Blog will be on hiatus

January 9th, 2013

Heading to Sequim, Wash., to check in on my mother. She’s recovering from a fall and doctors thought family visiting would be good. So I’ll miss the Outrigger and be back on the 21st.

will drop in when I can. Internet will be sporadic.

Don’t forget about the Wahine banquet on Jan. 21 at the Hale Koa. reservations available through


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  • wafan January 10, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Welcome back to WA!

  • wafan January 10, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Oops. Hope your mom recovers quickly and completely, too.

    Sequim is a nice place!

    • Cindy Luis January 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      thanks. am enjoying Sequim. very quaint. Kind of reminds me of how Kailua was when I first moved there in the 80s. like the small-town vibe.

  • Grammy January 10, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Go take care of your Mom. You’d make her happy and yourself, too. Times like this to make a big difference while you can still do it become less and less as parents age and more and more precious later on. So grab what time you can while you are able to do it. Family and peace of mind only make you better. I know you’re doing the right thing for your mom and you. Happy New Year to Momma and go with Best wishes for a good and helpful time for her and you. And out of habit, but I guess, my Go Wahine! takes on a different mean today.

    • Grammy January 10, 2013 at 4:28 am

      ‘different meaning’

  • Why ??? January 10, 2013 at 8:27 am

    A Bug,Seems like you can’t post comments on certain threads.

    • The Fix January 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      Same problem on the Warrior Beat blog but I found the work around.

      Click on the tittle of the tread at the top and it will allow you to see all the comments then you can post from there.

  • 808 January 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

    BTW, the Wahine Sand roster has been re-ordered. Numbers assigned, plus Kam and Lelepali added to the roster.

  • Warrior Dave January 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery to your Mom.

  • warriofan January 10, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Seeing the Warriors. Max has potential but he needs to improve QUICK.

    • warriofan January 10, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      What I mean by this is his sets to the middles are on the money, he needs to set his middles more.. while his sets to the outside have been all over the place, hope he steadies out.

  • warriofan January 10, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I see the refs are still as bad as ever.

    • Karmady January 11, 2013 at 6:09 am

      For once we agree…BYU had 7-8 team members on the court in Provo.

  • warriofan January 10, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Well this team makes way too many hitting errors to make noise in the MPSF, they can’t be giving away free points all the time, part of this is the setting… Hope they prove me wrong and come back and take the 5th.

  • warriofan January 10, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    This is just bad bad bad. I thought this team would be doing better. I think Wade will be let go if they don’t improve by ALOT.

    • volleyball fan January 10, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Is Wade’s contract up at the end of this season?

      Buffering was so bad I couldn’t watch the second half of the match. It was more frustrating than the loss.

      • warriofan January 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm

        I think he has one more year left, but honestly can UH afford 3 straight last places finishes? I don’t think so.

        What i have seen so far they will have trouble with UC San Diego, Northridge, Pacific and Cal Baptist and might end up last again.

  • warriofan January 10, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I’m not impressed by this Ohio State team, so I think UH will be finishing last in the mpsf yet again…. not good.

    • Karmady January 11, 2013 at 6:16 am

      Just when you surprise me by tempering your comments, you pull this. Good grief, it’s their first home match, only second of the season, a whole bunch of new players and you’re already predicting doom and gloom. Give them a chance before you predict the end is near.

      Try being optimistic. It’s very freeing.

      • warriofan January 11, 2013 at 3:13 pm

        I was optimistic before the season started, wasn’t it you that wasn’t??

        I just do not see any other MPSF losing at home to Ohio state and that’s what makes me think UH will be finishing at the bottom yet again.

        • karmady January 11, 2013 at 5:23 pm

          I am ALWAYS optimistic when it comes to the players’ ability – but more guarded when it comes to the coaching, and the leadership demonstrated by the staff. Period.

          The difference between us is you relentlessly criticize the players with no regard to what happens on the practice court – and the direction given by those in charge (ie head coach), while I focus on the good things the team does on the court in spite of what I see as a huge leadership vacuum at the head coaching spot.

          As I said on another thread, 75% of the responsibility, good or bad, for the outcome, should lie directly at the feet of the head coach. You can have the most talented group in the country but if the coach doesn’t lead, doesn’t push, doesn’t make the team better, they will be like the Lakers missing the playoffs. Similarly, a successful coach takes a group of raw recruits ignored by others and makes them a successful whole…ie Gonzaga U and Butler b-ball, or, in the case of Herb Brooks, a group of diverse college hockey players who never played together before and make gold medalists out of them in about five months, taking out the acknowledged power of the hockey world.

          The Hawaii Warriors are a good bunch of young men. Give them a chance to be great; I don’t think you, or the rest of the fans, will be disappointed.

  • warriofan January 10, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Looking at the stats….Jace Olsen played very well,not sure why Max didn’t set him more. He needs to realize who his hot hitters are. JP got set way too much. It’s never good when your leading hitter can’t hit over .200 in any game.

    • Karmady January 11, 2013 at 6:14 am

      Meh, it’s still early, Max is brand-new to the program, and they will settle in. First home match jitters – is probably a big difference playing in front of a Hawaii crowd than what he’s used to. Still, I think Ramos should have gotten a look – perhaps tonight.

      • warriofan January 11, 2013 at 3:11 pm

        Those were the excuses last year, they did not improve they got worse as the season went along.

        • karmady January 11, 2013 at 5:25 pm

          Excuses and reasons are two different things. We’re two matches into the season and you’re already dumping on them. Not much of a fan.

  • uhfan January 11, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I dont see this team getting their first win until March. That’s how bad they are.

    • warriofan January 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Against Northridge at home? My god that makes me even more depressed about last night’s loss.

      • uhfan January 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm

        I was thinking more Cal Baptist. This team is very average.

    • uhfan January 11, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Im being realistic considering their schedule. If they dont win tonight I sure as hell dont expect them to win at Long Beach, against Pepperdine, Stanford, at UCLA and UC Irvine CSUN, and USC. While some improvements have been made it aint much. If they couldnt get a win over a overrated Ohio St. team I dont expect much against actually good teams.

      • warriofan January 11, 2013 at 6:32 pm

        I don’t see any improvements actually. Last year they had a terminator in Hunt , this year the go to guy can’t hit above .200 in any match, that’s not a good sign.

        • karmady January 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm

          I’m sure the team appreciates your commentary and the expert analysis from you and your other personality, uhfan.

          Your caustic comments might make you feel important, but in reality, you just look mean and jealous. Your constant changing of facts to fit your opinions is pretty hilarious too. UCLA took five sets to beat UCSB, UCSD, Ohio State and Penn State, two of which were ‘overrated teams’ in your estimation. So does that mean UCLA is overrated too? What about Irvine, who got taken to five by a first-year team at Concordia?

          Fans don’t look for ways to dump on the teams they supposedly support. I’m really appalled that one of my comments was taken down by a moderator (merely pointing out that uhfan and warriofan seem suspiciously similar) while allowing the poison you spew to remain up. Shame on you, Star Advertiser.

          • warriofan January 12, 2013 at 10:45 pm

            IM definitely not UHfan, and you need to accept that people have different opinions than you. UCLA has been resting most of their star players against those teams and they still beat them.

            Tonights match just proves UH really blew it against Ohio State and PSU. They were finally clutch thanks to Johann Timmer, I am glad they finally got a win.

          • karmady January 13, 2013 at 6:20 am

            You are so predictable…they beat a top five team and you still can’t resist the urge to dump on them.

            Which ‘star players’ have they been resting? Certainly not Robart Page (25 sets played this year) nor Dane Worley (28 sets played) O’Dell? Not so much – 23 sets played. Wait! Maybe Quiroga? Nope – even with time off for his abdominal injury he’s played 23 sets. Spencer Rowe? hmm…I guess he rested a few sets, since he played 30. Mottram played all 35.

            What I saw tonight was a really great team beat another really great team. The difference tonight for the Warriors, IMO was the setter – which boils down to…wait for it…COACHING. JP hit over .30 last night, and what was the difference? Ramos. Doesn’t mean Wechsung is bad, it just means Ramos and Marks are a better team.

            I’m fully aware others have different opinions, have no issue with that. I DO have an issue with the way those ‘opinions’ are expressed. There are polite respectful ways to express an opinion…but you don’t seem to have mastered that yet. Keep trying.

          • Cindy Luis January 14, 2013 at 8:52 am

            Thank you all for keeping this going.
            Appreciate all the kind thoughts on Mom. She is improving every day.
            Good win for UH over the Bruins. wonder if it’s a record that a team starts the season with 7 straight 5 setters.
            A lot of parity this season and on any given night …

        • karmady January 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm

          So much for that insightful statement. *Yawn* Remind me….what did Marks/Zarkovic hit last night? Oh yeah, that’s right – .324 and .314 respectfully.

    • karmady January 13, 2013 at 7:44 am

      So much for your ‘expert’ opinion. I’m sure UCLA appreciated your vote of confidence though.

  • warriofan January 11, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Looks like Lewis went into BYU and beat them in 5, Lewis who got killed by Cal Baptist and UC San diego. I Knew BYU didn’t look that impressive so taking a set from them doesn’t seem like a big deal anymore at all.

  • vlimafan January 11, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    If UH and OCsports truly want the men’s vb to gain popularity, they R-E-A-L-L-Y should replace Dash w/ Scott Robbs. Dash’s voice is PAINFULLY monotonous and he just doesn’t seem to have passion for the sport. His voice is NOT fit for commentating! Jim Leahey may screw up w/ players’ names but no one can deny that he has passion and excitement for the sport unlike Dash. I always end up putting the tv on mute whenever I hear his voice. Ugh

    OCsports please please PLEASE, if you really want UHMVB to strive, replace Dash w/ Scott Robbs el pronto.

    On a better note, Matt Cheape is downright nasty. He OWNS that libero spot. If Wade is smart, he won’t rotate liberos during this season. Cheape is a bright spot for this year’s team.

    • im just a fan. January 11, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      i like matthew cheape. for someone who played close to nothing during his collegiate career, he’s doing very well. awesome passer and his digs are phenomenal. He looks like a very nice kid too.

      • karmady January 13, 2013 at 7:44 am

        Cheape lit it up last night – so happy to see him getting the opportunity to shine. Nice to see he made the all-tourney team too.

        • vlimafan January 13, 2013 at 6:57 pm

          Yup, it really was nice to see Cheape get recognized for his outstanding performance against all 3 teams. He’s definitely an exciting player to watch.

          Nice to see local boys like Cheape, Holt, and Ramos going for broke on the court. Good job, guys and congrats, Bows for beating the Bruins!

          • karmady January 14, 2013 at 3:34 am


  • warriofan January 11, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Damn soo close, if only they didnt make soo many errors, They would have had this.

  • warriofan January 12, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    You also need to realize when a team loses something like 19 out of the last 20 matches ( before tonight’s win against UCLA) there will be criticism of the coaches and players.

    • karmady January 13, 2013 at 7:46 am

      Except you seem to direct your venom solely at the players. They don’t get to pick the starting lineup, or choose the subs, which is certainly a good part of the equation.

  • warriofan January 13, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Someone needs to tell the announcer to call Zarkovic, Siki.
    That’s what he wants to be called so that should be what the announcer says.

  • tiffers January 14, 2013 at 8:28 am

    to warriofan
    “I think he has one more year left, but honestly can UH afford 3 straight last places finishes? I don’t think so.”
    -correct that Wade has one more year on his contract as he signed a 5-year deal, this being year #4…HOWEVER, in 2011 UH made the postseason as the 5seed, so not sure where you got the “can UH afford 3 straight last places (sp) finishes”

    “This is just bad bad bad. I thought this team would be doing better. I think Wade will be let go if they don’t improve by ALOT.”
    -ok, honestly this comment was made after the Ohio State loss and yes, to lose a 5set match at home is tough after being up 2-1 (like they were against Penn State on Saturday), but to say this team would be doing better after just 3 matches? come on, give them a break. it’s a team with only one returning starter to the same position (MB Nick West), an outside hitter being moved to the opposite (JP Marks), a new setter (Max Wechsung and Joby Ramos last night vs. UCLA), a new Libero (Cheape), a new MB (Holt) and 2 brand new Outside Hitters (Zarcovic and Olsen).
    to open the season at Provo is pretty tough to do (arguably the toughest place to win in the MPSF, although Lewis did win on Friday at BYU in 5 after losing the first 2 sets before being swept on Saturday) with nobody on the roster ever playing there before Friday night.
    this team is a lot different than last year (and by no means is that to disrespect the guys who graduated-Lofy, Castello, Hunt or the chose to leave the program) in the way they play and in regards to their lineup/roster.

    also know that in this conference, anyone can beat anyone on a given night…Hawaii beats UCLA; USC wins at Irvine in 3; Stanford goes to 5 with UOP; CSUN goes to 5 with UCSB; UCSB sweeps Long Beach; Irvine sweeps Pepperdine. and this was all last week, just WEEK 2 of the MPSF

    • karmady January 14, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Tiffers, great points, and good luck – warriofan and his alter ego uhfan aren’t really interested in facts or logic. They would rather post negative drivel and patronize anyone who disagrees with them, points out their flawed ‘logic,’ (and I use the term loosely…) or focuses on the positives.

    • Cindy Luis January 17, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks, Tiffers. very succinct and insightful. Appreciate you dropping in

  • Beauston January 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    its official, Summer Ross turned pro and is now the youngest player to grace the AVP. Sounds like Rio might see a new young blood.

  • vballfreak808 January 16, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    According to a post on Volleytalk and on twitter, Hawaii gets its first 2014 recruit from Kalei Greeley (6’2 OH/RS). Hope its true but seems like it is. Good get for Hawaii!

  • turfwar January 16, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    New Wahine commit on Volleytalk.

  • uhfan January 17, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Congrats to Hartong, Croson, Stauber, Goodman, Adolpho, Vorster, Long and the wahine from track and field and soccer for making the Big West All Academic team

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