Wahine likely to Europe in May; SandBows in action Friday

The Wahine likely will be making their first trip to Europe after finals in May.
Not officially approved by all the admin but
Itinerary includes Italy and Czech Republic.
Sounds cool.


Play underway for SandBows at Queen’s in Queen of the beach.

updates on above twitter link


  1. 'ohanaInBellingham March 20, 2015 8:56 am

    I’m relieved that Kahakai owned the backrow last night! In a few months, with Kahakai and McKenna anchoring the passing, wow…

    It seems that last year the brace gave Kahakai a crash course in court vision so that she could economize on her limited mobility. Way to not waste a golden opportunity, Savannah!

    I enjoyed the color on the match, Cindy!

  2. rayson March 20, 2015 9:39 am

    Agreed. Kahakai played exceptionally well last night. Not just on serve receive but she also covered her hitters well and served consistently well. Maglio came on strong. If she can continue to develop like this and I’m sure she can Shoji is going to have a real tough time deciding on the starting middles next when Mitchem comes. I also liked that both Olevao and Greeley not only made smart hitting adjustments but they kept attacking the ball.

    In regards to Texas, Hawaii’s serving put a lot of pressure on their serve receive which kept them from getting into any offensive rhythm. I think speeding up their offense is a smart decision for Texas but their defense looks suspect to me. I don’t know who they have coming in but it looks like probably once again Texas’s Achilles’ heel will be their passing.

  3. Brandon March 20, 2015 10:05 am

    Texas was missing their starting libero in Mccoy, and starting paulina on OH, who hasn’t passed since being with PSU. The freshman are pretty decent passers and with mccoy, should be better. I expect a “down” year for texas, and that means being in the 5-10 range ranking wise

  4. Cruisecontrol March 20, 2015 10:16 am

    Cindy – any idea who Na Wahine will be playing on their trip to Europe?

  5. Cindy Luis March 20, 2015 10:18 am

    Brandon, Paulina played all four sets, 12-10-48. She got very frustrated at the end.
    I think I misinterpreted what you meant, tho.

    Don’t expect a down year for Texas. their 15 class is very good

    Give some credit to Hawaii. they could have folded after Set 1. made the right adjustments on the block and Kahakai & Co frustrated them on defense.

  6. Cindy Luis March 20, 2015 10:19 am

    4. no, Shoji mentioned it when I was on deadline last night and didn’t get all the details, Which he said are still being worked out.

  7. Cindy Luis March 20, 2015 10:23 am

    Be back later. Actually have a day off. Won’t be at sand today or Saturday.
    but when I get results, will post.


    UH is updating via twitter. Shinn-Guinasso, who won at 6 vs. USC (non counting) lost 2-0 to Neb. , Spieler-Urban win 2-0 at No. 2

  8. Brandon March 20, 2015 10:30 am

    What I meant was paulina played as a 3 rotation Opp in a 6-2 all last year, and barely passed at PSU. So her Passing last night was the first in a long time. And they were without mccoy, Hence why they probably struggled passing

  9. R.M March 20, 2015 10:52 am

    Nebraska sand team were in front of us last night. They look so shocked and dont know what to do when fans started standing up for aloha ball. Haha just sharing

  10. oldtimer808 March 20, 2015 1:24 pm

    Will the new recruits be able to make the trip to Europe?

  11. Big Island VB fan March 20, 2015 1:48 pm

    How can they afford to make a trip to Europe when the athletic department is deep in the red? Why would it even be necessary, I wonder?

  12. Andrew March 20, 2015 1:58 pm


    Exposure for the program to other countries that can enhance recruiting and create pipelines. Also playing quality teams that can give our players international experience. If they can afford it, this would be a very beneficial trip.

  13. 'ohanaInBellingham March 20, 2015 2:16 pm

    11. BIVBF. That’s a fair question, and it was the first one that came to my mind. I’m guessing that each profit center (ie, sport) has its own budget and since WVB is profitable, it gets to spend its budget on such a training expense. If UH is in such dire financial straits that their MVB brothers may be considered expendable in the athletics ohana, it does seem, well, insensitive.

    On the other hand, the dollar is the strongest it has been in 12 years and there is precedence for such a trip. My brother reminded me that the Pac-12 teams did take such a trip to China a few years ago. Perhaps this is what is needed for Na Wahine to start thinking that they can be as good as any top-tier D1 team.

  14. Kazu March 20, 2015 2:50 pm

    Hope they can make the trip. Will be a good experience for the girls to play these teams from the other countries. Maybe both coaches and team members can learn something.Maybe some day those teams that they play might want to come here for some matches.

  15. Ron March 20, 2015 4:34 pm

    With out inside information, I would guess that some booster or boosters have stepped up to help defray the cost of the trip. Dave is very good at securing funds for the Wahine when they need it. What I don’t understand is how could any of you put a negative spin on this.

  16. Andrew March 20, 2015 4:49 pm


    Exactly! amen to that

  17. warriorfan March 20, 2015 10:25 pm

    Sounds like a great trip for the team. T00 bad the new recruits, Castillo, Mitchem and Granato won’t be going along. I don’t know why anyone cares about the price of this trip, it’s a great team bonding experience which is priceless.
    Also maybe Dave can do some recruiting as well. Italy has a lot of talent.

  18. warriorfan March 20, 2015 10:28 pm

    Last night I was very impressed with Olevao, she stepped up her game and was hitting with tons of power, and her backrow play looked improved.

    Still disappointed with Higgins connections with the middles, but they did only practice for three days. I think Maglio can be a star.

  19. Cindy Luis March 22, 2015 7:09 am


    new thread up for Sunday

  20. Cindy Luis March 22, 2015 7:19 am

    As for the myriad of comments:
    9. that is surprising since Nebraska fans stand for ‘aloha ball’ at the end of every set. It’s just that Hawaii only does it when it counts, the real aloha ball, at the end of the match.

    10. don’t believe the incoming players are going. believe they all will still be in class at their respective schools. This is scheduled for mid-May.

    13. They aren’t dropping MVB.

    As pointed out, each team has its own budget and funding. Wahine volleyball one of 2 programs in the country that turns a profit, Nebraska being the other.

    The Wahine try to take one trip every four years. Several of times it has been to Japan. other times to the mainland for spring competition.

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