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Adolpho on a slide, gives UH a 16-14 lead. TO Toyota
Hiramatsu 4-0-4 for Toyota,
Magill 3-0-4 for UH
Also starting are Manu-Olevao, Greeley, Higgins, Kahakai, Mendoza.
Koelsch into set at 18-15
Koelsch’s appearance was brief. Probably see more of her later.
Beautiful set from Adolpho to Manu-Olevao. puts UH up 19-16.
Ace by Takeuchi closes the gap to 21-20. TO UH
Controversial call (Greeley called for an over-reach) tied it at 24 instead of giving the set to Hawaii. Toyota wins 272-5.
Maglio in, Toyota up 11-8. TO UH
Takeuchi with her five kill and it’s 19-14. TO UH
Long hits long to end it at 25-19.
Toyota has super fast offense and great defense. Crazy! Na Wahine going with a 6-2 in 2nd game. Maglio is getting extended time in 2nd game, seemed overmatched/confused at first but did better later.
8. not a true 6-2 but both setters have played.
Toyota up 10-7. TO UH.
Agree with the great defense and quick offense.
everyone has played except for Taylor
Consecutive blocks by Passi and Adolpho have tied it at 10. TO Toyota.
UH has a pretty tall lineup out there. with Huff, Adolpho in the front. Koelsch and Greeley in the back
Magill with a block, Huff with a block. UH leads 14-12
Magill is serving and playing back row!
Greeley with the kill, ends it at 25-21. Pretty entertaining Set 3. Magill and Huff both served, Magill with a dig, Huff with a 3-meter attack
How is Maglio and Kahakai doing?
two aces by Toyota have them out to a 5-3 lead. TO UH
Greeley with a kill, UH has closed to 12-11
Maglio was ok…not spectacular. A definite downgrade from Kalei & Olivia. She’s got a lot of potential though.
I don’t think we’ve seen Kahakai since set 2. Looked like she may have tweaked her ankle. Was limping a bit at end of set 2.
Great defense by UH and 2 hitting errors by Toyota have UH up 16-14. TO Queenseis
Only now Im able to see this thread
Serving is so bad
Adolpho on the overpass. UH wins 25-20.
I dont think Greeley should play the 5th set. She’s had way too many sets tonight.
27. Kahakai was icing her knee at one point.
very nice back set by Koelsch to Greeley. Toyota still leads 11-6
19. been up since 7 p.m.
Toyota wins 15-10
Kahakai on crutches, think it’s her right ankle
Well, the persons clamoring to see the freshmen play got a chance to see them have fairly extensive playing time. As someone mentioned above, Emily Maglio seemed lost at first but improved as the match progressed. Still she has a long ways to go before she can compete for a starting position. Huff did fine; I was a critic of her lack of power, but she had some good hits tonight. Kalei Greeley, entrenched at one outside position, had the best night of her short career here. Ginger Long after some wild hits got a couple of kills and Keani Passi did relatively well in blocking and hitting though I don’t think any Bow hit for a high percentage tonight given the fantastic defense put up by the Queenseis.
Looks like Passi played pretty well and nobody hit negative.
Considering the various lineups UH used, they played well. some of the mistakes were when having players in the back row not used to playing there together.
Toyota with 81 digs, UH 74. Adolpho 8-0-17, Greeley 16-4-52, Manu-Olevao 10-4-27, Magill 11-1-28. Maglio 2-0-5, Long 2-2-5, Passi 7-3-17.
Magill hit .357, Adolpho .529 and Maglio .400 with 2 kills.
As for Kahakai, it’s a possible patella injury. right knee cap. MRI Thursday.
Both teams used 15 players, lot of subs and different looks. Think Hawaii got a lot out of this and you just might see them use the 6-2 more.
Shoji did say that Koelsch needs to get some experience.
she had a couple of nice back sets cross court to Greeley.
He was happy that the ‘big girls’ got a chance to play in the back row. Said that they take reps during the practice and nice to see them get a chance to dig a ball.
I definitely think there is a lot of upside with the 6- 2. Having Huff in the front row, mostly just for her block, and Koelsch setting for three rotations from the back row will just help UH more in the long run.
This is an excerpt from an article on presidio sports webpage. More confirmation that Annie will be signing with the Wahine in November.
“The Lasers (6-0), who knocked the Vaqueros out of last year’s State playoffs in the Southern Cal Regional Finals, posted a 28-26, 25-13, 25-11 victory. Annie Mitchem, a 6-2 middle blocker, led IVC with 18 kills, 14 digs and a .517 hitting percentage. Mitchem, who’s commited to Hawaii next year, was the National 2-Year Player of the Year last season.”
Bummer about Kahakai. But hopefully Guinnaso will be able to step in her spot.
Another excerpt from that article.
“We really battled in the first set, then they put Annie in the front row and it was a different game,” said coach Ed Gover. “We can’t match up with a girl that good. It put us behind to start the second and third sets.”
IVC jumped ahead 12-5 in the second set and 6-0 in the third.
“Once they got in the rotation they wanted, it was hard to stop [Annie],” Gover added. “Then they ran out five points on each rotation when she was in the front row.
Annie sounds like a beast. I can’t wait to watch her play for the wahine.
Sorry, did I miss something? Is Nikki just taking a break from tonight’s match or did she get injured again?
Also, regarding Annie. I think this is the first time we have heard she is committed to Hawaii, yes? I know Cindy has been saying it’s a pretty guarantee thing, but not really confirming an actual verbal commitment. So this is good news.
Why is it we can never seem to pull out a win from TA?
Hawaii toward the end was blocking a very high percentage of TA’s front line attacks, TA successfully adjusted by rushing everyone inside the attack line to defend the block. Many of Hawaii’s blocks in the last couple of sets were soft tip downs that never made it to the floor as TA anticipated the block and would have someone waiting underneath to lift it back up! If the Hawaii blockers would have adjusted to swat some their blocks to behind the attack line, TA would have had to spread their defense and Hawaii’s front line would have been much more dominant in the last set.
KK got to play some extended time, enough to see that that TH is rightly the #1 setter, but that if TH gets gassed or loses her serve like she did tonight, KK is a very capable replacement with very little fall off and little reason not to rotate her in. TH might be more effective in long matches if KK were rotated in more.
The Wahine have the personnel with the skills to run a 6-2, but it would take mental focus and effort to quickly adjust their offense and defense during a match. Focus and ability to quickly and successfully adjust individual and team play on the floor was the skill set TA clearly demonstrated and Hawaii sometimes lacked tonight.
40. says it right there. and that was throughout especially the opening sets and set 2. the queenseis were like swarming bees ready to get that ball back up and if 1 player couldnt do it, theres always another with them! that is more like shoji dreams of dont let the ball drop defense.
not bad the play by the bows tonight. though unfortunately the bows had a misfortune in set 1 with the controversial call of greeley reach over (thats bull), couldnt save the set after that blow, with the so called notion of ‘starting slow’ and so far cant ‘win a 5 set for the life of them’ needs improvement. incorporating plays might help. from the start of play i had fantasized shoji use all jump servers higgins, tai, passi, and kahakai to see how ‘defensive’ toyota auto body really is. but unfortunately thats only my fantasy and the bows ultimately didnt ace any (they probably didnt try to bother as said reason below)
the queenseis play like swarming bees especially on defense, theres always seems to be at least 2 players to rescue the ball in case its dumped or out off the touch and in case 1 player couldnt rescue it. now i know they are a professional team but couldnt the wahine do that? a few times, a simple somebody from the back row including and especially mendoza could of stepped forward to dig some balls that could of been dug and not let toyota score the rally.
the queenseis are especially dangerous at the middle. did the bows beware of that?
for other plays the queenseis utilizes the tape of the net to make the ball drop over and over the match and the wahine still didnt see that coming? (i recall the wahine pulled a couple of these too but made less effort to defend against these) the wahines blocks were fine and even baby g partook in 1 of them (i believe it was the set when either shoji is out of subs or didnt sub and had magill and huff serving and playing the back row) but other than the blocking, the ball dropping from/over tape is what is still pouring through kills for the queenseis.
long wasnt mostly utilized for her velocity and range ‘long’ and as evident in the sets she played (she did get a couple where she was set effectively). shoji just likes her front row and wouldnt put her back row does he? then again her defense in receiving/digs/passes is still a wild.
maglio as someone had said seemed overmatched/appeared confused at first but did better particularly in set 4 part of the high water-mark for the wahines come from behind. koelsch did a nice job serving that it forced the queenseis to call timeout (retreat) and what makes dave and others say her location isnt good/enough? she had some nice sets including really nice back sets resulting in kills.
greeley essentially is made the workhorse if na wahine had fathomed her to be the terminator. (why didnt nikki taylor play?) tai as before kept it steady.
also what about #17 takeuchi the queenseis lone left hand jump server? though the bows won the set but that jump serve (aces) still went by unnoticed? did any of na wahine be like watch out for #17 its a jump (a left hand one too)?
when the queenseis serve, they serve as if they gave a hand salute as soon as they hit the ball on serve. of these, they mostly appear to be simple to dig and catch on. i think the wahine mostly handled the ball alright from receiving such serves.
magill and huff were decent in the backrow as servers and ball handlers. shoji might want to consider not subbing them out and use them as mobile reserves (they are not seen ‘mobile’ this match but you got to admit their steadying the ball looked better than the libero and ds) particularly for example if kahakai unfortunately is incapacitated and is now in crutches.
speaking of the non-subbing i think shoji needs to do that more. it actually resulted in good play and they won the set from being swept.
40. says it all. and that was throughout the opening set and 2. theyre like swarming bees that ready to cover the ball. and if one player couldnt do it, there was another with them! more like shojis fantasy keep the ball from dropping defense.
notice also tai serving when it was match point held back on her jump serve and at the last minute converted it into a jump float? she was like no not this nightmare again. and she was successful and converted it into her own kill and still served it good to the end.
the queenseis seem to disguise their floats/jump floats to make it look like a jump serve. and then they serve with what looks like a hand salute.
btw since na wahine couldnt survive 5 set plays so far. whos idea was it to put the alumnae match before the second northern arizona match? the bows better be ready with extra energy and not tired towards that! talk about giving your opponent an extra advantage and (scouting).
NT warmed up tonight and looked like she could have been used if needed. But rightly I think Dave kept her sidelined. Losing Kahaki may have had an impact on the coaching staff, after which Dave began freely substituting, which led to some interesting lineups on the floor as he ran low on substitutions and he kept the big girls on the floor. Magill, Adolpho, Maglio, Huff, all got to serve and play in the back row, and they did well. Huff had a nice little service run and had an overall good performance hitting, digging, passing and serving and showed flashes of six rotation ability. Front line play tended to fall off when she wasn’t in. Her blocking in particular was missed. As for Maglio, as others noted she was clearly out of sync at first, but did much better later. She needs work, but clearly has the athleticism to be effective, and showed tonight that she can adjust her play and improve within the match.
*** Read about the Annie commitment on twitter yesterday long before the Presidio article but some knew it happened a while ago, just not verified by her.
*** 52 swings is a lot for Greeley don’t you think ? So using Shoji’s own coaching philosophy that makes Greeley the go to girl,right ?
*** Holding Taylor out was interesting, might be more to that story if you’re into conspiracy theories.
There comes a time when you need to stop making excuses for failure or lack of improvement. The big question is will we still be making excuses in December ? When you hear fans already talking about 2015 it tells me there isn’t a whole lot of confidence out there for 2014. Should it really take a whole season to get better ?
Did you all give Kanani a warm aloha, or did she not make the trip due to her injury?
Tonight the dreaded SEs—service errors—returned in full force. Fortunately, Toyota Auto Body Queenseis (TA) was just as bad on the service line so it evened out. I think TA started with three SEs in a row to start the match. There is always talk of high risk-high reward when it comes to hard jump serves. Both Tayler Higgins and Tai Manu-Olevao have impressive, wicked jump serves. They both had strings of aces at the beginning of the year. But Tayler especially and lately Tai have been making a great number of service errors. Maybe both should start with jump floats instead that targets the middle of the court. It gets tiring to hear the crowd groan loudly every time a Bow hits out or into the net.
Good to see Huff, Kendra and Emily play. If Coach can seriously work these frosh into his system, the next 18 games should be interesting. They represent the core to the wahine future and need to cut their teeth. It will also force BWC teams to make adjustments every time they are utilized. That requires more prep time. Height brings problems. They need to be challenged. I believe Nikki Taylor and Oliva McGill are the de facto leadership on this team. Mix it up in between and allow the chemistry to blend. It could surprise.
Chokers? Choking would be appropriate if this team had already established a level of consistent play that can be expected and can be used to compare. With all the projected starters yet to play together in even one game (either NT or TM was out), are you making your choking comparison of this team to … what? Last year’s team? Next year’s team? A fantasy team? Wow, so harsh.
Dont forget the facebook chat with Magill starts at 1:30 today
I haven’t seen them choking, which I think is characterized by a self-destructive fear of failure or sometimes the fear of success. ‘Choking’ is always self-inflicted self-sabotage. I was looking for that last night, and I never saw that in the team play. At the serve line though, it becomes an individual game, and occasionally you wonder. Because the jump serve is high reward, high risk, those who use it are most under the microscope.
Tai last night in the last set came up to serve and the crowd quieted down, and you could tell in her face that Tai was processing the moment. She was calculating the risk of another hard serve, or to try something else. She set her face, started smoothly forward, and instead of blasting one into the net or over the line, she adjusted, did the smart thing and took a little off and arced it nicely over the net. It got returned, but the serve did enough to keep them a bit off balance and they couldn’t press their front line attack. Tai didn’t choke, she calculated the best chance of success in the moment and the team’s need not to have an untimely error and she executed the right choice. We’ve all noted Tai’s improved play this year, and last night she showed why. This year she can see more of the game and what she needs to do, and she is making better choices.
TH as the match wore on just lost the ability to find her serve. When she hit into the net, you could see her get upset with herself, then quickly try to put it behind. I suspect she just hasn’t learned yet that fatigue, be it physical or mental, will first steal physical and mental precision. Any physical/mental activity that requires precise movement and mental judgement will start to suffer before you actually feel tired. Jump servers need to learn that long before they feel fatigue, the risk of an unsuccessful service run will be increasing, and they’ll need to adjust.
No one expects the protectors to see anything,they only see what they want to see but maybe if they took off their rose colored glasses ? 😉
And to those with glasses tinted with hues of negativity and a propensity to slight – the same may apply also to you! The season is just starting. Isn’t it too early to be so negative?
Fatigue has occurred more than once with TH, schoolwork may be keeping her up all night. UH coaches should assess the players condition prior to matches and make substitutions as required. Even better, regularly address academic status with each player and provide academic assistance where needed to ensure that the girls don’t stay up all night.
50 No one expects you to be anything but an….well, you know…..since you know everything. 🙂
Eh, haka, just ignore the usual pathetic band of “denigrators.” If these fair weather fans didn’t whine and criticize all day, they would have nothing to do.
This Wahine team is actually exceeding expectations considering what the team lost from last year and how young they are. Next year they will be great. This year I’m happy to watch this fun team improve and play hard.
uhfan, thanks for the reminder about McGill’s chat. She is fast becoming my favorite player on this team.
Wow, wow, wow! If this long awaited announcement about Annie Mitchem is true, I can’t even remember when the wahines had two such studs in the middle. I do remember the great tandem of Angelica Ljungquist and Sarah Chase back in 1993-4 (?) I believe. Angelica went on to become National Player of the Year and I thought that Sarah led the nation in blocking/set at one point. Both were six rotation players back then. Both could hit, block, dig and had great all around skills. They were super! And yeah, the pain associated with that era now comes back to me – as I recall why I still hate Long Beach State!
54 Rollshot, Agreed and I usually do. I just thought I’d encourage the loser with his delusional self esteem issues. As for the Wahine, I believe they will win the conference and represent well in the post season this year! Go Bows!
@62 I agree that the Wahine will win the conference and I believe they will do some real damage in the post-season. They will probably once again get placed in the Washington regional and sent to a sub-regional on the west coast (as an unseeded team). I can totally see this team taking out a top seed if they play to their potential. USC, Oregon and Washington will probably host sub-regionals and the Wahine certainly could beat any of those teams on a good night.
@ 50 Kanani did make the trip but did not play because she is injured. It was great to see her.
any update on kahakai?
if she’s out for the season, that’ll be a huge loss for hawaiis back row.
60. Rollshot, I think that you touched on a very important factor with your post. Considering what the Wahine lost in talent last season, where the 2014 Wahine are at is great. Take out Taylor for the first third of the season in addition to last seasons players that moved along and year to date this an exceptional showing. The best is still to come as the players gel together, learn how to play at this level, and begin to win together.
All fans of this team should throw out criticism, and understand that what you see in today’s play, isn’t going to be what you see tomorrow. Enjoy this team as you are in at the beginning of a team that is going to blossom as this season moves along, and flower in the next couple of seasons. Enjoy the ride, it will feel very special when your fan investment pays off.
So who is gonna take over Kahakai’s spot until she gets better? Personally I think Guinasso is the best out of the serving specialist but Shoji had Ponce in Kahakai’s spot when she got injured so I dunno.
Greeley, Olevao and Taylor can play all the way around , so a ds is not really necessary.
i would have liked to watch this on tv. too bad.
i also would have liked to see the wahine attempt the 6-2. if offense is hard to come by, then why not try it? then at least they can take advantage of the size on the bench. it will all but eliminate adolpho’s slide out to the right pin as an offensive option. it’s tough, b/c she far more effective on that, than either a front or back 1.
70. Yup Aldolpho is much better on the slide. But her quicks in front of the setter are decent. It would help to develop that to diversify her offense.
I don’t recall seeing Magill hit any slides. I know her position in the rotation limits her slide opportunities. Hopefully they can utilize her quickness and athleticism by moving her along the net more……3-1 sets and maybe back 1’s.
#56. Who are these protectors you keep referring to? Or more precisely what is a protector?
Looks like the UH warrior roster is up, only one surprise, Alex Jones 6′ 5 setter has transferred from Northridge.
tossup,wildcard – are you Siamese twins?
55. says it. tai is more tactical this year. higgins doesnt seem to have other than a jump serve doesnt she? it will be harder to do especially in 5 sets.
74. no i used wildcard just to test the waters and see if it posts since i guess posting under this wasnt working at the time.
Taylor was never going to play according to Shoji.
Kahakai sprained knee. likely out for this weekend.
Mentioned Danielson was out two days ago and in my story for the print edition as well.
72. yes, they are the same person