Sunday, October 16, 2016

Wahine Sweeps Home Series

Photo published for No. 17 Rainbow Wahine Overpowers UC Davis In Sweep
Photo: UH Athletics

Box Score vs UCI

While Hawai`i continued to experiment with the lineup which makes it a little difficult for the players they still responded with two wins over the weekend beating UC Irvine 25-14,25-21,24-26,25-18 on Friday and UC Davis 25-26,25-11,25-15 Sunday.

Opp Nikki Taylor led the Wahine to a win over UCI with 20 kills along with Annie Mitchem with 5 blocks,  9 kills, hitting .444. Mitchem showed her versatility playing both on the left and middle positions in the match.

OH McKenna Granato had 9 kills, MH Emily Maglio 8 kills,  Kalei Greeley led the team in digs with 10. Freshman setter Norene Iosia set a balanced attack and contributed 6 kills of her own.

Box Score vs UCD

Against UC Davis Hawai`i once again experimented with a different lineup starting MH Annie Mitchem on the left replacing freshman Kirsten Sibley and freshman Natasha Burns in the middle, both performed well.Mitchem had 8 kills while hitting .412. Burns contributed 5 kills hitting .571 and was in on 6 blocks.Nikki Taylor and McKenna Granato led the team with 9 kills each, Taylor also had 8 blocks.

Hawai'i outhit the Aggies ,325 to minus (-).040 and out blocked them 12-2.

The Wahine will have a bye week before returning to Big West play on the road.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Homecoming Weekend 
vs UCI and UCD

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Back in the islands after splitting on the road the Wahine will take on Big West opponents UC Irvine and UC Davis on Homecoming weekend.

Hawai`i 12-5, 5-1 Big West is in 2nd place in the Big West while UCD is in a 3-way tie for 4th place and UCI is holding down the # 5 spot.

It appears that the Wahine will be going through another lineup change a lineup that was experimented with once but abandoned.

The loss to LBSU dropped the Wahine from 12th to 17th in Monday's AVCA Poll and down to 31st in the RPI.

Match Info vs UCI

Friday 7pm SSC
Live Stats

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vs UC Davis

Sunday 5pm SSC
Live Stats

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Sunday, October 09, 2016

Wahine Split On The Road
Slip to #2 In Big West with a  loss to LBSU.

UH Rainbow Wahine Savanah Kahakai gets down low to dig a ball during a match against the Cal State Long Beach 49ers Saturday night at the Walter Pyramid.

Box Score vs CSUN

Hawai`i had a shorter week to prepare for this road trip but were able to make the best of it when they arrived at Cal State Northridge to take on the Matadores on Thursday.

Scores of  25-14, 25-15, 25-15 might indicate an easy sweep but in reality it was more about CSUN beating themselves. The Matadores hit in negative numbers most the match and the only accomplishment was that they kept up with the Wahine in blocks.

Hawai`i looked sharp in set 1 but as the match wore on it became evident that fatigue from travel was starting to creep in.

Nikki Taylor carried the team once again with 13 kills and 11 digs  her 4 double-doubled.Middle Emily Maglio contributed with 8 kills and 5 blocks.

Before leaving Hawai` Shoji announced a new depth chart that had Casey Castillo in the  # 3 spot on the left side and she came up with 5 kills on the night when she replaced freshman Kirsten Sibley late in set 2.

On To The Pyramid

Box Score vs Long Beach State

After a day of rest Hawai`i faced their next opponent Long Beach State for a first place Big West showdown and it was a defensive battle to the end. Neither team looked sharp offensively and it became a digging war a war in which LBSU was able to score points of off digs.

The 49er's out-dug the Wahine 95 -88 while Hawai`i out blocked LBSU 15.5 to 7 but it was little costly mistakes that gave The Beach the win in a set 5 barn burner.

Nikkie Taylor again carried the team with 28 kills and 19 digs her 5th double - double. LBSU.  Hawai`i middle Emily Maglio had one of her worst nights with only 2 kills.Hawai` middle senior Annie Mitchem did better with 10 kills.

Granato was the only bright spot on  the left with 10 kills but a poor hitting efficiency of .067.Freshman Kirsten Sibley was once again ineffective on the left and Casey Castillo who replaced her could only contribute 3 kills.

While Long Beach State took sole position of 1st place in the Big West the two will face off again at the Stan Sherrif center in November, both will be under pressure to win all of their remaining Big West matches.

The race for the Big West title is far from over.


Wednesday, October 05, 2016

On The Road Again

The last road trip was advertised as being a tough one but it wasn't. This road trip said to be tougher but will it be ?

With the first match being on Thursday and leaving on Wednesday afternoon it will create a tighter squeeze and could produce a more sluggish Wahine team at Northridge but Hawai`i, usually a very good road team, should be able to overcome the shorter travel schedule and meet the challenge.

On Friday the Wahine will get a day of rest before meeting Long Beach State at the Pyramid.

On Monday Hawai`i moved up one spot in the AVCA poll to #12.

Match Info:

At Cal State Northridge, Thursday, Oct 6, 2016, 4pm HST

Live Stream: - ESPN 3
Live Stats

At Long Beach State, Friday, Oct 8, 2016, 5pm HST

TV - Fox Sports Prime Ticket CH. 228 TWC
Live Stats


Monday, October 03, 2016

Wahine Sweep Weekend Matches

CSF Box Score

UCR Box Score

Exciting no, efficient mostly. In both matches against Big West teams Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside the Wahine were not without moments of sluggishness but still no match for the Big West doormats.

Rehashing the results of both sweeps even seems like a waste of time. Most dominate were the Hawai`i middles as  Hawai`i coaches want more sets to the middle and this weekend it was obvious to me that both matches were used to practice getting the middles more involved.

It was also a block party weekend as the Wahine racked up 8 blocks against CSF and 14 vs UCR.

The Wahine now prepare for a more difficult road trip later this week at CSUN and Long Beach State. Taking sole possession of 1st place in the conference is at stake.

CSUN and LBSU can be difficult places to play. While attendance at both schools has not been overwhelming this year they usually turn out big for Hawai`i.

While CSUN is 2-2 in the conference their last two losses vs Cal Poly and UCSB were close.

The Beach has been on a roll and looking more improved as the season wears on. LBSU is 10 -7 on the season and tied for 1st place with Hawai`i in the Big West at 4-0. This match will be televised on Fox Sports Prime.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Week 2 Big West Season 
Cal State Fullerton & UC Riverside

Photo UH Athletics

Head Coach Shoji warned the Wahine team about taking this weekend lightly even though the general consensus is that both CSF and UCR will probably be Big West doormats in 2016. Hawai`i does have a tendency to relax a little too much when the competition is considered to be sub-par so the warning is appropriate.

We could see different faces getting some playing time if the Wahine dominate but both matches should start off with the present lineup which has been successful so far.

On the road both CSF and UCR could possibly play the Wahine a little tougher but in the SSC it should be two quick sweeps.

No. 13 Hawai'i vs. Cal State Fullerton
Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Shimen Fayad is their go to player but after watching her against UCI I was not all that impressed. Granted she is the reigning Big West Player of the Week but it was based on her performance against UCR.

Fayed is the sister of Thana Fayed a freshman OH with #6 USD who was recruited by Hawaii.
The Fayad sisters are from BC Canada and in a recent match against LMU I felt that Thana was a much better player than her sister.

The Titans are 6-10 on the season but have one of the weakest preseason schedules in the NCAA with the exception of  #6  University of San Diego.

The Titans are 1-1 in the Big West beating Hawaii's second opponent this weekend UC Riverside 3-1.
Hawai'i is 34-0 against Cal State Fullerton.

Match Info
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Live Stats

No. 13 Hawai'i vs. UC Riverside
Sunday, Oct. 2, at 5:00 p.m.

UCR is a team who seems to spend more time doing community work than practicing.
They are 5-8 overall in 2016 and 0-1 in conference and with the exception of Cal had a fairly weak schedule. Hawai`i is 19-0 against UCR.

Match Info
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Live Stats

Hawai`i  freshman setter Norene Iosia was named Big West Freshman of the Week on Monday and the Wahine moved up to # 13 in the AVCA Top 25


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hawai`i Heads Home With Two Wins

Photo Darrell Miho

Box Scores
Cal Poly

Both matches were billed in a way that gave one the impression that they were matches of the year but only one came close to that.

Hawai`i came away from UCSB with a 25-20, 25-14, 25-19 sweep and look confident and efficient in the win. The Gauchos were without their star OH hitter Lindsey Ruddins but while it might have made the scores closer it was highly doubtful that it would have mattered in the end, Hawai`i was the bigger and more powerful team on the floor.

Hawai`i did struggle with passing at times but UCSB was never able to take advantage of it.The Gauchos libero Emilia Petrachi second in the conference in digs had difficulty handling the Wahine serves and was pulled and replaced by Sidney Bast.

The next night Cal Poly would be a much tougher match for a Wahine team who looked a little tired from the travel.

The Mustangs went toe to toe with the Wahine in set 1 taking the set 34-32,  Poly continued to keep the pressure on in set 2 and made Hawai`i work for a set 2 (27-25) win.

Although the Wahine took sets 3 and 4 (25-17,  25-20) the Mustangs did not make either easy Hawai`i struggle most of the night with passing issues, hitting errors and the inability to defend the tips but they held on to take the match for their 9th win of the 2016 season.

Hawai`i returns to the SSC next weekend to face Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wahine Begin Conference Play On the Road

Hawai`i will head for the central coast of California this weekend to kick off the 2016 Big West Conference season at UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly.

Conference play is a whole different ball game for the Wahine who have yet to leave the friendly confines of their home court but over the years Hawai`i teams have been great road teams.

With the return of Annie Mitchem and Nikki Taylor head coach Dave Shoji will have a little less to worry about.

UCSB 9- 4 and Cal Poly 7- 4 are off the good starts but their schedules are suspect. The competition in the Big West this year is said to be a little tougher but Hawai`i is a big team with a deep bench and plenty of  power. Shoji has enough combinations that he can use that will be a big help if the need arises.

Match Info:

Live Stats
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Cal Poly
Live Stats
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Wahine Take Pepperdine Series 

Box Score Friday Box Score Saturday

With the exception of a couple of mental lapses Hawai`i  look very efficient in two wins over the Pepperdine Waves.

Hawai`i won Friday's match  29-27, 26-6, 25-18 which included a set one 29-27 thriller and a set two 25-6 spanking.

Hawai`i also won Saturday's match 25-14, 25-18, 23-25, 25-12. Performance wise it was a repeat of the Friday match with the exception of set three when the Wave snuck up on the Wahine who appeared to look too confident and were caught coasting. Head coach Dave Shoji had the best explanation for dropping this set- "we got on the bus too early".

Both matches saw the return of Annie Mitchem who missed the first 9 matches of the 2016 season recovering from a finger injury.

Mitchem replacing OH Kirsten Sibley gave Hawai`i experience, height and fire power on the left and it paid off. Mitchem ended the match with 10 kills and hit .320. on Friday and 11 kills on Saturday.

Hawai`i came out of this weekend with a new line-up that was very successful and now leaves Shoji having to make some tough choices about what usually becomes the official starting line-up for the Big West season.

OH Kirsten Sibley out for two matches due to illness appears ready to return.

Hawai`i will begin the conference season this weekend on the road at UCSB and Cal Poly.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Wahine Face Pepperdine
Annie Mitchem returns.

Hawai`i will take on Pepperdine in a two-match series Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17. The Waves are 6-4 on the season and coming off of a 3-1 loss to UCLA. Hawai`i is 28-3 all-time against Pepperdine. Match Info:

Annie Mitchem will return to the lineup and expected to start on the left side replacing freshman Kirsten Sibley out with an undisclosed illness. This lineup will give the Wahine a lot of fire power in the front row but unless this turns out to be a lineup made in heaven one that has Final Four written all over it I expect to see Mitchem return to the middle position when Sibley is well or OH Kalei Greeley fully recovers.