Thursday, February 26, 2015

Countdown to Wahine Sand Season

With the departure of Head Coach Scott Wong and assistant Michelle Meyer it was pretty much a given that there would be a few issues left unsettled right up to opening day of the 2015 season.

Although Scott Wong left the program in great shape there has been several roster changes mostly involving indoor players who have decided to forego playing on the beach this year.

As of this date partners have not been finalized as coaches continue to evaluate different combinations. Some may be a game day decision.

The 2015 Wahine were ranked #4 in the recent AVCA pre-season poll which is where I expected them to be based on last year’s finish but it is difficult to say where this team is headed this season because they have a new head coach and many new faces.

While I expect the coaches will come up with at least two solid pairs using returning players from 2014 they will need to have more depth for the team competitions.

The 2015 season kicks off March 6th when the Wahine face off against #6 LMU in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational at Queens Beach starting at 9 am, followed by a match against # 1 Pepperdine scheduled for 11:00 am.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wahine News Update 
Feb 11, 2014

U.S. Women’s National Team Open Tryouts

Former Wahine setter Mita Uiato (2010-13) will tryout for the Women's National Team Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Mita made the Senior A2 team in 2011 and will be back again at the tryout with the hope of making the Women's National Training Team.

Photo: KaLeo
For the second year in a row Hawai`i did not send any current players to the tryouts. Players are not invited by USAV for this tryout and the cost of sending a player, as I understand it, is usually paid for by the program. With UH programs being asked to cut their budgets could this be the reason ?


Hartong In Zurich

It took me a while to get a handle on how Zurich plays their season. I was confused by all of the Cups that they play for and how they are set up. Unlike many tournaments that are played over a few days Volero cup matches span an entire season in some cases.

This season Volero finished 2nd in the Basel Volley Cup which was played at one venue over three days.

The Swiss Volley Cup is one that spans the entire season. Volero has reached the finals which takes place March 28th.

The CEV Champions League Championship is another long affair. Volero made it to the 12's playoffs which involves one home and one away match with each team, Volero beat RC Cannes today in the first match of the 12's playoffs. That series continues in 7 days when Cannes travels to Zurich for the rematch.


Emily Maglio and Sand VB

Some were surprised to see Emily Maglio on the sand team roster but the 6'3 MB from the indoor team is no stranger to beach volleyball, Emily played on the Coquitlam Ducks Sand Team in Canada.

Maglio and her partner Amanda Ramsden took the bronze medal at the U17 Canadian Provincial Championships in 2013.


Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Off Season Volleyball Coming to SSC

Need an off season volleyball fix ? Well two opportunities are coming up at the Stan Sheriff Center in the near future.

Spring Match vs Texas

 Women's Volleyball

Tickets have gone on sale for the Spring Match vs the University of Texas, Thursday March 19th ,2015  7 pm at the SSC. Tickets are available at the Box Office or On Line


USA National Team Returns

Yesterday ( Feb 2,2015) USAV announced that the USA Women's volleyball team will pay a return visit to to the Stan Sheriff Center this year and take on China in two USA Volleyball Cup matches on June 5th and 6th.

This is a four-match series that starts in Hawai`i then moves to Southern California for the final two matches on June 9-11, sites to be announced. Details Here >

Last year Hawai`i fans packed the SSC to watch the USA team defeat Brazil twice in the 2014 USA Volleyball Cup but it wasn't a sell out, hopefully this year that will be accomplished.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wahine News Update 
Jan 29, 2015

Recruiting News

Norene Iosia a 5'11 setter and Wahine 2016 verbally committed recruit from Redondo Union HS, CA was named Prep Volleyball's 2015 Junior of the Year today. Iosia also plays for the Mizuno Long Beach VBC one of the top clubs in Southern California.

Update: Jan 30, 2015

2015 recruit OH McKenna Granato was named a First Team High School All American by Volleyball Mag. 2016 recruit Norene Iosia was also named an Honorable Mention All American


Hartong In Switzerland


Emily's Volero Zurich team finished second in their pool in the CEV Champions League tournament and now move on to the playoff round involving the top two teams (12 total) from each pool.

Volero's 1st opponent will be RC Cannes in Feb. Three Americans, Logan Tom, Carly Wopat and Julian Faucette, play for RC Cannes.


Bling for Annie Mitchem

Championship rings for Wahine 2015 transfer Annie Mitchem and the IVC team. Photo provided by the IVC Sports Information Office .


Note: Links to photos are now located  in the "Page" Section in the Menu on the left.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Kupulau (Spring) Is In The Air

SandVB News

Everyone is back for spring semester and the fans are looking forward to Wahine SandVB.
Photo: UH SandVB

The posted schedule and roster still look like works in progress to me. As of this date the latest roster change shows Sarah Mendoza is no longer listed. Mendoza was one of the indoor players expected to play SandVB this year, also no longer on the roster is Karlee Riggs.

The schedule posted by UH appears to be close to completion. I did find a road match against UOP March 26th on the 2015 UOP schedule not on the UH schedule. Rosters and schedules at this point are probably still tentative.

In the "Details" section of the schedule  the matches being held at the new Ching Complex courts have a "Watch" link that takes you to OC 16. So it looks like there will be some type of broadcast of matches held at Ching, probably live stream.

The NCAA announced that they will take over the SandVB Championship in 2016.  The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) has conducted the tournament since 2012. Tournament sites will be announced in the fall and I fully expect UH to put in a bid.

Wahine SandVB was picked 4th in the recent release of the DiG Magazine Poll . I'm not sure how much creditability DiG Mag has with the fans but it is another sign that spring is in the air. The AVCA Coaches Poll is expected to be out sometime in February.

Indoor News

UH recently announced that Texas will be here for a spring match on March 19th but don't expect to see any of the 2015 recruits playing in this match.

As usual Dave Shoji will use this spring match for evaluation and give the players feedback on what they need to work on over the summer.

Instant Replay Reviews

Men's volleyball has been experimenting with instant replay reviews this season and the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Rules Committee recently recommended the same for women's volleyball. The testing will take place in the Big 12 this season.While some purest will give this a thumbs down I think it will add some excitement to the sport.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Wahine News Update
Jan 12, 2015

Shoji Names Wong's Replacement

Head coach Dave Shoji picked UH Warrior Volleyball Associate coach Jeff Hall as Scott Wong's replacement . Wong recently resigned to take the Head Coach position at Pepperdine University.

Hall comes to the program with solid credentials as a player and a coach but Wahine fans will be watching the recruiting aspect of the job. Hall has been away from the women's side of the game for a while and will need to re-establish himself in that area. ( Official Announcement )

We wish Scott and Jeff good luck in their new jobs.

Recognition for Wahine Recruit

Wahine 2016 committed recruit Norene Iosia, a 5'11 setter from Redondo Union HS, has been named a Junior of the Year Finalist by Prep Volleyball. We expect Norene to collect many more accolades before she arrives here.

Sand Season 2015

Players just completed two a day sessions as they prepare for the upcoming season. The 2015 schedule was recently posted and it is loaded with some very good competition coming to Hawai`i such as Nebraska, Cal, UCLA, USC and Pepperdine, these are teams that should get the fans excited about this season.

The 2015 roster has also been posted but appears to be a work in progress and might not be the final version. One surprise on the roster is Emily Maglio who played some beach volleyball with her Canadian Club in her senior year.

 Heather Boyan Joins Wahine Sand Team.

The sand team also added Heather Boyan a 6'1 MH from Western Kentucky University. Heather who has one remaining year of eligibility will be working on her Masters at UH.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wahine News

Photo: © Digg'n Na Wahine

Dec. 17, 2014

Hawai`i Middle Blocker Olivia Magill was named an Honorable Mention All American today by AVCA. The junior transfer from the University of Arizona led the Big West Conference in hitting percentage (.405) and blocks per set (1.34) this season.

2015 Recruits and Transfers.

Punahou's McKenna Granato comes into the program next year with some national accolades in tow. The  5"11 outside hitter was recently named the Hawai'i Gatorade Player of the Year. McKenna is also an AVCA/Under Armour High School All American and PrepVolleyball All American.

Granato is scheduled to play with the West Team in the Under Armour All American Volleyball Match & Skills Challenge this Friday (Dec 19) at the AVCA Convention in Oklahoma City.

This match will not be a live broadcast but can be viewed tape delayed in Hawai`i on CBS Sports Network Channel 247 and 1247 HD on Saturday, December 20th at 1:00pm HST and Monday, December 22nd at 4:30pm HST ( Zap 2 TV Guide ).

Irvine Valley College transfer Annie Mitchem was named AVCA's  Two Year College National Player of the Year for the second year in a row. The  6'2 MB from Friendswood Texas was also named an All American and Conference POY for the second time.

Sand Season Around the Corner 

In the past the sand team web page has been slow in bringing fans info in a timely manner leaving many to do their own research. Hopefully this year we will see some improvement.

Today I started checking the schedules of some of the top programs in this sport who have posted schedules and learned that UCLA , Pepperdine, Cal, Nebraska and USC are all scheduled to play in Hawai`i this coming season.

With more Big West schools playing sand this season we will probably see another Big West tournament on the mainland.

Who Will Replace Scott Wong ?

Scott's position as associate indoor head coach and sand volleyball coach was recently posted by UH, the closing date is January 2nd, 2015. It will probably be on or after that date before we get an official announcement.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Life Will Go On

The end of every season brings changes, it never fails. Coaches resign, take new jobs, players quit or transfer. We are a mobile nation and forever moving on.

Recently we have seen changes that affect this program. Seniors Sarah Mendoza, Kalei Adolph and Ginger Long will move on to their next phase in life, Scott Wong will become the new Head Coach at Pepperdine, which could cause more players to leave or change verbal commitments, and then we have that ever present unanswered question, will Dave Shoji retire this year ?

Change is just one of those things in life that happens, at times it is for the good and other times not so good. As fans we have no control in this area so we accept and hope that it is all for the best.


Sunday, December 07, 2014

Take A Break

A season can wear you out even when you are not on the team. I fan can feel the same ups and downs that the players do, we share the same "thrill of victory and the agony of defeat ".

While I never felt that this season was going to end at the Final Four you still have hope that they could be a Cinderella team.

I have never been into analyzing a season after it ends especially when it doesn't end the way that I hoped it would, that is something that I leave to the coaches. Mistakes made this season could help make a better season next year. To make a long story short I move on quickly.

Now is the time to take a short break. When the new year comes around many of us will be ready for the sand season because in Hawai`i we can not go very long without our volleyball fix.

Until then, enjoy and take a break !


Saturday, December 06, 2014

"Déjà vu all over again"
Wahine eliminated again by Washington 20-25, 25-19, 19-25, 14-25

 "Third times a charm" -  NOT !

What went wrong ?
Olivia Magill shutdown.
Blocking not there.
34 Hitting errors (.088)
Oleavo had a bad night.

What was good ?
Sarah Mendoza with 32 digs
Kalei Adolph 10 kills hit .562

Hawai`i ends the 2014 season 22-7 and looks forward to a better ending next year.