Wednesday checkin, Top 25 scores


Good morning. Taking the day off but will back tonight to update with scores.

Have been asked about a couple of ‘mystery’ people in the above photo.
Far left is strength coach Tony Cox, far right is team manager Ilima Sumida (updated from original post)

Also Natasha Burns behind ah Mow-Santos. She’s on the trip for practice purposes.

Annie Mitchem remained in Honolulu for the second trip in a row as she continues to rehab that fractured pinkie. When I spoke with her last week she said the timetable was still the same, continues to be re-evaluated but expects to be cleared the week of the NCAA first round.


  1. LesGirls808 November 18, 2015 8:57 am

    ‘Ilima Sumida
    3rd year student at UHM and 2nd year as UH Wahine Volleyball Team Manager
    Former stand-out player at Kalaheo High School and HI Intensity volleyball club.

  2. Cindy Luis November 18, 2015 9:48 am

    1. thank you. knew she had been quite the player before injury.

  3. H-Man November 18, 2015 10:02 am

    Congratulations to the 2015 Wahine BWC champions !!! Get well Annie. Be ready for the 1st round !

  4. greenthumb November 18, 2015 10:35 am

    Did some more looking around on the Big West and Cal Poly sites and am still not finding an indication of a telecast. This snip from the Cal Poly release about tomorrow’s match doesn’t sound too hopeful. Am hoping this is an “oops” and that there will be video somewhere.

    “FOLLOW THE MUSTANGS THIS WEEK: Live stats will be available for Thursday’s match with the Rainbow Wahine, while Hawai’i will also provide a live audio play-by-play feed. Tiff Wells has the call [link provided].”

  5. tongo November 18, 2015 10:47 am

    Congrats! While the focus has been on another great night by Nikki, Olivia and Emily, our back court especially Savannah, Kalei, and Tayler had a great night of digging. Both Tayler and Kendra did a solid job of setting. All three of our DS are excellent. Both frosh had excellent kills in set 3. Too bad Annie was not there as both Tom and Diane Pestolesi were there.

  6. jkjones November 18, 2015 11:01 am

    Cindy, can you update all on Annie Mitchem’s rehab status. Wondering if she will beat the NCAA start date clock. Thanks in advance.

  7. tongo November 18, 2015 11:03 am

    #4 Big West TV shows a link for the match.

  8. noblesol November 18, 2015 11:31 am

    UC Davis Coach discusses his serve strategy against Hawaii:

  9. connor November 18, 2015 12:01 pm

    Thanks #8 for the link. Here is the Davis Coach’s comments:

    “I also thought we served well. When we were getting it on the passer we wanted, they were struggling. I thought we served the libero a little too much but when we got it on the passer we wanted, she felt the pressure and that scored us some points.”

    Wonder who he was talking about? This is the main strategy for any team playing Hawaii and yet Dave persists.

  10. nomu November 18, 2015 12:25 pm

    You’re playing a game, whether it’s Little League or Game 7 of the Word Series. It’s impossible to do well unless you’re having a good time. People talk about pressure. Yeah, there’s pressure. But I just look at it as fun.

    Derek Jeter

  11. frings November 18, 2015 12:44 pm

    #4 and #7
    The link at BW TV takes you to a 404 page. Think we’re SOL on any live broadcast

  12. ALLAN November 18, 2015 1:25 pm


  13. darkfire November 18, 2015 1:37 pm

    12. What’s wrong with LesGirls? Don’t like a little French in your life? lol!

  14. Not an Expert November 18, 2015 2:13 pm

    Other coaches know the weak points of UH and the players. However not many.

    The teams in the NCAA will be a lot better than those in the Big West. They definitely will be targeting and attacking the front row right where Higgins will be blocking. They will also target serving the ball to Olevao.

    Shoji will stay with this line up and not alter his strategy until he falls behind. Against the better teams in the tournament he will find it not easy to come back and win. Hopefully this will not play out as such.

    It is evident that every block or block assist made with Kendra in the front that may account for 1 point a match. A swing of 2 points.

    Every serve and or dig received and passed by a more talented skilled back row player may lead to 1 point a match. A swing of 2 points.

    So if Kendra blocking stats are 2 to 3 more than Higgins a match and a defensive specialist serve reception and digging amounts to another 2 to 3 more chances, taking a 50% success ratio equates to a 2-3 point swing minimum.

    Thus taking a 3 point swing a hypothetical score can be UH 21 opponent 15. Or not having that 3 point swing the score would be 18 all. Bottom line the best capable player needs to play in that position because the close matches may give UH the edge with those 2 players that will substitute those positions.

    Starting the original starters initially and make the other team think that is what they’ll have success with. Soon as the other team believe they can have some success with that strategy change up the positions with Kendra and Claire. Confusing and making the opponent think otherwise on their game plan can have some positive affects for UH while those positions are strengthen during those particular rotations with the so call subs.

  15. Not an Expert November 18, 2015 2:20 pm

    UH coaches should not be fooled that all is okay because they won.

    Going up against better competition you need your best player or players in that rotation when it comes about. Why take that chance.

    Need to mention this again. Is it more important when a match is in hand to keep your All American player in? Evident once again in the final match with UC Davis.

  16. haleiwacrossfitter November 18, 2015 2:37 pm

    There was someone on VT that kept talking about Dave holding back KK for the regionals. And they kept saying it over and over again. It was funny. Not sure if Dave is holding anything back at this point. This is the time in the season where you lay it all on the table.

    But…KK definitely did get a significantly less playing time than she has been recently. I do believe that she needs to be up front at the net as much as possible. Not just for a play or two and not just when they are in the 20’s. She can be a game changer and we will need her to win some games in the post season…there is no doubt about that. I think Mitchem, KK and Clare will be our X factors in the preseason and will really help determine how far we go.

  17. haleiwacrossfitter November 18, 2015 2:52 pm

    Is Tony Cox new? I have never seen him before or heard of him.

    I thought Heffernan was the strength coach?

  18. kahuna November 18, 2015 3:27 pm

    Tony have been there all year. In fact, I’ve seen more of Tony then of Tommy.
    Tony have been there for almost all of the home games. Tommy probably have other teams to take care of(women’s basketball, softball, men vball, etc…) so he let Tony do most of the drills.

  19. nomu November 18, 2015 3:48 pm

    Kahuna, good to know. Give credit where it is due.

  20. nomu November 18, 2015 3:53 pm

    My two cents for players that seem to fall back to their old habits. Repetition to “erase” old habits and tendencies, and the mental game follows. Maybe a bit like golf. If you haven’t done enough reps to ingrain stuff into your swing, when under pressure, for some reason, your mind and body sometimes reverts back to your old habits. Guess I am a strong believer in repetition. And if you are confident in what you are doing, generally you use the pressure to motivate yourself. As to above comments, maybe Shoji should take some chances or be willing to make some changes. Or we might have deja vu all over again.

  21. 'ohanaInBellingham November 18, 2015 4:00 pm

    Bravo, Na Wahine!

    Did Natasha grow another two inches?!

  22. hollycow November 18, 2015 4:10 pm

    21. hahaha, it looks like it. Nikki and Casey are hunching over a bit, but Jeff Hall is not and he’s 6’6″.

  23. Big G November 18, 2015 4:20 pm

    Last thread 45/49 ref ESPN3.
    A great way to watch ESPN3 it is with Apple TV (one time $100). You can watch it on your HD TV, need to hard wire or wifi to a modem. No lag time or issues with sound, looks as good as HD Cable.

  24. tongo November 18, 2015 4:24 pm

    #14 For me, all the alluding to what should be or what maybe could be becomes moot at this point of the season. The starters and designated role players have been cast. With only 2 matches left in next 4 days, a lineup changes is unlikely. Listening to Shoji’s post match comments, his only focus is whether the starting and role players are properly executing their assignments and responsibilities. For me, my money is on the coach – no other mid-major programs is anywhere close to his level of success, and only a handful of major programs are more successful.

  25. ALLAN November 18, 2015 4:27 pm

    1990s KOREAMOKU.

  26. Jon November 18, 2015 4:39 pm

    Watched Minnesota-Maryland and watching Wisky-Illinois now… All beatable for sure. Wahine need to stay focused on the goal!

  27. tongo November 18, 2015 4:48 pm

    #23 You can also Chromecast ($35) , which cast ESPN3 wirelessly from PC to your TV. For chromecast, once you select the match on ESPN3, a pop-up screen of the match appears but chromecast icon extensions will be missing. Right click the title bar, which is the top most area of the pop-up screen for the match, and a box of options will appears. Select “Show as tab, and the selected match pop-up screen will reload as a full screen with the chromecast icons so that you can cast the match to the TV. Reference is:

  28. RalphToo November 18, 2015 4:50 pm

    Michigan a 3-1 winner over Penn State today in WVB.

  29. LanaiBoy November 18, 2015 4:53 pm

    #14. Speculating on what would happen if one player is chosen over another is really an impossible task, and just based on opinion, and a biased one too. Kendra Koelsch may gain more points with her blocking and attacks on two, but she may also not be as good in setting or digging in the back row so she may lose a few points as compared to Tayler Higgins. Each player has their strengths and weaknesses and it’s up to the coach to decide who will better lead the team to wins. I know that many a fan think they are superior strategist to Shoji and can make better decisions on personnel. Sorry but I kind of doubt that you can do better than a hall of fame coach, as is true of most arm-chair quarterbacks.

  30. tongo November 18, 2015 5:06 pm

    #11 My guess is that it will likely appear when it is closer to match time.

  31. 'ohanaInBellingham November 18, 2015 5:11 pm

    hollycow #22: Thank you for Hall’s height for reference. A 6’8″ Natasha would be fun to watch, though.

  32. bleachercoach November 18, 2015 5:19 pm

    29…we are entitled to agree to disagree agreeably.. Our Hall of Fame coach has not produced a National Championship in 28 years..
    These could be the signs of the times!

  33. bleachercoach November 18, 2015 5:24 pm

    The picture of our ladies taken together at UC Irvine with the 2015 BIG West Conference Champions looks awesome!!! By studying the picture, I can sense the LOVE they have foran each other. Their infectious smiles are all radiating in the picture. A picture paints a thousand words from within. They look ready for postseason

  34. warriorfan November 18, 2015 5:36 pm

    I like that photo of the team, but would like it more if it included Annie.
    Natasha sure does look taller, maybe she grew . Wouldn’t be surprised if she is listed at 6′ 6 next year.

  35. nomu November 18, 2015 5:52 pm

    Assistant coaches can give their input, but the head coach makes the final decisions. And thus, is also the one who is accountable. Did not realize it has been 28 years. Even longer than the ages of our current players?

  36. Stevecul8er November 18, 2015 6:00 pm

    34 mahalo on Annie

  37. Ron November 18, 2015 6:00 pm

    Totally agree with bleachercoach, Kendra is one of the best athletes on the team, she thinks aggressively, and she has more going for her than just blocking. Dave is a great coach but even great coaches have their blind spots. I have been watching and playing volleyball since Kathy Gregory was a kid and I know who I would pick to give us the best chance to win.

  38. LanaiBoy November 18, 2015 6:16 pm

    #32. Yep, everyone has their own opinions and no one has a superior status in terms of credibility. However, Hawaii not having a national championship for 28 years is very understandable. Since 2006 a major change has occurred in NCAA Division I sports, the onset of the BCS system in football. The major football bowls are drawn from five major conferences, the Big Five. The amount of television money that goes to the Big Five schools is obscene. Ever since, the non-Big Five schools, the mid-majors and lesser ones are a considerable disadvantage when it comes to all sports, including women’s volleyball. All the mid-major coaches talk of this all the time. The only schools that usually can compete are schools with a national following, usually religious schools like BYU and and Notre Dame. In this world, money does talk and BCS schools has a huge advantage in that regard. Yes, mid-major schools can still win national championships in certain sports, but this is getting rarer and rarer as the season passes. However, Hawaii is one school, because of its tradition and being one of two moneymaking schools in volleyball that still has a shot at a national championship. You can thank Dave Shoji and its loyal fans for that. Hawaii is unique and Hawaii fans should be grateful rather than taking constant cheap shots at the coach and program.

  39. warriorfan November 18, 2015 6:34 pm

    I have to agree with 34. Nothing against Tayler, she is a big part of the team obviously and her serve is fantastic but with the way TMO and Greeley pass and with teams having big leaping OH’s in the tournament and tougher servers, I would have to start Kendra in the front row.

  40. LanaiBoy November 18, 2015 6:44 pm

    Re: 37. Wanted to clarify my statements on BCS. The term is no longer used since 2013, the computerized ranking systems having being replaced by a four team play-off. However, the same principle holds. The four (plus one) is still drawn primarily from the Big Five conferences and they still monopolize all the major bowls (the huge money-making ones). When Hawaii made the Sugar Bowl, not only Hawaii benefitted by a huge payout, but other members of the conference did too.

  41. jmy November 18, 2015 7:25 pm

    Some interesting scores: Michigan beat PSU (at PSU) 3-1, Wisc beat Illinois 3-2, Texas A & M beat Kentucky 3-0…

  42. noblesol November 18, 2015 7:33 pm

    Re the team photo, Natasha is on her ballerina tippy toes, you can see it in the full picture. The picture was composed nicely with downward sloping rows. To make it work she needed to elevate just a bit.
    Re Annie, I’m sure at some point there will be another full team photo with her in it. With luck, it will happen deep in the playoffs.

  43. mo-jo November 18, 2015 7:42 pm

    14,15, +1 well said and agree. In watching Pac12 monsters beat up on each other i’ve seen a psych swing when they get their left sides roofed. blocking has a huge impact on a team’s confidence. KK’s 4 to 6 blocks and more per game when she was playing full time along with her zero service aces is a undeniable frustration factor for the other side.
    Not even mentioning the her kills.
    We saw this in key comebacks like the match with Florida. don’t get me wrong, go back and look at the OH’s hitting percentage during her starts you’ll find that team hitting % were quite high… So much for she can’t set the middles..
    check out the 4th set in the florida match. Not saying KK should start but agree with at least 3 posters on this thread that she should be playing front row if and when we meet the monsters of the Pac 12 and Big 10 who have big hard swinging left sides. Whisky is in because of their setter… An example of what a tall blocking setter can do. just saying…..

  44. darkfire November 18, 2015 7:44 pm

    38. LanaiBoy, well said. So many things have changed since Dave’s last National Championship (and he’s said it so many times too), that it is harder and harder for a school like Hawaii to compete in a national arena where money talks.

    However, even with my short time back home, I’ve noticed that the wahine have a better chance than previous years. They now have the ability to block bigger opponents. That was something that wiped them out the last few years; the inability to block the bigger teams. Let’s hope they’ve earned the recognition of the leading blocking team in the country and pass and serve the heck outa their NCAA opponents! But first, they’ve got to take out Cal Poly and UCSB. GO BOWS!

  45. darkfire November 18, 2015 7:47 pm

    Hi Cindy,
    Just curious, but is it just coincidence that Dave & staff have been able to assemble such a tall team this year? What may have prevented them from doing so before? What could insure them of continuing to get talented, athletic, 6’0″+ girls in the future?

    Mahalo! GO BOWS!

  46. surfboy November 18, 2015 7:52 pm

    TMO is still a LIABILITY in the backrow (shakes head), and the attack from the left side has to be a force.

  47. Derek November 18, 2015 7:52 pm

    Congratulations ladies and coaching staff on winning the Conference Championship.
    For me, it’s all about the NCAA tournament. Hawaii has been dominated in either the 1st or 2nd round by excellent teams, many of them by Washington. The difference to me is that Hawaii cannot put the ball down consistenly on the 1st or even the 2nd set. And, the biggest difference is that we are not able to block at the net as well as the opponents. Teams like UW, the other Pac 12, Big Ten, Texas, etc. have all big people who have played a tougher schedule than us. They hit the ball harder than we do and they intimate and dominate us with the block. We can play well for a set or two but in the end we just get worn down and we tend to start making more mistakes and hitting out, etc. Anyway, that’s the trend I have seen all these years. Will this year be any different? I don’t know. We’ll have to see. I think Shoji knows this, but I’m not sure if he can do anything about it. It’s all about the players. Just look at the hitting percentages, and the blocking stats and you’ll tell who won. All I can say is I wish the team luck, lots of lots of luck.

  48. warriorfan November 18, 2015 7:57 pm

    Hawaii has nevert been dominated in the first round Derek, sorry get your facts straight.

  49. ALLAN November 18, 2015 8:20 pm


  50. Cindy Luis November 18, 2015 8:20 pm

    Guess I’m the only one taking the day off.
    but answer a few things
    Mitchem wasn’t on the trip, ergo wasn’t in the picture. Not like it’s an official team photo or anything. SID took the photo, added the BWC champions

    Mitchem is scheduled to see the doctor Monday and they’ll know more then. still has those pins in her finger.

    Cox has been with the team all year but I don’ believe he has been on a road trip until now. He is there at home games warming up the team so guess HCF you haven’t been at matches. If you read Jason Kaneshiro’s story on the Wahine condition (Oct. 22), Cox is mentioned. he’s not on staff, is a volunteer. Heffernan very busy with other UH teams such as football and basketball.

    45. wouldn’t call it coincidence. would call it recruiting. And the players on the team happen to be tall Has been no pun intended a growing trend in college volleyball Hawaii teams have been smaller, they’ve also had size, this year they have more size.

    47. Agree with WF. Hawaii has not been dominated in the first and second rounds. The one bad loss recently was to BYU in Honolulu.
    09: final four
    10. Swept at UW, second round
    11. Lost to USC in 5, 3rd round, regional that many nationally considered more like the final four.
    12. Lost at UW in 5, second round, had a swing at match point in Set 4
    13. Swept by BYU in HNL, second round
    14. Lost in 4 at UW in a poorly officiated match IMHO and where UH was the only ranked team that had to play a ranked team in the first round (Duke) n the entire tournament.

  51. Cindy Luis November 18, 2015 8:28 pm

    Top 25 Wednesday
    2. Washington def. Oregon State, 25-19, 25-10, 25-21
    3. Minnesota def. Maryland, 25-18, 25-17, 25-14
    31 Michigan def. 4 Penn State, 14-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-22
    5. Texas def. Baylor, 25-20, 25-18, 25-21
    8. Nebraska def. Indiana, 25-16, 15-19, 25-29
    10. Wisconsin def. 18 Illinois 25-22, 10-25, 25-22, 26-28, 15-12
    13. Colorado State def. UNLV, 25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 25-15
    15. Purdue def. Rutgers, 25-22, 25-12, 25-27, 26-24
    16. Ohio State def. Iowa, 25-14, 25-28, 25-219, 25-20
    25 Tecas A&M def. Kentucky, 25-23, 25-19, 26-24
    22. North Carolina def. NC State, 25-19, 25-16, 20-25, 25-14
    29 Millsour def. Arkansas 25-23, 25-18, 25-19.

  52. Maverick November 18, 2015 8:30 pm

    47,48. To follow up on warriorfan’s comment, it would be helpful to cite facts rather than let frustration with the past get the best of you. Since the 2009 final four season, UH’s finishes are as follows (year, opponent, sets for UH/against UH, round of match):

    2010, at Washington, 0-3, 2R
    2011, USC, 2-3, 3R
    2012, at Washington, 2-3, 2R
    2013, BYU, 0-3, 2R
    2014, at Washington, 1-3, 2R

    During this period, Hawaii has not lost before the second round. In 2010 and 2013, UH was truly dominated (last year, besides the second set, UH played poorly against Washington). In 2011, UH lost to a top 5 USC team in a loaded regional. And in 2012, UH had a swing to win it in 4 at Washington to fall in 5. The results in 2011 and 2012 could have easily gone UH’s way with a change in a point or two. Not exactly the level of domination suggested by your post. Moreover, this year UH has the height to compete with the Big10/Pac12 powers, and is the top blocking team in the nation (I can’t recall UH ever being #1 in blocks/set, even in a weaker conference like the WAC or Big West). And if you watched the UH-Florida 5-set match, it was Florida who appeared to wear down, not UH (and Florida has the height and firepower you mentioned). Last year, UH was 2-4 in 5-set matches, this year, 2-0. Clearly the team is finishing better. Based on all this, I think this year can be very different than the last two years. The only caveat is that as a probable unseeded team, UH could be put up against a top 5 team, and while UH will be competitive, it is difficult to say which team will win.

  53. Maverick November 18, 2015 8:31 pm

    50. I hate it when I inadvertently repeat another post.

  54. Maverick November 18, 2015 8:32 pm

    45, 50. Also, players are getting taller and taller. A lot more players 6’5″ and above getting high school honors.

  55. nomu November 18, 2015 9:09 pm

    Just wanted to acknowledge UC Davis and UCI. And Long Beach. Three good matches and looks like all three teams will be back stronger next year. Not to mention other teams who have also had some pretty good recruiting classes. Also, think CSF has a great coach and will look for good things in the future for that team. Still got two tough matches ahead before the tournament. How they do in the tournament will settle all the debate for me. Go bows!

  56. OrbitalRipZ November 18, 2015 9:49 pm

    Since the UC Davis match was Sunday, that match’s stats were already added to Monday’s RPI.

    Thus, for the Bows, it’s 1 down (Irvine) and 2 to go to affect next week’s last publicly released RPI before Selection Sunday. So now is the time to leave it all on the court. Now is the time to get the beast going. Now is the time to GIVE BLOOD.

    (As for some, stop hating on the setters. It is what it is. Neither is a Robyn Ah Mow-Santos, so don’t expect the set to be in the “sweet spot” all or even most of the time. Hitters just have to keep bettering the ball for the UH to go deep in the NCAA Championship and return Na Wahine back to the national volleyball conversation.)

    GO BOWS!

  57. Ron November 18, 2015 10:01 pm

    Just wanted to add to nomu’s statement about the teams getting better. The Big West is filled with some of the most desirable school to attend in the nation. UCI, UCD, UCSB, and CalPoly are in the top twenty schools of applications received. UCLA still is # one , receiving 112,000 apps. for 8000+ freshman slots. CalPoly had 55,000 apply for 5800+ slots . Davis had over 60,000 for about the same # of slots.It is even fairly difficult to get into LBS,Fullerton and North Ridge. The point being that these schools will draw in the better recruits as it gets more difficult to get in to any school and the Big West will prosper. Academically it is one of the top leagues in the Country right now .

  58. greenthumb November 19, 2015 1:06 am

    #11 and #30 … hoping we get pleasantly surprised Thursday with a working video link. I checked the Cal Poly coverage of the upcoming match again and there’s no change — still just a mention of stats and audio.

  59. Bleachercoach November 19, 2015 2:11 am

    Above all, it is great to hear everyone’s passion and comments on our team. Coach Shoji is our leader and whatever we comment just comes with the territory of the profession. All of our inputs of what different bloggers post and even TV analyst comment is pretty on cue. That is why social media can be useful or evil….There is many truths to it, many offense in it, and much judging can come from it. This is the “world” we live in today. At the end of all our posting and venting there are people that truly support the team no matter what!! I love Hawaii Women Volleyball from the beginning of Shoji’s career and I will never stop. Beyond the blogging, there is much LOVE in my heart for the girls and coaches. Amen

  60. menehune November 19, 2015 5:48 am

    58. Go to the Home Page of, scroll down to Schedule for November, 16-22, 2015.

    At the bottom is WVB, #8 Hawaii at Cal Poly, 7:00 PM

    Also shown at the far right: BigWestTV

    Hope this helps.

  61. noblesol November 19, 2015 5:53 am

    Video interview with Cal Poly Coach Crosson:

    One of the better coaches and programs in the BWC.

  62. H-Man November 19, 2015 6:31 am

    Dave has assembled a really, really good coaching staff and team. Why are people criticizing him so harshly?

  63. frings November 19, 2015 6:44 am


    A well thought out Federal antitrust lawsuit might bring about some parity. These Power Schools/Conferences need to be knocked down more than a peg or two.

  64. frings November 19, 2015 6:47 am

    #32 continued

    The pinheads from the NCAA sit in their headquarters in backassward Indiana coming up with ways to impede the non power conference schools in their athletic pursuits, all the while raking in the big bucks from the networks. The NCAA is a MONOPOLY, and a corrupt one at that. They need to be included as a defendant front and center in that lawsuit.

  65. connor November 19, 2015 7:31 am

    #62 We love our Wahine and want them to go far in the NCAA tournament. My observations as to Dave goes to what I have personally seen on the court and my thoughts on how the team can be improved: TMO’s passing has been a weak point and should be addressed but Dave persists in leaving her in. It is not only the service aces against her but the inconsistent passes even when she gets them. The good teams are going to serve 99% of the serves to her in the tournament. I really like Higgins but we do need KK’s blocking up front against the big teams.

    I am not an expert but after watching almost all of the home games live and in person, somethings are very obvious.

  66. AdmrVT November 19, 2015 7:36 am

    #55, 57. There will be at least 4 teams in contention next year. LBS adds 4, all over 6′, including a setter and a 6′-4″ MB from CHINA!. UCSB will add Megan Rice to Ruddins who was hurt often this year. Irvine will be improved as well, as Van Widden will be a soph. and also add talent. Then their is Cal Poly, who will have a veteran roster. Key for UH is how much Nikki, Maglio & Greeley can improve in the off-season, and finding a left-side with TMO’s graduation. Many of the developmental recruits coach gets make their biggest leaps between their soph. and jr. years (Maglio & Greeley). Hopefully, competition between Castillo, Granato and Sibley will find a gem.

    The Q for the BW is will they “play up” with better talent and improve everyone’s RPI.

  67. doug November 19, 2015 8:44 am

    Big West isn’t the Pac 12, but it surely is alot better then the wacky WAC.

  68. greenthumb November 19, 2015 8:51 am

    60, thanks, but the link on that page from the Big West site still errors out for me. I found an alternate path by way of the season schedule on the UH site to a page on the Cal Poly site. The TV link was added since yesterday morning. I bookmarked the following in hopes it works this afternoon. 🙂

  69. tongo November 19, 2015 9:23 am

    The Big West TV link to the match is now working and will bring you to the Cal Poly landing page – so streaming of match should be available. Driving up to Cal Poly and am excited to see Wahines play the Mustangs on their senior night.

  70. blunite November 19, 2015 9:27 am

    Hawaii will go as far as their passing (or lack thereof) takes them. TMO in serve receive simply reveals a lack of confidence in Granato’s passing. Almost all the recruits interviewed said that they wanted to come to UH for awhile. So the media (or lack thereof) has a great influence on Hawaii getting mainland recruits, tall or otherwise. Considering coach’s penchant for being sentimental, Iosia will probably red-shirt.

  71. greenthumb November 19, 2015 10:07 am

    69, hope you enjoy the match! And thanks for the on-the-scenes posts you’ve been sharing about the away games. Here’s wishing the Mustangs a nice senior night, but a W for the Wahine.

  72. Cindy Luis November 19, 2015 10:08 am

    53. me too.

    7o. guess i should be insulted by the ‘lack of media’ comment since Hawaii media covers the team like no other program in the country.
    Or perhaps I misinterpreted your comment. sorry if i did.

    Agree that the Big West will be better next year. Doubt if it will ever get back to a premier status just because of the odds stacked against it and the changing landscape of college volleyball

    Big West TV link will work (presumably) right before the match starts.

  73. Cindy Luis November 19, 2015 10:19 am

    70. wouldn’t say it’s a lack in confidence in Granato’s passing.
    How many times have you heard the coaches say they need Manu-Olevao on the court for what she brings, including the leadership. For whatever reason, she’s lost confidence again in her passing.

    Tongo, if you haven’t been to SLO before, you might not have the best cell reception up there. Radio often has problems as well.

    anyway, new thread up for Thursday

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