Friday, July 31, 2015

Update: July 31, 2015

On Aug. 10th fall camp begins for the 2015 Wahine indoor team. Looking forward to getting back here when the season gets underway.

While there was some Wahine news that came up during the off season Twitter became the choice for reporting it.

Most of the summer news revolved around the beach team, coach Hall was a busy guy on the recruiting trail. With so many new beach players added for the next two seasons it will take some time to get up to speed on them.

We also learned that Kirsten Sibley a 6'2 2016 OH from Campolindo High School and Vision VBC committed to Hawai`i. While Kirsten committed to the indoor team she also plays some beach VB. From what we have learned about Kirsten she has a lot of the same characteristic that Emily Hartong had when she came to Hawai`i.

One very important piece of 2015 news that we are all waiting on is the academic status of Annie Mitchem. Annie was a no show for summer session II and was still at Irvine Valley College working on getting her AA degree, a requirement for admission to UH.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Update July 13, 2015

Official Practice

While players are conducting their own open gym practice sessions coaches are anxious to get into the gym with them and start coaching.While there has been no official announcement about the first day of fall practice I believe it to be around Aug,10th.

Usually the off season is slow with Wahine news. Even the local media has had little to say during this period but I have been able to find interesting news about the indoor and beach programs to tweet about @DiggingNaWahine .

Update July 8, 2015

Dave Shoji Interview on ESPN 1420

Unfortunately a lot of time was dedicated to baseball by host Josh Pacheco and only a few calls were taken from fans. A few topics covered in the interview were :

* Passing, always #1 concern. On the trip to Europe passing was just OK.
* Fund raiser on Maui next week but no details.
* Players running own practice in open gym. Coaches not allowed to have contact with team at this time per NCAA rules.
* The biggest surprise was that transfer Annie Mitchem is not here and has to complete a couple of required courses needed to gain admission to UH.
* 14 players enrolled in Summer Session II.Three of the new players flew to Hawai`i immediately after Junior Nationals.Natasha Burns arrived in Honolulu June 29th.

Update July 6, 2015
June 18, 2015 

Correction: I was given some wrong information, Annie Mitchem has not graduated from IVC yet and will attend summer school at IVC. 

 August 28th marks the opening of the 2015 indoor season for the Rainbow Wahine team when they take on Idaho in the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational. In the first week of July we should see or hear about players returning from summer break for Summer Session II, first day of instruction is July 6th. With the USA Junior Nationals 18's competitions scheduled for June 28-July 2nd this year I'm not sure if we will see 2015 recruits Casey Castillo or McKenna Granato here for summer classes. Junior college transfer Annie Mitchem has graduated from Irvine Valley College and could possibly be enrolled. Natasha Burns expects to be in Honolulu by July 1st.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

A Good Season Ends On A Sour Note

Brittany Tiegs and Nikki Taylor All-American
Photo: UHSandVB

The 2015 SandBows had a terrific season considering that they lost their head coach Scott Wong to Pepperdine before the season started but the ending at the National Championship wasn't what they were hoping for.

In the team competition a 3-2 loss to Long Beach State in the opening round was a tough pill to swallow but The Beach, who appeared to be peaking at the right time, advanced while the Wahine dropped into the losers bracket where they beat Florida State then lost to Pepperdine.

On Sunday Brittany Tiegs and Nikki Taylor were the only UH tandem to play in the pairs tournament. The Bows # 1 team took out Long Beach State's Tyler Jackson/Anete Brinke but lost to Grand Canyon's Shannon Dugan/Mackenzie Phelps in the quarterfinals.

Brittany Tiegs picked up her third All American Award and Nikki Taylor her second. The Bows finished the season 18-3.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

SandBows Wrap Up Season at Nationals.

The Wahine landed in Mobile,Alabama Wednesday morning and drove to Gulf Shores the site of 2015 Sand  Volleyball National Championship.

The Bows will take on Long Beach State in the first round of the team championship May 1st at 9 am local time ( 3 am HST ).

Like many of the tournaments in this sport coverage will probably be spotty and results slow in coming.Twitter accounts of AVCA and participating schools remain the best way to keep up with results.

If successful against LBSU the Sandbows will take on the winner of the #3 seed FIU vs #6 seed Florida State match, if not they will move into the losers bracket.

The team championship will continue on May 2nd with the quarterfinals starting at 7 am HST.

Team Championship Bracket

The Pairs Championship will take place on Sunday starting at 5 am HST.

Pairs Bracket


Monday, April 27, 2015

Aloha Invitational Where Silver Is Actually Gold ?

All in all it was a pretty good tournament that needs a little refining in a couple of areas. The biggest and most important change needs to be in creating a format and leaving it be.

Going into the final match of the day UH was looking at a 4-0 lead in points but the organizers made a late adjustment and changed the format, the final match between the # 1 teams would now be worth 5 points. This was done to create a more exciting final match for TV, a match that UH lost.

Although UH coaches were aware of the change it looked like the the Hawai`i players were not  judging by the bewildered look on their faces when the results were announced at the closing ceremony.

This move by the Aloha Tournament officials was a bad call in the opinion of many and on May 16th when this match is played tape delayed on CBS Sports it will paint a false impression about the actual outcome of 4-1 in favor of UH, the nation instead will see LBSU winning the tournament 5-4.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Aloha Invitational Next For SandBows
April 24-25 on Waikiki Beach.

The Aloha Invitational is a tournament that appears to be sponsored  by private individuals. How much involvement UH has in it is not clear to me but it seems to be well organized and provides local volleyball fans with an opportunity for a fun weekend at the Queens Beach sand box.

Participating in the Aloha Invitational are #2 Hawai`i, #6 Long Beach State, #8 UCLA and St. Marys. The event is hosted by 2000 U.S. Gold Medalist, Dain Blanton and 1996 Silver Medalist and pro beach star, Mike Dodd.

The pairs tournament is scheduled for Friday ( Apr. 24th ) but according to a UH press release yesterday the Wahine will not participate in the pairs but will take part in the duels competition on Saturday ( Apr. 25th ).

The organizers told me yesterday that on Saturday the duels tournament will be filmed by a CBS Sports crew for a tape delayed broadcast on CBS Sports TV later in May. There are conflicting dates for this broadcast right now and I'm not sure which one is correct at this time.

The organizers are also asking that Hawai`i fans show up for the filming because they want to show the rest of the country that Hawai`i is supportive of beach volleyball in a big way. With the NCAA considering Waikiki as a possible future NCAA Championship Tournament site what they see on the TV broadcast could help Hawai`i obtain a bid in the future.

Full Press Release >>


Monday, April 20, 2015

SandBows Add Three More Wins On Senior Night
Await Seeding For National Championship.
Photo: UH SandVB

Update 12:15 pm HST

AVCA National Championship - Hawai`i is the # 2 seed and will face # 7 LBSU on May 1st, 2015. Bracket and times here >> …

There were no top programs in the Sand Volleyball Showcase and Outrigger Resorts Invitational this weekend and the results went the way that many expected with UH picking up three more wins in the duels against HPU,San Jose State and Grand Canyon University.

The Sand Volleyball Showcase on Saturday was a pairs competition only event that saw the UH tandem of  Mikayla Tucker/Kaiwi Schucht take the silver defeating teammates Heather Boyan/Lara Schreiber 21‐19, 21‐14.

The gold bracket however proved to be more difficult for the Wahine when Hawai`i had to shake up the lineup because a Nikki Taylor injury.

Grand Canyon's Dugan/Phelps won the pairs gold bracket after beating the Bows # 2 and #1 pairs.

Pairs Results (pdf)

In Sunday's duels competition the SandBows breezed through easy 5-0 wins over HPU and San Jose State but in the rain and high wind final match against Grand Canyon the Lopes tandem of  Dugan/Phelps prevented the sweep defeating Brittany Tiegs/Sammie Brown 21‐19, 21‐18.

Duels Results (pdf)

Today ( Monday 4/20/ 2015 ) the selection committee will name the participants in the duels and pairs for the National Championship.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

SandBows Return To Ching Complex Courts

The 12-1 Wahine sand team returns home this weekend for the Sand Volleyball Showcase on Saturday, Apr. 18 and the Outrigger Resorts Invitational on Sunday, Apr. 19 against San Jose State, Grand Canyon, and Hawai'i Pacific. Both events will take place at the Ching Complex courts on the UH campus. Sunday's Outrigger Resorts Invitational will also be Senior Night for Brittany Tiegs, Sammie Brown, and Olivia Urban.

Hawai`i remained in the #2 spot in this week's AVCA poll  after picking up two more wins at the USA Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach last weekend. Final matches will be broadcast on OC 16 Channels 16 and 1016 HD .

UH is billing both tournaments as the final home matches of the season but the Wahine will be at home at the Aloha Invitational at Queens Beach on April 24-25.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Mixed Results at Hermosa Beach
USC and Pepperdine Dominate Pairs At USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge
Embedded image permalink
Photo: USAV

While the SandBows return to Honolulu with two more wins (12-1) after beating Long Beach State and Boise State on Saturday in the duels competition it was a different story in the pairs competition on Sunday.

Mikayla Tucker and Ka'iwi Schucht were the only UH tandem it make it to a championship match ( Bronze ) on Sunday but lost to USC's Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler 15-21, 21-18, 15-12.

USC took the Gold and Bronze while Pepperdine captured the Silver.

Hawai`i will be home on the Ching Complex Courts for the Sand Volleyball Showcase on Saturday, Apr. 18 and the Outrigger Resorts Invitational (Senior Night ) on Sunday, Apr. 19 against HPU, San Jose State and Grand Canyon.

Saturday Duels Results

No. 2 Hawai'i def. No. 6 Long Beach State (3-2)
Brittany Tiegs/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Delainey Aigner-Swesey/Chelsea Cabrajac (LBSU) 21-18, 15-21, 15-8
Katie Spieler/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Anete Brinke/Tyler Jackson (LBSU) 21-16, 21-9
Jenelle Hudson/Bre Mackie (LBSU) def. Hannah Rooks/Sammie Brown (UH) 21-18, 21-19
Andrea McHugh/Ciana Wagner (LBSU) def. Heather Boyan/Lara Schreiber (UH) 21-12, 21-17
Mikayla Tucker/Ka'iwi Schucht (UH) def. Nieto/Thomas (LBSU) 13-21, 22-20, 15-13

No. 2 Hawai'i def. Boise State (5-0)
Brittany Tiegs/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Hannah Hubbard/Maddy O'Donnell (BSU) 21-17, 21-10
Katie Spieler/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Sarah Baugh/Sierra Nobley (BSU) 22-20, 21-13
Hannah Rooks/Sammie Brown (UH) def. Katelyn Kinghorn/Aly Duffin (BSU) 21-8, 21-10
Mikayla Tucker/Ka'iwi Schucht (UH) def. Laney Hayes/Taylor Murphey (BSU) 21-8, 21-10
Heather Boyan/Lara Schreiber (UH) def. Maddi Osburn/Jaymee-Lee Bulda (BSU) 21-13, 21-16

Sunday Pairs Results

Gold Bracket
Brittany Tiegs/Nikki Taylor (UH) def. Mead/Nikki Hess (SCU) 21-16, 21-14 (Quarterfinal)
Lara Dykstra/Becca Strehlow (PEPP) def. Brittany Tiegs/Nikki Taylor (UH) score U/A (Semifinal)

Silver Bracket
Katie Spieler/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Alex Green/Brooke Razo (GCU) 21-11, 21-8 (Round of 16)
Katie Spieler/Olivia Urban (UH) def. Sabrina Clayton/Danielle Rottman (SCU) 21-11, 21-13 (Quarterfinal)
Kelley Larsen/Kellie Woolever (PEPP) def. Katie Spieler/Olivia Urban (UH) 21-18, 21-18 (Semifinal)

Bronze Bracket
Mikayla Tucker/Ka'iwi Schucht (UH) def. Alex Goodman/Becca Conrad (GCU) 21-18, 16-21, 15-10 (Round of 16)
Mikayla Tucker/Ka'iwi Schucht (UH) def. Sarah Vaccaro/Katrina Inch (SCU) 21-15, 21-9 (Quarterfinal)
Mikayla Tucker/Ka'iwi Schucht (UH) def. Bria Russ/Jenna Belton (USC) 21-15, 21-14 (Semifinal)
Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler (USC) def. Mikayla Tucker/Ka'iwi Schucht (UH) 15-21, 21-18, 15-12 (Final)

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

SandBows Return to Action

Embedded image permalink
Photo: UH Sand VB

After a bye week the Wahine beach volleyball team will head to the mainland this weekend to participate in the USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach, CA,  April 11-12 on the north side of the pier.

Teams participating are # 1 USC, #2 Hawaii, # 4 Pepperdine, # 6 Long Beach State also Boise State, Concordia Irvine, Grand Canyon, Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara and South Florida. Latest Poll

Saturday will see each team play two dual matches, Hawai`i will play Long Beach State at 8 am HST and Boise State at 11 am HST. Schedule and Details

At 12:30 pm HST the single-elimination brackets between individual sand duos will start with first round competition in the Silver and Bronze.

On Sunday bracket competition will continue with Finals in the Gold,Silver and Bronze scheduled to take place starting at 12:30 pm HST.

There is no coverage of this event but USAV did a very good job of keeping fans updated in the first 2015 Beach Collegiate Challenge in Chula Vista on Twitter and also their web site.

Live Web Cam of the courts. NOTE: at times depending on the sun, the camera angle can change.

Update: According to USAV there has been some kind of a problem with ticket sales scheduled to begin today but no word on when it will be fixed.

USA vs China

Embedded image permalink

Tickets are scheduled to go on sale today ( April 8th ) at the UH ticket office or on-line.for the upcoming USA Volley Cup match between the USA and China. on June 5 & 6th at the Stan Sheriff Center.


Former Wahine Kaela Goodman is back in Honolulu and it appears that it might be a permanent move. Kaela's fiance, former Warrior wide receiver Justin Clapp, was recently hired as the full time academic adviser for the UH football team.

Kaela and Justin both graduated from UH in 2013 with masters degrees, after graduation the couple embarked on an 8 month around the world adventure, The couple became engaged in Paris France while on the trip.