Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Wahine News Update

Updated 12:57pm HST 11/24/2015

Fans and players alike are waiting on the NCAA Selection Show to find out their fate in the NCAA Tournament. While many believe the selection committee will keep Hawai`i on the West Coast we really do not know what they will do, they have a history of making some very bazaar decisions.

In a local interview with Bleed Crimson New Mexico State head coach Mike Jordan thinks his Aggies could end up at USC for the opening rounds, possibly facing Hawai`i in their first match.

The NCAA selection show can be viewed on ESPNU. Ch 221 on 11/29/2015 at 4pm HST.


Wahine BeachBows In Fall Tournament

The BeachBows will participate in the Pac Rim Sand Championships at the Ching Complex and Queens Beach over the Thangsgiving weekend. The tournament is sponsored by Kevin Wong's Spike and Serve organization and includes teams from UCLA, USC, Arizona, Japan and Canada.

Get the complete low down on times and venues here at UH Athletics


Nikki Taylor Named Big West Player of the Week..AGAIN !

Nikki Taylor 5th BWC Player of the Week

Junior Opp Nikki Taylor landed her 5th Big West Player of the Week Award in 2015 for her performance against UC Irvine, Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara on the road. Taylor is considered to be the leading candidate for Big West Player of the Year.


Future Wahine In CIF State Championship

The number of NCAA players who come out the CIF is astronomical so no wonder this tournament is so widely followed. Hawai`i has three future indoor players and one BeachBow who will take their shot at becoming the champs in their respective divisions starting today.

In Division 1

2017 recruit Shaney Lipscomb a 6'1 MB/Opp at Cathedral Catholic HS in San Diego is the # 3 seed.
Norene Iosia a 2016 signed 5'11 setter from  Redondo Union HS is the #4 seed.

Follow their progress here >> D1 Bracket

In Division 2

2016 BeachBow Julia Chizanskos a 5'11 OH from Archbishop Mitty HS in San Jose, CA is the #1 seed in the CIF D2 State Championship

Follow her progress here >> D2 Bracket

In Division 3

Kirsten Sibley a signed 2016 6'2 OH from Campolindo HS in Moraga,CA is the # 4 seed in Division 3

Follow her progress here >> D3 Bracket


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Wahine Sweep Gauchos At Thunderdome
25-16, 25-21, 25-19

Women's Volleyball - Big West Undefeated
Photo: UH Athletics 
Box Score

Hawai`i closed out the 2015 regular season with an impressive 26-1 record which included going undefeated (16-0) in the Big West Conference. They will return to Hawai`i Sunday morning and await the NCAA Selection Show on ESPNU Nov. 29th.

While, the Wahine swept the Gauchos it was not an Oscar winning performance. Inconsistency plagued UH at times as UCSB exploited the Wahine weakness in serve receive.

Hawai`i also did not get the type of performance from the left side hitters that will be needed to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. Tai-Manu-Olevao could only come up with 4 kills in 12 attempts and hit .167, Kalei Greeley also had only 4 kills in 12 attempts but hit .333.

The Wahine had better success in the middle. Senior MH Olivia Magill had 9 kills and hit .600. Emily Maglio had 11 kills and hit .769.

Opp Nikki Taylor had a match high 11 kills but only hit .111.

Hawai`i will be off now until the first round of the NCAA tournament Dec 3 and that is a lot of down time.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Ekahi, Elua, Aloha at Cal Poly !
Wahine sweep Mustangs 25-17, 25-19, 25-18

Photo: Digg'n Na Wahine

Update: Saturday's UCSB match is at 5:30 pm HST not 5 PM as earlier reported.

Hawai`i is one match shy of accomplishing a personal goal of running the Big West schedule, the final obstacle in the way is UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night at the Thunderdome.

In a pre-match presser Cal Poly's head coach Sam Crosson talked about how they had prepared for Hawai`i but nothing he offered up worked out for the Mustangs particularly the performance of seven time 2015 Big West Freshman of the Week Adlee Van Winden. Hawai`i held her to just 3 kills and a minus .045 hitting percentage.

The Mustangs had a quick start in set one but could not sustain it, Hawai`i with a big advantage in size and athleticism cruised to a 27-17 win.

Hawai`i have yet to lose a set two match and that record would stand in this match. The Wahine started the set spanking the Mustangs and at the first called time out by Poly they were up 12-3.

Finding his team up 18-8 Wahine head coach Dave Shoji went to the bench to give other players some court time, a routine move by most coaches when they are dominating the opposition but it is also a move that can change the rhythm and flow of a team and such was the case here. Poly went on a 11-7 run but could not catch the Wahine in the end.

The Mustangs got off to another good start in set 3 and ramped up their serving which cause some difficulties for the Wahine but they were able to catch up to the home team at 10-10 and cruised to another win and a match sweep.


UCSB Match Info

Saturday 11/21 5pm HST


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

It's A Wrap !
Hawai`i wins their 20th Conference title in 21 years with a sweep of UC Irvine 26-24,25-21,25-14.

2015 Women's Volleyball Big West Champions

Box Score

In their second match of a four match road trip the Wahine did not look particularly sharp in sets one and two.There seemed to be a lack of enthusiasm.

It was a see saw battle in both sets and Hawai`i could not get more than a two or three point separation from the Anteaters until Shoji brought in back up setter Kendra Koelsch after a timeout at 14-14 in set two which seemed to be a turning point in the match for the Wahine.

Hawai`i relied heavily on right side hitter Nikki Taylor who had a match high 20 kills but in set three the Wahine emerged from the locker room a different team and played their best set of the match.The middle opened up as the Wahine improved their passing and MH Olivia Magill finished the match with 10 kills and hit .500, Emily Maglio had 8 kills and 5 blocks.

Tonight Hawai`i achieved the first of two goals for this road trip,win the Big West outright and will now travel to the Central Coast of California to take on Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara and work on their second goal,finish the Conference season undefeated.


Cal Poly Match Info

Thursday Nov 17,2015 5 pm HST

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Road Trip Continues Tuesday At UCI

Hawai`i flew out of Sacramento after beating UC Davis and cinching at least a share of the 2015 Big West title headed for UC Irvine. The Wahine will take on the Anteaters at 5pm HST at the Bren Center in the second match of a four match road trip.

In this week's AVCA Poll Hawai`i was leapfrogged by Nebraska and dropped to # 8. In the weekly realese of the RPI there was a slight improvement from 32nd to 27th but not enough to host opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Nikki Taylor Big West Player of the Week - Nov. 16

RS Nikki Taylor picked up her 4th Big West Player of the Week Award for her performance at UC Davis. The Junior right side hitter had 21 kills,5 blocks and 9 digs just missing a double,double.

UCI Match Info

Tuesday Nov 17th, 5pm HST at the Bren Center.

Live Stats

Live Video- NOTE: ESPN3 available free for Oceanic and Hawaiian Telecom internet subscribers . No Big West TV.

Live Audio

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Wahine Win 18th In A Row 
Defeat UC Davis 23-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-17

While the Wahine cinched at least a share of the Big West Conference title with this win maybe we should drag out some old clich├ęs like.. an ugly win is better than a loss or a win is a win because at times it was just not pretty ?

The Aggies gave the 7th ranked Wahne fits with some tough serving that the Wahine had trouble handling at times.

Set one started out looking like the Wahine would sweep the Aggies as fans in the arena continually heard " Point Wahine" from the court side announcer but that was not the way it would go for long. The Aggies called a timeout down 13-9 then went on a 7-4 run .With the Aggies closing in UH called a timeout at 17-16 and again at 21-21 but UCD went on to take the  set 25-23.

Set two went more the way of the Wahine but both teams struggled. Emily Maglio who had zero kills in set one became more involved and Hawai`i seemed to have better control of their passing and went into the break with a 25-17 win for set two.

Hawai`i dug themselves a hole in set three and Shoji called an early timeout down 4-0. The Wahine worked their way out of the mess and tied UCD at 12-12. While Hawai`i went on to win the set 25-22 UCD remained within striking distance.

Hawai`i started set four once again digging a hole, that force Shoji to call a timeout down 5-2. After the timeout Hawai`i surged ahead and took the set 25-17 and the match 3-1.

Top Wahine Performers

Nikki Taylor was the match high leader with 21 kills, 9 digs and 5 blocks. Tai-Manu-Olevao had a double,double with 11 kills and 14 digs.

Olivia Magill contributed 10 kills,6 blocks and hit .321. MH Emily Maglio with 7 kills and Kalei Greeley with 5.

The Road is a tough place to win but if the Wahine want to finish the Big West undefeated and go deep into the post season they will certainly need to play better than they did today.

Hawai`i will now travel south to UCI and take on the Anteaters Tuesday.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

On The Road Again

Hawai`i will fly out of Honolulu Friday for a four game road trip, the last one in the 2015 Big West season, four matches in seven days.

First stop will be UC Davis for a Sunday match first serve 11 am HST. The Aggies are currently holding down the # 4 spot in the Big West standings.

The Wahine swept the Aggies in October at the Stan Sheriff Center 25-14, 25-12, 25- 17. Kaylin Squyres continues to be the driving force in the Aggie's attack. The senior outside hitter leads the Big West in number of kills (438) and kills/set (4.34) and a possible contender for Big West Player of  the Year.

Match Info

First Serve - Nov. 15th 2015, 11 am HST

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wahine News Update

Photo: Digg'n Na Wahine

The team leaves for the mainland on Friday for their final Big West road trip. Four matches in eight days will be a tough test for the Wahine and at times the grind of a long road trip could show up in some of the matches in the form of a sluggish performance. It will be important for them to remain focused on the goal...going undefeated in the Big West.

On Monday # 6 Hawai`i fell one spot to # 7 in the AVCA Poll. Voters were more impressed with Stanford's two wins over the Oregon teams and leapfrogged them over the Wahine also on Monday Hawai`i remained in the # 32 spot in the latest RPI.

A new slideshow from the recent road trip has been added to "Wahine Through The Lens"  link to more slideshows can be found in the left Menu.

Future Wahine in the CIF Championship

The CIF 1st round playoffs got under way yesterday, Norene Iosia, Redondo Union, Emma Smith,Mira Costa winners. Kirsten Sibley & Shaney Lipscomb had byes

I put this together so Hawai`i fans could follow the progress of our indoor recruits in the CIF Championship matches.

Norene Iosia, Redondo Union, Emma Smith,Mira Costa - Southern Section Bracket, 1AA division

Kirsten Sibley, Campolindo, North Coast Section Bracket  Division 3

Shaney Lipscomb, Central Catholic, San Diego Section Bracket, Open Division.


Monday, November 09, 2015

Hawai`i Returns Home Closer To The Goal
Sweeps  CSUN  25-14, 25-17, 25-19

Photo: Digg'n  Na Wahine

Box Score

The 6th ranked Wahine boarded  HA 3 at LAX at 10 am Sunday morning looking a little tired but satisfied that they were coming home with two more matches in the win column. This was the first leg of a six match road trip for the undefeated Big West leaders (12-0) . The second leg begins later this later week when they return to California for a Sunday match at UC Davis followed by matches at UCI, Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara.

Coming off an emotional win at Long Beach State on the previous night a let down at Cal State Northridge was always possible but no one in the Matadome believed it would happen not even the CSUN fans, the Wahine were just a better team.

In set one CSUN came out firing but it was short lived, a 7-5 lead for the Matadors quickly dissipated and Hawai`i went on to take set one 25- 14.

In set two the Wahine jumped out to and early lead 10-3 behind 3 service aces and kills from Magill and Greeley and from that point on it was never close...25 -17 Wahine.

Once again the theory that a team down two sets to one is going to come out of the locker room after the break and play you tougher made an appearance at the Matadome. CSUN wasn't about to go down easy.

Jumping out to an early lead with some good serving by CSUN and shaky passing by Hawai`i it was looking like this match could be extended to a 4th set but the Wahine settled down and evened the score at 12-12. It was a toe to toe battle all the way to an 18-18 tie then the Matadors began to fold as the Wahine sprinted away with a 7-1 run that gave them the set 29-19.


Saturday, November 07, 2015

Wahine Beat 49er's In Their House

Box Score

There are no "protect this house" signs at the Pyramid home of  the Long Beach State 49er's just a lot of empty wasted space and LBSU fans left their house feeling a little empty also.

It started out as billed, both teams battled it out toe to toe and while the Wahine had numerous chances to win the first set they gave away several leads and came up on the short side losing set one 26-28.

Set two was another close set but you could see and feel the determination in the mannerisms of the Wahine that this set was not going to go to the 49ers. In the end even the loud and obnoxious Beach student section was not going to get in their way of a 25-22 win for the Wahine.

After the break  Hawai`i looked like the undefeated Big West leaders that they are and LBSU looked flat. Right out of the gate Hawai`i broke into a fast trot to the finish line for a 25-13 win leaving the 49ers in the dust and this is where the infamous LBSU student section all of a sudden became a ghost town.

In set 4 Tayler Higgins found some magic at the serving line and got the Wahine off to a great start serving up 8 straight points which included 4 aces. A good size Hawai`i crowd went into a celebration mode led by the Olevao family. LBSU battled back towards the end of the set and came within 3 points at 23-20 but back to back kills by Nikki Taylor and Olivia Magill ended the set in favor of the Wahine 25-20.

Hawai`i had 5 players in double digits in a well balanced attack along with 14 team blocks. Nikki Taylor led all players with 20 kills and 14 digs for her 5th double,double in 2015.

The Wahine travel up the 405 freeway today to take on Cal State University Northridge at 5pm HST.