Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic

Photo: UH Athletics

Friday, September 4, 2015
4:30 pm – American vs. UCLA
7:00 pm – Hawai'i vs. Iowa

Saturday, September 5, 2015
4:30 pm – UCLA vs. Iowa
7:00 pm – Hawai'i vs. American

Sunday, September 6, 2015
2:30 pm – Iowa vs. American
5:00 pm – Hawai'i vs. UCLA

First up for the Wahine in the Hawaiian Airlines Classic will be the University of Iowa. It has been 15 years since the two met. It was in the same tournament (Hawaiian Airlines Classic) at the SSC on Sept 3rd,2000. Hawai`i swept the Hawkeyes 15-3, 15-1, 15-7. Checkout the box score from that match here.>>

The Hawkeye's 2014 overall record was 14-17. They finished 10th in the Big 10 with a 6-14 record.

Iowa returns 4 starters,7 letter winners and adds 8 newcomers.

Hawai`i is 2-0 vs Iowa. Last meeting  9/30/2000. 3-0 UH

In 2015 Iowa was picked to finish 11th in the Big 10 by Big 10 coaches and presently receiving votes in the latest AVCA Poll.

Coming into his tournament they are 2-1 in 2015 beating South Dakota State, Pacific and losing to IPU.

Hawai`i Connection 
Junior Loxley Keala a 6-1 setter from Kaneohe, Hawai`i and Iolani High School. Loxley transferred to Iowa from  Missouri.

Iowa Quick Facts

Match Live Stats

Live Internet Feed


Monday, August 31, 2015

Hawai`i Wins Chevron Wahine Invitational
Sweeps Oregon State 25-20, 25-19, 25-11

2015 Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational champions
Photo: Andrew Lee UH Athletics
Hawai`i moved up one spot in the AVCA Coaches Poll to # 17.
Nikki Taylor was named Big West Player of the Week.

Box Score

The Wahine started out set one struggling with Oregon State's tough serving. Passing was erratic with many tight to the net not allowing UH to run their offense. Dave Shoji called a time out at 9-8 and settled them down, It was a time out that paid off as the Wahine went on to take control of the entire match.

It was also a night that saw Tai-Manu-Oleavo reverse her decision to sit out Sunday matches for her religious beliefs. It also saw a move by coaches to replace Tai in the back row with freshman McKenna Granato, an area where Manu - Oleavo was struggling. Granato, an exceptional all around player, helped to stabilize the passing game, she also contributed 3 aces.

With the match in control Shoji rewarded the entire bench with playing time except for Natasha Burns who is out recovering from a broken finger. When you can play 15 players and there is no drop off in the quality of play you truly have a deep and talented roster.

Nikki Taylor had another potential All American type performance with 15 kills. The junior right side hitter was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament.

Middle Hitter Olivia Magill and setter Tayler Higgins were also named to the All Tournament Team.

The Wahine will take the day off before returning to the practice gym to prepare for the Hawaiian Airlines Volleyball Classic Sept 4-6 with UCLA, Iowa and American University.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Shockers Provided A Challenge

women's volleyball huddle
Photo: UH Athletics 

Box Score

It was expected to be a bigger challenge for the 2015 Wahine and it lived up to the hype. The Shockers pushed Hawai`i to the limits right up to the 4th and final set when they seemed to be running out of gas at the end.

This time around the WSU coaches remember Nikki Taylor from 2013 and this time they put two blockers on her all night but to no avail. The junior right side hitter burned them for a career high 25 kills, 11 digs and 5 blocks while hitting .300.

Hawai`i middles Olivia Magill and Emily Maglio also had a great night. Magill contributed 17 kills hitting .394 and Canada's Emily Maglio hit .545 with 6 kills and 6 blocks.

While the Wahine had their moments of bad sets, passing woes and missed blocking assignments they pushed back the Shockers relentless attacks after a set one loss and were determined enough to end the night with a 24-26, 25-20, 25-20, 25-19.victory.

Up Next

Oregon State (OSU)

Hawai`i wraps up the Chevron Wahine Invitational tonight at 5pm when they take on Oregon State from the Pac 12.

One name on the OSU roster that might ring a bell with Hawai`i fans is Emilie Wilmes a 6'2 OH from Canby HS in Oregon. In her senior year of high school Wilmes announced on social media that she was deciding between Hawai`i and LBSU and later picked LBSU. In 2013 she left LBSU and transferred to OSU.

Hawai`i is 4-1 vs OSU and last meeting was in 2007, UH lost 3-0

In 2014 the Beavers ended the season 21-13 overall and finished 7th in the Pac 12 with a  9-11 record

They were picked to finish 9th in 2015 by Pac 12 coaches and just outside the 2015 Top 25 Preseason Poll receiving votes.

Quick Facts


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Wahine Open Season With Sweep,But...

Photo: UH Athletics 

Box Score

The scores (25-18, 25-23, 25-19) might be a little misleading you could say, Idaho made them work for this win. In set one the Wahine started out looking like the team that we have heard so much about in fall practice but it was short lived and they started to look more like the 2014 team at times.

They became disorganized, passing became sloppy, setting was erratic and the facial expressions changed from we are the world to OK, maybe we might not be that great but in the end they were able to get it together thanks to Nikki Taylor who had a great outing and  backup setter Kendra Koelsch who turn what was looking like a set two loss into a 25-23 win and gave this team the lift that they needed. 

Gone this year is the excuses. They cannot claim injuries to key players, cannot say we are young or inexperienced or lack height. As head coached Dave Shoji mentioned in a pre-match interview, consistency is the key this year. 

Up Next

Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational

Saturday, August 30, 2015
4:30 pm - Idaho vs. Oregon State
7:00 pm - Hawai'i vs. Wichita State

Wichita State

The Chevron Wahine Invitational action returns tonight vs Wichita State who swept Oregon State last night. The Shockers have a big roster (25 players) but not all of them can make the trip. The Shockers return 6 starters and the starting lineup will mostly likely resemble what WSU put on the floor in 2014.

Nikki Taylor is one name Head Coach Chris Lamb will remember about the Wahine. In 2013 at the Shocker Volleyball Classic WSU coaches, while scouting the Wahine, dismissed Nikki Taylor as a threat and decided to focus on Emily Hartong. Taylor had 11 kills and hit .455 and was the difference maker in the Wahine win according to Head Coach Chris Lamb in a post match interview.

UH is 4-0 all time vs Wichita State.

In 2014 WSU finished the year 20-10 overall and 13-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

WSU was picked to finish #1 in MVC by conference coaches and received votes in AVCA Preseason Poll.

WSU beat Oregon State 25-23, 26-24, 25-19 in their opening match in the Wahine Invitational.

Quick Facts


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational

Olivia Magill goes for the kill in Green/White Scrimmage
Photo: UH Athletics

Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational
Friday, August 28, 2015
4:30 pm - Oregon State vs. Wichita State
7:00 pm - Hawai'i vs. Idaho

Saturday, August 30, 2015
4:30 pm - Idaho vs. Oregon State
7:00 pm - Hawai'i vs. Wichita State

Sunday, August 30, 2015
2:30 pm - Idaho vs. Wichita State
5:00 pm - Hawai'i vs. Oregon State

Hawaii's first opponent in the Wahine Invitational is the University of Idaho, a former WAC foe who now resides in the Big Sky Conference.

In 2014 the Lady Vandals finished 15-14 overall, 11-5 in the Big Sky Conference and 3rd the the Big Sky North division.

Idaho is returning 9 players plus 3 red-shirt freshman from the 2014 roster.

Picked to finish 5th in 2015 by Big Sky coaches.

UH overall record 19-0 against the Vandals.

Recent remarks from Head Coach Debbie Buchanan about 2015 team :

"Our serving has looked better and we are moving a lot faster."

"If we can keep up with the ball control and the passing we are going to be in a pretty good position."

"We have looked pretty good off the serve and receive,we have been able to run the offense fast and do the things we want, but the challenge is being able to do it multiple times in a row."

"Part of the difficulty for the Vandals early on this fall has been keeping the team healthy." "The team has struggled at times to field six on each side of the net, holding players with minor injuries out for precaution."

Idaho Quick Facts >>

Live Stats >>

Live Stream >>

Note: Unofficially it appears that Tai will be playing on Sunday.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Season Outlook with Dave Shoji

It is obvious from this video where he is headed in terms of a starting lineup a lineup that was expected, but he has also hinted that we will see everyone else at some point in time, possibly as early as Friday's match vs Idaho.

A decision about Tai Manu-Olevao playing on Sundays still could affect the lineup, that decision is expected today.

Shoji has also mentioned that Annie Mitchem will play Friday but Mitchem was still was having registration problems, hopefully that will get cleared up pronto.

Monday, August 24, 2015

What is a Scrimmage ?

Photo: UH Athletics

At the SSC on Saturday it was just another practice between team members with a small group of onlookers. The only thing new that came out of the Green & White scrimmage was the spiffy new uniforms and maybe a slight improvement in a couple of returnees.

The White team was made up of the starting lineup that many have predicted except for switching two middles.

Players by now have seen so much of  one another on the practice courts a scrimmage really does not reflect what a kind of team they will be when the opening whistle blows on Friday and they face competition that they know very little about, Wait for it.


Friday, August 21, 2015

2015 Preseason Opponents and Polls

Hawai`i was picked to win the Big West title in the Big West Coaches Preseason Poll and rank # 18 in the nation by the AVCA coaches.

A look at how the 2015 Wahine preseason opponents fared in their recent conference polls and the AVCA Coaches Preseason Poll.

  • Opponent              Conference       Conference Poll     AVCA Poll
  • UCLA                    Pac 12             8th                       # 20
  • Oregon State         Pac 12             9th                       Receiving Votes
  • Idaho                    Big Sky            5th                       NR
  • E.Washington        Big Sky            8th                       NR
  • Florida                   SEC                1st                       # 4
  • CSUB                    WAC               4th                       NR
  • Iowa                      Big 10             11th                      NR
  • SDSU                   Mt. West          6th                       NR
  • American U           Patriot             1st                       Receiving Votes
  • Wichita St.            Mo Valley        1st                       Receiving Votes 


Double Days Pau

Dave Shoji announced on Twitter this morning that Double Days are over.

Next week we should see the starting lineup coming together but most agree that it will not be hard to predict.


At The Ann Kang

Wahine 2016 recruit Noreen Iosia and her Redondo Union HS team went 2-1 in the 1st round on the Ann Kang Tournament yesterday beating Kailua 2-0 and Konawaena 2-1 then losing to Huntington Beach in 3 sets in the last match of the day.

Action continues today with Redondo Union scheduled to play at 4:00, 6:00 & 8:00 PM.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Unforeseen Event Happened

When I mentioned unforeseen events yesterday I knew one would pop up sometime during the season,they always do and it did. Freshman Natasha Burns fractured a finger in practice and could be out for 4-8 weeks. The injury will be reevaluated in 3 weeks.

NOTE: Shoji's remarks in the KHON article about Annie Mitchem being a "second team" player and on the "B-side" is puzzling for many. If Mitchem is not a starter look for an uproar from the vocal Wahine fans who seldom agree with his lineups.

Click Here for Rob DeMellow's article


Ann Kang Tournment

Wahine 2016 recruit Norene Iosia,a  5'10 Setter from Redondo Union HS,arrived in Honolulu to take part in the 2015 Ann Kang Tournament Aug 20-22. Iosia paid a visit to the UH campus and the SSC yesterday.

First round gets underway today. Norene and her Redondo Union team takes on Kailua at 3 pm followed my two more matches at 5 and 7 pm.

Click here > for complete info, including match times for the tournament.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Something Is Different

Something is different with fall camp this year. Gone is the debate between fans and questions put to Dave Shoji about depth charts. It could be because the starting lineup is easy to predict this year with so many returning players but still there is this question,who is next in line to step up if there is an injury or some other unforeseen event ?

Red-shirting is another subject that is often high on the list of fans but not this year.It doesn't even seem to be on the mind of Hawai`i head coach Dave Shoji.


Annie Mitchem On Board

Annie Mitchem Head Shot 2015

I knew that her arrival would light up the forums,blogs and comment sections where Wahine fans congregate and that it did after all the fascination with Annie dates back to 2012 when rumors surfaced that there was an interest in this # 16th ranked middle from Texas.

While Annie ran into some difficulties getting qualified Hawai`i fans never gave up on her,she had a ton of support from the fan base,support that she probably is not even aware of.
Wahine Add AVCA Two Time National POY.

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Annie Mitchem