Blog back up, thanks for being patient: Hawaii 3, UCLA 0

August 29th, 2010

Very weird not to see Banachowski across the way.
And the poor men’s volleyball team got kicked out of some empty seats.

Hawaii going with same lineup as last night. Hewitt, Danielson, Mafua, Maeda (DS), Satele, Hartong. Waber and Ka’aihue will be coming in later.

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  • chester August 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I posted this in the previous thread…

    Pre match interview Scott Robbs and Dave Shoji, they were talking about solidifying a spot. I don’t know who they were talking about, but they said that the player when hitting would not hit at the highest point but at the height of the net and it was ashamed because they could touch 10′4. Anyone know who they were talking about?

    • Cindy Luis August 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm

      Might be Waber? That’s the only spot that seems in question. Would you agree?

      • chester August 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm

        yah, that would have been my first guess. I tuned in just a tad late to get her name.

        • Cindy Luis August 29, 2010 at 6:16 pm

          Hartong is my other guess, only because she’s having trouble tonight and hitting low.

          • Cindy Luis August 29, 2010 at 6:21 pm

            Hawaii wins Set 1 25-22, Danielson 5-1-9, Waber 3-1-7, Hewitt 3-0-3. Wahine hit .361 to the Bruins’ .171. no blocks for uh, 2 for ucla.

    • Warrior15 August 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm

      the player who touches 10’4″ that Shoji was talking about in th eRobbs interview before the game — was Hewitt. said she has a tendency to wait on the ball and she’s coming down as she contacts, usually around the top of the net level.

      Shoji said they’re working on her make her arm swing quicker.

      • chester August 29, 2010 at 6:37 pm


        • Cindy Luis August 29, 2010 at 6:40 pm

          ditto, mahalo

  • Warrior15 August 29, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Waber hitting very smartly tonight … helping herself to be successful even when facing double-blocks

    • Cindy Luis August 29, 2010 at 6:43 pm

      Waber is doing well. 6-1-15. she is 3-0-6 in set 2

      • Cindy Luis August 29, 2010 at 6:47 pm

        Wahine win 25-19 in Set 2. Hewitt 6-0-9, Danielson 9-2-20, Hartong 7-2-13, Waber 7-1-16.
        5 Service errors by UH kept UCLA close.

  • Steve August 29, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Yes, Waber, instead of trying to go thru the block, is now trying to hit off the block.

  • RedZone August 29, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Yeah no 2nd game voodoo.

  • Warrior15 August 29, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    i think every commercial break has had a politician’s ad so far …

  • Warrior15 August 29, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    UCLA floor defense and blocker coverage won G3 for them …

    • Cindy Luis August 29, 2010 at 8:45 pm

      that and hawaii’s service errors. plus ucla put in Kelly Reeves and Hawaii hadn’t talked about her much during pregame, he said in the postmatch conference. She didn’t play Saturday and they didn’t adjust to her in Set 3

  • Steve August 29, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Shoji is going to need alot of black hair dye, cause this team is going to give him alot of white hairs, this year. lol

    • leftout August 29, 2010 at 7:43 pm

      Black hair dye? Like hell, he’s going to lose his hair!

      • Steve August 29, 2010 at 7:52 pm

        Wonder how Shoji would look bald, what do you think, Cindy?

        • leftout August 29, 2010 at 8:06 pm

          Think he’d look good sucking on a lollipop.

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  • RedZone August 29, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Liz is on tonight.

  • Steve August 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    They passed test #1, onto test #2, next week.

    • Steve August 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm

      Test #1 grade = B-

  • Steve August 29, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Waber, took a good step forward tonite.

  • MidniteGambler August 29, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Good game… Pretty classy of UCLA to sing Hawai`i Pono`i… Maeda is a killing machine, finished hitting 1.000… The team really coming together… Can’t wait for the next tournament… Oh yeah, almost forgot – Rah! Rah! 8-)

    • Cindy Luis August 29, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      ucla has been here enough. they should have learned it long ago. Sealy is a classy guy and really ‘gets’ living in Hawaii.

  • BIK August 29, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Ka`aihue and Mafua combined had 8 of their 13 service errors that needs to get better .

    • sunandsurf August 30, 2010 at 12:17 am

      i couldn’t agree more; those serving errors just drives me nuts!

  • Steve August 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Normally the biggest improvement in a team is between week 1 and 2. We will see if that is the case next week. Alot of the problems Hawaii had this weekend are fixable.

  • pouncer84 August 29, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    The weirdest part of the whole night was watching UCLA employ Hawaii’s warmup/defense. They were mirror images of eachother. I don’t remember ever seeing a Bruin setter jump set continuously or play a wide defense. Was so strange.

  • jeff August 30, 2010 at 12:12 am

    So Nebraska went down & the wahine should move up or will florida leap frog them ? I don’t think so but it is a very good win but i still expect the big red to beat texas and take the big 12. Stanford will lose 2 so if the wahine keep winning they will get a good seed This will be a monster team Next Year this year well i hope u like kansas city in december can’ t wait for the women of Troy

  • andy August 30, 2010 at 12:20 am

    good win for the Wahine.
    now for the negatives. too many service errors by Liz and Dani as was mentioned before and they are not even jump serving. why is Maeda coming in as a server? her serves are lollipops. the Wahine need to start serving tougher. didn’t see Hartong serving and her jump serve was working Saturday. only Kanani and Chanteal jump serving, and not really putting much heat on their serves.
    after a great blocking night Friday, the Wahine blocking is persona non grata. where did it go? our lack of blocking the last two matches, especially tonight, made the matches a lot tougher than they should have been. Hartong and Waber not getting the job done there. i had heard that Hartong would be a better blocker than Amber. not so far.

    • sunandsurf August 30, 2010 at 12:30 am

      i totally agree: it’d be one thing if they were really smashing the serves but the ones that fell short or long were not special in any way; totally drove me nuts.

      i wish i knew what dave said to the wahine after the match. sure, they must feel good beating ucla but they must know (or should know) what areas need improving. in the past years, there have been comments about the wahine lacking a real, tough competitive spirit. there’s no reason a team can’t be extremely competitive and have a big heart. i hope this’ll be true of this year’s team….

    • HH August 30, 2010 at 2:24 am

      I think Maeda’s primary responsibilities are passing and defense. She serves because that means she also gets to play defense.

    • wow lau lau August 30, 2010 at 9:21 am

      A win indeed. But i’m still not sold on the setting. I wathced the SD vs. Kansas St. match and the KS setter was setting beuatiful sets in system out of system bettering the ball and giving her hitters cream puffs. Thats what I expect for UH. Top four people, really?

    • Cindy Luis August 30, 2010 at 11:20 am

      Maeda has a solid serve and she has solidified the passing. That’s why she’s in.
      Good grief. it’s three matches in. Kaufman didn’t start out a great blocker. give the freshmen a break.

  • Lyle August 30, 2010 at 1:27 am

    That NCAA title is right there for the taking. See y’all Sept. 5. Y’all are gonna be there right? The WOMEN of TROY shall be dispatched and the wahine will be well on their way to an undefeated preconference which will lead to an undefeated conference season. The NCAAs? Exciting isn’t it? U can hardly wait huh?

    • leftout August 30, 2010 at 8:37 am

      The rightside(team bench side of court) linesman made several poor/questionable calls during the Kansas state and Ucla matches. Didn’t seem like they were difficult ones to make. Don’t like it even if it goes Hawaii’s way. Hear they get paid pretty good, does anyone know?
      Did anyone notice an increase in student attendance over the weekend due to the $50 student activity card?

      • Cindy Luis August 30, 2010 at 11:18 am

        Student activity fee takes effect in spring .. and poor linesmen are nothing new. I have discussed it with some of the lead officials and they’ve told me a lot of the refs don’t want to do UH games because of the pressure of being on TV. My reply was that the game deserved better than what they’re getting.

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  • masteruke August 30, 2010 at 8:49 am

    great win last night. But, serve recieve has got to get better fast. Coach Sealy picked on Kanani all night and got great results. Also Hewitt and Mafua need to improve in the middle connections. Freshmen girls getting better. I think that Hartong is a little ahead of Waber a this point.

    • leftout August 30, 2010 at 9:48 am

      Shoji depending too much on Kanani, she looked tired. Did she even come out during the Bruin match?…..not good.

      • Cindy Luis August 30, 2010 at 11:15 am

        I don’t think they’re depending too much on her. Shoji has told Mafua to spread the offense and she’s been trying to do that. He doesn’t want Danielson tiring since she goes so hard. But there were plays when she said she wanted to ball, particularly at the end of last night’s match with UCLA. She was a lot more animated at the end than I’ve seen her. Plus she is a primary passer.

      • leftout August 30, 2010 at 2:35 pm

        Oh no Cindy……you’ve gone to the other side. The two coaches that dislike, Brian G.(constant bickering with the officials) and Mary Wise(stalling tactics). Thats what probably happened in Lincoln. Her “gamesmanship” flustered the Husker players so much that they decided to say the hell with it and just wanted to get off the court.

        • Cindy Luis August 30, 2010 at 3:11 pm

          Did I mention Long Beach State anywhere? As for Florida. The bottom line is they beat Nebraska at the Qwest Center. and, if you read the Nebraska recap, Huskers could have been done in three, holding off four match points to win Set 3 31-29.

    • Cindy Luis August 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm

      Teams that know anything about the best player on the other side usually try to serve them because it usually throws them off getting ready to attack. From what Shoji has said about Hewitt, it’s more her being unable to contact the ball where she should.

  • masteruke August 30, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    question for Cindy. How do you rank a team when you don’t see them play. Pollsters predict on the assumption that what they are hearing is correct. Please tell me how you pick your teams. I eould love to know how you guys think

    • leftout August 30, 2010 at 2:59 pm

      Well count the total points scored, square that, divide by pie, multiply that by how many days of rain in the month. And insert that into Einstein’s mathematical equation for theory of Relativety. If you don’t have the seven years to work it out, guessing is just as effetive.

      • Cindy Luis August 30, 2010 at 3:12 pm

        Voting is no science … Although I do vote on the Harris college football poll as well and I have my own formula.

    • Cindy Luis August 30, 2010 at 3:09 pm

      How do I pick my teams? You look at results. see who they play. there’s no assuming that what I hear is correct. I know who won and who lost.

  • masteruke August 30, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    based on what you said on how you choose your teams half the teams in the rankings now should not be ranked.
    Could it be also that Nebraska was overranked to begin with. Pollsters influences the NCAA come tourney time and
    year after year the pac 10 and big 10 have at least 6 teams playing when reality says their bottom five teams are simply put average teams. Maybe in the future rankings become a thing of the past.

    • Cindy Luis August 30, 2010 at 4:12 pm

      The AVCA poll is done by coaches, i vote on the volleyball magazine poll which is a media poll.
      I don’t know how other people do their voting. I shared how I do mine.
      Don’t think Nebraska over=ranked. Cook, the AVCA Freshman of the Year, returns home to play for dad. they have a couple returning All-Americans.
      The poll does not influence the ncaa committee, as shown by last season. Hawaii was seeded 12th by the committee, No. 3 in the coaches poll.
      The changed I want to see in the future is the committee not rely on RPI so much.

  • andy August 30, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    unless Kanani is getting 40-50 swings a night, she should not be getting tired. she’s an elite athlete and should be able to play the entire match without getting too tired.
    sorry Cindy, but Maeda’s serve is a LOLLIPOP. if she can serve tougher, i wouldn’t have a problem with it. otherwise, she’s just giving up an easy point for the other team.
    i thought serve-receive was excellent last night. Dani was able to put up good sets without having to move much, for the most part. i don’t think the hitters did as much with the sets as they should have.

    • Cindy Luis August 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm

      Maeda’s serve is not strong, agreed. I thought the earlier comment was about keeping lollipops in. Maeda had 1 SE.

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