Hawaii 3, UCI 0 11-1
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Very busy night Oahu, may affect the attendance. a bit of rain and a bit of traffic coming down into the quarry.
UH starting same lineup. Longo wearing the lime jersey.
UH’s passing better but still way too tight to the net. UCI on a 3-0 run, up 15-13 at the TTO.
very flat serve by Pickerell has helped UCI up 19-16. TO UH.
Why does shoji let olevao pass, Kastl passes better
really good rally, won by UCI. Anteaters up 21-16.
Kastl has come in for Manu-Olevao.
Taylor with an overpass and then a solo. UH has closed to 21-19. TO UCI. Longo still serving.
Hartong taking more than a third of UH’s swings…still too much to her
Kastl has the heart of a saint. She comes in totally focused and makes a pretty good pass. Manu has a lot of maturing to do. Body language not positive.
We have no flow with our team defense. This line up is boring. Until Coach Shoji gets Kastl to play more we will not succeed. Get Olevao out!!! She is a sophmore and she plays like one. She has no confidence and does not seem to want it enough. She is an average player. Our front BIG GIRLS TOOL SLOW. They either in the way or move to slow to close block. Nikki Taylor is one dimensional only. Open your eyes coach
Longo with an ace, ties it at 21. TO UCI
It’s got to be favoritism!.I can assure you that if Dave started Kastl one whole match today, the team will have much more energy. Tooo obvious..Sad?
Longo playing just amazing. Vorster finishes it. could have been called for a throw but wasn’. 24-21
Vorster on the quick. 25-22.
Shoji should have start Kastle in place of Olevao.
does it matter? they won.
as for favoritism. there’s only 6 spots on the court. someone will have to sit.
Very nice play from Uiato to Vorster to win the set. Reminds me of how UH played in the pre-season, quick strong play.
Dave’s move to bring in Kastl..correct move. It’s a chess match really.
UH hit 267. Taylor 3-19, Vorster 4-0-6, Manu-Olevao 0-2-7, Uiato 1-0-3, Hartong 5-0-14, Adolph 2-0-4, Kastl 0-0-2. 18 digs, 8 by Longo. 1 block, 3 aces, 2 SE
for UCI, hit 286, 1 ace 3 SE, 20 digs, 2 blocks.
Kastl in to start Set 2.
I think it is less favoritism and more being committed to a starter who, until the last couple of weeks, was performing. As a coach, you want to give your starters every chance to get out of a funk rather than make snap decisions. Kastl brings more energy, but has yet to prove she is a superior terminator.
UH up 12-8. TO UCI.
Right now, Longo is the MVP of the match. She’s all over the court.
great dig by Longo keeps the rally alive. UH up 18-11. TO UCI
21. agree. she has 15 digs at the moment
Neither team is hitting well. Main difference is UCI’s service errors.
24. true UCI is .000, UH .053. but UH’s serving has also been a key.
UH up 21-15. Double sub in. Hartong to serve.
2 aces by Hartong makes it 23-15
Also, for all those screaming for Kastl to come in, her hitting statistics mirror Olevao’s at this point in terms of kills, errors, attempts, hitting percentage. What I see in this set is better passing and digging, particularly from Longo.
UH wins 25-16 on UCI SE.
Kastl and Olevao both with 0 kills. Lucky for us Irvine’s passing even worse than Hawaii.
It seems Kastl brought in the motivation. As soon as she hit the court the ladies caught fire! Longo mostly, maybe it is a better dynamic even if the numbers are not reflecting her contribution.
It would be not favoritism if one of the six was Kastl instead of Olevao who started. Nothing against Olevao, but she does not bring that spark that Kastl does. It is what it is! If Shoji started Kastl and bring Olevao off the bench that might be a good idea. Sometimes peoples minds get stuck….and ir becomes a control thing… I understand
tee hee… hilarious that none of the TV commentators mentioned the removal of Olevao from set 1 as the catylst for the comeback. I on the other hand believes the insurgence of Kastl and the removal of Olevao turned it around…please give it atention.
UH hit 077 in Set 2, 4 aces, 2 SE, 2 blocks, 15 digs
For 2 sets, Taylor 5-2-14, Vorster 6-2-10, Hartong 8-1-25, Adolpho 3-0-5. Kastl and Manu-Olevao both 0-2-7.
UCI .031 in Set 2. 0 aces, 5 SE, 3 blocks. 9 digs.
Kastl doesnt have to be a kill leader, her other parts of the game is helping.
32. it wasn’t that which turned things around as much as it was Longo’s serving
Its the INTANGIBLES that Kastl brings…Don’t worry about the STATS athletes (haha)
32. The statistics don’t support your assertion. Also, I think you mean “insertion” of Kastl and giving it “attention”.
36. LOL. In any case, intangibles only go so far. Longo was the hero in set 2 with good serve receives, passing, digging. Kastl’s insertion was a push at best.
34. Kastl had a nice serving run and a dig. her one hitting error was not her fault. set way outside and she hit the antenna.
Looks like Manu-Olevao back in to start Set 3.
34. She doesn’t even have one kill.
Another UCI service error. Broken record.
UCI up 5-2, TO UH. looking like Set 1 a bit.
Kastl brings intangibles to the team as she should, she’s a Senior, but I can honestly say, in her two years of playing here, I have never seen her be able to make key kills when the match is on the line in a “big match.” By big time match, i’m talking about when the chips are on the line, such as last year at UW!! (grr…). Granted, she didn’t get the chance to play against Texas, but in that game Olevao WAS able to make kills when she needed to, as she did against Wichita State. So i’d give her the advantage on that, even as a Senior, and even until now Kastl has not proven herself to be a key important player.
Even Goodman played well against Stanford last year, as well as against UW (well, better than Kastl did for sure!). As well as Taylor vs. Texas. But I digress…. Don’t get me wrong, I would love it if Kastl became that player that UH can rely on in big games, but that remains to be seen.
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Taylor with an ace, UCI up 6-4
Listen to Cindy, gunfunnit, she knows what she’s talking about!! 😉
I’m not making any judgements. just pointing out the stats. I like Kastl energy as well.
Longo, Kastl, Olevao, Uiato and poor sets. It kinda sounds like the team should attempt a 6-2 this season.
Tuaniga in for Adolpho. UCI up 11-7
tai is annoying me. and why is Nikki playing back row?
Tuaniga now. For Adolpho no less.
What’s up Hawai’i/Dave?!
51 Nikki has played back row before. giving her a chance to serve.
52 what is wrong with using Tuaniga? normally she comes in for Vorster.
sorry couple of my comments got lost when the wireless went down. ace by Longo tis it at 21. TO UCI
Higgins with an ace, ends it 25-23
Didn’t learn much from this match. UH outhit by UCI. UCI served terribly.
Still lots of improvement.
Shocking: no kills between Olevao and Kastl.
56. Lots of improvement needed, that is.
Dave didn’t sound too happy in the post match interview
Glad to see Longo honored as UH’s player of the match. Clearly well deserved.
Longo certainly was spectacular tonight, particularly earlier in the match. I don’t see why the rather obsessive and what is getting to be tiresome comments on the necessity or replacing Manu-Olevao with Kastl. Both are equally poor in offensive stats this season. Being a rah-rah player to me doesn’t make that much of a difference as do volleyball skills. Hawaii service game was excellent tonight, to me the difference-maker. I agree that Adolpho has been in a slump the past several matches—keeps on hitting into the net. She was so effective early in the year; remember the “Molokai slide? Perhaps she needed some time off with Shoji replacing her with Tuaniga in this match. Vorster slowly returning to form—great!
Kastl could still be real effective if she was allowed to play more and have some confidence that the coaches wouldn’t yank her at the first opportunity. Someone has to step up besides Hartong and it is not going to be Olevau. Give Kastl the opportunity to be great and improve under fire and maybe she can deliver instead of inserting her here and there with no continuity.
She should have been the starter the whole season.
I really don’t think Shoji has any other options and he is running out of time. They will be eliminated in the first playoff game the way they are playing now especially since they won’t be playing at home.
the reason Kastl had no kills, was that she had few sets, and the sets she got, were out of system sets which every OH knows, can be a big part of the sets you get. At least one OH position will be getting most of the out of system sets. Last year, Croson’s OH 2 got the crap sets. This year its Olevao. But what Kastl id was come in cold and passed nails. She also pib blocked correctly by takin angle or taking line. What that did, was give MB Jade, a person to butt up against which roofed the OH hitter of UCI. No seams means a better chance of a block. Kastl also soft blocked and provided a couple of big digs. So yeah she didnt get much sets and the ones she got were pretty awful. There was one back row pipe set she got that she blasted and even though it didn’t provide a kill, it did provide another chance to reset the offense which provided a point. TO me, she is a better player all around than Olevao, starting with her attitude and energy.
Totally agree with the analysis of 61 and 62. I was at the match, begging for Kastl to go in during that first set, and when she finally did the chemistry changed and it became a different team. Reminds me of Jonny Gomes and the way he lit a fire under the Red Sox this season. John Farrell stuck with him during the World Series, and that turned out rather well.
alright I will admit i was not paying attention to the match very much. yay, they won…but they still got to improve.
Was it just me or was Kalei rarely in?
I don’t know but she has really been lacking in the way she’s been performing. i noticed that ever since basketball started practice and everything, she seems more focused on the basketball. maybe I am losing me mind here, but that’s what I feel like i been seeing. how do you become so sharp and almost literally unstoppable early in the season, to flat the next…?
tai & ashley, i see where people come from when they say ashley isnt any better than tai, or that she doesn’t put up good numbers either. but I have to point out that Ashley has a big impact on the court that seems to fire up her teammates. when she is in the line up, the girls play better it seems. I love that Ashley is able to prove that kind of energy. i see none when tai is playing. I am in no way trying to be mean against tai, but that’s how i see it. I won’t question to why Dave doesn’t start her, that will get me nowhere.
LBSU tomorrow. should be a good one indeed
I agree with the comments about Olevao. She just looks beaten. Go with Kastl. I would like to see more of Higgins too. Nickie is not the answer to better back row play. And yes, Dave has favorites as much as Cindy spins.
This is the first season that I can remember where performance does not impact playing time. Taylor and Olevao have had horrible games and yet there they are in the starting lineup every match. And having Taylor play back row…how long will it take a good coach to recognize that she can’t pass or move. UCI is a very weak team and yet they only lost because of their service errors. This was certainly not a win to be proud of.
At the game it felt like Wahine did just enough to win, but UCI didn’t do enough (tough serving vs. errors) to keep pressure on Wahine. Longo upped her defense and whole team still need to be better to beat solid team. Tomorrow should be an adventure, hope Home crowd shows up (post Halloween crowd was so-so). In person can’t see what Kalei is doing and maybe she should come in off bench too. Agree Ashley brought energy with her and seniors were all contributing tonight. Go Wahine!
Dave’s not budging with the lineup. I don’t think he believes in ‘ether’ stuff like generating energy and confidence even if your sub passes nails.
In the post game interview with Howard he said the right folks are in and likes to
Kastl coming in off the bench. I believe this is the same scenario with UC Davis when she came in
on sets 3/4 and was replaced in set 5.
I really belived that they would win out the rest of the season,but the way they played last night, now i have my doubts.Shoji is hoping that his team will pick it up,but its not. I don’t see them coming out of this slump anytime soon, and i think Shoji knows that.
Better to win “ugly” than lose “pretty.” One thing for sure, the Wahine better up their game a couple of notches tonight. LBSU will be on the prowl, hoping to catch the Wahine in the standings. Just wishing they would get out of this funk they’re mired in. As for the Olevao v. Kastl comments, I agree that Ashley should start, at least the first set. She brings a spark and energy that Tai lacks. GO BOWS.
69. No I don’t think Shoji knows that…..
“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu
Tai has been thrust into the lime light too soon. Forget about stats, the eye-ball test tells us that the team plays better when Kastl is on the court. I really enjoyed the clinic put on by Ally Longo and I thought Jade had a good night. And Emily was Emily, what are we going to do with out her.
The team chemistry seems to be much better with Kastl in. She may not be producing with offense, but neither is Tai, and there is something about the energy on the floor when she is in. It is almost a similar situation with Lizzie Blake a few years ago. Once Maeda was inserted back into the libero position, the magic came back. This might be the case with Kastl, I don’t know. I have been noticing that Tai’s demeanor on the court seems a little odd, perhaps just not confident? But her demeanor is a little off putting. Kastl seems much more upbeat and positive and energetic. Her passing and defense look to be a notch above Tai’s as well. Not my call, just my observation, but I do think give Kastl a longer look on the floor.
The problem on blogs (like VS) is that way too many posters in anonymity can pretend they know what’s up when they TRULY don’t. Talking out of one’s okole becomes an artform for individuals who can’t play, haven’t played, will never play the sport but yet mimic an expertise on subject matter (in this case vb, as it were, from the stands). VT and VS are playgrounds for those who enjoy exercising verbal sports “games”. People know to what I allude..just saying that is for people who wonder and might know the “bully” factor. 😉
By the end of the regular season, Dave will have moved Kastl into the OH2 position and made some other minor adjustments. Shoji is no dummy as some would have you believe on blogs Jake. The man plays chess with MUCH skill.
Apparently it is still not the right time for Kastl to shine. Olevao, however, will ALWAYS be on the court so people might want to get used to it. She’s UH’s top 3 athletes.
A different offensive system would otherwise prove a smooth transition for the time being.
Going back to the “preseason auditons” would/will prove invaluable. The issue then, however, is mustering the guts to make it happen as the MIDDLE is where focus should be. There are many extenuating factors which go into making effective middles operate. MBs is where a growth change needs to occur.
Blake/Mendoza is an example of ‘active learning’. Dave continues to grow. 🙂
I LOVE Maeda; Lizzie was not the S2 / Libero but rather DS1 (a la Brandt).
Blake could pass. It may have been discovered too late as it turns out.
Kastl fans can wish all they want but unless she really starts shinning Shoji will continue to bring her in off the bench,he repeated it again last night.
However if Tai continues to have nights like last night she will be coming off of that bench more often and quicker.
hmmm… 74. all good points to ponder. makes one wonder (in anonymity) who you really are.
#74 is you jake 😉
so Dave’s ego is bigger than a possible solution right in front of his maka’s. Then, UH gets what they get. And no way no how you can now convince me that Dave does not have favorites. Manu is not the solution no one person is, however, when she came in on the third set, the energy and play of everyone that started was off kilter. These views and offerings are from eyes that sees the situation without the muddiness of knowing the players. Its purely observationaly. I be would be the first observer to rally behind Manu if it warrants it.
We all knew from the get go that the OH2 position was going to be a rough spot.The coach thinks that Tai is just slightly ahead of Kastl.
That leaves it up to Kastl to really shine and take it away from Tai and so far she hasn’t accomplished that.
79.78. Great Trhread. Confession time: purple&gold is really Dave Shoji.
@74. If posters are anonymous how do you profess to know their backgrounds any more than we can see through your anonymity? Talking okole according to your definition includes you who are asserting to be an expert.
Could always eat Passi’s redshirt.
# 83 kimo browner, I work for the NSA
I have no doubt that some posters are part of the UH machine. But as this season plows through, spinning facts/things will not neccessarily make them true. It could possibly make observers turn off. Playing this game since I was 8, that’s over 35 years ago and still playing weekly, being coached by some really good coaches, watching the game as a spectator, I, like other recreational players,see the offensive and defensive system as they are. You can see plays attempted to be carried out and you could see where the play broke down. Technically, UH has superior players for their level. Yet, right now, execution is inconsistent. That’s where intangibles can come into play. Drive, tenacity, being in the zone, heart, confidence, focus… these factors can make a so so team into winning teams. Body language and over thinking in a match can over power positive intangibles to the point of being out of control. Either you have it or you don’t.
65 Not spinning anything. All I said was there can only be six players on the court.
51 Taylor played back row briefly in Set 3. They gave her a chance to serve (served 3 times), and she has a good one. It’s not like it’s permanent thing.
62. Kastl and Manu-Olevao had the same stat line through Set 2 0-2-7.
Both had two hitting errors, the other 5 times they were dug.
Manu-Olevao was 0-0-3 in Set 3.
What’s going on with Taylor is Dave Shoji’s way of slowly having a player going into certain roles that he want’s her to do in the future. As I see it he sees Taylor growing into Hartong’s current role. You’ll see Nikki serving and playing backrow with the threat of her 3 meter attack when the situation of the set presents itself to do so.
89. agree that it’s a look at the future. Often forgotten is that she is just a freshman and still getting her vb legs back after not playing last year in high school.
Ok, not sure what I’m doin anymore. Either I’m trying to sway people my way or I’m disputing some of the things other have said here. Either way, allow me to present a couple of points. First, I just finished watching last nights match for the fourth time in its entirety. And I have come to the conclusion that making a point of the lack of kills Kastl had seems disingenouous. All UH hitters within their first six shots hit pretty close to zero. Both Taylor and Vorster’s first set proved to be a pretty awful hitting display. Throughout the match, of Jade’s kill total, thre were over passes hardly displaying skillful hitting. AS for Taylor, she was hitting negative for her first 6 shots. Even Hartong did not hit for a good average in set one. Yet, stating that Kastl was in effective based on about seven total kill attempts. Only because of the total amount of sets were Taylor, Vorster and Hartong able to pull their numbers up. I conclude then, that had Kastl been given the same opportunity with the same equal attempts and quality of sets, she could have had a similar outcome. So why the emphasis on her kills and not everyone elses? Also, bringing Manu back in the third did not provide anything better, in fact the overall play went down in the third IMHO. When UH lost on the road, no one attributed Hartong’s performance against Northridge as an OH that was ineffective therefore she should be replaced. Even though double, triple blocks continued to shut her down. Instead the explanation was hat the passing was bad or that the scouting was really good. But even last night the passing was pretty awful from everyone but Longo and the DS’s, Uiato and possibly Kastl. Yet no one is stating that OH2’s had to deal with out of system sets. It seems trying to justify things is easy when not all of the facts are first brought into the discussion and then analyzing them to figure out how things came to be.
Taylor and higgins will be amazing players there coming years. We will be losing hartong uiato and longo next year but we will still have an amazing team. Higgins will easily fill uiato a role. She’s 6’2-6′ 3 was the CIF player of the year over Long Beach’s top recruit Joy Miley ( 26th senior ace) as a junior in her first year playing on the outside. And we also have keani passi. Mendoza has to work but she can be a good libero.
Oh and the 6-2 player is kalei Greeley!
On the post-game radio show last night either Tiff or Scott mentioned that we had recruited two really good libero’s, one from another program and one from high school. They did not mention names.
94. Ron. That would be Savannah Kahakai from Farrington and Gianna Guinasso (sp?) from Calif.
I also suspect that tayler higgins has potential to be great like Kamanao or Robyn. She’s very vocal on the court and takes leadership. Dave has commented that mita only beat her out by a little.
Yes, Kahakai … verbal but still looking at grades from what I’ve been told.
not sure about Guinasso. a libero but also very good beach player, which is what I thought she was playing.
my understanding was the other libero that Scott & Tiff were talking about was a transfer from another DI school.
Guinasso won the AAU junior beach tournament last summer with Mary Hernandez.
Kahakai teamed with Faith Maafal to win the PanPacific at Queen’s. Guinasso-Hernandez were fifth.
Ron and Mauna, thank you for that info on the L. I’ve been worried about that position for 2014.