Saturday, July 16, 2016

Preparation for 2016 Season Continues

Although it has not been fully confirmed indications are that all of the 2016 roster including freshman are on the UH campus and attending summer school session II. They also have been working with the UH strength and conditioning coaches and some are helping out at Dave Shoji camps.

Recently the 2016 roster  (see below) made a brief two day appearance online but has since been taken down. As I stated in my previous blog entry there was always a possibility that a newcomer could be added and according to the recent new roster that player is Faith Ma‘afala a 5'8 S/DS Jr transfer from Southern Utah University.  Faith, played her high school volleyball at Kamehameha-Kapālama in Honolulu.

2016 Roster

1  Katiana Ponce L/DS 5-3 Sr. Honolulu, O'ahu / Moanalua HS
2  Kendra Koelsch S 6-1 Jr. Huntington Beach, Calif. / HBHS
3  McKenna Granato OH 6-0 So. Kailua, O‘ahu / Punahou School
4  Clare-Marie Anderson L/DS 5-7 Jr. Honolulu, O`ahu / Punahou School
5  Emma Smith DS 5-8 Fr Manhatten Beach Calif/Mira Costa HS
6  Natasha Burns MH 6-5 So. R Hamilton, Ontario, Canada / St. Mary's
7  Tayler Higgins S 5-9 Sr. Honolulu, O'ahu / Punahou School
8  Annie Mitchem MH 6-3 Sr. Friendswood, Texas / IVC
9  Kirsten Sibley OH 6-2 Fr. Moraga, Calif. / Campolindo HS
10  Norene Iosia S 5-11 Fr. Redondo Beach, Calif. / Redondo Union
11  Kalei Greeley OH 6-2 Jr. Riverside, Calif. / King HS
12  Faith Ma‘afala S/DS 5-8 Jr. Honolulu, O‘ahu / Kamehameha
13  Gianna Guinasso L/DS 5-9 Jr. Huntington Beach, Calif. / HBHS
14  Nikki Taylor OPP 6-4 Sr. Honolulu, O'ahu / Kaiser HS
15  Savanah Kahakai L/DS 5-8 Jr. Honolulu, O`ahu / Farrington HS
16  Rika Okino DS 5-5 Fr. Honolulu, O‘ahu / Kalani HS
17  Casey Castillo OH 6-3 So. Oceanside, Calif. / Santa Fe Christian
19  Emily Maglio MH 6-3 Jr. Coquitlam, B.C., Canada / Pinetree HS
20  McKenna Ross DS 5-10 Fr. Aliso Viejo, Calif. / Aliso Niguel HS


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Hawai`i Prepares For 2016 Indoor Season

Preparation for the 2016 indoor season is underway. Schedule has been finalized and announced, the roster is complete (not posted yet) although there is always the possibility of a late comer appearing. also two new additions to the coaching staff have been introduced to the Wahine fans.

For the fan it is now time to purchase a season ticket and enjoy what is looking like the last season for Head Coach Dave Shoji.


Hawai'i Adds Berg and Pesto to Staff

Hawai`i head coach Dave Shoji hired Lindsey Berg, a three time Olympic setter, to replaced Robyn Ah Mow-Santos who had to leave the program because of her husband's military transfer to the mainland.

Berg is a Punahou School graduate and played her college volleyball at the University of Minnesota.

Shoji also added Tom Pestolesi a former two time All American for the UH Warrior Men's team as a volunteer coach. Affectionately  known as "Pesto" Tom is taking a sabbatical from Irvine Valley College where he is the head coach of the women's indoor team. More>


Saturday, May 07, 2016

Season Ends At NCAA Tournament With Loss to UCLA

Photo: UH Beach Volleyball

The 2016 season for the Hawai`i beach team came to an end today in Gulf Shores, Alabama after losing to UCLA in the elimination bracket.

On Friday the Bows defeated the Bruins 3-0 to open the tournament and advance to the 2nd round of the day to take on Florida State who defeated Stetson.

Although, Hawai`i had beaten Florida State earlier in the year. FSU was a much improved team and beat the Bows 3-2 in a tight match.

The loss sent the Bows to the Elimination Bracket with a chance to work their way back to the Championship round. In the first match of the day on Saturday UH took on Arizona and came away with a 3-0 win and advanced to meet UCLA for the second time. This time Hawai`i came up short and were eliminated in a 3-0 loss to the Bruins.

For Hawai`i ( 18-10 ) the AVCA Poll may have been the best predictor of where this season would end. The Bows spent most of the season ranked 5th in the poll and will finish 4th in the National Championship Tournament thanks to an earlier upset win by UCLA over #3 Pepperdine.

Tomorrow ( Sunday, May 8, 2016 ) AVCA will announce the All American Team.


Bows Dynamic Duo Named All Americans

Spieler and Maglio 2016 Beach All-Americans


Thursday, May 05, 2016

Hawai`i Arrives in Alabama

The SandBows were the first team to arrived in Gulf Shores, Alabama for the 2016 NCAA National Championship tournament and wasted little time getting in a practice and a feel for the sands of Gulf Shores Public Beach Courts

This is the first year that the NCAA will sponsor the Championship and Hawai`i undoubtedly would like to be the first winner.

Hawai`i will first take on UCLA on Friday May 6. The Bruins have beaten the Bows twice in the regular season but by a very slim 3-2 margin.The winner will go on to meet the winner of the Florida State vs Stetson match. Hawai`i beat FSU earlier in the year 4-1 and Stetson 4-1 at the Stetson Spring Break Tournament in Florida.

First match #5 seed UH vs #4 seed UCLA 5am HST May 6,2016


Live Stream May 6

Live Stream May 7

Live Stream May 8

There is some TV coverage but some matches could be over when it is scheduled to be broadcast in Hawai`i.

AVCA All American Awards will be announced this weekend.

Katie Spieler is the female recipient of the 2016 Jack Bonham Award for outstanding performance on and off the playing field.


Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Hawai`i Dominates 2016 Big West Beach Awards

Press Release
Big West Conference
May 3, 2016
Photos: Big West

Hawai‘i dominated the 2016 women’s beach volleyball season, claiming the inaugural Big West tournament in Huntington Beach, Calif. in addition to garnering all three of the top awards: senior Katie Spieler and freshman Emily Maglio earned Pairs Team of the Year honors, Maglio garnered Freshman of the Year accolades and Jeff Hall was tabbed Coach of the Year as the conference announced the all-conference teams today. - See more at:


1st team 
Katie Spieler
Emily Maglio 
Nikki Taylor
Lara Schreiber 
2nd team 
Ari Homayun
Hannah Zalopany
Ginger Long
Mikayla Tucker 
Hannah Rooks
Ka’iwi Schucht 


Sunday, May 01, 2016

Big West Champs !
SandBows defeat Long Beach State 3-2

Photo: UH Beach VB


The SandBows will head to the NCAA National Championship in Gulf Shores, Alabama as the #5 seed and will play #4 seed UCLA on May 6, 2016 .

The outcome of the inaugural Big West Beach Volleyball Championship was never in doubt for the Hawai`i faithful but Long Beach State made it interesting and had no intention of letting the SandBows walk away with it without putting up a fight.

Big West teams were not very impressive in 2016 and LBSU, the #2 seed in the tournament, would be the only team in the conference who would even come close to able to compete with the Wahine so it was only logical that it would come down to both meeting in the finals.

There was no head - to - head competition in the Big West for the Bows this year except for Long Beach who they faced twice, once in the season opener at the Pepperdine Kickoff Tournament and later at the Outrigger Aloha Invitational. The Bows beat them in both tournaments 4-1.

The Championship Tournament began on Friday for # 1 seed Hawai`i, who drew a first round bye, when they cruised to an easy 5-0 win over #5 seed Cal Poly who earlier had to defeat CSU Bakersfield to advance. The 8-12 Mustangs finished third in the Big West and were never a big threat.

Hawai`i #4 duo Ari Homayun and Hannah Rooks did dropped one set 19-21 in the win and had to go to a third and deciding set.

Hawai'i 5, Cal Poly 0

1. Katie Spieler/Emily Maglio (UH) def. Jacqui Martin/Casey Carroll (CP) 21-4, 21-9
2. Ka'iwi Schucht /Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Adlee Van Winden/Taylor Nelson (CP) 21-12, 21-12
3. Lara Schreiber/Hannah Zalopany (UH) def. Savannah Niemen/Anna Gorman (CP) 21-16, 21-13
4. Ari Homayun/Hannah Rooks (UH) def. Raeann Greisen/Katherine Brouker (CP) 19-21, 21-11, 15-9
5. Ginger Long/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def. Dora Beilin/Shannon Fouts (CP) 21-18, 21-6

The win over Cal Poly would set up the first meeting in the winners bracket with #2 seed Long Beach State on Saturday, The 49er's, who also drew a first round bye, defeated #3 seed CSUN in their opening match.

On Saturday the Bows would see LBSU twice on their way to the Championship Final. The first meeting came in the winners bracket and the 49er's ratcheted it up in a close match that saw the Bows come out 3-2 winners. LBSU seemed to have figured out weaknesses in the SandBows # 3 team of Lara Schreiber/Hannah Zalopany and #5 team Ari Homayun/Hannah Rooks.

Hawai'i 3, Long Beach State 2

1. Emily Maglio/Katie Spieler (UH) def. Nele Barber/Rachel Nieto (LBSU) 22-20, 21-16
2. Ka'iwi Schucht/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Jenelle Hudson/Z. Konstantopoulou (LBSU) 21-19, 21-10
3. Kobi Pekich/Sammee Thomas (LBSU) def. Lara Schreiber/Hannah Zalopany (UH) 17-21, 21-11, 17-15
4. Ginger Long/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def. Ciana Wagner/Mykah Wilson (LBSU) 21-14, 21-18
5. Megan Kruiohof/Morea Wagner (LBSU) def. Ari Homayun/Hannah Rooks (UH) 21-17, 21-19

The Beach dropped back into the losers bracket in this double elimination tournament and had to beat #5 seed Cal Poly to get to meet Hawai`i again in the final match.

To coin a famous quote by Yankee's catcher Yogi Berra it was "deja vu all over again” for the Wahine.

LBSU for the second time had the number of the Bows # 3 and #4 team and they made it even more interesting by pushing Hawaii's # 1 duo Spieler/ Maglio to a 3rd set but were unable able to pull off the upset.

Championship Final Results
Hawai'i 3,Long Beach State 2

1. Emily Maglio/Katie Spieler (UH) def. Nele Barber/Rachel Nieto (LBSU) 14-21, 21-11, 15-11
2. Ka'iwi Schucht/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Jenelle Hudson/Z. Konstantopoulou (LBSU) 21-17, 21-9
3. Kobi Pekich/Sammee Thomas (LBSU) def. Lara Schreiber/Hannah Zalopany (UH) 21-11, 21-16
4. Ginger Long/Mikayla Tucker (UH) def. Ciana Wagner/Mykah Wilson (LBSU) 21-17, 21-19
5. Megan Kruiohof/Morea Wagner (LBSU) def. Ari Homayun/Hannah Rooks (UH) 18-21, 21-16, 15-9

The team will remain on the mainland and await the NCAA Tournament Selection how on Sunday.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

SandBows Wrap Up Regular Season At Big West Championship

Hawaii's beach team will head for the inaugural Big West Beach Championsuip at Huntington Beach , CA this weekend as the # 1 seed. The double elimination tournament will be held at the Beach Street courts at the  intersection of Beach Blvd. and Pacific Coast Highway ( Map ) .

Bracket: With  Dates and Times.

Coming off of a second place finish at the Aloha Invitational Hawai`i will use this tournament to sharpen skills and prepare for the upcoming NCAA nationals. While you never know what the NCAA will do Hawai`i is expected to be one of eight teams selected to participate when the bracket is announced on May 1st @ 4pm HST on

Other News.

Photo published for Beach Volleyball's Schucht and Taylor Earn BWC Pair of the Week

* Nikki Taylor and Ka'iwi Schucht were named this week's Big West Pairs Team of the Week. Hawai`i duos have won the weekly conference award seven of eight weeks this season.

* The organizers of the Aloha Invitational announced on Twitter that a delayed broadcast of the recent Aloha Invitational finals is scheduled for 9am HST, May 21st on the CBS Sports Channel ( Ch. 247 ).

* Our 2016 recruits Norene Iosia 5'10 Setter, Kirsten Sibley 6'2 OH and Emma Smith 5'7  Libero will wrap up their club careers this weekend (April 29-May 1) at the Junior Nationals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

* McKenna Ross an outside hitter/opp from Aliso Niguel High School in California and Laguna Beach VBC announced on Twitter that she has committed to UH. Ross graduates in 2016 and is between 5'9 and 5'11 depending on where you get your information.

* There has also been internet rumors that another 6'2 middle will join the Wahine in 2017 but so far there has been no confirmation from her club or the player.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

USC Dominates 2016 Aloha Invitational
Hawai`i Finishes Second

Photo: GCU VB

The tournament kicked off Thursday with the pairs competition which Hawai'i did not participate in.

USC's # 1 & 2 tandem's Sarah Hughes/Kelly Claes and Sophie Bukovec/Alexa Strange
advanced to the finals on Friday to play Grand Canyon's #1 team Mackenzie Phelps/Shannon Dugan
and #2 team Aleksandra Wachowicz/Molly Turner. Both USC duos went on to beat GCU in the final matches on Friday.

Friday started with the duels double elimination competition. Grand Canyon first defeated ULM 4-1 and advanced to play USC, Long Beach State defeated the University of Washington 4-1 and advanced to play UH.

USC then swept Grand Canyon 5-0 and UH defeated LBSU 4-1. Hawai'i and USC advanced to the winners bracket on Saturday.

Coaches continued to experiment with the SandBows parings. The most important change saw Lara Schreiber,( who has been Taylor's partner most of the year), moved to the #3 team with Hannah Zalopany and Kai'wi Shucht joined Taylor on the #2 team.

Results:  Hawai`i 4  LBSU 1

LBSU 1 (Rachel Nieto/Nele Barber) def. Hawaii 1 (Katie Spieler/Emily Maglio), 21-15, 16-21, 15-13.

Hawaii 2 (Nikki Taylor/Kai'wi Shucht) def. Long Beach State 2 (Jenelle Hudson/Zoi Konstantopolou), 21-12, 21-19.

Hawaii 3 (Lara Schreiber/Hannah Zalopany) def. Long Beach State 3 (Kobi Pekich/Samantha Thomas), 21-16, 21-14.

Hawaii 4 (Ginger Long/Mikayla Tucker) def. Long Beach State 4 (Ciana Wagner/Mykah Wilson), 21-18, 21-17.

Hawaii 5 (Hannah Rocks/Ari Homayun) def. Long Beach State 5 (Megan Kruidhof/Morea Wagner), 21-18, 21-15.

Saturday's scheduled had the Wahine pitted against USC in the winners bracket of the duel's competition while Grand Canyon face LBSU in the contenders bracket. GCU upset #6 LBSU 4-1 and advanced to meet the loser of the USC/Hawai'i match.

This would be the third time this season that the #5 Bows faced #1 USC. Previously the Lady Trojans beat Hawai'i 4-1 at the Pepperdine Kickoff Tournament at Zuma Beach, CA and again in a much closer 3-2 match at the 2016 Hawai‘i Invitational in Honolulu but third time was not to be a charm for the Bows, USC swept the Bows 5-0. Lara Schreiber/Hannah Zalopany was the only UH team to take a set from USC.

Results: USC 5  Hawai'i 0

USC 1 (Sara Hughes/Kelly Claes) def. Hawaii 1 (Katie Spieler/Emily Maglio), 21-10, 21-15.

USC 2 (Sophie Bukovec/Alexa Strange) def. Hawaii 2 (Nikki Taylor/Ka’iwi Schucht), 21-18, 21-16.

USC 3 (Allie Wheeler/Nicolette Martin) def. Hawaii 3 (Lara Schreiber/Hannah Zalopany), 21-9, 19-21, 15-9.

USC 4 (Abril Bustamante/Jenna Belton) def. Hawaii 4 (Ginger Long/Mikayla Tucker), 21-19, 21-16.

USC 5 (Josephine Kremer/Zoe Nightingale) def. Hawaii 5 (Hannah Rooks/Ari Homayun), 21-18, 21-12.

With the loss to USC UH fell back into the contenders bracket and had to beat GCU to get another crack at the Women Of Troy in the finals.The SandBows blitzed the Lopes 5-0.

Results: Hawai`i 5  GCU 0

Hawaii 1 (Katie Spieler/Emily Maglio) def. Grand Canyon 1 (Mackenzie Phelps/Shannon Dugan), 25-23, 21-12.

Hawaii 2 (Ka’iwi Schucht/Nikki Taylor) def. Grand Canyon 2 (Molly Turner/Aleksandra Wachowicz), 21-16, 21-17.

Hawaii 3 (Lara Schreiber/Hannah Zalopany) def. Grand Canyon 3 (Brooke Razo/Emilee Erichsen), 21-14, 21-14.

Hawaii 4 (Ginger Long/Mikayla Tucker) def. Grand Canyon 4 (Kami Dickerson/Jordyn Sanchez), 21-17, 21-12.

Hawaii 5 (Hannah Rooks/Ari Homayun) def. Grand Canyon 5 (Rebecca Conrad/Chloe Jenkins), 21-15, 21-1.


For the fourth time this season the SandBows could not come up with an answer for USC and finished second in the Aloha Invitational.

Results Finals:

USC 1 (Sara Hughes/Kelly Claes) def. Hawaii 1 (Katie Spieler/Clare-Marie Anderson), 21-14, 21-14.

USC 2 (Sophie Bukovec/Alexa Strange) def. Hawaii 2 (Ka’iwi Schucht/Nikki Taylor), 21-14, 18-21, 15-11.

USC 3 (Allie Wheeler/Nicolette Martin) def. Hawaii 3 (Lara Schreiber/Hannah Zalopany), 21-17, 22-20.

USC def. Hawaii, 3-0, to win championship.
USC led, 1-0 in sets, in the 4s, and Hawaii led, 1-0, in the 5s, when USC’s #1 duo sealed the match for the Trojans.

The 2016 Aloha Invitational was better organized this year. A format and schedule was published on the website and they updated results quickly. It appears that the organizers learned a lot from the 2015 inaugural event.

The one area that is still confusing is the TV broadcast. The schedule indicated that the finals was going to be broadcast live on CBS Sports (Ch 247 ) but that was not the case. A delayed broadcast is probably in the works.

Note : Results are from Aloha Invitational..


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Aloha Invitational Returns To Hawai`i

In 2015 Dain Blanton 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist and Mike Dodd 1996 Olympic Silver Medalist hosted the inaugural Aloha Invitational at Queens Beach in Waikiki,

Long Beach State won that tournament after the organizers and CBS Sports changed the format that made the final match the one that decided the entire tournament winner even though Hawai`i was leading 4-0 going into the final match.

It was a made for TV ending and unfortunately Hawai`i lost that one match. The award ceremony baffled everyone present including Hawai`i players who thought that they had won the tournament 4-1. It became obvious to me that they possibly knew nothing about the change.

In the end the TV viewer saw LBSU crowned the winner of the 2015 Aloha Invite but AVCA, who was running the National Championship in 2015, gave UH the 4-1 win for the record.

In this year's Aloha Invitational Hawai`i will only play in the duels competition according to a UH news release. and pass on the pairs tournament which does not count in the standings.

Katie Spieler and Emily Maglio earn their 3rd Big West Beach Volleyball Pairs Team of the Week award on Monday. This was the 6th time this season that UH pairs took the weekly award.

Beach Volleyball Pair of the Week Katie Spieler/Emily Maglio


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

SandBows Buck The Broncos
 Down BSU 4-1 on Senior Night

Photo: UH Beach Volleyball

Hawai`i had very little problem with Boise State on their way to their 11th win of the season with the exception of the #2 tandem of Nikki Taylor and Lara Schreiber who continue to be an up and down team this year losing to BSU's #2 seed Sarah Baugh/Sierra Nobley 19-21, 21-7, 12-15.

Long/Tucker kicked off the match with a 21-9, 21-10 win as the #5 seed, followed by additional UH wins by #4 seed Rooks/Homayun 21-11, 21-11 and #3 seed Schucht/Zalopany 22-20, 18-21, 15-10. In the night cap Wahine #1 seed Spieler/Maglio wrapped up the match with a 21-11, 21-14 victory over the Broncos #1 team O'Donnell/Hubbard.

Katie Spieler, Heather Boyan and Ginger Long were honored after the match in the traditional Hawai`i senior night celebration.

Hawai`i 4 BSU 1

1. Katie Spieler/Emily Maglio (UH) def. Maddy O'Donnell/Hannah Hubbard (BSU) 21-11, 21-14
2. Sarah Baugh/Sierra Nobley (BSU) def. Nikki Taylor/Lara Schreiber (UH) 21-19, 7-21, 15-12
3. Kaiwi Schucht/Hannah Zalopany (UH) def. Kaitlyn Oliver/Maddi Osburn (BSU) 22-20, 18-21, 15-10
4. Hannah Rooks/Ari Homayun (UH) def. Katie Hall/Sabryn Roberts (BSU) 21-11, 21-11
5. Mikayla Tucker/Ginger Long (UH) def. Laney Hayes/Jaymee-Lee Bulda (BSU) 21-9, 21-10

Exh. Casey Castillo/Hi'ilawe Huddleston (UH) def. Emily Sullivan/Katie Hall (BSU) 21-19, 19-21, 15-11