Hawaii going with the usual starters including Maeda at libero, Satele at RS.
Really odd not seeing Devon Scruggs on the Nevada bench. Ruth Lawanson in her first year.
Nevada with three Hawaii prep products. Santiago, Ji and Chang. UH up 9-3.
It’s 10-3. Croson with a roll shot and a soft cross court.
No live stats?
Nevada having a hard time handling Satele’s serves. it’s 15-5 at the TTO. sorry, game tracker is down. so not live stats.
At 15-5 UH hitting 476 to 000 for UN. Double sub with Stauber in to serve. Croson 4-0-9. Hartong 3-0-3.
it’s 18-5. TO Wolf Pack.
I might have missed it, what happenned to devon?
Devon reassigned within the department.
Two aces by Croson 20-9. Shoji puts Lelepali into serve. Crowd booed a little.
Hawaii wins 25-15. and it wasn’t that close. UH played 11 of their 14 in the first set.
UH hit 324 to UN’s 114. Hewitt 3-1-8, Danielson 2-2-6, Croson 5-0-11, Satele 1-0-5, Hartong 4-0-4, Goodman 0-1-2. 3 aces, 2 by Croson, 18 digs, 4 by Maeda.
That’s impressive to get most of your players their playtime. It was hilarious when lelepali sub Croson, We love our aces lol
Blake in at libero in Set 2.
Hartong on the right, Adolpho in at M2
No, live stats are down. it’s 9-4 in Set 2. Adolpho with a very impressive solo block.
Around the WAC tonight
New Mexico State def. Idaho, 25-18, 14-25, 25-23, 25-22
Fresno State def. San Jose State, 25-17, 26-28, 25-17, 21-25, 15-10
Utah State def. Louisiana Tech, 25-19, 25-14, 21-25, 25-12
Live stats have appeared. took 35 minutes. Yay
Hartong on the step out. went line and it was a rocket. 6-0-7
Danielson with amazing hang time. 8th kill. it’s now 16-9. TO Nevada.
Griffiths into serve. Aces makes it 20-10. but next one was a NV. 20-11.
Nevada hits wide, another 25-15 win. it’s 749.
Hawaii hitting .328, Un 048. Hewitt 4-2-10, Danielson 9-3-16, Croson 6-2-17,, Satele didn’t play in Set 2. Hartong 7-0-8,
28 digs, Stauber with 5, Danielson with 5. UH with 5 blocks, Hewitt 2 BA, Hartong 2 BA, Adolpho 1 solo, 1 BA.
Glad to see UH digging, this is the only thing I would like to see them work more on, saw NM and Idaho game today and those team were digging tonight
Set 3 starters. Adolpho, Hewitt, Blake, Uiato, Hartong, Danielson, Croson.
Adolpho with a block, then a quick set that nearly took out Santiago. 3-1. UH
Danielson with a couple of bombs. it’s 12-4. TO Nevada. this will probably be over before 830. what is nice is Hawaii has stayed pretty sharp, didn’t go down to Nevada’s level.
Surprising, Shoji is not using Griffiths as a libero in 3rd set. Wonder if she forgot to bring her libero shirt. It has happened before to other Wahine players.
Lelepali in for Croson after three serves. crowd boos again. Hewitt getting away from Nevada. has a couple of kills. it’s 15-4.
Hewitt with an ace, gives way to Kam. feel like it’s my son’s AYSO match back in the day. TEam was so good that the ooach had a 3-goal limit. once you scored 3, you had to go play defense. it’s 20-8.
Tuaniga into to the front row. Double sub brings in Stauber to set, Goodman into the front row.
Hawaii has given up three match points. make that four. it’s 25-14.
Nevada with a service error ends it’ 25-14. really, really not that close.
be back in a bit. want to hear what shoji has to say.
Emily Hartong hitting .692, is pretty imprecieve considering she played RS in 2 sets.
true about Hartong but it wasn’t like she was taking swings as an opposite. a lot of her swings were step-outs, pretty much what she does as a middle.
Not a very competitive match. However, Nevada did have a good performance by a freshman, Tessa Lea’ea the middle blocker. She was tall, quick and athletic. Local gal,Tatiana Santiago, did well too. Good for her for putting down six kills without an error.
Cindy, I like that Dave is giving real playing time to Adolpho, Blake and Hartong on the RS. But do you know why he didn’t give Stauber more setting time? We really need to get a backup setter. Things happen at the end of the season and it’s the only position with no backup with playing time.
Not surprised that Blake is getting a shot. I think Maeda plays solid most of the time but when she is “down” she doesn’t get out of it quickly. Blake needs more experience and cover more ground than Griffiths.
As for Stauber-UIato, They need to give Uiato, the ‘first’ setter more time to learn to run the team, get the timing down. Fresno State should be more competitive but you might see that double sub again.
Okay thank you. You’re right. Uiato does need more reps, better connection with the hitters. She is quicker to the ball. Needs to get a little better at set selection. I just hope that Stauber gets more “good” reps with the first team as setter. Uiato plays with a passion and could get hurt…….
why boo lelepali though? I’m kinda befuddled by that
i was there. we weren’t booing her. Croson was on a roll so we were booing Dave.
Yes, crowd not booing Lelepali. As you said, it was about Croson being on a roll.
we’re in the middle third of the season. he doesn’t sub during the preseason because he tries to win every game. he’s the opposite from most teams because the WAC is so weak. now is the time for him to get his subs playing time. lelepali is not the one to give playing time to. just my opinion
Lelepali has the most upside potential out of the bunch to eventually be the top libero candidate, providing he isn’t considering Stauber. She is more of a natural passer than Blake because she grew up as a lib/ds. Blake has been trained to set, which she makes for a great back up at or even DS for Opp as she occasionally goes in for Satele. Lelepali is also more dynamic than both Maeda & Griffiths. Maeda has the advantage because she’s been in the system for a while, Griffiths is has a knack for being in the right place and makes good reads, but lacks athleticism.
Yeah. But Lelepali went to Punahou, Dave *is* a Punahou godfaddah (like Chris McLachlin) & Lelepali is simply the latest “Punahou princess” who can do no wrong (ibid. Kaaihue),
They’ll get 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th … 100 chances to err, falter or choke at team expense because it’s Dave’s team and 30-yr old championship banners never get stale.
After watching Griffiths & now Blake get their turns, it’s even more obvious how much separation there is btw Maeda and her “competition.” Start Blake or Griffiths against the attacks of UCLA, the Beach, PSU or Stanfords of the world and Shoji would be laughed off the court. Except, Maeda isn’t a princess so she better get used to the hook around her neck.
I’m also for more p/t to get talented frosh needed reps, to sharpen bench players one injury away from starting.
But what exactly do you “learn” about reserves competing against the Nevadas, Idahos or Boises of the WAC? That reserves can”shine” against lousy competition while starters gradually lose their optimum edge, focus, chemistry so they’re *not* at their unit-best for the postseason?
You can see Kalei’s potential, Adolpho’s athleticism isn’t a secret plus she’s a quick study for someone so purportedly “raw” (Shoji’s term).
But the libero “competition” is a joke. Maeda is quicker when attacked and almost infallible on her reads. I can only remember one match where EM’s radar on untouched OBs was off the mark. Blake’s skills as a setter are obvious, Griffith passes a nice ball when she’s in position & the Wahine aren’t under siege, however, Lelepali’s “strength” remains a mystery despite Shoji’s insistence (and McLachlin’s cheerleader” on force-feeding her minutes. This isn’t Lelepali’s fault. The buck stops with the Coach and the “perception” he plays a dangerous game of favorites v. dawgs (e.g. perfect Hewitt vs Hartong the sinner).
Or maybe the guy has a problem with Emilys?
Agree that Maeda is their best option at libero for now. I don’t really see how any of the other DS’s are better passers than her (Griffiths has had her share of shanks and overpasses) and I haven’t seen anyone on the team make digging look as easy (except for Danielson and Croson). However, Griffiths is a talented back row player and I think she needs to be on the floor more than Blake. But that is just my opinion.
Totally disagree with the Punahou princess comment. I don’t see Shoji as a Punahou godfather. He coached iJV there briefly in the 70s and one of two sons went there.
Lelepali struggled when he put her in early on. But he has the luxury during WAC play to use a lot of options.
sorry but i would rather he lose matches now to give experience to more player than to give token time to players just because they work hard. the first third of the season is for RPI. the second third should be to build experience for the backups and the last third is to get ready for the NCAA.
I think it’s important to give EVERYONE playing time. You never know what will happen. You must have forgotten the 2004 season, when Ashley Watanabe was injured and Kelly Ong/Raeceen Woolford, who had not seen significant playing time during the season, took turns at Libero against Wisconsin. So kudos to Shoji for putting in Lelepali, Blake, Kam, Griffiths, etc. I’d like to see Goodman see significant time as well, instead of sticking Hartong on the right and she’s only hitting step outs, much like Amber Kaufman in her early years when Jessica Keefe was injured.
I don’t agree with giving everyone playing time but totally agree about Ashley. I think about Ashley every year because there’s always something that happens that is just like Ashley. I just think you can’t give 13 player significant playing time. you can only give 8 or 9. if you divide up the time between Lelepali, Blake, Kam, Griffiths….then will they really be able to help at the end of the year.
Perfect example. Look at what happened at the end of last year. Mafua wasn’t playing well at the end of the year but there was really no backup so no options. I mean your backup really have to have significant playing time to be effective at the end of the year. Uiato last year is Stauber this year. Next year Stauber will play like a freshmen setter because she’s gotten no experience this year.
I totally agree with you about Kaufman. So if Dave is saying that Hartong is the backup for the RS, then give her significant time so that she can play the position the way it should be played. if she is not then give the backup significant time
But you can really go back to every season and the “Ashley” situation has happened except for maybe 2009…..
Auwe! Ms. Luis…the talk and the talk by the concerned
fans…questioning Mr. 1k+ wins Coach Shoji is so unwarranted! Do they really know all the options and
concerns during the practices? And its the WAC or lack
of competition that does not make us a contending team
by November? It is our socalled preseason now, the
WAC, to develop our subs for the TEAM. We are so fortunate to have Ms. Croson and five possible DS/liberos.
And would have liked to have seen Croson put her arm around Coach when he pulled her out after two quick Aces…a lighter, warm moment.
I totally agree with Tomas. Coach Shoji knows what he is doing. The interaction he had with Jane when he took her out was priceless . She is his ride to the final four and he knows it.
HH; does it matter if Hartong is scoring on only stepouts?
The objective is to score and thats what Hartong does with great effectiveness. Plus she puts up a bigger block
than either Satele or Goodman and she jumps higher. The
Wahine right side is where the opponents best hitters are coming from and Hartong has proven she can block. As for the position of libero the logical choice would be Stauber because she has played that position both in high school and club play. Why coach Shoji does what he does is a good question but the fact is he is the coach,
and a very good one at that. Go Wahine, Imua
I thought there was a bit of interaction with Shoji and Croson, as in an arm around her. When we asked Shoji about pulling her out. He laughed and said Jane is a very sweet kid.
They aren’t going to put Stauber in at libero because she couldn’t be switched to setter during the same set (as Steve said).
They’ve played 13 matches. it’s still early in the season. They are still experimenting with options which only makes them a better, more experienced team through the entire roster.
All you people bring up good points. On Stauber being the libero, that will not happen, cause if anything would happen to Uiato during a set, Shoji would not have a setter he trust to go to. Once Stauber is the libero in a set, she has to remain the libero throughout that particular set.
I feel the key to this team getting to the Final Four is Hartong, and Adolpho. It will come down to Hartong’s ability to play RS, and Adolpho playing MB, against the Elite Teams. If they are able to, the Wahine have a good shot at the National Championship.
So, just curious where is Devon Scruggs now?
good morning Peter. how coincidental to run into you last week.
nice to meet you. Devin is still at Nevada. re-assigned in the department, in compliance and academics after 14 years of being the coach.
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