Recapping Wahine commits

June 22nd, 2010

Guess the threads are buried a bit on these:

2010 (signed)
Mita Uiato 5-10 Setter Long Beach Poly
Emily Hartong 6-1 MB Los Alamitos
Kaela Goodman 6-1 OH, Mission Viejo
Michelle Waber, 6-3, OH, Elsinore

2011 (oral commits)
Jade Vorster MB, 6-4, Timber Creek, Fla.
Jane Croson OH, 6-0, Los Alamitos
Monica Stauber S, 5-8, Mater Dei
Kalei Adolpho OH, 6-1, Molokai (on basketball scholarship)
Ginger Long OH/MB 5-11 Kamehameha Maui

Also you have
Kristiana Tuaniga MB 6-1 Carson (redshirt freshman)
Chanteal Satele OH 5-10 Word of Life Jr. transfer from St. Mary’s who has Ferrell’s scholarship this season)

With those 2, there are 11 on the current roster.
4 incoming freshmen make it 15.
Shoji doesn’t like to carry more than 18 and may not be looking for any walk-ons.
You have Emily Maeda (So), Alex Griffiths (redshirt junior) and Kristina Kam (redshirt Fr) as backup DS/L

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  • wow lau lau

    Aloha Cindy thanks for the recap. Any idea about Misty Ma’a and Tai Manu Olevao? I’m hoping both stay at home. And what really happened to Stephanie F. I thought her post season effort was a big reason why Uh went deep in the tournament. Was it personality issues or academic or something more personal? It just seemed from out of the blue. I know there have been a few players that did not return in their junior or senior year and I guess their reasons varied, but none of it was ever explained. Aside from the transfers such as Adrianne Bradley, Jameka Stevens, Kapu Elkington, Lori Garber, Amamda Simmons and Joanna Samm, players like Tehani Miyashiro, Mary Robbins, Sarah Chase, Jamie Long and Babs Kalulu, their departure was never really mentioned. Any way you can clear it up?

    • ingoodstanding

      I think that you meant Danielle (rather than sister Mary)???

      I thought that Mary played through ’89. Wouldn’t that have made it her ‘senior’ year? That first year ’86 (i’m recalling time being spent off of the court due to injury). Her–Mary–and Dunstone; rehab. :-(

      • wow lau lau

        If my memory serves me right, Mary Robbins never took part in senior night celebrations. I think she had one more year of eligibility but decided not to return to the team. Anyone with more accurate info? As for Pele Baker, arguably the best Hawaii volleyball player in her time. Not sure why she didn’t play for UH but pound for pound a phenomenally gifted athlete. I was just curious as to the mind set of a student athlete that has to decide not to continue playing D1 VB for UH. I would guess that for some, they couldnt return due to grades or personal situations, but their absence was missed the year they did not return.

        • ingoodstanding

          A good portion (about 1/4) of those ‘student’ athletes which you’ve mentioned were much less STUDENT than they were pure ATHLETE…if you catch what I’m saying.

          Rumors (or not), in knowing some, UH’s academic load was too much of a transition from highschool. Par-tah Time was more like it. ;-)

          And, oh yeah, I’d dare to say that Baker was not only the best HI VB player…she was the one of the best (if not thee best) players in the whole United States.

          I think that you may be right, also, about Mary. I think that she was able to get a medical hardship for her freshman year and the knee injury.

          Shoji would have had a least six titles to his name (rather than the looong–time–standing four) if all of those girls had stayed year in/out as you intimated.

          Sarah Case, BTW, lives in Seattle now. She coaches with WA VB Academy; I guess she can make out a living doing so as well.

          I think that Kristiana Tuaniga is cousins with Taeatafa…you may need to ask her what she’s up to these days.

          For the record: I hope that Corrine Cascioppo really makes a noticable improvement this next year. We’re going to need her to do so much more these next couple of years!!!

      • Cindy Luis

        Mary played in 86, 88 and 89. She likely could have played in her fifth year since she didn’t take a redshirt … don’t remember if they were doing medical hardships back then.

        Danielle played at Chaminade.

        • ingoodstanding


          Maybe you may know what transpired, but in 1991 all four fab 50 (volleyball magazine’s) selections were to have played for UH.

          Kari Anderson, Danielle Robbins, Jenny Wilton, and Brandi Brooks. Danielle & Jenny were the prized recruits; they both were members (and starters) of the U.S. Jr. National Team, back then. Of course Kari was a 1st team high school AA, also.

    • Cindy Luis

      Wow lau lau, that is quite the list. not sure about Ma’a. Both Lisa and Pono said no decision had been made when I last saw them a few months ago. I had heard Ma’a liked UCLA.

      As for the reasons people leave, without naming names, but looking at your list can tell you that some were academic casualties and Babes (not Babs) has gone on the record about her getting pregnant after her freshman year. Mary Robins played 3 years, went down with an ACL during warmups of the season opener in 87 after a very good freshman season in 86. Chose not to play a fourth season. A couple of the players named saw they were never going to play much and left. Garber transfered to Texas Tech, Simmons to Louisville.

      • ingoodstanding

        Elkington went to BYUH, Babes is now in Southern Idaho, and Chase (at the time) was going steady with Freddy Robbins for awhile.


        • Cindy Luis

          Not sure you mean about Tita.
          Babes never played after leaving UH but she did get the job at CSI because the coached asked Aneli who had taught her to play volleyball and when Aneli said that her sister (Babes) had, the CSI coach wanted Babes on his staff.

          And would you clarify about the 1991 Fab 50s that were to have played for UH? you then mention Anderson, Robins, Wilton and Brooks. 3 of whom played for UH. Danielle never was in the mix for UH, went to the mainland, came back, ended up at Chaminade.
          Are there 4 other players that you are referring to or are those the 4?

          • ingoodstanding

            Danielle went to UCLA, then??? I know that was another (of the many schools) that were in hot pursuit.

            The publications had her listed as a UH recruit.

            I presumed (all of these years) that she dropped out of UH. She couldn’t have been on the mainland for more than a single semester. I continued to see her (Danielle) around the local tourneys (i.e. Haili).

            That’s not to say that she couldn’t have been flying back and forth from CA; mom is/was a Hawaiian Airline’s employee (bennies).

          • Cindy Luis

            Don’t remember Danielle going to UCLA. Her brother Fred played there. I saw her play at Chaminade. believe she was plagued with knee injuries as well, including one in the state championship tournament.

            This from a 1996 post
            Robins Rockin’ for Silverswords **

            Former Fab-50 high school All-American Danielle Robins has
            resurfaced on Chaminade women’s volleyball team and is big reason
            the Silverswords are off to a 7-2 start this season. Several
            years ago, Robins was the state’s top female player as a senior
            at University High. Scholarship offers arrived by the barrel-
            full. However, the interest of college coaches waned when Robins
            injured her knee in a state tournament match. Robins, whose
            brothers (Duke–UH and Fred–UCLA) and sister (Mary–UH) played
            or are still playing at the college level, lost confidence in her
            ability following the injury and just worked for several years
            after high school. Enter Chaminade coach Glennie Adams into the
            picture. “I knew she was a good volleyball player and that she
            would be an asset to our program,” said Adams. “She’s not the
            dominating force she was in high school, but her talent is
            evident.” Robins leads the Silverswords in kills, hitting
            percentage, aces, and digs.

  • wow lau lau

    Oh I forgot Carolyn Taeatafa she was freshman of the year then dissapeared. For all these players, the year after their departure, nothing was covered nor mentioned as to their absence. I always wondered if UH just hoped no one would ask about them. Especially when you expected them to be heavy contributors to the team. I have heard rumors on some but its heresay and I don’t listen to heresay.

    • ingoodstanding

      Since you’re going off with all of the names…you also forgot to include PELE BAKER (1992, r/s frsh, who dropped out of school rather promptly).

      I’m thinking that you failed to mention one who was also thee most notable: CANDICE CABRERA (anybody remember her)? What an asset she would’ve/could’ve been to the UH roster…yet, it didn’t happen…sheesh! :-(

      • Cindy Luis

        Pele was an academic casualty. she could not get into UH and I was there during the conversation between a UH administrator and a coach, asking if she couldn’t get in on the COP. Sadly, if she hadn’t been an athlete, she likely would have been able to get in COP. something I thought was a little discriminatory.

  • bowsfan

    Thanks for the update, I forgot about Ginger Long. Kamehameha-Maui/Ginger Long, Molokai/Kalei Adolpho and Jane Croson/Los Alamitos are some of the teams at the Ann Kang Invitational on August 12 – 14, 2010.

  • Ron

    We should be in for a good year. Satele on the right is not quite Anelli yet, but she should be steady. We have 4 solid starters from last year plus 2 subs that played a lot. The freshmen and/or Tuaniga could also step up. I am looking forward to next year when the left side will have Danielson and Croson! We also need Scot Wong to fill some big shoes.

  • RedZone

    Thanks Cindy.

  • icon

    Is Mita Uiato 5’8″ or 5’10″? Anyone know for sure?

  • Cindy Luis

    Seen Mita listed as both 5-8 and 5-10. went with what UH released.

    Can’t believe no one mentioned Kelli Cordray. She’s in Southern California, married with children, coaching club vb.

    And if I remember correctly, Jameka Stevens’ twin brother was up at BYUH playing basketball. I believe the two left Hawaii at the same time so it could have been a family decision.

    Things happen and if you think about it, in a lot of cases it’s some 18-year-old coming from the mainland. Hawaii feels great in the beginning but maybe they get homesick, don’t like the school, the team wasn’t what they thought, boyfriend/girlfriend not happy, parents are getting divorced, relative dies … lots of reasons to leave or ‘retire’ from the sport.
    Can’t think of her name but when Penn State won the NCAA title at the SSC in 99, the tourney MVP said that would be her last volleyball match. She was ready to retire from the sport and have a life.

  • wow lau lau

    Awesome Cindy and everyone. I only wish all of them blessings hoping they all went on to happiness. In the end as you said Cindy these are young ladies starting their adult lives. As a parent you want to give them everything you can to make them comfortable, safe and happy knowing full well sometimes the answers are internal and individual. As with Stephanie Ferrell, I get upset when some people say good riddance and such. Instead of wishing her well and Aloha they bash. She would have been one of the keys to this coming season in my opinion and she never really got the full credit for her contributions.

    • Cindy Luis

      Ferrell was instrumental in the Wahine getting to the final four and there is no reason for people to bash her just because things didn’t work out. She has gone through a lot personally in her young life outside of volleyball. And I hope things work out in Florida. glad she appears to want to continue in VB. It would have been very easy for her to just go back to LA, something I don’t think would have been good.

  • hi_life808

    any news about who dave and scott are eyeing for 2012?

    we’re opening up a lot of space with danielson, satele, cascioppo & forsythe all graduating yet i haven’t heard of any recruiting updates!

    • ingoodstanding

      Keep with the youngen..and I’m sure that you’ll be the first to know. ;-)

      Your avatar is still not the Emily/Jane photo that I’d have chosen, hah???

  • Cindy Luis

    no one that I know of at the moment. 2012 just finished their sophomore year so a little early.And my guess is some of the 2010 will redshirt and only be sophomores when 2012 season starts.
    But the usual names have already been mentioned, Ma’a, Olevao, Santi. Those are just the local ones. I think Suzanne Eagye’s daughter is in the 2012 class, 6-4 and still growing (family in Tennessee). and believe there’s someone related to Rita Crockett who is also on the radar.

  • bowsfan

    Looking forward to the upcoming 2nd generation players, Tehani and now Chanteal. Whats a COP.

  • Cindy Luis

    College Opportunities Program.

    From the UH web site
    COP provides an alternative pathway for individuals who desire to attend the UHM but who do not possess the minimum requirements for
    admission. Participants engage in an intensive 6-week summer academic and residential program focused on preparing individuals for a successful
    freshman year at the UHM. Participants live on-campus and enroll in classes designed to upgrade academic and social skills. There is no cost to
    participate in the program as room, board, textbooks, and instructional expenses are covered by COP. Participants who successfully complete the
    COP program requirements are admitted to the UHM in the fall semester and advance to the First-Year Academic Program.

  • Warrior15

    Lauren Cacciamani from Penn State. She was also the co-POY (with Kerri Walsh) in 1999.

    Yes, I remember reading articles saying she wanted to move on. Interests outside of volleyball were calling to her.

  • Jogga

    Don’t forget Alicia Arnott. Didn’t she leave before finishing her senior year? It was so unfortunate because one year she was playing very well and then another year, she hardly played.

    • Cindy Luis

      yes, Alicia was a sad story.

      • ingoodstanding

        The real sad story:

        1989. Teee William’s Sr. year, UH is ranked #1 (or 2) along with LBSU…UH loses to Tara Cross & Co in the regional finals (only to have LBSU win the NCAA national title on our home court–@ Blaisdell).

        Now that was SAD!

  • Cindy Luis

    yes, that was very sad. I was there (UOP and Blaisdell). i’m sure the tule fog never left.

  • icon

    Thanks Cindy for the reply.

    I was wondering, I noticed that Ann Miller has done quite a few articles so far for Star-Advertiser. Does this mean, it was worked out on how to have both you and Ann Miller writing articles for Star-Advertiser throughout the year? I was thinking of how it would work, and what I came up with was, you do the Wahine volleyball articles while Ann Miller works with articles dealing with the other local colleges (HPU, UH-Hilo, Chaminade and BYU-Hawaii) during the women’s season. Then during the men’s volleyball season, you do the UH men’s articles and Ann Miller does the women’s softball articles, since, she was doing that for the Advertiser. This of course, you and Ann Miller’s doing other sports articles as well. These of course are just suggestions, just in case, the person in charge is having a difficult time keeping everyone busy.

    • Cindy Luis

      Annie joined our staff a few weeks ago. I’ve been doing a lot of in-office work with editing, etc., and did some water sports recently. Not sure how things will work out with vb. we’re still discussing the coverage plans. Ann’s doing most of our golf coverage now. and not sure if I’ll be doing men’s vb.

  • hi_life808

    cindy, heard of scarlet gable?

    she used to live in hawaii and moved to tennessee a few years back. was one of the top hitters coming out of her class.

    any word on where she’s committing to? she’s a 2011 grad. short but with some nice hops.

    • ingoodstanding

      With BJ Reyes reporting (a couple of days ago) about the potential for more Chinese to end up in Honolulu (via direct flights)…

      ‘We’/UH/Hawaii needs some BIG girl from China to end up on the Wahine roster.

      In case you haven’t figured it out, yet on VT, all of the premiere VB players (with your FEW exceptions) are ones to turn a blind eye to UH-generally. The parity in WVB has sort of been a demise for HI WVB. IMO the days in which UH could garner 2-4 top fab 50 recruits have pretty much ended. I think that it’s been that way since the late 90s. These days we get one or two at most.

      Only ‘Sand’ or international recruits can make the difference for UH.

      • ingoodstanding

        The ‘blind eye’ is one that lacks a respect for UH that has been one long time standing and oh so deserved!

        • Cindy Luis

          one thing that is often overlooked is what money does for programs. UH is one of the very few non-BCS schools to consistently be a top-10 program. And with the WAC falling farther behind in the national perception … it may make it harder with out the BCS money that Boise brought in … Fab 50s don’t always pan out and Shoji has a national rep of developing players. Sealy leaving will hurt but Wong is a great replacement.

          • ingoodstanding

            Agreed. $ does help, the 50s don’t always pan out (a la Sarah Chase that we’ve been speaking on…had she returned for her Sr. year, there is no doubt–at least in my own mind–that she would’ve been an AA), Dave does develop players, and Sealy does hurt.

            My own ‘jury’ is still out on Wong. I see potential, but I’m waiting to see how much gets done (not that what I ‘see’ or think for that matter has anything to do with anything). :-)

            The addition of NTU would be a huge boost to WVB recruiting, also, should they end up in the WAC. FB, baseball, and WVB (at UH) have much to gain because of them.

    • Cindy Luis

      have not heard of Gable, nor of where she’s committed. sorry.

    • ingoodstanding

      In continuing with the ‘name dropping’, then…

      The few other (locals) would’ves / could’ves who “were” to have made a difference for UH:

      Delores Allen (Allen’s baby sister)
      Ku’ulei ‘Tita’ Mcgee
      Rebecca Downey (Fab 50 that ‘got away’, went on to lead at UOP)
      Yeung Baker (Pele’s slightly older sister who could dig like nobody’s business; the ball control-FLAWLESS)


  • wow lau lau

    Hi Cindy,
    Now with the conferences shuffled, where do you see women’s VB in the upcoming seasons. To me UH should petition the PAC 10 to play women’s VB. I’m afraid big bad football tv contract revenue will make women’s VB irrelevent. If UH does not be proactive, then UH and recruiting will be even more difficult. UH’s program is too good to fade to the background. The WAC is really holding them back. Soon, the mega conferences will not have the ability to play outside of its conferences because of the limit on matches allowed per season. What do you think could happen?

    • Cindy Luis

      in a word, NO. (about UH women’s VB in the Pac-10) Conferences require that the men’s and women’s teams be in the same conference. Which is why Wahine programs left the Big West in 95 to be in the WAC.It was a conference mandate.
      Women’s volleyball is pretty irrelevant in the NCAA scheme of things. UH and Nebraska the only schools that make a profit.
      What do I think will happen? With the BCS conferences getting richer and richer, the non-BCS schools will struggle and not really be able to compete. I’d like to see all the DI schools with football be put into 8 16-team conferences and be taken out of the equation for the rest of college sports. Then you don’t have this huge issue with gender equity and trying to kill of minor men’s sports to make up for the big scholarship number that football takes up. but that’s just me.

  • hi_life808

    has anyone heard of scarlet gable?

    • ingoodstanding

      No. but why don’t you tell us, pook(s)! :-)

      • hi_life808

        a former hawaii natice who played for jammers vbc.
        moved to tennessee prior to her freshman year.
        ‘was’ rated as one of the top outside hitters in her class.

        just wondering if she’s decided to come back to hawaii or play elsewhere… or even if she’s still playing vball.

  • Kimo

    From what I remember, Danielle Robins was injured her senior year of high school. She never fully recovered from that injury when fall season came around in ’91 so she did not enroll in school. Not til a few years later when Glenie Adams of Chaminade asked her to tryout for her volleyball team was she in the limelight again.

  • Cindy Luis

    As i posted earlier, she had been hurt in the state championship tourney for UH Lab. But her dad had been taking her to the mainland to see if she could play there. didn’t work out. she had a nice career at Chaminade but continued to play through injuries.

  • hi_life808

    junior olympics play begins tomorrow and a majority of hawaii’s 2010 & 2011 recruits will be the highlight of this 4 day tournament.

  • jeff

    Really nice web site now !!!So happy u are still doing it there will be lot’s of time to discuss the future. I hope your feature in the new Star advertiser will be great i mean your pre season feature i know who will be on the cover say KD?

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