Hawaii 3, UC Riverside 1

Higgins starting as are Magill, Manu-Olevao, Greeley, Taylor, Kahakai, Maglio
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  1. z October 30, 2015 7:09 pm

    Wahine showing no rust so far.

  2. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 7:12 pm

    Hawaii floppend it’s lineup a bit. Manu-Olevao started serving instead of H

  3. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 7:13 pm

    Anderson with an ace It’s 10-5. TO UCR

  4. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 7:14 pm

    Taylor 6-0-6, Wahine hitting .615 8-0-13

  5. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 7:18 pm

    Manu-Olevao on an X. first time we’ve seen that this season. UH up 16-7. Even saw Magill on the slide. TO UCR

  6. Andrew October 30, 2015 7:20 pm


    That was a great play. Glad to see them thinking outside the box. They could definitely use that later on

  7. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 7:27 pm

    UH wins 25-15. Wahine went 17-0-31.

  8. z October 30, 2015 7:28 pm

    No hitting errors so far.

  9. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 7:30 pm

    Pretty good set distribution too. seven sets to Manu-Olevao, Greeley and Taylor. 5 each to Magill and Maglio.

  10. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 7:43 pm

    WAhine up 15-12 at the TTO

  11. z October 30, 2015 7:46 pm

    Nice set by Ponce.

  12. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 7:46 pm

    Wahine have pulled away to 19-13. TO UCR

  13. z October 30, 2015 7:47 pm

    Meant serve.

  14. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 7:52 pm

    UH up 23-16. Castillo in for Maglio. TO UCR

  15. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 7:54 pm

    Two aces by Kahakai ends it

  16. Big Island VB fan October 30, 2015 7:57 pm

    Thanks to two set-ending aces, Castillo who was subbed in didn’t even have to touch the ball.

  17. z October 30, 2015 8:08 pm

    Got to stop their middles.

  18. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 8:12 pm

    16. no one touched the ball except for Kahakai ‘-)

    UCR up 10-5. TO UH

  19. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 8:19 pm

    Bad set by Higgins and Taylor had no where to go. UCR up 18-10. TO UH

  20. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 8:23 pm

    Wahine close to 20-15. TO UCR

  21. z October 30, 2015 8:23 pm

    5’7″ OH killing us.

  22. HawaiiMongoose October 30, 2015 8:27 pm

    Too many service errors. And what happened to setting the middles?

  23. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 8:27 pm

    UCR wins 25-18

  24. z October 30, 2015 8:28 pm

    Passing killing us.

  25. H-Man October 30, 2015 8:30 pm

    This does not look like the No. 6 team playing right now. A good team will make the adjustments. Let’s see what they do in set 4.

  26. z October 30, 2015 8:33 pm

    Thank Greeley for a good pass.

  27. HawaiiMongoose October 30, 2015 8:38 pm

    Service error count is up to 10. Team has lost focus.

  28. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 8:38 pm

    UCR up 11-6 TO U

  29. H-Man October 30, 2015 8:38 pm

    The sets by Higgins to the middle are too low. She is reverting back to her old ways.

  30. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 8:42 pm

    Third ace by Kahakai has pulled UH to 11-13. TO UCR

  31. z October 30, 2015 8:46 pm

    Kalei is the difference so far.

  32. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 8:47 pm

    Koelsch in , teams with Maglio to give UH a 16-14 lead. TO UCR

  33. Reggie October 30, 2015 8:52 pm

    First good news that USC lost, however we will have USC, Penn State, Texas, Washington and Minnesota ahead of us, which means UH will remain at number six (hopefully). I am not at the match tonight, to save on some dough LOL !!! I will try my earnest to make it to Sunday’s senior finale. And for goodness sakes please beat Air Force tomorrow, Norm.

  34. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 8:56 pm

    Taylor ends it 25-23

  35. cruisecontrol October 30, 2015 8:57 pm

    There is a God. Thank you, Lord.

  36. jmy October 30, 2015 8:58 pm

    Very mediocre match played by the starting team…

  37. HawaiiMongoose October 30, 2015 8:59 pm

    Too close for comfort. Nikki missed a lot of serves. But it’s a win and that’s what matters.

  38. jmy October 30, 2015 8:59 pm

    33. Think Texas will still be ahead of us after losing to unranked TCU?

  39. z October 30, 2015 9:02 pm

    Greeley and Kahakai brought us back and Nikki finished.

  40. tongo October 30, 2015 9:34 pm

    We won – but it was a very sad performance in set 3 and 4. Somehow the players started to play as if they just deserve to win – instead of outplaying the opponent. Wrong attitude all around. Saw 12th ranked Wisconsin vs. 17th ranked Purdue early today, and both team would have beaten the wahines today. For such a talented team, this was a very disappointing performance and says a lot about how we will end the season.

  41. Ron October 30, 2015 9:48 pm

    Z is right but I would also add that Kendra made several key blocks during that comeback. Higgins is still a little rusty. We need her to serve tough when she is in there. Maybe having two setters is not the way to go. We have no chance of hosting the first round if we do not sweep on the road and if we play like tonight that won’t happen. I think that they just got over-confident because the first 2 games were so easy. Anyway, a win is a win!

  42. Ron October 30, 2015 9:54 pm

    Tongo, very good points, I agree except I don’t think all is lost yet. This may be the wake up call we need.

  43. blunite October 30, 2015 9:59 pm

    UH passing is too unstable to expect a successful year. LBS and Cal Poly are better passing teams and either may yet win the conference championship. If UH can get one steady, consistent, passer/digger a national championship would be achievable.

  44. isles October 30, 2015 10:01 pm

    well cant say about wahine not in playing mode by set 3 and even 4 but they failed to adjust in set 3 and that it is an issue going next week on their big road trip. nikki was also lackluster on her serve.

    speaking of next week, why couldnt they go early like tuesday arrive before wednesday and get more than just 24 hours to acclimate, including the pyramid? the beach got to come to hawai’i early why couldnt the wahine? money wouldnt be an issue since dave saved it by only doing 2 trips.

    it is also risking last minute problems like last year had that plane screw up, resulted in red eye and wahine was crippled going towards csun and the beach. i also believe that 2nd redeye to play against irvine last year on that halloween was by design according to the itinerary but it spooked the wahine and it wasnt for the purpose of halloween.

  45. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 10:07 pm

    No argument from anyone, players, or coach, that they played poorly tonight after Set 2. Shoji said they passed poor and served poor.
    Both Higgins and Taylor said there were too many unforced errors and mental mistakes.
    Think that the layoff was good for healing but not good for getting back into a playing rhythm.
    Shoji likened tonight to UC Irvine match, saying that they would have likely lost both matches had they been played on the road. Which is something to be concerned about next few weeks with six road matches.

  46. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 10:23 pm

    44. they made some lineup changes in Set 3, the biggest being Granato for Greeley. Seemed to take them out of sync. Only 5 digs that set and 3 SEs with no aces. Rosas also go hot 6-1-10 and they were late in closing the block on her. Wahine got aces twice and that was a communication thing.

  47. Cindy Luis October 30, 2015 10:32 pm

    44. The travel is what it is. They don’t play the day they arrive, even if they do an overnight flight. there is more than 24 hours to acclimate.

  48. livealoha October 30, 2015 10:42 pm

    For all the people out there that want Hawaii to sub freely to get others playing time and also to try things out… Set 3 is why you don’t.

    Hawaii owned UCR sets 1 and 2, Shoji puts in Granato and bam, Hawaii loses the rhythm and chemistry. Not only have they not played for two weeks, they also haven’t had the first team together in a month. Volleyball is about chemistry, and IMO, Shoji should have just played the first team all three sets so they could be adjusted to one another again.

    It’s amazing how many people want players to play just for the sake of them playing, or getting a look. But IMO, Hawaii should go starting lineup for the rest of the season so the patterns/chemistry/cohesiveness is back to where it WAS before the first road trip and Higgins/Greeley were out.

    Someone mentioned the starters played flat, ONLY from set 3 on. And again, it’s hard to rebound when your chemistry is off AND when you’re playing a team that has no real bite to them…

    Hawaii needs to re-establish that starting 7 and subbing patterns.

    And I do believe Higgins is the better “setter”, but Koeslch brings way more to the court and the net. She may not be as fluid, but she notched some key blocks and saves on overpasses because she’s 6’1.

  49. Bleachercoach October 30, 2015 10:56 pm

    46 I agree the 3rd set we kept Greeley on bench too long. I would’ve thought coach would have inserted her back in for Granato or TMO earlier to stabilize the backrow. I think we were too small all in one set with TMO, Granato, Higgins, and Kahakai. I just feel that since we have the luxury of taller players who can play backrow just as good or better and move up . It just seems we played at their same height size (other than Nikki, Mags or Magill) and did not intimidate them anymore. We looked out of sync ! It was not a good lineup to keep on the court for that long of a period especially when we’re down 6 or 7 points. Now if Castillo played with Granato or Castillo with TMO then our rotation up front would still have a big player. I hope Castillo is not stuck at MB for Mitchem and not get any OH play…???

  50. Bleachercoach October 30, 2015 11:03 pm

    I just want to clarify that I am not a person stuck on size and height because I always look at intangibles (passion, desire, playing bigger than size) of shorter players but we don’t have a Kim Willoughby or Kanani Danielson that were 5’10 or 5’11 but listed at 6’0″ that can play bigger than their stature

  51. AlexM October 30, 2015 11:05 pm

    It was disappointing that UH wasn’t able to make adjustments in the 3rd set and come back to take that set or to win more convincingly in the 4th. Had this gone 5, I’m not sure we would have won. UCR scouted us well and played good defense. Hawaii seems to get rattled when a “weak” team like UCR challenges them and doesn’t back down.

    Maybe Nikki should go for a standing serve (like Tai), when she’s having an off night serving. Too many service errors tonight.

  52. Bleachercoach October 30, 2015 11:07 pm

    48. Substituting freely is great if you insert the right players at the same time….It didn’t look physically as imposing as the 1st 2 sets…One person close by to me said jokingly maybe because they had 3 Punahou players all at the same time leaving some taller girls out

  53. Bleachercoach October 30, 2015 11:16 pm

    Maybe after seeing the pattern these past years the way the game has evolved is we have to just recruit outside hitters 6’2″ or more….and MB’s 6’4 and up…Our local products unless they have great genes (big daddies or mommies) have to settle for becoming Liberos or DS and maybe Setter…To win the big prize you got to go BIG unless you possess the ‘Intangibles’….No worry I know fully well how you have to overachieve if you don’t lack the physical size with the heart you do possess

  54. rayson October 31, 2015 12:23 am

    Disappointing performance by the Wahine in the 3rd and 4th sets, especially after their relatively clean performance in the first 2 sets. It’s a good thing that Riverside wasn’t good enough to seize advantage of the Wahine’s multiple errors.

  55. menehune October 31, 2015 3:25 am

    Wow, two bad performances at the SSC last night. First, the singer who “sang” our national anthem was so bad I was cringing and harkened to the night Roseanne Barr sang at a San Diego Padre game. My wife, who was washing dishes, popped her head out of the kitchen and commented, “Don’t they audition these singers?” And unless our Wahine start playing with the urgency of a 6th ranked team, LBSU and CP is going to have a feast…you know they were watching the match. Coach Shoji can only hope the team rights the ship before they leave for California. C’mon ladies, you can do it. Go clean the rest of the way. LET’S GO BOWS.

  56. H-Man October 31, 2015 4:42 am

    Someone at UH thinks it’s amateur night at WVB matches. I no longer listen to the singing of the national anthem, nor the line-up intros. Just put the TV on mute. Can’t stand the singing, nor the “jazzed” up intro.

  57. H-Man October 31, 2015 4:47 am

    I like Koelsch as starter.

  58. LanaiBoy October 31, 2015 5:46 am

    You can expect underdog teams times to do well against the Bows, especially its conference opponents. Challenging the perennial champions and first-place team is something perennial also-rans dream of doing; generates a lots of energy. One knows that you are going to play a team twice every year. So opposing coaches devote hours and hours to study film and devise tactics to stop key players. And then there is a letdown…
    Agree with the comments on the singing of the national anthem last night. Her 2nd time around. Annoying to have a singer, instead of singing it straight, try to jazz it up with ugly results (going off tune). No one clapped during the song, which is unusual especially for the high notes. Very tepid clapping at the end which indicates agreement by most with the above view.

  59. Row13 October 31, 2015 6:30 am

    Re the anthem: Agree with 55-56-58. Would the SSC anthem booker please tell the singer, “No song stylings, please. This is not the time or place to show off. Sing our national anthem respectfully.”

  60. connor October 31, 2015 8:39 am

    agree with posts on anthem. was awful last night. also many older singers don’t seem to know correct lyrics. younger ones are much better.

    also, Kendra saved dave’s bacon last night. he should have put her in sooner.

  61. Kazu October 31, 2015 8:46 am

    56. Agree with you. I’ve always wondered why don’t they let the band do the anthem.

  62. po'okela October 31, 2015 9:13 am

    kendra saved the day? lol oh gosh, it’s them again.

    no she didn’t save the day. nobody saved their behinds… they barely squeaked by. it was UCR’s inconsistency that saved the day yesterday. any other team in the big west would have not let that lead in the fourth go and that momentum could have easily lost it for us in a fifth set if it went that far.

    higgins connections to the middles in the first 2 sets are what we are going to need from this point on. loved how they came out hot in the 1st two; however how they played in sets 3 and 4 is how i expected them to play in sets 1 and 2 after being off for so long.

    a win is a win, I’ll take it.

  63. tako October 31, 2015 9:31 am

    Great WIN for the Wahine! As a TEAM they won. Kendra did a great job blocking and made a great decision to close the match with Nikki. Love Maglio’s smooth swing and quick feet to ball. Hoping that OMG chooses to bring more HEAT, more angles and less dinks. Nikki models termination and other teams have to focus on her. Savannah is just getting better as the season progresses. Greely and Tai will keep other teams guessing, ’cause every night they bring it. The Wahine are overcoming obstacles, coming off injury and having different line ups. However, at the end of the day, it’ll help them in the FUTURE; more so during the NCAA tournament. Predicting they will peak in the next four weeks, Long Beach and Cal Poly will serve as indicators on how they’ll do there after. -Go Wahine

  64. Doug October 31, 2015 9:48 am

    Kendra blocked well, was off on sets to the middles. Higgins set the middle very well in first two sets. got taken advantage of couple of times on her small block. Need to keep playing both i think.

  65. oldtimer808 October 31, 2015 9:57 am

    #48 I am with you on your comments. No matter how you win a win is a win. You have to give credit to UCR in giving it their best to stay in the game. This was a good wake up game for the Wahines. On any night any opponent can surprise you. Texas lost to TCU in 3 sets. Yes Kendra did not say the day. UCR couldn’t maintain at the end.

  66. menehune October 31, 2015 10:00 am

    The Wahine Achilles heel is two-fold…..letting the opposing setter dump the ball to the floor on the second touch and our inability to stop the slide. Hope Coach Shoji emphasize these glaring weaknesses in their defense. But overall, I would still give their defensive efforts a B. Would be lower but for their blocking.

  67. Not an Expert October 31, 2015 10:37 am

    Coach Dave needs to look which setter will give the team the best chance to win in the NCAA Tournament.

    Majority Minutes Serves Blocks Setting
    Played Per Games Kills Errors Aces Solo Assists Digs %

    Kendra 5 19 2 2 4 45 50 442%

    Higgens 13 20 31 16 1 21 147 419%

    These stats does not include the last game with Riverside.

    Stats does cannot measure the intangibles. Knowing the numbers although not
    100% precise you the fan can determine which setter will give the Wahine a better chance to succeed in the NCAA Tournament.

  68. Not an Expert October 31, 2015 10:45 am

    Did not work regarding how I typed it in to what comes out.

    Minutes played most per game: Kendra 5 ____Higgens 13

    Kills: Kendra 19 _____ Higgens 20

    Serves Aces: Kendra 2 ___Higgens 16, Service Errors: Kendra 2 __ Higgens 31

    Blocks Solo: Kendra 4 ____ Higgens 1, Block Assists: Kendra 45 __ Higgens 21

    Digs: Kendra 50 ___ Higgens 127 (corrected)

    Setting percentage successful: Kendra 442% ___ Higgens 419%

  69. isles October 31, 2015 11:10 am

    47. well then, who sets up the travel? there may be more than 24 hours to acclimate but i mean at least 48 hours to acclimate not 36. the beach got at least 48 hours coming early and they took wahine to 5. last days or last 2 inclusive days departure and then you run into problems you cannot correct. i think i heard someone mentioning murphy’s law before.

    51. yeah nikki should go standing serve if jump serving fails. tai and even tayler when she was broken did just that and it was more sound. i hate the running up jump float which is often a timid serve and high risk, low reward. not sure why national/professional teams coach players to specifically do that kine serve.

    54. good thing indeed riverside did not seize advantage of wahine having multiple errors. the error part being ridiculous.

    60. singing was terrible. my neighbor was looking at me saying what kine of donkey is that.

    yeah kendra saved dave’s ‘bacon’ even though i see some of you disagreeing. imagine had riverside won the 4th set and eventually beaten us for the first time ever humiliatingly and on our home court? it was super sophomore kalei model G who was more a contributing factor though.

    66. has dave taken care of this by now? the dump shot and slide? claire noticed it immediately but could of had someone like the middle deflect it back or into the air first.

  70. Gsky October 31, 2015 11:10 am

    Riverside seemed to be targeting Higgin’s shorter block last night, and having a lot of success. Glad we have Kendra as an option cuz you know the taller stronger playoff level teams will be looking to hit over her. Can see Shoji subbing Kendra in for front row as usual when it becomes a problem.

  71. Aloha73g October 31, 2015 11:21 am

    69. Teams flying TO Hawaii will always have an advantage as is it always easier to travel west than it is to travel east. Look at the records of pro-sports (NFL, NBA, MLB) West Coast teams that travel to play on East Coast compared to eastern teams that travel west. Traveling east is much harder on the body.

    Check out this excerpt from a Washington Post story from 12/31/12 titled “Jet lag is tougher when traveling east, but precautions can ease its effects”:

    “Traveling West is Easier
    Your body clock has an innate tendency to run slightly longer than 24 hours, Jain says. Each morning, your body compensates for this slight discrepancy by contracting your internal clock to synchronize with the 24-hour sun cycle. When you travel west, you gain several hours, so your day is extended and your body gets the extra time it naturally wants. But when you travel east, your day is shortened; that makes it harder to adjust, Jain says, because your body has to cut its natural cycle even further.”

  72. Mo-jo October 31, 2015 11:32 am


  73. haleiwacrossfitter October 31, 2015 11:45 am

    We have one recruit so far committed for 2017, correct? Shaney Lipscomb.
    I wonder who is coming up?

    With Dave possibly retiring after 2016, my opinion and observation because I think he promised Taylor and Higgins he would stick around for them. I’m not saying he did, I’m just saying I THINK he did. I remember after their freshman season when he was contemplating it, he mentioned he brought those 2 in to talk to about it. I think during that conversation he told them he would stick around for their careers at UH, which is next year, 2016.

    Anyway, I’m wondering if that is why we don’t have more commits for 2017. We lose 3 of our best after next year. Big shoes to fill with these 3…and Ponce.


  74. warriorfan October 31, 2015 12:07 pm

    67. IMO a mix of both gives them the best chance against a USC or Washington. Kendra needs to be up at the net obviously.

    UH recruiting is a little slow compared to most top schools but it’s always been that way, luckily still a lot of good players left in the 2017 class.

  75. warriorfan October 31, 2015 12:10 pm

    UH warrior volleyball recruiting is rolling though, just seen on volleytalk they got Jack Reese a 6’7 Middle blocker from Penn State country. Has lots of upside, big fast arm swing, and nice hops.

  76. isles October 31, 2015 12:26 pm

    71. which is exactly my point. why couldnt the wahine travel earlier to help compensate for that. it would make a significant difference. theres no way traveling east could beat traveling west but it doesnt have to be made worst. for example the beach traveling early would get them like a feeling of 3 or 4 days rest/worth of practice whereas wahine traveling the same early would get a feeling like 2 days rest/worth of practice.

  77. z October 31, 2015 1:20 pm

    I liked that slide with Olivia. She really gets up high on her jump. Hope to see more.

  78. rayson October 31, 2015 3:02 pm

    Was that Warrior Volleyball player Stijn Van Tilburg wearing a cast on his left foot at the match last night?

  79. haleiwacrossfitter October 31, 2015 3:38 pm

    Just got finished watching the USC/UW match I DVR’d. I have seen both teams a few times this year. I love the way they run the 6-2.

    One setter plays all the way around and the other is replaced in the front row for a hitter.

    For USC – Pizza gets replaced in the front by Abercrombie and Johnson plays all the way around (sets in the back, hits in the front)

    For UW – Beal gets replaced in the front by Jones and Tanner plays all the way around (sets in the back, hits in the front)

    I could see Kendra playing all the way around and Higgins replaced in the front row with Nikki. I know we would lose Nikki’s D set, but I think her body could use a break from digging all the balls she digs.

    Anyway….UW looked real, real good against USC. They were clicking on all cylinders. I was pretty impressed in their improvements over the year so far. They could contend for the NC if they keep getting better and Sybeldon could beat out Bricio for POY.

    Hoping Hawaii can get it going again after having a bye week. I still feel this team can beat anyone when they are on. Let’s hope they start to peak in the next few weeks. OMG….it’s senior night coming up…. 🙁

  80. Cindy Luis October 31, 2015 5:18 pm

    Seems that no matter what they do, just no pleasing everyone.
    Too many things to comment on except for
    Someone said Koelsch should have played earlier, She played in all 4 sets, running a modified 6-2. they looked at various blocking matchups and adjusted. Dialed back the serving rotation one to get what they thought were the best matchups.
    They got what they wanted in Set 4 with Koelsch next to Maglio, and Maglio next to Greeley.
    Koelsch still not as adept as Higgins on the D ball to Taylor.
    The passing was not very good and Koelsch was able to save a couple when setting the middle. Also thought that the up ref missed a couple of calls when Higgins tried to set the ball and UCR impeded the set.

    As for the travel, also taken into consideration is missing class time. A number of players are taking labs and those are usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    With Daylight Savings Time starting, there will be 2 hour difference now to California. Is that really too much to adjust to?

    New thread up for Saturday

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