Hawaii 3, UC Riverside 0

September 21st, 2012
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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

espn1420am.com

bigwest.org/tv

http://www.sidearmstats.com/ucr/wvball/scoreboard.aspx

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

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Comments
  • Queen Zelda of Wahiawa

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

  • Queen Zelda of Wahiawa

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

  • Kazu

    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

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

  • Warriorfan

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

    • Cindy Luis

      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

    What the heck is the score?

  • Cindy Luis

    Ace by Hartong makes it 22-17

  • Kazu

    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

      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

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

        • Cindy Luis

          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

            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

    Kastl puts down set point 25-17.

  • Warriorfan

    These ads popping up during play is so annoying.

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

  • Beauston

    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.

  • kaleiboy

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

  • uhfan

    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

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

    • Cindy Luis

      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

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

    • Cindy Luis

      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.

  • bowsfan

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

  • Zig

    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

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

  • ninernut

    great win wahines

  • Cindy Luis

    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

    I cant wait for the LBSU match.

  • Turfwar

    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

      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

        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

          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

          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

    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

      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

        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

      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

        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

          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

          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

            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

          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

            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

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

      • Keigl

        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

    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

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

  • heluhelu

    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.

  • Lanaiboy

    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

      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

        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

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

        • Keigl

          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

      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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