Borden return? … Volleyball opens season

This time, UH is awaiting good news from the NCAA.

UH has petitioned the NCAA for a waiver that would enable Kawika Borden to return as a sixth-year senior in 2015. The argument is considered to be strong because Borden missed the 2012 and 2014 seasons because of situations that were “out of his control” — a main criteria for waiver approval. Borden did not play last season because of sports hernia.

Borden is valued as a long-snapper (he did not make an errant snap in 82 punt attempts in 2013; a strong safety, nickelback or outside linebacker; and on punt and kickoff units. In 2013, he made six tackles on kickoffs and four on punt coverages. What’s more, he forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles on punts. In a unique sequence, he forced a fumble that was recovered by a teammate, who then fumbled, with Borden recovering that second fumble.

Borden is a workout freak who probably is the Warriors’ strongest defensive back.

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The volleyball Warriors open their season with tonight’s match against Stevens Institute of Technology. First serve is at 7:05 p.m. Here’s the skinny:

> This is Charlie Wade’s sixth season as head coach. He received a two-year extension the past summer after his initial five-year contract expired several months earlier.

> The projected opening rotation includes six players with starting experience: Middles Taylor Averill and Davis Holt, left-side hitter Siki Zarkovic, opposite Brook Sedore, setter Jennings Franciskovic, and libero Kolby kanetake. If Punahou graduate Kupono Fey starts at the second left-side spot, he would be the third locally raised player in the lineup. Holt is a graduate of Maryknoll School and Kanetake is a Moanalua High alumnus.

> Middle blocker Vaughn Wellenreiter and setter Alex Jones transferred from Cal State Northridge. Wellenreiter has two seasons of eligibility remaining. This is Jones’ last NCAA season. Jones, who earned a bachelor’s degree at C-SUN, is taking graduate classes at UH. Jones was voted one of four co-captains.

> The other UH captains are Averill, left-side hitter Scott Hartley and libero Garrett Komisarek.

> Stevens, located across the Hudson from New York City, is a top academic school specializing in engineering, computer science, pre-med and pre-law. Of Stevens’ 17 players on the roster, 16 receive full scholarships (valued at $59,000). One player pays under $10,000 annually. Stevens averages 25 victories each of the past several seasons.


  1. Boolakanaka January 3, 2015 9:14 am

    No complain y’all, was about 35 degrees this morning when I walked the boola dog.

  2. Stephen Tsai January 3, 2015 9:18 am

    We were in the dark last night.
    Wind blew, power went out.
    Power went back on, wind blew, power went out again.

  3. Boolakanaka January 3, 2015 9:21 am

    Ahhh. Good night for a large pour of bourbon, a big bowl of jook and a fav book.

  4. A-house January 3, 2015 9:24 am


    only good thing with the power out was go to bed early – power back on about 1:30 am in the valley

  5. 3-Prong January 3, 2015 9:33 am

    boo: Thanks for the flashback on the first one. The second one was da young guys. Ahhh, where you get this stuff! Da Monarch Allen Deaguiar was my roomie at Linfield. If anyone knows where he is let me know I’ve been trying to find him.

  6. hatakeman January 3, 2015 9:55 am

    Nice to get Kawika Borden back for another season. But more corners are sorely needed. So what’s happening with recruiting?

  7. Stephen Tsai January 3, 2015 9:57 am

    Nothing will happen until visits in two weeks.

  8. jm2375 January 3, 2015 9:58 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Congrats to the Wahine on their win yesterday.

    Go Warriors! Hope to see all of you tonight!

  9. pollypicador January 3, 2015 10:02 am

    Google NCAA mens volleyball.

    Read the part where 4.5 scholarships are the cap for D-1&D-2 mens volleyball.

    So my question how does Stevens award 16?

  10. hatakeman January 3, 2015 10:05 am

    Cameron Hayes, sign with Hawaii !!!

  11. hatakeman January 3, 2015 10:06 am

    ST, thanks for update Just anxious about recruiting.

  12. Andrew January 3, 2015 10:09 am

    Looks like this could be Wade’s most talented team yet. Especially since many of the other MPSF team last season were senior heavy, this could be a big payoff year for him

  13. jm2375 January 3, 2015 10:20 am

    Pollypicador – I’m guessing they’re either academic and/or financial aid scholarships. Don’t think D3 award athletic scholarships.

  14. Z January 3, 2015 10:24 am

    Wow must be tough being number 17.

  15. Abunai January 3, 2015 10:25 am


    Are you saying he will or are you hoping he does?

  16. Boolakanaka January 3, 2015 10:54 am

    Speaking of monarchs –people forget, well us old guys, that folks like Joey Desa and Vern Ramie, were all state in both football and baseball. I think even Keoni Jardine played on the diamond. And for that matter, who could forget Joey Meyer…??? ( blast from the past, huh??!!)

  17. SteveM January 3, 2015 11:02 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Hoping for good news on Kawika Borden.

    Brrrrr…what month is this? We got Feb/March cold and April kite-flying winds….

  18. Boolakanaka January 3, 2015 11:03 am

    3 prong– one last old school one for you:

  19. tom January 3, 2015 11:33 am


  20. jojo January 3, 2015 12:49 pm

    How’s the random rain? See you at the game tonight!!

  21. islandman January 3, 2015 12:56 pm

    That $59,000 is for one year, i think.

  22. leron January 3, 2015 2:56 pm

    Speaking of Joey Meyer, a great read from just last month;

  23. Kapahulu January 3, 2015 3:23 pm

    Thanks for the link to the great story about Joey Meyer. I used to enjoy watching him bat for UH Baseball. Every time he stepped to the plate, you had the feeling that he could hit one out of the park. The bat always looked so small in his hands.
    I remember when he hit that 582 foot Home Run. Reading this article was really a treat for me. I’m looking forward to sharing this with friends.

  24. Ipu Man January 3, 2015 4:05 pm

    With Kawika Borden excelling in all he did for UH, it is no wonder he
    suffered a hernia. Hope the best for him, health and future. 🙂

  25. Ipu Man January 3, 2015 4:07 pm

    So Boola…instead of reading a book, maybe you should write one.
    It would be pretty interesting, no? 🙂

  26. Boolakanaka January 3, 2015 6:10 pm

    Ipu man– the unfortunate thing is I would have to edit and censor large portion. For instance, I would have to edit the late tonight I spent drinking many green bottles with the previously mentioned Joey Meyer at Femme Nu, and then the orgy of sushi afterwards….circa 1985.

  27. Boolakanaka January 3, 2015 6:30 pm

    3 prong– DeAugiar is in Kealakekua, HI.

  28. BigWave96744 January 3, 2015 6:54 pm

    Kawika is a great guy to have around, even when the everything around is negative. He is following in the path of many other local walkons who are stoked to be on the team and are over achievers in practice & in the weightroom.

  29. 3-Prong January 3, 2015 7:47 pm

    Thanks boo, that’s all I could google up too.

  30. Fei Jai January 3, 2015 10:10 pm


    Those who can, do; those who cannot, they teach.

  31. leron January 3, 2015 10:59 pm

    Kapahulu; no problem. As interesting as that article was, it probably pales in comparison to Boola’s Femme Nu adventures

  32. Boolakanaka January 4, 2015 5:13 am

    Coach Chow on the front page of the Sunday New York Times, see:

  33. Boolakanaka January 4, 2015 5:29 am

    Fen Jai–is that so? What I also hear, is that for those without olos, they stay in tutu’s basement, never ever doing something in life, hiding behind fake names and even worse, fake courage…

  34. Shoko January 4, 2015 6:19 am

    Rest in peace, Stuart Scott. He will be greatly missed.

  35. Boolakanaka January 4, 2015 6:47 am

    Mr. Scott-RIP. Great tribute and write up by ESPN on him–see,

  36. oneseason January 4, 2015 8:28 am

    Exciting Rainbow Warrior MVB match last night. SIT was fun to watch. Luckily, the RW’s adjusted to the SIT gameplay by the end of the first set.

    While not previously a fan of Ben Jay’s decision to move all the fans into the lower section, the higher fan density did seem like a better experience.

    Next up … Outrigger Invitational … Let’s go Bows!

  37. Ipu Man January 4, 2015 8:45 am

    Thanks Boolakanaka. Great NY Times write up.

  38. Stephen Tsai January 4, 2015 9:15 am

    New post:

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