Match day: BYU (Saturday edition)

Well, the volleyball Warriors probably need a redo on last night’s four-set loss to BYU. That’s the beauty of teams on polar ends of the MPSF. There is a rematch. The teams do it again at 3 p.m. Hawaii time. It’ll be on BYUtv.

Things to ponder:

> Charlie Wade is correct that the Warriors just need to make a decision, any decision, and go with it. If a player wants to rip a serve, go ahead and rip it. Same for the float servers. Volleyball is a snap-quick sport. What’s that saying? Paralysis by analysis?

> UC Irvine will beat UC San Diego, which means UH needs to win today to earn a share of the MPSF regular-season title. Irvine still will get the No. 1 seed in the MPSF tournament. But the NCAA selection committee won’t be poring over tie-breakers. A title co-share will go a long way in UH’s argument for an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament.

> The one thing I’ve learned is everybody loves a sports party. Back in 1990, the Rainbow basketball team got screwed over on an NCAA bid. The team was bummed. The fans were bummed. Then UH goes into NIT, and fans are waving ti leaves and the Blaisdell is rockin’ and … nobody is bummed anymore. It was the same in the 2006 regular-season finale against Oregon State, when a capacity crowd left Aloha Stadium feeling bummed. And this was before some of the Prozac-deprived figured out how to use the “comments” section. Several weeks later, UH rallies to beat Arizona State in the Hawaii Bowl, then a couple weeks later, Colt Brennan announces he’s staying in school, and then the 2007 season happens, and nobody is bummed anymore. Well, at least until 2008. I digress. The point is, if UH loses at BYU tonight, history shows things will be better for fans at next week’s MPSF quarterfinals in the Stan Sheriff Center.


  1. Bowwar April 18, 2015 8:09 am

    Foist…You gotta make your opportunities…The Warriors have to win to succeed…No other way. talk is cheap.

  2. NorthShoreFan April 18, 2015 8:09 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    not sure how the VB playoffs go but if the MPSF is one of the best leagues, don’t more teams get invited to the dance?
    that’s the argument they make for having more football, basketball, baseball teams from “power” conferences.
    but then what da heck do I know…fogit about it….


  3. truegreen April 18, 2015 8:10 am

    first…and bummed the bows lost to yesterday. byu heartbreak all over again… 🙁

  4. NorthShoreFan April 18, 2015 8:14 am

    sitting here trying to finish the second taro malasadas I got from the Food Truck event last night…struggling…soooo ono but…wen nuke dat puppy and put some butta on top…hooooo

  5. tom April 18, 2015 8:17 am


  6. NorthShoreFan April 18, 2015 8:18 am

    Good Morning tom..

  7. Stephen Tsai April 18, 2015 8:24 am

    For UH, the problem would be if a team other than Irvine wins the MPSF tournament. Then Irvine would get the at-large bid. MPSF deserves three bids. But I think the Midwest will get two.

  8. kev-1 April 18, 2015 8:42 am

    I know this sounds dumb, but tend to favor a really long winning streak being broken BEFORE post season play starts. I’m not saying I like what it did for the MPSF regular season title hopes, but it removes that invincibility perception heading into the tournament. Let’s see how they respond.

  9. 3-Prong April 18, 2015 8:45 am

    Sharing the MPSF title and no less than 2nd in the MPSF playoffs should get them one of the 6 spots one would think. This game matters. No Float Serving Today!

    Go Bows!

  10. Da Punchbowl Kid April 18, 2015 10:36 am

    Good Morning… I guess! 👿

    I don’t consider last night’s game a valid victory for the Kittys or their fans. Any time you have “fans” sitting literally a foot or two away from the visiting team’s servers, saying and doing what ever they wish, that is straight up bullch*t and should not be allowed by any team any where under any circumstances.

    Hard to fathom how the BYU coaches, players fans and Admins consider that to be fair and honorable play. Every victory won by at home BYU should have an asterisk next to it, as in “played in an illegal venue” which is what BYU’s gym was last night. They have other gyms where matches could be played, why not play there instead? The school should be ashamed.

    The Donkos’ blue “field” and the Kitty’s “home court” defy sportsmanship and fair play, and the feckless NCAA should take quick decisive action about them!

    Imagine a football kicker with game on the line, and opposing fans are a mere a foot or two away screaming and gesturing obscenities? Or a QB in the pocket trying to throw the timing route? Or a soccer penalty kick in the same scenario? A free throw in basket ball?

    This kind of crap has no place in sports. The BYU team, coaches, and admin could do right by this… BUT THEY DON’T!!! Shame, shame on them and the NCAA for allowing this to continue!

    Last night was a warm up. Let’s hope the BYBOO “fans” don’t hand another victory to their team tonight! 👿 👿

    Yes haka, I took my blood pressure meds. Thanks for caring. 😉 😆

  11. SteveM April 18, 2015 10:38 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Another big day… Go VolleyBows!

  12. Da Punchbowl Kid April 18, 2015 10:39 am

    kev – 1
    You are absolutely correct at #8. Better to see it now. The longer the streak goes the more pressure the players feel. We got that out of the way – Warriors have to win every game from here on and they can do that!


  13. jm2375 April 18, 2015 11:29 am

    Like I said the other day, BYWHO fans have no class.

    NCAA MVB tournament (2nd? year for this format)
    6 team tournament
    4 automatic bids for conference tournament champions (MPSF, MIVA, EIVA, Coastal Carolinas)
    2 at-large (usually 1 MPSF)


  14. st. anthony trojan April 18, 2015 11:45 am

    don’t hold ur breadth…no guarantee they get picked…ask shojii how that goes…
    they must win 2 nite….. n then… still no guarantee even if co champ…

    if irvine loose 2 nite n we win…me will sleep good…

    hope they take care of business there…even with all them distractions…

  15. kahuna April 18, 2015 1:46 pm

    Da Punchbowl kid…I felt the same way regarding BYU fans and their set up. The area where the fans were standing did not even have seats. I wouldn’t be surprised if BYU designated that area specifically for fans to heckle their opponents. When UH changed side, the camera showed some fat, balding, middle aged man heckling UH players. I guess that dude is proud of himself when he have to heckle college kids.

    I hope UH or some other team try get the NCAA’s attention and ban that type of setup. How do you know if any of those kids standing so close to the players have any kind of weapon. Is BYU waiting for something to happen before they decide to do something???? If any kid get stabbed or injured, BYU is going to pay a huge price since they promote that kind of stuff.

  16. Trunks420 April 18, 2015 2:05 pm

    #14 me too but I want to believe if UH win we get in no matter what.

  17. Da Punchbowl Kid April 18, 2015 2:08 pm

    Mahalo e kahuna!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the matter. To be sure, I have much respect for BYU as an institution. Great school, great students and lots of great graduates, personal friends among them. And we all know that they have a tremendous athletic program, which is part of the reason why I struggle to understand how this arrangement is allowed to continue.

    But you are right – that situation is intolerable, and yes, dangerous. Something should be done. We’ll see.


  18. 3-Prong April 18, 2015 3:13 pm

    #####BEAT BYU!#######

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  20. kapakahi April 18, 2015 3:26 pm

    Thought that I was going to watch UH scrimmage in football this morning……but also got to watch some sparring with helmets on.


  21. 3-Prong April 18, 2015 3:32 pm

    Das One!

  22. 3-Prong April 18, 2015 3:48 pm

    15-14 game 2

  23. Rodney April 18, 2015 4:00 pm

    Any word on football practice today ?
    Is the defense still ahead of the ofense?
    Max still getting most reps?

  24. 3-Prong April 18, 2015 4:01 pm

    1 game each

  25. H-man April 18, 2015 4:16 pm

    There was a scary moment at practice today when Marcus Kemp went down after catching a sideline pass with an injury to his left leg. After 5 minutes or so on the ground and in lots of pain, he got up and was able to put weight on the left leg. He looks real big up close. And I thought the defense owned the offense for the most part, except for a nice TD pass by Wittek. Practice was intense with a few fights erupting between offense and defense.

  26. 3-Prong April 18, 2015 4:19 pm

    How about Hartley?!

  27. 3-Prong April 18, 2015 4:40 pm

    2 to 1 yesssss

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  29. Trunks420 April 18, 2015 5:14 pm

    Gotta win this game or long sad night

  30. 3-Prong April 18, 2015 5:17 pm

    7-7 in rally scoring

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  35. 3-Prong April 18, 2015 5:32 pm

    Hartley needs to be put back in sooner.

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  37. oneseason April 18, 2015 5:42 pm

    BYU played well, but their fans have no class. Can’t wait for next Saturday’s match and the opportunity to renew Rainbow Warrior volleyball season tickets. Let’s go Bows!

  38. Wayne Up Rm April 18, 2015 5:43 pm

    HU coaches couldn’t figure-out BYU blocking and kept hitting into the same setup. Getting all these blocks.
    I am afraid HU is not as good of a team as we thought and the coaches are inadequate. I think that is about it for the season.

  39. islandman April 18, 2015 6:15 pm

    BYU looked like and was the better team tonight.

  40. warriorfan April 18, 2015 6:41 pm

    Coach Wade needs to be asked why he refused to insert Scott Hartley to hit when Kupono Fey and Siki Zarkovic were struggling mightily to put balls away. Hartley lit a fire for UH against Pepperdine with his hard hits and he could have done the same against BYU.

  41. 3-Prong April 18, 2015 7:48 pm

    Warriorfan: Totally agree. heard an interview earlier in the season with Wade regarding Hartley. Said at times in practice he can be the best in the gymn. Has he forgotten how they got to be #1? Why only insert him late in the game for a serve or two. He is one of the two hardest hitters on the team. Late in the game siki doesn’t jump as high and being on the shorter side to begin with he tends to be hitting up into the block.

  42. Da Punchbowl Kid April 18, 2015 11:44 pm

    Next week. Our house.


  43. shakaz808 April 19, 2015 5:55 am

    BYU was triple blocking Hawaii so much. Why did the Hawaii coaches have no answers? Why didn’t Hawaii try to triple block more since the triple block was so effective for BYU? Brook, our best hitter and server, gets pulled on Fri for “struggling with his aim” against the triple block? Siki hits neg on Fri and poorly on Sat, struggles with his serve but doesn’t get subbed out for Hartley. What were the Hawaii coaches thinking? Coaching error to sub Hartley in to serve on Fri instead of replace Siki, at least in the front row, and to pull Brook. Jones should have been inserted to set also.

  44. shakaz808 April 19, 2015 6:01 am

    Both Hartley and Jones should have played more on Fri and Sat. Hawaii had nothing to lose by inserting them to hit and set.

  45. oneseason April 19, 2015 6:01 am

    And just as quick as that … This week at the SCC … 8K+ would be nice.

  46. Stephen Tsai April 19, 2015 7:02 am

    New post:

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