Archive for November, 2012

on OC 16 now: (7 p.m.) finish of UC R

November 28th, 2012

Hoping they’ll show senior night dance since I missed a lot of it.

Wahine volleyball, soccer teams earn BWC sportsmanship award

November 28th, 2012

Wahine volleyball and soccer picked up two of the award for women’s teams

From the Big West today

Big West Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell announced the 2012 fall sportsmanship team award winners with the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine soccer and volleyball teams earning recognition for their respective sports.

The Sportsmanship Award is voted upon by the respective student-athletes in each of the Big West’s 16 championship sports. Winning teams are honored with commemorative tee-shirts.
UH women’s volleyball coach Dave Shoji said: “Our players always respect the opponent and that’s something we’ve learned to do over the years as a program. It’s a tribute to our players that opposing coaches and players recognize this.”
“We are humbled and proud to receive the Sportsmanship Award from the Big West Conference,” said UH women’s soccer head coach Michelle Nagamine. “I have long believed that athletics is a vehicle for our players to become better people.  This award shows that our players can compete at a high level with integrity and respect for all components of the game.”

The other fall sports acknowledged by the Big West were men’s soccer (UC Irvine), men’s cross country (UC Riverside) and women’s cross country (Pacific).

Hartong POY, Shoji co-COY in Big West

November 27th, 2012

Also named to the first team besides Hartong, Uiato, Vorster and Croson. Vorster on the all-freshman team.

Mahina Haina from CSUN on honorable mention

The Big West’s release:

Hawaii,  Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara received top honors with the announcement of the 2012 Big West Conference women’s volleyball annual awards.  The Rainbow Wahine are represented by Big West Volleyball Player of the Year Emily Hartong and Big West Co-Coach of the Year Dave Shoji, while 49ers skipper Brian Gimmillaro was named Big West Co-Coach of the Year and Gaucho Taylor Formico collected Big West Freshman of the Year accolades.

Hartong, a 6-foot 2-inch outside hitter, helped the Rainbow Wahine capture the 2012 Big West Conference Championship with a perfect 18-0 mark by pacing the league with a 4.57 kill average and 5.22 points per set average, while ranking seventh in hitting percentage with a .283 clip.  Her impressive kill average places her among the Top 15 in the country as well.  Over the course of the season the Los Alamitos, Calif., native collected three Big West Player of the Week awards.  A career-best 33-kill performance on October 26 against Long Beach State also earned her national recognition with a Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week selection.  It was Hawai’i’s seventh overall and the first since Jamie Houston won it for the week of Oct. 6, 2006.  With this year’s honor, Hartong becomes Hawai’i’s sixth Big West Player of the Year recipient.

In her first season donning the blue and gold, Formico has made an immediate impact, not just in the Big West, but in the nation.  Hailing from Mountain View, Calif., the 5-foot 7-inch libero notched 792 digs during her freshman campaign, shattering the Big West record of 652 scoops set by former Gaucho Chelsey Lowe in 2011.  With this accomplishment, UC Santa Barbara now owns the top four spots in the Big West annals.  On the national front, Formico concluded the regular season with the country’s highest dig total, while ranking eighth in digs per set average (5.87).  The diaper dandy is one of only five athletes to eclipse 700 digs this season.

The Rainbow Wahine, led by coach Shoji, continued where they left off in 1995 and constructed a perfect 18-0 conference record en route to collecting their sixth conference title.  Hawai’i became the first Big West team to run the table since UC Santa Barbara in 2002.  Along with an unblemished conference mark, Hawai’i tallied an impressive 26-2 overall record, falling to just two ranked opponents.  The Rainbow Wahine stellar season earned Shoji Big West Co-Coach of the Year honors, the fourth of his career.

Gimmillaro and the 49ers battled adversity throughout the 2012 season.  Despite losing four starters to injury over the course of the year, including two-time All-Big West First Team member Haleigh Hampton, who injured her shoulder prior to the start of the season, Long Beach State produced a 13-5 mark to finish second in the conference.  Under the guidance of Gimmillaro, the 49ers closed out the year with a seven-match win streak to post an overall mark of 18-11.  This is Gimmillaro’s first coach of the year honor since 2005, and eighth in his career.

Eight teams were represented on the first team with Big West Champion Hawai’i leading the pack with four selections and Long Beach State close behind with three nods.  Cal State Northridge, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara each received two honors while Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara earned one accolade apiece.

Only a handful of athletes are making a repeat appearance on the first team list, which includes Cal State Fullerton’s Kayla Neto, who earned a spot on the All-Big West First Team for the fourth consecutive year.  She becomes just the eighth Big West athlete to master this feat.  UC Davis’ Allison Whitson is showcased for the third time and Cal State Northridge’s Sydney Gedryn and Casey Hinger picked up their second first-team honor.


Wahine on OC16 in subregional

November 26th, 2012

OCSports (Ch. 16) will broadcast all three NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship matches live from Seattle this weekend.

Eighth-ranked Hawaii (26-2) plays a first-round match against Santa Clara (20-11) at 3 p.m. Hawaii time Friday, at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Fifth-ranked Washington (23-6) meets NCAA rookie Central Arkansas (30-4) in the second match.

The winners play Saturday at 5 p.m. for the right to advance to the Omaha, Neb., regional the following week.

Hawaii matches will also be broadcast live on1420-AM on Friday and 1500-AM on Saturday, if necessary.

Wahine intinerary

November 26th, 2012

UH leaves Tuesday night on United at 949 to SFO then to SEA

Don’t know when the team is told to be at the bus. Usually 2 hours before.

If someone wants to organize a sendoff, I’d suggest calling the athletic department

either AAD Carl Clapp 956-6523

or AAD John McNamara 956-0912