Maui tickets, spring updates

February 23rd, 2012

For those of you who aren’t reading the paper or getting it on line, Ann’s story today had a lot of information to pass on here.

And thank you for all the congrats sent to my personal email regarding the APSE Top 10 award we received for the Wahine preview tab. so much fun to do and I will forever owe Shoji for his wearing the mad scientist wig.

The indoor exhibition against Nebraska is March 23 on Maui. It will start at 6 p.m. at War Memorial. Tickets cost $12, $8 and $6. Those can also be purchased in person on Maui at Pacific Radio Group (311 Ano Street, Kahului).call 877-5566.

The indoor exhibition against Nittaidai it at  7 p.m., March 14, at Stan Sheriff Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for seniors (65-older) and $4 for students.

sand home opener Match 17 vs. Nittaidai and HPU at Queen’s Beach. Free but I don’t have times.

Volleyball schedule still waiting on Mountain West to release its football schedule so it can coordinate. Coming in for tournaments are UCLA, Stanford and Cal as well as San Diego State and Idaho.

No mention of Hewitt leaving which would be the news.

Olevao only recruit for 2012 but as mentioned earlier Shoji is looking to bring in at least one more OH for the season. Wong was in Europe recruiting, he was in Sweden, Estonia, Germany and Switzerland.

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  • RYK February 23, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Anything on the change to the new blog format yet?

    • Cindy Luis February 23, 2012 at 11:18 am

      obviously it hasn’t happened yet.
      Web guy told me this week. they’ve just begun moving other blogs over from the old Star-Bulletin server.
      you’ll know when it happens because the URL will be changed and you will be redirected.

  • Don W. February 23, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Any reason given by either school as to why the UH/Neb. Spring match is on Maui instead of Oahu?

    • Cindy Luis February 23, 2012 at 11:14 am

      No reason that I’ve heard other than the time that Nebraska can travel here conflicts with UH men hosting BYU March 16-17 so the arena is in use those days.
      Originally this was supposed to be a volleyball-football deal, with the wahine Friday, football Saturday. football changed to April but UH-Nebraska already committed for that Friday. and volleyball didn’t want to bail on that commitment since things were in place with air, hotel, etc.

      • 808 February 23, 2012 at 12:10 pm

        Here’s the likely answer:

        The FIRST Robotics Competition is an exciting, multinational competition that teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. The program is a life-changing, career-molding experience—and a lot of fun. Over 42,000 high-school-aged young people on over 1,686 teams participate in 41 regional events. Teams come from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Turkey, the U.K. and every U.S. state. The competitions are high-tech spectator sporting events, the result of lots of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, project timelines, and deadlines.

        Colleges, universities, corporations, businesses, and individuals provide scholarships to FIRST participants. Involved engineers experience again many of the reasons they chose engineering as a profession, and the companies they work for contribute to the community while they prepare and create their future workforce. The competition shows students that the technological fields hold many opportunities and that the basic concepts of science, math, engineering, and invention are exciting and interesting.

        Mark your calendar now for the 2012 FIRST in Hawai`i Regional!

        March 22-24, 2012 at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa’s Stan Sheriff Center

        • Cindy Luis February 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm

          808 AND the answer also is that Nebraska’s spring break coincides with the men playing BYU.

    • Queen Zelda of Wahiawa February 23, 2012 at 11:40 am

      No program at UH belongs solely to Oahu.We’re a state of islands and so many on our neighbor islands will never be able to afford the cost of coming to Honolulu to see UH sports live.

      There seems to be a commitment by UH athletics to bring UH sports to the other islands that so far has included softball,football men’s basketball and men’s volleyball.

      This particular team also has two Maui County girls and one who was born and raised on Maui on the roster.

      There is no doubt in my mind that the people of Maui especially all those children of Maui who aspire to play for UH will greatly appreciate this.

      I would like to see all of our islands get this same opportunity.

  • dasource808 February 23, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Tickets are available online via

    • Queen Zelda of Wahiawa February 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      It’s difficulty to find on the UH Ticket site because as of right now it’s not on the Main page . You need to click on “All Events then look for Womens Volleyball @ Maui.

  • JPW February 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    not sure if this was answered in previous blog entries but any word if Hewitt is coming back this upcoming season?

  • surfboy February 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Im still hopeful that Hewitt will remain with the program. As for the other scholarship is Falyn still attending UH? Or is it final that she is not enrolled anymore? Is USC coming to town this year for another tourney? Any late news of possible future recruit Wong-Orantes? I think she would be a great edition at Libero.

  • LC February 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Good luck finding a decent OH this late . Taylor Simpson would be an interesting add but fat chance of that happening

    Really didn’t want to see any WAC teams for a couple of years all they do is drag your RPI down.

  • jeff February 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    seen nebraska the last time lauren cook has had her troubles who knows what would happened if she stayed at UCLA .Do you think the wahine will be a early favorite in the BIG WEST

    • Cindy Luis February 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Idaho’s RPI has been improving. Plus Shoji recruited the Idaho coach, who ended up at USC. gotta fill the fields somehow.

      • Cindy Luis February 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm

        I do think Hawaii will be one of the favorites in the BWC.
        As for finding an OH this late, there’s transfers out there who haven’t committed and who know what Wong found in Europe.

        • Cindy Luis February 23, 2012 at 5:17 pm

          as for Hewitt, Shoji never called me back and when I spoke with Wong and asked, he said Dave’s the one to talk to.
          I still feel she’s coming back.

          • LC February 23, 2012 at 5:34 pm

            there is more to this story that isn’t being told.

        • LC February 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm

          It’s a question of how good they are. what is left out there isn’t encouraging.

          I have no idea about what he found in Europe but I’m guessing nothing.

      • LC February 23, 2012 at 5:39 pm

        Idaho’s RPI stinks always has.We’ve seen enough of WAC teams and need a break. Personally I don’t give a crap if he recruited her.

        • Cindy Luis February 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm

          have never understood your negativity.
          just passing along the information.
          it’s not like there’s a conspiracy theory about Hewitt. She has a bad back. it’s caused her to sit out of matches. Volleyball is not her passion, not like it is for others. she has no plans to continue her career after she graduates.
          And Shoji has to fill the schedule with teams who are willing to come here. why not with a coach he has a good relationship with.

          • Spike February 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm

            Cindy, thanks for always remaining the voice of reason.

  • RYK February 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Dave knows what he’s doing. He wouldn’t take a transfer if they couldn’t contribute or start right away. No one is going to transfer just to sit in the bench. Besides there is still the possibility that FF is the transfer in question.

    • haleiwacrossfitter February 23, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      Yes he would and he has. Tanja Nicolic, don’t remember how to spell her name, but she cam from Oregon I think and originally from Croatia. She was a bench warmer. There were other transfers that have come in and not made any impact to team.

      Buuuut, I still trust Shoji and knows he will make the right decision for Hawaii. Regardless of what anyone thinks, he does not always get the most highly sought after recruits, but he does amazing with who he does get and they are still an elite team every year.

      I hope Hewiit comes back and I hope FF joins the team. Is she still in school? No one is really saying or confirming this right now. So, I really don’t know how FF will pan out, but would love to see her on the right side with Hartong on the left. Even without Kanani, I think this lineup could be better than this past season.

  • vballfreak808 February 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I am glad that he scheduled San Diego state because they are future Big West opponents and we get Waber coming back to play at the Stan Sheriff Center! Knowing that Stanford, Cal, and UCLA have to be in different tournaments due to NCAA rules unless exception, we won’t ever have a small break.

  • um February 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Maybe Hewitt does not have a decision yet because she has not been accepted to graduate school yet?

    • Cindy Luis February 23, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      perhaps. From Shoji via Ann Miller.
      no decision yet from Hewitt. but it will come soon.

  • wisemary February 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    anyone know why Carly Wopat was snubbed as an AVCA All america? #2 in the country in blocking.

    and why was big 12 ranked the strongest conference in the nation?

    Pac12 had less top 25 teams?
    Big 10 had more top 20′s and more invites to the NCAA post season..hello?

    • vballfreak808 February 23, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Stanford posted this in their post about Wopat and Williams being All-Americans

      ‘Due to an error made by the women’s volleyball program during the All-America application process, Stanford players were not allowed to be eligible to be nominated for the All-America First, Second or Third teams.’

      • Cindy Luis February 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm

        Yes, we said in December that they missed the deadline to submit the A-A video and paperwork

  • Steve February 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    According to the “Sports Animals” on espn1420am, Shoji cannot talk about FF until she passes all her units this semester. Per their conversation with FF, she promises that she will be able to get the required units, at the end of the Spring Semester, to become eligible to play this fall. Their will be an announcement from Dave Shoji, on this matter end of May, early June.

    • Cindy Luis February 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Yes, Steve, that’s what we’ve been saying about Fonoimoana for a month or so. that Shoji can’t talk about her other than to say she has contacted him and that she is in school. have said all along that she needs to complete two semesters in order to become eligible in fall as a sophomore. I’m assuming it will be in May since UH is done then. But if she needs to finish credits in summer school, announcement won’t be until after that.

  • roofer68 February 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Posting an interesting article from 2007 of Jane Croson and Justine Wong-Orantes about beach volley and AA ratings in sand. Imagine Justine was 12 and Jane 13 and a starting outside hitter for Los Al as a freshman.

  • Steve February 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    People, do not be to concerned about Hewitt. Shoji has a replacement for her, in Jade Vorster. Jade will make people quickly forget about Hewitt. Jade is a beast, just come down and watch her play sand volleyball, you will see what I mean. Do not want to put to much pressure on Jade, but it would not surprise me if she becomes Freshman of the Year, and First Team All-American.

    • Cindy Luis February 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      disagree with your assessment of Vorster in making people forget about Hewitt. but Vorster has made big strides in the time she has been here.

      • Steve February 23, 2012 at 10:17 pm

        Cindy, maybe forget, was not the right word to use. Maybe, should have said, people would not feel as bad if Hewitt did not come back, instead. But if Hewitt does decide to come back, she will be the topping on an already high cake.

    • vballfreak808 February 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      I also disagree about making people forgetting about Hewitt because Hewitt was an All-American so she is one of those great gets Hawaii has gotten. But I do also hope Vorster makes National Freshman of the Year. I think it her time to shine for her freshman year since Adolpho has already in volleyball and basketball. But either way Adolpho and Vorster could possibly both start if Hewitt doesn’t return because I hope Hartong moves to the outside to give us more depth in that position!

      • Steve February 23, 2012 at 10:34 pm

        Vballfreak808, hope you read my response to Cindy, I believe I used the wrong word. I also believe Shoji wants to use Hartong in Danielson’s spot. He also knows that he has Hartong as a backup middle, just in case anything happens to his 2 middles. For that reason he is looking for a backup OH, not so much an OH who can start, immediately.

    • Kyle February 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Was wondering if a red-shirt freshman, like Vorster, would be eligible for NFOY. The answer, a strange yes.

      Vorster won’t be eligible for Region FOY, but if she makes an All-America team, she’ll be eligible for NFOY.

  • Steve February 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Cindy, hoping Scott Wong, pairs Jade and Jane, in Sand Volleyball. Those 2 would make a tremendous pair. That pair remains me of the U.S. pair that won the Olympic Gold Metal.

  • Steve February 23, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Hey Cindy, I can post again without having to ask you for help. Yippeeee!!!!
    Do not worry, I will behave myself.

    • Cindy Luis February 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      Steve/Steven, yes, with the moving of the blog soon i think they have cleaned up some of the problems on the old server.
      as you have promised, behave yourself.

  • Steve February 23, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Cindy, I am truly happy that Shoji will be playing a Japanese team this Spring. This way, the girls will be able to see first hand, the way defense is supposed to be played. It will help the girls tremendously in the way they play defense this fall.

  • Steve February 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Hewitt, if you read this blog, remember a few things. Plane rides will be shorter, even the bus rides. Hawaiian Air, will gladly give you an emergency exit seat, so you can stretch out your long legs. Saving your back. Your parents will be able to see most, or all your games, since it will be played in California. Also, having an excellent chance of playing for a National Championship Team. And let me tell you, The Wahine will find themselves in the National Championship Game this fall. Alot of pluses to think about. If you write down all the positives and negatives about playing this fall, the pluses will outweigh the negatives.

    • Cindy Luis February 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      i doubt if any of the players read this blog but i know some of the parents do.

  • Steve February 23, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Cindy, now that I have returned, your blogs will be more active.

  • Steve February 23, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Cindy, when was the last time Shoji took a team to Japan, or played a Japan team here, in the Spring?

    • Cindy Luis February 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      It has been a while since the wahine went to japan. maybe mid 90s? I’d have to look up when Nittaidai was last year.

  • roofer68 February 23, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Cindy, question, will the 3 redshirts, Jade, Ginger and Kayla be able to play in the two spring games? I’m guessing yes.

    • Steve February 23, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      Roofer, your guess is right, they will be able to participate in the exhibition matches.

    • Hot February 23, 2012 at 11:56 pm

      Redshirts are usually allowed to play in the spring, both walk-ons and scholarship players. The only redshirt that wasn’t allowed (or eligible) was Lelepali, who was a redshirt in 2010 but was still unable to participate in the spring of 2011. That may have been an unusual situation, since she wasn’t listed on the 2010 roster even if she was already a member.

    • Cindy Luis February 24, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      of course they can compete in the spring game. As for Lelepali, she had some eligibility issues relating to her transfer that didn’t allow her to participate.

  • Wawa February 24, 2012 at 1:45 am

    There are some delusional statements on this board. If HW decides to forego her senior season…thats OK, the cupboard at MB is not bare (Adolpho, Hartong, Tuaniga, Vorster).

    However, if FF does not fulfill the requirements to be come eligible, that will leave Hawaii in a bind. They graduated 2 pin hitters, while Croson returns. We will know that we are in desperation mode if Goodman is starting or seeing significant playing time. Long & Olevao may both need one more year, but I do see Olevao contributing earlier than Long.

    I know of one potential walk-on that could be a diamond in the rough. Would Shoji take a senior transfer? Couldn’t think of any recent ones.

    • Cindy Luis February 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      yes, sometimes delusional and overly passionate. Shoji would take a senior transfer if she could help. Last one that comes to mind is Teisa Fotu in 2004.

    • Spike February 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Agree about the delusional comments.

      The ones who make over-the-top claims about players are the exact same ones who then trash them when, of course, they don’t live up to the ridiculous expectations.

      Fortunately, the Wahine fan base as a whole is supportive and extremely loyal no matter what.

  • surfboy February 24, 2012 at 6:14 am

    If all goes well for Hawaii I think they will be the team to beat this year with Hewitt, Croson, Hartong, and Fonoimoana. I personally think that Nebraska is the team to beat right now..

  • warriorfan February 24, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Any news on a libero transfer or recruit? Did shoji really say they were getting backcourt help? or did he mean Kawamura ?

  • dragonman February 24, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Nice to see people talking aout UH Wahine V on this site. I can not wait till next season starts.

  • roofer68 February 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I think that UH played Nittaidai in 1990, when Cheri Boyer was setting and Toni Nishida was mb. They got beat, Nittaidai was too quick. They may have played again after that year, can’t recall.

  • vballfreak808 February 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I know this isn’t related to the topic but I read this article on ESPN about the Vegas Tournament players, and there are two sophomores who are uncommitted and I heard they are pretty good. One is Laura Leap a 6’5 middle blocker who plays for Sports Shack (Croson’s old club) and Sarah Benjamin a 5’7 libero who is Hannah Benjamin’s younger sister (Stanford Libero).

    In 2014, Hawaii will have already lost Hewitt, Hartong, and Tuaniga at middle and Lelepali, Kam, and Maeda. So we would have 2 liberos and 2 middles left. So hopefully Shoji would get those players. Well this is just what I think but I hope for the best for this team

  • jeff February 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    has anyone even seen falyn working outi it has been year i take it she will have 3 years left.It would be great to have her and hewitt together almost i dream team i see brittany working out very hard for what i do not know

    • Cindy Luis February 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      last confirmed sighting i had of Fonoimoana working out was in fall semester with sand players Ka’aihue, Nordyke and Lee at Outrigger.

  • abacaxi February 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Nittaidai was here sometime around 2006.

    • Cindy Luis February 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      I’m thinking that’s about right although UH’s release said the last time the teams were SUPPOSED to meet was last fall 2001 but cancelled after 9-11.

      • Hot February 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm

        Who is responsible for these UH releases?! Nittaidai played at UH in 2008, when Lee and Ka’aihue were unavailable and Brandt/Mafua alternated at setter/libero. They also played in 2004, right after the seven seniors left. That was the time many redshirts saw action (Gregory, Sanders, Woolford, Wells, Carlson, Fotu) and Thurlby played opposite.

        • Cindy Luis February 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm

          Hot, I believe the mistake was made because it was based on the last time UH played Nittaidai during the fall season, which is listed in the media guide. the spring matches are not in the media guide.whoever wrote the released based the info on that i’m guessing. The SID for women’s volleyball was new this fall so wasn’t around a few springs ago.

  • TW February 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    What is the fascination with Falyn? Couldn’t make it at USC despite their best efforts, hasn’t played in a year and has been a problem on every team she’s ever been on. Really, this is the player UH is looking for to represent the history of the program and the people of Hawaii. It’s a sad commentary.

  • jeff February 26, 2012 at 7:42 am

    silly we are a nation of second chances think cam newton florida to auburn colt brennan colorado to hawaii america forgives it is not like she has been given a easy way to hawaii from what heard she has had to work very hard to even qualify

    • Surfboy February 26, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Agree…100% on point!

  • Steve February 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Cindy, since the Nittaidai match is an exhibition can FF actually play in it?

    • Cindy Luis February 26, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Fonoimoana is not eligible to compete in 2011-12. She has not shown academic progress to be eligible. As has been stated repeatedly, she needs sophomore status to be able to play fall 2012.

  • roofer68 February 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Looks like in the Chevron its Baylor, San Francisco and California the rest have pukas except San Diego St in either the Hawaiian Air with UCLA or Stanford in the Verizon.

  • vballfreak808 February 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    On Volleytalk, someone posted a thread about Cal coming to Hawaii during the labor day weekend with Baylor and USF (Didn’t say which USF). I’m guessing they went to the Cal Banquet yesterday. Since the Labor Day weekend is usually the 2nd weekend of the season, we know Cal, Baylor, and USF are in it.

    • Cindy Luis February 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      As we had in last week’s paper, Cal, UCLA and Stanford all coming out. UH hadn’t released the schedule because they were still waiting on MWC football in case they have to juggle the vb matches to avoid a Saturday or Friday football game.

  • Steve February 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    vballfreak808, can FF play in the exhibition match with Nittaidai?

    • kimo February 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      NO. She cannot. She is NOT redshirting. She is NOT even on the team, yet. She can’t play until she has reached SOPHOMORE status which at the earliest will be in MAY. So don’t plan on seeing her any sooner than AUGUST 2012.

  • vballfreak808 February 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Scott Robs just said that Brittany Hewitt will not return. He said he heard it from a reliable sourse. Sad news to hear

    • Steve February 26, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      vballfreak808, if it is true, that is to bad. I just she does not regret it in the long run, especially if the Wahine win the National Championship. Which I believe they still can if, FF becomes eligible, and I am certain she will.
      What is puzzling, this is the first time I have heard of a top notch athlete walk away from the sport, before her eligibility is up, especially when the team she is was playing on, has a chance to win a National Championship. Makes you wonder about her dedication to the sport throughout the years.

      • roofer68 February 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm

        I truly believe that there’s more to it than what we know as fans looking on the outside. I’m positively sure that Britt is more than grateful for what the UH volleyball program, coaches, players and fans meant to her from the four years she’s been here, and she dug deep for a decision. I’m sure that her bad back was a big part of the decision if its true. During the last season I noticed even after she made a great play she didn’t crack a smile. I believe that her back was really bothering her but she knew the team needed her, so she sucked it up and kept on playing. Just my personal take.

    • Cindy Luis February 26, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Scott was at the arena and his sources are very reliable. We will have a story in Monday’s paper.

  • Safinator February 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    That sucks…

  • Safinator February 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Tuaniga.. Vorster…. Adolpho.. Let’s step it up!!!! Or that Florida transfer :)

  • Surfboy February 26, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    What is this true?

    • Cindy Luis February 26, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      yes, true. new thread for any comments.

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