Husker-wahine rewind

March 23rd, 2012

not sure how much longer Ill have internet at the gym

no compete stats. Hartong 18 Kills, Croson 8, Adolpho 4

Vorster and Uiato 5 BA.

Nebraska outblocked UH 23-20, biggest different was digs, 48-23. Hubl 19 digs, Werth 15.

not going to make excuses. Nebraska looked good, UH did at times, didn’t at other. Huskers put up a huge block.

But the fact is, Hawaii is young and they will get better. they will miss Danielson and Hewitt … and Satele. they will get better. but they desperately need a right side hitter. don’t think Long or Goodman are the longterm answer

lights are going out. good night.

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  • Steve

    Cindy, I agree with you that they will need a Right Side hitter. I do not think Tai Olevao is the answer, also.

    Cindy, also, I just sent you a very important email, please read it. I got the info from a very, very reliable source.

  • uhfan

    The RS will no longer be a problem when FF is eligible. How did the 3 middles look?

    • Steve

      uhfan, there will only be 3 players vying for the RS hitter position, Goodman, Long, and Olevao. News to that extent will become apparent in about a week.

      • uhfan

        Ugh horrible news. Dave better have found some players while he was in Europe because those 3 will not cut it on the RS.

  • Steve

    Oh, by the way, I am a little surprised that vballfreak808, LC, beaston, or any of Cindy’s regular blog attendees do not know this info that came across my ears, recently.

    • warriorfan

      Ugh i hate when people do this, either spill it or shut it.

      • Steve

        Warriorfan, I want to give Cindy an opportunity to spill it, first. It is her blog. As mentioned, earlier, I sent her an email on this.

        • warriorfan

          So basically you want her to confirm some rumor that you heard, it’s so obvious you don’t really know.

        • haleiwacrossfitter

          I say just shut up about it. It’s obvious you are saying FF is not going to be a part of this team in the fall. I don’t know who you are or your very, very credible source is. But that fact you would bring it up and then say you don’t want to bring it up is just a joke. If you don’t want to say it, then don’t mention anything about it. You are such an attention seeking moron.

    • Wawa

      Just say, “FF will not be a part of this team.” Simple as that, no sense call out other posters. We all don’t go and search for gossip for the sakes of one-upping the next and posting it on here.

      I was always hopeful, but never believed it would happen based on her track record.

    • LC

      Well Steve that’s because I don’t believe in spreading rumors and so far I have yet to hear anything from someone credible.

      • Beauston

        I agree, there’s so many things being said out there that at this point, unless it comes from Shoji’s mouth, I am reserving any speculations and there’s plenty of it out there.

  • warriorfan

    Nebraska been training full time, UH has not and it probably showed. This match was meaningless anyway. It would have been nice for them to win a game for the maui fans though.

    • Steve

      warriorfan, this game was not meaningless. It gave players like Vorster, Long, and Tuaniga, valuable playing experience. It gave Shoji things he needs to work with the team on to get better. Allowed Shoji to use different combinations, to see how it worked, and what need to be done, to make it work. This match was not about winning, it was about working on different things as individuals and as a team.

  • Besides not being there its hard to evaluate the match without statistics. Being outblocked 23/20 by the Huskers pretty good considering. Croson with only 8 kills not good. Outdug 46/23 is a real problem.
    Foreign players need to go through a lenghtly process to qualify to enroll/participate in collegiate athletics. This match isn’t meaningless, I suppose the middles were ok, haven’t read much complaints. How did out L/DS do, off hand I’d say 23 team digs in a four set match is pretty bad.
    Kinda late to look for a quality RS to transfer in. Might need to make the best with what we have.

  • And they need a lot of work. I wonder if beach volleyball is an asset or a distraction to training?

  • Longboarder

    Gosh steve, you still are a piece of work. I still remember those blog days when you got outed, said cops and news was gonna be involved. Your credability is just about as good as one of those nigerian emails stating that millions are entitled to you–then again, id rather take my chances wirh the nigerian email.

  • Hot

    I think the digging stat was affected by changing liberos a lot. Maeda and Lelepali, and a third one was used. Blake? Goodman could grow into the position. She hasn’t seen full-time action before this. Sure she’s been in almost all the matches, but it’s been in short spurts and mostly as a blocking sub. Long will continue to progress. She’s just a freshman.

    The question is, has Croson overcome her inconsistency? She is the returning OH and people expect her to be the go-to hitter.

  • Hot

    Emily Hartong 18 kills, hit .485, 1 dig, 1 ace, 2 blocks
    Jane Croson 8 kills, hit .286, 2 digs
    Jade Vorster 4 kills, hit .273, 1 dig, 5 blocks
    Kalei Adolpho 3 kills, hit .182, 3 blocks
    Ginger Long 3 kills, hit .000
    Kaela Goodman 1 kill, hit -, 2 blocks
    Kristiana Tuaniga 1 kill, hit .000, 3 solo blocks
    Emily Maeda 8 digs, 1 ace
    Mita Uiato 34 assists, 5 digs, 5 blocks
    Monica Stauber 4 digs
    Courtney Lelepali 1 ace
    Elizabeth Blake 2 digs, 1 ace
    Kayla Kawamura appeared in 1 set
    Kristina Kam did not play

    • uhfan

      Was Hartong getting pulled out in the black row? One dig not all that great if not the case but her hitting was great. She clearly will be out go to player.

      • Cindy Luis

        Hartong was not pulled out of the back row. but she was taking a lot of swings from 3-meter and they moved the defense around so that she didn’t have to pass then set up to hit.
        to be honest, I don’t know how accurate that box is.

  • kazu

    I think come August this team will be ready to go. They will do well with the players that they have now.

  • Ron

    Agree with kazu. Coach Shoji knows how to “coach up” the players he has. This is a potential top ten team . Great left sides, very good setter who gets better each year, middles with potential to control a game, a corp of defensive players, and Rt. side combo of a hitter and a blocker, depending on the situation. In addition, if Oleavo continues to improve as she did last year, she could contribute.

    • I’m hoping Olevao can surprise us and catch on to the faster pace of the college game. She has good height, blocks well enough and can put heat on the ball. Her backrow play has been improving from what I saw in her senior year, but is borderline and probably get subbed out.

  • coco

    Jane only played in the first three sets. Kritina Kam did play in the last set. Passing was the problem.

    • Hot

      Box score doesn’t have Kristina Kam. Only Kayla Kawamura in addition to the three Liberos.

      • Cindy Luis

        i don’t remember Kayla playing. believe the mixed up the two KKs

        • Cindy Luis

          Thanks for all the links.
          and i wouldn’t read too much into the stats. they are off, especially the digs. not the most veteran of a stat crew, no computer program, no computer at all. all done manually on a stat sheet and it was a little messy when I saw it.

  • TW

    Trying to infer anything from the Nebraska match is like trying to read tea leaves in a tea bag. Hartong was served every time and passed poorly, back row defense on right was non existent except for digs by Stauber; Croson couldn’t pass, serve, block or hit; pin blockers are solo blockers because inexperienced middles aren’t closing the block; Uiato mostly picked up balls off a block or tip but I wouldn’t call it a dig. If passing doesn’t improve, high and outside is going to be the only option; can’t continue to make one serve and miss the next…Hartong and Croson need to be more consistent with serve. Lost the first game by the number of missed serves. So, there are a few things to work on. On the positive side, there was a great crowd.

  • LC

    Maui fans were great! Great atmosphere ! Food concessions provided by Hawaiian Style VBC at reasonable prices.Members of the team walked the line with cardboard trays of food so fans didn’t have have to risk losing their spot.

    The Adolpho clan as there in force.

    I don’t even want to think what it would have been like without Hartong.

    Same old Jane.

    Same old Maeda.

    Long can really smack the ball but many of her attacks sailed out.

    I agree with Cindy about the right side.More production is needed from this position.

    Jade had a couple of monster blocks and boy can she celebrate.

    My middle depth chart at the end of this match,Vorster,Adolpho,Tuaniga.

    Dave looked tired to me but he has been a jet setter lately.

  • Besides the FF dilemma, I hope Coach Beeman has a good volley IQ and saw how valuable Kalei is to the Wahine volleyball team.

  • warriorfan

    Damn it, the warriors are making Hoefer look like a freaking first team all american again.

    • Cindy Luis

      As for Croson, the fact that she couldn’t use her sky ball serve affected her. the basketball standards made the ceiling low, much as it affected her at Fullerton last year. Shoji said she didn’t serve well in pre game and never got on track.

      • Also someone mentioned that she didn’t hit well with only 8 kills, but only 21 sets with a .286 pct is very good for a OH. I didn’t watch the match but just by looking at the stats I can see that UH didn’t pass well, and both teams blocks was really bothering the other team.

        • Cindy Luis

          no one hit well, but as I mentioned, the stats aren’t official. passing wasn’t great, couple of points hit the net and fell for a point. with all the combinations of layers, there was a little confusion as to who was to take the first ball.

  • LC

    The boosters club put up a bunch of nice photos from the sand tournament.

    Speaking of sand vb the matches on Tuesday at Jacksonville U start at 4 am HST. So by the time most of us get up and about it should be at least 1/2 over.

    Their sand web page here

  • I mentioned that the 8 kills by Croson was not good, a more complete stat sheet was available later. .286 pct is good, but in order to win consistantly in 2012 Hartong is going to need others to step it up. Eight kills a match from croson is not going to do it even its 8k, 0e, 8att, 1.000pct..

    • I agree with you that 8 in 4 sets is not enough from Croson, but that number only reflects the 21 attempts she had. Last season her per set averages were 3.58 kills, 9.3 attempts at a .217 pct. If she was set for those averages she would have had 37/38 attempts and with .286 pct have 14/15 kills with 3/4 errors in 4 sets. I’m sure that Jane and Dave would be OK with those figures in her soph year, esp the .286 pct. With Kanani gone, Jane will be depended more on offense and IMHO she will average close to 4.0 kills per set.

    • coco

      Although the box score said she played in four sets, she did not play in the 4th set.

  • Digging NaWahine posted a 5:28 video UH-Neb match

  • vballfreak808

    Did the Booster Club film the match???

  • Surfboy

    Emily Hartong for President! :)

  • Know that the match stats are questionable, Cindy also mentioned that Hartong was moved out of the defensive position to concentrate on hitting. However it is a concern that she and Croson are listed as having a total of three digs.
    On another note Chelsey Keoho(Kam Sch. Kapalama) signed a NLI with Colorado last November is not listed on their 2012 roster of 13. There are no freshmen listed from a supposedly impressive recruiting class. HC is on the last year of her contract, wonder whether they all had a change of heart.

  • For your viewing pleasure if you haven’t seen this Nittaidai match in slo-mo.

  • Ed

    I went to the match, we as the crowd erupted several times and were waiting for more. Like said by some, we can’t go by an exhibition match about how it will equal success, but possibly one area can be sort of determined, that someone needs to be a leader and more vocal and provide inspiration. They were very quiet compared to Nebraska. That is something that cannot be coached that much. But it was awesome to watch Div. I great volleyball. It did look like a shabby Klum Gym. I was kinda shame for Maui though that windows were dirty and the place hasn’t been upgraded for 30 years. Gonna write to mayor Arakawa. If we want teams like Nebraska coming, we gotta upgrade. Donovan introduced women’s basketball coach and she got a nice applause.

    • LC

      Apparently something went wrong with the two rest rooms at the front entrance and they were shut down for awhile but overall I thought that the gym and grounds were in decent shape considering the age and the lack of funds in this economy. Yes the windows were dirty but Maui is a dirty place with dust everywhere.

      I also saw a sufficient amount of county employees on hand doing their jobs.

      The flow of traffic was also very good leaving the event.

      Reading the twitts from the Nebraska staff and players they had a great time . Cook tweeted late last night.
      “Already missing my bruddahs and cuz’s in Hawaii.”

      From Nebraska athletics : Lots of tired huskers today after the long travel back…but what a great trip!!!

      • Cindy Luis

        Personally I didn’t see anything wrong with War Memorial. was on par with most high school gyms in the state. if there were problems with the restrooms i never heard anything. you’re right, maui is dusty and they are building a mini mall with a safeway across the road so lots of construction dirt and dust in the air.
        given there was also a track meet next door and event setup for a big walk, thought traffic was directed well. only complaint was the left-turn signal not staying on long enough and traffic backed up for those trying to get into the complex coming from the mauka direction

  • vballfreak808

    For those who were wondering, Kayla Kawamura did play. Here is a pic of her going to serve for Jade

    • Cindy Luis

      As i said, didn’t remember Kayla coming in but Shoji was shuttling players in and out, especially at the end.
      I just remember Kam playing, and she wasn’t in the box.

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