Wahine at No. 9 in poll

Kind of surprised since most coaches would have voted before the UH-USD match was over. but since the AVCA was so slow in reporting UH’s win over Texas … USD at No. 14 from 26.



The Hawaii women’s volleyball team moved up to No. 9 in the AVCA Division I Volleyball Coaches Top 25 announced today, the first official poll of the season.

The Rainbow Wahine (2-1) were No. 11 in the preseason poll. Hawaii upset preseason No. 1 Texas, the defending national champion, on Friday but fell to unranked San Diego Sunday in five sets.

Texas (2-1), which defeated San Diego in five sets Saturday, dropped to No. 6 while USD (2-1) moved up to No. 14; the Toreros had received enough votes in the preseason poll to be 26th.

The Longhorns falling out of the top spot had the next three teams all moving up one place. Penn State (2-0) is the new No. 1, receiving 50 of the 60 first-place votes, followed by Stanford (1-0, eight votes) and USC (3-0, two votes).

Minnesota moved two spots to No. 4 and Washington remained at No. 5. Rounding out the Top 10 were Texas, Michigan, Florida, Hawaii and UCLA.

The Rainbow Wahine resume play Thursday in the Hawaiian Airlines Classic with New Mexico State. Hawaii coach Dave Shoji is one win away from tying retired UCLA coach Andy Banachowski as the all-time winningest coach in the sport at 1,105 victories.

The Wahine play Santa Clara Friday and UCLA Saturday.



  1. Maverick September 2, 2013 9:28 am

    Glad to see SD get recognized.

  2. vballfreak808 September 2, 2013 9:35 am

    Hartong named Big West Played of the Week

  3. Cindy Luis September 2, 2013 9:39 am

    2. thanks was working on new thread as well.

  4. LanaiBoy September 2, 2013 9:49 am

    The San Diego volleyball team has a chance to really make history for its school. If it wins all three of its matches next week, USC at #3, Iowa State at #11 and Illinois at 18, it could break into the top five of the AVCA Coaches DI Coaches poll next week. That is a big if and a tall order. SC is formidable and Iowa State is a team that mirrors both Hawaii and San Diego, scrappy defense and fast offense.

  5. mei mei September 2, 2013 10:25 am

    knew SD would be recognized how can they not after this past weekends “showing” … yes agree, hope SD does upset USC as well…

    go Wahine – keep moving forward I”m sure the team will grow and learn from this adversity…

  6. Dedicatedfan September 2, 2013 12:12 pm

    Not really interest in the AVCA ranking, since it has NO bearing on NCAA Tournament Seeding. Waiting for the 1st RPI rankings to come out, to see where the Wahine stand, and also, how the rest of the BWC Teams stand in the RPI Rankings. How the rest of the BWC Teams stand in the RPI Ranks, will tell how far the Wahine will fall in the RPI Rankings. Here is hoping the rest of the BWC Teams have better RPI Rankings then they did last year, so it will not effect the Wahine to much.

  7. poorboy September 2, 2013 1:27 pm

    Dedicatedfan: agreed, that RPI rankings the key. Hawaii, has to hope BWC teams do well, also, that UH wins as many non conference games as possible, and of course beating UCLA, and a MUST, beat Arizona!

    Hawaii, probably has to sweep the BWC and tourney title. Would be nice, for Shoji to have his team be able to host round or two in NCAA playoffs, he and team deserve it.

    Cindy, would it of made any difference if Olevao played? Personally I feel, that USC was so well coached, their defense, the block, and digging whatever UH was trying to put down,was awesome, so having Tai, …felt bummed that UH did not go 3-0, however, hope they are there at the end, go to one more final four. UH will have to play, teams quick and great D, and smart like USD, or the Giants, like Texas, Nebraska, UCLA , Penn St. etc.

  8. Cubicle1126 September 2, 2013 4:31 pm

    in judging how BWC teams will help/hurt hawaii’s rpi … it’s better to look at the other BWC teams’ win/loss records over the course of non-conference play, and not so much at the number/ranking that they have in the rpi. the rpi number/ranking is a reflection of their strength of schedule, for sure, but in calculating hawaii’s rpi, the formula only cares about win/loss records (hawaii’s win/loss, as well as the win/loss of their opponents, and their opponents’ opponents).

    what really needs to happen is for the majority of BWC teams to have solid win/loss records as they head into conference play. the effect of the non-conference win/loss will have more of an impact on rpi, than how the teams do in conference. since the BWC teams all play each other, then it’s pretty much averaging a .500 win/loss percentage in the rpi formula, as far as the conference matches are concerned.

  9. poorboy September 2, 2013 9:00 pm

    Cubicle1126: Kind of makes you wonder , who makes up these crazy formulas? Back in the day, teams that won conference championships, and teams with great won/loss record no matter who they played over course of regular season were in the NCAA champioship playoffs. Of course, far fewer teams, in NCAA BB, etc. Now, with VB men and women, more participation, so they have to formulate something.

    Poor Vince Goo, had some teams that had excellent records, however , NCAA selection committee kept on bypassing them. No respect. Same with Shoji’s teams, unless, they finish in top 10. Crazy RPI, or should it be R.I.P.?(sarcasm :D) For Dave’s sake, very hard to do, as opposed to his last national title, so much parity, and you have to have a hot streak, I hope they get better, shore up the weak areas , and make it to Final Four!

  10. Grace September 2, 2013 9:58 pm

    Great for San Diego….Great for Hawaii! The tournament actually help San Diego move to 14th and the Wahines to 9th. Only Texas did not gain from tourney. This was a blessing actually for Hawaii in many ways. San Diego doing well in tourney makes them a formidable foe. Hawaii losing takes pressure from them of not being the unbeatable team but becoming more hungry and not complacent in any opponent. San Diego may end up beating USC, Iowa St. and Iowa. If I had another team I would root for after Hawaii is San Diego….We have a great local libero on that team and they play stingy defense like us. Hawaii has the best balance, depth, and chemistry I seen in awhile . Every year we have opportunity to be blessed to always cheer on a winning team. Of course, I want it all! But don”t you think our wahines want it all too! They will make us proud! Be patient!

  11. Grammy September 3, 2013 8:50 am

    The only poll that matters is the second to the last one from which the NCAA does their seeding of the tournament, but if RPI is to be in Hawaii’s favor this season Texas and USD will help out there. But as we have so often found in the past, no matter what you get going into the committee, you get whatever they want coming out. But there’s always hope! Ha! Ha! Go Wahine!

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