Congrats to Hartong, POW for fourth time this season

November 19th, 2012

from UH:
Hawaii outside hitter Emily Hartong has been named the Big West Conference Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week. It was the fourth weekly honor for Hartong which is the most of any Big West player.

The former AVCA National Player of the Week averaged 4.62 kills, 3.88 digs and 0.38 service aces as the Rainbow Wahine downed Pacific in five sets and swept UC Davis this past week. Hartong also hit .301 (37-12-83) in the two wins to help UH improve to 24-2 overall and remain unbeaten in conference play at 16-0.

Hartong collected 25 kills and 16 digs in the five-set triumph over the Tigers as the Rainbow Wahine rallied from a 2-1 deficit.  She swung at a .346 (25-7-52) clip and tallied three service aces to spearhead the win.

In the win over the Aggies, Hartong had 12 kills and 15 digs for her eighth double-double of the season as the Wahine completed an undefeated Big West road record.

Hartong leads   the Big West in kills (4.53 kpg) and points (5.19 ppg), while ranking sixth in both hitting percentage (.281) and service aces (0.28 sapg).

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  • Grammy November 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Emily has made herself the ‘marked man’ in the Wahine offense, but like Kanani last year she will not back down until the final whistle. I know she has supporting cast this year, the question is who will it be. The answer might lie across the net in the form of blocking schemes adjusting to having ‘one eye on Hartong’ and trying to shut down the middles and right. Serving tough can help and we’ve had some good serving lately. Quick transition to offense behind solid passing can, too. But there always seems to be the question can we stop the other teams offense too. With quick blocking and good solid floor defense. I think so. So who’ll win? I think the team that fights to the end which I definitely know the Wahine have shown they will do. I only have high hopes going into the post-season play and I only want to watch one team go all the way. Go Wahine!

    • dedicatedfan November 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      One thing to remember, the Wahine RS is basically non-existent, except when Hartong is over on the RS. Last year, the Wahine RS was a little better then this year, and guess what happened. The Wahine were eliminated in the Regional semifinal, at home even. That was with Kanani Danielson and Hewitt. If Shoji does not up with a decent RS attacker, it could be a quick exit for the Wahine, in the NCAA Tournament. Need to remember, no matter how good Hartong is, she is no Kanani Danielson. Please keep that in mind.

  • heartattacks November 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Yes the Hart-attack strikes again. You may wonder what makes Emily click and rise above all of the players besides her quickness, good hops and high volley IQ. If you breakdown her arm swing at the top, she has the ability to hang in her jump and pause her armswing at the top before contact. This pause gives her a moment to look at the block and it shows in her hitting pct, which is the highest by far among the OH in the conference. All of the highest pct leaders are MBs. This is my take and you all may have different views in what makes EH click.

  • Jesse November 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Emily has amazing power for her frame,, reminds me of kristin richards u dont expect someone so slight to have such a powerful arm.

  • WT Door November 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Way to go EM! Keep the train a rollin’

  • Lets Rattle The Cage November 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    The sand roster has been updated looks like it’s just players who are already here in school.

    • uhfan November 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      Still hoping Hartong plays

  • sharene November 19, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Congratulations! Emily has really bloomed as an elite athlete as well as a team leader this year.

    Thank you , Em, for a job well done!

  • rnr November 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    sooo AWESOME!! GO “M” you’ve done it again – BIG CONGRATS!!!!

  • dedicatedfan November 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    What will dictate how far the Wahine go in the NCAA Tournament, will not be Hartong, Croson, Vorster, or Uiato, BUT how the RS does. If the RS can produce on a consistent basis, the Wahine will go far into the NCAA Tournament. That position is the key to the Wahines fortune.

    • uhfan November 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Without Hartong there RS is a lost cause. All 3 have had their shots and all 3 have proven to not be consistent.

    • criticizerofchanteal November 19, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Oh how you people who criticized Chanteal, see how valuable she was.

      • criticizerofchanteal November 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm

        I recall “too short”, “cannot block”, “cannot hit over a big block”.

        • dedicatedfan November 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm

          Hey, I still say that. Just shows you how bad the RS is this year. The only remedy is putting Hartong on the RS, with either Kastl, or Olevao, in Hartong’s spot on the LS. Hartong has proven she can play anywhere and be effective. Uiato has proven she can get the ball to Hartong no matter where Hartong is.

          • rinkidink November 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm

            Hey you’re still going to have the same problem with the left side, both Olevao and Kastl aren’t going terminate at the numbers in kills and pct that Shoji expects. What UH needs is another hitter, which is not on the team right now that can produce the numbers. Getting the ball at the amount of chances Hartong had on the left is going way down with her on the RS. In the position UH is at this late in the season, Shoji is going to leave Hartong LS and go with who ever out of the 3 he has who is on and luke warm at least. The LS almost always gets the majority of the out of system balls, and to the best two OH’s UH has, Croson and Hartong.

  • RedZone November 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Congrats to Emily. A well deserved honor. I have no complaints the wahine are winning. I like how they are being challenged in the BW.

  • SamIAm November 19, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Thats part of the problem Uiato usually only finds Hartong , to predictable . There are MANY other hitters on this team to use . Its always Hartong or Croson , or croson or hartong , or hartong or croson . etc. TOOO PreDicTable …….

  • SamIAm November 19, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    The other thing I thought they were going to do was speed up the offense , looks about the exact same speed ,will have a hard hard time with any pac 12 team .

  • Orbitalripz November 19, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    In the “Bet You Didn’t Know That” Column …

    As you may know, the USD Toreros upset the BYU Cougars, so both share the WCC championship title.

    Q: Who gets the automatic pass to the Big Dance?

    A: “Both teams receive an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.”

    Not even a coin flip.

  • Cindy Luis November 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Not true. just go to the WCC site for the info

    BYU won the tiebreaker for the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Because both teams had the same record and both teams lost to Santa Clara, Saint Mary’s and each other, the conference looked at the number of sets won in the BYU-San Diego series. BYU won five sets total and San Diego won four sets total in the two matches played this season, giving BYU the automatic bid.

    But USD should get an at-large and maybe St. Mary’s.

  • Grammy November 20, 2012 at 12:38 am

    A thought occurs, the only outside hitter not given a long look at RS is Jane. Haven’t thought how that would work out in the passing rotation, but she definitely has the firepower. I don’t think Tai or Ashley are consistent enough on the right but hitting on the left against setter might be easier in some cases. Just a thought, but I don’t expect to see it come tournament time but maybe this week….. Go Wahine! Oh, yeah Emily M. you’ve been just terrific this year a real heavy contribution and rock solid part of our floor defense.

  • TW November 20, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Unless the Wahine attack is much more balanced than it has been throughout the season the discussion about the RS is irrelevant.

  • masteruke November 20, 2012 at 9:53 am

    grammy Croson wont be on the right because she doesnt provide a big enough block. Remeber her right is the opponents left meaning their best hitter. Also agree with TW Uiato has to use all her attackers that means Longo has to bring her A game each and every night. At times she is brilliant and at other times she is a shank machine. Maybe Shoji will switch her and Maeda. Maeda has been rock steady all year and a more consistent server

    • rnr November 20, 2012 at 11:08 am

      whatever works… agree offense is too predicatable @times, agree need to find a more consistent RS attacker/blocker… Go Wahine!!

      • dedicatedfan November 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm

        Breakdown of the 3 players, Goodman, Kastl, and Olevao, on the RS. Offensively, Goodman keeps the ball in play, most often then not, but has a difficult time getting kills, is an adequate blocker. Kastl looks very uncomfortable offensively there, is an adequate blocker. Olevao, has that freshman inconsistency, but offensively, can put down kills, seems the most comfortable there. She is also, physically able to get in on some blocks there. My choice is Olevao, if she can just get over that freshman inconsistency. Just do not know what you will get from her nite to nite, because of that. If Olevao can just get over that freshman inconsistency, she can at least put up numbers that Chanteal Satele did last year.

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