Tuesday check-in

Team got back in the gym after having Monday off.

Don’t know what it’s called but Taylor was wearing kind of a flex brace on her elbow rather than having it taped. Shoji said it’s new but somewhat restrictive, probably only for practice.

Kahakai still in her right knee brace. Not cleared to practice yet. She’s apparently close to being cleared but may not be for this week.

Call the Coach with Shoji tonight at 6 p.m. Rumors, Ala Moana Hotel.


  1. wildcard September 30, 2014 11:24 am

    i read/heard something about taylor injured again? is that what it was?

  2. connor September 30, 2014 11:45 am

    I didn’t watch the games on the mainland this past week. how is dave handling long and passi in terms of their roles in games? serving, defense or front row?

  3. Cindy Luis September 30, 2014 12:43 pm

    1. She’s not re-injured but obviously still not 100 percent.They are being very careful with her.
    They do have a new brace for her as mentioned above. gives her more support during practice.

  4. Cindy Luis September 30, 2014 12:53 pm

    2. at the moment, Long and Passi are in reserve roles but he said he won’t hesitate to use them if whoever is in the lineup isn’t getting the job done. Taylor not 100 percent and limited in her swings from the 3-meter. Passi is an option there when at right back and serving. Gives them a different look. He does want to get all his players game experience in case they are needed in a match.
    He continues to consider the 6-2 in certain match ups.

  5. Hot September 30, 2014 5:28 pm

    While some fans have been clamoring for Guinasso to get more playing time/join the travel roster, I just want to say I’ve been impressed with Katiana Ponce. She hasn’t had as much hype as Guinasso or Kahakai, or even Anderson, but she’s been more than solid in her role and plays great defense as well.

  6. LC September 30, 2014 5:32 pm

    Anyone going to the premiere of Rise of the Wahine ? Nov 3rd at the Hawai`i Film Festival. Cindy should go and write a review .


  7. Cindy Luis September 30, 2014 6:20 pm

    Think it best that someone else do the review since I am part of the film Will be invited to the special showing before the 3rd.

  8. Cindy Luis September 30, 2014 6:23 pm

    5. mentioned last week that I had asked Shoji ‘why Ponce’ as the first sub. He said that they score more when she is serving. It could be a function of the rotation as to who he has in the offensive lineup. But they’re looking at who is serving when they score well.

  9. NinthIsland September 30, 2014 6:24 pm

    Good stuff Cindy…Glad to hear Nikki ain’t reinjured…When she’s not terminating she’s a very good blocker…Hope Kahakai gets better soon. She’s one of our best serve-receivers…Which IMO is one of our weak points…

  10. uhfan September 30, 2014 6:25 pm

    So Dave is the one killing this team with their road schedule. First agreeing to have no travel partner and now having the team play consecutive road matches instead of having a day off in between.

  11. Cindy Luis September 30, 2014 6:32 pm

    Hawaii has struggled with serve receive at times, which means they have struggled to run the middle. UH second to UCI in aces 91-76. Opponents have aced UH 43 times. Also the Wahine with 126 SEs compared to 108 for the opponents.
    Hawaii has served over 100 more times. UH 1052. opponents 933
    I like Kahakai as well, solid platform.

  12. Cindy Luis September 30, 2014 6:34 pm

    10. said that weeks ago. they agreed to it last year as well so nothing new other than last week they didn’t take the extra day in between UCD and UCR. As he said, he is concerned about the amount of time spent away from school. After all, they are student athletes.
    The big issue is that UH is the only team with football so the Big West has to work around that when scheduling. It’s not all about UH.

  13. JoJo September 30, 2014 6:43 pm

    Why do people always talk about scheduling, I’m pretty sure all those people only see the girls as athletes but not students. KEEP IN MIND – THE GIRLS ARE STUDENT FIRST AND ATHLETES SECONDS.

    So yes, Dave is thinking about school first when it comes to scheduling.


    Let’s go bows!!!!

  14. Cindy Luis September 30, 2014 6:49 pm

    There is another difference this season in the travel partners. UCD is with UCR. Last year it was UCD and CSUN, Fullerton and UCR
    Last year it was Long Beach and UC Irvine. this year it’s Long Beach CSUN, UCI and Fullerton.
    Cal Poly-UCSB stays the same.
    That is a Big West decision as to who are partnered.
    Hawaii is not the only team playing on back to back nights.

  15. Cindy Luis September 30, 2014 7:02 pm

    not sure why the ‘shoji is killing the team’ with the schedule’ comment.
    last season. they played back to back all but two weekends, Fullerton-UCR (home) and CSUN-UCD (road) were split.
    this year only Cal Poly-UCSB at home is split.
    Perhaps there is more focus because the Long Beach State-CSUN schedule is killer?

  16. Cubicle1126 September 30, 2014 8:00 pm

    it’s not like playing back-to-back nights on road trips is all that unusual. many other teams do it in conference play.

  17. not-the-0nly-football-school September 30, 2014 8:10 pm

    UC Davis be it FCS, plays football too.

  18. Cindy Luis September 30, 2014 8:43 pm

    my bad. Cal Poly plays FB as well. forgot about them. I’m so old that when I was in school Long Beach State and Fullerton had football.Don’t remember when UCSB and UOP dropped it. think UCR might have had it back in the day. CSUN gave it a shot briefly.

  19. wildcard September 30, 2014 11:54 pm

    isnt the football thing part of the problem? i mean dont get me wrong i like football the sport but it seems particularly with uh its becoming an obstacle rather than of value. i know football was one thing that started d1 sports with ncaa so im surprised if others dropped football they still be considered d1 schools.

  20. hollycow October 1, 2014 12:00 am

    Ahh me too Cindy, I remember watching Terry Metcalf of Long Beach St. running circles around UH in the Termite Palace.

  21. wildcard October 1, 2014 12:09 am

    5. yes when ponce served, the team did decently in scoring. she even had some aces and digs to defend. she was even called to make the most crucial of serves (ucla). it aint like the ponce last year when she is hardly noticed. this year shes like in kawamuras role.

  22. hollycow October 1, 2014 6:23 am

    Last season Ana had the least amount of playing time of the entire team. She was the last in line as far as L/DS, Longo, Lelepali, Mendoza and Kawamura all were in the match before she had the clean up spots. No playing time, no can show what you can do.

  23. blunite October 1, 2014 9:57 am

    As non-scholarship players, Ponce, Guinasso, and Anderson provide such a valuable service to the team. Unfortunate that there are not enough scholarships to help them out. Speaking of which, UH has 20 players on the roster (with at least 3 more in the pipeline) but an NCAA limit of 12 scholarships. Two seniors will graduate (Mendoza and Adolpho) but the math still does not add up.

  24. hollycow October 1, 2014 12:28 pm

    2014 NaWahine has 16 on the roster.

  25. Cindy Luis October 2, 2014 8:29 am

    21. Completely agree. Hard to show what you have when not getting on the court.

    23. the math adds up. 14 players, 12 on athletic scholarships, 2 walk-ons.

    I know you say ‘unfortunate not to have enough scholarship help’ Every team has walk-ons. Players know what they’re agreeing to when they walk on. Most have turned down scholarship offers to be a part of the Wahine program. Their decision. And many players are fortunate to have families who can afford UH, which is cheap relatively speaking. I know some who have come to UH because out-of-state tuition is still cheaper than what in-state tuition in California is.

    Don’t know how it’s going to work out next year since they have 3 commits and losing 2 scholarship seniors. My feeling continues to be that the scholarship agreements are between the coach and the players. Stauber an example. Walked on first year with the promise of a scholarship the next. Believe Mendoza came in as a walk-on.

    As for thinking that a current player might not be on volleyball scholarship or not playing next year , as of now Manu-Olevao is not going on her mission. Said yesterday she will look at it after her playing career is done at UH.
    Huff said she might look at playing a basketball as a junior, which would be in 2016. Still no guarantee that basketball would have a scholarship for her.

  26. Cindy Luis October 2, 2014 8:46 am

    19. You’d be dropping a lot of of schools from DI with your thinking.
    Consider that 332 schools offer DI volleyball
    There are 128 schools with DI football (FBS)
    The various levels in football are determined by scholarships.
    Some schools decided to drop football all together, in part because they couldn’t afford the cost of adding women’s sports due to the gender equity stuff.
    A lot of others dropped down to DI -AA (FCS) or DII where there are no athletic scholarships.

    Interestingly, football programs continue to be added at colleges, mostly at the NAIA DII and DIII levels.
    12 added last year, a couple at the DI FCS level. Seven were added this season, Nine scheduled for next year.

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