Finished up the photos for next week’s preview. Got to have some chat time with new players. Talked about their beach day yesterday. Koelsch, who surfed for HBHS, apparently was quite the shredder.
Maglio, who wants to become a vet (studying animal science) also played ice hockey, usually the only girl on the team.
Huff has quite a sense of humor. Our photographer asked her what position she played (we are shooting action shots that are position-specific) so she said she was a libero. Our photog started preparing her for digging balls when I told him, she’s 6-3, she’s not a libero. Got a good laugh all the way around.
Pratice remains very competitive and spirited. Asked Shoji why this year, after all this time. He said he had spent time at the USA training center and that the men and women always have music. When he asked his team what they thought of the idea, they were all for it.
They alternate who does the mix. Shoji admits to sneaking in some of his stuff, including the country I mentioned the other day. The players prefer reggae and rap.
But today was very mellow, lot of Bruddah Iz and K. Reichel.
Was sitting with Chris McLachlin for a bit and we shared some observations. Asked him if Passi reminded him of anyone in terms of court demeanor and facial expression. He said Tita Ahuna, which is the same thought I had last week.
Feel like I’m repeating myself with other observations. Magill connecting well with both setters, really jumps well. Adolpho moving well and think it’s really good that she is seeing Magill across the net, seeing a big block in practice. Both middles hitting quicks and slides.
Koelsch and Higgins both doing well. Koelsch has a really nice backset on the D play for the right side players. She is very athletic. Forgot to mention yesterday that during a rally she made an impressive kick-save-set that led to a point.
Huff hitting with authority from the left and right, Greeley also taking big swings from both sides.
Team played variations on Shoji’s favorite game, baseball, where sides score ‘runs’ when putting down kills and blocks and make outs on hitting errors and being blocked.
The final grouping had the veterans against the freshmen. Pretty evenly matched. Guinasso and Kahakai both served well.
Team is off Friday morning, practice Friday afternoon. Players are finishing moving into the dorms.
Double days finish Saturday, morning practice with the scrimmage at 4 p.m. Free admission for those wanting to come down during the Fan Appreciation Pa’ina.
They’ll be off Sunday, then single practice next week leading up to the opening tournament.