Tuesday checkin

All quiet so far today.
Wanted to start a new thread just because.

Not sure how good the two Big West teams are this week. UCSB has lost its last 6, including being swept by San Diego State last match
Cal Poly 8-3 but really hasn’t played anyone.


  1. st. anthony trojan September 22, 2015 9:25 am

    is this the start of conference play now ?

  2. 'ohanaInBellingham September 22, 2015 10:20 am

    Digging pointers from Erik Shoji: http://go.teamusa.org/1iKXw6L.

  3. 'ohanaInBellingham September 22, 2015 10:24 am

    I was wondering about a serve receiver’s stance after I saw a photo of TMO the other day. I think it says a lot that Erik nearly always has his hands clasped.

  4. jmy September 22, 2015 10:25 am

    Big matches this week: USC at UCLA, Wisc at PSU, Arizona at ASU…

  5. Brandon September 22, 2015 10:30 am

    Nikki is SECOND in the nation among OH/Opp in blocking behind Ann Clappier and is ranked 17 nationally. She’s becoming ranked in nearly every statistical category.

  6. Cubicle1126 September 22, 2015 1:44 pm

    ncaa stats, as of 9/21/15, http://www.ncaa.com/stats/volleyball-women/d1

    blocks per set
    magill — 5th nationally, 1.59 bps
    taylor — 17th, 1.43 bps
    maglio — 57th, 1.25 bps
    (alhassan of florida is 1st with a ridiculous 2.24 bps. the next highest is 1.78.)

    points per set
    taylor — 2nd, 6.09 pps
    (bricio of usc is 1st with 6.26 pps)

    kills per set
    taylor — 6th, 4.83 kps

    aces per set
    taylor — tied for 15th, 0.53 aps

    hitting percentage
    magill — 58th, .389

    assists per set
    higgins — 91st, 9.8 per set

    team stats
    5th in blocks per set, 3.15 bps
    19th in hitting percentage, .276
    20th in kills per set, 14.28

  7. tongo September 22, 2015 2:43 pm

    #6 Much thanks and very informative. The ladies and the staff have got to be so proud! If all goes well in next few weeks, the Wahines may break back into the top 10! Meanwhile, pass and receive, pass and receive, pass and receive, – and practice blocking the slide as Chris McLachlin said you are going to see tons of it throughout the BW season, and even more in tournament play.

  8. Cindy Luis September 22, 2015 6:50 pm

    8) Stanford def. Cal 25-23, 27-25, 20-25, 25-16
    only ranked team in action.

    3.As for the picture of Manu-Oleve, if it is the one I’m thinking of it was a snapshot of one moment. Was it on serve=receive or going for a dig?

  9. Vbfan001 September 22, 2015 9:55 pm

    I know we think Taylor is set too much, but statistically she really isn’t.

    She is only ranked 109 in attacks per set, so there are many players who actually attack the ball more often. I bet Hartong had a lot more attacks per set in her career than Taylor does now.

  10. volley September 22, 2015 10:13 pm

    this is kind of late..oh well its not really that important considering it came from know nothing deb stadick kniffin…


    for those of you who want to see it anyways/nosy, scroll down to “No. 2 Florida vs. No. 16 Hawai’i” (told you its late)

    talked about how the game changer was the all-around prowess of nikki taylor and “Unfortunately, even if Hawai’i slows down the Gator offense, they’re predictable offense (eh hem—set Taylor every ball) may prove problematic—unless she’s up for the challenge.” which of course nikki definitely was up for the challenge (free boasting/gloating for nikki)

  11. Maverick September 23, 2015 1:27 am

    9. A couple of comments:
    During her last two years, Hartong averaged 11.45 attempts/set.

    The attack/set stats include MBs and players who may not play all six rotations, so there are some comparability issues. Nikki ranks second in pts/set, so she has a very good all-around game, and my concern is overusing her on attacks that may affect the other parts of her game like her jump serve and incredible blocking. We will have to see how durable she is as the season progresses.

    The other point that was alluded to above is more strategic in nature. Give Nikki more attempts and you reduce the number for the other hitters. And play her more and you don’t develop the backups. It is clear that without Nikki, the team is much less because of the lack of another consistent OH in the starting or reserve ranks. The opportunity is to develop the other players and diversify the offense so that the team is less reliant on Nikki, and also less predictable to defend. So there is a bit more to the issue, IMHO, than a simple ranking statistic.

  12. Maverick September 23, 2015 1:48 am

    One more comment related to team diversification. The following relates to players with 100+ attack so far this year:

    Florida’s leader in attacks/set is Holston with 7.97. Recek has 6.55, Snyder 6.16, Alhassan 5.36, Antwi 4.21, Mallette 4.08.

    By comparison, Nikki Taylor is 10.13, Greeley 6.64, TMO 6.47, Magill 4.58.

    Florida has more balance and has a .329 hitting pct., fifth in the nation. UH hits .276 and ranks 19th. Yes, Florida and more highly-ranked recruits, but that’s all the more reason for UH to develop players not named Nikki Taylor during conference play. The teams that are winning national championships have multiple offensive options. UH has two consistent options in Taylor and Magill.

  13. Cindy Luis September 23, 2015 8:10 am

    10. find that an interesting comment by someone I assume has not watched a Wahine match. and based on stats from the first weekend or maybe just how they played against UCLA, the only other ranked team comparison. true, they may get predictable if the passing isn’t there. But Taylor, much like Hartong, has been looked at on the ‘bail us out” ball.
    the other point: this is the AVCA national blog they should know the difference between “they’re” and “their.”

  14. Cindy Luis September 23, 2015 8:44 am


    Wednesday thread up

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