Catch the Waves (and Warriors)

Here are the reasons why tonight’s Pepperdine-Hawaii showdown is a must-watch volleyball match:

> The standings: Hawaii (10-2) and Pepperdine (9-2) are in a four-way cluster at the top of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. UC Irvine is first at 12-2. BYU and UH are tied for second.

> Rivalry: This will be the 71st meeting between the teams, which includes UH’s victory in the 2002 national title game. UH later forfeited the title — maybe. The NCAA reportedly has not removed UH’s name from the plaque. By the way, the title banner was last seen in Rich Sheriff’s desk drawer.

> The stars: Punahou alumnus Josh Taylor, the brother of Rainbow Wahine Nikki Taylor, and Parker Kalmbach, the MPSF’s kill leader, are the Waves’ 1-2 punch. UH middle Taylor Averill might be the nation’s best all-around volleyball player.

> The Hall of Famer: Pepperdine’s Marv Dunphy — Dr. Dunphy (he has a doctorate degree) — has led the Waves to a championship in four different decades. He has been on the coaching staff for six Olympics. He is a professor at Pepperdine. And he is a member of two volleyball Hall of Fames.

> Tense situation: They are the Waves. Plural. They’re not confusing like Heat, Thunder, Cardinal, Jazz, and so forth.


  1. seewhy March 6, 2015 8:46 am

    Good morning, Tsaikos!

  2. seewhy March 6, 2015 8:48 am

    Really looking forward to tonight’s match-up. Keep that 6 match win streak going!

  3. jm2375 March 6, 2015 9:29 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Looking forward to an epic match tonight.
    I predict that ST will not make his deadline tonight. 😆

    Off-topic: as a Georgetown fan, I love that Syracuse & Boeheim got their okoles handed to them.

  4. Stephen Tsai March 6, 2015 9:33 am

    I wonder if this knocks off some of Boeheim’s victories toward his overall record.

  5. Stephen Tsai March 6, 2015 9:36 am

    So Boeheim cheats, and is forced to vacate victories, except the national title.
    This reminds me of the ban on plastic bags. They’re banned, except for the dry-cleaning bags and produce/meat bags. But if you’re going to toss any bags, you’re tossing the dry-cleaing and produce/meat bags.
    Or how about it’s illegal to hold a cell device while driving. But it’s OK to eat or drink while driving?

  6. jm2375 March 6, 2015 9:40 am

    ST – Syracuse has to vacate wins during the seasons they used ineligible players.

    The sanction put Boeheim’s career win total in jeopardy. Boeheim is currently No. 2 all-time in wins with 966 behind only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski. That official number is set to drastically decline. The investigation will cost Boeheim 108 career victories, according to That would drop him to No. 6 all-time in wins. According to the NCAA’s report, Syracuse used ineligible players during the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.

  7. jm2375 March 6, 2015 9:42 am


  8. Willie March 6, 2015 9:52 am

    Double standard typically applies if you are not from a power conference. Questionable and border line interpretations caused UH Men’s Volleyball to vacate its National Title under Wilton.

  9. jeezy33 March 6, 2015 10:23 am

    Is Hawaii visiting any recruits t his weekend? Looks like DT Howard Houston visiting Louisiana instead

  10. Andrew March 6, 2015 10:30 am

    Baseball Bows beat Baylor 2-1 in Texas

  11. islandman March 6, 2015 10:41 am

    What about Roy Williams’ victories ? The paper classes go back even to the latter part of Dean Smith’s career at N. Carolina, i read.

  12. hitman March 6, 2015 10:41 am

    aloha good morning everyone !! happy aloha friday everyone !!
    mans and ladys basketball games and mans volleyball game this weekend !!
    mans vb & ladys bb teams are on a roll !! mans basketball try to get that 20th win !!
    let go bow !!

  13. beans March 6, 2015 10:43 am

    All this stuff about plastic bags. How many bags do you really see blowing in the wind? Overkill because of a few careless people. Put the onus on the few not the mass. Stupid law. We are taking a step backward.
    On another subject……If you want to know what Benjy is thinking, just ask him. He’ll tell you. I like it!

  14. pollypicador March 6, 2015 11:03 am

    Re-Is next years football schedule going to conflict (again) with women’s volleyball?

    During the 2014 (IIRC) the two cash cows played on the same dates and times twice, creating a situation where some fans may be divided on picking which game to attend. I think one can argue that if there were no conflicts in playing dates and times there could exist the possibility that both of the teams could pick up few more attendees. Case in point: The Warriors and Wahine played on 8/30/14-with the Warriors drawing 36 thousand and the Wahine around 6 thousand. Question: Would football (and vice versa for the Wahine) have a few more attendees if the two teams didn’t play on the same dates and times? I think so. With the home opener this coming season moved to a Thursday was the AD thinking wisely? Was he thinking of not creating a repeat of the two cash cows bucking heads at the same time? I think so. It makes sense.

  15. Da Punchbowl Kid March 6, 2015 11:05 am

    Gonna be a good old time at the Stanley tonight. See y’all there!


  16. hitman March 6, 2015 11:24 am

    on big island as the lawa aready pass 2 years no bags !! for ladys might be more e -z to remember to bring your bags when you go shopping !! for me walmart always make 50 cent on me they sale there own bag safeway is good to go they give free paper bags and longs drugs too on the big island !!

  17. cappie the dog March 6, 2015 11:38 am

    Whenever Hawaii wins on the road, for me, it feels as if they won the national championship, or something, because it’s so unexpected, half the time. This comment, of course, is not applicable to the women’s volleyball team.

    I can’t believe Hawaii defeated Baylor.

    Favorite road victories: The men’s basketball team’s two victories over Tulsa in consecutive conference tournaments.

    The football team’s win over Steve Mariucci’s Cal-Berkeley team. (Hey, the spell check acknowledges Mariucci. I initially used only one “c”.)

    The last transcendent moment in Hawaii baseball: Beating USC on their home field in the regionals. I can’t remember if the winning pitcher was Norman Holt or Brady Perreria?

    Prove me wrong, Coach Trepasso. Prove me wrong. I thought your scheduling would dig the team in deep, dark hole before conference play.

    Great victory.

  18. Andrew March 6, 2015 11:41 am


    For me, easily the best UH road win was the softball team’s win @ #1 Alabama in the super regionals. Alabama was clearly the favorite to not only win that series but the womens college world series as well. They also had the player of the year in Kelsey Dunn. Just the way they won it too with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th on a walk off HR.

  19. SteveM March 6, 2015 11:45 am

    Good morning everyone!


  20. seewhy March 6, 2015 11:54 am

    RE: Andrew #18

    That was an epic game.

  21. SteveM March 6, 2015 12:00 pm

    The 2015 Tsai-ko football Away Game Planner & Logistics (party!) page is up at:

    Please post here or email me if you plan to attend any road games (even tentatively).
    email me your ETA, ETD, and hotel/lodging — especially for Las Vegas, where post- and pre-game get-togethers need the data for planning.

  22. 3-Prong March 6, 2015 12:59 pm

    Aloha Friday in Paradise and Manoa will be rocking this weekend.

    Let’s Go Bows Gunnnnnnfunnnnit!

  23. st. anthony trojan March 6, 2015 1:03 pm

    # 18…Andrew….excellent reminder about past ‘Hawaii underdogs’ getting it done against a number one team…

    Seems to me….probably have a similar situation coming up in a few months….different sport…different opponent…away game….

    Maybe…history will repeat itself…with sum different circumstances…

    Only the ‘SHADOW KNOWS’…..Orson Wells…great voice….

  24. Andrew March 6, 2015 1:39 pm

    20 & 23

    I think what made it more epic too was how quickly it happened. The crowd and announcers are all praising Dunn for that nice pitch to get the 2nd out and simultaneously you see her pitch the first to Rodriguez and BAM game over. I had to adjust my eyes a few times since took me a while to realize what just happened.

  25. A-House March 6, 2015 1:58 pm

    polly #14:

    Friday nite would have been a lot better!!!!!!!

  26. jimmy the lock March 6, 2015 2:42 pm


    Congrats BaseBows
    Congrats SandBows

  27. Derek March 6, 2015 3:14 pm

    In football, UH upset Iowa in the opening game of the season at Aloha Stadium on a Jason Elam field goal. It think the score was 27-24 or 24-21. Some pollsters had Iowa ranked #1 in the poll(s) at the time.

  28. jimmy the lock March 6, 2015 3:33 pm

    Keyword – Road win

    7 – 0 win over Nebraska and 10-7 win over Washington.

  29. cappie the dog March 6, 2015 4:20 pm


    That moment was ruined for Hawaii fans, because you can hear the slight hesitation in the ESPN broadcast team, who sound completely underwhelmed by the game-winning home run.

    Because it wasn’t televised, I wonder if people remember that the softball team upset #1 Tennessee at their place in the super-regionals in Knoxville.

    I guess the parameters of my favorite road game victories should have included the softball team. It’s the squads who are historically bad on the road that catch my attention.

  30. cappie the dog March 6, 2015 4:23 pm


    Orson Wells.

    Is that a reference to “The Third Man”?

    Who is the third man making all the decisions for Hawaii athletics?

  31. tom March 6, 2015 4:39 pm

    #30 cappie the dog

    Did you know that Joseph Cotton was the leading actor in “The Third Man”?

    Orson Wells only was in the movie for (I think) actually seven minutes.

  32. Ipu Man March 6, 2015 5:13 pm

    So is the mayor gonna swith to paper bags in the parks trash cans????
    Also, what if it is raining cats and dogs at a craft fair, do you want your
    art item in a paper bag while you dash to your car?
    Someday, I think government is nuts.

  33. Warbow March 6, 2015 5:34 pm

    Rocky Savaiigaea would make a great intern the football team. Form what I hear, he was a great recruiter as a player. All at he hosted, committed.

  34. Warbow March 6, 2015 5:36 pm

    Rocky Savaiigaea would make a great intern the UH football team. From what I heard, he was a great recruiter as a player. All that he hosted, committed.

  35. st. anthony trojan March 6, 2015 6:28 pm

    # 30 Cappie… no that was in relation to the radio show…before the advent of television…

    “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men” was the radio show…n the reply was…the shadow knows…Orson Wells was the voiced used…

    But could be adapted to the BOR…OR OTHERS UP THERE I GUESS…he he he

    many positives 2 day up there…hope the waves peter out later…

  36. hatakeman March 6, 2015 7:38 pm

    Brittany Hitchcock went the distance as the Wahine Softball beat Oregon St. 4-1. Great win.

  37. cappie the dog March 6, 2015 7:50 pm


    Joseph Cotten was so great in “Shadow of a Doubt”. Alfred Hitchcock is on record saying that it’s his favorite film.

    If Professor ___ is still teaching “Introductory to Film” at UH, this film is still probably on the syllabus.

    I remember sitting in the Art Auditorium, thinking, oh, wow, this is where David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” comes from. Same theme: the dark underbelly of a small town.

  38. cappie the dog March 6, 2015 7:55 pm


    Fantastic win.

    Big confidence booster for Brittany Hitchcock.

    I can’t help but wonder what path Loie Kesterston would have taken had the right fielder not dropped the ball in an early season game against UCLA, in which the third out would have meant a 1-0 shutout for the former Wahine.

    I hope she’s doing well, wherever she is.

  39. hatakeman March 6, 2015 8:33 pm

    Loie plays for California Baptist University. She is 8-2 on the season so far. Cal Baptist is currently in Hawaii to play Chaminade today and tomorrow. They also play Hawaii Pacific, BYU-Hawaii and Hawaii-Hilo.

  40. 3-Prong March 6, 2015 8:53 pm

    21-20 hawaii game 3. 1 game a piece vs Peperdine.

  41. 3-Prong March 6, 2015 8:54 pm

    Let’s Go Bows!

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  45. 3-Prong March 6, 2015 8:57 pm

    2-1 hawaii

  46. 3-Prong March 6, 2015 9:15 pm

    14-13 game 4 hawaii

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  48. 3-Prong March 6, 2015 9:18 pm

    #5 peperdine vs #6 hawaii.

  49. 3-Prong March 6, 2015 9:19 pm

    17-15 hawaii

  50. 3-Prong March 6, 2015 9:21 pm

    Hartley off speed 18-15

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  53. 3-Prong March 6, 2015 9:24 pm

    hartley on a tear.

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  56. 3-Prong March 6, 2015 9:27 pm

    Stand Up

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  58. Inyoface March 6, 2015 9:37 pm

    I hope Chow has a “nothing to lose” attitude this season and let the coordinators do their job, call all plays and run the show.

  59. st. anthony trojan March 6, 2015 11:05 pm

    Lately….since Mr. BJ has been quiet up there…has ne one else notice that…we seem to be making some very good positive strides on the field n on the court…

    Maybe the karma is getting a little more positive…n maybe the bachi…n kabronk is all pau with his pending departure huh ?

    Ne way…. seems all bows are doing good… me is happy 4 them…

  60. Sofaking_blk March 7, 2015 5:40 am

    Right, like that’s gonna happen, keep dreaming.

  61. 3-Prong March 7, 2015 6:39 am

    NCAA conveniently avoids stripping Boeheim of his 2003 Championship but finds it so easy to take Hawaii’s VB title away with a relatively minor violation. SMH.

  62. A-House March 7, 2015 9:28 am

    Bring on the new AD!!!!!!!!!

    Time for BJ to leave, but before he does, he should reschedule the Colorado game to a Friday nite — if high school football has that Friday nite, ask them to reschedule to games on Saturday nite – might work??? very difficult to swallow that he made the decision to give UH 2 more days for the Ohio State game

    WOW!!! it was a “hell of a day” for UH sports with all teams in action wining; especially the wahine sand bows beating #1 Pepperdine and baseball beating Baylor in Texas

    and, tonight for the Wahine BB team — B there of B square!

  63. A-House March 7, 2015 9:31 am


    yea!!!!! com ‘on chow – be the facilitator and coordinator and let your coaches coach – your time will be recorded at BYU as their best OC ever!!!

  64. A-House March 7, 2015 9:33 am

    it is very cold in the valley this am – more so than yesterday – deep overcast, good breeze – waiting for the “rays” to warm the “hale”, heat up the H2O, and rev up the PV

  65. Stephen Tsai March 7, 2015 9:40 am

    New post:

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