UCSB 3, Hawaii 2

UH has switched its satrting  rotation. Mendoza will start. Adolpho and Vorster, Uiato, Longo, Hartong, Manu-Olevao. probably to take some pressure off Hartong for passing


  1. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 7:14 pm

    UH not looking that crisp at the moment. UCSB up 11-6. TO UH. UCSB hitting 455 6-1-11. UH 000 (3-3-12)

  2. jmy October 11, 2013 7:15 pm

    UCSB not playing all that well…UH is just playing worse…

  3. glfer October 11, 2013 7:19 pm

    passing errors killing uh

  4. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 7:20 pm

    I suppose you can look at it that way
    ace by Hartong makes it 14-11. TO UCSB. Gauchos 8-1-18 Wahine 5-4-18.
    Vorster had a nice swing but hit wide. same thing Adolpho on the slide. They just need to tighten things up. and pay attention. Manu-Olevao’s shot came back, hit the net, rolled over for a point.
    UCSB up 17-11. TO UH

  5. jmy October 11, 2013 7:22 pm

    Still waiting for UH to wake up…Right now, they have no energy…

  6. Warrior Dave October 11, 2013 7:22 pm

    Just got to the arena. Let’s Go Wahine!!!!

  7. Ashley October 11, 2013 7:23 pm

    yikes. leahy doesn’t help either with his commentary. how many times did he call vorster, croson?

  8. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 7:24 pm

    4. agree they look a little flat

  9. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 7:26 pm

    UH with the double sub. Goodman and Higgins. all for not with Manu-Olevao serving into the net. Uiato back in at 20-15

  10. Ashley October 11, 2013 7:27 pm

    tai when she serves it looks like she is not even trying to serve it over. is it just me seeing it?

  11. Warrior Dave October 11, 2013 7:28 pm

    Hartong needs to let the others receive so she can set up to hit.

  12. Ashley October 11, 2013 7:31 pm

    hawaii looks so tired. they look like they never slept all week. hopefully set 2 is more different, I hope they wake up

  13. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 7:32 pm

    11. Hartong is in the passing rotation. don’t see her poaching.
    anyway, Long’s net-roll ace makes it 24-21. TO UCSB

  14. glfer October 11, 2013 7:32 pm

    oh nooo ginger serving.. but alls gd.lol

  15. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 7:33 pm

    Kind of knew that would happen. Long serves into the net. 25-21.

  16. setaone October 11, 2013 7:34 pm

    Agree about Tai’s serve. Surprising she doesn’t have a jumper of some sort.

  17. jmy October 11, 2013 7:36 pm

    Let’s hope the real Wahine show up for set 2…Agree with what everyone is saying: UH looks very tired…

  18. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 7:36 pm

    UH hit 226 11-4-31. Hartong 4-1-2, Manu-Olevao 3-0-6, Vorster 2-1-6, Adolpho 1-1-3, Taylor 1-1-2. 2 aces, 4 SE9 digs, 0 blocks.
    UCSB 438 16-2-32, 1 ace, 6 SE, 12 digs, 1 block.

  19. UHfannva October 11, 2013 7:36 pm

    Why does shoji let long serve?!

  20. UHfannva October 11, 2013 7:37 pm

    Saw long in Wichita and every serve was into the net.

  21. jmy October 11, 2013 7:38 pm

    There’s no way UCSB can keep hitting like that…

  22. glfer October 11, 2013 7:40 pm

    uh blinded by this wks rpi

  23. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 7:41 pm

    It’s just a weird night. UH defense is there but a step slow, or they slow down UCSB’s attack and it goes off on at an odd angle. Taylor needs to get on track. she’s had a couple one=on-ones that either goes long or wide. it’s 6-1. TO UH. Shoji not happy.

  24. Ashley October 11, 2013 7:42 pm

    first loss? well on their way. I hate to be the buzz kill, but i just can’t say anything positive about what I am seeing from them tonight. no energy, nothing.

  25. UHfannva October 11, 2013 7:42 pm

    Kiss the hosting 1st and 2nd rounds goodbye

  26. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 7:42 pm

    wow people, it’s so early in the match.

  27. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 7:43 pm

    Up ref is letting some of the ugly sets go on the UCSB side. 8-2.

  28. Warriorfan October 11, 2013 7:45 pm

    this is ridiculous.

  29. mei mei October 11, 2013 7:46 pm

    this is an absolute nightmare!! I’m flabbergasted…

  30. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 7:46 pm

    Well the passing is definitely off. UCSB up 11-3. TO UH.

  31. glfer October 11, 2013 7:47 pm

    ucsb just working off their momentum frm set1

  32. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 7:47 pm

    UCSB 6-0-13 in Set 2. UH 3-4-20.

  33. Warriorfan October 11, 2013 7:48 pm

    put in the bench, the starters aren’t ready to play, enough is enough. Put in Kastl, higgins and TK!!

  34. UHfannva October 11, 2013 7:48 pm

    This is all the comittee needs to send Hawaii packing during post season

  35. Warrior Dave October 11, 2013 7:48 pm

    I would bring in. Kastle to change things up.

  36. Ashley October 11, 2013 7:48 pm

    26. early in the match? I would agree if it was set 1. we are in set 2 and Hawaii has done nothing to make up for the poor effort in set one. In fact this set looks worse. yeah I agree the ref is making calls that favor UCSB i agree on that part

  37. Kazu October 11, 2013 7:51 pm

    This is not their night. Santa Barbara out playing them. I’m going on the limb and call this match 3-1 UCSB.

  38. Maverick October 11, 2013 7:51 pm

    Folks here got to calm down. UH faces some adversity and everyone starts to panic. Sometimes, the team needs to work through this.

  39. mei mei October 11, 2013 7:51 pm

    Is it a full moon?

  40. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 7:52 pm

    35 I think Shoji is leaving in both Taylor and Olevao thinking they’ll play themselves into the match. Hartong’s ace makes it 14-9. TO UCSB>

  41. setaone October 11, 2013 7:52 pm

    Long and Kawamura need to get their serves in. Might as well let the middle serve.

  42. glfer October 11, 2013 7:54 pm

    looks like early all hallos eve for uh, unles someone step up instead of hartong

  43. Warriorfan October 11, 2013 7:55 pm

    38. it’s the middle of set 2 and they are still making silly errors. This is not how a top 5 team should play at home.

  44. Maverick October 11, 2013 7:57 pm

    43. Every top team has an off night. If you can’t handle some adversity, go watch some cartoons.

  45. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:00 pm

    Think the ref definitely missed a net on UCSB. Kill by Hartong makes it 20-16.

  46. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:00 pm

    Taylor and Vorster with the stuff. 20-17. Crowd kind of back in it.

  47. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:02 pm

    Vorster and Manu-Olevao with the stuff. 21-19. TO UCSB. Hartong holding serve.

  48. glfer October 11, 2013 8:04 pm

    1st tm by ucsb?

  49. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:05 pm

    48. not sure what you’re asking. it’s 23-19

  50. mei mei October 11, 2013 8:06 pm

    too predictable

  51. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:06 pm

    great save set by Uiato. vorster very soft. goes down but UCSB with a block of Manu-Olevao. it’s 24-20

  52. mei mei October 11, 2013 8:07 pm

    wow… need a change Coach!

  53. Warriorfan October 11, 2013 8:07 pm

    Take out Olevao already, she is not bringing it tonight.

  54. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:07 pm

    Manu-Olevao jumps a early. hits the tape, it goes wide 25-20

  55. jmy October 11, 2013 8:08 pm

    Did UH underestimate UCSB?

  56. UHfannva October 11, 2013 8:09 pm

    Kastl Needs to replace Tai third set

  57. Ashley October 11, 2013 8:09 pm

    leahy i noticed that every time Hawaii gets really close, he opens his mouth and than Hawaii falls behind completely. it is better to see energy from the girls, I hope they can win out the match, sadly it will have to be in 5.

  58. Warrior Dave October 11, 2013 8:12 pm

    #56 I agree. Kastle should play. Sets need to be more distributed. Too many to Hartong or Tai.

  59. LC October 11, 2013 8:13 pm

    I blame Ann Miller 🙂

    It has been nearly 20 years and a devastating run through the Western Athletic Conference since Hawaii lost a Big West volleyball match. It came Nov. 10, 1994, and UC Santa Barbara was the perpetrator.

  60. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:13 pm

    why sadly? that’s just the cold truth. I don’t think they under estimated UCSB but the Gauchos are making the plays and the Wahine seem to be a step slow.

  61. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:15 pm

    UCSB hit 278 to UH’s 085. Vorster 6-1-11, Manu-Olevao 4-3-18, Hartong 8-4-26, Adolpho 4-3-10, Taylor 3-3-9, 3 aces, 6 SEs, 27 digs, 7 by Longo,
    UCSB 1 aces, 8 S#, 29 digs, 11 by Sully.
    would not be surprised if Kastl comes in.

  62. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:17 pm

    and for those playing along at home, UH hasn’t lost to UCSB since 1994. 3-1. UH leads the series 29-5.

  63. glfer October 11, 2013 8:17 pm


  64. LC October 11, 2013 8:17 pm

    Leahey doesn’t even know what day it is.Seriously Jim just shut up.

  65. kapakahi October 11, 2013 8:18 pm

    Watching the Wahine play these first 2 sets kinda felt like…..watching the past 5 UH football games all over again.


  66. eMpTy October 11, 2013 8:20 pm

    It seems like the wahine only trying to hit rockets. I miss Kanani with her myriad of shots.

  67. glfer October 11, 2013 8:20 pm

    ok were gonna take it back win in 5 and ucsb will know the power of vana

  68. Warrior Dave October 11, 2013 8:21 pm


  69. Warriorfan October 11, 2013 8:21 pm

    Ugh Olevao is just stinking it up, sorry, try Kastl.

  70. glfer October 11, 2013 8:22 pm

    we can win this set w/sb errors:)

  71. mei mei October 11, 2013 8:22 pm

    i’m laughing @ 64. & 57 !!

    yay Kastl!!

  72. Maverick October 11, 2013 8:25 pm

    68. Agree with you on this point. After 2+ sets, Oleavo not improving.

  73. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:26 pm

    Kastl in, some nice energy UH leads 11-8. TO UCSB

  74. Maverick October 11, 2013 8:27 pm

    Key for UH is not to fall behind early. They are holding their own in Set 3. I still favor them to win this match despite the poor showing in sets 1 & 2.

  75. UHfannva October 11, 2013 8:28 pm

    Kastl should have been in from set 2

  76. Kazu October 11, 2013 8:30 pm

    Cindy, what do you think the attendance is tonight? On tv looks like 6k plus. About time Coach let Kastl play some.

  77. eMpTy October 11, 2013 8:30 pm

    It seems like the wahine only trying to hit rockets. I miss Kanani with her myriad of shots. My first comment #66 had a wrong e-mail address so it is awaiting moderation.

  78. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:31 pm

    Another block by UH and it’s 16-11. TO UCSB.

  79. glfer October 11, 2013 8:31 pm

    sloppy match both teams.. must be the moon

  80. Maverick October 11, 2013 8:32 pm

    good energy from Kastl on her block. UH needs more of that all around.

  81. Warrior Dave October 11, 2013 8:33 pm

    Regarding attendance. Think it’ll be high 6,000

  82. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:37 pm

    tickets 7302. turnstile 5865

  83. Warrior Dave October 11, 2013 8:38 pm

    Good TO.

  84. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:38 pm

    UH was looking pretty comfortable at 20-13. it’s now 20-17. TO Wahine

  85. Warriorfan October 11, 2013 8:38 pm

    Adolpho and hartong need to step it up , too many errors by those two.

  86. wtf October 11, 2013 8:39 pm

    Kalei jade manu having a Really Off Night

  87. UHfannva October 11, 2013 8:39 pm

    Adolpho should be replaced by TK if they go 4

  88. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:42 pm

    Ipressed by Adolpho who took a pretty quick shot and it came out clean. 23-19

  89. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:42 pm

    Nice angle by Hartong. It’s 24-19.

  90. glfer October 11, 2013 8:42 pm

    ali to the rescue

  91. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:44 pm

    One thing that is helping Kastl success. Since she hasn’t played all that much not a lot of tape on her.
    Hartong ends it. 25-21

  92. Maverick October 11, 2013 8:45 pm

    One down, two to go.

  93. Warrior Dave October 11, 2013 8:45 pm

    Played much better in the 3rd. Got to dig deep tonight.

  94. glfer October 11, 2013 8:46 pm

    really off match by uh but it happens to everyone

  95. wtf October 11, 2013 8:47 pm

    Manu in basketball shorts is that attitude? Jade’s body language is not good, she looks shell shocked and depressed, Let Tuininga play

  96. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:47 pm

    UH hit 184 to UCSB’s 121. Couple of those errors were late, some wide open swings that went out.

  97. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:49 pm

    I may lose the internet. am on the free 2 hours from TWC Nice they give you free wi-fi but ridiculous that it is only 2 hours. so if that happens, will have to head to the press room and do that from there.
    At least I won’t have Steve/Laura worrying about where I went to.

  98. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:50 pm

    Vorster another NV. that must be 3 or 4 on her tonight.

  99. Maverick October 11, 2013 8:51 pm

    97 LOL

  100. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 8:51 pm

    UCSB hits long. it’s 6-2 TO Gauchos

  101. Warrior Dave October 11, 2013 8:52 pm

    And they rolling, rolling, rolling down the river…

  102. glfer October 11, 2013 8:53 pm

    no worries cindy the power of vana will keep us in spirit

  103. Fudge October 11, 2013 8:55 pm

    Did Vorster always have that huge knee brace? Shes not moving/jumping like she usually does

  104. wtf October 11, 2013 8:57 pm

    middles need to be in this. Easy to camp on the outsides and back row with triple block

  105. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 9:03 pm

    Adolpho finding a nice rhythm. UH up 13-10. TO UCSB.

  106. Warrior Dave October 11, 2013 9:04 pm

    Great run by the Wahine.

  107. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 9:12 pm

    finally got a lift call. looked to be legit. UH up 22-18.

  108. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 9:14 pm

    UCSB has closed to 22-20. TO UH.

  109. Warriorfan October 11, 2013 9:14 pm

    Darn it now Ashley can’t put anything down. They are playing butt ugly but they need to grind this out.

  110. Zig October 11, 2013 9:15 pm

    Can someone please tell Hartong that she doesn’t have to hit it hard every time. She needs a few dinks in her repertoire.

  111. jmy October 11, 2013 9:15 pm

    I think Jim Leahey has it right: UH is just surviving…

  112. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 9:17 pm

    Gauchos hit long. 24-21.

  113. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 9:18 pm

    Hartong on the 3-meter. ends it 25-22

  114. Warrior Dave October 11, 2013 9:18 pm

    That set was interesting. Go Wahine!!!!

  115. Maverick October 11, 2013 9:18 pm

    two down, one to go…

  116. jmy October 11, 2013 9:19 pm

    Looking at the scores you’d think that UH was playing Penn St or some other top ten team…

  117. Kazu October 11, 2013 9:21 pm

    Was Hartong talking to #4 of UCSB? Must be someone she knows.

  118. Maverick October 11, 2013 9:21 pm

    that’s what happens when you have a bad night…no team this year is going to dominate every match

  119. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 9:22 pm

    UH goes back to their original lineup, except Kastl for Manu-Olevao. it’s 1-1

  120. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 9:25 pm

    I know you look at SB record but you have to consider that they played the majority on the road. tough on any team home vs. Stanford Aug. 30. did not play at home again until Sept. 27. 11 straight road matches.

  121. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 9:27 pm

    not a good rotation for UH. Thompson with an ace. it’s 5-5

  122. jmy October 11, 2013 9:27 pm

    Indicative of tonight’s match: easy dig for Hartong & she blows it…Something’s just off…

  123. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 9:29 pm

    UCSB leads 8-6 at the change over.

  124. Warriorfan October 11, 2013 9:29 pm

    Even on freeballs the wahine look sloppy, ugh too many mistakes.

  125. jmy October 11, 2013 9:29 pm

    I know people will disagree with me, but I think UH was totally unprepared for this match…

  126. Warriorfan October 11, 2013 9:30 pm

    123, definitely they are all playing bad. Hope they pull it off and never play like this again.

  127. Maverick October 11, 2013 9:31 pm

    UCSB’s Villanueva went to the same high school as Hartong

  128. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 9:32 pm

    not big on the double sub at this point. we’ll see how it works.

  129. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 9:34 pm

    Hartong with her 19th. Puts UH up 10-9. TO UCSB

  130. UHfannva October 11, 2013 9:35 pm

    What happened to kawamura?

  131. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 9:38 pm

    Grunt with her fifth kill. Gauchos take the 11-10 to UH.

  132. cocobean October 11, 2013 9:38 pm

    A battle of wills. Can’t make Santa Barbara blink.

  133. jmy October 11, 2013 9:38 pm

    UH just looks dejected…

  134. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 9:39 pm

    Vorster wide. it’s 12-10. Tuaniga back in.

  135. Warriorfan October 11, 2013 9:40 pm

    WTH was that Jade, ugh, this is just terrrible what is wrong with the team tonight??

  136. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 9:41 pm

    Taylor blocked. it’s 13-11.

  137. jmy October 11, 2013 9:42 pm

    Maybe flashbacks of USD?

  138. socaluhfan October 11, 2013 9:43 pm

    c’mon wahine!

  139. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 9:44 pm

    UCSB serving for the mach 14-12.

  140. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 9:44 pm

    UCSB wins 15-12

  141. Warriorfan October 11, 2013 9:44 pm

    Hartong has been atrocious all match in the backrow 🙁

  142. Maverick October 11, 2013 9:45 pm

    Good job UCSB, you gals earned it!

  143. Warriorfan October 11, 2013 9:45 pm

    Disaster, I don’t care this UCSB team stinks. and UH played down to their level and worse.

  144. jmy October 11, 2013 9:45 pm

    The way UH played tonight, they did not deserve to win…I’m sorry, UCSB is not a good team…

  145. LC October 11, 2013 9:46 pm

    Leahey is happy .

  146. jmy October 11, 2013 9:46 pm

    Come Nov. 9, no excuses…UH now knows what to expect from UCSB…

  147. big brother October 11, 2013 9:47 pm

    The worst I seen wahine volleyball…..everyone was atrocious

  148. LC October 11, 2013 9:47 pm

    So lets hear it, WHAT HAPPENED ?

  149. big brother October 11, 2013 9:49 pm

    The wahine deserved to lose, sad I was cheering for the vacuous to win just to put the wahine out of their misery

  150. jmy October 11, 2013 9:49 pm

    144. I think 140 summed it up pretty well…

  151. Warriorfan October 11, 2013 9:50 pm

    I’d be okay acknowledging when a team comes and and plays lights out, but UCSB did not. UH made so many silly hitting mistakes and played awful defense all match.

  152. big brother October 11, 2013 9:50 pm

    Meant gauchos

  153. UHfannva October 11, 2013 9:51 pm

    Unfortunately, UH got what they deserve, a lost and packing for entire post season

  154. Andrew October 11, 2013 9:51 pm

    So much for hosting 1st and 2nd rounds. I know they’re ranked 3rd in RPI now but they just gave the NCAA committee a lot of ammo to send them packing. And we all know what happened last year when UHs RPI ranking ended conveniently at no. 17

  155. Ashley October 11, 2013 9:52 pm

    142. LC i agree, he always seems to be putting Hawaii down in some way. so now CSUN sits on top as the only undefeated team, that annoys me. Ashley Kastl tonight i believe earned the right to start tomorrow against cal poly. it could have been an easy sweep for UCSB if tai continued. so let’s see if Dave awards her. kind of disappointed he didn’t start her in set 2

  156. jmy October 11, 2013 9:52 pm

    UH looked really nervous all night…Kind of like deer in headlights…Reminded me of the men’s team…

  157. cocobean October 11, 2013 9:52 pm

    Santa Barbara got on a high and stayed there. They were the more mentally tough team tonight. Good example of a team that had more WANT TO than a team which was favored.

  158. Kazu October 11, 2013 9:56 pm

    # 144. Wahine showed up late for the match. Tomorrow night is not going to be easy. I think Poly is just as good as UCSB or better. Must be UCSB new coach.

  159. Warriorfan October 11, 2013 9:56 pm

    150, jmy totally, awful defense, can’t make easy digs , too many hitting errors, and bad passing and setting, check, check, check, check!!

    Oh well hope they wake up.

  160. Buds4life October 11, 2013 9:57 pm

    UCSB deserve this big time. Just another loss, unfortunately for NaWahine magnify it by a factor of ten. Just gave the NCAA a reason to send the ladies to Siberia for the regionals. Time to regroup and try to improve for the rest of the season.

  161. big brother October 11, 2013 9:58 pm

    Dave needs to learn how to use his bench more efficiently instead of waiting til it’s too late

  162. Kazu October 11, 2013 10:02 pm

    Northridge plays UC Irvine tmro, sure win for them. They sitting on top now.

  163. Volleyball fan October 11, 2013 10:17 pm

    Kazu, Cal Poly lost to UCSB but they had beaten Long Beach which UCSB failed to. So it’s hard to tell which team is better. I’m sorry to read so many nasty remarks against the UH players. Really I feel sorry for the girls as now they know that they won’t host the first two rounds of the playoffs when they tried so valiantly and just fell short, three points in the fifth set. Yes, they made lots of exasperating mistakes and failed, but it’s not like they deliberately sabotaged the game, so all those nasty remarks that some made are just offensive. Like one article said, there are too many wildcards in the team and Emily Hartong can’t do it alone. She needs more help. Vorster had one of her worst nights (alliterates here), and I sure feel for her. If I had played so badly I would have just cried and would have never dared to read any blogs in this post. I know because I played recreational volleyball at Cal Poly and felt horrible if I messed up. So, please, have a little compassion.

    As for tomorrow, I will definitely feel split loyalties between two teams I support. So I won’t comment tomorrow at all.

  164. jcvolcano October 11, 2013 10:28 pm

    Sad loss. But maybe best for wahines. Especially if their coaches realize that the teams achilles heel is
    in their setter. Great scouting by UCSB’s coaching staff to recognize wahines weakness………too much
    reliance on Hartong, especially on important points, broken plays, etc. UCSB expected those sets, each
    time breaking a hawaii run when successful, or adding to a run of their own. Uiato is a great setter but,
    what the wahines need is a great setter who can also strategize. One who isn’t thinking of losing.
    As for Ashley Kastl, she brings energy to the team with her enthusiasm after a great play. Manu-olevao
    and her smirk after a great play should let herself celebrate openly, it would add to the teams moment
    of joy……and spirit. The wahines played their heart out, each one of them. Now it is up to the coaching
    staff to even the playing field. UCSB has “read” Uiato. So will the rest of the big west teams. Is the
    wahines coaching staff up to the task?

  165. Vbfan October 11, 2013 10:39 pm

    I don’t know what happened, but it seems like we always have one game a year where don’t seem ready to play. Cal last year, Fresno in the WAC tournament etc. They made so many hitting errors that they don’t usually make. UCSB lost at home to a bad Long Beach team, they really have no business losing this game.

  166. LC October 11, 2013 10:44 pm

    I guess we can do a lot of finger pointing but it’s water under the bridge right now,time for them to refocus and quickly move on.

    I’m also reminding myself that several other top teams like USC,Penn State,Texas have all suffered losses this year, it happens.

  167. jmy October 11, 2013 10:45 pm

    What was discouraging & frustrating was that they flubbed on easy plays…Easy digs went straight to the rafters, did not capitalize on free balls…They looked rattled, as if they were afraid of losing…which they did…

  168. eq October 11, 2013 10:51 pm

    Very hard loss Wahine. Wake up call. No one is immune to an upset, and it will happen. UCSB had the Wahine game plan down and blocked Olevao and Hartong like text book. Wahine back row defense not good, coordinating passing and kill attempts sloppy. service errors were less that usual tho. Very “out of it” performance.

  169. littlepapi October 11, 2013 10:55 pm

    Good loss if there is such a thing. Really hurt their RPI. Hawaii’s middles really got expose tonight. Double Emily and not have to pay the price. Hopefully coach can figure it out his middle situation. I vote to play TK.

  170. Ashley October 11, 2013 10:57 pm

    my last comment on this match for the night. Hawaii was not the Hawaii team we are use to seeing. Errors hurt them, bad calls from the refs i am not surprised. I will commend Hawaii though on the effort to not allow themselves to be swept on their home floor. that I can say I seen a positive on. My biggest positive was the play from Ashley Kastl. she brought so much life and energy into the third set that it makes me bring in the What If’s. what if Ashley started? what if Ashley was inserted earlier? so many things to think about. understandably i know she struggles sometimes, but after tonight i can’t imagine Dave not awarding her a shot to start. I do like that she shows so much emotion. more than tai does, which is something tai could try show more of. a loss is a loss, I have to keep telling myself “it’s not the end of the road” maybe that #5 ranking was too high. I don’t know. BUT the positive thing i think every Hawaii fan should take away from this loss is this…the big west isn’t the WAC. finally Hawaii is being challenged and forced to play. constantly we complained that Hawaii was never pushed hard enough when being in the WAC. well now they are here in the big west, and we see teams that are giving Hawaii a run for their money. I won’t allow myself anymore to be mad and upset if they lose another BW match, because at least i know that it will somehow have to make this team play at a higher level no matter who is across the net. i do get frustrated when I get caught up in the game so i apologize if i make any stupid remarks(probably all out of frustration) really. I hope this loss is another wake up call for these girls. they are a great team this year, this was just one of those nights.

  171. grace October 11, 2013 11:01 pm

    Kastl showed why she deserves to play much more than she does! She makes mistakes like the other OH, but she definitely brings enthusiasm and effort. There is a definite chemistry when she is in there. She is also very good in the backrow. She is so wasted on the bench. We need passionate athletes not lethargic volleyball players out there. The middle attack really needs to shore up. I wouldn’t hesistate bringing Tuaniga in for Vorster. Vorster has to improve for our team to be successful in postseason. If not we may be in trouble. Adolpho is fine. Uiato just didn’t bring her great setting tonight. But she will redeem

  172. LanaiBoy October 11, 2013 11:02 pm

    It’s pretty much a given that all Big West teams will target Hartong on serves and that they will camp out on the left-side hitters, especially Hartong, and challenge Hawaii to beat them with the middles and right-side hitters. Up to now, the middles and Taylor have come through really well but, unfortunately, not tonight. Their coming through is why Hawaii is rated 5th in the nation and had only one defeat on its record. Adolpho had one of her worst matches and Vorster continues to patty-cake the ball (however, most times effectively most of the season, I must say). I expect both to return to form tomorrow night. This was one of the matches where practically everyone had an off-nightl. I don’t think this will happen too often.

  173. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 11:10 pm

    171. I don’t know Grace. she came in, played well, but her problem is constancy. she was 5-5-13. in on 4 blocks,
    She came in for Manu-Olevao who was 5-5-22. what hurt them the most was Taylor having such an off night 7-8-26. and too many unforced errors as well as mental ones.

  174. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 11:13 pm

    167. JMY do agree with you about playing not lose. instead of playing to win. Think they did tighten up.

  175. Cindy Luis October 11, 2013 11:19 pm

    153, 154. We’ll see how this affects the RPI. Agree that the committee will look at this as a bad loss but there is still a lot of volleyball to be played, not just by Hawaii but by all the teams UH has already played. Don’t know how UCLA is tanking will hurt Hawaii; it won’t be as bad as how Cal affected the Wahine since UH did beat the Bruins.
    Agree with the rest of you that Hawaii looked horrible out there. an off night pretty much by everyone. Thought Uiato played well. She did go to Hartong too often but at many points during the match, Hartong was the most consistent hitter out there.

  176. Andrew October 11, 2013 11:33 pm

    I agree Cindy that there’s a lot of volleyball left to be played. I just think though that the RPI is gonna drop closer and closer to that borderline 16 and when December comes around Hawaii is gonna somehow magically appear at 17.

    I also agree that Taylor’s play was one of the keys to the match. If she’s on, then that takes pressure off Hartong. It seemed though that most of the night the double block was just waiting because of being too predictable.

  177. andy October 12, 2013 12:09 am

    this is the match in a nutshell. Wahine were horrible in the first two games. everybody, including Hartong, stunk it up. yeah, UCSB played well, but if the team you’re playing against is playing badly and not because you’re making them play badly, that doesn’t make you great. all three serving specialists come in and miss their first serve. inexcusable. Tai, Nikki, Jade and Kalei sucked, missing easy shots and not being able to get a kill when it mattered. i think the Wahine had none, or maybe one block in the first two games. also inexcusable. don’t mind Emily taking so many swings, but she needs to be more efficient. she was getting blocked too much. and is it just me, or is Hartong just not playing as well as she was earlier in the season? too many missed digs on easy hits. the only one who i think played really well was Longo, again. UCSB is a good team, but no way should they beat the Wahine. they have size, but really only one good player. the Wahine deserve all the criticism that they get here. they are a very, very good team and dammit, they need to play like it.

  178. jmy October 12, 2013 12:13 am

    177. Totally agree with “too many missed digs on easy hits”…

  179. Grammy October 12, 2013 5:06 am

    I waited and waited last night for the Wahine to show up, but it never happened really. Hawaii has been outplayed twice this year and both time times by teams that they matched up well with on paper but got out played by on the court. For a team it can make a season highlight reel to ‘take down’ THE PROGRAM. For a coach it can be a career highlight to out coach THE COACH with the most wins in your sport. Well, so be it, get used to it, cause those ‘bulls eyes’ are not going away so expect a battle every time. And expect some ‘off nights’, too. This blog has been rife with ‘diversify the offense-ers’ but I also feel there is an equal amount of true believers, too. Not many people left the building last night, I for one was totally emotionally drained after the last whistle and dazed all the way home, but I won’t give up on the team and I will be back tonight and I will believe we can and will win until the last whistle. Go Wahine!

  180. Ashley October 12, 2013 7:59 am

    other teams in the conference now see the light at the end of the tunnel. they see that Hawaii is beatable. BUT they shouldn’t do what Hawaii probably did with UCSB. don’t overlook Hawaii, that might be a huge mistake. i believe after this embarrassing loss at home, that Hawaii now has something to prove. they still have to prove to be the team to beat, one loss in conference play that’s fine, it’s still early. i highly doubt any team will go undefeated in conference play, that team now being CSUN.

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  182. Rafael Villatoro October 12, 2013 9:58 am

    Read this blog quite a bit and was just seem’s like Cindy you have no support for Kastl? Is there an issue?

  183. mauna October 12, 2013 12:38 pm

    177. Hey Andy, exactly my thoughts, we were watching the same match with the same views.

  184. grace October 12, 2013 1:14 pm

    All of our comments rather complimenting or not is because we all LOVE our team. It doesn’t matter how start but how we finish at the end of the season. We just need to get to the postseason and get to the FINAL FOUR. Then

  185. grace October 12, 2013 1:18 pm

    All of our comments rather complimenting or not is because we all LOVE our team. It doesn’t matter how we start but how we finish at the end of the season. We just need to get to the postseason and get to the FINAL FOUR. Then bring home that NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. Then all of our anxieties will go away!!!

  186. TW October 12, 2013 3:47 pm

    Another way to look at it is when Hartong is on it takes the pressure off Taylor. Taylor does well when there are two blockers on Hartong but she had a lot of one-on-one opportunities and didn’t deliver. It’s great that Taylor had a couple of good blocks but the times she got tooled and was misaligned on the hitters exposed her lack of technique. UCSB served tougher than UH but not nearly as tough as Penn State, Nebraska, Minnesota, USC and Florida. Vorster made some big mistakes at critical times but ended with the highest hitting percentage .235; the next highest was Emily at .148; and Taylor was the worst at -.038 and she still started all five sets and had the second most attempts. There are no All American candidates on UCSB’s team and plenty on the teams UH will have to play if they have any hope of post-season success. Dave’s “set lineup” may prove to be the teams biggest weakness. Many of the top teams are still refining their line-up but UH seems to go with the same six regardless of how they perform. Although Kastl had her problems, at least she brought some energy to the court. Goodman and Higgins provided one of the few sparks when they were given the opportunity. TK is an effective hitter behind the setter which provides a different look for the offense. None of these viable options are being utilized to any extent.

    Taylor Higgins is basically burning up a year of eligibility and has had almost no opportunity to set. She only has 47 assists and Longo has 60. The double sub has enormous potential but is limited in its effectiveness because it’s only used for defensive purposes not offensive production. Stauber set much more than Higgins and wasn’t nearly as skilled. It’s disturbing that Shoji shows so little confidence in Higgins at this point in the season. If Higgins is going to be the setter next year she needs to get court time that is meaningful. Higgins (3 aces / 2 errors on 20 attempts) has a more threatening serve than Sarah Mendoza (5 aces / 15 service errors on 176 attempts) and plays excellent defense so why is Higgins getting less playing time than Mendoza.

  187. Cindy Luis October 12, 2013 7:14 pm

    182 I have no issue with Kastl and it is not my job to support one player over another. when people ask my opinion on Kastl i said that the issue has been her consistency as to why she hasn’t started IMHO. mentioned when she came in last night that she brought a lot of energy. Then at the end when someone said she should be starting over Manu-Olevao, all I did was point out that if you look at the stats she ended up 5-5-22, the same stats as Manu-Olevao.

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