No. 8 Hawaii 3, UC Davis 0; Top 25 scores

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3) Nebraska def. Northwestern 25-13, 25-19, 25-19
5) Penn State def. Indiana 25-18, 25-15, 25-14
7) Ohio State def. 18) Purdue 25-15, 25-27, 24-26, 25-23, 15-9
12) UCLA def. 14) Arizona 25-16, 25-18, 25-22
16) Illinois def. Iowa 25-16, 25-16, 26-24
18) Florida State def. North Carolina 25-20, 22-25, 18-25, 25-21, 15-10
22) Western Kentucky def. Charlotte 25-19, 26-24, 25-21
25) Louisville def. Wake Forest 25-20, 25-14, 25-21


  1. NinthIsland October 16, 2015 6:26 pm

    Strong win for UCLA and our RPI…

  2. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 6:46 pm

    In the 2 big west matches tonight, Gauchos win first
    UC Santa Barbara def. UC Riverside, 15-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-18
    Cal Poly def. CSU Fullerton, 25-11, 25-15, 25-21

  3. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 6:54 pm

    3) Nebraska def. Northwestern 25-13, 25-19, 25-19
    4. Washington def. 24) Oregon, 25-20, 25-21, 25-16
    5) Penn State def. Indiana 25-18, 25-15, 25-14
    7) Ohio State def. 18) Purdue 25-15, 25-27, 24-26, 25-23, 15-9
    12) UCLA def. 14) Arizona 25-16, 25-18, 25-22
    16) Illinois def. Iowa 25-16, 25-16, 26-24
    18) Florida State def. North Carolina 25-20, 22-25, 18-25, 25-21, 15-10
    20. Kentucky def. Auburn, 22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21, 15-12
    22) Western Kentucky def. Charlotte 25-19, 26-24, 25-21
    25) Louisville def. Wake Forest 25-20, 25-14, 25-21

  4. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 7:01 pm

    Koelsch is starting as is Granato for Greeley.
    No. 1 USC def. No. 10 ASU 3-1

  5. haleiwacrossfitter October 16, 2015 7:01 pm

    That was one of the worst renditions of Star Spangled Banner and Hawaii Pono’i. Why do they try to do all these runs for. Just sing the song….

  6. cruisecontrol October 16, 2015 7:01 pm

    Twitter says Granato starting instead of Greely?

  7. greenthumb October 16, 2015 7:04 pm

    Sorry to hear that Greeley’s shoulder is bothering her. She seemed to fight through the knee injury so quickly.

  8. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 7:04 pm

    6. yes, see No. 4

  9. haleiwacrossfitter October 16, 2015 7:05 pm

    Greeley might consider surgery after this season. Shoulder surgery now days have quick recovery times. She could still be back by next season.

  10. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 7:10 pm

    UH with 5 blocks in their first 8 points. it’s 8-2. TO Davis

  11. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 7:11 pm

    Have mentioned Greeley’s shoulder problem in the past. She said she likely wouldn’t have surgery until her career is done.

  12. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 7:12 pm

    SC def. ASU 25-15, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23. ASU made it interesting, came back from 24=21 to 24-23 in set 4

  13. Don October 16, 2015 7:20 pm

    Is it really Marvin Hall as R1 tonight??

  14. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 7:21 pm

    UH up 21-11. TO Davis

  15. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 7:22 pm

    13. Yes, Marvin is the up ref.

  16. z October 16, 2015 7:23 pm

    Granato doing a nice job so far.

  17. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 7:24 pm

    not good. Taylor is down

  18. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 7:25 pm

    Castillo in for Taylor

  19. Brandon October 16, 2015 7:27 pm

    Hope nikki is ok!

  20. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 7:27 pm

    UH wins 25-14

  21. z October 16, 2015 7:28 pm

    Noooo. Looked like knee to the head.

  22. Don October 16, 2015 7:29 pm

    Good to see Marvin back on the podium…

  23. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 7:34 pm

    UH up 5-1 TO Davis
    Taylor was able to walk on her own to the other side when teams traded benches.

  24. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 7:36 pm

    22. it is. he had heart issues I believe, collapsed after a match.

  25. z October 16, 2015 7:38 pm

    No more injuries please.

  26. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 7:39 pm

    Taylor back in at 8-4

  27. warriorfan October 16, 2015 7:41 pm

    I’d rest Nikki, I think UH can win this with Casey.

  28. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 7:41 pm

    taylor with a kill. it’s 11-5. TO Davis

  29. z October 16, 2015 7:46 pm

    Kendra has really improved her digging.

  30. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 7:51 pm

    Maglio blocked. it’s 21-11. TO UH after being up 19-9

  31. AlexM October 16, 2015 7:51 pm

    Maybe Dave should start subbing his starters out earlier when the score is so lopsided.

  32. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 7:52 pm

    Mitchem is in for Maglio

  33. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 7:55 pm

    Mitchem with a kill ends it on the slide. 25-12. Mitchem in on 2 blocks and a kill for UH’s final 3 points

  34. z October 16, 2015 7:55 pm

    No doubt. Annie is ready.

  35. rosepetals October 16, 2015 7:56 pm

    Wow, I feel like most of the sets, or a lot of the sets to the middle were slides.

  36. Maverick October 16, 2015 7:56 pm

    TV mentioned that Shoji stated Mitchem was the best player in practice this week. I hope we get to see more of her in set 3.

  37. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 7:56 pm

    Wahine basketball team introduced during the break. celebrating their Big West regular season title.

  38. z October 16, 2015 8:04 pm

    Kendra leading team with 8 digs. She also has 4 blocks.

  39. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 8:07 pm
    for those who want to play along at home with the stats …

  40. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 8:19 pm

    Ace by Taylor makes it 15-13 at the TTO

  41. z October 16, 2015 8:20 pm

    Ant when they get close Nikki takes over.

  42. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 8:22 pm

    35. Very few slides tonight, at least successful ones. Maglio had a few. Mitchem with 1. Magill has 10 swings, none were slides.

  43. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 8:23 pm

    UH pulls away at 18-15 TO Davis

  44. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 8:26 pm

    Interesting. it’s 19-15 on a kill by Mitchem. TO Davis

  45. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 8:29 pm

    Castillo back in for Taylor at 22-16

  46. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 8:32 pm

    UH wins 25-17

  47. haleiwacrossfitter October 16, 2015 8:32 pm

    Nikki doesn’t have the pop she had at the beginning of the season. I think she could benefit from a rest.

  48. islandman October 16, 2015 8:38 pm

    42. Magill had one slide play. Sort of a dink off of the slide.
    Where’s the Granato doubters tonight ?

  49. Hot October 16, 2015 8:41 pm

    Manu-Olevao – 10 K, 3 E, 24 TA, .375, 2 A, 5 D
    Taylor – 8 K, 0 E, 19 TA, .421, 2 A, 2 SA, 9 D, 6 B
    Granatao – 6 K, 1 E, 15 TA, .333, 2 SA, 4 D, 1 B
    Magill – 6 K, 0 E, 11 TA, .545, 1 D, 6 B
    Mitchem – 5 K, 0 E, 5 TA, 1.000, 3 B
    Koelsch – 3 K, 1 E, 7 TA, .286, 35 A, 1 SA, 9 D, 4 B
    Maglio – 2 K, 2 E, 6 TA, .000, 3 B
    Kahakai – 1 A, 9 D
    Anderson – 1 SA, 2 D
    Guinasso – 1 D
    Ponce – started for Taylor in the second set
    Castillo – subbed for Taylor

    Team Hitting: .398
    42 Kills, 40 Digs, 12.5 Blocks

  50. z October 16, 2015 8:43 pm

    Tonight could hear Dave telling middles who to block and the ball went to that player.

  51. bleachercoach October 16, 2015 8:44 pm

    Our block is so solid with the advantage of having Kendra. In my opinion, she is doing fantastic…She looks like she is feeling more comfortable by each set. She has very good court awareness. Our two setters Higgins and Koelsch nos are battle tested for our late season run.

  52. Brandon October 16, 2015 8:45 pm

    Nikki has the pop, teams are just better at scouting her

  53. haleiwacrossfitter October 16, 2015 8:51 pm

    I disagree Brandon. Not like at the beginning of the season.

  54. z October 16, 2015 9:04 pm

    Nikki does more than hit. She does everything.

  55. Ron October 16, 2015 9:30 pm

    I think both #52 and #53 are part right. Nikki does show some wear and tear and she is being well scouted. She goes all out on every play and the only way to help her fully recover is to sit her or as Kendra has done, spread the offense more. Chris said that Dave said that Annie was the best player in the gym last week. I think she showed us tonight what we already knew, that she is something special. Savanah still continues to amaze me. Granado has improved. What a fun team to watch!

  56. ignaciosaid October 16, 2015 9:32 pm

    bumps and bruises are common in all sports , but it’s great to have a bench (and UH has a good one). Coach has the experience and knows what his players can do! Agree that this is a very special team that believes in each other and are unselfish towards one another and will go far —- BELIEVE THAT ! GO BOWS

  57. darkfire October 16, 2015 9:43 pm

    Wow, a lot of things clicked tonight. It may not have all been spectacular, but they were playing with an energy that has not been there when they were playing a “lesser ranked” team. Before, they’d slack and maybe take the next three or win the first one then lose the second. Now, they’re playing like I’ve hoped they would with all the talent they have now, play with the same intensity regardless of who’s on the other side of the net. GO BOWS and STAY HEALTHY!

  58. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 9:53 pm

    Don’t know if Taylor will play against UCI. There is concussion protocol and the collision with Koelsch’s shin was close to Taylor’s temple. Taylor said she felt a little woozy. She convinced the trainer she could play but they’re going to take another look at her tomorrow.
    Shoji said that there is the potential to use Mitchem on the right since she’s taken reps there, as well as on the left since she’d have to hit left in one rotation. And he has Castillo available as well. Doesn’t sound like Greeley will be available Saturday either.

  59. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 9:56 pm

    49. Hot, you could save yourself a lot of typing by just putting up the link to the box

  60. Cindy Luis October 16, 2015 10:00 pm

    As for that ‘pop’ by Taylor, she’s hasn’t been as consistent with it as she was earlier, could be a bit of her knee problem or especially that she isn’t getting the same location of sets from Koelsch as she did from Higgins.
    one thing that didn’t make it into my story for tomorrow is that they focused on Squyres, trying to take the bet player out of it. They definitely did. She leads the conference in kills and kills per set (4.58). she finished with 4 kills tonight.

  61. AlexM October 16, 2015 10:14 pm

    58. Yeah, I was surprised when she went back in after being on the ground for so long. I thought they would take her back to the training room and get a doctor to do a more thorough exam.
    60. I agree. I think she doesn’t have the same confidence in her connection with Kendra, so she takes something off her hits to keep the ball on the court.

    Kendra keeps on improving her total game the more she plays and it’ll be tough to take her out of the front row when Higgins returns. The reason UH is the #1 blocking team has a lot to do with Kendra playing up front.

  62. bleachercoach October 16, 2015 10:41 pm

    I think the bye week next week fell perfectly on our schedule. It will give Taylor, Greeley, and Higgins more time to heal and get ready for our last home match the following week. (So fast).
    We are winding down to the second half of our schedule and very soon it will be postseason. It has been a great ride so far and really loving every moment of it…

  63. kimo browner October 17, 2015 12:27 am

    Teams hitting percentage has climbed and we are at .294 good enough for #6 nationally. We have held our opponents to .134, that places Haw at #5. Our blocking is at 3.44 p/s. way ahead of #2 and solid at #1.
    Yes, Granato had a good game but mustered only 1 block. REM she made her debut against a weak team. Castillo or Mitchem can block and HIT. I would like to see them both play on the outside. I believe they will get a better look tomorrow. Not taking anything away from McKenna, she did great in the back row and her passing did not fail. Her future looks good.
    Kalei Greely’s shoulder is quirky. Anyone who knows about pronation knows that Greely is at risk. Shoji has to plan ahead. This is not about personality or anything else except who can best help this team to go deep into the playoffs.
    We need to sustain our block at the net and at the same time hit OVER the block.
    Until we see Mitchem or Castillo play the outside, we cannot confidently say WHO–so the jury is out. There are some fans that want to close the door on competition. That would be a huge mistake.

  64. noblesol October 17, 2015 12:42 am

    Nikki had that ‘just took a big hit’ look to her the rest of the night after she went down. I’ve seen it a lot before in my day. I got angry she was still out there. Yes, she continued to play well enough when she came back in, but it was adrenaline and drive and refusal to admit to the possibility she should come out. That’s how you lose a star player, when you let them play hurt and they are too self-driven and focused on winning to recognize when they have an injury they shouldn’t try to play through.

  65. Cindy Luis October 17, 2015 12:59 am

    61. Koelsch’s location is not that great and it’s a credit to the hitters who have made it work. We will see what happens when Higgins comes back. She was available tonight but they decided not to push it. Likely the same thing for Saturday.

    64. what’s done is done. She wanted to play. She convinced the trainer she was fine. They will monitor her and make a decision for Saturday.

  66. noblesol October 17, 2015 1:12 am

    #63 Kimo. Concur completely. Player of the match could easily have been Kendra, or Olivia, or Annie, or Tai, or Nikki. All had impressive numbers or were key contributors. Taking nothing away from McKenna though, if she can keep it going she’ll make it an interesting competition.

  67. AlexM October 17, 2015 2:58 am

    I hope they are cautious and Nikki is held out of tomorrow nights match. Better safe than sorry. At some point this season, they will need to see if they can handle winning without her. The team needs to find out who can fill in if Nikki can’t play. You don’t want to wait until you’re in a tough post season match to see if X or Y player is right for the spot.

  68. Ashley October 17, 2015 3:35 am

    this match was scary. when nikki went down, there wasn’t just silence in the arena, but it was dead silent in my house as well. i could not believe what i was seeing unfold in front of me. when tai went down and she was grabbing onto olivia’s jersey, i literally covered my eyes. i did not want to see more injuries occur all in one night. i agree that nikki probably should have sat out, but like cindy said “what’s done is done”. looks like she could be kept out against Irvine, which in my opinion would be the absolute best move shoji can make right now. he needs her healthy, and he needs taylor and kalei healthy as well. the bye week definitely comes at the best time. against irvine, i would love for annie to see a huge amount of playing time. if dave says the she was the best in practice all week long, than allow us to see just how good. it would be a good treat for fans to see her out there more.

  69. kimo browner October 17, 2015 5:52 am

    In the five games (17 sets) Koelsch has started since Higgs went down she has put up conference leading stats (setter position) in digs, kills, blocks, assists, assist percent, serve percent and has distributed the ball evenly to her teammates. The hitting percent for TMO has risen along with the wahine cumulative average which is currently @ .294. Every hitter has upped their hitting percent and most telling Kahakai has had less digs. Kendra is doing a number and has her team humping. When was the last time Hawaii hit .400 for a match? Or a setter with 9 blocks and 12 digs in the same game. I took all her stats from the 5 games and tallied. She is averaging 1.65 blocks per set. Amazing for a setter and that equals OMG who is in the top 10 nationally. Like I said heretofore, the playoffs are against the best so play your best and drop the popularity contests.

  70. Mo-jo October 17, 2015 6:46 am

    69, my comment/question got dropped. So I’ll ask again. Coach’s comments were she needed to set quicker to the pins…. Yet T-MOBILE and greely have seen higher hitting %s. What’s the scoop???

  71. mo-jo October 17, 2015 7:09 am

    69 et al. Any rational on why TMO and Greely’s numbers have risen given that Shoji commented that KK needs to set quicker to the pins? Just wondering…

  72. menehune October 17, 2015 7:58 am

    The only negative thing I have to say about this match is Dave letting Nikki re-enter the game after being helped off the court because of a ding to the side of the head. Most players, regardless of their stature, will ALWAYS say they’re okay, that’s the competitive nature of their persona. It’s not like this match was out of hand and Nikki’s skills were needed, but even if it was, you always err on the side of caution, especially for your star player. Keeping the Wahine fresh for the playoffs should be Shoji’s number 1 priority. I hope Greeley, Higgins and Nikki take the night off on Saturday…..after all, we keep hearing how deep we are in all positions so let the reserves play and show us their stuff.

  73. Doug October 17, 2015 8:15 am

    agree with #63. McKenna played very well. But we will not win a national championship with her playing front row.

  74. nomu October 17, 2015 9:37 am

    Can’t say enough about this team’s blocking, which is huge for momentum, serving, and their consistent defense. Give credit to our hitters, they can adjust to the height and pace of the sets. Quicker sets can be huge for taller teams, but if timing is off, you get blocked or dug. Huge momentum shifters. USC sets their balls high this year to take advantage of their height and talent. Good teams will always exploit height whenever they can. For every quick point you give the opposing team, it takes three in a row to get ahead by two.

  75. nomu October 17, 2015 10:04 am

    No. 65, regarding Koelsch, that’s just one way to look at it, from the setter position perspective. Your credit to hitters are from their perspective. Likewise, you can’t control how the other team handles your serves. You can control your passing. You can try to minimize the things opposing teams will try to exploit. So, you could debate what is the most objective way to measure set location. Think many would “feel” Kendra had a much improved set location. Others may disagree. Being at floor level, you might hear the coaches telling Kendra her set locations need to be better. But that is their job, to bring out the best in their players. At the end of the day (or night), you cannot argue with the results and numbers, which is a team effort reflecting all phases of the game.

  76. Not an Expert October 17, 2015 10:06 am

    #65. I am seeing favoritism you have for Higgens. (Although never said anywhere except by me) You with your extensive background in the game of volleyball to make such a comment about Kendra’s setting. This is her 4th start. Since Kendra has started the margin of victories being set, not a result by her being the quarterback. This is the type of scores (margin of victory) that exemplifies that the team is reaching another level.

    Have not read much positive about Kendra from you. Example, since Kendra has become the starting setter the team is starting to dominate like they should against the schools of the BW. The blocking she brings to the front row has made a huge difference. Her back row defense is way more than what was expected. She is starting to show good leadership qualities as the quarterback of the team.

    A reserve in such a high profile position in a sport and continues the team to win and elevates the overall results should be a pretty big story. Have just not seen it here.

  77. Nomu October 17, 2015 11:25 am

    Not on point with this blog, but would pose this question for our moderator. If you were sitting on the NCAA panel who comes up with the RPI, would you base your rankings solely on numbers and comparative numbers? Or would you also consider other things, besides rankings?

  78. Cindy Luis October 17, 2015 11:37 am

    76. sorry if that’s how you read my analysis. I am not favoring anyone. Just saying her location hasn’t been great. And that her hitters have bailed her out when it is off. Have long said that her height gives her the advantage over Higgins especially on tight passes. As good as a blocker that Higgins is for her height, Koelsch is the better blocker.
    Koelsch has said herself that she needs to work on setting the ball in front of her and that she is better on the backset. I agree with her self-assessment. She is getting better for sure and that, in part , having more game experience.

    Not sure where you’re sitting when watching the match but from the floor level where I am, it’s fairly obvious about the location. I hear the fans sitting behind me going ‘ooooh’ and not in a good way when the set is off.
    I do find it interesting that when the sets to Magill were low from Higgins, everyone jumped on that. but when the sets are low from Koelsch not a word.

    Not sure about your ‘since she has become the starting setter, the team is starting to dominate like they should.’ UH is 7-0 in Big West, Koelsch is 4-0 as a starter, team was 3-0 with Higgins starting, although Koelsch did play most of that match at Fullerton so i think that you give her that win as well.
    They hardly dominated against Long Beach State.

    The scores are fairly comparable between the two setters, all were sweeps with the exception of The Beach. It’s a bad league and only UH, The Beach and Cal Poly are above .500 overall. UH should be dominating and they have with either setter.

    Higgins set the 2 wins against UCSB and Cal Poly, the latter which has shown to be the second best team in the conference record wise. UH won 13, 14, 19 vs. the Gauchos and 20, 12, 19 vs. the Mustangs.

    Koelsch set most of the match against Fullerton, they won 11, 16, 13 against a team yet to win in the BWC
    They beat UCR 17, 15, 6, the Highlanders winning 1 conference match
    They beat CSUN, 19, 16, 16. Matadors now 3-2
    After winning in 5 over Long Beach, they beat Davis 14, 12, 17, now 4-3.

    Bottom line, they should be dominating and they have. Hawaii is lucky that they have two setters who can help them do it and Koelsch has done very well when being put in a tough situation of suddenly starting.

  79. Cindy Luis October 17, 2015 11:42 am

    76. I would not rely on computer rankings. I would rely on common sense with help from the poll. Think what the coaches see is better than some formula where you have to rely on something you have no control over, which is the results of your opponents and your opponents’ opponents.

  80. Cindy Luis October 17, 2015 11:48 am

    Anyway, lets move the discuss over to Saturday thread. This one getting too long. If you want to continue topics, please do so.

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