Congrats to Hartong, Uiato Shoji

December 4th, 2012

Sorry for the lateness. the drugs following surgery kept me away from the computer resting.

Anyway, no surprise about Hartong. Meant to say somthing about Uiato being eligible since she was first team all-WAC. And glad to see Shoji get recognized. Happy Birthday!

UH’s release:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Hawai’i outside hitter Emily Hartong and setter Mita Uiato were selected to the 2012 AVCA All-West Region team, with Dave Shoji named Coach of the Year. The announcement was made Tuesday by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Hartong and Uiato are now eligible for All-America honors which will be announced Dec. 12.

Hartong, who moved to the outside after two years in the middle, garnered her second all-region selection after being named the Big West Conference’s Player of the Year. She was also named the AVCA National Player of the Week this past October, Hawai’i’s first since Jamie Houston in 2006. Uiato earns her first all-region selection after being named First Team All-Big West. She finished the Big West season ranked second in assists (10.26).

Shoji was named region coach of the year for the 10th time. Earlier this season he earned his 1,100th career win, and is four away from becoming the winningest coach in NCAA history. He was also selected Co-Coach of the Year in the Big West this season.

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  • GL December 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Hope Emily makes 1st Team All American. She deserves it!

  • Cindy Luis December 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    She should I can see her first team. Uiato maybe third or HM.

  • warriorfan December 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Emily should be a shoe in for first team. dont see Mita making either team.

    Im disappointed Jade or Jane won’t be able to get any recognition.
    Jade is the top freshmen in the country in hitting percentage ( 15 nationally) and im pretty sure it’s a UH record for a freshmen.

    • gabs December 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      jade vorster deserved ATLEAST HM. she hits .388% with over 2 kills per set. as well as over a block per set.

      • warriorfan December 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm

        I concur, I am not amused that Casey Hinger a middle who hits .246 on the year made the all region team over Jade!

        • rnr December 5, 2012 at 8:33 am

          That is certainly BOGLING!!! snubbed Croson and Vorster
          really ???!!

          • Cindy Luis December 5, 2012 at 10:01 am

            Revisiting Vorster’s stats and it’s even more surprising.
            She was third on the team in kills 226 in an offense that inconsistently set the middle. 2.11 kps, 1.08 bps, 107 out of 113 sets played.
            She led the conference in hitting percentage at .388, a surprise since most of you saw the number of off sets she had to hit.
            She was 9th in block average in the conference.
            Hinger 1 at 1.33 with 133. Okpala 5 at 1.17
            Hinger was 10 in hitting percentage 246

    • GO BOWS! December 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      both jade and jane have bright futures.

  • dedicatedfan December 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Cindy, what is the maximum number of play dates, a school is allowed to have, excluding post season?

    • hollycow December 5, 2012 at 12:36 am

      roofer68 brought it up in the previous thread, 28.

  • warriorfan December 4, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    How the heck does Long beach and Northridge get 3 and 2 players named and UH only 2 as well. UH dominated the big west …….

    • volleyball fan December 4, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      The NCAA committee never ceases to amaze how they shortchange Hawaii’s players left and right. I am just as baffled as you are!

      • Warrior-15 December 5, 2012 at 11:09 am

        The AVCA chooses these honors/awards — not the NCAA. (So there’s not NCAA conspiracy here… just sayin’ … )

        The AVCA committee for the West region is comprised of coaches. (In fact all the committees for the difference regions are made up of coaches.)

        The West region awards committee was:

        West Region
        Jeff Nelson, New Mexico (3) – Chair
        Paula Weishoff, UC Irvine (1)
        Grayson DuBose, Utah State (5)
        Shawn Garus, Boise State (2)

    • WaWa December 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      I agree with you and whoever mentioned Jade’s stats vs. that other MB. I wouldn’t be surprised if Hartong gets as low as 3rd team All-American…she deserves first, but at the rate that things have been going..

      • Cindy Luis December 4, 2012 at 10:52 pm

        the committees are different
        It wasn’t the NCAA selection or all-american committee who selects all region
        it’s the region committee.
        As for Hartong, POY in the conference should get first team.

    • Cindy Luis December 4, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      That’s a really good question. The Beach go all 3 of its first-team BWC picks and CSUN both of theirs.
      Hawaii only got 2 of their 4
      And if you look at how the Big West selections were listed, I think it was in order of voting. It doesn’t make sense that Vorster, who is no. 6 on the list, is passed over by several players, including Uiato who is No. 11.
      You can’t argue with Formico. She was the FOY and got a lot of consideration for all-region. Croson last on the first team list. what probably hurt her was her suspension.

      • setaone December 5, 2012 at 7:22 am

        I’m not speculating on how each player did versus conference opponents and for the whole season (cause I’m just too lazy right now), but I believe that Big West honors is based on conference play and AVCA honors takes the whole season.

        Jade had a really good preseason, but Mita had an awesome post season.

        • Warriorfan December 5, 2012 at 7:31 am

          Okpala and Hinger making the region team over Vorster is a joke, even those teams fans are surprised, there was no question Jade Vorster was the top middle in the conference. Hope jade uses this snub as motivation to get even better next season.

      • Warrior-15 December 5, 2012 at 11:15 am

        i agree … i would have also liked to see Vorster on the all-region team. it’s always more satisfying to see more Hawaii players, in general, get these honors.

        but at the end of the day … it was different people/coaches making the choices … on a different selection committee … using different selection criteria.

        it happens. there are always deserving players who get snubbed.

        let this be fuel for Vorster for next year … :)

  • Grammy December 5, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Love that Emily and Mita got recognized. Of course, Coach Dave, too, only wish recognition translated into respect. It only seems BG at the Beach is highly thought of but his problems and season didn’t seem to make him co-coach of the year material to me. Think BW did not Hawaii coming in and sweeping the table – record, awards, etc. They took care of their own. The WAC in that respect at least knew who was doing what and deserving of recognition. Guess Wahine have to earn that in BW again. Go Wahine! Am really looking forward to next year and spring game, even.

    • rnr December 5, 2012 at 9:22 am

      If only the women’s sports, could be invited to the PAC12 – obviously not the warrior football, since they aren’t good enough…

      • dedicatedfan December 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm

        Hoping the Warrior football team gets up to speed, very fast. Cause that is the only sport that is keeping Hawaii from being attractive enough for the PAC-12. All the other sports can be quite competitive in the PAC-12. Maybe, one day soon, Hawaii will be able to enter the PAC-12, with say, BYU.

        • menehune December 6, 2012 at 5:56 am

          Afraid it’s time for a reality check….the only way the Warrior football team can be competitive is to (gasp) move down to Div. II.

          • Warriorfan December 6, 2012 at 7:47 am

            Dont be ridiculous they were competitive just 6-5 seasons ago! Stop being a hater!

    • Cindy Luis December 5, 2012 at 10:10 am

      Grammy, don’t know about the WAC respect. plenty of grumbling the past few years about selection. including Croson not getting FOY last year.
      in the 16 years of membership, Shoji was coach or co-coach of the year 8 times with. 8 FOYs.
      But POYs every season.

    • Warrior-15 December 5, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Is it so hard to believe that there are other quality and deserving players and coaches in the Big West?

      • Cindy Luis December 5, 2012 at 11:16 am

        Agree with you. This is not the all-Wahine team. But I do think there is a point about Vorster.
        DuBose certainly respects Hawaii. I would like to see them in the Big West.

        • mauna December 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

          I have the upmost respect for Grayson Dubose, a class gentleman and coach. Unlike someone whose team just beat our ladies. Almost a physical confrontation with another coach, maybe they’ll have round two this friday.

  • Warrior-15 December 5, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Congrats to Hartong, Uiato and Shoji! :)

    • hollycow December 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Cindy, any update on Shoji and the NCAA rep?

      • Cindy Luis December 5, 2012 at 12:51 pm

        No, sorry. guessing it will happen when he goes to the final four next week for the coaches convention.

        • hollycow December 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm

          Thanks for the response, here’s hopin he gets clear, non-halfway answers to the questions that’s on his agenda.

        • dedicatedfan December 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm

          Cindy, will Ann or you be keeping on top of this? I believe alot of people would like to know what transpires between Dave Shoji’s conversation with the Selection Committee.

          • Cindy Luis December 6, 2012 at 8:02 am

            Ann is the beat writer so she will do something. Do you think we wouldn’t?

  • ALLAN December 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm


    • Cindy Luis December 6, 2012 at 7:43 am

      What does Deitre have to do with the NCAA. When D made her decision, they were still in the AIAW.
      Please get your facts straight before you go off on an unfounded rant. Especially when I gave you the facts when you brought this up a while back.

      She was headed to USC because that was where the national team trained out of under Chuck Erbe. And the threat was that if you didn’t go there, you wouldn’t have a chance to make the national/Olympic team.
      As for her ‘should have been a four-time all-american’ … she was a 3-time AVCA all-American. the award has nothing to do with the NCAA.
      D’s freshman year UH was still in the AIAW. Blame them for not selecting her as an All-American. That was at a time when the NCAA was engaged in a hostile takeover of the AIAW. I have tried to find an All-Amercian team from that year (80) but have had no success.
      UH finished third in the AIAW in 80, losing to USC in the semifinals, beating UCLA for third place.

  • Gogetem December 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Saw Leahey and Leahey – even Jim said no one from the athletic dept is advocating for the wahines volleyball team I agree. I wish that Marilyn M or when Jim was the AD that they would have done something. They could have proven to the NCAA that they deserved to be seeded and hosted. And because no one is forcing the issue, the NCAA keeps doing what they are doing year after year and dissing the wahines. It is only this year that Dave seems to be speaking out loud about this.

    • Cindy Luis December 6, 2012 at 7:48 am

      Jim says a lot of things that aren’t completely true. But in this case all I can say is that the SWA (Moniz-Kaho’ohanao) should have been at the selection show and wasn’t. She should have been helping with making the travel arrangement. Shoji questioned her absence.
      Don’t know if the administration can do anything really except file a complaint. but the NCAA doesn’t care about women’s volleyball. It’s considered a non revenue sport. And they appoint the selection committed. Sadly the committee this year is made up of administrators with very little volleyball background and from schools who have no real success in volleyball at the national level.
      Utah state last won a national title in 78. and that was AIAW

      • !!! December 6, 2012 at 10:20 am

        I think it’s this type of attitude (there’s nothing they can do) that just keeps the status quo. Obviously someone should be out there pointing out the unfairness and suggesting changes.

        I think it’s ridiculous that it was the teams from the Pac 12 that had to get the rule changed so seeded teams could host. Hawaii admin should have been leading the charge on that one since Hawaii is affected more than any other school. This “sit back and hope someone else takes up the cause” is the reason why the NCAA has absolutely no problem screwing Hawaii over and has no respect for the program.

        And please save the “Pac 12 has more power” response. Someone from Hawaii could have introduced the rule or loudly and vocally joined in with the Pac 12. It’s frustrating knowing that we can look forward to the same thing happening every year and people have the lazy attitude of, “Oh well, there’s nothing we can do about it. Let’s not rock the boat.”

        If the AD and women’s AD is not doing her job, they need to find someone who will. Hopefully the new AD is more proactive.

        • Cindy Luis December 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm

          dang, you spoiled my reply.
          The Pac-12 DOES have a lot more power, especially now that Hawaii is in a non-football conference.
          And the WAC was a mid-major . so no power there.
          There i strength in numbers and UH was one cry. It took the Pac-12 to force what was called the ‘Hawaii rule’ And it was their backing that was supposed to help Hawaii.
          The selection committee decided not to take the polls into account.
          hawaii complains and it sounds like sour grapes. Need more than one school to complain.

          • !!! December 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

            Again, that response basically says there’s nothing to be done so Hawaii just needs to smile and bend over.

            I disagree that there’s nothing to be done. Obviously just whining will do nothing but introducing legislation and getting backing rather than just sitting back and hoping someone else will is a much better approach. There also needs to be strong advocates behind the scenes actively recruiting support.

            I refuse to accept the attitude that there’s nothing that can be done so why bother even trying.

      • dedicatedfan December 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

        Like I mentioned either, on one of your earlier blog threads, or on VT, the Selection Committee members could not recognize a volleyball, if they saw one. If anyone showed them a baseball, softball, soccerball, basketball, or even football, they would all say, that is a volleyball. They Selection Committee should be made up of Volleyball Head Coaches. Cause they know what is going on in their sport. These so called administrators who make up the Selection Committee, do not have a clue, to what is going on in Women’s Volleyball.

        • Cindy Luis December 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

          Probably is that’s not how the committee is set up. It’s considered a minor sport.
          I do think they should have at least one retired coach on it that knows what he/she is talking about. instead of a bunch of administrators trying to add to their resume.
          However, they are given parameters to work within and sadly don’t know how to tweak it to make it fair.

    • Cindy Luis December 6, 2012 at 8:02 am

      I felt last year that when Haley called out the NCAA on national TV that it would make a difference.
      People here keep saying that the NCAA manual doesn’t allow for outside help beyond the RPI for volleyball. That isn’t what the AVCA told its coaches after last year.. They were told that the committee would use the poll and Pablo.
      It’s why you heard Shoji saying he felt confident about hosting, because at the time they were 16 in the RPI and 8th in the poll.

  • vballfreak808 December 5, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Deitre Collins-Parker, Michelle Waber, and the rest of the San Diego State Aztecs got an early Christmas present from a fan

    • Cindy Luis December 6, 2012 at 7:59 am

      thanks for the link

      • 808 December 6, 2012 at 10:09 am

        Anyone know what it is that they were given? I hope this was cleared with SDSU’s compliance office.

        • Kay December 6, 2012 at 11:02 am

          Each Wahine player received customized Beats headsets but from whom I don’t know ,they said it was for winning the conference.

          Doing some research on Google Shopping Customized Beats cost close to $600 a set.

        • Kay December 6, 2012 at 11:13 am

          I’ve seen that box before I believe it’s a tablet.

          • they are December 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm

            i believe those are kindle fires

  • Ron December 6, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I would like to thank everyone involved in making this such an exciting season. The players, the coaches, the fans, the booster club and the blog have combined to make this happen. These young ladies have not peaked yet and next year will be even better. The potential for that elusive championship is there. Coach Shoji has never worked harder and the progress from the first game to the last was very significant. There is not a nicer group of young ladies on the planet. We can’t do anything about the NCAA but we can support this team moving forward. Mahalo to Cindy for providing this forum to express our feelings.

  • Gogetem December 6, 2012 at 8:50 am

    I give Dave a lot of credit, though. I’m sure he really wants to Win a national championship before he retires but if it was all about that, he could have gone to any school and coach on the mainland that would afford him the top players, no offense to our girls. The one drawback other than CA and FL, nowhere is the weather like HI especially for an outdoorsy person like Dave.

    • dedicatedfan December 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      If everyone returns, and with the 3 new additions, next year could just be Dave Shoji’s best team, he has ever had. With that said, next year could be his best, and quite possibly last, chance to win another National Championship, before he retires.

      • Cindy Luis December 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

        Perhaps it could be the best. Much will depend on the chemistry, who steps up, whether the incoming freshmen will play and what seeding the Wahine get in the tournmanet.
        They had a great chance to win it all last year. Couldn’t close against USC.

        • Beauston December 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

          Cindy do you mind elaborating with what you said about
          ” perhaps it could be the best”?
          I think the 2009 squad was the best in my recent memory of the wahine’s. I think if Croson, Hartong, and Vorster continue their upward development, it’s going o be hell of a team next year. One thing that hurt Hawaii this year was the constant changes of a set line up and I can’t blame Shoji for it because going into the start of the season this year, there were a lot of uncertainties, and then inconsistencies iin the middle and RS. Shoji I think has a better idea on how this team will play out next year given he players this year less 1 in Maeda. I did not include Uiato, because I think she is going to work a little extra next year if the incoming setter is as good as everyone is saying.

          • Cindy Luis December 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm

            Should have said “maybe.’ meant it might be or it might not be. you don’t know until they get on the court.

  • Cindy Luis December 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Can’t reply directly. to !!!! but whould like to ask what exactly do you suggest they do?

    UH is one school out of 300-plus that plays DI volleyball. They have no conference clout.
    The AVCA has complained but they are powerless since the NCAA controls the sport.


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