No. 5 BYUH falls in 4 to No. 1 Concordia in DII national semi

December 7th, 2012

BYUH won Set 1 25-20, lost Set 2 11-25

Seasiders were up 12-10. gave up 5 straight, losing set 3 25-19

Golden Bears finish it off 25-14.

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  • Cindy Luis December 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Here’s what I posted on our breaking news.
    Senior hitter Lauren Hagemeyer put down a team-high 15 kills and sophomore All-American hitter Stella Chen added 11 kills and 12 digs but it was not enough as No. 5 Brigham Young-Hawaii fell to five-time defending national champion Concordia-St. Paul in today’s NCAA DII volleyball championship semifinal 20-25, 25-11, 25-19, 25-14 in Pensacola, Fla.
    The loss snapped the Seasiders’ 24-match winning streak against DII competition. Sophomore All-American setter Stella Chen had 43 assists and 13 digs, and sophomore middle Ariel Hsu added 11 kills for BYUH (25-4), which was seeking its 11th national title. Senior hitter Tuli Peters Tevaga finished her career with 15 of the team’s 61 digs.
    The Golden Bears (32-4) were led by Kayla Koenecki (23 kills, 15 digs, 3 aces), Ellie Duffy (16 kills), Cassie Haag (14 kills) and Ashley Murtha (12 kills, 13 digs). Libero Taylor Dordan had 20 of the team’s 80 digs and setter Amanda Konetchy finished with a double-double (57 assists, 13 digs).

  • mauna December 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Concordia has had a top 3 D2 team for the last few years. I remember the current coach had an article where he stated that the thing he looks for in a recruit is skills in passing, digging and jumping ability. He doesn’t look specificly at height. Saying that, he has what is considered a small team even at a D2 level. Seems like a similiar thinking to another coach named DS.

    • Cindy Luis December 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      disagree with you about Shoji recruiting small. He does value speed and athleticism, as well as defense. But he has had and does have his share of 6-foot-plus players.
      Hartong was an undersized middle at 6-2. but that’s where they needed her to play.
      Vorster, Hagins listed at 6-4; Goodman, Tuaniga, Adolpho 6-1.
      But agree in some rotations they put up a small block when Uiato was in the front row. Someone Amanda Gil’s size isn’t the norm. Of course, there was Adrianne Bradley back in the day.

      • mauna December 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

        This is the first year in a long time that UH has two players that are listed at 6-4 on the roster. If size comes in a player that Shoji is looking to recruit that’s a plus, but I still say that the first thing Shoji looks for is jumping ability first with volley IQ. Kanani is an excellent example of hops with high volley IQ listed at 5-10. Next year another girl at 6-4, Nikki Taylor is coming aboard, three at that ht. is history, as far as UH teams all these years. Another player coming in is redshirting next year, another shortie at 5-9, Keani Passi a Kanani type player with high volley IQ which is a priority with DS. Passing, hops and digging ability with high volley IQ first before height.

        • Cindy Luis December 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm

          Agree. He prizes VB IQ and athleticism.

        • Jesse December 8, 2012 at 11:52 am

          Just wanna add that Passi is 5′ 11 and JC player of the year :)

          • geewiz December 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm

            that’s stretching it, I know.

      • hollycow December 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm

        The trend of the amount of women players with height and skills are increasing in volume, so we see more D1 players over the 6-2 height. Hopefully Dave can recruit starting in 2014 players with his criterior of skills, with height. In 2013, 6 scholarship players are graduating so the 2014 recruiting class will be crucial.

  • volleyball fan December 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Well, now that Nebraska beat Washington in three straight sets, the first two pretty handily and the last one really close, I don’t feel sorry any longer that the Rainbow Wahines couldn’t make it to Nebraska. They were spared 4,000 miles of round trip travel only to get creamed by Nebraska. This way they gained an extra week of school. Hopefully next year, they’ll be assigned to a closer regional in California rather and then make it.

    • steve December 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Don’t know if UH would have had the same outcome. Different teams, different matchup. you never know. it’s why they play the game.

    • ladidum December 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      “volleyball fan” really? A Wahine fan? No. You’re on the wrong blog.

    • Jesse December 8, 2012 at 11:53 am

      UW is not a good road team. UH would have kept it close against Nebraska no doubt in my mind.

  • Orbitalripz December 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    We will never know if Hawai’i would have beaten Nebraska at CenturyLink Center — formerly called Quest Center to you old timers out there.

    Nor will we ever know if the Round 2 elimination affected the All-American chances of Vorster or Croson. (I personally think that if the Wahine had won Round 2, we would be looking at 3 — not 2 — All-American candiates. But we will never know.)

    And I am still pis**ed that the Big West selectors did not find Longo up to All-Conference standards — not even HM!

    Like I said, I hope the Round 2 loss does not affect our UH candidates. Hartong — by any measurement — should be a shoe-in for First Team. Uiato should make HM, but I think that loss by the Wahine could drop her off the All-America teams.

    We’ll find out soon.

    • Cindy Luis December 8, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      Vorster’s and Croson’s All-American chances were affected when they didn’t make all-region. has nothing to do with the team going out in the second round.
      The process moves players from all-conference to all-region to all-american.

  • Orbitalripz December 9, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Compare Luis statement: “Vorster’s and Croson’s All-American chances were affected when they didn’t make all-region. has nothing to do with the team going out in the second round.”

    With my statement: “Nor will we ever know if the Round 2 elimination affected the All-American chances of Vorster or Croson. (I personally think that if the Wahine had won Round 2, we would be looking at 3 — not 2 — All-American candiates. But we will never know.)”

    Cindy keeps passing off as fact what is only conjecture.

    All Region was released after ROUND 2. Vorster and Croson, who made All Conference, was eligible for All Region. I don’t know how Cindy’s knows for fact that the Wahine’s losing performance in Round 2 did or did not affect Vorster’s or Croson’s candidacy for All-Region.

    I am saying that we don’t know for sure. The failure to move on to Round 3 might have made a less-than-favorable impression on the voters for All-Region. It might not have.

    Had the Wahine moved on to Round 3, would that have increased the UH’s All-Region members from 2 to 3, thereby increasing the Wahine’s All-American candidates from 2 to 3? Cindy says for a fact NO, that losing Round 2 had nothing 2 do with Vorster or Croson being selected for All-Region and thus eligible for All-American. I say we don’t know if the Wahine’s lost affected the All-Region candidacy of All-Conference Vorster or Croson. Big difference.

    • Cindy Luis December 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      what is your problem?
      It is not conjecture.
      This is the FACT.
      There are players on the all-region whose teams didn’t even make the tournament, including players from Boise State. Fullerton, Northridge. Wyoming, Irvine.
      Obviously the committee isn’t looking at how far a team advances.
      Your issue was about them losing in Round 2 hurting the AA chances.
      There’s only 14 players chosen This is not the all UH team. UH and SDSU the only two schools with more than one player. both got 2.

      I stand my my original comment

  • Orbitalripz December 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Your point is taken.

    But one can only wonder why the AVCA chooses to release the All-Region after Rounds 1-2, when it can (if it pushes itself to get it done) release the All-Region before the subregionals.

    My theory has been all along that if an All-Conference player that was not on the yet-to-be-released AVCA All-Region lists puts on an All-American performance during Rounds 1-2, the AVCA needs to leave itself some “wiggle” room to reconsider her for All-Region and thereby All-American.

    Thus (following my logic) it does not release the All-Region selections until after the subregionals and thus a team’s performance during Rounds 1-2 may upset the apple cart (i.e. the already chosen All-Region teams) and come into play before the All-Region is finalized.

    But as you say — based on your years of experience and observation — there’s no such thing as my “wiggle” room theory. Fact: The AVCA All-Region selections and the NCAA’s Rounds 1-2 results have nothing to do with each other.

    Reason is on your side. Silly me and my wiggles. I stand corrected.

  • Cindy Luis December 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    think It’s just the way they schedule things so that each team gets its own attention.
    The all-conference teams usually announced before the subregionals, all-region before the regionals, all-americans before the final four.

    think the reasoning is that it would be unfair to great players whose teams did not make the tournament, as in the case of UCI, CSUN, Fullerton, etc.

  • Cindy Luis December 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Plus different committees make the success. Too big of a process for any one group to deal with all the conference, then region, then all-americans.
    it’s why it’s broken down into subcommittees.

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