Hawaii stays at No. 7 in poll, 19 in RPI

November 12th, 2012

Not much movement in the Poll’s top 9

1. Stanford all 60 votes stays at 1

2. Penn State stays at 2

3. Texas stays at 3

4. Oregon stays at 4

5 UCLA trades spots with Washington, up a spot

6. Washington moves down to 6

7. Hawaii stays at 7

8. USC stays at 8

9. Nebraska stays at 9

10. Louisville up a spot from 11

Biggest drop was Minnesota from 10 to 14



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  • kaleiboy November 12, 2012 at 10:22 am


    • Cindy Luis November 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

      RPI just posted

      1. Stanford. 2. Penn State. 3. Texas. 4. Nebraska. 5. Louisville. 6. UCLA. 7. Kansas. 8. Minnesota. 9. Oregon. 10. Florida State.
      11. Florida. 12. BYU. 13. USC. 14. Washington. 15. Kansas State. 16. Tennessee.
      17. Texas A&M
      18. North Carolina
      19. Hawaii
      20. Purdue.

      • kaleiboy November 12, 2012 at 10:41 am


      • Cindy Luis November 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

        Other Big West teams
        63 Long Beach State
        79 Pacific
        87. CSU Northridge
        101 UC Santa Barbara
        140 UC Davis
        148 CSU Fullerton
        166. UC Irvine
        217 Cal Poly
        266 UC Riverside

        WAC teams
        91 UT San Antonio
        94. New Mexico State
        107 Utah State
        130 Denver
        133. Idaho
        152 Texas State
        167 San Jose State
        228 Texas-Arlington
        236 Seattle
        308 Louisiana Tech

      • OrbitalripZ November 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        As I’ve been saying for weeks, it’s coming down to these top 20 RPI teams (plus Miami and Kentucky) and the window of opportunity is closing fast.

        Pac-12 = 4 teams (25%) of the 16 subregional hosts … That 4th team will be between Washington (20-5) and USC (24-4) and how they finish down the stretch. Any stumble will help the Bows.

        Big Ten =4 teams (25%), including Purdue. (I know Purdue (19-8) is ranked #20, but I still think the NCAA Committee will tilt towards awarding Purdue a host bid just because it is 1 of the 4 predetermined regional hosts.)

        That leaves 8 spots taken and 8 spots open.

        Big 12 = 2 teams, which means I don’t think #15 K-State (21-5) will host after losing twice this season to Kansas and twice toTexas.

        ACC = 1 or 2 teams, which means Florida St and either #18 North Carolina (22-5) or #20 Miami (23-4) will be 1 of the 16 subregional hosts.

        SEC = 2 or 3 teams. This will be the hardest to call just because the NCAA Selection Committee finds some way to include SEC teams. Florida is in but then we have #16 Tenn (19-6), #17 TexasA&M (21-5, formerly of the Big 12), and #22 Kentucky. All will be in the NCAA tournament, it’s just a question of how many of these 4 will host — and that could affect if Hawai’i hosts or not.

        Big East = 1 team (host city of the Final Four)

        If we give ACC 1 team and SEC 2 teams, that leaves 2 spots open. If we give ACC 2 teams and SEC 3 teams, that leave 0 spots open. Thus, learning from the computer wiz Nate Silver, we average it out … and that leaves us with 1 spot open, which will go to either the WCC or BWC.

        WCC =1 team, which will be #12 BYU (24-2) unless the Cougs collapse when they meet San Diego this weekend.

        BWC = 1 team, which will be #19 Hawaii (22-2).

        MO is all ….. and should other teams stumble down in these last few weeks, the window of opportunity could suddenly open wider for the UH. Gooooooooooo Bows.

  • dedicatedfan November 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Now if those teams that Hawaii played preseason, start winning, it will be good for Hawaii.

    Pacific will help, but the other 3 BWC teams that Hawaii has to still play, does not help.

  • Warrior-15 November 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    it looks funny that hawaii played a division 2 team, and jumped 2 spots in the RPI …

    but really a bunch of the teams from Hawaii’s nonconference schedule picked up a bunch of wins themselves. resulting in the slight boost to hawaii’s rpi

    • Cindy Luis November 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Playing a DII team does not affect the RPI.

      • Warrior-15 November 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm

        Thanks — I wasn’t sure if it did.

        Although, the result is listed on the stat line for Hawaii on the RPI web page.

        • Cindy Luis November 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm

          it is listed to that the overall record adds up.

  • vballfreak808 November 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    If San Diego State can beat San Diego on Wednesday, along with Hawaii going 2-0 this weekend, I can see Hawaii having a lot closer chance of getting into the Top 16 in RPI

    Big Matches for Hawaii Opponents:
    Stanford (1) vs. UCLA (6)
    Stanford (1) vs. USC (13)
    Saint Mary’s (32) vs. San Francisco (54)
    Saint Mary’s (32) vs. Santa Clara (41)
    California (37) vs. UCLA (6)
    California (37) vs. USC (13)
    San Diego State (46) vs. San Diego (24)
    Baylor (51) vs. Iowa State (28)
    San Francisco (54) vs. Loyola Marymount (48)
    Idaho (133) vs. New Mexico State (94)

    Albany (149) is the #1 Seed in the America East Conference Tournament
    Winner of Idaho vs. New Mexico State will be tied for #2 seed in the WAC Tournament

  • vballfreak808 November 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Digg’n Na Wahine has a video on their blog about Keani Passi committing to UH

  • RalphToo November 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Passi is listed as 5’9 RS/OH for college of S. Idaho. As a RS hitter she will be matched up obviously with the opponents LH, can she match up and put up a formidable block at 5’9. Just wondering.

    • rnr November 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

      hope she has a GREAT vertical….

  • vballfreak808 November 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Pacific is adding Sand Volleyball in 2013


    • Cindy Luis November 15, 2012 at 8:51 am

      meant to mention that earlier in the week about UOP and sand.

  • Jesse November 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Passi is actually 5’11 close to 6 feet that height listed on csi is wrong

    • My,My,How Fast They Grow November 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      and by the time she gets here she will be 7’1

      • Jesse November 12, 2012 at 6:01 pm

        Well it’s true i went to pearl city and she is clearly taller than 5’9 unless she shrunk which i doubt!

      • livealoha November 12, 2012 at 10:05 pm

        Jesse is correct, Passi is 5’11. Saw her play during HS and she’s a gamer. A relative unknown in HS, but exploded at CSI, which is a JC powerhouse.

  • Jesse November 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Imo she is a great get as a walk on!

  • vballfreak808 November 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Just wondering, does anyone know how conference ties are determined? Because San Diego State is 11-3 and Colorado State is 10-3. Both teams are most likely going to win their last 2-3 matches leaving them both tied. The winner will get the automatic bid but San Diego State is one of those bubble teams.

    • Jesse November 12, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      The mountain west has a conference tournament winner gets the auto!

      • Sam November 12, 2012 at 6:22 pm

        I don’t think the Mt West Conf has a tournament. What happens with a conference tie?

        • kimo November 13, 2012 at 9:36 am

          In the event of a tie, I think the tie-breaker is head-to-head between the two teams. If they both win out their remaining conference games, CSU would receive the AQ. CSU (4-3) won more sets than SDSU (3-4).

      • vballfreak808 November 12, 2012 at 6:41 pm

        There is no conference tournament this year. There was one last year where Colorado State won and came to Honolulu

        • Cindy Luis November 13, 2012 at 4:47 pm

          Thank you for answering.
          No MWC conference. Aztecs finish up on Nov. 20 hosting Nevada.

        • Jesse November 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

          My bad I remembered watching the MWC tourney title game last year and assumed they would have it still.

  • Look It Up November 13, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Passi’s NJCAA national rankings.


  • po'okela November 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    believe me, she is no where near 6 feet.

    she does have some hops which will compensate some for her height.

  • max November 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I’m a little confused….. so will UH be playing in the NCAA tournament? Is it just the top 16 could host?

    • vballfreak808 November 13, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      For sure Hawaii is playing in the NCAA Tournament. They received the automatic bid for the Big West.

      Only Top 16 host unless there is problems with hosting.

    • Cindy Luis November 15, 2012 at 9:17 am

      Max, UH has the auto berth as Big West champ. the comment from Shoji was about being a top-16 seed and hosting first-second rounds.

  • Beauston November 14, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Saw on VT that Nikki Taylor signed her NLI this morning, if true, anyone know when Higgins will?

  • Robin November 14, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Cindy, from your article: That night Shoji became the second women’s volleyball coach to win 1,000 matches. This week, 108 matches and 98 victories later, he is on the verge of becoming the first to reach 1,100.

    Shoji is at 1,098 and could achieve the milestone with road wins at Pacific on Friday and UC Davis on Saturday. Only retired UCLA men’s coach Al Scates has more victories in the sport at the collegiate level: 1,138.

    Legendary UCLA Volleyball Coach Andy Banachowski Announces Retirement
    The winningest Division I women’s volleyball coach retires with a 1,106-301 record.

    • Cindy Luis November 15, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Yes, i was in error used the wrong source for Andy’s win total.

  • Robin November 14, 2012 at 8:30 am
  • vballfreak808 November 14, 2012 at 10:57 am

    According to Rich Kern, Crissy Jones committed to Washington

    • Jesse November 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      That is disgusting!

    • warriorfan November 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      this stinks period, I was hoping the los alamitos connection would still work, too bad. looks like she won’t be playing sand volleyball after all. Somethings fishy though, 3 players from that T-street club all going to UW??

      Shoji develops talent way better than Mclaughlin so we should be okay.

      • dedicatedfan November 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

        Who is to say, she will stay at UW, especially if she also plays Sand Volleyball. Did not UW have a girl last year, who opted out, at the end of the year, for a University with Sand Volleyball program. Then eventually, decided to turn pro.

  • So You Want Results November 14, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Taylor,Shinn and Higgins all signed their NLI this morning. No telling when we get an official from UH.

    • KiMo November 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Who is this SHINN person?

      • So You Want Results November 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm

        She’s a high school beach player from Florida.She committed a while ago and twitted this morning that she signed with UH today.

        • warriorfan November 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm

          Wonder why the sand volleyball signings aren’t up at the UH site yet, meanwhile football signings get posted ASAP. not fair!!!!

          • So You Want Results November 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm

            Really bad they are on the sand side,she was probably hoping for some kind of acknowledgment.

  • So You Want Results November 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Any word on when moving to the Big West helps our recruiting ?

  • So You Want Results November 14, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I bet “G”-man can’t wait to tell everyone that the girl from Oregon ( all ready forgot her name) picked LBSU over Hawai`i,

  • So You Want Results November 14, 2012 at 11:15 am

    It’s the additions to the sand team that I want to hear about.

  • So You Want Results November 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Ashley Johnson from Carlsbad, Ca is a new addition to the sand team this season.

  • uhfan November 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I wish we had a better recruiter. Wong is horrible.

    • Beauston November 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      I don’t know if its his lack of experience in the recruiting game, but have to agree. Hawaii needs a bigger eyes and voice out there.
      We can’t always depend on transfers or project players. We’ve got a good one in Higgins and Taylor for now,
      The mess in UH AD is not helping either and the negative publicity out there with what’s going on with UH Pres. Dont think athletes pay much attention to all of it but the parents and other people around those players do.

      • Beauston November 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm

        On the contrary, looks like he’s been busy on sand

    • Jesse November 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      I don’think we should blame the assistants for lack of recruiting success.

      • Beauston November 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm

        Wong undertakes most of the recruiting and scouting pretty much in charge of it.

        • warriorfan November 14, 2012 at 5:01 pm

          well if that’s the case he’s done a heck of a job IMO snagging Higgins and Taylor. Waiting to see who he gets for 2014.

          • Beauston November 14, 2012 at 6:33 pm

            2014? Who else that you know of a top caliber who have yet to commit? At this point, I am interested to see if those European recruiting trips have paid dividends…

          • warriorfan November 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm

            Calm down, hartong and Vorster weren’t top 20 recruits, Vorster wasn’t even top 100, and now she is one of the best freshmen middles.

            Shoji will find a few gems, he always does.

          • Beauston November 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

            You calm down, I actually do want to know if there’s still any top recruit out there who have yet to commit?
            I thought there was a thread on VT before but seemed buried since I can’t find it anymore.

            As far as Vorster and Hartong, agreed. Read my comments above.

          • frummmp November 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm

            Vorster was 79. You must be thinking of Hewitt, she was not top 100.

  • dedicatedfan November 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I imagine, his brother must help him alot. He seems to be more visible, now that he has been broadcasting the Olympics, and some PAC-12 matches.

  • dedicatedfan November 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Shoji has announced the signing of both players. Said he expects both players to challenge for playing time, if not starting.

  • rnr November 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    hmmm taylor on the right, should be a pretty Epic line-up

  • Jesse November 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Im still upset over jones to the huskies, say it aint so!!

  • haleiwacrossfitter November 14, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Is Wong coaching and recruiting for the sand team taking away from his recruiting for the indoor team? If he can get these great recruits for sand, why can’t we be more in the game for the indoor recruits? hmmmmmmmmm….makes you wonder.


    • Beauston November 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm

      I imagine indoor vball is far more competitive recruiting wise. As for Sand, it’s still an emerging sport in the college arena and not all schools offer it, so there’s less choices for quality players out there.
      as far as sand vball atmosphere,IMHO Hawaii might just be the best place so Wong has that edge there.

    • warriorfan November 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Same here I am avoiding volleytalk tonight so I don’t have to see those awful washington fans gloat about landing Jones.

      • dedicatedfan November 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm

        Why do you think Crissy chose UW? Could it be because UW will be hosting a regional next year, and the following year, 2014, they are hosting the NCAA Championship. Think about it, if you were a player, knowing the school will be hosting a regional, then the following year hosting the NCAA Championship, would you not go there to.

        • So You Want Results November 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm

          LOL I don’t think so because that requires some deep thinking and kids her age are not deep thinkers.

          • dedicatedfan November 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm

            You would be surprised, what they do know. I gaurantee you the UW HC mentioned that fact when recruiting her. You think UHAD would try to do anything like that, to help Shoji recruit.

          • WaWa November 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm

            A coach may use that to entice a player to sign with their program.

          • Cindy Luis November 15, 2012 at 8:55 am

            Just because they are hosting doesn’t mean that they’ll actually be advancing to either the regional or the NCAA tournament. Just means if they get that far in the tournament they will be at home.

        • warriorfan November 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm

          I think it has more to do with her club coach steering her towards Washington. Her club coach’s daughter is headed there too, and another team mate Tia Scrambay.

          • dedicatedfan November 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm

            Plus, the fact that Shoji may be out of scholarships to offer, unless someone decides to transfer out at the end of the year. Remember, there have been cases where girls have decided to transfer out after signing.

          • warriorfan November 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm

            Dude, Chrissy is a 2014 recruit. UH will have like 4-5 scholarships to give out then.

          • dedicatedfan November 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm

            Why are you so concerned, she could just as easily de-commit, between now and next November. A Punahou linebacker just did that, after committing to Stanford.

  • So You Want Results November 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    What I don’t get is why are some so upset about Jones going to Washington ?

    Is it because they set themselves up thinking that just because she went to Los Al that she wanted to join Croson and Hartong?

    Just because she played at Los Al doesn’t make her a shoe in for Hawai`i.

    • warriorfan November 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Well I did think UH had a shot, but more mad that she chose stinkin washington than anything else.

  • dedicatedfan November 14, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    You know somethiing, that 200K dollars, that UH got suckered out of could have been used toward getting a Regional, or even a National Championship site. I gaurantee you, if they put up that 200K, in addition to what they normally put in the bid, the NCAA would not turn them down.

    • Cindy Luis November 15, 2012 at 9:05 am

      Doesn’t mean they would have used the $200K for a regional. Plus, you can’t control who the NCAA gives the regionals and final four to. UH puts in attractive bids. The NCAA rejects them.
      Kind of reminds me of recruiting. You can’t force them to come to UH, no matter how attractive you make it.

  • dedicatedfan November 14, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Right now, I am more curious as to why, Cindy Luis, did not start a new thread, about Shoji’s two signed recruits.

    • warriorfan November 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      I don’t think her life revolves around this blog lol. She will post a new blog when she has time I am sure.

    • Cindy Luis November 15, 2012 at 8:57 am

      It wasn’t really news because we had already reported it. UH just chose to announce it now.
      But i’ll put a thread up.

  • dedicatedfan November 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Warriorfan, do not fret, she could still show up here in 2014. Thinking, with Shoji signing those 2 Hawaii girls, he could be out of scholarships for next year, unless someone decides to transfer out.

  • dedicatedfan November 14, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Warriorfan, if Crissy is a 2014 recruit, then why are you concerned at all. She could change her mind between now and next November. The Punahou linebacker did, he verbally committed to Stanford, and now has decommitted.

    • warriorfan November 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      It’s very rare for a volleyball player to switch commitments, while it happens all the time in football.

      I am not concerned, just annoyed that UW is gonna be really good in a few years with Jones and Vansant.

  • dedicatedfan November 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    The team everyone should be fearful about is Nebraska. For a number of reason. First they will be moving to a 10,800 seat arena next year. Hawaii leading the nation in attendance will go by the wayside. Nebraska will show Hawaii, how to buy a regional and Championship site. Something Hawaii should have done a long time ago, but was hesitant to do so. Which is another reason.

  • po'okela November 14, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I’d love to see annie mitchem transfer to UH. her name is spelt michum on the IVC roster and I’m assuming its the same one. she’s redshirting in 2012 which probably means she plans on transferring as soon as she gets her grades straightened out. no sense for someone to RS if they have no intention of staying at a JC. tom pestolesi is the HC which may benefit hawaii?

  • omochaya November 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I’m not concerned about what player commits to whatever school, can’t control that, it’s her choice. We should take care of our side of the net, and get quality players like Tayler Higgins, Nikki Taylor, Keani Passi and maybe Amy Hunter and Anne Mitchem for 2013. I’m sure Shoji and Wong also have players on the radar for 2014 and maybe 2015. For 2013 I know there’s a concern about scholies, but knowing Shoji something will be worked out if two players like Hunter and Mitchem want to come here.

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