Texas sweeps Oregon for NCAA title

December 15th, 2012

Texas was pretty impressive today, sweeping Oregon 25-11, 26-24, 25-19. Think all the final four experience the Longhoorns had over the past few years played a big part, especially at the end of Set 2 where they outscored the Ducks 5-1.

Rather interesting that the all-tournament team had five Texas players, 2 from Oregon, 1 from Michigan and none from Penn State

Junior libero Sarah Palmer (HBA) hadd 11 digs out of 33. Freshman DS Kat Brooks (Punahou) with 4 digs, 1 SE.

Texas with 15 blocks but more impressive was their hitting .438 with just 4 hitting errors the whole match. 11-1-25 Set 1, 19-2-33 in Set 2, 13-1-31 Set 3.

First title for Texas since defeating Hawaii in 1988 in Minneapolis. A chilly night that Gov. Waihee attended. Wahine gathered after to sing Christmas carols in the hotel lobby. Particularly remember Martina Cincerova and her dad singing. The Texas players came down as well.

A different time and era. I remember UT’s Dawn Davenport asking Coach Mick Haley if Texas would light the tower for their national championship. He said yes.

It is a big deal to have the Texas Tower lighted up in burnt orange. usually reserved for the men’s teams. Texas wasn’t too far removed from being one of the last holdouts for their women’s athletic department, which was separate from the men’s, to join the NCAA. As late as 1981, Texas was in the AIAW where their women’s athletic director Donna de Varona was AIAW president. Interestingly, de Varona beat out UH’s Donnis Thompson for the presidency. De Varona was the final AIAW prez.


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  • Don W

    Penn State doesn’t deserve players on the All-Tournament team: they always get an easy path to the final four and are hardly challenged (except last year by UCLA).

    • Cindy Luis

      the all tourney team only applies to the teams that make the final four. They made the final four. Michigan got a player. just surprised that Penn State didn’t

  • warriorfan

    Oh great Texas will be more big headed now than they were back in 09.

    I saw the match and I don’t get the hype about Plum.

  • sasa

    Congratulations to Texas who played great in all facets of the game today. Great job by our local girls Palmer and Brooks. Looking forward to the UH/Texas match next season.

  • kaleiboy

    Anyone know the 2013 schedule?

    • vballfreak808

      Nothing officially released but Star Advertiser article mentioned that Arizona, Texas, UCLA, Northwestern, and San Diego will come.

      Conference schedule will add San Diego State and Boise State but will lose Pacific

      • dedicatedfan

        Hoping Dave can bring in a team from either China, Japan, or Korea, to fill out one of the 3 preseason tournaments. Would hate to see one of the 3 preseason tournament go to just being a 3 team tournament.

  • volleyball fan

    So next year Hawaii has to face this star-studded team. Expect a repeat of 2009 when Destinee Hooker and Ashley Engle demolished the Wahine team. Now they have Haley and Bailey & Company. An undefeated season would be an incredible dream. Methinks that Texas will be ranked #1 next year, not Penn State. Stanford and Washington will follow close. Hawaii should be in the mix of the top five or six.

    • !!!

      Don’t see Washington in the mix for top teams. They lose Gil and Munoz. Hawaii will be (and should be) ranked higher than Washington.

      Penn St. will be one of the top three since they return everyone. Probably will start the season with Texas, Penn St. and Stanford as the top three since they all pretty much return everyone. Hawaii and Michigan pretty much return everyone as well.

      Gotta give Texas credit, they played practically flawlessly in the title match. They did, however, some bad matches this year. I don’t see Hawaii getting demolished next season. I think they are the type of team that could give Texas problems.

  • jmy

    Boring match…

  • Kazu

    Wahine’s have eight months to prepare for next season,plus i think the girls that’s playing beach volleyball will get that added conditioning.Texas coming in here as number one should motivate them more.

  • wop ur jaws

    it was boring.

  • Looking forward next season when Texas comes in – easy call that they will be #1 – they sure did look impressive and very athletic bummer we don’t get the Baileys of v-ball wolrld come here…. nonetheless we still have some amazing super stars that do come out of here…. With a senilor laden team in 2013 & the newbies coming in – Na Wahine should be able to challenge – they certainly will be ranked in the top 10…

  • dedicatedfan

    Per Dave Shoji, the Wahine will open their season, next year, against Texas. Yes, that is not a mistype, the first match of the 2013 season, WILL be against Texas.

    • Shoji NEVER did say that Texas WILL be the !ST MATCH of the 2013 season. He had stated and quoted by the media that Texas is one of the teams coming here. Texas will be in a tournament with UH and two other teams, and will be the final match played in that tournament, as Shoji ALWAYS schedules the highest ranked team as the last one played in that one tournament. This past season Stanford, California and UCLA were the highest ranked teams in their respective tournaments.

      • Another Perspective

        That is simply a false statement. In the last decade, we have seen the highest ranked team played on either the first night or second night of any tournamen. It has no bearing anymore. In 2008, the Wahine opened the season against the #1 defending national champions, Penn State. Just one example out of many.

    • Refer we bloggers to the particular article in black and white which he stated that, otherwise what you say is FALSE.

      • dedicatedfan

        Dave Shoji mentioned that fact, on Bobby Curran’s program, this past week. Cindy, can verify that fact, with Dave Shoji. Dave mentioned something about a scheduling conflict, for the reason why Texas will be the 1st team the Wahine will face next season.

        • Clarification Clara

          Yes,Texas will be the first top team we meet in the first tournament but not in the first match it will be in the third match.

      • !!!

        Yes, more falsehoods and ridiculous exaggerations from Steve/dedicatedfan/Laura.

        • dedicatedfan

          Hey, I do not care what you say. Cindy will back up my statement, when she has a chance to talk with Dave. Also, when next year’s schedule comes out you will also see, what I say is true.

  • vballfreak808

    Someone on Volleytalk mentioned that someone from Hawaii got their release. Hoping it’s not true

    • !!!

      Let’s hope it’s one of the 100 DS’s on the team.

    • warriofan

      As long as it’s not Vorster/Croson/Hartong/Uiato/Longo/Adolpho we are good.

    • dedicatedfan

      There are only 2 players that I can think of who could be that player, Hagins and Stauber. I am leaning more toward Stauber. With Higgins coming in next season, she knows her playing time will be diminished. There are alot of teams out there that could use her talent, as a starting setter.

    • Kazu

      Maybe its Tuaniga,Long, Goodman, or Kastl. I thought Shoji would have used Long more this year.

      • Cindy Luis

        Can’t imagine that it would be Tuaniga, Kastl or Goodman, all who will be seniors. Long did have a good spring and preseason camp but she’s still undersized in the front. Thought they’d use her more out of the back row too.

        • vlimafan

          In regard to the player who got her release ( if that is even the truth) I first thought perhaps maybe the player in question is Ginger, but now I doubt it b/c I see her name on the sand vball roster. So if she decides not to play indoors, does she need a release to play for a different sport even if its at the same school? I dont think so, no?

          So now I’m wondering if its TK, which I really hope isn’t the case. She is very fast and athletic. What I think she’s lacking in is experience and confidence. I hope she stays. I feel she could amaze fans with her abilities.

          • Cindy Luis

            As mentioned earlier, don’t think it’s Tuaniga. She will be a senior.
            As for the question about Long, no, releases are for players intending to transfer. If she was staying to play sand, she would just move over there and leave indoor.
            As for the Sand roster, that is as of this semester. it could easily change for spring.

          • TK will receive her degree in June 2013. She may not come back to play her redshirt senior year. My wild guess is that it’s Hagins, I have reasons to think that, and wish not to comment on it.

          • warriofan

            Well if TK and/or Hagins leave Uh will really need a middle or two.

          • warriofan

            I am thinking maybe Mitchem or the New Zealand player Amy Hunter.

  • dedicatedfan

    Cindy, can you clarify for everyone, who the Wahine 1st match of next year, will be against. I am quite sure I heard on Bobby Curran’s show, that Dave Shoji said it will be against Texas. If Shoji is not here, check with Wong, or Robyn, I am quite sure they would know the answer.

    • Cindy Luis

      have said several times that I never heard that Texas was the opener. just that they were on the schedule.
      And had never heard before yesterday the reference to it being said on Bobby’s show.

      • dedicatedfan

        Cindy, guess I will have to do this very simple job for you. Pick up the phone and make a call to either Dave, Scott, or Robyn, to confirm that Texas is the first opponent for the Wahine, next year.

  • dedicatedfan

    We should all know who asked for their release come Spring practice time. Cause that person will not be there practicing with them. The one exception being Adolpho, cause she will still be with the Basketball team.

    • WaWa

      We’ll know as soon as one the creepers here who stalk these players Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MySpace, or Xanga pages come forth with the info.

      And get off Cindy’s a**, who cares that much about who our opening match is against. She definitely does not need to track any of the assistants down to find out this info.

      And if you’re going to do the simple job for her from the beginning. Shut up and do it. Don’t make a big scene. Then report it and gloat about having this “privileged” (for the lack of a better term) information.

      • DUH !!!!

        U still don’t get the purpose of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MySpace, or Xanga do you ? Man you are a really slow learner.

        You also should brush up on stalker laws.

  • Orbitalripz


    Round 1: [Seed 3/RPI #3] Texas of the 9-team Big 12 @ home vs [Unseeded/RPI #176] Colgate (17-14) of the Patriot League … 3-0

    Round 2: Texas @ home vs [Unseeded/RPI #15] Texas A&M (25-6) of the SEC … 3-1

    Round 3: Texas @ home vs [Seed 14/RPI #12] Florida (27-5) of the SEC … 3-0

    Quarterfinals: Texas @ home vs [Seed 6/RPI #13] USC (30-6) of the Pac-12 … 3-0

    Semifinals: Texas vs [Unseeded/RPI #31] Michigan (27-12) of the Big 10 … 3-2

    Final: Texas vs [Seed 5/RPI #10] Oregon (30-5)
    of the Pac-12 … 3-0

    For the Longhorns (29-4), this is their first NCAA VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP in 24 years. It was definitely “doable” with the home court advantage.

    For the Rainbow Wahine (27-3), they have not won the NCAA VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP in 25 years. Question is: will it be “doable” without the home court advantage?


  • Cindy Luis

    mauna, I was commenting about the Tennessee transfer.
    Agree if there has been a release, then it is a scholarship player.
    the other question was if someone needed a release if staying at the same school but changing sports. I replied no.
    Scholarships also are renewed on an annual basis.
    As for TK, if she decides not to return and play as a graduate student, she isn’t the one asking for a release. A release is to transfer to play elsewhere.

    • vlimafan

      Thanks, Cindy, for making things clear about scholarship players changing sports at the same school. I was curious about that.

    • Agreed about TK, I just was commenting about her getting her degree next year. If she’s seeking her master’s I guess she’ll play as a redshirt senior. Like I said my guess is that’s it’s Hagins, but we’ll know soon enough in the next two months.

  • uhsvb fan

    someone remind everyone who is on scholarship, please

  • rnr

    maybe they can give that freed up schollie to Falyn F. hahaha j/k!!!! Happy Holidays Cindy and to all the bloggers l!! :)

    • Cindy Luis

      that is funny, although someone told me last fall that FF would be back for 2013. but for one season.
      Happy holidays to you as well.

      • From the news room

        She was just here (and maybe still here) for Siaki Cravens graduation.I saw a photo of them on another blog.

      • Beauston

        Dave did say going into the 2012 season that FF “wont be playing volleyball this year or won’t be a wahine this season” or something to that effect. I hope that person that told you was right. Im concern she has not played indoor for a long time but her VBall IQ and skills cant be taught either. Maybe Shoji and FF have certain understanding. Anyways, its all speculation at this point. Am amazed that FF as a Wahine story just wont die. Its like Michele Kwan who won everything in the world but an olympic gold.

        • Another Perspective

          I don’t think FF would be eligible to play in the NCAA anymore unless she isn’t accepting any money from her pro-team, which I doubt. I don’t expect to see Falyn on the college playing scene again.

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