Hawaii 3, UC Riverside 0

September 21st, 2012

gotta love UCR’s promotion for UH today: Highlander Hot Ticket. Their bear dressed in hula attire. looks like it was photo shopped from Waimanalo Beach. Na Mokulua in the background.

they’re having an Ono Hawaiian BBQ at 530 p.m. $15 general, $10 athletic association members, $5 10-under includes ticket and food.

The links for today’s match




if you have Oceanic, you can ‘listen’ to 1420AM on OC 884

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  • Queen Zelda of Wahiawa September 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Check your “in moderation” folder Cindy looks like my last comment ended up there.

    • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      didn’t see anything. you want to try to repost?

      • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm

        Have the BigWest stream up on the computer. looks pretty good. not sure if they’ll sync the 1420AM broadcast or just go with the live feed and no ‘on air talent’

  • Queen Zelda of Wahiawa September 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Monica tweets that they are stuck in freeway traffic on their way to UCR.

    • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      that”s pretty funny. it’s supposed to be a 45 minute drive from Fullerton. but on a Friday?

  • Kazu September 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Just watched Wahine’s warm up. Cindy, that sure looks like a high school gym that their playing in.UCR will be shocked when they come to the SSC.

    • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      It’s new though. yes, they will be in for a shock. Hawaii has the largest arena in the conference.

  • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Wahine lineup tweaked, Croson, Hartong at opp, Kastl LS, Vorster, Adolpho, Uiato, Longo, DS Maeda.

    • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Livestats are working. UH up early 3-0. Croson with 2 kills.

      • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm

        Longo is serving. UH up 4-0. UCR with a timeout already.

        • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm

          livestats are up but off. UH had a 5-0 lead UCR has tied it at 7.

          • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm

            UCR takes its first lead 8-7. Stauber in to set.

  • Warriorfan September 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    What is going on I just tuned in and saw UCR score like 5 in a row, not good.

    • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Longo had a good service run to open. UCR has settled down. not like UH hasn’t gotten stuck in a bad rotation. think UCLA with a 9-run. Long into serve. UH up 12-8.

  • Beauston September 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    What the heck is the score?

    • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      UH up 21-16. TO UCR. Beauston, not going to do play by play.

  • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Ace by Hartong makes it 22-17

  • Kazu September 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Getting the game on the radio as the announcer on the tube not to good. I like the announcer on the radio. How do we get this guy replace Jimbo. He makes the match sounds really exciting.

    • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      do you mean Scott and not Jimbo? Tiff Wells has been doing color with Scott home matches. Scott doesn’t make the road trips until playoffs. Blaine Kauwe had a conflict so they sent the color guy. Or did you mean if you replace Donovan you can hire Wells?

      • Kazu September 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm

        Yes, they can hire Wells, and find another position for Leahey. I like Leahey doing the Baseball.

        • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm

          Wells prefers radio over TV. although he did quite a bit of TV at Pepperdine. Leahey does TV so that’s the change you’d see. But I will pass on your kind words to Tiff.

          • WaWa September 22, 2012 at 12:35 am

            I prefer Wells to not make the road trip, he should stay home. Haha. But rite on Tiff, sounds like you making people happy keep up the good work.

  • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Kastl puts down set point 25-17.

    • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      would give some stats. still not trusting them since they have the wrong score for Set 1.
      think Vorster 3-1-8, Croson 4-2-12, hartong 3-2-9, Adolpho 1-0-2, Kastl 3-1-8.

      • uhfan September 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm

        Would like to see Kalei set more

        • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm

          that’s been the complaint, not running the middle more. UH up 10-6 in Set 2.

          • Beauston September 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm

            Im over on the fact that middles will see very little set but passing? They’ve got ways to go to learn to pass better. Mita is running all over the place.
            CSUN have better passing than Wahine.

  • Warriorfan September 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    These ads popping up during play is so annoying.

    • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Gave up on the web TV. I don’t care for baseline angle. UH up 12-7. TO UCR.

  • tomas September 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Listening to 1420…not able to get a feed when I type
    BigWest.or/tv….whats the secret?

    • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      bigwest.org/tv scroll down.

      • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm

        UCR on a 3-0 run, closes to 18-12.

        • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm

          Make that 4-0. it’s 18-13. TO UH.

  • Beauston September 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    UCR barely getting the balls over and still keep on scoring how is that possible? None of the Wahine hitters consistently terminates. They are constantly dug by UCR.

    • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      sounds like from radio UCR playing really good defense.
      UH up 20-13.

      • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm

        Hagins in Croson on the pipe.Kill by Hagins. 23-14. TO UCR

        • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm

          Kastl ends it again 25-16.

  • kaleiboy September 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    USC loses to Oregon (0-3) 19-25, 15-25 & 23-25

    • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Thanks will put up some scoresin a bit.

      • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm

        Vorster 5-3-12, Croson 11-2-23, Hartong 5-3-18, Adolpho 1-0-2, Kastl 7-2-15, Hagines 1-0-2, Uiato 2-0-4,
        5 blucks, 2 aces, 2 SE.

  • uhfan September 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I hope Shoji rests some players the 3rd game and lets Stauber set the whole game.She’s not afraid to go to the middles.

  • RedZone September 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    watching online feed but listening to the guy on the radio. He is really good.

    • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks RZ, that’s my son. Tiff Wells has a lot of volleyball knowledge, played on ‘iolani’s state title team in 2003, backed up Sean Carney at setter. was a practice player for Pepperdine women when he was there. Did a lot of volleyball broadcast for Pepperdine. Still does when the Waves come to Hawaii.
      He does color when he can with Scott. He has 3 other jobs that sometimes get in the way.

  • uhfan September 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Wow, Kalei still only has 1 kill in 2 attempts. Not set to at all the 2nd game

    • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm

      UHF, one reason was that Hagins played half of set 2. They are also working on getting both Hartong and Kastl comfortable in new spots. Vorster has 12 attempts.

      • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm

        And that Adolpho/Hagins rotation only played through the front row briefly twice. not a lot of chances. UH only needed 11 serve rotations to win.

      • uhfan September 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm

        But Hagins got in when they were already in the 20′s, right? I still prefer Hartong on the left but it’s obvious Kastl is just not comfortable on the right.

        • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm

          Kastl is a LS hitter and she hasn’t worked out on the right.

  • bowsfan September 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Irvine has a combo of the stream and some kind of tracker.

    • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Tuaniga and Goodman both in Set 3.

      • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 5:09 pm

        With Goodman in, guessing then Hartong moves left.

        • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm

          UH going back to a 6-2. UCR up 6-5. Hagins in as well.

          • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm

            UCR doing well tooling the block. Highlanders up 9-5. TO UH.

  • Zig September 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Watching from this angle you can see just how poor the decisions are on the Hawaii side. Line open a lot but they go cross-court. Slow reaction times from the middles releasing to the outside.

  • Beauston September 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Someone popped Wahine’s energy tank and UCR scoring on off plays the Wahine cant take care of UH down 3 after UH TO

    • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Beau, they have several different players out there. with Stauber, Tuaniga, Hagins. Stauber needs time to develop a rhythm maybe. UH closes to 10-8.

      • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm

        UH on a 5-0 run. Wahine lead 11-10. TO UCR. Longo holding serve.

        • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm

          UH on a 10-0 run. lead 15-10. Longo still serving. TO UCR.

          • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm

            Can you say bad rotation. UH’s was on a 14-0 run. UH up 20-11. Uiato back in .

      • Beauston September 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm

        Disagree, players need to be able to adapt right away as soon as soon as they hit the floor and own the ball. This was a huge factor on UCLA’s season last year.

        • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm

          UCR closes to 20-13 when Goodman blocked.

          • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm

            UH wins it on their fourth match point. Hagins ends it. 25-19.

  • ninernut September 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    great win wahines

  • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    don’t know where these will end up on the thread but
    Vorster 5-3-12 in 2 sets, Croson 13-6-32, Hartong 11-3-30, Adolpho 1-0-2 in 2-ish sets
    Tuaniga 2-0-4, Kastl 10-3-21, Hagines 3-0-7
    Hartong 10 digs. 3 aces, 2 SE.9 blocks
    Waine hit 259 to UCR’s 115
    UCR with 0 aces, 2 SEs, 10 blocks. barely 90 minues.

  • Beauston September 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I cant wait for the LBSU match.

  • Turfwar September 21, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    A poster on Volleytalk just posted that FF recently had a baby. So her sitting out may have had nothing to do with school after all. If true she may still end her career as a Wahine.

    • Warriorfan September 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      wow that makes a lot of sense, but you know going to school and raising a young baby and playing a division one sport is not easy.

      • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm

        first I head of a baby but does make sense. biggest issue was her lack of attendance in school at both USC and UH. if she were to come back in 2013 she’d have 2 years, unless she uses 2012 ad a medical hardship. which has happened with pregnancies before.

        • livealoha September 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm

          Not saying that having a child is NOT a blessing, but what a waste of talent for the No. 1 recruit in 2010… Again, not to sound insensitive.

          I could see her just moving on from volleyball. If her heads not in the commitment to academics AND volleyball now, how much more so with a family… and how much more with being away from Southern California and her family. Plus, I think her BF will be done with his career here too in a year.

          She has family here, but I really think we can close the door on her coming to Hawaii.

          Could be another Jenn Fopma, coming out of retirement and playing a season (or two). But I just think it’s all highly unlikely she plays again, and even more unlikely to ever be a Wahine.

        • Warriorfan September 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm

          I hope so because she has way too much talent to go to waste, also she can make a lot of money overseas, after a few years of college stardom at UH :)

  • Lanaiboy September 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    On VT, non-Hawaii fans, viewing the Big West streaming video, are also wondering why Uiato is not setting the middles and why so poorly when she does. The last set to Hagins was great though. The call to replace her with Stauber is growing louder and louder. I really think it is a mental block that Uiato has to overcome. By the way, Cindy, what type of reservations does Shoji have in regard to Stauber? You mentioned that he was not satisfied with both of them. The win was expected but Hawaii sometimes looked sluggish on offense but made up for it with a good service game.

    • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Not sure what’s going on with Uiato and Adolpho. thought they had a decent connection last year. As for Vorster, she has a tendency to jump early so they’re still working on that. agree may be a mental block.
      As for Shoji and Stauber, he said he wouldn’t have recruited her if he didn’t feel she could play at this level. He just prefers Uiato’s quicker release when running the faster offense.
      Agree UH looked sluggish but the issue is they allowed UCR to dictate the the tempo. which is slower. UCR is smaller, hits not as hard, which can throw off the defense when you’re expecting a harder shot.
      He wasn’t happy with the 2 setters in the alumnae match. It was in my response of saying thought Ah Mow-Santos playing so well. He said he hopes the 2 setters learned something from watching her. and the type of decisions she made.
      I honestly don’t see Stauber taking over as they develop this 6-2. Things do change when they move Hartong to the right so that was part of the adjustment today.

      • livealoha September 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm

        Stauber is also more of a liability at the net. She’s not nearly as explosive or athletic as Uiato, who’s not so much of a weakness as a blocker.

        Let’s not forget Uiato’s family is going through some hardships. These are college students after all and this could be playing a big role in Uiato’s mental and emotional game more so than her setting game.

        Of course, whoever performs the best SHOULD be starting… but there’s only so much we see and even the media knows only so much about what Shoji discusses and what the players go through one on one.

    • livealoha September 21, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Shoji has always held to his idea of keeping in his “starters” that have paid their dues as starters. It’s been a long list of players, especially in the last 12 years starting with

      Sudduth over Willoughby on the outside in 2000…
      Carey having to share the setting position with Vakasausau in 2002…
      Lundvist over Gustin in the NCAA Tournament in 2003…
      Hittle over Mason in 2005…
      Keeping Houston in despite errors left and right her senior year in 2008…
      Mafua over Uiato in 2010 (ironically)…
      Blake over Maeda in 2011.

      List goes on…

      • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm

        Agree with some of the list, I mentioned some the other day. Thought the 6-2 worked well in 02.
        agree with the Sudduth-Willoughby. and Shoji has admitted that mistake
        If i remember correctly in 03, Gustin had an injury. the big issue was Willoughby and Kahumoku booth playing pporly.
        sorry, but Mafua was a good setter despite all the negative comments. yes, isn’t it ironic.
        Shoji has been reticent to use freshmen over upper clansmen. Kamana’o helped changed his thinking.
        You can go back to 93-4 when he stayed with Anderson over Ah Mow.

        • Warriorfan September 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm

          I gotta say Higgins is a lot like Kamanao. She is special and will changee his thinking as well IMO. but thats for next season.

        • livealoha September 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm

          Gustin was injured her senior year which is why Lundvist started towards the ending of the year and the team was “winning” and effecient with her as the middle even through Georgia Tech in the Regional Final. Lundvist was steady, but had no pop in her swing and was much slower than a healthy Gustin.

          But against Florida in the Final Four, Hawaii had no middle presence, Florida camped outside and Hawaii lost the first two sets. Gustin comes in the third set, Hawaii wins but too little too late.

          I actually agree that Mafua has been sorely underrated as a setter, she was no Kamana’o but she set her mark. Thought she deserved AA recognition, at least in 2009 when Hawaii made the FF.

          • WaWa September 22, 2012 at 12:42 am

            TOTALLY AGREE!!! I felt he waited too long to put in Gustin, down two sets was too late. Once they dropped the first set I felt there was nothing too lose.

        • beauston September 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm

          agree about Mafua. She was not as quick as Uiato but Mafua was a very smart setter. She was effortless in adjusting well to her hitters giving them the confidence to terminate the ball.

          • beauston September 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm

            I feel like the middles don’t know what to expect from Uiato hence the lack of mental confidence. it was prominent last year with Hewitt and again with Adolpho this year.

          • beauston September 21, 2012 at 6:36 pm

            and yes, Shoji likes Uiato but IMHO, from what I see, hitters are more comfortable with Stauber.

      • Keigl September 21, 2012 at 7:12 pm

        Gotta defend Lundqvist. Gustin was injured, which was why Lundqvist started. And she did a great job in the NCAA Tournament. In the Florida match, none of it was Lundqvist’s fault. Almost all the sets went to Kim/Lily. Karin had 3 kills, 1 error in just 6 swings, hitting .333. Gustin hit .600 with 7 kills in 10 swings. Duggins, who was set 30 times, hit .233.

        Shoji was so high on Hittle it was ridiculous. Not only did he insist on starting Hittle over the likes of Mason/Houston, but he started her over Watanabe at libero when she was recovering from injury! How absurd was that. He kept saying how she was the best all-around player on the team, but she was never a high percentage hitter, was a weak blocker, and wasn’t that great a passer, either.

  • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Hewitt was a combination of problems. Her back, her being used to Mafua, her not adjusting to the quicker offense being run by Uiato.
    I think the middles are more comfortable with Stauber’s slower paced ball. not the OHs.

  • heluhelu September 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Note to Linda Lingle — Thanks for making my mind (ur ads made the diff). Will vote after all. Will vote Hirono.

  • heluhelu September 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Don’t know if BWtv will post downloadable replay but streaming replay is up -> http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/25592578 (no audio)

    Listened to 1420 watching live stream. Should’ve recorded 1420 audio so I can merge audio/vid to DVD.

    • heluhelu September 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Auwe. Nevah mind. Stream is only 3 min. clip of warmup.

      • sunandsurf September 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        Dumb question but does UH produce and sell DVDs of the wahine’s season? I don’t think they do but isn’t that a no-brainier???

        • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 8:34 pm

          UH doesn’t not. the broadcasts belong to KFVE and now Oceanic.

  • Lanaiboy September 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    As I mentioned before, my background is basketball and I started viewing volleyball very late in life. Don’t know the technical aspects of volleyball like I do basketball. I have a question. Is a quick offense all or nothing? In other words, can you set a fast and low ball to the outsides but a slower and higher ball to the middles? I remember against UCLA, when Uiato set Adolpho early in the match she was blocked several times. When Stauber came in for Uiato in the last set, she and Adolpho connected perfectly on 3 or 4 step-outs. I did notice that Adolpho spiked the ball at the top (apex) of her jump with considerable force. Can’t Uiato set the ball at that same height?

    • Keigl September 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Well, there is no point in establishing a faster offense and forcing your outsides to adjust everything from their approach to contact but then setting a slower, higher ball to your middles. The point of of a fast offense is beating the opposing block. And sets to the middles are mostly short and quick, anyway. It’s in the timing, I think. Vorster’s timing and approach is just off. She is similar to Hewitt and Kari Gregory in their “goofy” approach and “unconventional” arm swing.

      • Lanaiboy September 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm

        I agree that most sets to the middle for the middles are short and quick. That is not true for the step outs to the pins. As I mentioned above, in the UCLA match the sets by Uiato to Adolpho were quick and just above the net. The sets by Stauber in contrast were slower and set a couple of feet above the net. Adolpho just clobbered these high sets. Jade is 6’4″ tall and Kalei was a high jump champion in high school. Is it really necessary for them to have quick sets? They don’t need to “beat” the block because of a lack of height. They are both quick and athletic. However, you and Cindy may be right in that the problems with the middles may lay more in the timing of their connection.

        • Vinny September 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm

          There is only one thing that I can say about this match. Tonight our RPI went down :-)

        • Keigl September 21, 2012 at 9:44 pm

          The step out is also designed to beat the block. So it’s also quick. It may be the connection between Uiato and Adolpho. I’m not sure. I agree that Adolpho had great connection with Stauber in the UCLA match. I think she got three step-out kills with Stauber setting. Another reason Uiato continues to be the primary setter could be that she has better connection with the outsides, which is the heart of the UH offense.

    • Cindy Luis September 21, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Stauber has a better connection with Adolpho in part IMHO because she worked more with her last year. Hartong and Hewitt were the middles for the first team normally set by Uiato.

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