Tuesday check-in, Emma Smith; Mackie earns NPOW

Back to 6 a.m. practice, as it will be Wednesday and Thursday.
Done around 8:15. They finish early on Tuesdays because of 9 a.m. classes for many.

Magill was out for the most part. She is getting an MRI later day. They’re not sure what’s wrong yet. She helped with blocking drills, using two of the long noodles people you use in a pool.

Anderson was out sick. Mendoza had an appointment so wasn’t there either. The remaining 3 DSs did a lot of serve and pass to each other.

Nothing new on Taylor other than she had to keep readjusting her brace. Greeley didn’t seem to be 100 percent, had one of those ankle strap things on her left foot.

Lot of reps for everyone today. Higgins working on her connection with Maglio and Adolpho on back sets, as well as to the right-side hitters.

They’re looking forward to the clinic and scrimmage on Molokai Saturday. Adolpho said she expects a large turnout.

Responding to WF’s post from Sunday about Emma Smith, Mira Costa, committing for 2016.
She is more of a sand recruit but looks like she’s walking on for both.

And kind of surprised at this, based on one match
From the Big West:
A day after earning Big West Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week, Long Beach State’s Bre Mackie collected another award, this time being tabbed Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week. This marks the first national honor for a Big West athlete this season and the ninth time a student-athlete from Long Beach State has garnered Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week honors, with the most recent coming from Janisa Johnson on November 29, 2011.
Mackie’s career-highs of 20 kills and nine total blocks helped the 49ers snap a seven-match losing streak to UH and defeat the Rainbow Wahine for the first time since 2000. She produced a .327 hitting percentage with just four errors on a team-high 49 swings. The victory solidified first place for the 49ers in the Big West at 4-0.

She punctuated her solid all-around effort by putting down the final kill of the match, which secured the first 20-kill performance of her career. In addition, she had a career-high tying eight digs, which left her just two digs and one block short of a triple-double.


  1. islandman October 14, 2014 1:17 pm

    That’s pretty early for the girls or anyone to start practice, means they have to get to be early. When can they study ?

  2. wildcard October 14, 2014 2:27 pm

    hey cindy remind me what the clinic and scrimmage on moloka’i saturday is about?

  3. OrbitalRipZ October 14, 2014 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the info on NPOW … Always good to have the Big West in the spotlight, even if it’s not a UH player.

    When you think about it, Shoji has been saying since almost Day 1 that the setter has got to get the ball to Magill or his middles. What’s the purpose of having 2 power MBs — now 3! — if your setter doesn’t set her middles enough?

    Think — actually I have no idea so don’t hate on me — Jade Vorster was frustrated that she wasn’t being set enough, and that was one of the reasons she left. But then the setter had the priority to set the ball outside to a 2-time 1st team AA, who was very good at digging up her own blocked balls.

  4. AdmrVT October 14, 2014 2:45 pm


    The link that WF posted on Emma Smith’s commitment for 2016 indicates she committed to play indoor and sand. IF correct, then she is either on an indoor scholarship or a walk-on.


    Otherwise, it indicates to me that they may have lost out on one of their top rated recruit prospects as they will have only 3 indoor scholarships to offer (Olevao, Long and Magill are seniors in 2015) & would have only 2 left.

  5. LC October 14, 2014 3:24 pm

    Is this scrimmage open to the public ?

  6. Moloka'i Ho'i October 14, 2014 3:29 pm

    Too bad about the Pau Hana Inn/Molokai Oceanside Retreat Center.

    It was a must see.

  7. LC October 14, 2014 3:43 pm

    I was just thinking that this Anna Tropical Storm /possible hurricane could change all plans for going to Molokai

  8. Moloka'i Ho'i October 14, 2014 3:44 pm

    Looks like Elizabeth Blake had moved into the starting setter’s role out in Laie.
    Maybe they do have a chance after all.

    Yes, they lost their all american Asian setter from last season but Blake’s mother (Bonnie Lelepali-Blake) had herself a fine daughter to go along with her setter’s all american awards back in the heyday of Hawai’i VB.

    One of the earlier coverages, that I can recall with Cindy, is that 1987-88 winter when UH, BYUH and UH-Lab had that mini-celebratory parade through town honoring all of the aforementioned national champions.

    Perhaps these days, folks on this blog wouldn’t remember it; although, I suspect that not many being volleyball manoa maniacs attended?!

  9. Cindy Luis October 14, 2014 3:45 pm

    1. that’s been the normal practice time most days. 6-8 a.m. -8:30 a.m. sometimes lifting after then classes. or if they have to go to classes, they come back to lift.
    they study after.
    Game week they’ll go 6-8 earlier in the week. then switch to 3-6 Wednesday or Thursday, depending on which night they play.
    Travel week they go 6-8 M-T=W, fly out W afternoon. on the road they have study hall and a staff member proctors, oversees any tests that need to be taken

  10. vbfan October 14, 2014 3:59 pm

    #4 Passi is a senior is 2015 as well.

  11. Cindy Luis October 14, 2014 3:59 pm

    2. the wahine are holding a clinic then an intrasquad scrimmage at Molokai High

  12. Cindy Luis October 14, 2014 4:01 pm

    3. Vorster did not leave because she was frustrated about lack of sets. As she told me, she felt she was more of a student than an athlete. She graduated high school early, graduated college early. Wanted to play on the same team as her sister, wanted to be closer to home. Has 2 years to play as a grad student. She and Sirena are at Libery, very close to their grandparents.

  13. Cindy Luis October 14, 2014 4:02 pm

    3. Setter would like to set the middles. But they need good passes to do so.

  14. Cindy Luis October 14, 2014 4:04 pm

    4. Thanks. had updated my original post. Looks like she’s a walk-on for both. I’m pretty sure she won’t be on indoor scholarship. There’s no way they’d have 2 liberos on scholarship, not when Kahakai will be only a junior in 2016.

  15. Cindy Luis October 14, 2014 4:09 pm

    5. open to the public.
    7. at the moment it’s a go. but there has been a power outage on molokai today.
    it may change the times of things. have heard a couple of different times. Will know more tomorrow. Wong said they will be working on a contingency plan for the horseshoe fundraiser Sunday as well

    All I know is as of now:
    the Wahine supposed to get to Molokai at 1 p.m. and stay the night.
    I’m flying in at 1030 and coming back on the last flight.

  16. Cindy Luis October 14, 2014 4:22 pm

    8. feel bad about our lack of DII coverage this year. I had been doing it the past couple of years but with Ann retiring went back to the Wahine beat.
    You’ll notice that Blake is now married. and her bio mentions nothing about having played at UH.
    Michelle Chen an All-American setter. She may have returned to Taiwan. She was listed as a junior last year.

  17. Cindy Luis October 14, 2014 4:24 pm

    8. but was wondering about you’re comment “maybe they have a chance after all.’
    the Seasiders lost in the NCAA II finals last year so they were pretty good in 2013.
    but losing Chen was big. They were going with their junior Murray to start. Blake is still listed as a libero in their stats.

  18. Cindy Luis October 14, 2014 4:45 pm

    and speaking of Vorster,
    she was Defender POW for Liberty this week

  19. Moloka'i Ho'i October 14, 2014 4:53 pm

    In VB it generally takes an outstanding one mb, one oh, and one setter to make a national title happen.

    The schools from MN may be vulnerable but I’m not holding my breath on any other state swooping it from beneath them in claiming the Div.II.

    Laie may be one of the hot spots nationally come December 2014.

    The Western Division of the AVCA Div.II regional is still stacked with a number of fine volleyball teams for the competition.

    BYUH should make it back to Louisville this season.

  20. Moloka'i Ho'i October 14, 2014 5:04 pm

    Don’t believe that you have any reason to feel badly either.

    Seemingly you’ve got your hands full with Dave/UH/the SA/and of course the beast that it is, Volleyshots.

    BYUH is likely folding, and the other small schools have the Gym 1 spring tournaments to attend. Everyone appreciated you while it lasted however. Wasn’t it a plaque of some sort which you’ve got sitting somewhere from the Pac-West? ‘-)

  21. Not an Expert October 14, 2014 5:14 pm

    Watching the video on Smith she looks quick but maybe the ball traveling slower at that age and level. One question I noticed she is constantly moving her feet like a tennis player waiting to return serve. Is that the preferred technique? Is that what UH liberos do?

  22. Cindy Luis October 14, 2014 5:28 pm

    20. sad that it appears to be a done deal at BYUH. they are the winningest DII school in history with all the volleyball and tennis titles.
    unless the Seasiders are the top seed in the west, they’ll have to travel to a regional, which is always a tough one, hosted by San Bernardino quite frequently.
    BYUH 11-3 currently ranked No. 4 nationally and the highest ranked from the west. But the regional rankings have a different formula, more like an RPI. SB is 11-4 No. 14 in the poll.
    I did get an award from the PacWest for media coverage a few years ago. thanks for remembering.
    21. It’s one technique to rock during serve-receive. Some coaches like it. Some players like it.

  23. AdmrVT October 14, 2014 5:57 pm

    14. That sounds right. So, they would have 4 scholarships for 2016 ( with Olevao, Long, Magill & Passi seniors in 2015).

    Perhaps, two MBs, one OH, & one S.

  24. Brandon October 14, 2014 6:04 pm

    Praying Magill is ok.

  25. Cindy Luis October 14, 2014 6:08 pm

    She was mobile enough to be the blocker with the noodles for about 20 minutes. Stood left for quite a long time, then moved back and forth from middle to right side to mimic a blocker. She didn’t look in pain and doubt if they would have asked her to do the drill if she had been.

  26. LC October 14, 2014 6:31 pm

    Check it out..”The Sports Attack volleyball machines will deliver thousands of reps in daily practice of serve receiving, digging and spiking.” This baby serves balls up to 80 MPH


    The Sports Attack is used by a lot of top programs including USAV. According to the customer list we don’t have one of these,click on view by state.

    If Dave thinks this would help in to improving passing they should get one but as cheap as they are at UHAD we might have to take the donations route. Cost is 3,299 + shipping

  27. wildcard October 14, 2014 7:14 pm

    11. and cindy that happens what time?

    also i forgot is it like 1 thing or several things in said moloka’i clinic and intrasquad scrimmage?

  28. Cindy Luis October 14, 2014 10:27 pm

    27. Read 15.
    it’s a clinic then a scrimmage.

  29. Geno Tamayo October 14, 2014 10:38 pm

    I saw on volley talk that Michelle Chen got married this year and is having a baby and will redshirt this year

  30. wildcard October 15, 2014 1:46 am

    28. yes #15 says wahine supposed to be there at 1pm but when does any of the clinic/scrimmage start at what time?

    also what comprises said scrimmage? is it one thing or a plural of things? such as wong said to have a horseshoe fundraiser?

    and then you said i guess you arrive earlier than na wahine and then leave at the end of the day.

  31. Cindy Luis October 15, 2014 7:01 am

    29. thank you

  32. Cindy Luis October 15, 2014 7:12 am

    32. if you read 15 it says that things are a go at the moment but there has been a power outage on molokai today. (Tuesday)
    it may change the times of things. have heard a couple of different times. Will know more tomorrow. (Wednesday)
    The previous thread which you responded to gave you the times.
    on Saturday
    Wahine scheduled to fly in at 1 pm.
    Clinic at 4.
    Intrasquad scrimmage around 6.

    Horseshoe event is Sunday at 1 p.m.. Wong working on a contingency plan if the hurricane happens.

  33. islandman October 15, 2014 8:59 am

    How do they use the noodles in practice blocking drills ?

  34. Cindy Luis October 15, 2014 10:00 am

    it’s to mimic ‘high hands’ blocking. Noodles held so that the top portion is above the net, looked like 8-10 inches. Leftsides did a lot of hitting crosscourt inside angle to avoid the ‘blocker’

  35. islandman October 15, 2014 10:08 am

    Thanks. You or someone mentioned that often it is good to just touch or deflect the ball rather than having to block it outright. It can get to the other team if their attacks keep getting deflected. There was a match in the SSC in a previous year where UH’s attacks were often deflected and kept in play by the opponent.

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