Wahine sand goes 2-1 at USAV tourney w/scores

At Hermosa Beach,

Wahine lose to No. 1 Pepperdine 5-0

def. Santa Clara 4-1

def. UCLA 3-2

#1 Pepperdine def. #5 Hawai`i, 5-0
1.  Lilla Frederick/Kim Hill (PEP) def. Natasha Bell/Tai Manu-Olevao (UH) 21-8, 21-13
2.  Lara Dykstra/Caitlin Racich (PEP) def. Katie Spieler/Ginger Long (UH) 21-19, 21-17
3.  Kelley Larsen/Kellie Woolever (PEP) def. Emily Mount/Ashley Kastl (UH) 21-15, 21-11
4.  Victoria Adelhelm/Taylor Racich (PEP) def. Ali Longo/Karlee Riggs (UH) 21-17, 21-9
5.  Emily Cook/Katie Messing (PEP) def. Ku`ulei Zalopany/Olivia Urban (UH) 21-15, 21-3

#5 Hawaii  def. Santa Clara, 4-1
1. Natasha Bell/Tai Manu-Olevao (UH) def. Danni Rottman/Taylor Milston (SCU), 21-15, 19-21, 21-19
2. Katie Spieler/Ginger Long (UH) def. Alyssa Anderson/Haley Cameron (SCU), 21-6, 21-14
3.  Sarah Vallaro/Kat Douglas (SCU) def. Ali Longo/Karlee Riggs (UH) 21-17, 21-16
4. Emily Mount/Ashley Kastl (UH) def. Lex Williamson/Katy Schatzman (SCU),  21-10, 21-9
5. Ku`ulei Zalopany/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Chloe Sliger/Lacey Maas 21-13, 21-17

#5 Hawaii  def. #6 UCLA, 3-2
1.  Kelly Reeves/Meg Morton (UCLA) def. Natasha Bell/Tai Manu-Olevao (UH), 21-12, 16-21, 15-10
2. Katie Spieler/Ginger Long (UH) def. Zoe Nitingale/Becca Strenlow (UCLA)
3.  Karsta Lowe/Bo Todorvich (UCLA) def. Ali Longo/Karlee Riggs (UH), 22-20, 17-21, 15-10
4. Emily Mount/Ashley Kastl (UH) def. Karly Drolson/Rachel Inouye (UCLA), 21-18, 21-18
5. Ku`ulei Zalopany/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Maddy Klineman/Phelix Fincher (UCLA) def. 21-9, 15-21, 15-10

Pairs tournament Sunday


  1. Warriorfan April 20, 2013 6:19 pm

    I am impressed they beat UCLA with out Croson and with Longo/Riggs losing. But yikes at those scores to Pepperdine. I’ve seen those players play and it’s obvious Nina is a heck of a beach coach.

    I wonder whats up with Jane??

  2. Mark April 20, 2013 6:43 pm

    cindy, what happened to jane???

  3. Cindy Luis April 20, 2013 8:47 pm

    Don’t know. Sounded like she was at Sandys, according to her twitter followers.

  4. Kazu April 21, 2013 2:38 am

    Looks like rumors about Jane not playing is not rumors anymore. Bummers!

  5. Warriorfan April 21, 2013 4:52 am

    Anyway I hope jane is just taking time off to heal before indoor season, no drama please!

  6. LC April 21, 2013 6:14 am

    I’ll say it again.Messed up again,same reason as before, maybe no second chance this time.If she transfers it won’t be because she wanted to it will be because she has no other choice.

  7. Warriorfan April 21, 2013 6:41 am

    Say it again?? that’s a pretty ridiculous assumption.

  8. turfwar April 21, 2013 7:54 am

    LC is closer to the truth than many will want to believe. Close to the volleyball community and have heard much about her already but I hope she hangs in there and gets her act together. She is a good person who is great with people and especially kids but she needs to get things done. Actually no different than a lot of local kids who just go to school but she has more on her plate as a scholarship athlete.

  9. wop ur jaws April 21, 2013 8:03 am

    so just because no one is talking, does not mean it isn’t true… I can understand why Cindy is not confirming anything…because to her nothing directly has been confirmed, but for those statements in Volleytalk or elsewhere in cyber space, there usually some fact to it. Whatever you may think, today personal information can be passed around via twitter, instagram, pinterest, mylife, ning etc. so quickly, it literally take seconds. So for this old fogey, I am not as quick as some of you to dismiss a random statement in VT. If Jane is contemplating transferring, I hope the one thing we get from media is accurate reporting of the facts even if the facts could change. Transparency helps vailidity to me. That also hinders rumors.

  10. wop ur jaws April 21, 2013 8:24 am

    The fact is… we know Jane did not make this trip. Reason unknown-personal.

    the rumor… Jane is transferring…I got wind of it from the VT entry regarding the SDSU spring scrimmage. A VT comment that she(Jane) asked for a transfer came from user named chalktalk… who according to its bio-
    An actual entry stateting a response to a topic in which some of chalktalk’s VB experience was shared..

    (Author Topic: Does national team success vindicate GMS? (Read 2,934 times)

    member is offline

    Joined: Apr 2012
    Posts: 18
    Re: Does national team success vindicate GMS?
    « Result #4 on Aug 12, 2012, 6:27am »
    “many of the things you outline are functions of level of play. Passing and setting is a great example. At the lower levels (smaller players, slower moving ball) you can try to pass and dig tighter. As the ball is hit so much harder at the highest levels you have to dig and leave some margin for error.”

    I think I’m understanding what you are saying, but I disagree. I played GMS all 4 years in college, we won a national championship, and I’ve played it overseas and I’ve coached it for GMS for 6 years now. The higher the levels, the tighter you can get to the net simply b/c we have the control to. We NEVER dig closer than 3 feet from the net. We want to give setters a chance and keep our hitters off the net by 3-4 ft. We are much more successful in terms of NUMBERS when we keep the ball off the net.
    I do agree that depending on what level you play you may need to adjust where your players are standing. As the levels get lower and less experience the MORE you want to dig and hit off the net. They don’t have the ball control and by keeping them away from the net you allow for more rallies.
    In my personal opinion I love GMS b/c it’s the most simple, and it’s based on principle and NUMBERS. We do things based on #’s.
    Just a side note, if you watched Japan and Korea play over the Olympics…they did NOT ROLL nor did they squat when they passed and they were SWING BLOCKING. They invented the ROLL when playing defense and even they are adapting more towards this system.
    I respect everyone’s choices at any level they coach, i just urge everyone to look at #’s when making decisions. If you are coaching 12’s and most of the balls are being hit deeper than MM, than move them back)

    its statement that Jane was transferring…
    ( Re: SDSU Spring invitational
    « Result #1 on Apr 14, 2013, 12:31pm »

    Apr 14, 2013, 12:04pm, bowtastic wrote:

    Apr 14, 2013, 11:49am, chalktalk wrote:

    She asked for a release.

    And you know this how? Got proof? That’s a pretty big and bold statement with nothing to back it up

    No proof I can divulge. I didn’t think the statement was that bold. Lol I could be wrong….who knows. Perhaps it’s just word on the street.)

  11. LC April 21, 2013 8:32 am

    There is one sure way that a program can send a message without speaking a word….Remove the players photo and bio from the roster. This is a practice that many programs use.

  12. Cindy Luis April 21, 2013 12:16 pm

    what I can say is … we’ll know something later this week.
    She is still a Wahine

  13. Cindy Luis April 21, 2013 12:19 pm

    7. LC. don’t agree with your statement. it may be a similar situation to fall where she was given criteria to remain with the team. It again will be her choice.

  14. LC April 21, 2013 12:36 pm

    14- thought of that also.Hope it is the case.

  15. Cindy Luis April 21, 2013 12:44 pm

    sounding like it is

  16. dedicatedfan April 21, 2013 12:47 pm

    My guess it has to do something with Scott Wong. Never liked him as an assistant coach, do not know why Shoji ever hired him in the first place. Scott has not brought anything to the Wahine Program. Like, who has he ever recruited to the program. Shoji needs to get rid of him, before he causes turmoil within the program. Just with the Sand Volleyball team, people can see he cannot coach.

  17. Cindy Luis April 21, 2013 12:52 pm

    Has nothing to do with Scott Wong. You are just plain wrong on all counts. He’s brought in recruits. You blaming him for her suspension last fall too?
    Sand … 2nd year. they’re No. 5.

  18. dedicatedfan April 21, 2013 1:01 pm

    Cindy, what indoor players has he brought in? By the way, with better pairings the Wahine could be higher then No. 5. They should be No.1 or 2, but he is always being outcoached, by the other coaches from the Top teams. When they play those other top teams, in Sand Volleyball, it is not even close. So that No. 5 does not mean anything. The Wahine will not even be invited to the Championship Matches, how sad is that.

  19. Warriorfan April 21, 2013 1:05 pm

    17. HAHAHA Dedicatedfan, your asininity astounds me.

  20. dedicatedfan April 21, 2013 1:19 pm

    Cindy, has the cat got your tongue. What indoor players has Scott brought to the Wahines? For that matter what has he brought to the indoor team, at all? The only thing he has brought so far, is turmoil to the team, and players leaving.

  21. Warriorfan April 21, 2013 1:27 pm

    Crossing my fingers that Cindy gets fed up and finally bans this clown.

  22. dedicatedfan April 21, 2013 1:33 pm

    Ok, Warriorfan, since Cindy does not have a clue. Maybe, you can answer, who has Scott ever brought into the Wahine indoor program, or for that matter, what has he done for the indoor program?

  23. mainlandgal April 21, 2013 5:56 pm

    Agree with a few things here and do not agree with a few things as well …

    *pairings for the Wahine Sand team definitely f=could have been better. A big disservice to the girls that don’t have the height, but are amazing at defence (ie; Riggs, Speiler, Longo). These players need to be teamed up with a taller net player. They can’t compete with the 6-foot plus dual players, but can compete if given the right partner. Hopefully with the new recruits coming in, it will be possible to put together better partners.

    *having Jane off the team has been long-coming. Kudos to SW for FINALLY making a solid coaching decision for the better of the team and the program. She (Jane) has a lot to take care of and work on personally before she can be an integral part of a team, indoor or sand, and bring anything positive to the team, physically or mentally. Once she takes care of her issues, she’d have a lot to offer. Sadly, she doesn’t have it anymore.

    *No need to “bag” on SW yet as far as the sand team goes. It’s only the second season of a brand new sport, not even NCAA sactioned as of yet. Give it and him a chance. It’s not easy to build a program from the ground up without hitting a few bumps in the road.

    *Seems like UH would have had a better chance of having a team or two invited to Nationals if the parings were set at the start of the season, less change of partners, and a better choice in parings. Longo/Riggs were their best bet, however their combined size on the court doesn’t work when its all said and done.

    Just some food for thought … GO BOWS!!!

  24. Cindy Luis April 21, 2013 6:51 pm

    No, Steve, cat doesn’t have my tongue. I had other things to do today, which technically was a day off.
    You have promised to play nice and stop your personal attacks. Not referring to those on me, but this time your target is Wong. To accuse him of creating turmoil is unfounded and untrue.
    Wong’s recruits are those who signed after Sealy left in 2010, and that includes Manu-Olevao and everyone who signed for this fall. Perhaps the numbers aren’t to your liking but Hawaii hasn’t had to fill a lot of scholarships in the last couple of years.
    So play nice.

  25. dedicatedfan April 21, 2013 7:10 pm

    Cindy, please, those 2 local recruits decided to play for the Wahine because of Dave. Scott had nothing to do with recruiting them. Meaning, Dave had a lot to do with recruiting them. Let us see who Scott can bring in for 2014, when they will have at least 4 to 5 scholarships available. Hopefully, Dave Shoji will not have to do 95% of the recruiting himself. Remember, Mike S. recruited a lot of the players that will be playing their last season this coming season. I am really worried about the 2014 season, because of the do nothing Scott.

  26. Warriorfan April 21, 2013 7:39 pm

    26. I am gonna chose to ignore this troll and hope everyone else does the same…….

    Anyway back to sane people, Mainlandgal when I mentioned Scott should split up Longo/Riggs and pair them with someone taller, you said why break up a good thing 🙂 and you were right at the start of the season they were rolling but they seem to have been in a funk lately.

    I think Longo with Kastl and Riggs with Manu – Olevao would have been better pairs. Hopefully Scott will think about pairing them up with One of them or Tiegs next season.

  27. Cindy Luis April 21, 2013 8:44 pm

    Steve, Wong is the lead recruiter. Was the same with Sealy. You can’t give Sealy credit without also crediting Wong. They have the same role Shoji isn’t doing 95 percent of the recruiting
    I don’t need to be reminded of who Sealy recruited. As I said, all the recruits AFTER Sealy left belong to Wong and, of course, Shoji.
    You have got to stop this about Wong. It was the same thing you did with Uiato.
    enough already.
    Last warning.

  28. Cindy Luis April 21, 2013 8:49 pm

    27. WF, agree. like the Longo-Kastl pairing Both are still learning the beach game.
    As for Longo-Riggs. don’t think it’s as much a funk as the competition has improved.

  29. dedicatedfan April 21, 2013 8:56 pm

    Cindy, I never said a bad thing about Uiato, I was always high on her, and still am, even tho some of your bloggers do not like her, as a setter.

  30. dedicatedfan April 21, 2013 9:04 pm

    By the way, Cindy, Sealy does deserve a lot of credit, for the kind of players he recruited to be Wahine’s. Wong still needs to prove that he can recruit those All-American type players. So far he has not. When he does, I will get off his back. Also, those 2 incoming freshmen from Hawaii, I do not consider his recruits. He did nothing to get them here. They were set on becoming Wahine’s way before Wong became an assistant coach.

  31. dedicatedfan April 21, 2013 9:09 pm

    By the way, since Sand Volleyball has been in existence for only 2 years know. The Wahine are in the same boat as the other teams. It just seems like they have taken a step back, this year, while the other teams have moved forward.

  32. dedicatedfan April 21, 2013 9:17 pm

    Cindy, I am only stating fact when it comes to Wong. If I am someday proven wrong then I will apologize until then….

  33. ladida April 21, 2013 9:24 pm

    Dani Mafua, Chanteal Satele and now Scott Wong. Stating facts? I know these are NOT proven facts.

  34. Warriorfan April 21, 2013 9:32 pm

    29. When USC streamed the matches Kastl was the most impressive hitter for UH , I think her with Longo or Spieler would be great.

    When do they find out which duos are invited to the AVCA championships?

  35. Cindy Luis April 21, 2013 9:34 pm

    Never said Sealy didn’t deserve credit. He brought in a number of very, very good players. Just saying that Sealy and Wong have had the same role when helping Shoji recruit.
    Sealy saw the potential in Hartong but she wasn’t an All-American to start. She developed into one after he left.
    Again, Hawaii hasn’t had many scholarships to fill since Sealy left.

    As for sand taking a step back … don’t agree. There is definitely more schools playing. but the top teams are the same as last year: Pepperdine, Long Beach State, Florida State, USC, Hawaii.
    That Ashley Lee and Kaaihue graduated, Hartong isn’t playing and Croson isn’t playing as of late, things have changed in terms of experience.

  36. Cindy Luis April 21, 2013 9:52 pm

    33. Until then… you called him a do-nothing. you said that he created turmoil. that shoji does 95 percent of the recruiting. All are incorrect. so let’s drop it.

  37. Cindy Luis April 21, 2013 9:55 pm

    WF, they should be announcing duos soon. championships are May 3-5. I don’t see UH getting 2 in as they did last year.

  38. mainlandgal April 22, 2013 11:57 am

    WF/Cindy: I agree with you both. Riggs/Longo are dynamic players but need taller partners at the net. Longo and Kastl being new to the beach definitely need to be taken into consideration as well as, heard Riggs played indoor for 2 years at OCC (setting records and ending her indoor career with high honors in the conference and state) and was completely off the sand for those 2 years. She’s only been back since January. Next year, if parings are well matched, UH will be in the mix once again at a top level.

    Don’t think there was a “funk” as much as the parings caught up to them, that’s all.

    WF, btw, Sunday’s play was “fun play” as the matches did not count towards final points for Nationals. SW traveled all the alternates and even a red-shirt player, so mixed up a few pairs and let a few rest. Not a bad way to end the season!!!

    Already looking forward to what the season will bring in 2014 — GO BOWS!!!

  39. Warriorfan April 22, 2013 12:26 pm

    I am looking forward to next season too UH is gaining a lot while Long Beach and Pepperdine lose a lot, UH just might sneak into the top 3 spots in the west.

  40. Cindy Luis April 22, 2013 12:49 pm

    24 & 39. mainlandgal. I don’t know if Croson was no longer playing sand because of Wong. She wasn’t with the indoor team either at SDSU. It’s not academic. she is still in school. and until UH says otherwise, she is still a Wahine. It will be Croson’s decision whether she stays or goes.
    as for Riggs, all you have to do is look up her bio on the UH website and it tells you her career at OCC.

  41. mainlandgal April 22, 2013 5:39 pm

    #40 – WF I like your thinking on the 2014 season!!!
    #41 – CL thanks for the info and updates!

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