Top 25 scores (late) No. 12 Hawaii 3 Bakersfield 1

Same starters for Hawaii.
same links as usual through
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


  1. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 7:12 pm

    Wahine out early 8-2. TO CSUB

  2. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 7:20 pm

    Hawaii barely through one service rotation. it’s 19-8. TO Runners

  3. Maverick September 18, 2015 7:28 pm

    Clearly Bakersfield is being outclassed. Perfect time to get Wahine reserves a lot of experience.

  4. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 7:28 pm

    took maybe 20 minutes. 25-11 Ties the fewest points since Oregon State Set 3

  5. warriorfan September 18, 2015 7:31 pm

    I’d like to see Koelsch, Granato, Castillo and Mitchem start the third set.

  6. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 7:37 pm

    Anderson with an ace, it’s 11-5. TO ‘Runners

  7. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 7:44 pm

    UH up 18-9, Greeley with the service overpass. TO Runners. Kahakai with 11 digs so far.

  8. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 7:47 pm

    Koelsch and Castillo in for Higgins and Taylor.

  9. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 7:51 pm

    Wahine win 25-15. not even 8 p.m.

  10. Warrior Dave September 18, 2015 7:51 pm

    Everybody should play tonight.

  11. Maverick September 18, 2015 7:51 pm

    A painfully boring match to watch. Good to see some subs finally.

  12. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 7:54 pm

    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.

  13. warriorfan September 18, 2015 7:54 pm

    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.

  14. Maverick September 18, 2015 7:57 pm

    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.

  15. z September 18, 2015 7:58 pm

    I really like their slide. Very effective. Need to stop Sawyer. Really impressed with Grasso.

  16. Warrior Dave September 18, 2015 8:03 pm

    I’m surprised starters still in

  17. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 8:04 pm

    Shoji calls TO down 4-0 in Set 3

  18. Warrior Dave September 18, 2015 8:04 pm

    Wow! Starters down 0-4 in the 3rd

  19. z September 18, 2015 8:04 pm

    Urias with the block. Wahine starts off flat.

  20. Big Island VB fan September 18, 2015 8:06 pm

    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.

  21. z September 18, 2015 8:07 pm

    Wahine not talking. That was an out ball.

  22. warriorfan September 18, 2015 8:09 pm

    I’m really disappointed in no Mitchem and Koelsch and Castillo barely playing so far.

  23. Maverick September 18, 2015 8:10 pm

    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.

  24. warriorfan September 18, 2015 8:13 pm

    Great to see Annie in, powerful kill in the middle.

  25. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 8:13 pm

    UH up 11-9. TO runners.

  26. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 8:15 pm

    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.

  27. Big Island VB fan September 18, 2015 8:16 pm

    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.

  28. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 8:17 pm

    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.

  29. Maverick September 18, 2015 8:17 pm

    I have no idea why Nikki Taylor is still playing.

  30. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 8:22 pm

    Taylor with 2 hitting errors. Runners up 19-17. TO UH

  31. warriorfan September 18, 2015 8:22 pm

    Too many errors by TMO and Nikki although NIkki is still hitting over .400

  32. Maverick September 18, 2015 8:22 pm

    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.

  33. Big Island VB fan September 18, 2015 8:23 pm

    The match is interesting because Bakersfield upped its play. Annie had some good blocks but otherwise, reserves hardly made a difference.

  34. HawaiiMongoose September 18, 2015 8:23 pm

    The Wahine are sleepwalking. They’d better wake up or they’ll be playing a fourth set.

  35. Maverick September 18, 2015 8:23 pm

    31. Wow, I didn’t realize TMO has now reverted to her long-term hitting average of .190. Not good given the competition.

  36. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 8:23 pm

    29. probably because they have no other hitter who didn’t miss at least 2 practices this week.

  37. warriorfan September 18, 2015 8:24 pm

    This is not a good showing this set by the wahine.

  38. warriorfan September 18, 2015 8:25 pm

    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.

  39. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 8:26 pm

    Ace by Higgins pulls UH to 21-20. TO Runners.
    All I can say is, Tough crowd here.

  40. Maverick September 18, 2015 8:27 pm

    36. Castillo played. Looked like she is healthy enough to spell Taylor in set 3. But looks can be deceiving.

  41. AlexM September 18, 2015 8:27 pm

    This team is too dependent on Nikki. They need another option.

  42. z September 18, 2015 8:28 pm

    Need a block.

  43. Maverick September 18, 2015 8:29 pm

    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.

  44. surfboy September 18, 2015 8:30 pm

    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.

  45. warriorfan September 18, 2015 8:31 pm

    This is pretty embarrassing.

  46. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 8:31 pm

    Runners win 26-24

  47. HawaiiMongoose September 18, 2015 8:32 pm

    Hitting errors. Service errors. More hitting errors. More service errors. SMH.

  48. z September 18, 2015 8:34 pm

    Sawyer could end up with more kills than Nikki.

  49. warriorfan September 18, 2015 8:34 pm

    Can’t have this type of play in conference, Really can’t have TMO passing IMO, and need to see more of Koelsch setting.

  50. Maverick September 18, 2015 8:35 pm

    UH committed many more errors in set 3 than in the first two combined. That’s the difference. Agree with 47.

  51. Big Island VB fan September 18, 2015 8:35 pm

    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.

  52. z September 18, 2015 8:37 pm

    Now that is what they needed.

  53. surfboy September 18, 2015 8:38 pm

    I wonder why its so hard for our reserves to get PT??? I just dont get it

  54. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 8:38 pm

    51. they did not run away with the set. UH up 5-0. TO runners.

  55. Maverick September 18, 2015 8:39 pm

    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.

  56. surfboy September 18, 2015 8:41 pm

    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.

  57. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 8:42 pm

    If a couple of calls the ruled Taylor hitting long had gone the other way, we wouldn’t still be playing.

  58. Maverick September 18, 2015 8:43 pm

    57. Similarly, if the team didn’t hit so many out balls…

  59. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 8:45 pm

    Manu-Olevao with her 10th kill makes it 14-5. TO Runners

  60. Big Island VB fan September 18, 2015 8:46 pm

    The Wahine sure woke up and came back on fire in set 4.

  61. Maverick September 18, 2015 8:47 pm

    I’ll say one thing for Bakersfield–at least they are still playing hard and with passion. I can respect a team for that.

  62. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 8:57 pm

    UH with their 15th block, ends it 25=15

  63. vballfreak808 September 18, 2015 9:01 pm

    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.

  64. Maverick September 18, 2015 9:01 pm

    I didn’t learn anything new about this team from this match. If anyone else did, I’d be interested in your perspective.

  65. vballfreak808 September 18, 2015 9:02 pm

    ^ 21-11 in the second set if being specific for Kahakai’s dig.

  66. Big Island VB fan September 18, 2015 9:04 pm

    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.

  67. islandman September 18, 2015 9:18 pm

    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.

  68. z September 18, 2015 9:21 pm

    It was fun watching Grasso and Sawyer. Reminded me of Mahina and Tita.

  69. z September 18, 2015 9:27 pm

    Wahine have a lot to work on. Imagine if Nikki got hurt.

  70. islandman September 18, 2015 9:36 pm

    The tv announcers said Ponce was sick too and did not suit up tonight, i think.

  71. shar September 18, 2015 9:49 pm

    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.

  72. Ron September 18, 2015 10:00 pm

    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.

  73. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 10:05 pm

    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.

  74. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 10:10 pm

    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

  75. bleachercoach September 18, 2015 10:16 pm

    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.

  76. bleachercoach September 18, 2015 10:21 pm

    #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…

  77. bleachercoach September 18, 2015 10:23 pm

    That was on Sunday matches….

  78. Kryon September 18, 2015 10:25 pm

    None of my posts go in. Moderation?

  79. Kryon September 18, 2015 10:33 pm

    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.

  80. kimo browner September 18, 2015 10:34 pm

    @ 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.

  81. volley September 18, 2015 10:52 pm

    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.

  82. volley September 18, 2015 10:57 pm

    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!

  83. AlexM September 18, 2015 11:02 pm

    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.

  84. volley September 18, 2015 11:03 pm

    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!

  85. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 11:06 pm

    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.

  86. Cindy Luis September 18, 2015 11:12 pm

    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.

  87. shar September 18, 2015 11:14 pm

    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.

  88. kimo browner September 18, 2015 11:21 pm

    where there any of the starters sick?

  89. Maverick September 18, 2015 11:23 pm

    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.

  90. kimo browner September 18, 2015 11:30 pm

    I understand Ponce and Granato not playing, the rest is pure shoji.

  91. bleachercoach September 18, 2015 11:34 pm

    #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

  92. volley September 18, 2015 11:41 pm

    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.

  93. Kauaiboy September 19, 2015 12:05 am

    Greeley needs to start challenging the block, she hits hi hands WAY TO MUCH…

  94. Maverick September 19, 2015 12:28 am

    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.

  95. Cindy Luis September 19, 2015 12:35 am

    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.

  96. Cindy Luis September 19, 2015 1:03 am

    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.

  97. Cindy Luis September 19, 2015 1:05 am

    93. Au, have said that for years that they keep using BCS football mentality for volleyball.

  98. Cindy Luis September 19, 2015 11:31 am
    new thread up for Saturday.

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