Thoughts on Night 2?

August 28th, 2010

Hawaii had another Set 2 letdown but managed to pull it together when it counted. Danielson is pretty amazing, no? such a smart player. And agree that Ka’aihue had an ‘on’ night. Good to see the freshmen get out there. Repeating myself here but Hartong the best of the three attackers and Uiato is going to be a great one. It’s not the obvious situation back in the 90s when Ah Mow replaced Anderson because I do feel Mafua is a really good setter who doesn’t get the credit she deserves.
Think one of the posts that got lost in the outage was something Shoji told Scott Robb regarding Friday’s match. Shoji told Mafua to get the other attackers involved and not set Danielson as much. but down 2-1 the thinking had to change.
Everyone got in tonight except Cascioppo. doubt if we’ll see her tomorrow either, unless they’re blowing out the Bruins. Should be a good crowd.

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  • Cindy Luis August 28, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Notables in house. Larry Beil and Hugh Yoshida. off to kailua. will check in later.

  • Steve August 28, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Still need alot of work on Waber’s position. Once they, the coaches, solidify that position, they should be ok.

    • leftout August 28, 2010 at 10:39 pm

      Glad to see Shoji playing the reserves. In past years it was painful to see them on the bench even during blowouts. Hartong needs to have a variety of shots to be sucesstul on the outside. The amount of blocks that Kansas St. had tonight was disturbing. Not good when they have to depend so much on Kanani. Want Uiato to have more time setting, open the position. When a four year incumbent in the program is being pushed by someone that has only been there three weeks, its incomprehensible not to have them compete on a level plane for the position. We may have a good chance to be in the final four this year. But I feel that the best chance is 2011, when Jane gets here(Kanani’s last). And with Uiato having a year of experience of running the offense, the chances are better yet.

      • Steve August 28, 2010 at 11:24 pm

        2011 should really be Hawaii’s year, with Kanani and Jane on the LS, Satele on the RS, Hewett and Hartong in the MB, Uiato setting, only question would be who would be the Libero. Not to mention that one of the Regional Finals will be held at the Stanley.

  • Ryk August 28, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Team still very up and down, they can look so good at times, then look quite ordinary at others. If they play like they did in game 1 tonight or games 1 4 and 5 against San Diego they beat UCLA probably in a sweep just like last year.

    San Diego looked very flat tonight passing and defense very poor compared to last night. Hawaii probably has more talent than UCLA, we’ll see if that translates to a win.

  • MidniteGambler August 28, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    The team is coming along nicely… Some good stuff to build on and some not-so-good stuff to work on in practice… So much potential and a deep bench… Gonna be a fun year…

  • fred August 28, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Let’s not get too worried about wins and losses. This is the “pre-season”. This is the time coaches have to see players in real game situations and to give them the game time experiences they need to get better.

    With the talent that Dave has I would consider it criminal to settle on a lineup and to play them exclusively. He may have it mind. But, working the Wahine through different settings to begin preparing them for what really counts and what people will really remember, the NCAA Tournament, is more important. And while the tournament seeding is important. Sometimes luck in the seeding is equally important for the matchups that you get.

    For me, I’m going to sit back and enjoy watching the development of these freshman. I think we’re in for a real treat.

    • Steve August 28, 2010 at 11:20 pm

      Wins and losses do matter in the pre-season, especially when your conference is extremely weak. Do not have a chance to make up a loss during conference season, like a Pac-10 team has the capability to do.

  • RedZone August 29, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Kansas ST gave UCLA some problems with their block so I figured UH would struggle a bit too. I like that UH faced a team like this early. The hitters will learn to adjust and get better.

    I like Uiato’s back set and the way she came in ready to play. She also appeared to be quicker than Mafua.

    I look at the good games the Wahines have played so far that is their potential. They will put it all together and when they do look out.

  • sunandsurf August 29, 2010 at 12:46 am

    well, the gals went much further than i thought they would last season and i’m hoping that they’ll have another great season this year. yesterday’s match was a bit unsettling but i hope they’ll be quick learners who get better week by week. looking forward to the way the new faces develop…

  • andy August 29, 2010 at 1:51 am

    unimpressive win tonight. got blocked way too much. UCLA with Sealey is going to block the heck out of us if we don’t play better. i like seeing all the freshman play, but shuffling so many players in and out makes for an unstable lineup. but the starters were playing so poorly that Dave probably figured, what the heck, might as well play everybody and see what happens. or maybe he was just trying to throw Sealey off. is it just me, or does it seem like Kanani isn’t jumping as high as last year?
    i would redshirt Corinne if she has a redshirt year left. she obviously needs to improve and right now cannot beat out any of the freshmen.

    • Cindy Luis August 29, 2010 at 11:00 am

      suggested they redshirt her earlier. it still could happen.

    • warriorfan August 29, 2010 at 11:32 am

      I would not redshirt Corinne. She needs to work hard if she wants playing time. Hawaii needs that scholarship for the 2012 class.

  • fred August 29, 2010 at 2:26 am

    You’re missing the point. You need only make the tournament and make sure that you have the team at the best it can be. Then and only then does EVERY match have to be a “must win”.

    • leftout August 29, 2010 at 4:11 am

      Wins and losses do matter because it will determine your seeding based on the dreaded RPI. Tournament seed determines what regional you are assigned to. The top seeds normally have an easier path to the final four. If Hawaii was put in the regionals that included Penn State or Texas in 2009, they wouldn’t have made the final four. Sure some luck comes into play, but a lower RPI will put the Wahine deeper at the mercy of the clueless NCAA selection committee.

      • warriorfan August 29, 2010 at 6:34 am

        Of course wins and losses matter, but even with no losses Hawaii might not be a top 10 seed.

        Luckily Hawaii hosts a regional this year, so they just need to get past the first two rounds and hopefully peak when it matters the most. I just hope the NCAA does not send UH back to USC yet again!!!!!!

        • Steve August 29, 2010 at 7:52 am

          They host a regional next year, Danielson’s senior year, 2011, not this year.

        • leftout August 29, 2010 at 8:22 am

          Hawaii hosts the regional in 2011. The luck in seeding depends on who is seeded 1 thru 16, and the bracketing of the regionals. The top seeds the regionals are #1-8-12-16, #2-7-11-15, #3-6-10-14, #4-5-9-13. If the #1 & #2 seeds are really dominate as were Penn St and Texas in 2009, being seeded out of the top ten such as #13 or #14 is better. It maybe harder to get to the regional final if there are not upsets. But being a lower seed you would only have to play #3 or #4 in the regional final.

          • warriorfan August 29, 2010 at 8:31 am

            My bad for some reason I thought it was this year that Hawaii hosted, well next year things our lining up perfectly for the wahine!!

            NCAA bettter not send the wahine to USC for first/second rounds again this year!!!

          • leftout August 29, 2010 at 9:20 am

            Correction, screwed up on seeding in the regionals. #1-8-9-16, #2-7-10-15, #3-6-11-14, #4-5-12-13. Thats why the Wahine being seeded #12 in 2009 was a much better draw although they were ranked no. 3 in the coaches poll. They avoided being sent to the regionals of #1 Penn St. and # 2 Texas. Being a lower seed than what many felt they deserved was actually a good thing. The other teams that were in #4 Stanford’s regional were the actual one that got screwed because they had to to play Hawaii.

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  • fred August 29, 2010 at 2:30 am

    Sorry, my comment posted to the wrong comment. Was replying to Steve.

    • Dina December 23, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      What a great week of photos – I love your 5 sesnse, your night and sky shots – really well done. I hope you have a great week!

  • BIK August 29, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Good to see more faces last night.Keep working that line up and the creme will rise to the top.

  • Capitol -ist/WassupDoc August 29, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Could you please ask your webmaster to number the posts by readers as well as keep the respnses lined up rather than indenting them. See Warrior Bear or Dave REardon’s Quick Read as examples.

    Also why is the timing shifting around? If someone wishes to respond to an earlier posting, then either refer to it by number or use a blockquote.

    As for the first two matches – I’ll be very glad when the large video screens are replaced sometime during the comming year. Although we moved down seven rows this year, it’s still not possible to see the fine details of each play, However, to move to the lower bowl seating would have cost the two of us an additional $395 – even though there are a lot of empty seats.

    Why doesn’t the Department of Athletics have a policy allowing folks to move down to the lower bowl at the start of the second set or after the first ten minutes of a basketball game?

    The team is still going through some rough patches, but it is definitely going to go all the way again this year – assuming, of course, no injuries or educational issues.

    • Cindy Luis August 29, 2010 at 10:59 am

      I’ll ask the webmasters. I don’t understand why the blogs aren’t uniform or any of the other quirks.

      Don’t know why they don’t allow people to move down other than i’ve seen a lot of people arrive late. The men’s volleyball team got kicked out last night when they moved down to the front row. Sam Morehouse was charming but unsuccessful in getting the usher to let them stay down in the seats.

      Empathize with you. I can’t see anything from press row either.

  • Warrior15 August 29, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Still working out the kinks. And all the starters need to find a consistent rhythm. They’ll get there, we’re only 2 matches into the season. And I like that the bench was brought out last night. They acquitted themselves well with the PT they got.

    UCLA looked solid last night. I like how we match up against them though. But you can bet Sealy will know how to exploit HI’s weaknesses — In a way, he’s coaching against himself…

  • bowsfan August 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    The timeout before Uiato and Goodman came into game, I thought it was strange that Dave spoke to them together. I guess thats when they knew. Uiato and Goodman played club play together too.

  • wow lau lau August 29, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I like Uiato as setter. The setting both nights are not top five worthy. A senior setter in the same system for years now may want to make better setting choices. I also felt the passing is not top five worthy. To me the upperclasmmen have to outperform the freshmen. It’s do as I do not as I say. A win is a win but it was not consistent especially from the leadership. Dave looked frustrated most of the night. He kept talking loudly to Mafua especially in game two. From where we sat his veins on his neck were popping out. if Mafua doesn’t take heed, I am guessing we will see Uiato much more often.

  • BIK August 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    LOL, I actually seen Brittany give Dave the “Talk to the Hand” gesture when he got on her after a serving error last night..

  • BIK August 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Huge upset in the making going on right now in Omaha.

  • MidniteGambler August 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Ah, so much angst for a team that’s 2 and 0… Perhaps the team needs a little more consistent back row play, consistency in serving and serve receive… But hey, they lost some very solid back row players in Steph, Aneli and Jamie, so you gotta give the new players a chance to develop and settle down… And they are definitely showing potential from the service line and they are scrambling during the rallies… I think they’ll be fine as they get more game experience…

    Tonight’s game with UCLA is gonna be fun, win or lose, with Shoji vs. Sealy and the continued development of the new players and the improved play of the returning starters… Looking forward to the first serve…

    • wow lau lau August 29, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      and I think angst is a good thing for them. You cannot improve if you don’t start with where you need improving on. Its easy to rah rah cheerlead than it is to call it as it is. Dave will not be happy until things improve by next tournament. I’d rather face it head on now rather than realizing it when youre in the post season tournament.

  • BIK August 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Hawai`i leads the nation in VB experts.:-)

    • leftout August 29, 2010 at 3:24 pm

      We sure do….. Didn’t you have to submit a resume to Cindy before you were allowed on the blog?

      • BIK August 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm


  • BIK August 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    #13 Florida upsets #2 Nebraska in Omaha .

  • warriorfan August 29, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    If Nebraska is the team to beat this season in college volleyball I really like the wahine’s chances.

    Just gotta hope the freshmen mature quickly, especially Waber.

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  • LCS August 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    If Nebraska is the team to beat, then what do we think of Florida who defeated Nebraska on Sunday in 5. Nebraska was lucky they didn’t get swept. Florida took games one and two, the third was 31-29 Nebraska.

    • leftout August 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm

      Found this on the Nebraska Website 25-22, 25-22, 29-31, 13-25, 15-12. Florida scoring 8 of the last 9 points in game 5. Guess Ferrell didn’t play much, in for one set with only a recieving error in the box score.

  • ingoodstanding August 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Speaking of “back in the 90s”…

    Call it deja vu!!! Is anybody ‘seeing’ it other than me? Isn’t this team a mirror image of another…can we say: Na Wahine ’97. There are striking similarties! ;-)

    • warriorfan August 29, 2010 at 3:15 pm

      It’s just you!!

      That wahine team was all brand new starters and did not have a terminator like Danielson.

  • ingoodstanding August 29, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Goods, Hewitt
    Miyashiro, Ka’aihue
    Sudduth, Hartong
    Karati, Satele
    Crawford, Danielson
    Hubbert, Mafua
    & that last MB position was one that was questionable, as I’m recalling anyway (Garber, Sudduth @ times-in rotation)

    So, yeah…I do think that there are a whole lot that could be argued for my postulation. :-)

  • pouncer84 August 29, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    In the arena watching warmup and UCLA is using Hawaii’ warmup. It’s very weird.

  • chester August 29, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Pre match interview Scott Robbs and Dave Shoji, they were talking about solidifying a spot. I don’t know who they were talking about, but they said that the player when hitting would not hit at the highest point but at the height of the net and it was ashamed because they could touch 10’4. Anyone know who they were talking about?

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