Archive for April, 2009

Wahine volleyball schedule released

April 29th, 2009
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they were waiting on WAC tournament dates to be confirmed. Hawaii women’s volleyball coach Dave Shoji released his 2009 schedule with five regional and eight NCAA tournament teams highlighting the field. The Rainbow Wahine will open the season with the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational, featuring three NCAA Tournament teams in UCLA, Santa Clara and Western Michigan.  The Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Classic will also have three NCAA Tournament teams in Texas, California and St. Louis. UH’s final tournament, the Honolulu Advertiser Volleyball Challenge, features national runner-up Stanford, Weber State and UT-San Antonio. UH will also host Pepperdine, another NCAA Tournament participant, and NCAA Division II power BYU-Hawaii, to round out the non-conference schedule. The  WAC Tournament is scheduled for  the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas during Thanksgiving week.  complete schedule at http://www.hawaiiathletics.com/documents/2009/4/29/09wvb_schedule.pdf?id=611 

UH men’s coach job scoreboard

April 29th, 2009
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Applied or not Tino Reyes Yes Mike Sealy Yes Reed Sunahara No   Allen Allen Yes Brian Poppinga Yes   Charlie Wade Yes Mark Presho no confirmation from him but told probably not from others Scott Wong no confirmation from him but told likely from others Ron Larson no confirmation from him but told likely from others Head of the search committee (Hugh Yoshida) said they’d likely start meeting Monday. That HR department would weed out those not meeting the minimum requirements (such as college coaching experience)  and go from there. 

WAC volleyball tournament returns to Las Vegas

April 29th, 2009
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Mentioned that this would happen in November but it was confirmed today by the WAC.Today’s release from the WAC.  

The Western Athletic Conference today announced that the 2009 WAC Volleyball Tournament will be held at the Orleans Arena inLas Vegas.

 

“WAC volleyball has brought national attention to the WAC and this move will allow us to really showcase our premier women’s sport,” Commissioner Karl Benson said. “WAC fans have shown that they enjoy traveling toLas Vegasand I am certain the Orleans Arena will create a great tournament environment for them along with our student-athletes.”

 

The 2009 WAC Volleyball Tournament will be held Nov. 23-25 and will include the top six teams in the regular-season standings.

 

“Having the tournament at the Orleans Arena is good for a couple of reasons,” Hawai‘i head coach Dave Shoji said. “One is that it is a neutral site, which is really important to the coaches who want a championship atmosphere that is as fair as possible to all schools competing. The second reason is that Las Vegas is a resort destination and is likely to attract WAC fans from all institutions. I remember when the WAC Tournament was in Las Vegas in the past, it seemed to attract more fans, and with the Orleans Arena venue, it will make for an exciting neutral stage.”

 

The WAC Tournament was played at the MGM Grand inLas Vegasfrom 1996-98.

  

Congrats to Aven Lee, A2 team assistant

April 28th, 2009
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Missed this earlier. Former Hawaii outside hitter Aven Lee,  Pacific’s new assistant women’s volleyball coach, was selected as one of four coaches to lead USA Volleyball’s women’s National A2 Program for 2009.Kansas State University Head Coach Suzie Fritz and Arizona State University Head Coach Jason Watson will serve as head coaches for the program, while Lee and University of Minnesota Associate Head Coach Scott Swanson will serve as assistant coaches. Last year, Lee was an assistant coach for the USA Junior National A2 Team during the High Performance Championships in Tucson, Ariz. and also an assistant coach for the USA Developmental A1 Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. Lee was hired by Charlie Wade earlier this year.  

Update on UH men’s volleyball opening

April 28th, 2009
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Today (4-28) is the deadline to apply. Committee won’t be meeting for a couple of days, to allow for mailed applications. Asked if we could get the number of applicants, was told no. But will continue to work on that.One name of interested that popped up over the weekend was Randy Stoklos. Was told he was interested but don’t know if he applied.