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 ?

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.

Taylor Leads Wahine To Win Over UCSB

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


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

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
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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
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Wahine Fall in Five at LBSU

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


Friday, October 10, 2014

Wahine Swept at CSUN

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
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:
Live Stats: GameTracker 


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
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Saturday, October 04, 2014

Wahine Wrap Up Home Stand With Sweep

                                                          Video : UH Athletics

Box Score

Hawai`i played with efficiently and looked impressive in set one. Although UCI jumped off to a 3-1 lead the Wahine quickly tied them at 3-3 and led the rest of the set for a 25-17 win out hitting UCI .387 to 222 in the set.

Set two was a lot closer with just a few points separating the two until UCI managed to tie the Wahine at 18-18 but UH then went on a 7-1 run behind Olivia Magill's two kills,4 block assist and a Higgins ace enabling them to take the set 25-19.

After the break set three was a thriller. Down by 7 at one point the Wahine staged an incredible comeback digging down deep and and fighting back for a 26-24 win.

It was the programs 200th win in the Big West also their 7th straight win and 6th straight sweep in 2014.

Tai Manu Olevao had a match high 15 kills and hit.429.  Nikki Taylor finished with a double double,11 kills and 10 digs hitting .280. Oliva Magill with 8 kills ,7 blocks hitting .400.

For the match Hawai`i out hit the Anteaters .308-.157 and out blocked them 12.5-4.


Friday, October 03, 2014

Greeley Leads Bows In Sweep of the Titans

Olivia Magill and Kalei Greeley
Photo: UH Athletics

Box Score

In a match that pitted two of the top freshman in the Big West against each other it was a KO for the Bows Kalei Greeley. Cal State's freshman OH Niki Withers may be second in the Big West in kills per set but Greeley smoked her in every category.

Greeley had a match high 10 kills and hit .421 while Withers could only muster up 4 kills and hit  - .105. Greeley also had a great night at the service line with 4 aces.

While Hawai`i recorded their 5th straight sweep it wasn't always pretty. Hawai`i coaches are looking for consistency from this team but inconsistency still reared its ugly head at times tonight.

In set one the Wahine came out flat and CFS came out on fire running off  to a 7-1 lead that forced Shoji to call a time out. Hawai`i started to work their way back into the set and CSF called a time out leading 11-8 but after the time out the Bows continued on a roll forcing Fullerton to take their last timeout with UH leading 15-11. From this point on the Wahine never looked back and rolled to the finish line with a 25-18 win.

Set two saw the Wahine get off to a fast start and after back to back aces by Kalei Greeley CSF called their first timeout with Hawai`i on top 8-3. The Titans were able to get within one in the middle of the set but the Bows held them off and took set two 25-19

Hawai`i got of to another great start in set three and CSF called a timeout when the Wahine doubled up on them 12-6. After the time out Shoji started to empty his bench, Emily Maglio, Megan Huff, Kendra Koelsch, Keani Passi and Gianna ( Baby G ) Guinasso all received playing time and helped to take it on home for a 25-15 victory and Hawaii's 199th win in the Big West.

Up Next

The home stand continues tomorrow night when the #24 Wahine take on the UC Irvine Anteaters at 7 pm HST.

UCI finished 4th in the Big West in 2013 14-16 overall and 5-11 in conference
The anteaters come into the SSC 10-6 overall  0-2 in the conference losing to LBSU 3-1 and going 5 against CSUN at home.

All Time Series Record - UH is 30-0 against UCI. Last meeting was 11/1/13, UH won 3-0.  NOTE : UCI claims that they are 0-28 against the Bows.

Top Guns
Allison Lee 6'0 Sr. OH, 3.18 K/set (.220)
Cassidy Pickerll 6'1 So. OH, 3.53 K/set (.242)  #4 in the BW in K/set, #2 in number of kills with 216, #3 in aces/set with 0.48.
Marisa Bubica 6'3 Jr, OH, 4.19K/set (.299)  #1 in the BW in K/set and #1 number of kills with 222.
Victoria Dennis 6'3 So.OH, 2.19 K/set (.342)  #4 in the BW in Hitting % hitting .342

Arden Davis 5'9 So. Libero #1 in the BW in digs/set 4.46, #1 in number of digs with 272
Shelly Anderson 5'10 So. Setter #1 in assist/set in the BW with 10.91

Head Coach
Paula Weishoff in her 6th season,65-87 at UCI and 18-30 in conference. Weishoff is a three time Olympian and was named to the Hall of Fame in 1998

Television: Oceanic Cable: Channels 215,16 (SD) and 1016 (HD)

Streaming Live Video: Big West TV

Radio: ESPN Radio (1420 AM)

Audio Webcast:

Live Stats:


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Wahine Begin Home Stand

Oct. 3: Cal State Fullerton 7pm HST 
Oct. 4: UC Irvine 7pm HST
Photo: UH Athletics

Back from a successful  2- 0 road trip the #24 Bows continue conference play this weekend when Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine come to the Stan Sheriff Center.

First Up
Cal State Fullerton Titans

The Titans finished 5th in the Big West in 2013 11-17 overall and 4-12 in conference
CSF comes into the SSC  0-2 in conference and 6-9 overall.

All Time Series Record - UH is 31-0 against CS Fullerton, last meeting was on 11/30/13, UH won 3-0.

Top Guns
Niki Withers 6'0 Fr OH 3.89 K/set (.165) Withers is second in the Big West in kills per set and third in number of kills with 214 and was named Big West Women’s Volleyball Freshman of the Week on 9/1, 9/8 and 9/22/2014.
Holland Crenshaw 6'3 Jr. MB 2.98 K/set (.325)
Stephanie Buss 6'1 Fr.MB 1.51 K/set (.241)
Megan Kruz 6'1 Jr. OH 2.30 K/set (.142)

Libero McKenna Painton is 3rd in the Big West in digs with 224

HEAD COACH: Carolyn Zimmerman (Pepperdine, 1992), 12th Season, 162-169 overall.

Television: Oceanic Cable: Channels 215,16 (SD) and 1016 (HD)

Streaming Live Video: Big West TV

Radio: ESPN Radio (1420 AM)

Audio Webcast:

Live Stats:


Greeley Named Freshman of the Week

Kalei Greely was named this week's Freshman of the Week by the Big West. Kalei recorded her first double-double of the season against UC Riverside with 12 kills (hit .300),12 digs and 2 blocks.
Over the two match weekend, Greeley averaged 3.33 kills/set (hit .314) and 3.50 digs per set.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Bows Sweep UC Riverside !
Go 2-0 on first road trip


 Box Score

Freshman Kalei Greeley returned to her hometown Riverside CA and left with a double double (12 kills and 12 digs) hitting .300 and the satisfaction of knowing that she helped lead the 10-3 Rainbow Wahine to their 5th straight win and a perfect 2-0 road trip.

Hawai`i breezed to a 25-12 win in set one out-hitting (.273-.026), out-blocking (4-2) and out-digging (17-15) the Highlanders.

Set two was a barn burner. UCR dug just about everything the Wahine threw at them, it was a right back at ya affair for the undersize but feisty Highlanders. In a set that produced 14 ties both teams battled all the way to a 26-26 tie when the Wahine went on a 3-1 run to take the set 29-27.

UCR got off to another quick start in set 3 and maintained a 2 point lead until Hawai`i caught them at 7-7 . The Bows then began to get some separation that led to a UCR time out with Hawai`i leading 18-16. After the time out Hawai`i continued to increase the lead and UCR called their last time out at 20-17. The Wahine returned to the court and went on a 5-2 run to take the set 25-19.

Tai Manu Olevao also ended the match with a double, double ( 12 kills and 10 digs ) while Nikki Taylor kicked in 10 kills and 6 digs. Libero Sarah Mendoza had 20 of the Wahine 64 digs and the Bows out- blocked the Highlanders 12-6


Friday, September 26, 2014

Hawai`i Sweeps UC Davis in Big West Opener

Box Score

One question that needs to be answered in the 2014 season is how well will this new group play on the road and the Wahine partly answered that question tonight by starting off with a sweep of the Aggies in their first Big West road match of 2014 but the real test will come October 10th and 11th when they travel to CSUN and LBSU.

In set one Hawai`i started to fall back into a bad habit of service errors and by the time the media time out rolled around they had 4 service errors and finished the set with 6  and no aces.

After the last tie of the set at 6-6 UH went on several runs pulling away from the Aggies who were racking up attack errors left and right. The Wahine ended the set a 25-18 winner hitting . 333 to the Aggies -.091 and out blocking UCD 4-2. Tayler Higgins found the most success in the middle as MB Kalei Adolph and Olivia Magill continuously found the floor and carried most of the load while  outside hitters Kalei Greeley and Tai Manu Olevao struggled.

In set two the Wahine improved from the service line with two aces with only one error. UCD made some adjustments covering the Wahine middles and both Adolpho and Magill became quite. On the outside Tai continued to struggle but Higgins was able to connect with Nikki Taylor and  freshman Kalei Greeley who came alive ending the set with 6 kills while hitting .400. UCD continued to have attack problems and only hit .156 to Hawaii's .306 for set 2 .

With UCD down 2 sets to none coming out of the break adjustments made by the Aggies caught the Wahine napping. UCD opened the set with back to back aces,a kill by Squyers and an attack error by Adolpho that forced an early time out by Dave Shoji. After the time out both teams battled toe to toe in a set that saw 10 ties all the way to 24-24 when a kill by Tai Manu Olevao and a block by Magill and Taylor gave the Wahine the win.

After struggling in sets one and two Tai Manu Olevao found her grove in set three and finished the match with 13 kills, 6 digs and 3 blocks. MB Olivia Magill kicked in 10 kills and 3 blocks while hitting .615.

RS Nikki Taylor contributed 9 kills, 8 digs and 3 blocks hitting .474, freshman Kalei Greeley had 8 kills. 9 digs, 1 block hitting.333. Senior MB Kalei Adolph with 5 kills and 7 blocks hitting .333.

Libero Sarah Mendoza with 13 digs.

The Wahine now fly to Southern California to take on UC Riverside tomorrow at 4pm HST.

Streaming Live Video: Big West TV
Radio: ESPN Radio (1420 AM)
Audio Webcast:
Live Stats:

Up Next UC Riverside.

The Highlanders finished the 2013 season 1-16 in the Big West and 2-26 overall under first year head coach Michelle Patton. UCR comes into Saturdays match against Hawai`i with a 2-10 record.

All Time Series Record dates back to 1975,Hawai`i is 15-0 against the Highlanders . Last meeting was 11/29/2-13 when the Wahine swept them 3-0.

Top Guns
Bri Holmes - 5'10 So OH 2.74 K/set (.168)
Alex Greshm ^'3 Fr MB 2.13 K/set (.225)
Ashley Cox - 5'6 Jr OH 2.72 K/set (.136)

Head Coach - Michelle Patton, in her second year at UCR, is 4-36 overall at UCR . Patton was a former head coach at San Francisco State and served as an assistant at Wyoming and Washington.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wahine Open Conference Play At UC Davis

#25 Hawai`i (8-3) travels to UC Davis (5-8) tomorrow (9/24/2014) to open the 2014 Big West Conference season on Friday (9/26/2014). Match is scheduled for 4pm HST at the Pavilion on the Aggie campus.

UCD finished tied for 3rd with Cal Poly in 2013 with a 6-10 record in conference and 14-15 overall. They begin conference play this year 5-8.

Hawai`i is 3-1 against UCD in the All Time Series record but according to the UH Media Guide (as of this posting) they are 2-1 which is incorrect. The Wahine beat UCD twice in 2012 and split with them in 2013. The record should be 3-1.

Top Players

Kaylin Squyres 6'1 Jr OH/MB 3.69 K/set (.179)
Allie Wegener 5'9 So OH 2.33 K/set (.083)
Katie Quinn 6'1 Sr MB 1.53 K/set (.271)
Kendall Walbrecht 6'3 So OH 1.55K/set (.126)
Valerie Brain 5'11 Sr OH 1.33 K/set (.194)

Head Coach - Dan Conners - 1st year.

Match Coverage: 

Streaming Live Video: Big West TV
Radio: ESPN Radio (1420 AM)
Audio Webcast:
Live Stats:


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hawai`i Serves NAU Second Loss

Photo: UH Athletics

Both coaches expected NAU to play better in their second meeting of this pre-conference series and the Lumberjacks did just that going toe to toe with the Wahine but it was the tough serving that gave Hawai`i the edge, an area that head Coach Dave Shoji wanted to see improvement in.

For the second night in a row the Wahine had more aces (9) than service errors (3). Tayler Higgins led the team with four aces followed by Sarah Mendoza with two, Nikki Taylor, Kat Ponce and Tai-Manu-Olevao each added one.

In the first set the Wahine held on to a small lead at the start but after a 10-10 tie they went on a 5-1 run that ended with a 15-11 lead at the media time out. The Bows continued to hold off the feisty Lumberjacks and take the first set 25 20. Tai-Manu-Olevao had 7 kills in the set while hitting .778.

NAU continued to keep it close in set two but after a 10-10 tie Na Wahine were able to gain some separation and NAU called a TO at 14-10. Hawai`i continued to increase their lead after the time out and NAU called their last time out with Hawai`i leading 18-12.

NAU continued to battle and came within one at 19-18 and again at 22-21 but the set ended 25-23 with a service error by NAU.

The Wahine jumped on NAU early in set three but the Lumberjacks were not ready to quit and forced an early timeout by Hawai`i when they tied the match at 8-8. Five ties later it was still a see saw battle but after a kill by NAU at 20-18 the Wahine went on a 5-0 run to end the set 25-18 and sweep  the visitors from Arizona for the second night in a row.

Tai-Manu-Olevao came up with her second double-double this season with a match high 13 kills, 16 digs while hitting .414. Nikki Taylor had 8 kills and 7 digs. Kalei Adolpho also contributed 8 kills and hit .467. MB Olivia Magill had a slightly off night but kicked in 7 kills and three blocks. Freshman Kalei Greeley also had an off night but added 5 kills and 9 digs.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hawai`i Sweeps Northern Arizona
25-18, 25-15, 25-18

Photo: Shane Grace / Ka Leo O Hawai‘i

Box Score

Hawai`i began their final tune up for the Big West season with a sweep over the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in the first of a two match series that concludes tonight (9/20/2014)  7pm HST at the SSC.

For the first time in the preseason the Wahine came up with a lineup that looks to be what we will see for the rest of the season. Shoji started Kalei Greeley and Tai Manu Oleavo on the left, Nikkie Taylor on the right while Olivia Magill and Kalei Adolpho filled the middle positions. Senior Sarah Mendoza started at Libero.

Outside hitter Nikki Taylor, back from her elbow injury, seemed fit as a fiddle and contributed 11 kills, two aces, 9 digs and was in on five blocks.

While passing wasn't all world most of the night the Wahine made up for it in other areas. Service errors, which have plagued this team for most of the preseason, improve tremendously with the Wahine committing only 5 errors for the match. Hawai’i also out aced the Lumberjacks 8-5 in the match with four contributed by Tai-Manu-Olevao

While NAU ran off to a quick 4-2 start in set one Na Wahine responded with a couple of their own runs and left NAU in the dust.

Set two started much the same and it was close for a spell until Hawai’i went on another 6-0 run. NAU found themselves caught in a Hawai`i rotation that had the three Wahine top attackers in the front row (Greeley, Magill, Taylor) and Oleavo bombing them from the service line resulting in Hawai’i taking the set 25-15

After the break NAU came out and playrd the Wahine a lot tougher jumping out to a quick 4-1 lead that forced a very early time out called by Shoji. It was nip and tuck for a few more points but NAU lost their lead at 6-5 and never regained it giving Hawai’i the sweep

Olivia Magill and Nikki Taylor had 11 kills, freshman Kalei Greeley 7, Oleavo 6 and Adolpho 6. Sarah Mendoza had a match-high 14 digs. Hawai’i out blocked NAU 9-6 and hit 64 % to NAU’s 42%.

The two match series continues tonight at 7pm HST.

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