Wednesday check-in, practice update, scores

Team has 3 p.m. practice so nothing new this morning.

nice discussion on the previous thread regarding the coaches show and national stats if you want to mosey over to Tuesday’s thread.


  1. tom October 1, 2014 11:14 am


  2. uhfan October 1, 2014 1:18 pm

    Facebook chat with Nikki tomorrow

  3. Willie October 1, 2014 2:20 pm

    Watching Mississippi playing Missouri. Karly Kan on the floor. Ole Miss looks solid. Second time catching them, middles are tall, extremely athletic and hit it a ton.

  4. Hossana October 1, 2014 2:47 pm

    Win or lose, I love this team esp. to see it evolve into a team from a group of disparate individuals at the beginning of the season sans N.T. and now with Nikki playing RSH, give it time, I think we can go a long way…..whatever the case, I wish we can all cut out the negativity directed towards Taylor Higgins or even at Manu because in a team concept, you win and lose as a team and I’m sure that’s how members of the team feel. Don’t forget, these coaches see the players every day in practice and know their strengths and weaknesses and its based on their perspective on how the team is formed etc….GO WAHINES!!!

  5. Cindy Luis October 1, 2014 4:17 pm

    Pretty loose practice with them back in the arena for the first time the Sept. 20 match vs. NAU.
    One drill has Koelsch working on her back sets with Taylor, Passi and Long hitting right, Adolpho, Magill and Maglio working on the slides.
    Higgins working with the other hitters with Long also taking swings on the left.
    Then the setters switched.
    Kahakai expected to be cleared for practice by Friday. She has a bit of cold today, which is a good thing for her since there appears to be a cracked sewage pipe over by the men’s volleyball locker room.

  6. Mark October 1, 2014 4:35 pm

    did magill ever hit a slide in an actual match?…i want to see that!

  7. bowsfan October 1, 2014 4:42 pm

    Mens basketball green/white scrimmage on Saturday @ 10pm. Both teams will have autograph session after the game and scrimmage.

  8. Cindy Luis October 1, 2014 4:42 pm

    Magill has not done one in a match. She is working on it, she actually hit a few from the 3-meter today as well. She’d like to be a 6-rotation player and serve.

  9. Cindy Luis October 1, 2014 4:45 pm

    #2 Texas (H) def. Iowa State 3-0
    #4 Washington (H) def #19 USC 3-0
    #6 Wisconsin def. Northwestern 3-0
    #16 Illinois (H) def. #18 Minnesota 3-0

  10. Cindy Luis October 1, 2014 5:11 pm

    Continued to be impressed by Huff’s improvement. hitting well from 3-meter, passing well in the back row too.
    Some good rallies going on.

  11. surfboy October 1, 2014 6:04 pm

    Olivia Magill playing all 6 rotations is something id like to see in gametime used. Especially against the weaker opponents. Hawaiis passing as a whole seems ok with a lot of room for improvement so lets see what magill can offer especially from the 3 meter.

  12. R.M October 1, 2014 7:00 pm

    Its nice to hear that Magill wants to improve her game more. And about Koelsch working with Taylor on her back set I think they really should do that because I noticed that if koelsch is in the game and taylor is in the back row she doesn’t set her she just keep going to the left or middle

  13. wildcard October 1, 2014 8:02 pm

    5. so cindy if im not stating the obvious, kahakai clear for practice friday means she can be in during the actual game that night right?

    8. magill is planning to be 6 rotation eh? that i gots to see.

  14. blunite October 1, 2014 8:10 pm

    Surprised that Greeley is not also hitting on the right, and Passi on the left. Greeley has the height to block on the right and Passi is very durable with a heavy ball, perfect for 35-40 sets on the left. Magill’s proficiency on the right will allow the double quick to be run on both sides. UH has used it only once this year but Emily Hartong ran it a few times. Magill in the back-row (like Taylor and Greeley) will give UH added length, provided she is up to the task. The length factor allows her to cover the open center while being tall enough to reach roll shots headed for the end-line. McKenna appears to be 6 rotation and if Mitchem is one as well, UH will have plenty of length in the back-row. (Unfortunately, might mean less playing time for the DS’ on the roster.)

  15. Cindy Luis October 1, 2014 10:16 pm

    13. No. She might be cleared to practice Friday. Doesn’t mean she’d be cleared to play. Given that she has a cold at the moment, don’t think she’d see the court.
    After Taylor was cleared to practice, she didn’t play for a number of days.

    Magill would like to be a 6-rotation player. She would like to serve. Doestn’ mean it’s going to happen any time soon.

  16. Cindy Luis October 1, 2014 10:21 pm

    14. Said that one drill had those lineups. Since all hitters hit left and right, they all get reps on both sides.
    as for the double quick, it wasn’t a planned play, if you are referring to the lob to Manu-Olevao where Magill went up as well. It was something that Higgins and Manu-Olevao wanted to try.
    Magill doesn’t like the slide, doesn’t like hitting off one foot. She says that she feels it doesn’t take advantage of her jumping ability. But that if they want her to learn to do it, she will.

  17. roofer68 October 1, 2014 11:16 pm

    16. Sorry Olivia but I’m disagreeing with you on this one. In the slide you actually have an advantage with your jumping ability. In track and field the jumpers get their max height with a running start and leaping off on one foot. Your contact point with the slide is at a higher point vice hitting in front of the setter because of the momentum of the two or more extra steps you take to the pin. Amber Kaufman’s leaping ability made her slide a very successful weapon for UH.

  18. wildcard October 2, 2014 12:25 am

    16. yeah that ‘double quick’ or lob to tai where magill went up as well was an awesome play. they ought to do more of those. is something or somebody ie shoji keeping them? i know the mens volleyball the beginning of the year did plenty of those. i mean unless its a mens volleyball vs womens volleyball thing where that maneuver is about power and thats not what womens volleyball is about. and even if it is, i say forget that and do it anyways. have all outside practice that play utilizing mostly magill for the ‘feint’ shot. if adolpho, maglio and huff can partake in that, by all means make it so.

    yeah liv is in contrast to adolpho whom the latter said she likes taking off one foot.

  19. Cindy Luis October 2, 2014 8:52 am

    For some reason Shoji not a fan of the combos, at least not early in the season when setters are still working on the basics. He’ll add things later in the season, especially when prepping for postseason since Hawaii is so easily scouted given the amount of film and analysis available on them as compared to other schools.
    Would not be surprised to see that combo between Manu-Olevao and Higgins used more this season. Of course, as Higgins said after that match, they should let Magill in on it before hand. Said they hadn’t told her but Olivia figured out immediately it wasn’t her ball.

    Kaufman and Prince two others who liked hitting off one foot because they thought they got better elevation, Kaufman especially since it was part of her high jump technique.

  20. Cindy Luis October 2, 2014 8:57 am

    17. interesting that you’d disagree with a player’s feelings about her own abilities. Her perception is that she doesn’t get more height.

    Kaufman as a high jumper was used to going off one foot prior to coming to UH.
    Magill is just beginning to work on it.

  21. hollycow October 2, 2014 10:50 am

    roofer’s right, the more steps you take (up to a certain limit) the higher you can touch. Try it 2 in front the setter versus 5 steps slide.

  22. Cindy Luis October 2, 2014 9:24 pm

    Again, why argue with the player about how she feels?
    I’m sure she’ll develop the move during the year.

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