Wahine-UCI rewind

Don’t know how much we can rehash tonight after comments on the  other thread.  been up since 6 a.m. so ….

Points: Hartong taking too many swings, not more of a diversified offense, lbreakdown in serve-receive (gave up 7 aces, some that hit the tape and dribbled over; ousy video from a gym that only seats 800-ish.

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  1. Beauston October 5, 2013 7:22 pm

    That pretty much made up that match.

    Thanks Cindy always for your insights.

  2. Hot October 5, 2013 8:38 pm

    Hartong hit .488 with 25 kills, 11 digs, 5 blocks and 2 assists!
    Taylor 10 kills, 4 digs, 2 blocks, 1 assist
    Adolpho impressive with 7 kills on 10 attacks, hitting .700 with 4 blocks
    Uiato adding some offense with 4 kills on 4 attempts, along with 46 assists, 11 digs and 1 solo block.

  3. John October 5, 2013 9:49 pm

    From all the Big West matches I watched on the BW TV net work, The wahine have the best live video and commentary.

  4. Grammy October 5, 2013 10:55 pm

    Senior core gave this hui/ohana/team it’s backbone and kept sisters focused on task at hand while grit and talent bouyed Anteaters in Game 3, but it wasn’t enough to carry the night. Crowd was loud and proud from the background of radio broadcast reminding Wahine who they are and who they play for. Shaka! Good job Wahine! Keep it up! Go Wahine! You lift our hearts and make us proud.

  5. Grammy October 6, 2013 4:51 am

    No better judgement can be received than Coach Weishoff’s both of Emily and team. I agree totally with her assessment of Wahine and also know she and Coach Dave & Co. will be having some good battles and rivalry moving forward. I do believe that Coach Dave’s penchant for winning is partially his focus on the complete ‘game’ and getting platers of varied skill levels to execute each skill with as few faults as possible within NCAA allotted rules. I think he betters rhem as players and they are able to pass it on when they end their playing days, too. But as for THIS team, I feel like they are special and will go far and play better than the sum of it parts every time. Go Wahine! I am reposting a comment I wrote to this morning’s game article by Joseph D’Hippolito here.

  6. Noble October 6, 2013 6:44 am

    Hawaii struggled receiving serve, which led to some poor passing, and fewer sets to the middles. Net result was Hartong got a lot of sets. She was hitting for a high percentage, despite drawing the double block. If Hawaii has a weakness, it is they can sometimes get predictable where they will go when the passing is breaking down; they abandon the middles. The breakdown in the serve receive may have been partly ‘home court advantage’ in play. I watched the video and the gym background made it difficult to pickup the ball. Hartong and Manu-Olevao were the targets for the serve, and they both had off nights receiving and passing the serve.

  7. Vbfan October 6, 2013 8:10 am

    A reminder call the coach with Dave Shoji is on to tomorrow at 6 pm

  8. BabyMarley October 6, 2013 10:22 am

    From today’s paper…

    IRVINE, Calif. » To the average observer, Emily Hartong personifies volleyball’s power.

    To a former Olympian, she also represents persistence under duress.

    That persistence enabled sixth-ranked Hawaii to extend its winning streak to 13 matches Saturday night with a 25-16, 25-17, 22-25, 25-15 victory over UC Irvine in Big West Conference play at Crawford Court.

    Hartong finished with 25 kills, four block assists, a solo block and 11 digs, many of the latter coming as she was sliding and lunging for balls.

    “She had a bad stretch of passing and they were targeting her,” UH coach Dave Shoji said. “But she bounced back. She doesn’t get down on herself and she can rebound from a couple of bad plays. That’s why she’s All-American.”

    Irvine coach Paula Weishoff, who won a silver medal with the United States in the 1984 Olympics and a bronze in the 1992 Games, was impressed with Hartong’s tenacity.

    “We served her every ball, for God’s sake,” said Weishoff, whose Anteaters sent 37 balls toward Hartong. “But she just works incredibly hard. I mean, I was watching video and she’s transitioning and she’s coming in.

    “I think she’s the Big West player of the year. In my opinion, she’s the best player in the Big West.”

    Hartong demonstrated her potential to dominate at the end of the first set. With the Rainbow Wahine holding a 19-16 lead, Hartong smashed a cross-court kill to regain service.

    The senior then used her hard jump serve, which features rapid rotation and late movement, to give UH five successive points. Three came from Irvine hitting errors.

    In the second set, Hartong led a 10-1 spree that extended the Wahine’s advantage to 21-12. Hartong smashed three kills from the left antenna and participated in three blocks.

    But the Anteaters (9-8, 0-3) relied on their serving in the third set to frustrate UH (14-1, 3-0). Irvine scored three of its first four points on Cassidy Pickrell’s aces, as the hosts served four aces in the set.

    “We knew they were a really good serving team and we knew that was coming,” Shoji said. “They served us flat and hard, and they drove us back off the net. We were getting caught too far up, getting hit in the chest and shoulders.

    “But we kept our composure. We just had to come out of our passing drought. Once we did that, we were fine.”

    Weishoff, in her fifth season as Irvine’s coach, believes the Wahine pose an even bigger threat than last year, when they won the conference championship.

    “They were great last year,” Weishoff said. “But this year, the difference is that it doesn’t matter who’s out there; they don’t miss a beat.

    “They can set anybody at any time. If this middle isn’t working, they can set the back. If the back isn’t working, they can set Emily. If one middle isn’t working, they can put another middle in. When one outside wasn’t working, they put another in and didn’t skip a beat.”

    Nikki Taylor added 10 kills as the Wahine hit .409. Mita Uiato had 11 digs and 46 assists, and Jade Vorster and Kalei Adolpho contributed four block assists apiece.

    Pickrell, Aly Squires and Arielle Manz each finished with 11 kills for Irvine, which hit .200. Shelley Anderson passed for 31 assists, and Ella Rosenfeld added two service aces.

  9. Vee October 6, 2013 3:32 pm

    Cindy, Just wondering again if the Athletic Department has a plan for getting fans tickets to have a Wahine rooting section for the post-season play – and especially the Final Four. Who would be responsible for making such plans and arrangements and letting fans know how they can get tickets for that section?

    The Tampa Final Four was shameful. Hawaii fans scattered all over the arena and only a few members of the Athletic Department sitting in a very empty Hawaii section. Seems to me if other schools can organize to have school fan section, Hawaii’s athletes deserve the same support. I was in Tampa – and three other Final Fours – and our travel agent was unable to get tickets from UH for the Hawaii section. Imagine our disappointment, frustration, and anger when we got there and saw the empty seats in the Hawaii section with only a few athletic department members seated in the :”Hawaii section.” And, oh, yes, think some TX fans were in the section while us fans were in the nose bleed section. The fans that found their way there would have been able to give the team the support they needed…….

    Hope someone in the Athletic Department has started on a plan. Our team deserves a packed, noisy, Hawaii section to support them should they make it. Team is doing their part to get there; Whoever’s in charge need to do his/her part to get the team their fan base where they can support the team. It’s not to early to plan if we believe in our team.

    It’s NOT TOO EARLY to have a plan ready. It’s his/her job.

    Other schools manage to organize so they have a fan section. Our ladies need us fans, more so at the FINAL FOUR.

  10. LC October 6, 2013 3:42 pm

    That neon green jersey that Ali wears isn’t the only neon green thing in their wardrobe. The whole team have shoes the same color.

  11. OrbitalRipz October 6, 2013 4:18 pm

    Heads up, everyone. The NCAA will release its first RPI [Rating Percentage Index] for the 2013 D1 women’s volleyball season this week (source: Ann Miller).

  12. Maverick October 6, 2013 5:08 pm

    8. An independent RPI estimator has UH at #3, unmodified for home-away game impacts. Will be interesting to see where UH lands in the official rankings.

  13. Purple&Green October 6, 2013 5:13 pm

    UH’s ‘situation’ might be further brought along (in representation/promotional(s)–YES, ADVERTISEMENTS) by naming some Bows to the list:

    What ever happened to Jamie Houston? Aneli Cubi-Otineru?? Brittany Hewitt???
    Heck, even someone perhaps as UHH’s Hillary Hurley.

    & NO..That’s NOT Po’okela pictured with Hillary!


  14. kimo browner October 6, 2013 6:11 pm

    4-teams in front of Hawaii had double wins this past week and should move-up a notch in the national rankings. Washington, #1, lost to Colorado on the road and struggled in their win against Utah. The question is whether Washington will hold the coveted 5th spot, as Penn State did the week before despite a loss or move to #6…I would like to see Hawaii advance, thereby giving the top “five”– 5-unique teams from 5-different conferences…we shall see.
    #1 USC
    #2 Florida
    #3 Texas
    #4 Penn State
    #5 Hawaii

  15. Cindy Luis October 7, 2013 8:02 am

    10. don’t know what is up with Houston or Hewitt, have mentioned Cubi-Oteineru when I’ve seen her, the last being in August when she dropped by the gym during 2-a-days. she was in the midst of negotiating a pro contract. Believe she had finished her master’s. if she is around next week, she’ll likely play for the alumnae on the 18th.

  16. Cindy Luis October 7, 2013 8:06 am

    7. which paper is that, OC Register?

  17. Cindy Luis October 7, 2013 8:14 am

    8. Don’t know if there is a plan in place yet.
    you are welcome to give Marilyn Moniz-Kaho’ohanohano a call.
    She was at Tampa. So was I. this is the first I’ve heard of anyone complaining about tickets in the UH section.
    You can also contact the booster club to see if any discussion has started about the final four because that’s the only site that is a given, should the Wahine get there.

  18. Maverick October 7, 2013 8:22 am

    This week’s AVCA rankings are:

    1. USC
    2. Florida
    3. Texas
    4. Penn State
    5. Hawai’i
    6. Washington
    7. Michigan State
    8. Stanford
    9. Nebraska
    10. North Carolina

    Other teams of interest: San Diego at #12 and UCLA at #23. Creighton is no longer ranked in the top 25, but did receive votes.

  19. LC October 7, 2013 8:33 am

    #3 I watched a match from CSUN this past week and it was very good, it was in HD.

    The announcer was good and they had at least 4 of 5 camera angles. The camera operators were ok but at times their panning wasn’t smooth.

  20. Cindy Luis October 7, 2013 8:40 am

    I do think KFVE/OC 16 was/is the best but they’ve been doing it for so long and are really the only ones who have truly committed to the sport

  21. kimo browner October 7, 2013 8:54 am

    @17, mahalo! looks like Hawaii is in a great position to move up if they run the table in the regular season. Florida looks tough. They play Kentucky this week.

  22. 'ohanaInBellingham October 7, 2013 12:24 pm

    Mahalo for bringing this up 8. Vee and for pointing us in the right direction 16. Cindy!

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