Wahine recruiting class ranked No. 12 by prepvolleyball

as mentioned on another thread here

UH at No. 12.  The Beach at No. 10. In between the two is No. 11 Nebraska.

Only other Big West school ranked in Top 30 is Cal Poly at No. 23. UH opponent San Diego State at 25.




  1. hatakeman May 27, 2014 6:17 pm

    Nice. Looking forward to the coming season with the new faces.

  2. Brandon May 27, 2014 11:05 pm

    Long beach state may have a better class, but Dave is a better developer. He makes kids great. He doesn’t always get top recruits, but he makes them into top players

  3. Sickman Fraud May 28, 2014 4:57 am

    Is this Coach Shoji’s highest rated class? He may want to coach for a couple more years because next year’s class will be rated even higher… If the verbals actually commit.

  4. Hot May 28, 2014 5:37 am

    The team has a bright future ahead if the potential of these newcomers is realized. Anderson, Huff, Greeley, Kahakai and Koelsch make up this ranked class. Add Magill and Maglio to that list and it’s looking good for UH, especially since Higgins and Taylor are still just sophomores.

  5. Robin May 28, 2014 8:28 am

    Very good. Seems like this range is typical for Hawaii? at least of the last 10-15 years. Like in the 8-15 range. Kind of fits with how they usually end up= elite eight, sweet sixteen. I still think to much elite talent concentrated at too few schools, namely Penn State, Texas, Nebraska, USC, UCLA, and Stanford. I remember several years ago looking at a High-School All-American list, with a full 1/3 of the first-team committed to Penn State. When you examine a top recruit list, and see the same schools getting 3-5 of the top 25-30, I am not surprised as a Hawaii fan that Final Four appearances seem to come every 5-10 now. There’s always hope for runs, though, to “sneak in” like a Wisconsin, Oregon, Santa Clara.

  6. nana kokolele May 28, 2014 8:52 am

    #5. That is why the game is played. Sure, having top recruits is advantage, however anything can happen within the season.

  7. Cindy Luis May 28, 2014 9:01 am

    6. agree. besides not all of the incoming freshmen at certain places, such as Penn State, aren’t going to be on the court at the same time. As said on the other thread, a lot of it is chemistry.
    Don’t remember seeing UCLA on the Top 30 list.
    5. the odds of Hawaii or any other non-BCS school to get to the final four is tough mathematically when you look at the number of teams the bigger name conference get into the tournament. and, as we know, much depends on the bracket.

  8. LC May 28, 2014 9:06 am

    Per Scott last night they are presently recruiting 2016/17 players so can we assume they are pau with 2015 ? OK maybe we shouldn’t assume 🙂

    Lexi Sun (2017), the HS teammate of Castillo, is high on the list along with many other schools. I have no idea what she is thinking but she recently changed her twitter header photo to a shot of Waikiki Beach, it might not mean anything but it’s not a photo of a California beach 🙂

  9. Cindy Luis May 28, 2014 9:12 am

    I don’t know if they’re officially done with 15 but they pretty much know who they want and who wants them by this point. They only lose Adolpho and Mendoza this year.

  10. Robin May 28, 2014 9:53 am

    Cindy, I was not implying this year in particular, and I can’t see the list from this website, because I don’t subscribe to Prepvolleyball. I was referring to other lists I’ve seen, for example, Volleyball magazine, and over maybe the past decade or so…general trends. Always a lot of same schools at the top 1/2 of whatever lists, with the “lesser schools” of the Pac-12, Big-10, Big-12 and some WCC getting not nearly the quantity of the cream programs. Thing is, it seems EVERY year. Especially in Penn State and Stanford’s case.

  11. nana kokolele May 28, 2014 10:06 am

    Lexi Sun is going to be very difficult to get. Maybe Castillo will sway her. Sun will be one of the top recruits.

  12. Cindy Luis May 28, 2014 10:22 am

    very true about Penn State and Stanford … was a bit surprised UCLA wasn’t on the list. When I saw Sealy last month he was in the midst of recruiting.
    I don’t subscribe either.

  13. volleyball fan May 28, 2014 11:23 am

    I was thinking that Shoji might retire latest by 2016 so he can watch both of his sons play in the Olympics in Brazil. Otherwise, it would be training camp for him at UH. What’s your opinion there?

  14. formerlywarriorfan May 28, 2014 11:45 am

    It’s looking like a longshot for Kawika to make the rio roster, Erik is probably a lock though.

    Anyway I always take the prep volleyball rankings with a grain of salt. In my mind UH has the best recruiting class in the league and it’s not close, Greeley and Magill will be making the biggest impacts in the league by far.

    As far as 2016 recruiting, I am hoping for commitments from Noreen Iosia and Kathryn Plummer.

    Lexi Sun would be a game changer and probably assure UH of at least another national title. I think she’s the next Logan Tom.

  15. Cindy Luis May 28, 2014 12:19 pm

    13. He still enjoys what he does. When speaking with Doug Beal, USAV CEO today, he said he was amazed that Shoji was still able to be so active in the gym. (Beal about 6 monhts older than Shoji).
    I don’t think that going to the Olympics, even if only one son was playing, would be the reason for him to retire.
    Rio Olympics Aug. 5-21. (800 days). does conflict with two-a-days. Don’t know the dates for the volleyball competition.
    14. I disagree about making the team. Kawika came into the last match with host Bulgaria, replacing Christenson and the U.S. won 3-1. Dropped Set 1 with Christenson setting 25-19. won the last 3 25-22, 27-25, 25-17.
    Erik currently the only L on the World League roster. Agree he is a lock.

  16. formerlywarriorfan May 28, 2014 1:57 pm

    I really hope Kawika makes it, I like him far better than Kyle Caldwell, It just seemed like the coaching staff favored caldwell all of last year, and then with Christenson entering the picture I figured that Kawika would fall further down the depth chart, but I didn’t realize Kawika was picked for the world league roster last weekend over Caldwell, that’s encouraging.

  17. roofer68 May 28, 2014 2:45 pm

    UCLA and Stanford 2014 recruiting classes, were both rated in the High bracket, that’s after the top 30 and many other recruiting classes in the 2nd bracket the Highest.

  18. Cindy Luis May 28, 2014 2:58 pm

    16. had mentioned Kawika playing last week when he subbed in to serve in the first match with Bulgaria.
    17. Thanks. only saw Top 30.

  19. Cubicle1126 May 28, 2014 4:13 pm

    i think kawika is right in the mix for setter. it’s just that the u.s. is quite deep at the setter position. not so much at libero, which greatly benefits erik. and also erik has done quite well with the PT he’s gotten.

  20. Cubicle1126 May 28, 2014 4:17 pm

    hawaii’s next class looks strong. let’s remember that maglio (because she’s canadian) was not included in the evaluation of this recruiting class, since prepvball only considers u.s. recruits. maglio’s inclusion, for sure, elevates this class further.

    i know some fans have greeley penciled in (in their minds) as the OH2, but kahakai as the libero might be the player with the biggest impact this upcoming season.

  21. Cindy Luis May 28, 2014 6:20 pm

    19. E. Shoji has done an amazing job at libero. as mentioned here last week, he was the MVP of the competition prior to last weekend, as well as named best digger, best libero and best receiver.

  22. volleyball fan May 28, 2014 9:22 pm

    15. Since 1988 I watched most if not all volleyball matches played in the Olympics and I saw that they follow exactly the same pattern of alternate days for women and men, starting with the women on the first Saturday after the opening ceremonies. So the men would start playing on Sunday, Aug. 7th and then every other day until the last day of the Olympics. So definitely it would conflict with 2-a-day practice. If both sons make the Olympics, I can’t see Shoji staying home.

    However, the Olympic volleyball roster is not known until June or July of that year and it would be too late for Shoji to suddenly decide to quit coaching. No one is guaranteed a spot until the roster is officially declared. Even a supposed lock-in could fall out due to injury. It will be interesting to see if Shoji decides to continue coaching in 2016. Nice to hear that he is so fit at his age. Thanks for answering my question.

  23. Ron May 29, 2014 6:57 am

    I think Dave will stay through 2016 because of Nikki Taylor and possibly his best team ever. The two a day workouts would be in the very capable hands of Scott and Robin.

  24. Brandon May 29, 2014 7:49 am

    23. Agree this could be one if shojis best teams in a long time and maybe even ever. We will have loaded talent in 2015.

    Nikki Taylor
    Tayler higgins
    Emily maglio
    Megan huff
    Savannah kahakai
    Olivia magill
    Possible annie mitchem
    Casey castillo (fun fact, she is now playing MB with wave and according to a guy on volleytalk who always goes to the tournaments, she doing amazing.
    Mckenna granato
    Savannah kahakai
    Claire Anderson
    Kalei Greeley
    Keani passi.
    Ginger long

    Forgive me it I missed anyone, but this is a seriously good team. Definitely see them competing but it would be VERY hard to beat stanford come 2015.

    They will return everyone besides Kyle, but they add Benjamin and brown this coming year who are very good when it comes to defense and they gain haley hodson, who will probably be the number one recruit and who is seriously good. She trained with the national team as a junior and had a lot of playing time in the worlds qualifier

  25. Brandon May 29, 2014 7:51 am

    But I also see hawaiis 2015 class in the top ten for prepvolleyball.

    Both castillo and granato were in the top 50 juniors list and I expect them to both be ranked in the top 30 come senior year. Castillo is a stud. Haven’t been excited about a player in this long. Granato reminds me of a danielson type player. If I remember she’s on the shorter side at 5″11 but hits a mean ball and has superb defense

  26. Brandon May 29, 2014 7:53 am

    Sorry for the triple post, but does anyone know if Iosia is a 2016 or 2017 recruit. People have said she is extremely talented and she has gotten offers from a lot of schools already.

  27. Cindy Luis May 29, 2014 7:55 am

    22. as i said earlier, (15) Shoji isn’t going to retire just to go to the Olympics. It conflicts with 2-a-days which, as Ron says, not like Scott and Robyn couldn’t run practice.

  28. mauna May 29, 2014 8:48 am

    On an off subject note, Jamie Holmes resigned at Davis. Always liked her and her demeanor.

  29. tako May 29, 2014 11:53 am

    Brandon just to help you, believe you forgot one; the 6′ 1″ setter/OH. Support your statement that this will be a seriously good team 2015. However, also need to add, they’ll be good this year and on the flip side, Stanford will find us very difficult to beat in 2015.

  30. sharene June 5, 2014 12:09 pm

    Is Tai Manu Olevao returning? I liked her

  31. Cindy Luis June 5, 2014 1:46 pm

    yes. is there a reason you don’t think she is?

  32. sharene June 5, 2014 1:54 pm

    Just that she wasn’t listed on the list above!!

  33. Cindy Luis June 5, 2014 2:01 pm

    That was Brandon’s list, not mine.
    Not sure why he left her off. Perhaps since he put down Kahakai twice he meant Manu-Olevao?

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