Thursday, December 01, 2016

2016 NCAA 1st Round - Hawai`i vs USC

The Wahine arrived in Minnesota Wednesday after a 19 hour travel day and  looking a little tired in a video provided by the team Facebook Account.

Wahine fans will have many options available for tomorrow's 1st round match with USC starting at 12:30 PM HT.

OC 16 will carry the match live on all OC 16 channels Ch.16(SD), 1016(HD) also Hawaiian Telcom TV Ch. 89(SD), 1089(HD). OC Sports will also provide feed  on-line.

Big Ten TV will carry the match live on-line.( Waiting on link. Check Game Day Central  below )

ESPN 1420 will provide a live audio stream.

Live Stats on GameTracker.

Game Day Central provided by the University of  Minnesota.

Monday, November 28, 2016

NCAA Tournament - UH Off To The Frozen North

Sunday was a day of disappointing news when Hawai`i was sent to the frozen tundra of Minnesota by the NCAA to face USC (18-13) in the first round and if they survive that match will probably face #2 seed Minnesota .

Once again it was a slap in the face to Hawai`i who for years has been treated like a red-headed stepchild.

Monday was a better day for the program when the Big West announced the All-Conference Awards.

Five Wahine players were named to the Big West All-Conference 1st team, senior Nikki Taylor was named Big West Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Dave Shoji was also named Big West Coach of the Year

Big West 1st team All-Conference
Norene Iosia
Savanah Kahakai
Emily Maglio
Annie Mitchem
Nikki Taylor

Also on Monday Hawai`i moved up to # 12 in the AVCA Poll.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Hawai'i Wraps Up Season With Wins, Awaits Selection Sunday

On Thursday the Wahine took the Big West  title outright with a sweep over Cal Poly  25-11, 26-24, 25-15. It was also Dave Shoji's 1,200th win.

Shoji Captures 1,200th Win; No. 14 Hawai‘i Clinches Big West Title With Cal Poly Sweep

Nikki Taylor led the Wahine with 15 kills, 5 aces and 4 blocks . Annie Mitchem and McKenna Granato helped with 9 kills each. Hawai`i out-blocked the Mustangs 13 -7.

While UH cruised to an easy 25-11 set 1 win the Mustangs upped their game in set 2 and became more competitive going toe to toe with Hawai`i until the very end of the set that finally resulted in a 26-24 squeaker in favor of the Wahine.

Poly jumped out to a quick lead in set 3 but Hawai`i cranked up their serving and eventually ran away with the set 25-15. Box Score 

Senior Night - Hawai`i vs Lindsey Ruddins (UCSB)

Photo published for Wahine win final conference game

On Saturday with 8700 plus fans in the house Hawai`i seemed to be looking ahead to the senior night celebration in set 1 and forgetting that they had to play the match first.

Leading 20 - 16 in set 1 the Wahine let this set get away from them behind some tough serving by Big West Freshman of the Year candidate Lindsey Ruddins and lost the set 25-21 to the Gauchos.The red-shirt freshman finished the night with 21 kills as Hawai`i could not find a way to slow her down.

Fortunately for Hawai`i Ruddins had very little support from the rest of the team and pretty much carried the Gauchos while Hawai`i setter Norene Isoia set a balanced attack that produced 22 kills from Nikki Taylor, 11 kills from Emily Maglio and McKenna Granato also 10 kills from Annie Mitchem. Hawai`i was able to refocus after the set 1 loss and take sets 2,3,and 4 by the scores of  25- 14,18 and 10.Box Score 

Hawai'i will now take some time off and await the NCAA Selection Show on November 27th when they will learn where they will go for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wahine Wrap Up Big West Season At Home

No. 14 Women's Volleyball Host Final Homestand; Saturday Is Senior Night
Wahine Seniors 

After a final successful conference road trip the Wahine return to the SSC this weekend to wrap up the 2016 Big West season against Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara.

Hawai`i remained in the #14 spot in Monday's AVCA poll. The Wahine also clinched at least a tie for first place in the Big West but can take the title and auto qualifier for the NCAA tournament  outright this weekend.

On Monday Hawai`i also swept the Big West weekly awards. Senior Nikki Taylor was named Big West Player of the Week, Junior middle Emily Maglio Defensive Player of the Week and Setter Norene Iosia Freshman of the Week.

Rainbow Wahine Sweep Big West Weekly Honors

Saturday's match vs UCSB is also senior night for Annie Mitchem, Nikki Taylor, Tayler Higgins and Katiana Ponce.

Match Info - Provided by UH Athletics

Who: No. 14 Hawai'i (20-5, 13-1 Big West) vs. Cal Poly (17-8, 10-4 Big West)
When: Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) - Honolulu, HI

Television: OCSports will be broadcasting both matches this weekend  on Oceanic Time Warner Cable Channels 16 (SD) and 1016 (HD) –or- Hawaiian Telcom Channel 89 (SD) and 1089 (HD).

Live-streaming Video: A live video stream will be available at

Radio: ESPN 1420AM will carry both Thursday and Saturday's match.

Audio Webcast: The match can be listened to online at

Live Stats
Series History: Hawai'i has a 39-4 record against Cal Poly.

Who: No. 14 Hawai'i (20-5, 13-1 Big West) vs. UC Santa Barbara (17-10, 8-6 Big West)
When: Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) - Honolulu, HI
Television: OCSports will be broadcasting both matches this weekend on Oceanic Time Warner Cable Channels 16 (SD) and 1016 (HD) –or- Hawaiian Telcom Channel 89 (SD) and 1089 (HD).

Live-streaming Video: A live video stream will be available at HawaiiAthletics.

Radio: ESPN 1420AM will carry both Thursday and Saturday's match.

Audio Webcast: The match can be listened to online at

Live Stats

Series Record: UH has a 38-8 record against the Gauchos.


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Wahine Return Home With Sweeps

# 14 Hawai`i completed their final Big West road trip of the 2016 season with sweeps at UC Irvine 25-14, 25-13, 25-18 and UC Davis 25-19,25-19, 25-16.

Middle Annie Mitchem continued her transition to the left outside hitter position and had a great night at UCI with 13 kills, 4 blocks while hitting .481 but struggled some at UCD ending the match with 5 kills and only hitting .192

While UH breezed through their match at UCI hitting .382 for the match  compared to the Anteater's .067. Hawai`i out blocked them 14 to 1. Hawai`i would struggle some on Saturday with UC Davis.who went toe to toe with them at the beginning of each set.

UCI Box Score

At UCD Hawai`i passing was shaky at times but midway through each set UH was able to separate from the Aggies and roll to a victory.

Although Annie Mitchem and McKenna Granato struggled at times on the left opposite hitter Nikki Taylor took up the slack contributing 16 kills hitting .314.

The Wahine also got help from the middle position, Emily Maglio had 7 kills hitting . 600 and red-shirt freshman Natasha Burns kicked in 5 kills hitting .333.

UC Davis out-blocked the Wahine 5-4

UCD Box Score

Hawai`i remains in first place in the Big West and will wrap up the conference season next weekend at home against Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara which is also senior night.


Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Final Big West Road Trip

Photo published for Mitchem Named Big West Player of the Week

Hawai`i heads back to the mainland for their final Big West road trip of the 2016 season and will take on UC Irvine and UC Davis.

Annie Mitchem was named Big West Player of the week on Monday and the Wahine moved up one spot to #14 in the AVCA poll and two places in the RPI.

Hawai`i 18-5, 11-1 will face UCI 10-16, 5-7 on Thursday at the Bren Center, this match will be available as a live stream on ESPN 3
UCI Live Stats

UCI has been an up and down team this year and very unpredictable. The Wahine are not taking them lightly and are looking to protecting their slim 1st place lead in the Big West. Hawai`i leads the series 35-0

On Saturday the Wahine will take on 5th place UC Davis 13-13, 6-7  before returning home for the final two matches of conference play at the SSC. This match will be available as a live stream on Big West TV.

UCD Live Stats


Monday, November 07, 2016

A Beatdown Followed By No Let Down
Is there another way to best describe this past weekend at the Stan Sherriff Center ?

Stan Sherriff Center

In a highly anticipated rematch with Long Beach State the hype was to expect a knock down drag'em out 5 set match between the two teams tied for first place in the Big West but to the delight of the 8,200 fans at the SSC, including Hawai`i head coach Dave Shoji, it was a good old fashion beatdown administered by a Wahine team that was not happy about their earlier 5 set loss to the 49ers at Long Beach..

Senior Annie Mitchem who has made a successful transition to the left side outside hitter spot from the middle led the Wahine with 13 kills hitting .619 followed by middle hitter Emily Maglio with 10 kills and Nikki Taylor and McKenna Granato with 6 each.

Hawai`i out-blocked the 49ers 8 to 3 in the 25-13, 25-15, 25 -16 sweep that gave then sole possesion of first place in the Big West. Box Score 

Think Pink Night

On Saturday night the Wahine decked out in eye-popping pink jerseys for Think Pink the Wahine played at a very high level against Cal State Northridge and there was no let down after their big win over LBSU. Hawai`i dismantled the Matadores 25-9, 25- 14, 25 - 16.

Box Score

Annie Mitchen continued her success on the left side with 12 kills followed by Emily Maglio and McKenna Granato with 9 each and Niki Taylor with 7.

While UH is at the top of the Big West standings the situation still remains fragile with a one game lead and 4 matches to go.

Hawai`i will hit the road for the last time this season later in the week to take on UCI and UC Davis.


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Hawai`i Sweeps Highlanders and Titans On the Road
Regains 1st place with LBSU loss.

No. 14 Women's Volleyball Sweeps At UC Riverside; Taylor Climbs Up In Career Kills

Hawai`i defeats UCR 25-10, 25-18, 25-22 and CSF 25-19, 25-13, 25-19.

Box Scores 
vs UCR
vs CSF

The Wahine bye week was billed as an opportunity to get healthy again but instead, it left the team with another casualty when freshman OH Kirsten Sibley went down with a sprained ankle in practice before leaving. Sibley remained in Hawai`i for the trip and no word on when she is expected to return to the lineup.Annie Mitchem replaced her at the OH position and did a remarkable job in both matches ( see box scores )

Hawai`i did catch a break in the Big West standings over the weekend when 1st place Long Beach State lost to UCI in five sets at the Pyramid creating a tie with Hawai'i for 1st place.

It was a match with a bizarre ending when The Beach head coach received his second yellow plus a red card for antics that gave UCI the winning point.

A protest was filed by LBSU and the will be reviewed by the NCAA. Earlier in the week we also learned that a match played on Sept 24th between the same two teams was played under protest by UCI and the NCAA ruled in favor of UCI. No word on when or if that match will be replayed.

While all of the attention in the Big West was on the drama between UCI and LBSU the Wahine were busy flexing their muscle at UC Riverside and the next day at Cal State Fullerton. Hawai`i defeated UCR 25-10, 25-18, 25-22 on Friday and CSF 25-19, 25-13, 25-19 on Saturday.

In my previous post I warned that both of these teams in spite of being tied for last place in the league would not just roll over for the Wahine and they did not. In both matches, Hawai`i went from looking great to looking lethargic and bored and their opponents took advantage of it when they could but were never able to take a set.

The Wahine now return home and get ready for a rematch with LBSU on Friday, Nov. 4th, a  match in which one of them will come away with sole possession of 1st place in the Big West. A very large crowd is anticipated for a match which is usually a barn burner.



Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wahine Return To Big West Action 
On the road at UCR and CSF

Coming off of a bye week Hawai`i hits the road for matches at UC Riverside on Friday, Oct. 28th and Cal State Fullerton, Saturday, Oct. 29th.

Not expecting much to change in the lineup with the exception of  OH Kalei Greeley possibly seeing more playing time in the front row . Although recovery from her surgery has improved greatly expecting the Riverside CA native to perform like a rock star would be absurd at this point.

Hawai`i is 20-0 all-time against UCR but the Highlanders have given opponents a tough time recently which includes a win over 5th place UC Santa Barbara. This match will also be broadcasted nationwide on ESPNU in Hawai`i on  Ch. 221 & 1221 ( Oceanic )
Live Stats vs UCR

On Saturday the Wahine will travel down the 91 Freeway to take on Cal State Fullerton .
Hawai`i is 35-0 against the struggling Titans.
Live Stream vs Cal State Fullerton.
Live Stats vs CSF

While both opponents this weekend are tied for last place in the Big West standings teams like this have an upset on their minds.

Because of the Big West tie breaker Hawai`i is presently in a predicament in which they must win all of their remaining Big West matches and do it with as many sweeps as possible to get the Big West automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament.

The latest RPI and AVCA Poll Hawai`i fell one point in the RPI to 34 and one spot in the poll to 14th.


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.