Monday, January 11, 2016

Coming Soon .... Beach Bows



Fortunately for Hawai`i volleyball fans the University of  Hawai`i has a beach program that fills that void between the end of the indoor season and the next fall camp.

So far the Wahine Beach Bows have been a very successful program in a sport that has been around for years but fairly new to the college scene. This year the NCAA will sponsor the first NCAA Championship and whatever the NCAA gets involved in usually turns into crap and reeks of favoritism and rigged tournaments.

The Big West Conference has also added beach volleyball as a conference sport and we will see the first Big West Championship April 22nd & 23rd at Huntington Beach, CA. The winner will get the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama, May 6-8.

Currently the Big West teams participating are...Cal Poly, CSUN, Long Beach State, Hawai‘i. plus associate members in beach volleyball CSU Bakersfield and Sacramento State.

Head coach Jeff Hall and staff have recruited some top high school beach players in the off season but we will not see them until the 2017 season so it is hard to say what this 2016 team will be like.

The 2016 roster has talent but so far some of that talent has yet to translated into beach success in terms of wins except for Katie Spieler and Nikki Taylor.

The Wahine 2016 season will get underway March 3-5 against USC, UCLA, Long Beach State and Pepperdine in the 2016 Pepperdine Kickoff Tournament to be held at Zuma Beach, CA.

2016 Schedule 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Wahine Bounced In Regional Final
Lose to Minnesota 3 sets to one


WVB Team huddle


Box Score

Losing is always hard to take but this Hawai`i team has no reason to hang their heads. Their 29-2 record which included going undefeated in the Big West Conference and their Elite 8 appearance in the NCAA tournament makes the pill easier to swallow. They will be remember more for these accomplishments than one disappointing loss to a very good team.


We thank them for a great season and we will surely miss Tai and Olivia but we have so much to look forward to in 2016. The Wahine will return the bulk of this team next season and they will be joined by a group of very promising recruits.

Go Bows

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Hawai'i Upsets The Applecart !
Sweeps Penn State 25-22, 27-25, 25-15

Photo: Des Moines Register


Box Score

Hawai`i moves on to the Elite 8 after sweeping defending National Champs Penn State at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines Iowa !

Charlie Wade once said, "sooner or later the 700 lb gorilla dies" and last night we may have witnessed the end of a modern day dynasty in NCAA Women's Volleyball at the hands of a confident Rainbow Wahine team.

For the first time in a long time we began to see chinks in the armor at Penn State, a program who has dominated the NCAA Tournament in the past.

Hawai`i exploited those weaknesses with tough serving and great passing. Ironically the Nittany Lion's sophomore OH Ali Frantti told the press in a pre-match interview that it would come down to a serve / pass game and the team who wanted it more would emerge the victor, the team who wanted it more was Hawai`i !


No Time To Dilly Dally

While, celebrating this enormous win the Wahine will need to very quickly get back to focusing on their next opponent Minnesota who they will face today in the Regional Finals.

Match Info

Hawai`i vs Minnesota - 1:30 pm HST

Live on ESPNU Ch. 221

Live Audio

Live Stats 

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Wednesday, December 09, 2015

On To Iowa

Wells Fargo Arena



The Wahine rested in College Station for a couple of days and flew off to Des Moines Iowa by way of Atlanta on Tuesday. Remaining on the mainland should help this team become even more acclimated to the Central Time Zone by Friday.

On Friday Hawai`i (28-1) will take on Penn State (28-5) at 3:30 pm Hawai`i Standard Time. The match will be covered by ESPN3, 1420am and live stats from GameTracker.

What About The Stats ?

Comparing stats for the entire year this one looks like it has the potential to be a close one. Penn State fans want to just talk about the tournament stats which of course look impressive considering they had an easier 1st & 2nd round match-up against Howard University and Dayton.

Fear Factor

Nikki Taylor felt that their mediocre performance against TCU in the 1st round was due to nerves, this is something that they need to change immediately. There is no reason for fear of anything at this stage, confidence in themselves like they displayed against Texas A&M is all they need to come away with a win.

The Crowd

Neutral court for all in a very large venue that holds 17,000 but there will be no new attendance records at the Wells Fargo Arena for this one. While Penn State averaged 3,900 at home Happy Valley is a 13 h 17 min (887.1 mi) drive, I just do not see many of their fans, especially students, making the trip. Illinois and Minnesota, also in this Regional, will be a different story because both are neighboring states.

Match Info

Live Video- ESPN3

Live Stats - GameTracker

Live Audio - 1420am

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Sunday, December 06, 2015

On To Des Moines For Sweet Sixteen !
Wahine Sweep A&M in Texas 22,19,20





Match Stats

It was like the difference between night and day. Hawai`i, after a lack luster win on the previous night against TCU, looked and played like the 7th ranked team that they are.

Head Coach Dave Shoji tweeted,"Played our best match of the year, total team effort."

Attendance at the Reed Arena was expected to be higher than the first round match but it was actually lower and much of the infamous 12th man student section was either a no show or ineffective.

Not much seemed to bother the Wahine, they played with a lot of confidence. I was impressed with how they played in set three which is usually a set when a team down 0-2 (A&M) in the match plays tougher but the Wahine were smelling the sweep.

Thanks to some very good passing setter Taylor Higgins ran a well balanced attack that included middles Olivia Magill with 10 kills hitting .350 and Emily Maglio with 9 kills.

OH Kalei Greely contributed 10 kills with no errors for a .625 average. Opp Nikki Taylor with a much improved performance led the Wahine with 14 kills, 8 digs and hit .324.

Hawai`i will meet Penn State in the Des Moines Regional on Dec 11th. Dave Shoji is 0-5 against his long time friend Russ Rose the Penn State head coach but something is different this year with the Nittany Lions who have lost 5 matches that has Wahine fans believing this is the year for Shoji to get that elusive win.

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Saturday, December 05, 2015

Wahine Squeak By TCU, Advance to Round 2
17-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-21, 15-13









On paper and on film this one looked like it was going to be a barn burner from the get go and that it was but did it really need to be ?

This could have been and should have been a 3-1 win for the Wahine but when you give up 7 aloha balls in set 3, have 29 hitting errors, get out blocked and out played and still win the match I'll borrow a line from a famous Rolling Stone song...Thank you Lord, I'll send ten dollars to the Church of the Sacred Bleeding Heart of Jesus located somewhere in Los Angeles, California.

Rather than rehash the match set by set, most of which I would rather forget, I'll just let the stats do the talking because I'm already focused more on today's Round 2 match vs Texas A&M.

At times I search for the words, that in a nutshell best describes my feelings about a performance, and often come up empty handed but the best one came across my time line on Twitter last night from Josh Walker.


Match Info Round 2: 


When - Saturday Dec.5th 2:30 pm HST

Where - at Texas A&M


Live Video - ESPN3: NOTE: In Hawai`i ESPN3 is free for Oceanic and Hawaiian Tel internet users.



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Thursday, December 03, 2015

Game Day- Round 1 NCAA Tournament


Tomorrow the Wahine  take on TCU at the Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M. After a red-eye flight on Tuesday that left Honolulu at 8:11 pm HST and arrived in Houston at 6:52 am CST on Wednesday it was obvious that they were in no mood for conversation. Hopefully they will be able to get back to feeling normal by game time.

I'm always interested in what opposing coaches have to say about the Wahine, so far nothing from the Texas A&M coach but TCU's Jill Kramer doesn't sound like she's impressed with the Wahine.

In a recent interview with TCU360 the first year coach at TCU said..."Hawaii is a little more one dimensional as most of their points come through one player, while she said that TCU likes to “spread things out.”

Obviously she can't read stats which show that the majority of the Wahine matches were won with a balanced attack. A comparison of stats of both indicate a fairly even match up on paper.




Match Info: 

When - Friday Dec 4th 12:30 pm HST

Where - at Texas A&M


Live Video - ESPN3: NOTE: In Hawai`i ESPN3 is free for Oceanic and Hawaiian Tel internet users.






Monday, November 30, 2015

Two Steppin It To Texas





Regional - Des Moines Iowa
1st & 2nd Rounds - Texas A&M,College Station, Texas
Bracket

Hawai`i learned of their fate in the 2015 NCAA Tournament yesterday and while I'm not surprised that they are on the road it is where they are going to that is a bit of a mystery for me considering that the NCAA has always pulled out the "keeping travel expense down" card for Hawai`i.

Holding out for hope that the Wahine would host was something that never entered my mind and I am baffled as to why some many in Hawai`i thought that it was a possibility, clearly the RPI numbers were not there.

The most logical scenario for Hawai`i was the West Coast, if the NCAA was really interested in keeping travel expense expense down but once again they fooled everyone who plays the guessing game.

The Texas draw that the Wahine received is not all that bad to me, actually could turn out to be a pleasant surprise. After some quick research of the teams involved in the 1st and 2nd rounds in College Station I see no reason why Hawai`i cannot get out of Texas with two wins.

First Up TCU

TCU will be the Wahine's first opponent. TCU is a  member of the Big 12 and finished the season 19-9 and tied for 4th place in the Big 12. TCU's signature win came against Texas in late October when the Horned Frogs swept the # 2 Longhorns at home.

TCU is coached by Jill Kramer a former TCU player, this is her first year at TCU. Hawai`i is 6-0 vs the Horned Frogs.

More on the Horned Frogs here on the TCU Web Site

Match Info: 

When - Friday Dec 4th 12:30 pm HST

Where - at Texas A&M

Live Audio - ESPN 1420

Live Video - ESPN3: NOTE: In Hawai`i ESPN3 is free for Oceanic and Hawaiian Tel internet users.

Live Stats GameTracker

Tournament Central >>

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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