Wahine prepping for Texas Tech

Ann is covering so she’s been going to practice. I will be at Sand Friday and NOT at TT indoor match.

From indoor practice this morning via Ann:

Hartong still rehabbing the ankle, is limited to back row but expected to play 6 rotations Friday.

Kastl rolled her ankle today but sounds like she will play.

Back up setter  will be … Ah Mow-Santos.


  1. vballfreak808 March 13, 2013 8:33 pm

    I wonder the Texas Tech coach will say to Ah Mow-Santos being the back up setter

  2. Cindy Luis March 13, 2013 8:36 pm

    It’s an exhibition. no one had a problem when Brandt, out of eligibility, played in the spring match a while back. besides, they’re here to play and get better. What better way than to see an Olympian across the net.

  3. Kazu March 14, 2013 5:04 am

    Would love to see Ah-Mow set a few balls.

  4. Purple&Green March 14, 2013 5:12 am

    Ah-Mow won’t play unless absolutely necessary; good publicity for turnstile tickets tho.

    Hartong still rehabbing the shoulder. Kastl might play but probably not..she’ll need everything she’s got for Queen’s Beach.

  5. Jesse March 14, 2013 5:38 am

    Is kastl on one of the top five duos? If so im a little surprised.

  6. Ron March 14, 2013 6:20 am

    Ah-Mow played in the spring round robin last year and she’s still has great hands. Fun to watch because you don’t know who she is going to set until the last second.

  7. volleyball fan March 14, 2013 7:42 am

    Why not spare Hartong’s shoulder and play more of the younger players like Tai Manu Oleva and Ginger Long? After all, this is only an exhibition match.

  8. Cindy Luis March 14, 2013 7:56 am

    Thanks Jesse, was just about to address that regarding Kastl. Do not believe she is among the top 5 teams but I’ll find that out Friday morning at Queen’s
    Don’t know how many indoor players will also be playing sand this weekend. Their commitment is to the indoor exhibition. Wong wants to get away from overusing indoor players. It’s moving more to the indoor players using sand as good training, not to compete. It’s why the sand roster has 8 players who are sand-specific.
    Hartong’s problem is not so much her shoulder as it is her ankle.
    But who knows how much she will be used.
    BTW, Ah Mow does not have a hyphen. It’s Ah Mow-Santos that does.
    Never said she was going to set, only that she is the backup if needed. She does still have great hands. Don’t see it as publicity for the turnstile. No guarantee that she will play. It’s out of necessity as they don’t have a true backup setter with the departure of Stauber.

  9. Purple&Green March 14, 2013 8:18 am

    Uiato, VORSTER.Tuaniga, Goodman, Longo, HARTONG.Croson/Long/Olevao

    Don’t be too surprised IF I’m right on the money 😉

    Watch for very specific pairs in the sand game..not so much who’s playing with whom, but precisely who’s playing what position on the beach. Should one be a coached @leftside hitter vs. @rightside hitter, than you can pretty much assess that these same positions will carry over to the indoor game this fall.

    Da “PinHitter” Q-marks:
    Tai, Kastl, Ginger, Croson…&
    Still, this sand thing is very good for their all around games. OHs need to be able to pass at every instance on the gym floor.

  10. Purple&Green March 14, 2013 8:36 am

    You’re absolutely right (you and OrbitalRipZ..)

    I do wonder IF in speaking with Rita Crockett this weekend you couldn’t find out about her hyphenated name as well. Just as it’s sometimes very important to get those hyphens in the propper oder, the FIU Sand Coach has had several names over the years also. HELP!, Cindy.

    Is it Rita Crockett-Royster, Rita Buck, Rita Buck-Royster, Rita Royster-Buck, Rita Crockett-Buck-Royster?


  11. Cindy Luis March 14, 2013 9:10 am

    Yes, she has had several names. Her official bio on FIU has it Buck-Crockett. married to a Rene’ Buck
    but the last name of Crockett’s child is Royster-Crockett, Marrita (combination of Mark and Rita) who played for FSU and, according to her bio, was recruited by Hawaii. I seem to remember Shoji mentioning that a number of years ago. but who knows how much of the bio is correct. It also says mom (Rita) won the silver in the 80 Olympics. which was the boycott year so …. silver was in 84.
    Marrita is now an assistant for her mom.
    I’m going to go with the official FIU name of Buck-Crockett.

  12. WaWa March 14, 2013 9:12 am

    Could somebody fill me in on what happened with Hartong’s ankle? Been out of the loop for a bit. Thanks.

  13. warriorfan March 14, 2013 9:16 am

    So what’s this I hear about a preseason game on the mainland for the wahine?? I hope it’s true and it’s against someone with a history of having a really high RPI.

  14. Cindy Luis March 14, 2013 9:22 am

    WF, heard the same thing from Scott on the radio this morning. I didn’t hear Shoji so maybe someone else did. Scott said Shoji was trying to fill the week between the 3 tourneys and the Big West schedule with 2 or 3 mainland games, one powerhouse program they’ve played AT before, one program they haven’t been AT before. and that they might play two matches in one day, which counts as only 1 playing date.
    Am tracking that down.

  15. Cindy Luis March 14, 2013 9:24 am

    Wawa, re: Hartong. I believe it’s a tendon/sprain issue. All i’ve been told is she has been getting cortisone shots and is not playing sand to take that stress off it.

  16. warriorfan March 14, 2013 9:26 am

    My guess is USC for the power house game, Or Washington?? That makes sense since the final four is in seattle.

    I am really glad coach Shoji is doing this, even though UH will miss some home games in the regular season, I’d rather get two home games in the post season!

  17. setaone March 14, 2013 9:38 am

    Oregon/Oregon State?

  18. warriorfan March 14, 2013 9:41 am

    Don’t ever remember the wahine ever playing at Oregon before, and no thanks to oregon state, hope they play teams that will help rpi

  19. Alohilani March 14, 2013 9:49 am

    Anyone know where Stauber is going to play next year?

  20. Puple&Green March 14, 2013 10:00 am


    UW plays WSU mid-week, not being a problem for really it being Tuesday @home.

    The Invitational At Seattle, Washington, spanning Sept.19-21st, expands to field a group of four this year (rather than the routine of three, for multiple contests, on any one day).

    HAWAI’I, UW, SEATTLE U, PEPPERDINE are yet? there I say.

    “Am tracking that down.” with my sources, also. 😉

  21. Cubicle1126 March 14, 2013 10:04 am

    The last powerhouse program that Hawaii played on the road during the regular season was Nebraska, I believe, back in 2006 or 2007.

    That would be a good match. Nebraska will be rebuilding this year, but doing it, of course, with some top recruits. A good chance for Hawaii to win in Lincoln, against a young, but always tough Nebraska team.

    And isn’t Nebraska playing in their new arena this year?

  22. Cubicle1126 March 14, 2013 10:05 am

    @Alohilani — The reports/postings on here and on VT was that Stauber transferred to Idaho (along with Hagins).

  23. setaone March 14, 2013 10:08 am

    Supposedly Stauber is still at UH, just gonna transfer after the semester is pau.

  24. Cubicle1126 March 14, 2013 10:09 am

    @warriorfan — agreed. there are already 2 pac-12 schools on hawaii’s schedule next year (ucla and arizona, i believe). playing a third pac-12 school will be good to make sure hawaii is battle-tested, but not necessarily great for the RPI.

    gotta find a way to diversify the schedule, even in these challenging economic times, where it can be tough for teams to travel here. that shoji is perhaps making an effort to play non-conference teams on the road is good to see, and maybe it will appease some critics of hawaii’s schedule.

  25. warriorfan March 14, 2013 10:10 am

    Cubicle wasn’t sure if Cindy meant somewhere the wahine have played at in the regular season only? Cause if it includes post season they have played at USC and washington a lot in the past 8 years obviously.

  26. Cubicle1126 March 14, 2013 10:12 am

    warriorfan — yup, i don’t know either. but it’s kinda fun to speculate. this is actually a big leap for the program, if this major road match (or matches) actually happen.

  27. wop ur jaws March 14, 2013 10:34 am

    What happened to Hannah Rooks? is she still coming to UH (sand). I wish Dave convinved her to play indoors-she would be a great right side hitter.

  28. Cindy Luis March 14, 2013 11:28 am

    As far as I know Stauber still in school, will transfer to Idaho in fall. you need to continue to show academic progress towards agree and can’t just pick up and leave, unless you pick up some serious summer school credits.

    If I had to venture a guess it would be at Nebraska. I could also see them going to USD (not San Diego State) wince the WCC has had a pretty good RPI.
    Don’t see them going somewhere that is going to cost a lot of money to get there.

    Last time UH played at Oregon …. sent there to open the 1984 ncaa tourney.
    Maybe UW to get a feel for the final four court? not that they haven’t experienced it enough the past couple of years

  29. Cindy Luis March 14, 2013 1:06 pm

    20. P&G. thanks for the help, I guess. I don’t quite understand if you are saying that’s the field for mid Sept.
    Am in the middle of writing another story so when I’m done I’ll get to ‘tracking it down.’
    no need to be rude, which is why I deleted your Japanese sayings.

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