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 5'10 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.


Friday, December 05, 2014

Hello Ginger Long Where Have Been ?
Wahine sweep Duke 25-15, 25-19, 25-17

Photo: Digg'n Na Wahine - Ginger Long at UCI

Box Score

There is a good chance that you could hear the roar all the way down to La Perouse from Ginger Long's neighborhood in Central Kihei tonight. The Junior OH came off the bench after Kalei Greeley rolled her ankle in the first set and played like she was on a mission to conquer the world. Greeley who had 2 kills, 3 digs and was hitting .333 when she left the match never returned although she was seen jogging off of the court when the match was over.

Ginger may not have ended the match with the most kills but she showed that UH has some depth at that position at a time when they really need it. The Wahine could have easily gone into a state of depression with Greeley's injury but Long was the spark plug that the team needed. Ginger finished the match with 6 kills, 8 digs, 2 solo blocks and 2 blocks assist. Tai Manu Oleavo had a good night on the left with 8 kills hitting .412 and Nikki Taylor with 10 kills from the right side.

Hawaii's passing was very good tonight which allowed Talyer Higgins to involved the middles that kept the Duke blockers off balance and guessing most of the night. MB Olivia Magill had another great outing with 10 kills, 5 blocks and hit .600. Kalei Adolpho also contributed 5 kills and 3 blocks while hitting .500 from the middle.

On the defensive side the Wahine out blocked Duke 11.5 to 4  and out dug them 53-40 . Libero Sarah Mendoza had 17 digs and setter Tayler Higgins 11

Hawai'i will now meet Washington in the second round at 5:30 pm HST tomorrow. The match will be broadcast on the PAC 12 Network which is available on Oceanic if you have their sports package, it can also can be heard on 1420 AM and ESPN 1420's live audio feed. Presently it is not showing up on the ESPN 3 schedule. It is my understanding that ESPN 3 unblocked their feed for the Duke match after the first set.

Info - Washington vs Hawai`i
5:30 pm HST

TV - PAC 12 Network - Channel 232 Oceanic Cable.

Live Video Stream ( Requires Sign In on your TV provider account )

Radio : ESPN 1420 AM

Live Audio Stream:

Live Stats:  Gametracker


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

NCAA Tournament 1st Round Info
Hawai`i vs Duke
Seattle, Washington, Alaska Airlines Arena
Dec. 5, 2014 3:00 PM HST

Photo: Digg'n Na Wahine

Update: 2:34 HST

ESPN3 Live Video feed is blocked out in Hawai`i

Update: 1:20 PM HST 

All links have been given a final check, no problems found. The ESPN 3 "Subject to Blackout" question has yet to be answered but it has nothing to do with the OC 16 scheduled broadcast on TV.

There is also no indication of a stream for this match on the Pac 12 Networks either.

In the past there has even been problems with an OC 16 broadcast outside of Hawai`i. My suggestion is fire them all up just in case.

Update: 5:15 AM HST

Gametracker link has been added. The ESPN 3 live video stream  this morning says "Subject to Blackout. I don't know yet if that means for Seattle,  Hawai`i or both and won't know until the link goes live.

TV:  OC Sports Ch. 16 and 1016 HD

Live Stream : ESPN3

Live Stats:  Gametracker -

Radio : ESPN 1420 AM

Live Audio Stream:


Sunday, November 30, 2014

NCAA Sends Na Wahine to Seattle, AGAIN !

Photo : Digg'n Na Wahine

Hawai`i was placed in the Seattle Regional and will travel to the University of Washington and face Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Dec 5th at 3pm HST. If successful they will meet the winner of the Washington / New Hampshire match in the second round.

About Duke

The Blue Devils finished 3rd in the ACC with a 14-4 record and 22-7 overall. This will be the first meeting between UH and Duke according to the UH Media Guide.

Duke is ranked #21 in the latest AVCA Poll. Duke had big wins against then ranked #14 Michigan State and Florida State who was ranked #3 at the time. In the preseason they lost to #1 Stanford,  un-ranked Santa Clara and Michigan.

Stats - How They Compare

Duke                                     Hawai`i
Kills/set    13.0                       13.3
Aces/set     1.3                         1.5
Digs/set    17.0                       15.0
Blk's/set     2.0                         3.0
Hitting %   .268                       .250

Top Players

Emily Sklar - 6'3 Jr. OH, 4.21 K/set (.258)  Third team All American in 2013 and ACC Player of the Year.
Jeme Obeim - 5'11 Sr. OH, 3.44 K/set (.297)  Honorable Mention All American in 2013
Alyse Whitaker - 6'2 So MB, 2.55 K/set (.292)
Jordan Tucker - 6'0 So. MB, 2.37 K/set (.328)

Sasha Karelov - 5'9 Libero #1 in digs in the ACC with 5.20 Digs/set
Setter Kelsey Williams #1 in the ACC in assist with 11.74  Assist/set

Head Coach - Jolean Nagel is in her 16th year at Duke. She has taken the Blue Devils to 11 NCAA Tournament appearances.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Wahine Sweep Aggies On Senior Night
25-19, 25-16, 25-15

Photo: Jamm Aquino

Box Score

There was a party going on at the SSC tonight called Senior Night. A party that saw the Wahine out hit, out block and out dig the UC Davis Aggies. Both teams looked loose and relaxed during the introductions but it was the Wahine, known to have bouts with slow starts, who looked nothing like the sluggish team that we watched last night.

It was also a night that saw UC Davis, said to be the toughest serving team in the Big West, not live up to their reputation. An even bigger surprise was the disappointing night that the Aggies conference leader in kills Kaylin Squyres had. Squyres spent the entire night in negative hitting percentage territory and could only manage four kills in 21 attempts, she finish the match hitting  -.095.

Setter Tayler Higgins used a balance attack and spread the wealth among six Hawai`i attackers. Hawaii's passing was good for most of the match and it allowed Higgins to involve the middles. Kalei Adolpho had eight kills and hit .667, Olivia Magill also had eight kills and hit .400. Outside hitters Tai-Manu-Olevao and Nikki Taylor both had 9 kills , freshman Kalei Greely with six and senior Ginger Long three that included the Aloha Ball kill in set three.

The evening concluded with a dance routine put on by the entire team and the traditional giving of leis.

The team will gather at the SSC tomorrow to watch the NCAA selection show on ESPNU at 3:30 pm HST.