Monday, November 17, 2014

Hawai`i Travels To The Cali Central Coast

Photo : Digg'n Na Wahine
Update : 11/18/2014  12:15 pm HST
Note link changes below for Audio Webcast and Radio from ESPN 1420 AM to NBC Sports Radio 1500 AM for Saturday's match against Cal Poly.

The Wahine will head for California this week and travel up the scenic California coast to take on UC Santa Barbara at the Matadome on Friday (11/21) and Cal Poly in Mott Gym on Saturday (11/22). This will be the final 2014 Big West road trip for Hawai`i before returning home to wrap up the Big West season against UC Riverside and UC Davis.

If you believe in miracles Hawai'i could still win the Big West automatic bid by winning their four remaining matches and LBSU losing theirs but not likely to happen.

To receive an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament winning their remaining four matches is important for Hawai`i so this road trip will be a crucial one. UCSB and Cal Poly are two teams who have nothing to lose, both are not in contention in the Big West race or for an NCAA Tournament bid but both would love to throw a monkey wrench into the Wahine's post season plans.



At UC Santa Barbara
Match Info
Nov 21, 2014: Hawai`i at UCSB, 7pm Pacific, 5pm HST
TV: None
Live Streaming Video: Big West TV   http://www.bigwest.org/story.asp?story_id=16075
Radio: ESPN 1420 am
Audio Webcast: http://www.espn1420am.com/
Live Stats:http://www.ucsbgauchos.com/sports/w-volley/2014-15/boxscores/20141121_ua3u.xml

At Cal Poly
Match Info:
Nov.22,2014:  Hawai`i at Cal Poly SLO, 7pm Pacific, 5pm HST
TV: None
Live Streaming Video: Big West TV  http://www.bigwest.org/story.asp?story_id=16070
Radio:  NBC Sports Radio 1500 am
Audio Webcast: http://player.listenlive.co/27961
Live Stats: http://www.gopoly.com/sports/wvball/2014-15/boxscores/20141122_bsnh.xml

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wahine News


Nov. 12th 2014

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Hartong in Switzerland

News about Emily Hartong's career in the pros with Volero Zurich has been hard to come by. While many pro teams have web sites few keep them updated or provide the type of information that we are accustom to getting here in the U.S.

Volero does use a live game tracker called Tickaroo but it only provides the score. The Volero web site also does not give fans any information on matches other than the score. Presently we are not sure that Emily has even played in a match but it seems unlikely that a pro team would pay someone to just stand around.

On November 13th Volero begins competition in the CEV ( Confédération Européenne de Volleyball ) Championship. The CEV web site ( Click Here ) seems to have more information for this series including stats, live scores, etc. Volero is in Pool D in the preliminary rounds.

In Puerto Rico 

Kim Willoughby will play for Valencianas de Juncos this season.


 In Finland

Amber Kaufman is still playing pro ball in Finland . Click here for team web site.



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National Letters of Intent

Today is NLI day but it is also a day when glitches seem to happen, one example could be Annie Mitchem. On the recent road trip I learned from the most reliable source in the program that Annie still had some testing that she needed to complete. We should know by the end of the day if it was completed and who signed.

2015 Recruits
McKenna Granato 5'11 OH Punahou HS
Casey Castillo 6'3 RS Santa Fe Christian HS
Annie Mitchem 6'2 MB Irvine Valley College


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Former Wahine Kalea Goodman Engaged ! (Reposted)


On a cold rainy day in Paris, France former Warrior football player Justin Clapp got down on one knee with the Eiffel Tower as a back drop and asked his girl friend of four years and former Wahine OH Kalea Goodman to marry him and she accepted.

The couple has been on a Around The World Adventure that started after graduation back in May of 2014.Congrats!

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Nikki Taylor leads Wahine In Win Over CSUN
25-16,22-25,25-23,25-18


Photo: Digg'n Na Wahine


Box Score

Nikki Taylor had a match high 15 kills and hit .400 in a crucial match that kept the Wahine hopes for an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament alive.

Hawai`i came out ready to play in set one, there was no sign of their usual slow start, it was CSUN who looked befuddled,bemused and bewildered.

Hawai`i jumped out to a quick 8-3 start that forced the Matadors to take an early timeout. Hawai`i was hitting .500 while CSUN was at a -133. The Wahine continue to play well  forcing CSUN to take their final timeout with UH up 18-12 but it didn't help the sluggish Matadors and the Wahine went on to take the set 25-16 hitting .478 .

CSUN seemed to wake up from their sleep in set two but the Wahine jumped out to a 11-7 lead that led to the Matadors first timeout in the set.  The timeout worked for them and they played more inspired and tied the match at 12-12 when Hawai`i called a timeout.

After the timeout by UH CSUN continued to play with a renewed purpose and caught a break from a bad call by the up ref that seemed to be a momentum changer. The Matadors would go on to win the set 25-22.

After the break CSUN continue to play well in set three and the Wahine had to call a timeout down three  (10-13) because Shoji sensed that the wheels were beginning to fall off of the cart. When play continued it remained a closely played set that saw the Wahine blow three Aloha balls before ending it with a 25-23 win.

Set four saw setter Tayler Higgins suddenly remembering to set the middles and they responded with five quick points for the Wahine, three coming from Olivia Magill and two from Kalei Adolpho. This combined with a series of attack errors by CSUN forced a timeout by the Matadors with UH up 10-7.

After the timeout CSUN would get close several times but in the end it was a block and a kill by Kendra Koelsch  that seemed to ignite the fans and the team for a 25-18 win

The Wahine will have a bye week before going back on the road for matches against Santa Barbara and Cal Poly.

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Saturday, November 08, 2014

Come Back Effort Fails
Beach Wins in Five 27-25,22-25,25-18,25-17,10-15

Photo: Digg'n Na Wahine





Box Score

Down two sets to none at the break it was a gallant effort to stage another comeback win by the Wahine but it just wasn't in the cards.

The opportunities were there in sets one and two but Hawai`i was not able to capitalize on them. Engaged in a toe to toe battle with the 49ers Hawai`i would repeatedly fall behind,come back to tie it up then allow LBSU to score points in bunches and pull ahead again. In set one the Wahine had 3 set points but were unable to close the deal.

In what seems to be a characteristic of this team this year Hawai`i came out after the break with a new sense of urgency. Sarah Mendoza replaced  Savanah Kahakai at libero which seemed to spark the Wahine along with increased production from Kalei Adolpho and Nikki Taylor.

It was all Wahine in sets three and four as they took both sets and sent it to five. Things suddenly became brighter in the Stan Sheriff Center but the other shoe was about to drop.

Getting an early jump is the key to winning in set five, a statement you will hear from many coaches but it was the 49ers who got the jump on the Wahine and with the exception of one tie at 4-4, The 49ers were able to pull ahead by a few points and hold the lead to take the deciding set 15-10.

Hawai`i will continue conference play against CSUN Saturday at 7pm in the SSC.

UP NEXT
Cal State Northridge
Nov. 8, 2014 7pm HST

The Matadors finished the 2013 season Big West Tri-Champs with Hawai`i and UC Santa Barbara with a 24-7 overall record and 13-3 in the Big West. CSUN comes into this match in  ? place the Big West standings with a 5-4 conference record and 14-7 overall.

The  All Time Series Record - UH is 15-2 against the Matadors and were swept by them in their last meeting on 10/10/2013.

How they compare
                   Hawai`i         CSUN

Kills/set        13.3              14.0

Hitting %       .240              .259

Blk/set           3.1                2.0

Aces/set        1.6                1.2

Digs/set       15.0               14.0

Top Guns

Sam Kaul 6'1 So OH, 2.09 K/set (.381). Kaul is presently # 2 in the Big West in Hitting % .

Casey Hinger 6'2 Sr MB, 3.19 K/set (.302)

Cieana Stinson 5'11 Jr OH, 3.30 K/set (.256)

Danetta Boykin 6'2 Jr OH, 3.08 K/set (.279)

Head coach: Jeff Stork is in his 13th season at CSUN.Stork was named the 2011 Big West Coach of the Year and 2013 Co-Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2012.

Match Info:

Oct. 10: @ CSU Northridge 7pm HST

TV:  OCSports – Channels 16 (SD) and 1016 (HD)

Radio: 1500am NBC Sports Radio Hawai`i

Live Video Stream:  Big West TV   http://www.bigwest.org/story.asp?story_id=16042

Live Audio Stream: http://player.listenlive.co/27961

Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=61749

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Former Wahine Kalea Goodman Engaged !

On a cold rainy day in Paris, France former Warrior football player Justin Clapp got down on one knee with the Eiffel Tower as a back drop and asked his girl friend of four years and former Wahine OH Kalea Goodman to marry him and of course she accepted.

The couple have been on an Around The World Adventure that started after graduation back in May of 2014.Congrats!

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Wahine Looking For Revenge

Photo: Digg'n Na Wahine


Back in the Stan Sheriff Center this weekend against Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge the Wahine will be looking to get some revenge for their two match road loss to both of these teams earlier in the season. Wahine fans could be in store for two nights of some great volleyball.

Presently LBSU is in the drivers seat to win the Big West Championship outright. Even if the Wahine are successful in beating the 49ers on Friday they will need for LBSU to lose one more match for them to get back in the race


First Up
Long Beach State
Nov. 7: Stan Sheriff Center 7pm HST

The 49ers finished 2013 in second place in the Big West behind Tri- Champs Hawai`i, CSUN and UCSB with an 11-5 conference record and 18-11 overall. LBSU comes into this match  9-0  in the Big West and 19-4 overall.

Hawai`i is 28-16 against the 49ers and lost to them in a close 5 set match in Long Beach on 10/11/2014.

How They Compare

                            UH        LBSU

K/set                   13.3        13.4

Blk/set                  3.1          2.8

Digs/set               15.1        15.6

Aces/set                1.6         1.1

Hitting %              .241       .251

Top Guns

Alex Reid 5'11 Jr OH,  2.72 K/set (.225)

Chisom Okpala 6'2 Sr MB,  2.81 K/st (.352)  Okpala is 3rd in the Big West in hitting percentage (.352)

Bri Mackie 6'3 Sr  RS,  2.80 k/set (.285) Mackie is 3rd in the Big West in blocks/set (1.19)

Ashley Murray 6'2 MB, 1.89 K/set (.331) Murray is 4th in the Big West in hitting percentage (.331) and 5th in blocks/set (1.18)

Tyler Jackson 5'8 Sr. DS is 5th in the Big West in digs/set (4.08)

Jenelle Hudson 5'8 Jr Setter is 4th in the Big West in assist/set (10.11)

Head Coach Brian Gimmillaro - 30th season.

Match Info

Nov 7, 2014: Hawai`i vs Long Beach State 7pm HST, Stan Sheriff Center,Honolulu, HI.

TV:  OCSports – Channels 16 (SD) and 1016 (HD)

Live Streaming Video: Big West TV http://www.bigwest.org/story.asp?story_id=16042

Radio: ESPN 1420

Audio Webcast: http://espn1420am.com

Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=61748

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Monday, November 03, 2014

No Place Like Home

Photo: Digg'n Na Wahine


Many Hawai`i fans who travel know the feeling of time zone changes and how it affects the body clock so it is only reasonable that one would expect the Wahine to look sluggish after a five hour red eye flight stuffed into a cramped seat not much bigger than a car baby seat.

I avoid red eye flights and travel early in the day whenever I can but this program often travels at some weird times that makes it even more difficult on the players when they arrive at LAX.

It wasn't until the morning of the Fullerton match on Saturday that I actually felt like my body clock had caught up with West Coast time and I found it interesting that the team also looked like they had recovered when I arrived at the Titan Gym.

Annie Mitchem is a beast

On Wednesday we went to Irvine Valley College to watch Annie Mitchem play and my own personal feeling is that Hawai`i fans are in for a treat. Annie is the complete package who excels at all the skills but I'm not the only one who thinks highly of her.I chatted with Dave for a few minutes and I mentioned that we went to watch Annie play. Dave broke out this big smile and said , she sure is good isn't she ?

Annie's Stats to date:


Statistics category Overall Conf
Matches 16 9
Sets 49 26
Kills 207 107
Kills per set 4.22 4.12
Errors 32 19
Total Attacks 323 172
Hitting Percentage .542 .512
Assists 14 6
Assists per set 0.29 0.23
Service Aces 16 8
Service Errors 14 7
Service Aces per set 0.33 0.31
Reception Errors 1 1
Digs 130 61
Digs per set 2.65 2.35
Block Solo 21 15
Block Assist 37 17
Block Total 58 32
Blocks per set 1.18 1.23
Block Errors 0 0
Ball Handling Errors 0 0
Points 262.5 138.5
Points per set 5.4 5.3

Up Next

Hawai`i takes on Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge this weekend, both matches should provide the Wahine fans with some exciting volleyball.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014


Going Holoholo






Headed to Southern California on Tuesday and will be attending the UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton matches. While in the area may also catch the exhibition match at LBSU against Zhejiang and watch Annie Mitchem in a match at IVC.

Planning on tweeting from these events depending on how many bars I have...Can You Hear Me Now ?

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Update: 11:53 HST 10/27/2014

Kalei Greeley was named Big West Freshman of the Week and Sarah Mendoza the Defensive Player of the Week.

 http://hawaiiathletics.com/news/2014/10/27/WVB_1027143526.aspx

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Taylor Leads Wahine To Win Over UCSB
22-22,19-25,25-15,25-16


Photo: UH Athletics

Box Score

What started out as a digging war in set one turned into the Nikki Taylor Show by the end of the match.

Set one was a defensive battle. At the media time out (15-14 UH)  there were 14 ties and 7 lead changes. Sarah Mendoza had already accumulated 10 digs.

Midway through the set the Bows began to pull away, the Gauchos fought back but were unable to take the lead and the set ended with a 25-22 win for the Wahine. Hawai`i had 30 digs in the set and UCSB 27. Nikki Taylor had a great set with 6 kills hitting .857.

Set two was a set of many unforced errors on both sides of the net. UH finished the set hitting .054 while UCSB hit .077, Hawai`i was getting very little production from the left side,Olivia Magill and Nikki Taylor had some success but the Wahine dropped the set to UCSB 19-25.

After the break the game plan changed and feeding the hot hand of Nikki Taylor became the norm.Taylor went on a scoring rampaged for the next two sets and the Gauchos had no answers for the sophomore right side hitter who started the match without the brace on her hitting arm.

While freshman Kalei Greeley had 10 kills,8 digs and a block her hitting proficiency was only .095.Olivia Magill play a big roll in the middle as did Kalei Adolpho. Magill finished with 10 kills,4 blocks while hitting.348 and Adolph came up with 8 kills, 5 blocks and hit .263.

Libero Sarah Mendoza had 25 of the Bows 84 digs and defensive specialist Savanah Kahakai 15.

The Wahine hit the road later this week for matches against UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton. Both matches will be on ESPN 3

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Intense Practice Sessions Payed Dividends
Wahine Sweep Cal Poly 25-17, 25-18, 25-22






Photo: UH Athletics
Box Score

A bye week, threats of wholesale lineup changes, (which never materialized), and some serious practice sessions helped this Wahine team get back on track. The Bows returned from a devastating road trip on October 11th with two losses that caused them to fall out of their first place conference standing and plummet in the polls and RPI.

Last night's win combined with a UC Davis upset over CSUN in Northridge kept the Wahine in second place in the Big West tied with UC Davis. Long Beach State, after beating UCR, remains unbeaten and in the top spot in the Big West standings.

In set one Cal Poly started out looking like they came with an upset on their minds but after a 10-10 tie Hawai`i stepped on the gas and pulled away easily taking the set 25-17 while hitting a blistering 72%.

Set two was much the same. the Mustangs kept close for 5 points then the Bows pulled away and were in control of the set all the way to a 25-18 win.

Set three proved to be the most exciting part of the match when the Mustangs came out playing some improved defense keeping the ball in play and going toe to toe with the Wahine, there were 11 ties in set three. After an 11-11 tie Poly started to run away and it looked like the match could be going 4 sets but Shoji called a timeout down 18-21 that seemed to get the Bows back on track.

After the TO a kill by Higgins and a block by the Wahine helped them to get back within one ( 21-22) forcing a Poly timeout.When play continued two attack errors by Poly force them to take their last TO down 23-22.

When the teams return to the court back to back kills by MB Olivia Magill and Tai-Manu-Olevao ended the set with a 25-22 win for the Bows and gave them the sweep.

Top Wahine performers

Tai- Manu-Olevao 15 kills, 8 digs hitting .265, Kalei Greeley with 11 kills, 9 digs hitting.308, MB Olivia Magill 9 kils.5 blocks hitting .471, Kalei Adolpho 6 kills, 5 digs hitting .1,000
Libero Sarah Mendoza had 14 digs


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Up Next UC Santa Barbara
Sunday 10/26/2014 4pm HST


The Gauchos finished the 2013 season tied with Hawai`i and CSUN for first place in the Big West with a 13-3 record and 18-11 overall.
USCB was one of the three teams in 2013 to beat the Wahine in a 5 set match at the SSC.

USCB comes into this match 4-3 in the Big West and 9-9 overall.

All Time Series Record - Hawai`i is 32-8 against the Gauchos and beat them in five in their last meeting on 11/9/2013 in Santa Barbara.

Stats Comparison

                UCSB       Hawai`i

Kills/set    12.6           13.0              
Digs/set    14.1           14.2
Blks/set    1.6             3.0  
Aces/set   1.3             1-7
Hitting %  .200            .243 

Top Guns

Jaylen Villanueva 5'9 Jr Opp  2.63 K/set  (.181)
Britton Taylor 6'3 Jr. Opp  2.61 K/set  (.231)
Ali Barbeau 6'1 Jr, OH  2.41 K/set  (.170)
Phoebe Grunt 6'4 So. MB  1.38 K/set  (.353)
Chanel Hoffman 6'0 Fr. OH  2.40 K/set  (.148)

Head Coach- Nicole Lantagne Welch, second year at Santa Barbara, Co- Big West Coach of the Year in 2013.


Date & Time - 10/26/2014 4pm HST
TV - OC Sports, Channels 16 SD and 1016 HD 
Radio - 1420 am
Live Video Stream - http://www.bigwest.org/story.asp?story_id=16042
Live Audio Stream - http://www.espn1420am.com/
Live Stats - http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=61747

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hawai`i Resumes Conference Play

Photo: UH Athletics - Practice Session

Update: Oct 22,2014

Hawai`i Volleyball tweeted late yesterday that Sunday's match with UC Santa Barbara has been changed to 4pm HST.

Back from a bye week the 12-5,4-2  Bows return to the Stan Sheriff Center this weekend to continue their quest for the Big West title facing off against Cal Poly on Friday at 7pm and UC Santa Barbara on Sunday at 4pm.

Hawai`i received a little help in the Big West standings last week when UC Santa Barbara upset Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine defeated UC Davis creating a three way tie for second place between UH, CSUN and UC Davis. Long Beach State remains alone in first place undefeated in conference at 6-0.


Up First

Cal Poly SLO

The Mustangs finished the 2013 season tied for third with UC Davis 6-10 in conference and 14-15 overall.

Poly comes into the SSC 2-5 in the Big West and 7 -10 overall.

All Time Series Record- UH is 33-4 against the Mustangs. Last meeting was on  11/8/2013 and won by Hawai`i 3-0

Stats Comparison

               Cal Poly    Hawai`i

Kills/set     12.5          12.9       
Digs/set     14.5          13.9
Blks/set     1.6            3.1     
Aces/set    1.0            1.8
Hitting %   .179          .237

Top Guns

Raeann Greisel - 6'2 Fr OH 3.36 K/s  (.173)
Savannah Niemen - 6'1 Fr MB 1.60 K/set  (.192)
Taylor Nelson - 6'0 Fr Setter 1.67 k/set  (.220)
Taylor Gruenewald - 6'1 So MB 2.49 k/set  (.220)
Caihla Petiprin - 6'1 Fr MB 1.53 k/set  (.246)

Nicole Kessler, Cal Poly's Jr Libero, is second in the Big West in digs/set ( 4.45 )

Head Coach- Sam Crosson third year as the Mustang head coach

Match Info


Date & Time - 10/24/2014 7pm HST
TV - OC Sports, Channels 16 SD and 1016 HD 
Radio - 1420 am
Live Video Stream - http://www.bigwest.org/story.asp?story_id=16042
Live Audio Stream - http://www.espn1420am.com/
Live Stats-  http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=61746
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Wahine Fall in Five at LBSU
15-25,25-22,24-26,25-21,11-15

photo by: DARRELL MIHO


Box Score

Although Freshman Kalei Greeley had her second double,double of the season with 10 kills,14 digs and Tai Manu Olevao her 4th with 16 kills,13 digs  Hawai`i came up short in the end but it was a good effort by the Bows after LBSU completely dominated them in set one.

Looking drained from last nights poor performance and loss at CSUN  poor passing, no communication.service errors and some plain old sloppy play resulted in a set one loss (25-15) to the 49ers

In set two Hawai`i started to wake up and small improvements in passing were seen but it was just barley enough to eke out a 25-22 win. Freshman Emily Maglio had to come in for Jr MB Olivia Magill who tweaked a leg muscle. Emily had two kills and a block in this set and ended the match with 5 kills hitting .308.

Set three started out looking bleak for the Wahine as LBSU led by 5 points at one point but Hawai`i eventually caught up to them at 14-14, after that it was a close battle to the end and could have gone to the Wahine but a kill by LBSU and attack error by Taylor Higgins gave the set to the 49ers 26-24.

Set 4 was pretty much the same until the Wahine went on a 5-1 run at 20-20 taking the set 25- 21

Set 5 started out looking like the Wahine had a great chance to win the match but LBSU played well under the pressure and UH fell apart after a 11-11 tie when the 49ers went on a 4-0 run taking the set 15-11 and the match.

Hawai`i will take next week off and return to action on 10/24 against Cal Poly and UCSB on 10/26

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Wahine Swept at CSUN
17-25,20-25,21-25

Box Score

The trip started with a 7 1/2 hour flight delay that might have disrupted the flow of things but it was the Wahine's poor passing and no answer for the Matador's hitting,passing and digging that sunk the ship. CSUN out did the Bows in every category except blocking (10-3). The loss makes tomorrows match against Long beach State even more crucial if the Wahine want to stay at the top of the Big West standings. In a year that we know is going to be a dog fight for the Big West title winning on the road is the key.


Up Next
LBSU
Oct. 11: @ Long Beach State 4pm HST
Fans can catch this one on ESPN 3 which is available free to both Oceanic and Hawaiian Tel users.

The 49ers finished 2013 in second place in the Big West behind tri- champs Hawai`i,CSUN and UCSB with an 11-5 conference record and 18-11 overall. LBSU comes into this match  3-0  in the Big West and 13-4 overall.

Hawai`i is 28-15 against the 49ers and beat them three sets to one in their last meeting on 11/2/2013

How They Compare
                            UH        LBSU

K/set                   13.5         13.1
Blk/set                  2.6           3.2
Digs/set               13.4         13.8
Aces/set                1.2           1.7
Hitting %              .253         .247



Top Guns
Alex Reid 5'11 Jr OH,  2.88 K/set (.249)
Chisom Okpala 6'2 Sr MB,  2.67 K/st (.311)
Bri Mackie 6'3 Sr  RS,  2.78 k/set (.312)
Ashley Murray 6'2 MB, 1.82 K/set (.326) - Murray is 4th in the Big West in Hitting %.

Tyler Jackson 5'8 Sr. DS is 4th in the Big West in Digs/set (4.2)
Jenelle Hudson 5'8 Jr Setter is 4th in the Big West in Assist/set with 10.3

Head Coach Brian Gimmillaro  762-200

Match Info
Oct. 11: @ Long Beach State 4pm HST

Live Streaming Video: ESPN3
Radio: 1500am
Audio Webcast: http://www.nbcsportsradiohawaii.com/
Live Stats: GameTracker 

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Wahine Take Big West Record And Streaks On The Road
Oct. 10: @ CSU Northridge
Oct. 11: @ Long Beach State


Photo: UH Athletics



What is at stake in what head coach Dave Shoji described as the meat of the schedule ? First and foremost is retaining their number one spot in the Big West standings a task that will be challenging against the # 2 (LBSU) and # 3 (CSUN) teams who are breathing down their necks.

The Wahine also have a few streaks going that they would like to continue. As of today the Bows have 7 straight wins, 6 straight sweeps and won 21 straight sets this season. The 3rd set come back win against UCI last weekend showed that they are not quitters and that could be a momentum carrier into this week.

The Bows received a nice bump up in the AVCA Poll on Monday from # 24 to #21 and came in ranked # 17 in the release of the first RPI for the 2014 season. 

First Up
Cal State Northridge (CSUN)

Hawai`i and CSUN are fairly even when it comes to team stats but the Matadors will have a big home court advantage.



                    Hawai`i         CSUN
Kills/set        13.3              13.6
Hitting %       .248              .251
Blk/set           3.2                2.0
Aces/set        1.8                1.2
Digs/set       13.8               13.6


                 
The Matadors finished the 2013 season Big West Tri-Champs with Hawai`i and UC Santa Barbara with a 24-7 overall record and 13-3 in the Big West. CSUN comes into this match # 3 in the Big West standings with a 2-1 conference record and 11-4 overall.

The  All Time Series Record ( UH Media Guide ) shows that UH is 15-1 against the Matadors and were swept by Hawai`i in their last meeting on 11/23/2013.

Top Guns

Sam Kaul 6'1 So OH, 2.09 K/set (.381). Kaul is presently # 2 in the Big West in Hitting % .
Casey Hinger 6'2 Sr MB, 3.15 K/set (.282)
Cieana Stinson 5'11 Jr OH, 3.15 K/set (.250)
Danetta Boykin 6'2 Jr OH, 2.73 K/set (.259)

Head coach: Jeff Stork is in his 13th season at CSUN with a 168-183 record. Stork was named the 2011 Big West Coach of the Year and 2013 Co-Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2012.


Match Info:
Oct. 10: @ CSU Northridge 4:30pm HST
TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket Ch 228, 1228 HD
Radio: 1500am NBC Sports Radio Hawai`i
Live Audio Stream: http://www.nbcsportsradiohawaii.com/
Live Stats: http://gomatadors.com/sports/w-volley/2014-15/boxscores/20141010_atnx.xml


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