Archive for August, 2011

only 1 other Top 25 match 8-29

August 28th, 2011
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No. 6 Stanford def. Rice 3-0.

U.S. wins 4th FIVB World Grand Prix title

August 28th, 2011
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The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team defended its 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix title by defeating top-ranked Brazil 26-24, 25-20, 25-21 Sunday afternoon in the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix gold-medal match held at the Macau East Asian Games Dome in Macau, China.

The second-ranked Americans have now won the tournament four times, with all four titles occurring in China (1995 in Shanghai, 2001 in Macau, 2010 in Ningbo and 2011 in Macau). Team USA also has World Grand Prix bronze medals to its credit won in 2003 and 2004. Just two days ago Brazil defeated the U.S. 22-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-20 to conclude the World Grand Prix Final Round Pool B on Aug. 26.

Brazil, which had not lost during its 13 matches of the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix, was attempting to win World Grand Prix title for a ninth time in the 19th edition of the tournament.
Destinee Hooker, named the most valuable player of the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix, led the American attack with a match-high 16 points with 15 kills and a block. Logan Tom chipped in 12 kills, one block and one ace for 14 points. Former Wahine Heather Bown had three kills, three blocks and an ace for seven points. Foluke Akinradewo totaled six kills and a block for seven points. Punahou grad Lindsey Berg, the starting setter, rounded out the scoring with a block while added 19 assists.

USF vs. Wichita State 8-28

August 28th, 2011
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Surprised that these teams have anything left after tough losses yesterday. But maybe that is what has evened it out.
WSU is up 9-5 in Set 5.
USF won Sets 1 & 3 25-21 and 25-13. WSU Sets 2 & 4 25-19, 27-25.
WSU wins it 15-8.
The good thing is this won’t affect Hawaii’s match start time. Wahine-Ariaona on time at 5 p.m.

U.S. going for the gold vs. Brazil

August 27th, 2011
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U.S. women vs. Brazil in Macau for the FIVB Grand Prix championship.
Started at 9:40 p.m. HST Saturday 8-27. Not finding a live feed on USAV site. Anyone?

UH-Wichita State rewind

August 27th, 2011
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Shoji said he expected this out of Wichita State, they ran a fast offense that Hawaii’s block couldn’t close in the middle. Said the scores are very deceptive, makes it look like it was easy when it was anything but.
Said at the end WSU had no answer for Danielson and she took over the match.
Thought Hartong had a good match but they need to get her the ball more. And that Croson has to learn to hit at this level, be smarter with the shots but she can’t be hitting into the block. it’s not going to go through like it did in high school.

The team continues to grow. they’re getting more comfortable with each other Communication isn’t completely there.
Hawaii’s goal was to serve tough. They finished with 13 aces, 6 by hartong, 4 by Croson. Four players in double-figure digs as well. Danielson 14, Croson 13, Satele 12 and Maeda 11. UH hit .275 for the match, .342 in Set 4.
spoke a little to the WSU coach. He said he liked this Hawaii team, but a little small. said Satele would be the best player on his team and he really is surprised by Hartong. Knew of her while she was in high school, didn’t think she’d develop this quickly. The quote: Teams know about their two all-Americans (Danielson and Hewitt), they know about Croson but they need to know about Hartong.”
We both agreed that maybe Shoji should try Hartong on the right and give Vorster a shot in the middle, or Adolpho. I can’ see that happening in WAC play.
It will be interesting to see the matchup with Arizona. They were not impressive in barely getting by USF in five. They are pretty young, too.
Good night. Thanks for all the help when the wireless went down.

OBTW, asked about Oceanic. someone had said Oceanic was blaming UH. UH said it was Oceanic’s outage.