Hawaii-UCLA 8-31

August 31st, 2008
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Wahine playing very calm and focused. They lead 15-12 at the technical timeout. UCLA led at 11-10 but Hawaii has gone on a 5-1 run. Houston has come to play (4-0-7). Thomas 3-0-3. Cubi-Otineru 3-0-4. 

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  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    And just like that … 15-15. timeout Wahine.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    As Bryan Clay walked in, Nickie Thomas put down a kill that gave Hawaii a 17-16 lead. It’s now 22-18. Timeout Bruins.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    It was 23-19, ucla has closed to 23-22. timeout hawaii.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    A block of Houston tied it at 23-23 but Cubi-Ontineru comes back with a tip that gives Hawaii set point at 24-23. Timeout UCLA.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Hawaii wins 25-23. Houston and Thomas blocked Daley to end it.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    UCLA makes some adjustments but poor passing is more the problem for Hawaii. Bruins up 4-0 in Set 2. Timeout Wahine.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    UCLA jumped out 12-8 but kills by Kaufmann and Houston and a block by Thomas and Cubi-Otineru has Wahine to within 12-11. Timeout Bruins.

  • randy August 31, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    man, i can’t believe they’re not televising this match! ugh. thanks for the updates ;-)

    • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 6:43 pm

      it’s on PPV. sorry. there should be free replay on 5 tonight

      • randy September 1, 2008 at 12:51 am

        i wish! but no such luck :(

        so a double thank you for your live updates!

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Seesaw battle but Hawaii has taken a 19-17 lead. Timeout ucla.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    Hawaii was up 23-22. a questionable touch call ties it up. tough serves by Nellie Spicer, including an ace, gives UCLA the Set. 25-23.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    nice tribute to Hawaii’s Olympians during the break. Robyn Ah Mow-Santos here. And Bryan Clay.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Hawaii was up 10-6. and up 15-14 at technical timeout. it was 17-15 but ucla has tied it at 17.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Hawaii doesn’t line up well when Fine is serving. UCLA is up 18-17. Timeout Wahine.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    UCLA led 22-20. Houston kill and Daley hitting error ties it at 22. Timeout Bruins.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Some good defense on both sides. UCLA wins the long rally with Gil putting down her 11th kill. Timeout Hawaii.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Hawaii holds off one set point but not a second. Herring serves long for a 25-24 UCLA lead and Cubi-Otineru is blocked to end it. Going to Set 4 for the first time all tournament.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    UCLA out quick 7-4. Thomas who had been 11-1-14 is now 11-3-16, blocked twice in a row.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    UCLA up 18-12. brandt in for Mafua at setter. UCLA has Kaufman’s number. she is 4-6-19. Thomas has a career-high 13 kills. Timeout Wahine.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    a very strange rotation call on the wahine puts ucla up 19-14. Hawaii came back to 19-16. it’s now 20=17.

  • icon August 31, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    I hope Thomas gets WAC Player of the Week award.

    Ferrell is impressive.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    2 kills by Houston has Hawaii to within 22-19. Too bad it’s a shorter set.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Hawaii has held off 2 match points to close to 24-23. Timeout Bruins.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Hawaii had four set points to push it to a fifth set but UCLA comes back to win 30-28. so much for that shorter game.

  • volleyfan August 31, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Couldn’t be at the match, just caught parts of it on the radio, but the team definitely looks better than last year. The last few years they have been swept by UCLA and the scores were not really that close. Tonight it was clearly 2 very evenly matched teams. The team should be very proud of their effort coming back from 5 points down late in the 4th set and almost pulling it out.

    But, still I’m sure the coaches and players are very disappointed. It was a match they very easily could have won. Big call at the end of game 2, with no touch called wahine lead 24-22 instead of 23-23, and probably would have gone up 2-0.

    • Robin August 31, 2008 at 9:53 pm

      From my angle (I sit in the 1st row of the upper section of the ‘end zone’, on the left side of the back line, with that line shot coming at me), it didn’t look like a touch- just looked wide. From what I saw on the replay on the screen it looked like it just went wide of the block. But the top ref who was right there, must have saw something, right????!!!!
      Yes, I thought UH could have easily been up 2-0.

      • Cindy Luis September 1, 2008 at 3:49 pm

        Didn’t see a touch either and I had a pretty good angle. The way the players so quickly celebrated the no touch, I believe there wasn’t one. I think Dixon thought he heard a touch.

  • =] August 31, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    the last play said it all about the entire match and why hawai’i lost it: the setting! dani mafua has the potential to be a great setter and she’s working towards it, but the sets aren’t right at all and the difference was between spicer and mafua. UCLA hitters weren’t impressive, there defense was good but not great. i’d say UCLA is just a better blocking team thanks to their height, but other than that if mafua did her job and actually set the ball, hawai’i would have won for sure! i feel that ferrell needs to be in there already. every single game she’s come in a made instant kills and tonight she proved that she can pass and play defense. aneli looked tired as the game wore on. idk what that’s about. but hawai’i is a great team, definately top tier once they get some thing going. oh and i feel for amber kaufman because she had to deal with horrible sets all night long, whether it was too low or too tight.

    • Cindy Luis September 1, 2008 at 3:51 pm

      Thought UCLA did a good job of tracking Kaufman. Sets weren’t great but Bruin block pretty big. And Amber is very active in the match. I think she had tired legs and didn’t have the lift she normally gets.

  • jabba August 31, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    insert nickie thomas and what a difference in the last two matches.

    this team has a lot of potential. houston got her game going and otineru keeps getting better each time out. her overall value is her biggest contribution.

    i hate the shorter game. it was interesting that leahey and mclachlin both mentioned that althought he vote was lopsided, something like 300 to 28 in voting the shorter games through, that the 28 against were the traditional rich volleyball teams on the west coast and most of the powers of volleyball.

    the shorter game stuffs a late comeback like what could have been tonight.

    oh well.

    • Cindy Luis September 1, 2008 at 3:54 pm

      Yes, Shoji mentioned the vote a few weeks ago. And that the powers didn’t like it. I know he doesn’t like it. I think there’s potential for more upsets because the better team will win the longer it goes.

  • makamaimitten August 31, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    what a match…..even the penn state players were cheering for the wahine’s with their ti leaves.

  • randy September 1, 2008 at 1:02 am

    a friend of mine emailed me and mentioned a few things. 1. he mentioned the poor setting as a major factor. can you imagine how robin ah mow felt watching the game in person??? 2. i can’t imagine how badly the setter must feel, knowing that her role is so critical to the team’s success. 3. my friend also mentioned how the penn players got into the same motion as the manoa maniacs when the band played hawaii five-o; that must have been so fun to watch! 4. finally, my friend mentioned how dave sat with his head down throughout the presentations after the match. as bad as he may feel, i hope he remembers that we’re behind him and his players. a tough loss but someone’s gatta lose; it just happened to be us tonight…

    • Ladeda September 1, 2008 at 6:36 am
      • randy September 1, 2008 at 12:23 pm

        well, that’s encouraging to hear; i’ll have to forward the link to my friend and ask what’s up! thanks ;-)

    • Cindy Luis September 1, 2008 at 3:57 pm

      I don’t think the setting was that poor. passing is better but still needs work. I think Robyn enjoyed the match and saw a lot of heart in this team.
      Yes, Penn State got into the Hawaii 5-0 with the ti leaves. It was pretty funny. and they were cheering for Hawaii.
      Didn’t notice Dave with his head down. But I am busy writing and don’t watch everything, especially the postmatch stuff. I know he was disappointed but he felt better than at this point last season.

  • Daphne Moon September 1, 2008 at 6:52 am

    Has anyone else noticed that one person is making the rounds on Hawai`i blogs,and forums taking shots at Dani ?

    Give it up and quit trying to create a setter controversy.

    • BullDowgy September 1, 2008 at 2:21 pm

      I agree people trying to start a setting controversy – enuff!
      Does anyone realize that all the comments in cyberspace are about college women, we in Hawaii should have a little more class. Sooo easy to talk stink in the comfort of your cyber-cave…let’s be a little more supportive of Dave and the wahines! They did extremely well against two top 10 teams!

  • monkee September 1, 2008 at 7:40 am

    I said it before the setter needs to changed. And the libero is not good at digging. She can pass but misses her digging assigments.

    • =] September 1, 2008 at 12:20 pm

      i disagree, the setter needs to change but can’t because brandt isn’t as good as mafua currently. and about the libero, hittle is excellent there right now. yeah she did miss a few assignments but i’m sure that she’ll get used to the position. she had a great tournament, definately the second best libero in the tourney to roberta holehouse.

      poll updates: hawai’i moves up to #11, they barely lost to #6 and gave #1 some hard rubs in that respective match. and celebrate because cocky New Mexico State has fallen out of the top twenty five. =] now if we could only get a match with Middle Tennesse and knock them back to where they belong, the out and far, far way from the poll!

  • ace September 1, 2008 at 10:49 am

    i just may be a little biased, seeing as hittle’s my favorite, but i like her at libero. i see a lot in kanani and kaufman. thomas, again, is amazing. sure the setting needs a little improvement, but i only have high hopes for this team!

  • Robin September 1, 2008 at 11:18 am

    I thought the setting was improved over last year. Many of the sets that were off were due to wild digs (off passes) where the setter really had to scramble just to get to the ball. The distribution was pretty good, as shown in the 3 hitters and 1 middle all reached double digit kills. Setting the back row on occasion also looked smoother than last year. Looks like Nickie and Amber will provide some bonafide ‘O’ in the middle.

  • Cindy Luis September 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    I like what Mafua is doing … but agree it’s not perfect. People got so spoiled with Kanoe. She is stronger than Brandt in making the cross-court sets.
    And think Tara is doing a nice job at Libero. She made some spectacular digs last night. Considering she had two practices and three matches at this in the last week, she’ll only get better if this is how it stays.
    Did ask Dave about redshirting Ka’aihue. He said it depends on how quickly she heals. But it would make some sense since Hittle is a senior and Lee is a junior. Elizabeth would be a sophomore next season. We’ll see what happens.

    • randy September 2, 2008 at 1:04 am

      any info on what kanoe’s doing these days? i wonder if she did what so many other former wahine did: play in europe. it’d be awesome to see her set for the u.s. team in london!

      • Cindy Luis September 2, 2008 at 10:31 am

        Kanoe’s in Hawaii, working for the state legislature I believe. She was at the arena last weekend.
        Engaged to Kala Ka’aihue. No wedding date set.
        Think she’s done with volleyball. She was pretty banged up her senior year and I think she’s going to move on with her life.

  • bowsfan September 1, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Tara would be great as libero, but I want her to get 1000 kills. I remember one away game, Tara didn’t have her other color uniform and couldn’t enter the game as a libero. I think it was when Ashley hurt her hand.

  • saltwatersam September 2, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Always we chew on the setter. Last year’s hitters and passers didn’t perform at the same level as this year. Hard to say who is really “better,” but clearly Mafua got the nod. We’ll see how it shakes out through the season — Brandt’s experience may come into play.

    • Cindy Luis September 2, 2008 at 7:49 pm

      I don’t see this lineup set in stone. Brandt brings a different look. and a very good serve.

  • Hal September 2, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    When Shoji does that double sub thing with the setter and a hitter, what’s that all about? Is it the same as team USA was doing in the Olympics, is it like running the 6-2 to have three attackers in the front?

    • Cindy Luis September 3, 2008 at 9:46 am

      Yes, exactly. keeps a bigger block up front, three attackers up front. plus Brandt has a better serve. UH did it at the WAC tournament last year.

  • Lyle September 3, 2008 at 1:22 am

    I think setting was the difference in the match. Mafua just couldn’t get that one ball in Houston’s or Ferrell’s sweet spot at the end of game 4. If she does I think we win game 4. Whether we win game 5 and the match is anybody’s guess.

    I’m not sure whether Brandt is the answer though. She struggled with set location herself.

    Maybe the competition between the two should be left open for now. I think everyone realizes how special Kamanao was.

    In game 2 we had a 4 point lead and UCLA cut it to a 2 point lead. I think I would have burned a timeout then. I think Coach was waiting for the technical timeout @ 15 which was just a few points away. By the time the technical timeout was reached, UCLA had caught up and our momentum was gone. The game was back and forth after that.

    Actually, I like the “shorter” game. It forces every team to play consistently well from the beginning of every game. You can’t play poorly and expect to steady out as the game moves along ’cause by then the game may be over.

    Every point is very important from the very beginning. It puts a premium on the serve and serve receive. Errors and Blocks are magnified in the “shorter” game. If you are a team that hits a lot of balls out or serves out a lot or don’t block many balls you have an uphill battle.

    Coaches may also have to make moves earlier now. Coaches may sense that the game may hang in the balance by the 12th point and be forced to make big strategic moves then. Certainly by the 15th to 18th point you can see things getting really heated up and the wheels are turning. Coaches won’t wait for the technical timeout if their team is going through a rough stretch.

    The “shorter” game shouldn’t hinder the best teams out there. They’re better because they execute the things that are necessary to win more consistently than everyone else.

  • junglegeorge September 3, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Go Bows

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