s so early. No film really on these teams, except for Hawaii given the TV coverage. Iowa finding itself as well. second year coach. As happened with wichita state, Hawaii took awhile to adjust but they did. Plus Hawaii’s serving improved and it didn’t allow Keala to run what she had been running earlier.

    Not sure why the said that none can effectively do the step-out. the word is ‘consistently’ do the step-out. Maglio not bad. Mitchem just needs more reps. Both will improve. Not sure if we’ll ever see Magill run it. But I do have video evidence that she has practiced it.

    Thanks on Greeley.

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