Top 25 scores (late) No. 12 Hawaii 3 Bakersfield 1
Same starters for Hawaii.
same links as usual through hawaiiathletics.com
Ponce out sick.
1) Penn State def. Auburn 25-11, 25-16, 25-19
2) Texas def. Arizona 22-25, 25-16, 27-25, 20-25, 15-6
2) Texas def. Arizona 22-25, 25-16, 27-25, 20-25, 15-6
2) Texas def. Savannah State 25-7, 25-9, 25-9
3) USC def. Maryland 25-18, 25-15, 25-17
6) Illinois def. Texas Southern 25-13, 25-7, 25-11
7) Washington def. Oklahoma 25-19, 23-25, 25-13, 25-22
8) Stanford def. Pacific 25-22, 25-18, 25-20
10) Arizona State def. UNLV 25-10, 25-21, 25-15
11) Wisconsin def. Kansas State 25-20, 25-14, 25-27, 25-23
13) Ohio State def. Eastern Illinois 25-13, 25-20, 25-16
13) Ohio State def. Western Michigan 25-11, 25-20, 25-21
14) UCLA def. UC Irvine 25-23, 25-17, 25-21
14) UCLA def. Long Beach State 25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14
16) Arizona def. New Mexico State 25-15, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23
16) Arizona lost to Texas 25-22, 16-25, 25-27, 25-20, 6-15
16) Arizona lost to Texas 25-22, 16-25, 25-27, 25-20, 6-15
17) Kansas def. South Dakota State 25-15, 25-9, 25-15
17) Kansas def. Gonzaga 25-18, 23-25, 25-20, 25-8
18) Florida State def. Texas A&M 25-20, 25-12, 21-25, 25-16
20) Michigan def. Duke 25-19, 25-20, 25-21
21) San Diego lost to Long Beach State 22-25, 25-17, 25-22, 24-26, 15-17
22) Purdue def. Ball State 26-24, 25-21, 25-14
22) Purdue def. South Dakota 26-24, 25-19, 25-21
23) Minnesota def. Bryant 25-12, 25-12, 25-17
24) Kentucky def. Xavier 22-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-20
24) Pacific lost to Stanford 22-25, 18-25, 20-25
26) Kansas State lost to Wisconsin 20-25, 14-25, 27-25, 23-25
Big West Conference
Cal Poly def. San Diego State 25-22, 25-10, 26-24
Cal State Fullerton lost to North Dakota State 25-11, 19-25, 17-25, 23-25
Cal State Northridge lost to New Mexico 21-25, 25-27, 25-17, 17-25
Long Beach State def. San Diego 25-22, 17-25, 22-25, 26-24, 17-15
Long Beach State lost to UCLA 20-25, 25-19, 17-25, 14-25
UC Davis lost to Portland 18-25, 25-20, 13-25, 18-25
UC Davis def. Southern Utah 25-23, 25-22, 25-18
UC Irvine def. Oregon State 25-22, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19
UC Irvine lost to UCLA 23-25, 17-25, 21-25
UC Riverside def. Grand Canyon 25-23, 28-26, 20-25, 25-21
Wahine out early 8-2. TO CSUB
Hawaii barely through one service rotation. it’s 19-8. TO Runners
Clearly Bakersfield is being outclassed. Perfect time to get Wahine reserves a lot of experience.
took maybe 20 minutes. 25-11 Ties the fewest points since Oregon State Set 3
I’d like to see Koelsch, Granato, Castillo and Mitchem start the third set.
Anderson with an ace, it’s 11-5. TO ‘Runners
UH up 18-9, Greeley with the service overpass. TO Runners. Kahakai with 11 digs so far.
Koelsch and Castillo in for Higgins and Taylor.
Wahine win 25-15. not even 8 p.m.
Everybody should play tonight.
A painfully boring match to watch. Good to see some subs finally.
11. borring is good sometimes. at least Hawaii playing fairly well. As they should.
Don’t know about Granato. she missed a lot of practice this week. Would expect Mitchem in for Set 3. Those are the only two who haven’t gotten in.
Yea wish they had more exciting competition, hopefully next year they will schedule Pepperdine for a two match series instead. I wonder if Shoji has contacted former Warrior asistant Fisher about bringing in Pittsburgh for a tourney as well.
12. I’m listening to the oc sports team during intermission and they are throwing out a lot of accolades to UH given that Bakersfield is not a good team. You would expect the kind of numbers UH is putting up against such a team. So I am not as impressed; instead, my expectations are being met (perform like this against a top 25 team and then I’m all about the accolades). The announcers mentioned Granato was sick this week and may not get into the game. Mitchem and Castillo need a lot of reps in set 3.
I really like their slide. Very effective. Need to stop Sawyer. Really impressed with Grasso.
I’m surprised starters still in
Shoji calls TO down 4-0 in Set 3
Wow! Starters down 0-4 in the 3rd
Urias with the block. Wahine starts off flat.
Someone complained about a boring match (I won’t name him). Well, now Bakersfield made it interesting with a 4-0 start in the third set. Lesson, do not complain or else you will complain over the reverse situation.
Wahine not talking. That was an out ball.
I’m really disappointed in no Mitchem and Koelsch and Castillo barely playing so far.
20. oh please. Just because Bakersfield started 4-0 doesn’t take away from the fact that the first two sets were snoozers. Want to make it interesting? Put in the reserves.
Great to see Annie in, powerful kill in the middle.
UH up 11-9. TO runners.
14. don’t know what TV is saying but I would guess their point is that UH hadn’t played down to Bakersfield’s level.
23. There is a reserve playing, Annie Mitchem. We heard that Granato was ill and couldn’t practice. I agree that it would be nice to see more of Koelsch and Castillo.
As for Mitchem, 3 middles, 2 spots. It’s Maglio’s spot to lose. Granato’s been sick, as has Castillo. both missed at least 2 practices this week.
I have no idea why Nikki Taylor is still playing.
Taylor with 2 hitting errors. Runners up 19-17. TO UH
Too many errors by TMO and Nikki although NIkki is still hitting over .400
26. Sounds like they were doing what announcers/analysts are paid to do…make the game exciting to the audience. In any case, I think the starters have ennui right now and are making a lot of mistakes we didn’t see in the first two sets. Bakersfield playing a little better, UH not playing as they were. So a close third set.
The match is interesting because Bakersfield upped its play. Annie had some good blocks but otherwise, reserves hardly made a difference.
The Wahine are sleepwalking. They’d better wake up or they’ll be playing a fourth set.
31. Wow, I didn’t realize TMO has now reverted to her long-term hitting average of .190. Not good given the competition.
29. probably because they have no other hitter who didn’t miss at least 2 practices this week.
This is not a good showing this set by the wahine.
35. What I have noticed is she has one match hitting over .250 then followed by two hitting under .150, next match should be a good one for her. Too bad she’t not more consistent.
Ace by Higgins pulls UH to 21-20. TO Runners.
All I can say is, Tough crowd here.
36. Castillo played. Looked like she is healthy enough to spell Taylor in set 3. But looks can be deceiving.
This team is too dependent on Nikki. They need another option.
Need a block.
39. I just want to see more of the reserves. This is not a top notch team UH is playing. But I get it that a lot of the players are sick.
I know I cant be the only one seeing this but Koelsch needs to be setting, our consistency remains as Higgins continues to struggle. Also the past couple of weeks I have noticed Greeley shanking a lot of passes-if this continues I think we need to get a DS in for her as well since shes not a threat from the backcourt like TMO’s case.
This is pretty embarrassing.
Runners win 26-24
Hitting errors. Service errors. More hitting errors. More service errors. SMH.
Sawyer could end up with more kills than Nikki.
Can’t have this type of play in conference, Really can’t have TMO passing IMO, and need to see more of Koelsch setting.
UH committed many more errors in set 3 than in the first two combined. That’s the difference. Agree with 47.
The Roadrunners surely ran away with this set though it was very tight. I don’t mind seeing a fourth set. Better now than during the conference. Hope this will wake up the Wahine. They can’t take any team for granted, not even a weak team.
Now that is what they needed.
I wonder why its so hard for our reserves to get PT??? I just dont get it
51. they did not run away with the set. UH up 5-0. TO runners.
49, 51. Trust me, we will all see sloppy set 3-type play in conference. Matches you will expect UH to sweep will end up being 4 setters. When you are pounding the opponent, you go for the jugular. You don’t take a siesta.
TMO/Higgins need to improve, same mistakes by both. Greeley needs to step up on her passing. Taylor and Kahakai is our only bright spots tonight.
If a couple of calls the ruled Taylor hitting long had gone the other way, we wouldn’t still be playing.
57. Similarly, if the team didn’t hit so many out balls…
Manu-Olevao with her 10th kill makes it 14-5. TO Runners
The Wahine sure woke up and came back on fire in set 4.
I’ll say one thing for Bakersfield–at least they are still playing hard and with passion. I can respect a team for that.
UH with their 15th block, ends it 25=15
In the last point of the first set, the statistician gave the block to Taylor & Magill but it was actually Taylor & Maglio. And at 21-11 they didn’t give Kahakai the dig. I hope this gets changed.
I didn’t learn anything new about this team from this match. If anyone else did, I’d be interested in your perspective.
^ 21-11 in the second set if being specific for Kahakai’s dig.
Congrats to Kahakai for making OC Sports player of the night. She had a career number of digs. The last rally was awesome with Nikki Taylor coming up with three diving digs in a row to save the rally and enable the blockers to finish it off.
I know that Dave Shoji wanted a three-set blowout, but from my viewpoint as a volleyball fan, I enjoy more challenging matches instead of blowouts. I wasn’t unhappy with this match.
Some posters were taking Bakersfield too lightly, saying it’s a boring match. I like some of their players, Sawyer is only 5-10 and Grasso only 5-6, and their players are pesky.
Ryan and Chris say UH is relying too much on Nikki in their offense, and teams will load up their defense on her later.
In the post game interview, Clare-Marie Anderson was on and Ryan said he coached her before and Chris said he coached her father who later was an All-American.
It was fun watching Grasso and Sawyer. Reminded me of Mahina and Tita.
Wahine have a lot to work on. Imagine if Nikki got hurt.
The tv announcers said Ponce was sick too and did not suit up tonight, i think.
Someone behind me said that VB is good to watch at an angle. The reserves are not in long enough to really “judge” them. I like Castillo better than Granato…so far. Koelsch should have been in longer and maybe Nikki should have had a reserve serving for her tonight. She was getting frustrated. I also noticed that Higgins tends to set the Left outside hitters either really closely to the net or sometimes out of bounds. It was hard for Kalei and once Tai only got it by twisting her body during her kill.
I would guess that Bakersfield will be the smallest team we play all year. We should have been able to pound them into the ground. Kendra is so under utilized I am surprised she continues to have such a great attitude. Maglio isn’t making it easy for Dave to play Mitchem in the middle. Lets give Annie a chance on the left, she certainly makes her presence felt when she is playing. She could be the difference maker by the end of the year.
70. if you read the initial post, it said Ponce was out sick.
Granato didn’t practice at all this week. Koelsch missed Wednesday when they were down to 9 players (Anderson showed up late after class) and they cancelled practice.
Agree they are using Taylor too much but depending on the lineup and the pass she is THE option. But looking at the stats, she had 34 swings, Manu-Olevao 26 and Magill 23. The issue is getting more production out of Greeley, who is a little banged up. was 3-1-15.
71. don’t know how you can judge Castillo when she’s been in for all of 6 sets and is a combined 0=0=1. with zeros for the rest of her stats except for 1 SE in 5 serves.
Granato 18 sets 4-3-24, 7 assists. 7 aces, 10 SE, 58 serves. 24 digs, 2 BA.
Besides looks like Granato will be playing LS, Castillo will be playing RS
I thought at least after set 2 we would have seen a total new lineup like Koelsch, Castillo and Maybe Anderson,Guianasso, or Ponce at Libero. Annie was in so that was good…My concern is this is the type of opponent you want to give or reward the substitutes and might find that “diamond in the ruff “. I am sure these replacements mixed in with either Greeley, Olevao, or Taylor would have been nice to see…I also saw in the last set that Castillo came in for Nikki…Will Castillo also get a chance to play as a sub for TMO? Tonite would have been a great night to experiment with a taller lineup for example playing all the 6’2” and above with a tall setter….That would have sacrificed leaving our local girls out totally a little while….That’s okay we still love them and they are very well needed to be in tbere…Higgins is one of the best servers and TMO comes up with a monster kill here and there, but I just hope because they are the leaders, the “CAPTAINS”, is not being the biggest factors others are not playing more or starting…At the end all the girls whether they play or not are stars when the team with their depth brings a National Championship home.
#74 I think to see the overall play of how the Castillo, Koelsch, etc would do was to play them for the whole set not just a couple points here and there…That’s how we found out how valuable Kalei Greeley was.last year…
That was on Sunday matches….
None of my posts go in. Moderation?
Maverick, I agree. No developing players n depth. Mitchem is wasted talent. She should b getting way more playing time. Any position just to develop speed of game n system. Maglio is good, but u can jus sense that mitchem has this beast inside her once she gets comfortable in div 1 n in system. Castillo should b subbing for greely or Taylor just to develop. The more depth, the farther we go in tournament play. 6 ain’t going to get it done. Figured the head coach would learn that by now. 15+ yrs not winning it all should have made it clear by now. To win title, u gotta find the hot hand every night. The odds of Trying to find a hot hand from 10 players is better then looking for it from only 6.
@ 72. Exactly on Kendra. Shoji says she needs to get the ball out to the left quicker??
Does he watch Higgins? Tonight she set a ball that landed on the other side of the net. Bakersfield’s front was so stunned it dropped, untouched, by their feet. Try that on an experienced team.
20. “Someone complained about a boring match (I won’t name him).” thats funny.
55. “When you are pounding the opponent, you go for the jugular. You don’t take a siesta.” much to his chagrin. the following factors matter:
wahine took a siesta – ho too funny.
its aloha friday and/or besides that na wahine were chillin/sleeping
or wahine gave them the match by design to see if it would entertain or otherwise make not ‘boring’ and/or interesting for you, and that may be created/directed by the brainchild of shoji
all kidding aside, set 3 was embarrassing. error here, error there, error after. yeah somebody needs to hollar at dave to play like an all reserve lineup vs such a weak bakersfield, but then again he said bakersfields a good team…lol.
80. yeah higgins setting that ball on the other side of the net sure was hehehaha funny. what is that? an ‘assist kill’ or a set kill?
then again higgins and/or shoji might have done and engineered that respectively by design and must of fooled everyone!
I believe Shoji would have played more subs in the 3rd set, but after that terrible start, he got cautious and left his starters in. Dissapointing that Nikki missed some clutch shots and serves in that set. The team looks lost when she is in a slump. Luckily, Tai had a good night.
Someone else (Mitchem, Castillo or Granato) needs to be able to score points for this team. We always have 4/5 set BWC road games every season, it seems. You can’t just count on the starters to be on every night.
claire marie anderson is a well spoken young gal at the post game show. i guess shes essentially what replaced kayla kawamura as the ‘bring in the small girl libero’, except she doubles as an actual libero rather than only a serving sub and a great one at both. ‘bring in the small (relative term) blonde libero from punahou’
reminiscing her childhood for a decade at moloka’i. now that girl spoiled!
82. are you referring to the dig that went over with Higgins in the front row? she was a back-row player and couldn’t touch the ball or she would have been called for it. she did a good job at screening and it appeared the Bakersfield forget she was a back-row player.
What I guess I don’t get is how people aren’t understanding why the reserves didn’t play.
They were sick.
They missed practice
Granato was out all week.
Ponce kind of practiced but too ill to play tonight.
Koelsch was out for at least one day.
He played who had practiced.
But agree that Mitchem could have seen more time.
I am not judging Castillo. I haven’t seen much of her but there is just something I like. Granato is good also. She wasn’t playing tonight (as you say she was ill) but Castillo, like Kendra, seems to bring a special energy to the court.
where there any of the starters sick?
83. Difficult to develop multiple options if you don’t give others sufficient experience. My prediction is that when UH loses in the tournament, it will be because Taylor hits for a below avg. pct. (other teams will focus on shutting her down) and there won’t be a second outside option to go to. One of the middles will do ok, but overall the middles will be underutilized, TMO and Greeley won’t hit well. Basically the results of last year’s match at UW and this year’s loss to UCLA. And to beat Secretariat again, failure to develop the reserves against cupcake competition will be a missed opportunity. Just my opinion, I’m not a hall of fame coach after all.
I understand Ponce and Granato not playing, the rest is pure shoji.
#87…I agree #89…Also I remembered other years but most recently when our all american phenom Emily Hartong couldn’t carry the team against BYU….their size and block outdueled our one “go to” player….let that be a reminder
85. i dont remember what play it exactly was, im as sleepy/tired as the team.
whether it happened or not, i was being sarcastic towards who said it.
Greeley needs to start challenging the block, she hits hi hands WAY TO MUCH…
Current Big West non-conference record is 47-50 (.485). The record for the SEC: 95-44 (.683).
Many power five teams schedule cupcakes to enhance their records. Tennessee is 13-0 and has played such power teams such as Towson (75 estimated RPI rank), Jacksonville (113), Charleston (150), N. Florida (171), UNC Greensboro (181), E. Kentucky (188), Coppin State (205), Evansville (244), Wofford (253), Tennessee Tech (268), Delaware State (290), St. Francis U. (299), and Hampton (327). I’ve never heard of three of these teams. Tennessee’s est. RPI is 39 right now, but should rise as they get into conference play and that SEC non-con record of ~.683 factors into their RPI over and over again (also assuming they have a decent conference record). UH can’t schedule this way because of the poor Big West non-con record.
Tennessee’s example is repeated throughout the power 5. It’s criminal how much love conferences like the ACC, SEC (not Florida) and Big 12 (not Texas) are shown by the tournament selection committee–still a football mentality IMHO. Just shows you can game the RPI–it is a less than ideal measure of team quality.
80. don’t believe that Higgins set the ball to the other side. if it’s the play I’m thinking of. the one mentioned in 85. it was a dig that went over. she was a back-row player and couldn’t touch the ball without it being called a back-row attack.
so just had to look since some has said Penn State, for example, is better about developing players and using depth. Six players have played every set (27) and one (the libero) has played in 26. so it seems that Rose has stayed with his starters.
as for the reserves: one has played in 19, then it goes 18, 12, 10, 9, 5, 3, 1
conversely for UH 4 players have played in every set (37), one (the libero) has played in 36. then it goes 34, 29, 29, 19, 10, 9, 8 6.
93. Au, have said that for years that they keep using BCS football mentality for volleyball.
new thread up for Saturday.