Notes from Tuesday practice 11-20

November 20th, 2012

Wahine had the day off yesterday. Today was 3 hours and no lifting (6-9 a.m.) Film for the middles this afternoon.

Energy level was very high. Middles looked really good, especially Adolpho. On series she had three straight kills — plays were designed for her but the block couldn’t stop her. Hit several very heavy balls and got some elevation on the step-outs.

Although I don’t think she’ll be on the right tomorrow, Hartong was very impressive on that side on the D sets out of the back row. They’ve worked on some of the combos_x-slide and doubles.

Shoji usually throws those in to prepare for the postseason. Something different other teams won’t have tape on.

Shoji said he feels good about their position in the RPI and the poll. said the combination should be enough to be a top 16 seed and stay home. but, as he said, you never know. But he says he knows they need to win both to keep that chance alive.

Everyone looking pretty healthy. Only major difference is that Kastl has gone from blonde to her natural brunette. Looks very nice.

Ah Mow-Santos was back in practice. she has missed some a couple of weeks ago to take care of her ailing father.

Shoji will be honored after tomorrow’s match.

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  • dedicatedfan November 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Cindy, who else was practicing on the RS besides Hartong? Hoping Olevao is getting over her freshman inconsistency. She looks the most comfortable and deadliest over there, if not for her freshman inconsistency.

    • Cindy Luis November 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Everyone has practiced on the right since even the lefts hit one on the right during their front row rotation.
      just mentioned Hartong because she had a couple of very impressive Ds.
      It’s not a set lineup in practice. They use everyone, including the redshirts. Kawamura dug a couple of hard hit balls.
      He’s very happy with all four middles.

  • dedicatedfan November 20, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Yep, if the Wahine win their last 2 matches, on paper they look like a lock for a top 16 seed. But you never know what the selection committee will do.

  • vballfreak808 November 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks for the report Cindy!

  • vballfreak808 November 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I hope Hawaii gets a good 2914 recruiting class because Long Beach is starting to.

    They have a 6’7 opposite, 6’1 setter/opposite, 6’4 outside, and 6’3 middle committed. That height is very intimidating. I also believe 6’6 Hampton and 6’4 Wallace will still be there in 2014 as well.

    • warriorfan November 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Why worry about Long Beach?? half of them will be injured and won’t be able to play….

    • dedicatedfan November 20, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Ah, have those players signed on the dotted line. I do not think so, can easily change there mind between now and then. If those players are that good, watch them go to a PAC-12 team, instead. Thinking those players are projects, and we know how some project players turn out.

      • Cindy Luis November 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm

        none of them have signed. these are all verbals. signing for 2014 is Nov. 2013.

  • tako November 21, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Aside from the two early signees, does anyone know if Coach is done with 2013 recruiting? Believe that Ashley Kastl will step up and play well on the right side during post season. She has the experience. Her confidence just needs to catch up with her experience and it’ll translate to what the team needs.

    • Cindy Luis November 21, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Recruiting for 2013 should be done, assuming that everyone returns next year. And there is no reason not to believe everyone won’t be back especially the scholarship players. you never know about the walkons. but no reason for Kam, Lelepali to give up senior year.
      Not a lot of room to add anyone else. you’re only losing Maeda.
      That being said. you currently have 20 players, including 3 redshirts. Don’t see him carrying more than 20 next year. You bring in Higgins and Taylor and that makes 21.
      But we never really know until practice starts in fall (and sometimes spring) who will be here. always the potential for more walkons to try out. There have been first days where you have over 20 in the gym. Remember one player went to the first of double days one fall, didn’t come back for the afternoon. never saw her again. so quick we never got a name.

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