Hawaii-Stanford rewind 2-28

February 28th, 2009

As I mentioned on a previous post, had been wondering when Grgas might go to opposite. It’s the position he wants to play but he’s been in the middle for what was considered the good of the teamLofy is the No. 1 middle, according to Wilton so the battle for No. 2 has been between Grgas and Rawson. This move for Grgas gives Hawaii a much bigger block in certain rotations when Lofy (6-9) and Grgas (6-7) are next to each other.Hunt’s “stupid” injury … and those are his words … has created some problems. He may not be back until mid-March, maybe in time for New Jersey Tech (March 20-21). Hunt broke his hand hitting an immovable object during the second match at Long Beach State.   Feel sorry for Cervantes. He’s playing his heart out. Defense tonight on both sides was impressive.And do think that if Grgas stays at opposite the Carney would be better served at setter. IMHO.  

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  • jr67 March 1, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Will someone please explain to me Wilton’s lineup decisions. He says he relies on his cauldron system to determine the starters yet he not consistent with it. Aside from the changes that were made because of illness/injuries I just seems like he’s desperately throwing together players and praying that it works out. He has players playing out of their positions. Moving players to new positions is not uncommon but Wilton seems to do it quite a lot and his moves seem more desperate than thought out.

    I think we can all see that this team is better their record. IMO Cervantes proved last year he was the best libero in the MPSF and he’s proving it again this year. And the freshmen Hunt, Tuaniga and Lofy are the kind of good core players you can build a team around. If this team is under performing this year as I think they are, it’s the coaching staff that bears most of the responsibility for the state of events.

  • surfer200 March 1, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Walker should have been in the starting line-up. His passing on Thursday wasn’t any worse than Carney’s, and his offense is much more reliable. Wilton has used this cauldron nonsense for the past few seasons and it hasn’t produced any results, just confusion as to player roles and a lack of chemistry within the starting seven. The injury to Hunt did throw a wrench into things, but it wasn’t a big enough issue to have to move Carney to the outside.

    As a head coach Wilton (and his staff) hasn’t been cutting it the past 3 or 4 years. His over reliance on international recruiting in the past has resulted in a lack of relationships with volleyball hotbeds like Southern Cal and the midwest. And could he really not find a single outside hitter who could also pass the ball? His cauldron practice methods and requirements (running up a hill teaches what exactly?) don’t result in improvements in player skills.

    The line-up he should be using is the one that brought about the only 2 conference wins thus far. Wilton was so quick to yank Dyer and Walker against LBSU and though I’m sure players and coaches are frustrated with a lack of consistency, but letting the team play through rough patches is important. Yanking them and hoping for a quick fix isn’t going to get things done.

  • dasource808 March 2, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Hello Cindy,

    I was at the game on Saturday and saw a quick statistic flashed up on the big screen regarding Erik Shoji breaking some kind of Stanford digging record. I could not read fast enough and was not able to catch the replay on tv. Do you know what record he broke?


  • Cindy Luis March 2, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    It is a mystery. Hunt being hurt has really forced some changes. the problem is inconsistency when they get on the court. surprised he stayed with Clar as long as he did Saturday. as some of the players have told me, they just wish there was a set lineup so they could start building some chemistry and communication.

  • Cindy Luis March 9, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Erik has already set the single-season dig record for Stanford in the rally scoring era. He also had 24 in the win over Lewis Saturday. His 280 leads the country.

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