Warriors are No. 3

After five weeks at No. 1 in the AVCA rankings, the Warriors dropped to No. 3 following two road losses to Brigham Young this past weekend.

1. Lewis (27 first-place votes), 262 points, 24-2 record.
2. UC Irvine (5) 251, 25-4
3. Hawaii 224, 23-5
4. Loyola Chicago 218, 22-2
5. Pepperdine 194, 22-5.

The Warriors host No. 11 Long Beach State in Saturday’s MPSF playoff quarterfinals in the Stan Sheriff Center.


  1. tom April 20, 2015 9:06 am


  2. haka April 20, 2015 9:12 am

    Go Warriors!
    Hit da Beach ‘n Rock da Stanley!

  3. Stephen Tsai April 20, 2015 9:13 am

    It’s a lovely day in Hawaii.

  4. Winning April 20, 2015 9:27 am

    Very difficult to play @ 4500 ft. Also, the MPSF should have rules regarding space requirements. This is one of the reasons Hawaii fans love to despise the BluMahus.

  5. Marleysdad April 20, 2015 9:38 am

    Inner circle parking pass secured.

    eTicketHawaii site was down or flooded with traffic so I had to do it the old fashioned way, by phone.

    Another $300 for Na Koa from me.

  6. Bowwar April 20, 2015 9:49 am

    Time to pick-up the pieces…The BYMahus always seem to play their best against UH. No excuses, we either beat the Beach at home or call it a season. We should have a packed house to support the Warriors this weekend.

  7. Bowwar April 20, 2015 9:53 am

    ST: On anOther note, who is number 90 mentioned a post yesterday that is supposedly punting the ball like a pro? We surely have a shaky kicking situation going to next year, so hopefully, we’ll get a good late season addition to add to the competition. Any other NT possibilities on the horizon?

  8. boolakanaka April 20, 2015 9:55 am

    Bluemahus…I am not sure how PC that is, but it is awfully funny–lol.

    Yesterday’s post some tsaikos were talking about watching and/or playing bball with former players. It reminds of when I was in law school, ( U of NM) this is probably in the early 90s–I go to the gym to work out and I see this kid, well, like high school age, and I thought he was in 9th or 10th grade. Anyway, I still was in good shape and had pretty good hops and quicks, I challenge him to a game, and this kid schools me.

    We played five games of “make it–take it” first one to 11, gotta win by two. He wins 6 eff***ing games in a row–the most I score in a game was 5. I think, and I still remember this he missed, in those 6 games, 5 shots. I was stunned—like almost every shot was just beautiful and all net.

    Well, this kid, and he was only like 5’7 or so, was there because he had already accepted a full bball scholarship from UNM. His name was Greg Brown, and he was the 1994 WAC bball player of the year and also the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, given to the top senior in the nation under six feet tall—so very very humiliating for boola.

  9. SteveM April 20, 2015 10:05 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Marleysdad — I thought the parking pass fees went to Na Koa too. Just started to realize the money goes to ‘Ahahui Koa Anuenue (AKA). Na Koa is the football team booster club, so it looks like the football team stadium parking money doesn’t go directly to the football team via Na Koa. Similar to the lower campus parking fees for sport events not going to the Athletic department–but at least in this case, the “donations” go to the Athletic department. I could be wrong about this.

  10. PONO April 20, 2015 10:31 am

    3 out of the last 4 posts by ST have been about volleyball during the middle of spring practices. Shows how much interest and by the number of blog comments there is surrounding the program.

  11. DaPunchbowl Kid April 20, 2015 10:33 am

    Good morning Gangeez! πŸ˜‰

    I don’t mind if our team loses on level field, but as many of us have come to see the Kitty Barn just isn’t right. Everybody, from little kids, to drunk and rowdy college students leaning over the “rails” to elderly folks. No can dat kine! And the announcers were talking all night about Hawaii having “service problems”. I think it more like the BYU admin and fans have a sportsmanship problem. I hope we get to see them again at the Stanley or in a neutral venue in the playoffs. I could see the rage in UH players eyes. And payback will come on the court, not from the “fans”.

    Last thought – why does an other wise decent team like BYU want or need to win this way?


  12. st. anthony trojan April 20, 2015 10:47 am

    maybe sum of you are interested oregon state beavers spring game yesterday…enjoy..


  13. ai-eee-soos April 20, 2015 11:04 am

    ” … Last thought – why does an other wise decent team like BYU want or need to win this way? … ”

    mebbe because they mommins. mebbe thass the only way they kno how to win.

  14. st. anthony trojan April 20, 2015 11:17 am

    Fans are fans…n most are nice…many are bad also…stabbings …n even killings…as players is hard to accept the abuse n concentrate on the ‘job at hand’….n have to give our athletics credit for keeping their cool etc…

    Remember when 9-11 happened… n was at the reno game…drove up from LA..sat in the end zone…n like BYU….end zone is in the fans lap…maybe me was the only hawaii fan there…n drunk students…were out in force…talk about abusive n racists language…did not realize how fans can get so carried away…guess the beer makes then ‘immune’ to common sense n decency….that we are not even citizens…n thoughts running through my mind…of all our fallen heroes on 442…n korean war…was very upsetting to me…on top of that we lost…he he he so made it worst…was a very long drive back to LA…left 3rd quarter n just listen on radio…

    And because of what happened…flights were grounded… n was worrying how me is getting home…so can imagine warriors on the plane hope…how that must have felt….to hear all that.. n have to shoulder them 2 losses…

    Hope that will be a spark…to demolish sumone on sat night there at the stanley…n erase the past two matches… n move forward n bring home the championship…like a dude on here lkes to say…gunner fund it…he he he

  15. SteveM April 20, 2015 11:18 am

    I recall the great UH-BYU football rivalry of the 80’s and 90’s. BYU had the Laie campus and students. Great local athletes went to BYU. The games at the stadium were 1/3 local BYU fans. But it was very civil as I recall.

    We used to tailgate in the mauka inner circle…it was general parking then… and like typical block parties, we shared food, drink and stories with local BYU fans who shared their goodies too. Game time was intense and we all became raving maniacs and its a wonder no one died. After the game, it was all good except that BYU usually won a heartbreaker. The tailgates continued and no brawls, we were still friends and neighbors…literally.

    Then Coach Wagner used the new fangled run option offense of Paul Johnson and we finally won…twice and went to the Holiday Bowl. Years later June Jones came to prove his little-used Run & Shoot and we eventually went to the Sugar Bowl. What new fangled offense made for mid-major athletes is in the wings? Until then we can only go as far as sound fundamentals will take us. I don’t expect miracles.
    …but want one.

  16. Trunks420 April 20, 2015 11:44 am


    How come we can’t get any transfers

  17. jimmy the lock April 20, 2015 11:49 am

    When you lose make no excuses.

  18. jimmy the lock April 20, 2015 11:57 am

    You have to expect every team you challenge will play their best game ever. Therefore, you need to rise to the occasion no matter what the odds. If you no can do that then don’t expect to be champions.

  19. Maddog50 April 20, 2015 11:59 am

    Interested in some sort of OL updAte Allen Waa Tupai Leo K, Tui and the new guy Norman. Anybody got anything? Also sent another email regarding updated height and weight on spring roster. Gotta be some good news there

  20. seewhy April 20, 2015 12:11 pm

    Did any of you catch the Ohio State spring game on Saturday?

  21. Akamai Okole April 20, 2015 12:34 pm

    Great Afternoon All!


  22. Akamai Okole April 20, 2015 12:35 pm

    CY…no. But I heard they couldn’t even sell out! πŸ˜†

  23. oneseason April 20, 2015 1:04 pm

    I like the new way UH is selling reserved parking. The auction method doesn’t work well when demand is low. $175-$300 takes a lot of commitment to the program versus $35.

  24. sofaking_blk April 20, 2015 1:06 pm

    I read somewhere last week that Ohio St practice game is suppose to draw about 99,000 fans, WOW! We have a 50,000 seat stadium and we can’t even draw half of that.

  25. H-man April 20, 2015 1:48 pm

    I read where Ohio St broke the all-time spring game attendance record. “An announced throng of 99,391 nearly filled 104,944-seat Ohio Stadium on Saturday for the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes’ spring scrimmage. The crowd is a national spring game record, eclipsing the previous record of 95,722 – set by Ohio State in 2009.”

  26. Kawehi April 20, 2015 1:49 pm

    Irvine beat BYU Twice at home. We should be able to do the same. It didn’t happen, oh well. That’s the way this sport flows. Luckily, we still have a chance to prove ourselves and get to live another day, another match, another shot at the MPSF Tournament title and possibly and National Championship. “I Believe”. Good Luck my fellow Warriors now let’s go “FiNisH It”!!!!!

  27. Trunks420 April 20, 2015 1:52 pm

    What are your Guy’s predictions for the season?

    I Say 7-5

    Go Warriors!!!

  28. jimmy the lock April 20, 2015 2:25 pm

    My Guy prediction is similar to last year, no more than 4 wins.

  29. Andrew April 20, 2015 2:48 pm


    You gotta add another win or loss because they play 13 games this season

  30. Andrew April 20, 2015 2:49 pm


    And in that case they would make the bowl game so actually 14 games

  31. SteveM April 20, 2015 3:04 pm

    RE: #26
    This year I would consider 6 wins very good. There should not be more than one “body bag for $$$” game per season, and this year we have two. 😐

  32. jimmy the lock April 20, 2015 3:39 pm

    Pretty sad state of affairs when a 6 win season is considered very good. Standards are pretty low.

    Good thing this isn’t a dating site. I’lldateanyone.com πŸ˜†

  33. Trunks420 April 20, 2015 3:55 pm

    9-5 Its possible and I like Woosley and believe he is our QB to take us to 9-5 because of experience and to make up for last season

  34. SteveM April 20, 2015 4:00 pm

    Hey, Jimmy — das me. How you know? Sign me up if cheap! πŸ‘Ώ
    I haven’t had high expectations since the Sugar Bowl and Georgia…
    But I’m preserving my options and tickets for the next miracle turnaround.

  35. Tanman April 20, 2015 4:49 pm

    Just a thought!! 1) all these cries about deficits 2) all these screams about firing head coaches 3) all these news about crumbling facilities 4) all these yelps about lacking support 5) all these university politics leading to unstable administrative positions 6) all these bad reps of mishandling funding… All have contributed to bad publicity and bad vibes for our athletic program, especially for football where you are not just recruiting around 5 people per year. The football program must re-stock 20 to 30 players per year. It gets really difficult to recruit… Even if our players play hard, we ended up with losing records, because we do not have the depth. Then, with the losing records, it gets even more difficult to recruits… It looks like we are in a bad place at this point. Stuck and not able to come out of the ashes. We are losing good players to BCS teams like Alabama, USC, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Texas, Ohio State, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Washington, Notre Dame, etc. national powerhouses and PAC-12 teams, understandable. But Hawaii should be able to beat out non-BCS teams such as Boise State, Houston, BYU, etc. but we are not… And Hawaii should definitely be beating out Nevada, UNLV, Utah States, San Diego State, Fresno State, Army, Navy, and even Weber State, Idaho, etc. is not so funny. Thinking our local players rather go play for these teams, who are supposed to be in the same tier as us or below us… That’s disturbing. We need to recruit and need to be able to keep at least 1/4 to 1/2 of our own top talents! However, I wonder if Hawaii, who is only a football member of Mountain West, gives people the impression that Hawaii is only second tier in the Mountain West.

  36. Trunks420 April 20, 2015 5:21 pm

    #34 preach Brotha I’m with you

  37. islandman April 20, 2015 5:56 pm

    Pareese back to running back, per W. Moses on sports animals.

  38. ai-eee-soos April 20, 2015 6:02 pm

    in case anyone is interested …

    Vavae Tata is the new Kahuku football coach, according to sources close to the school.

    The sources said the school administration picked Tata, a Vanderbilt University assistant, over four other finalists recommended by a selection committee. Although he did not confirm Tata as the selection, vice principal Ikaika Plunkett said Kahuku will announce the new coach Tuesday morning.

    … if he turns it down, David Te’o is next in line to be offered.

  39. H-man April 20, 2015 6:56 pm

    Predicting a 7-6 season. Could be better, but no bye week to rest and heal. UH has a good conference schedule. Just hope Chow is realistic about Ohio St and Wisconsin games. Wining is out of the question. Goal should be to come home healthy, no injuries. Play a lot of players. The players can tell their grand kids they played against the reigning No. 1 at the Horseshoe. And have fun.

  40. azwarrior22 April 20, 2015 7:30 pm

    Everyone seems to forget that Wittek won the starting job at USC as a freshman and he is a 5th year Senior. He ended up losing it BUT the fact remains that he has game and he chose to come to Hawaii. Woosley didn’t get it done under the lights and he had the whole season to get it right. Competition should make the cream rise to the top, but I fully expect that in the end, it will be Wittek. Who knows, maybe Bailey will have the “O” running on all cylinders. While odds are long that we could beat Ohio State, I think we could surprise at Wisconsin. Has everyone forgotten that Appalatian State beat Michigan at Michigan? It all starts with the QB and if our QB can stay healthy and be in sync with the rest of the offense, then it could be a successful year. Here’s to staying positive and optimistic that the Warriors will surprise in 2015.

  41. cappie the dog April 20, 2015 7:52 pm


    What did Jerry Rice-era Mississippi Valley St. run?

    Let’s use that offense.

  42. cappie the dog April 20, 2015 8:04 pm

    Shortstop Kelsey Isa was only 5’6″.

    The White Sox organization signed him as a free agent.

    These were his scouting scores(courtesy of The Baseball Cube):

    Speed: 59
    Contact: 75
    Patience: 50
    Batting: 3
    Power: 21

    How does the equally petite Kaeo Aliviado stack up against Isa, who was arguably the best shortstops the Rainbows ever had. (Apologies to Randy Vollmer and Brian Finnegan.)

    Watching Aliviado, and taking notes from behind home plate is my only motivation to attending Rainbow baseball games.

    Does Steven Ventimilia hit enough to merit a shot at professional baseball?

    This Rainbow baseball team, I think, has a lot of talent.

  43. Akamai Okole April 20, 2015 8:35 pm

    Gunfunnit! I missed the announcement for predictions…



    56 – 14 Akamai Okole

  44. BigFan April 20, 2015 10:20 pm

    #41, Cappie, how’s about Thad Reece for one of the all time great UH infielder? Played multiple positions besides ss.

  45. bouncingball April 21, 2015 3:06 am

    Having a winning season with under Chow? Impossible!

  46. boolakanaka April 21, 2015 3:24 am

    Bigfan, my fav infielder, as well as outfielder, was my fellow Bobby McGees running-mate Chuck Jackson, a very pretty player, who was in and out of the bigs for about 11-12 years.

  47. 3-Prong April 21, 2015 6:30 am

    Bruh! How can you not be excited about the prospect of Wittek running the offense!


    Go Bows!

  48. Rodney April 21, 2015 6:57 am

    O-line gotta protect like USC boys!

  49. Rodney April 21, 2015 6:59 am

    Right on 3 prong!!!!!!!!!!

  50. 3-Prong April 21, 2015 7:14 am

    See! Rodney is Ready!!!!

  51. NorthShoreFan April 21, 2015 7:43 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    new coach, interesting resume, on and off field. surprised peeps with Red Raider ties didn’t get it.

    Anyhoo, IMUA WARRIORS!

  52. Big Island VB fan April 21, 2015 7:58 am

    Why are most the blogs not even about volleyball? Is it because this is not Cindy’s column?

  53. turfwar April 21, 2015 8:49 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCQol392bdY 3- Prong you’re not the only one who feels that way about Wittek’s chances here.

  54. Trunks420 April 21, 2015 9:24 am

    OK Max has Talent but not sure how well he knows the playbook.

    Hoping he surprise me and has a great season

  55. Inyoface April 21, 2015 10:51 am

    Last year there was really no gut feeling impression about a starting quarterback. This is year my gut says its Max.

  56. jimmy the lock April 21, 2015 11:04 am

    Max should know the modified playbook as well as the next person.

  57. Stephen Tsai April 21, 2015 11:35 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=30359

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