A Happy New Year (early)

December 30th, 2011

Wishing all of you the best in 2012. Amazing how quickly 2011 went.

Looking forward to men’s season and that of the inaugural sand team. Don’t think they’ll have anything new on sand until at least next week when the coaches start looking at things.

Thanks for making 2011 so much fun.

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  • vballfreak808 December 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Happy New Years Cindy and Everyone!

    Good luck to the Men and Sand Team and hopefully the women do well for Fall 2012!

  • warriorfan December 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Happy New year Cindy and volleyshots readers.
    Hope in the new year we get the new blog format.

  • Ron December 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Ditto from me. PS I thought you were exactly on point in your article today, nice job as always. And we do have a lot to be excited about next year.

    • Cindy Luis January 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Ron, if you mean the top 5, those weren’t my picks. just chosen by the staff’s voting. I was assigned the story. agreed with most, tho.

  • roofer68 December 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Have a happy and safe new years everyone. Thanks Cindy for all your dedicated and hard work for us volleyshots guys. 2012 looks like a more exciting year.

  • Surfboy December 30, 2011 at 9:23 pm


  • LC December 31, 2011 at 7:34 am

    USC sand team will have a lot of talent . I see them as one of the top teams .

    • warriorfan December 31, 2011 at 9:34 am

      USC, Pepp, Long Beach and UH should be the favorites, the only west coast schools.

    • Cindy Luis January 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      there’s like 14 teams? hard not to be a ‘top’ team.

  • LC December 31, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I’m reluctant to make any guesses on the Wahine sand team because unlike USC I have no idea who the players will be with the exception of a few who have already made announcements.

    • really. December 31, 2011 at 5:49 pm

      SHUT UP ALREADY! We get it, Hawaii does not have any info regarding sand volleyball on their athletics site. You complain way to much.

      • Wawa December 31, 2011 at 7:36 pm


      • warriorfan January 1, 2012 at 8:56 am

        Leave Ladeda alone lol

        • LC January 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm

          I have 2 scoops see my blog.

          • Warrior15 January 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

            what’s the url?

          • Warrior15 January 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

            Definition of “irony”: Type in “LC volleyball blog” into Google, and the 3rd search result is a link to New Mexico St volleyball!!

            LOL. Talk about irony …

            Sorry just had to share that considering LC is such a “fan” of the Aggies … :)

          • Cindy Luis January 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm

            As in Las Cruces. very funny.

          • Zelda January 3, 2012 at 9:10 pm

            I did what you said and I saw nothing pertaining to Las Cruces or New Mexico State and I went as far as 5 pages.

          • Warrior15 January 4, 2012 at 10:16 am

            i just did it just now, and it works … ;)

            don’t put it in quotes.

    • Cindy Luis January 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      none of us know, LC. As I’ve said. much of it depends on the coach giving the SID the info for the website. the point is UH hasn’t decided on its roster or schedule. when we know something, we’ll put it up and UH will as well.

  • Kevin Miller January 1, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Happy New Year and merry xmas to you all.

  • dragonman January 1, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Hey guys, LC is just making a statement. Nothing wrong with what he posted even if he has said it before. It does not soung to me like he is complaining or crying about it. Happy New Year to All.

    • really. January 1, 2012 at 10:08 am

      Either your LC himself, or you haven’t read his previous posts.

  • LC January 1, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Complaining not really just pointing out facts.

    • really. January 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm



      1. Express dissatisfaction or annoyance about a state of affairs or an event.

      You sir, have been complaining.

      • LC January 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm

        LOL like I care about what you think.

      • warriorfan January 1, 2012 at 12:47 pm

        Leave Ladeda alone you guys
        She/he can get nasty if provoked and I enjoy her/his posts

        Back to volleyball. I can’t wait to find out which transfers Scott Robbs was talking about.

        • po'okela January 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm

          what did he say exactly?

  • LC January 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    ladeda was a nickname given to a former wahine player by her girl friends and I’m certainly not her.

  • tomas January 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Happy New Year Ms. Cindy! thanks for you informative blog.
    Now whats the scopp with Falyn F. and UH next fall….what the deal with Hewitt not returning? Whats your forecast of the libero positon and Maeda or not?
    Thanks…take care.

    • Cindy Luis January 1, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      happy New Year all. no scoops until at least Tuesday. we’ll know soon if Fonoimoana is eligible and if Hewitt has decided to return.

  • warriorfan January 2, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Any news on who the warriors are starting thursday?

    • Cindy Luis January 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      WF, See Stephen’s story in today’s S=A
      talks about a better balance of talent, who might step up to replace Umlauft.
      When I spoke briefly to Wade last month, he said they have talent but will be very young and untested.

  • ringostarr January 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Does anyone have the list of schools that are fielding sand volleyball this coming spring?

    • Cindy Luis January 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      avca.org has list and all the rules, legislation as well.
      avca.org/sand/rules-legislation/ but schools have dropped out, such as SC and UW so the list is in flux

      for sure Hawaii, Pepperdine and Long Beach State. Most of the teams are southeast, a lot of small schools in Florida. Believe the Atlantic Sun Conference is sponsoring it as a conference.

      • johnlennon January 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm

        Thanks Cindy!

  • Robin January 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    …played with the Volleyball Club Olympia Berlin for three years in professional leagues throughout Germany

    How is this different from what Costas did?


    • warriorfan January 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      That team he played for is basically the junior national team for Germany, they do play against the professional teams but don’t get paid .

      • really? January 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm

        Costas did not get paid. Thats not the point. The point is he played on a professional team (regardless if he got paid or not)

        “The NCAA’s ruling, in fact, was not based on whether Theocharidis was a paid athlete.

        The NCAA prohibits a player from being a member of a professional team, even if he did not receive money.

        UH coach Mike Wilton said the school’s investigation found Theocharidis indeed did not have an agent, sign a contract or receive money for playing volleyball before enrolling at UH”


        I thought i read somewhere that the rules have now changed and if Costas case were to happen now… it would be OK. can anyone confirm??

        • Cindy Luis January 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm

          that is my understanding as well, that Theocharidis’ situation would be treated differently. What I never understood was, the only thing the NCAA did was strip UH of its title. however, Theocharidis kept eligibility and all his awards. so the player wasn’t punished, just the university. I don’t feel there was a lack of institutional control, which is always the no-no in NCAA eyes. Wilton and Reyes believed everything they were told by their player. the NCAA interpreted it differently.

    • Cindy Luis January 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      as mentioned, he is not on a professional team. Theocharidis was on a pro team, but did not get paid. however the NCAA didn’t agree with the interpretation so …. what I have always thought odd is … it’s OK for amateur golfers to play in a pro-am, by the very name it’s a professional-amateur event. the amateurs are playing with pros, however do not receive any money. why golf and volleyball are treated different I don’t understand.

  • vballfreak808 January 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    2012 Volleyball Outlook:

    Probable Starters:
    Outside: Steven Hunt (6’5 Senior), JP Marks (6’6 Freshman)
    Opposite: Johann Timmer (6’6 Freshman)
    Middle: Nick West (6’8 Sophomore), Shane Welch (6’10 Sophomore)
    Setter: Sam Biscaro (6’5 Sophomore)
    Libero: Nick Castelo (5’8 Senior)

    Outside: JJ Mosolf (6’6 Freshman)
    Middle: Brian Beith (6’5 Freshman)
    Setter: Dominic Lile (6’3 Freshman), Ka’ahukane Keite-Ah Yo (6’3 Junior)
    Libero: Daylan Chock (5’11 Freshman)

    *Gus Tuaniga is returning for his senior season
    *Harrison Carroll moved from being an outside hitter last year to a setter this year
    *New NCAA rule is you can have 2 different liberos in the same set

    • Warrior15 January 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      the men’s team got taller…

      i’m starting to get a little excited for this team. they’re young, so i’m not expecting the world. but if the newcomers deliver, it sounds like they could be competitive this year…

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