Hawaii 3, Wichita State 1

OSU coach Liskevych expects this to be a good game. Said Wichita State was a good team and agreed they were very unorthodox with their setter blocking middle.

no change in lineup for the Wahine

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  1. wildcard August 29, 2015 6:58 pm

    lets go bows!

  2. Maverick August 29, 2015 7:01 pm

    From the last thread, related to how poorly the Big West is doing. The pre-conference results largely determine conference strength from an RPI perspective. Big 10 is 33-7 (.825), Pac 12 is 29-2 (.935), and Big West is 10-14 (.417). Shouldn’t be a surprise when you see Big 10/Pac 12 dominating the RPI rankings later this year.

  3. z August 29, 2015 7:02 pm

    Lets Go Bows!!!!!

  4. H-Man August 29, 2015 7:05 pm

    Go Wahine !!!

  5. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 7:07 pm

    Wahine have changed their serving rotating back one with Kahakai serving first

  6. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 7:09 pm

    and they started Taylor at left.

  7. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 7:11 pm

    you can see the other adjustment from last night. Anderson serving and haTaylor right front instead of being right back.

  8. warriorfan August 29, 2015 7:19 pm

    WSU doesn’t really have any powerful hitters, UH just looks shaky.

  9. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 7:19 pm

    Shockers up 15-12 at the TTO. UH had been up 10-7.

  10. haleiwacrossfitter August 29, 2015 7:20 pm

    Yikes…where is our defense?

  11. wildcard August 29, 2015 7:20 pm

    wahine better get rolling. shoji may need to make some subs

  12. warriorfan August 29, 2015 7:22 pm

    Tai making up for some hitting errors with awesome serving. Loving Greeley this season so far, she is hitting smarter and harder.

  13. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 7:22 pm

    Two aces by Manu-Olevao and a kill by Greeley puts UH up 16-15 TO WSU

  14. wildcard August 29, 2015 7:23 pm

    tai is angry

  15. haleiwacrossfitter August 29, 2015 7:24 pm

    Love Greeley….would love to see her hit more straight down. She has the height and now the power. Love her on the court.

  16. warriorfan August 29, 2015 7:26 pm

    I think we need Mitchem in there. Maglio seems a bit tentative.

  17. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 7:27 pm

    see saw game goes back to WSU 20-18. TO UH.

  18. warriorfan August 29, 2015 7:27 pm

    I’d put in Granato in the backrow for Olevao right now.

  19. z August 29, 2015 7:28 pm


  20. warriorfan August 29, 2015 7:31 pm

    Good things seem to happen whenever Kendra is on the court.

  21. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 7:32 pm

    Koelsch in for one play, Higgings back for one, Koelsch now back. UH up 22-21. TO WSU. UH’s points have been on two hitting errors by Shockers and a kill from Manu-Olevao

  22. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 7:34 pm

    good rally, eventually won by WSU. impressed with their defense. Manu-Olevao blocked. it’s 23-23. TO UH

  23. Brandon August 29, 2015 7:35 pm

    Tai once again struggling.

  24. WaWa August 29, 2015 7:36 pm

    Why did he sub Koelsch out on S/R when last night she was clutch with her offensive plays?

  25. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 7:38 pm

    Shockers win 26-24. Higgins’ serve looked to be down. hard to determine by the replay. Didn’t care for the passing formation at the end. which had Taylor involved.

  26. warriorfan August 29, 2015 7:38 pm

    Horrible passing. Shoji needs to use his better passers ( granato) IMO and sub out Olevao or Taylor n the backrow.

  27. kkv3000 August 29, 2015 7:39 pm

    Why did he take out Koelsch
    terrible passing and blocking

  28. HawaiiMongoose August 29, 2015 7:39 pm


  29. warriorfan August 29, 2015 7:39 pm

    24. I would have kept Koelsch in as well.

  30. z August 29, 2015 7:39 pm

    WS just quicker so far. Our passing is killing us too.

  31. wildcard August 29, 2015 7:40 pm

    wahine needs to do better than that next set! they let that set get away??

    kahakai needs to be relieved as libero, whatever happened to her libero skills from the texas exhibition? make claire it.

  32. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 7:40 pm

    We’ll see if they adjust the lineup at all. Maybe move Taylor back to the right

  33. warriorfan August 29, 2015 7:42 pm

    Higgins is struggling tonight so far, hope she picks it up or try Koelsch.

  34. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 7:43 pm

    As for Manu-Olevao, WSU smart to serve her because it’s tough for her to get correctly set up for an attack.

  35. HawaiiMongoose August 29, 2015 7:44 pm

    Net serve by Tai. Not her night so far.

  36. Brandon August 29, 2015 7:49 pm

    Tai is not playing well At all.

  37. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 7:49 pm

    WSU on a 4-0 run, last on an ace off the net. 11-7. TO UH

  38. warriorfan August 29, 2015 7:50 pm

    ok not trying to be a hater, but the two team captains are struggling, big time, please make subs Dave.

  39. wildcard August 29, 2015 7:50 pm

    wahine need to valor up now! they do not want to down 2 sets to none.

  40. Maverick August 29, 2015 7:51 pm

    Not to pile on, but Manu-Olevao hitting .105 with three service errors and two receipt errors, the latter two stats leading the team. Definitely struggling.

  41. Islandvballer August 29, 2015 7:51 pm

    Honestly, I don’t think Tai is the answer out there. We’ve seen about 3 years of the same type of inconsistent play. Regardless of how we do with another OH, Dave should just start looking to someone else to start taking on this role as Tai is a senior with a very poor game.

  42. z August 29, 2015 7:52 pm

    Nikki using her sans shots.

  43. Beauston August 29, 2015 7:52 pm

    Hoping Shoji makes necessary adjustment before this set wnds. Nothing seems to be working. Hawaii’s OH and setter are both struggling.

  44. Kazu August 29, 2015 7:53 pm

    WSU out playing the Wahine. Everything going their way.

  45. CC August 29, 2015 7:56 pm

    Passing problems. Setting problems. Lots of work to do Na Wahine.

  46. kkv3000 August 29, 2015 7:56 pm

    wichita scores so easily

  47. haleiwacrossfitter August 29, 2015 7:56 pm

    Hawaii finally playing some volleyball!

  48. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 7:57 pm

    Or you could give WSU some credit. very quick offense. Taylor money on the right.

  49. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 7:57 pm

    Fayad finally blocked. UH up 17-15. TO WSU

  50. wildcard August 29, 2015 7:57 pm

    wahine keep this up!

  51. warriorfan August 29, 2015 7:59 pm

    ok Nikki willing UH, she is looking incredible.

  52. z August 29, 2015 8:00 pm

    Agree. Money.

  53. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 8:00 pm

    Taylor with 13 kills. She had 12 last night.

  54. warriorfan August 29, 2015 8:00 pm

    Nikki looks like her brother hitting the ball.
    Really hope Granato gets a chance to play for Olevao.

  55. haleiwacrossfitter August 29, 2015 8:01 pm

    I’m not sure what it is going to take for Tai to get replaced. It’s not gonna happen regardless of how inconsistent she is. She is our L1 this year…period.

  56. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 8:03 pm

    Taylor with her 14th. it’s 22-18. TO WSC. Lamb had tried to call a timeout before Granato’s last serve but didn’t get it called in time.

  57. z August 29, 2015 8:05 pm

    Our middles need to get up quicker.

  58. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 8:06 pm

    Mitchem was in for one play, Maglio back in. it’s 24-20.

  59. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 8:07 pm

    UH wins 25-20.

  60. warriorfan August 29, 2015 8:08 pm

    Higgins steadied out a bit , Tai not so much, Nikki saved UH.

  61. Maverick August 29, 2015 8:12 pm

    53. An injury? Not saying I want to see that happen, but more sarcastically as she doesn’t appear to be on a tight leash. I can’t remember the last time I saw a starting senior captain play so poorly all around. Definitely not meeting expectations. I still hope she turns things around, but we have a lot of depth not to make a change.

  62. haleiwacrossfitter August 29, 2015 8:13 pm

    Love Wichita’s defense. I remember when Hawaii played that type of defense.

  63. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 8:14 pm

    61. sarcastic or not very appropriate.

    BTW I am finding posts in pending that should be there. My guess is if you try to post too often and quickly it is triggering something in our filter

  64. kkv3000 August 29, 2015 8:15 pm

    wichita is a much better passing team so far

  65. Maverick August 29, 2015 8:16 pm

    63. I think you meant to say not very appropriate…you need to relax a bit.

  66. haleiwacrossfitter August 29, 2015 8:18 pm

    Weird to see Hawaii leading in digging. Doesn’t seem like it. It’s only by 1, but still leading.

  67. warriorfan August 29, 2015 8:22 pm

    I like Maglios blocking but she’s not much of an offensive threat. Would like Mitchem in there.

  68. haleiwacrossfitter August 29, 2015 8:23 pm

    I kind of wish Tai chose not to play on Sundays. It would give others a chance to earn her spot. I think she felt the heat and if she chose to not play on Sundays, she may have lost her spot in the line up. I don’t mean to say this to be mean, I really don’t. It’s just that Tai is a senior, there is no excuses this year. The only thing consistent is her inconsistencies. And it follows her whole game. Hitting, passing, serving. Come on Tai…prove me wrong, please!!

  69. z August 29, 2015 8:23 pm


  70. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 8:25 pm

    Manu-Olevao with the kill it’s 9-6. TO WSU.

  71. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 8:25 pm

    65. maybe you’re right but it was a very unkind thing to say.

  72. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 8:26 pm

    Hawaii has changed up its blocking scheme, adjusted pretty well. You’ll see Anderson coming in for Magill instead of Maglio.

  73. warriorfan August 29, 2015 8:28 pm

    Kahakai playing much better tonight.

  74. kkv3000 August 29, 2015 8:31 pm

    too many of higgins sets to magill are below the net, when she gets it up it is usually a point

  75. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 8:35 pm

    Huff in.

  76. z August 29, 2015 8:39 pm


  77. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 8:39 pm

    UH up 22-20 on a kill by Greeley and hitting error by WSU. TO WSU

  78. Maverick August 29, 2015 8:40 pm

    Lehman is the real deal. Second straight night hitting over .400 and she has 7 blocks. Monster game from her.

  79. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 8:42 pm

    UH wins 25-20. another nice serving run by Anderson.

  80. H-Man August 29, 2015 8:43 pm

    I don’t know how she did it, but Nikki Taylor got it done. She is tired.

  81. z August 29, 2015 8:43 pm

    Kalei, Savanah, Clare are doing it on defense.

  82. Maverick August 29, 2015 8:44 pm

    UH needs more kills from the rest of the team…Taylor is having a great night but she can’t do it alone, at least not for the rest of the season.

  83. John August 29, 2015 8:45 pm

    I hope Nikki has enough left in the gas tank.

  84. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 8:46 pm

    80. she’s 1 away from tying her career high.

    Granato remains in the back row to start Set

  85. warriorfan August 29, 2015 8:46 pm

    Hope Nikki keeps this pace up. She is on fire. Greeley is steady, and Magill is money when the sets are good, which unfortunately isn’t that much.

  86. John August 29, 2015 8:46 pm

    Girls can’t afford to let down now. Gotta come out strong in this set.

  87. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 8:48 pm

    6718 tickets. 5352 turnstile

  88. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 8:49 pm

    Taylor has tied her career high It’s 6-3

  89. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 8:50 pm

    WSU calls TO. IT’s 8-3

  90. z August 29, 2015 8:52 pm

    Just keep the ball away from Lehman.

  91. Pete Jek August 29, 2015 8:52 pm

    Here’s an idea: commit ALL blockers to the middle and let the outsides hit away.

  92. Maverick August 29, 2015 8:54 pm

    11 services errors. Making this match closer than it needs to be.

  93. warriorfan August 29, 2015 8:55 pm

    When the set is right Magill is unstoppable. Why is it so hard to get it right more often?

  94. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 8:58 pm

    eighth block by Hawaii makes it 14-7. TO WSU. That was the key adjustment when shutting down Fayad, when moving Taylor back to the right

  95. z August 29, 2015 9:01 pm

    Mags waiting too long. Got to get up quicker.

  96. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 9:02 pm

    Takes two and Magill still jumps early.

  97. z August 29, 2015 9:02 pm

    Annie has the right idea.

  98. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 9:06 pm

    Granato aced. it’s 21-16. TO UH

  99. z August 29, 2015 9:08 pm

    Granato can play.

  100. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 9:09 pm

    Taylor with a career high 23 at 22-16

  101. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 9:12 pm

    Wahine win 25-19. back later behave.

  102. warriorfan August 29, 2015 9:12 pm

    Nikki and Olivia MVPS tonight.

  103. H-Man August 29, 2015 9:18 pm

    This was a good match for the Wahine. I think they found their game tonight. Kahakai was a really steadying force tonight. Go Wahine !!!

  104. 10:E August 29, 2015 9:22 pm

    So glad UH pulled it together in the end. A bit frustrated with Tai, she seems to be super inconsistent in her playing throughout the years. Maybe she did have an off night, but truth be told, as someone mentioned earlier, it shouldn’t be THIS inconsistent in her senior year. Really happy that in the 4th game, Olivia worked the middle. If Higgins can get her sets a bit higher for Olivia, that would secure blocking assignments from the other team and possibly open up the pin hitters. Thoroughly enjoyed the blocking of Maglio, and the newbies coming in and contributing. Only a matter of time till they get used to each other and the wheels start rolling. Go bows!

  105. Gagau August 29, 2015 9:22 pm

    Blah blah…. Everyone always has negative stuff to say… The girls played better then they did last night… All of a sudden everyone is a professional volleyball player.. Watching volleyball and being a player is two different things…

  106. warriorfan August 29, 2015 9:23 pm

    Everyone hit over .250 except Olevao.
    I’d like to see more of Koelsch, Mitchem and Huff tomorrow personally.

  107. Maverick August 29, 2015 9:27 pm

    104. Correction, everyone except Manu-Olevao, Huff and Kahakai. The latter two had a combined 4 attempts. But your point is well taken.

  108. Mark August 29, 2015 9:46 pm

    wichita state copying japan’s formation i guess…using only 1 middle and 4 pin hitters with setter blocking in the middle…

  109. Willie August 29, 2015 9:54 pm

    Just back home from the SSC. 1st observation, gotta give props to #15 as she rebounded from last night and played a heck of a game. 2nd is that great adjustments made in the 3rd and 4th set to close down WSU outside attack. 3rd, I am not a coach and could not even hold Coach Shoji’s clip board. But why did it take 1 1/2 sets until he sat down #10? She had a bunch of service errors I think 4, could not receive well and hit poorly. Before you critical people rip my comments, it is only what I saw. 4th & final is that #3 played quite well for a freshman. Pau

  110. Gsky August 29, 2015 9:55 pm

    After watching for two nights, gotta say, Nikki Taylor is on another level…like her freshman year, but even better. Other than her, everyone else looks the same (sadly). Still poor connections between Taylor and Olivia…whether its setting too low or jumping too early lalala. Kahakai appears a bit slower than Mendez. I guess that’s why she wasn’t the libero last year. Granato looked confident coming in to hit after playing high school last year. Confidence like nervousness is contagious…Huff came in briefly, but not long enough to see how folks say she has improved. Main thing is they grinded out the win against a tough Shocker team. And that has to help in giving them some confidence. A lot of nerves these first two nights. Once they settle down and start to gel, they’re going to be a lot better.

  111. Kalalea August 29, 2015 10:02 pm

    Mahalo Tongo and Maverick for streaming info!

  112. warriorfan August 29, 2015 10:15 pm

    Positives tonight, Olivia and Nikki obviously.
    Maglio played less tentative as the match went on.
    Kahakai and Greeley were solid passing wise and Granato too aside from getting aced at the end of set 4.

    Also the dutch player for the warriors is on the island. Hope he turns out to be a good one.

  113. oldtimer808 August 29, 2015 10:21 pm

    Good win for the Wahines. I just enjoy reading all these comments on what our coach should do. Unless you’re in the gym with these young ladies everyday you’ll never know how ready some of these girls are for the actual games. The season is young and I trust that our coaches know more than we do.

  114. tongo August 29, 2015 10:23 pm

    # You are welcome!

  115. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 10:27 pm

    108. Mendoza was the libero for most of the season. They liked Kahakai but she got injured and missed seven matches, ended up in brace and was lot slower.
    Disagree when you say everyone looks the same. Greeley has much more pop all the ball, although she continues to rely on that cross court deep roll shot.
    Higgins’ setting is better, Magill is getting up quicker and staying out of the net.

    The concern should be Manu-Olevao. I think she stayed in as long as she did because she has tended to play herself out of funks in the past. She didn’t tonight.

    It’s only the second game and they will continue to re-evaluate who plays and what the substitution patterns are. Shoji said Anderson has earned the DS spot but that he hoped to use Guinasso and Ponce Sunday. He thought Granato played well.

  116. Ron August 29, 2015 10:27 pm

    Great match to watch on TV. Has Cris M. ever criticized or said a bad word about anyone? He seems to be the nicest man alive. We saw a lot of improvement tonight from almost every one. I worry about Nikki taking so many swings but they are beautiful to behold. Tomorrow we face a team that is built more like ours. It will be like a heavy-weight boxing match. I hope we will get the opportunity to see more of the back-ups in action down the line. Very enjoyable win.

  117. tongo August 29, 2015 10:33 pm

    #111 Totally agree! It is a process and not a sprint. You don’t build a team by jumping from player to player – that only works in fantasy sport games. Dave is working through the process – but some just need instant gratification.

  118. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 10:33 pm

    Chris is Mr. Positive and after his health scare a few years ago seems more mellow-er than ever.
    It was a good test for the Wahine and while they may have waited too long to pull Manu-Olevao, they made the right adjustments when moving the block and did seem to tire WSU’s OHs.

  119. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 10:35 pm

    Top 25 2scores from tonight courtesy RichKern
    1) Penn State def. Stony Brook 25-13, 25-13, 25-20
    1) Penn State def. Villanova 25-20, 25-23, 25-21
    3) Texas def. UC Irvine 25-13, 25-7, 26-24
    3) Texas def. LSU 25-12, 25-22, 25-21
    4) Florida def. James Madison 25-16, 32-30, 25-18
    5) Nebraska def. Grand Canyon 25-21, 25-8, 25-11
    5) Wisconsin def. Colgate 25-20, 27-25, 25-8
    5) Wisconsin def. College of Charleston 25-15, 25-15, 25-20
    5) Nebraska def. Pittsburgh 25-9, 25-20, 27-29, 25-19
    7) North Carolina lost to BYU 27-25, 19-25, 17-25, 24-26
    7) North Carolina def. Chicago State 25-20, 25-9, 25-8
    8) Illinois def. Creighton 25-22, 25-20, 25-17
    8) Illinois def. Miami-OH 25-11, 25-18, 25-22
    9) Florida State def. San Diego 25-16, 25-21, 25-20
    9) Florida State lost to Colorado 20-25, 25-17, 27-25, 21-25, 12-15
    10) Washington def. Boise State 25-15, 25-23, 25-19
    10) Washington def. Portland State 25-12, 25-19, 25-13
    11) BYU lost to USC 23-25, 22-25, 22-25
    11) BYU def. North Carolina 25-27, 25-19, 25-17, 26-24
    12) Colorado State def. Northern Iowa 25-19, 25-16, 25-18
    12) Colorado State def. UC Davis 25-21, 25-19, 25-17
    13) Oregon def. St. Johns 25-12, 25-19, 25-22
    13) Oregon def. Navy 25-11, 25-21, 25-15
    14) Ohio State def. South Dakota 25-13, 25-11, 25-22
    14) Ohio State def. Butler 25-15, 26-24, 25-18
    15) Kentucky def. Arkansas-Little Rock 25-23, 25-14, 25-22
    15) Kentucky def. IUPUI 25-23, 25-17, 25-21
    16) Arizona State def. Air Force 25-23, 25-13, 25-17
    16) Arizona State def. New Mexico State 22-25, 25-22, 25-18, 20-25, 15-7
    17) Arizona def. Texas State 25-5, 25-22, 25-13
    17) Arizona def. Abilene Christian 25-13, 25-16, 25-12
    19) Michigan State def. Arkansas-Little Rock 25-22, 26-24, 25-20
    19) Michigan State def. IUPUI 25-18, 25-18, 25-19
    20) UCLA def. Virginia 25-19, 25-21, 25-16
    21) Iowa State def. North Dakota 20-25, 25-15, 25-20, 26-24
    21) Iowa State lost to Marquette 20-25, 21-25, 24-26
    22) USC def. Chicago State 25-17, 25-15, 25-19
    22) USC def. BYU 25-23, 25-22, 25-22
    23) Utah def. Cal State Northridge 25-20, 25-18, 25-8
    23) Utah lost to Lipscomb 19-25, 30-28, 23-25, 23-25
    24) Colorado def. Oklahoma 20-25, 25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 15-8
    24) Colorado def. Florida State 25-20, 17-25, 25-27, 25-21, 15-12
    25) Duke lost to Long Beach State 17-25, 26-24, 25-17, 21-25, 11-15
    26) Long Beach State def. Duke 25-17, 24-26, 17-25, 25-21, 15-11

  120. Cindy Luis August 29, 2015 10:41 pm

    Shoji did say that this will be a good win for the RPI because he didn’t think The Shockers will lose many more games.

  121. Maverick August 29, 2015 10:45 pm

    108. Greeley hitting for higher percentage and much harder than last year. Maglio is now a starter and had a very good game. Passing can be challenging at times but still an improvement over last year. Don’t need to harp on Manu-Olevao. Clearly the team has room to improve. Perhaps people’s expectations were too high to begin with, based on reports from training camp. IMHO, I think we should reserve judgment until after the Florida match. We are only two matches in and there is a lot of rust and newbies out there. Give it some time. But I understand the frustration…

  122. Maverick August 29, 2015 10:45 pm

    120. Totally agree. Big boost.

  123. Maverick August 29, 2015 10:56 pm

    118. I remember the times a couple of years ago when UH would play bigger teams, particularly in the tournament and then run out of gas at the end. Now that Na Wahine have size and physicality, perhaps they will continue to tire out their competition. Florida will be a good test.

  124. blunite August 29, 2015 11:44 pm

    Good turn around by Kahakai, hope she can maintain focus. Main concern is L1. Huff is inexperienced and will need time to become proficient. Mitchum might be the best option right now, since she is a 6 rotation player who can pass. Nikki will see a double block every game, until we get major production at L1. UH should play Mitchum now, she only has one more year!

  125. jkjones August 30, 2015 12:08 am

    By some fluke of magic the dynamic duo of Misconnection, Tayler Higgins and Olivia Magill have produced 25 kills on 49 attempts for a .408 hitting average.
    They own the middle.
    The key to making a play in the middle work is the height of the ball set and the timing of the jump by the middle hitter. But, Magill and Higgins whiff more than they connect. Hiigins often sets a low ball or Magill jumps too soon.
    Strangely, their misconnection has turned into gold and has produced a hybird shot. That is the Rainbow-Missile shot.
    The result of a cunning combination of lacking height on the set by Higgins and mistiming the jump by Magill. Both swear they have worked to death to perfect the play over the middle. It just wasnt meant to be.
    You never know what will come out of Magill’s hand when she leaps in the air to find Tayler’s ball–a rainbow or a rocket. My wife calls it clever folly. I dont know whether to laugh or cry when she says that. TV play by play says the set by Higgins is not high enough, yet others say Magill jumps too early.
    Scary when Olivia gets the ball she wants…and the duo connect. She can launch a heat seeking missile that will knock down defenders. Yet, more often than not when they both misconnect– the ball weirdly pops up behind Magill’s swing, over the block and lands, unannounced on the teraflex at the feet of unsuspecting and sheepish looking defenders. Most time the announcers say opps she wiffed…NO, great play. And that is the magic–you never know.
    I doubt very much if either will ever get it straight despite what they say. Can you imagine the other team trying to prepare for the Higgins-Magill play. They will need a shield and a net to block the shot. Look, if it works dont fix it. This is one play that works when it is done right or wrong 🙂

  126. Maverick August 30, 2015 12:10 am

    124. Don’t think you are going to see this happen. Mitchem hasn’t practiced at OH and she is still learning UH’s system, not to mention Division I speed and competition. Plus moving her would leave UH thin at middle with only two healthy players. Huff needs the reps and I’d like to see her more often. I’d also like to see what Castillo can do. I don’t think Granato is the long-term answer in front, but is good for passing. If Manu-Olevao can’t turn things around, then this will be a difficult decision.

  127. Hot August 30, 2015 12:23 am

    121. Agree. No need to harp on Olevao. She isn’t consistent. She isn’t in the same mold of dominant OHs in UH’s history who can make something decent out of trash sets. But the unfortunate possibility is that she could be the best there is for UH now. Maybe Shoji is wary of putting his freshmen OHs in this early. The role that Olevao plays receives a lot of imperfect sets, so Shoji may be slowly easing his freshmen OHs in. It’s a good thing he put Granato in vs. Wichita State at all.

  128. blunite August 30, 2015 12:57 am

    Tomorrow is Sunday, and if Tai chooses not to play then UH will have no choice.

  129. H-Man August 30, 2015 3:54 am

    I think Dave will move Huff to OH because he inserted Mitchem as the third middle and he’ll probably go with three the rest of the season unless Burns is ready to play and contribute. Keeping Huff in the middle doesn’t make sense.

  130. Amosilatus August 30, 2015 4:55 am

    125. Thanks. That’s hilarious!

  131. Hot August 30, 2015 6:18 am

    129. I think Cindy has mentioned before that Huff has been training as an OH/OPP since her freshman season. I don’t think they’re looking at her as a middle blocker anymore. She’s the No. 2 Opposite behind Nikki Taylor.

  132. Hot August 30, 2015 6:20 am

    I don’t know if this has been mentioned before, but I noticed that they made some changes in the position designation in the online roster.

    Nikki Taylor and Megan Huff are now listed as Opposites.
    All the middle blockers are now middle hitters. I know some were listed as middle blockers before.

  133. islandman August 30, 2015 7:13 am

    Higgins had a lot of digs – 16. Kahakai 13, Nikki 11 & Greeley 10. WSU’s Mostrom had 23.
    The Totals for the Blocks & Digs.on the UH website box score are reversed.

  134. Cindy Luis August 30, 2015 7:32 am

    124. Mitchem WAS a 6 rotation player at the JC level. She has about 10 practices under her belt at this level and is just getting used to playing front row. She is not the best option at the moment. She is a middle and Huff is RS. Likely the better option is to move Taylor to LS and Huff to RS because that is where Huff has been practicing.

  135. Cindy Luis August 30, 2015 7:40 am

    125. How sad that you see this as a fluke which undermines that it was successful. Neither has ‘sworn’ that they’ve worked to death to get it practice. They have worked a lot at it because they realize it needed to be better. They are two games into their second year together.
    Sometimes it is a low set, sometimes it is jumping early. sometimes both happens. That Magill has the hang time she does has allowed for some contact, which i guess you are considering a whiff.

    134. will let UH know. they were having major computer problems at the end of Set 4 last night, obvious to those on game tracker

  136. blunite August 30, 2015 8:12 am

    As someone else mentioned, the left side sets are inconsistent and Huff can be considered a “freshman” hitter (very little playing time last year). Last year Shoji tried Taylor at L1 (for the whole game) against San Francisco and the results were mediocre. Playing Huff is a decision of patience because she needs experience. I would not start her against Oregon State, but against a weaker team. Pestolesi played Annie at 2 positions at the same time, Shoji can do the same. The girl is experienced and already knows the basics of the OH. Forget what the girls tell you (a reporter), when one is not playing an excuse is needed.

  137. Gsky August 30, 2015 8:30 am

    Gotta say, Lehman (?) the middle for Wichita State is a killing machine. She was definitely their terminator like Nikki was for us. The setting and connection their setter had with her was spot on over and over all night. She’s like what 6’5″ or something and she impacts the ball at the top of her swing so it’s good night every time (pretty much).

  138. islandman August 30, 2015 8:55 am

    135. Thanks. Also, the newspaper box score had the WSU total for the Digs listed under the BA column. The UH totals look okay.

    137. Lehman is listed at 6-3.

  139. connor August 30, 2015 9:25 am

    Tai had 7 serving errors in two matches, many block shots and hits into net, and horrible passing. Dave finally saw the handwriting on the wall last night and pulled her. we need someone who will not hurt momentum in match at the left side along with greeley.

  140. mei mei August 30, 2015 10:02 am

    overall give uh B+/A- they fought back and at times came from behind in some sets… glad to see Granato in and Huff! Granato in for TMO did make a difference.

    Greeley is truly an unsung hero…. she passes and digs back there and made great kills!

    good to see kahakai pick up her game as well.
    Anderson is stellar as well!

    looking forward to tonight!! Go Na Wahine!!

  141. CC August 30, 2015 10:07 am

    I would like to see the middles diversify the attack. None seem to run the slide. Work in progress.

  142. AdmrVT August 30, 2015 10:14 am

    All the “frustrations” (for lack of a better term) aside being expressed, keep in mind that TMO was chosen by her TEAMMATES as captain. Despite each individual fan’s opinions and feelings, they are searching for their identity and chemistry. It is a work in progress. Simply benching her will not get them there. In fact, it likely will disrupt it.

    #141. Although Magill has worked on it, the slide is not in her repertoire. Maglio can hit the slide, but you need a good pass to run it. Mitchem can and is reportedly proficient at it.

    And for those that want Nikki at LOH, she is much more effective as an OPP, as it allows her to hit at different angles that on the left. For some reason, she seems to get more errors or hits into the block more on the left.

  143. blunite August 30, 2015 10:19 am

    The L1 can get kills in many different ways: dink, roll, high hands, off the outside blocker, and lastly, going through the block. Going through the block is undoubtedly the lowest percentage shot. UH coaches would do well to inform the OHs; especially since Oregon State can put up a formidable block.

  144. connor August 30, 2015 10:27 am

    With all due respect #142, being named captain does not mean one should be starting or playing if one is hurting the team. I watched in person TMO first two matches and she has hurt team momentum with unforced errors, bad serving (7 errors already) and bad passing. she needs to sit and try to get her game together. Dave should not play her simply because she is a senior or a captain.

  145. wildcard August 30, 2015 10:40 am

    101. behave? nows our chance! lets have all you volleytalk bloggers run rampant here! (sorry late post)

    summary of last night. savannah needs to improve her libero skills, whatever happened to them vs texas in the spring exhibition? its not that she cant defend against or dig up balls, but also passing them to the setter in the process. she got better later in the game but however her passing to setter was still noticeably shaky.
    tai needs to increase her caliber or velocity so to sunder or penetrate through the block. she also needs to keep her toss during her serve more steady. i suppose consider her jump serves lucky in set 1 but considering that was lost, thats a waste of her glory. but anyways tai just had an off game from ok to worse, big deal right? she had mckenna to make up for this later.
    nikki is the queen tiger of na wahine. perhaps she can use her cannon to terrify opponents more.
    so much for taylers sets to olivia right? tayler needs more work, shes better, but still needs more work. however, despite the set too low or liv jumps too early/high, liv does ‘float’ up there just enough to make it happen. liv is like a cat creature – a pretty special kine of beast.
    emily got better tonight, though shes better as armor blocking than offensively. no middle did step outs so thats something dave needs to setup for tonight.
    kalei is steadying her gun, nice match.
    mckenna is a sturdy or rather fierce player. other than she got aced in the last set, (bound to happen right? dont forget emily hartong got aced plenty.) mckenna was pretty much the only one defending against that serve while others didnt seem to notice. she doesnt seem to be the long term solution to L1 for now, but her better role was basically her passing and serving being spot on. i think the latter i dont recall her missing her serve.
    claire is a steady designated server, theres no indication of her missing her serve any time soon and besides that she seems alert to defend against the ball, i say she can be libero in place of savannah if dave needs be. savannah after all was a prolific outside hitter for high school while claire was a prolific libero for the buffnblu.

    132. yes, i mentioned it in previous thread. middle blockers olivia and emily are now middle hitters (plan to counter russ roses ‘middle hitter’ philosophy.)

  146. wildcard August 30, 2015 10:49 am

    im curious why the ‘fans’ in the ssc dont all yell ‘boom’ when wahine spin servers hit the ball. i mean shake up the opponent right? pac 12 uw did it. during last years championship, they did it for micah hancock. so im assuming dominant ‘power 5’ conferences do that.

  147. Cubicle1126 August 30, 2015 11:08 am

    two teams that hawaii will see in the next couple of weeks … florida playing at american right now. match is tied 1 apiece. at intermission right now.

    here’s the link to the free video: http://campusinsiders.com/network/patriot_league/live

  148. islandman August 30, 2015 11:12 am

    I think Tai received 19 serves, had 2 RE’s. I’m not an expert, but that’s not bad ? Greeley received 19 with 0 errors. Granato received 11 with 1 error, Kahakai 23 with 0 errors.
    ( What is ” O ” in the HTML stats under “Receptions” ?

  149. Cubicle1126 August 30, 2015 11:16 am

    last night was a grind, and it was great to see players step up. great matches by taylor and magill. nice to see kahakai raise her game. greeley seemed to be playing with some extra emotion last night.

    give wichita st credit — they run a funk offense. few teams at this level will funnel their offense through the middle. and lehman was fantastic for them. they’re missing just one or two outside hitters who can match her output. but wsu is going to be great for hawaii’s RPI.

    olevao might be struggling under the weight of expectation. let’s not forget, no matter how much fans expect of the players, the players expect way more of themselves. but olevao’s inconsistency may be her undoing this year. there’s too many quality recruits/players on the bench waiting in the wings if a start doesn’t step up. and playing “just consistent enough” may not cut it, especially if others can offer more.

    it’s always tough to sit an underclassman for a freshman, but if it’s for the good of the team, you gotta do it. here’s hoping it’s handled with humility for all involved.

  150. Cubicle1126 August 30, 2015 11:19 am

    islandman — i think you gotta look at more than just the stats. olevao started to struggle passing, and was being targeted during critical moments late in the sets, as wsu attempted to make runs at hawaii. in set 3 in particular, she was a front row hitter, and was struggling to put up a decent pass and then was being set and couldn’t terminate. so she was taken out of the serve receive pattern at that point.

  151. Cindy Luis August 30, 2015 11:23 am

    The middles all have the slide in their skill set. Magill doesn’t think she’s effective at it. Maglio tried it once at the end of Set 1 Friday and set went pretty far behind Higgins on the stepout and didn’t connect, which is why it showed 0 hitting errors in that set. Mitchem will remind many of Bown when she uses it.

  152. tongo August 30, 2015 11:23 am

    #142 I second that. Am so glad that Dave is still guiding the ship. The ship is being maneuvered in a disciplined approach but the speed boat club wants instant changes and gratification. It makes for entertaining reading.

  153. Cindy Luis August 30, 2015 11:27 am

    150. good observation. think i had mentioned that as well last night. It’s what teams did when targeting Hartong, Danielson, etc. . you try to take that hitter out of the option to hit when making them pass and then have to set up for the attack. These players are somewhat penalized for being good passers and are asked to do a lot.
    Thread getting too long. I’ll put up a new one in a minute

  154. warriorfan August 30, 2015 11:32 am

    Watching Stanford, they look very beatable without Inky.

  155. Cubicle1126 August 30, 2015 11:37 am

    cindy — i think the difference is that hartong and danielson were the type of player who could handle the pressure of having to pass and immediately hit.
    olevao, for all her improvement, is not at that level unfortunately. at least, not able to do that on a consistent basis.

    danielson especially was able to fulfill that role. she wasn’t the type of player to ever hide on serve-receive. danielson was probably one of the best passers to step into a wahine uniform.

    hartong’s passing sometimes broke down and/or was targeted, but she was such a great attacker, that she could often hit her way out of a tough situation.

  156. Cindy Luis August 30, 2015 11:38 am

    new thread up for Sunday AM.

    Yes that was a big loss for them

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