Seemed like a very quick night. 99 minutes.
UH threw a lot of lineups out tonight, hit .269. Adolpho had a very nice match 10-0-14. hit .714, in on all six of UH’s blocks with 1 BS and 5 BA.
Hartong with her third double-double with match highs of 12 kills and 13 digs. Taylor 1-4-8, Vorster 3-0-9, Manu-Olevao 7-5-21, Hartong 12-3-27, Long 2-2-6, Goodman 1-0-1, Tuaniga 1-2-3, Kastle 2-0-4.
UH 6 aces, 2 each by Kastl and Kawamura. Swore Hartong had 2. Longo with 11 digs. UH with 40-36 edge in digs.
Portland State hit .112. 9-8-40 for Patton, 7-2-14 for Mitchell. nothing in Set 3 where she went 0-0-3. 1 ace, 4 SEs.
Think it was a night to be expected after the highs of last weekend. Tournament sets up nicely for Hawaii, building up with better Big Ten opponent in Nothrwestern then not a bad Arizona team Saturday.
Hartong keeps impressing me, think her ankle much better than last year, and she seems to be able to elevate even better. And a monster match for Adolpho. PSU really had no answer for her. Hawaii’s read-blocking is much improved.
Taylor’s stats might be of a concern. She didn’t hit well at all 1-4-8 in 2 sets. Thought Kastl coming in off the bench added a spark. 14 players out of 16 got in. No Ponce or Lelpali.
think that really is about it. Have a good night.
A win is a win, however, ugly at times. Nice to see Kastl get some good hits and Tuaniga some PT. One concern. I don’t remember Vorster having a single hard hit tonight, lots of soft and medium taps. Wonder, is she jumping too soon as you often point out she does or it’s just mistiming between she and Uiato.
2. Vorster’s jump and timing ok. She is simply is not seeing her hand strike the ball. Basic to striking well
a baseball, golf ball, etc. Cindy, ask her.
UH plays Northwestern tomorrow night, not UA. The online story is incorrect.
3. don’t feel I need to ask her. She didn’t hit the ball well tonight and I’m sure she knows it. . There were a couple of times the set was behind her and she definitely didn’t get a good swing at it. 3-0-9 in 2 sets, No blocks but a number of touches that allowed UH to set up offense.
4. thank you. appreciate the help. got ahead of myself by a day.
I wanna see Goodman play a full match on the right already. Surely, she can do better than the UNDERSIZED Ginger Long.
Vorster really looks awkward hitting the ball. Worse than Hewitt, who has shown that she could actually pound it like a real middle. Fortunately, her off-timing seems to be working for Vorster with her high cumulative hitting percentage.
Who is the recruit Scott Wong was talking to before the match, sitting in lower JJ with her mom. 6’1? blonde ponytail.
why is it that these small teams always seem to block the crap out of us? is it the set, the hitter, what? their two tallest players were 6’1. there’s no reason they should be able to block us that well. thats the reason Nikki got pulled out of the match.it felt like PSU blocked us better than Texas or UCLA did. don’t have the stats so don’t know if its true. the girls and coaches need to fix this.
lots of times when much taller players jump high there’s a puka that the hitters can penetrate between the net and the opposing players especially when players like nikki hit low. shorter players don’t get much height so when they jump a lot of times the hit goes directly into their hands. if u watch kalei sometimes when she makes these monstrous blocks she’s not jumping her heighest in the middle.
9. sounds like maybe its Kendra Koelsch on her official visit?
Above, I stated that Jade Vorster has a lots of soft and medium hits. What I didn’t say is that she is often successful with these shots. She hits at a higher percentage than Adolpho, who hits the ball much harder most of the times. Vorster has one advantage. Her height and natural swing results in her hits to fall almost straight down, which doesn’t allow the defense enough time to pick up her spikes easily. However, Portland State seemed to anticipate her taps near the net; other teams will too. Vorster will be devastating if she can hit hard more frequently. She certainly showed in her past that she has that capability. When Jade does, no one celebrates more than she on the team (fun to watch).
No way Mendoza only had 2 digs. She is an unassuming player but NOT that unassuming.
Quoting the LB Press Telegram LBSU continues to have problems. They brought in Haylee Roberts a 6’2 MB freshman from Liberty High School in Bakersfield, Calif on Sept 3rd after Hampton went down but Roberts withdrew for medical reasons. They also had an unnamed top recruit decommit
claes is headed to usc to play sand.
12. could be Koelisch.
10. couple of their blocks were on predictable sets to Hartong that they had time to set up for on a trouble set.
at least one time they gave a block last night when there wasn’t a touch. 3-meter attack that didn’t clear the tape but got counted.
there was a 9-6 difference but it was 6-6 after Set 1.
the number that should be looked at is how well Adolpho did hitting a lot slides to the right. That means the block was stacked on UH’s left-side hitters and Adolpho had a 1-0-1.
14. re: Mondoza. don’t know if I trust UH stats completely this season. they have at least one new person.
But remember that a receive on serve is not a dig. it’s a service reception and is counted as such in the full box.
18. Yup. Wouldn’t count the serve as a dig. I wasn’t fully watching the match, but I can recount Mendoza getting two digs. I am certain she would have gotten more during the times I wasn’t watching. I guess digs are a little subjective. Have also seen Mita credited with only 3 in either the Texas or San Diego matches, a little low for her.
Mendoza only had a so-so night. Just like so many others on the Wahine squad. She is still very solid. I am surprised that Dave went first to Ginger over Kastl. I would have pulled Tai before I pulled Nikki. Nikki needs the work, (so does Tai) Goodman has been showing that playing smart can get you more time on the court.
Im disappointed Nikki was pulled out as well, the sets she got weren’t the best and hope her confidence isn’t lacking because of that because UH will need her to be playing well against the top teams.
I think Nikki is going to go through some growing pains. The negative about her….she set a high bar versus Texas and fans are going to expect that from her. I feel that if she is given the time on the court, by the time post season comes around, she is going to be very steady.
Texas down 2-0 against Arizona State
I agree that Goodman has been playing smart but don’t see that her playing time has increased. She has one of the highest hitting percentages ( .462 ), plays almost exclusively with an inexperience setter, comes in cold off the bench and still manages to get blocks and kills. She touched three balls in a row in her two rotations at the end of the last set and ended with the best block of the night. Taylor played two full sets and scored 1 point…Goodman played probably four rotations for the entire night and scored 1.5 points. It appears as though it has been decided that Olevao and Taylor are going to play no matter what. History has shown that the potential isn’t always realized; Waber started an entire season and hit .193. Four years later at San Diego she’s hitting .204. Kastl started most of 2012 and hit .199. Fortunately for Olevao and Taylor, Hartong is carrying them. Kastl and Goodman should be playing more and Olevau and Taylor should be held to the same standards as their teammates.
On a positive note, Adolpho has been a beast
Texas lost 3-0, It’s Friday the 13th
^^ holy smokes is that right??
ASU lost to Illinois in five in the match just before Texas. Both ASU and Illinois fans on VT agree that a really bad call on a match point (14-13) for ASU resulted in an injustice. But bad calls are part of athletics. ASU has Macey Gardner and Arizona has Madi Kingdon. Both are very impressive outside hitters that can dominate a match, like Hartong for Hawaiil. Every time Texas loses, the luster of Hawaii’s win may be diminished somewhat. However, I think this is the year when there will be a great deal of parity and all the top teams teams will have their share of unexpected losses. This is especially true of teams in the Big Ten and the Pac 12.
Jason Watson is a good coach, I wouldn’t mind if he was on the list after Dave retires.
25-18, 25-23, 25-21.ASU over TX
In the first two sets UCLA had to make a comeback to beat CSUN,They’re not playing all the great today either.
USC at San Diego later I’m interested is seeing how that one turns out.
CSUN took a set from UCLA. Tied at 8 in the 4th.
Going to five, UCLA and CSUN all tied up at 2 sets apiece. An upset brewing? Maybe not an upset. CSUN has an impressive 6-1 record this year and is one of the favorites for 2nd place after Hawaii, since Hayleigh Hampton went down with the knee injury.
Creighton is dangerous, swept Northridge, last set 25-12.
UCLA pulls out the win, 15-12 in the final and fifth set. I was rooting for Northridge. We need strong teams in the Big West, to bring up the conference’s RPI.
#27 Obviously you know nothing of Jason Watson for that comment. Couldn’t fill 1/4 of Dave’s shoes.
Don’t want to be high in the rankings like #2 Texas. Rooting for USD take down USC this eve.
wow crazy things going on this 13th of Friday… boo Texas lost, lets hope USD beats USC !! keep us posted pls.
USD comes from behind and takes the first set 25-23…
I love seeing USD’s setters go to their middles even when they have passes that aren’t that great . I wish Mita would do that, UH’s middles are just as good as USD’s.
SC ahead 20-13 in the 2nd…
Portland St. takes the first game against Arizona 25-22
SC wins the 2nd 25-20…
USD and USC now tied one set apiece.
LBSU leading 2-1 and in the 4th set against Charleston. Texas loss hurts UH’s RPI. So do losses by Northridge and Cal Poly.
LBSU wins in 4…positive for RPI.
USD leading USC 18-16 in set 3.
USD wins set 3 25-22, lead 2 sets to 1 over USC…on to set 4
If USD wins out this weekend, I think they deserve to be top 5 after wins over Illinois, Iowa State, UH, and USC (plus taking Texas to 5). This is great for UH’s RPI if USD can pull it out.
Future UH opponents Wichita St. and Creighton both won today.
Creighton almost had a bad loss against Denver winning 3-2
USC and USD tied at 13 in Set 4.
Re: Mendoza and the number of digs. It was the same with Maeda last year. She’d be credited with something like three digs in five sets.
51. Glad they won. USD now leads 17-14.
USD leads USC 21-18. USC outhitting USD .275 to .227 for the match and outblocking. USD has 79 kills to USC’s 53.
USD defeats USC 25-19 in set 4 to win the match. Major congrats to the Toreros. IMHO, a top 5 team. USD will be favored in every one of their remaining matches.
USD win 3-1
If USD takes care of business in conference, they could be a number 1 or 2 seed, would not mind a rematch in the post season.
58. Neither would I.
But hopefully in the final four. Would love USD to make the final four along with wahines.
I have a real strong feeling USD, Texas and Hawaii will be in the final four this year!!
Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational all over again.
61. could be but who knows how the selection committee will set it up. lots of vb left to play