UCLA tops Illinois 3-1 for NCAA title

December 17th, 2011
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On the deuce OC224

Probably won’t back back on until Set 2-ish. Have an interview at Tita Ahuna’s new gym for her volleyball club.

I do think the Bruins will win, 3-1. but Kidder will have to have the same type of match she had Thursday. Aquino their Brazilian could be the X factor for them.

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Comments
  • LC

    I want UCLA to win but I also think Illinois is very good.This is tough one to pick.

  • pacesetterhawaii

    I saw Illinois played a good match against USC but I pick UCLA to win – one of the 2 teams to beat Hawaii. Go BRUINS!!

  • Tenzil

    I was a little impressed with Illinois, but I know that USC was rolling the dice with 3 consecutive 5 game matches. I’m pulling for Coach Sealy. Champions belong to the West Coast.

  • sunandsurf

    yup; was hoping for ucla v usc but if not, then i’m rooting for ucla; what a year sealy has had: made it to the finals & COY!

  • Jogga

    I don’t understand what Dave meant when he said “winning in Sealy’s 2nd year might not be a good thing. Everything is downhill after that.” Wouldn’t the challenge then be to win another title in a row or at least another in any year? Or was Dave joking when he said this?

    • VB fan

      The way I looked at it Mike Sealy will win many more championship. He is young and so is the coach of Illinois. I guess younger minds prevail over the older ones this year.

  • vballfreak808

    UCLA leads Set 1

    15-14

    Pretty good match

  • Ralph

    I’m impressed with the big girls digging a lot of balls, not a lot of DS subs for the back row.

  • vballfreak808

    UCLA won Set 1: 25-23

    Illinois won Set 2: 25-23

    They are going to announce the Lowe’s Senior Class Award I think between the 2nd and 3rd set! So yay Kanani!

    Very Impressive Match!

    • Cindy Luis

      tuned in just in time to see Danielson get the CLASS Award. very deserving.
      saw the UCLA was up 20-13 in Set 2, Illinois closed it out 12-3 run.
      Set 3. it’s tied 14-14. UCLA had scored 6 straight a minute ago. Bruins with 14 blocks already.

      • Cindy Luis

        Reeves with 2 kills, puts UCLA up 21-19. TO Illini.
        I’m sure a lot of the Wahine fans remember Reeves’ mom, Jeanne Beauprey when she played for the bruins late 80s. she was a grad assistant last time ucla won a title in 91. believe elaine youngs was on that team.

  • LC

    Enough about Reeves mother I’m sick of hearing it.

  • LC

    In the semis Mowen’s told the Reeves mom story 5 times so far tonight at least the same if not more .

  • LC

    How many more times do i have to hear about Penn State from this chick.

  • Cindy Luis

    Bruins up 21-11. don’t think the Illini are coming back from this one. 22-11

  • sunandsurf

    Great block but I can’t see how Illinois can dig themselves out of their hole…

  • Cindy Luis

    Bruins win 25-16.

  • Cindy Luis

    odd that they are going to ask you to switch to ESPN3 to watch the ceremony. just have to go to men’s basketball a preseason game. tells you how much they care about women’s volleyball.

    • wen

      When volleyball is a featured sport of a show instead of something playing in the background of movies & TV is when they’ll stop doing silly stuff like that. That kind of treatment wouldn’t happen here without some kind of backlash from the fans.

    • frings

      Said the same thing to my wife. Absolutely no respect unless it’s thick neck football or men’s basketball. This is a Division 1 National Championship match. And all Mowens did through the whole broadcast was talk about how great it was that ESPN is covering all these bizillion championships. Of course, the women’s coverage is only as an afterthought.

  • warriorfan

    Well the defending national champs and probably number one to start off the season tourney, should be exciting.

    Congrats to Sealy and the bruins.

  • tsboy

    man, Illinois was HUGE. but they did about as well against UCLA as we did. i don’t think UCLA played as well against the Illini as they did against the Wahine. the Bruins were pretty one dimensional going to Kidder so much. but their digging and back row play was sensational and that won it for them IMO. i think the only jump server was Ward and she has a nasty jump serve. but otherwise the serving was pretty mediocre and didn’t do much to disrupt the other team’s offense.

  • Kazu

    Sick of ESPN already. Did i hear them announce that ESPN have the contract till 2024 for NCAA sports ?

  • Wawa

    Who else would do it if not ESPN?

    On another note, I felt Van Orden should have been awarded the MOP of the tournament. She was consistent and ran a great offense.

    • sandandsurf

      don’t know about mop but a personal favorite for me is Hagglund; i’m still amazed at her consistent ability to pick up BOMBS!

  • bowsfan

    Since UCLA won, whats Lauren Cook thinking now. Whats the difference between this and last years setter. Do you think UCLA would have won with Cook as the setter.

    • Haushinka

      Didn’t she transfer 2 years ago?

      • Jogga

        Yes. Also Amanda Gill transferred 2 years ago. Not sure what is the difference between last years team and this years because last year they had a good player named Dicey McGraw. It just seems UCLA got hot at the right time. Dave must be wondering what does he have to do to win a national championship. He saw his sons win it for Stanford and now his former assistant win it for UCLA.

    • Cindy Luis

      BF, that thought crossed my mind as well about Cook. i feel Cook is the better setter but don’t know if she is the better team player.

  • turfwar

    Great call Cindy in picking the Bruins in 4. But Aquino was not the xfactor so much as Nightingale and Love. UCLA’s quicker offense gave the Illini D fits. Congrats to Mike and while watching the match I couldn’t help but remember that tidbit you had in a early season blog entry about how Sealy had told Dave he saw the makings of a National Championship team in August or early September.

    • Cindy Luis

      had to pick an X factor. wasn’t sure who Illinois wouldn’t be keying on. Aquino looked like a good candidate.
      What Sealy said to me in August was that during preseason practice he saw the best team in the country … at times … in his gym.

  • vballfreak808

    I wonder how Shoji is planning on beating UCLA, Cal, and Stanford next year in the preseason. If they play Stanford in the 1st tournament then they would have an advantage because their freshman have to get used to the college game and the big Hawaii crowd! Cal loses Murrey and their setter isn’t that good (no offense to her) so UCLA is going to be the hardest for UH.

    • Jogga

      I don’t think next year UH is going to get away with only 1 loss throughout the whole season as I think the new conference may be more challenging than the WAC, so we as fans are going to have to get used to maybe slightly more losses – not something we are used to either.

      • warriorfan

        If UH gets FF and some backcourt help, I can see them going through the big west undefeated, but losing some sets on the road.

    • Its not so important that we beat Stanford, Cal, Ucla. Its important that they each schedule tough preconference matches. RPI is 75% opponent, opponent/opponent rpi. Won/lost record is for avca polls, as we have seen it is not a determining factor in NCAA tournament seeding. So Shoji has to schedule tough, hope that the opponents do the same.

    • Cindy Luis

      how is shoji planning to beat those three teams? he’ll think about it next year. he doesn’t know what his team will look like next year yet or what those teams will have next season or how the incoming freshmen and transfers will fit in at UH.

  • Vee

    Agree next year Wahine will have more losses. But tougher competition; tougher Wahine team. .Wahine will really need its fan support as they did in 2011 post season play.

    Of course, a lot more of the audience will not be wearing green; there are a lot of BW alumni here. in HI…. should make for great atmosphere in the arena though. Can’t wait.

  • Kimosabe

    Hey Cindy… out of curiosity, is the Women’s Beach Volleyball going to have their own page on the UH website or are they going to branch off of the Women’s Volleyball page? Just curious. I figure since indoor WVB is done, might as well look forward to WBeachV. When does their season start?

    • Cindy Luis

      the Sand team will have its own page, probably up first week of Jan. don’t think UH is worried about it until the semester starts. no schedule released yet. don’t know if they have it settled. and their still waiting to see if there are transfers who might be eligible to be on the roster. it’s a roster of at least 10 with 5 teams. they might want to carry more. believe only 4 scholarships are OKd for the inaugural season. 6 will be the max.

  • OrbitalripZ (call me OZ)

    NCAA.com poll question:

    Which is more surprising?

    (A) UCLA won the national title.

    (B) It was the first title since 1991.

    Note: UCLA was picked to finish 5th in the preseason polling of Pac-12 coaches.
    ——————–

    Upcoming:

    December 20 (Tuesday): Release of the final 2011 AVCA COACHES TOP 25 POLL
    ——————–

    Congrats to Stanford head coach John Dunning for being inducted to the AVCA Hall of Fame. Dunning has coached in more D-1 national volleyball title matches (9) than any other coach. He is tied for second as coach of the most D-1 NCAA Championship crowns (4). Liz Masakayan (UCLA 1982-1985) was also inducted, as was someone named Gerald `Gerry’ Matacotta (you can look him up yourself).
    ——————–

    2012 Regionals: California-Berkeley/Pac-12 . . . Nebraska/Big Ten . . . Texas-Austin/Big 12 . . . Purdue/Big Ten

    2012 Final Four: Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center (home to Big East’s Louisville Cardinals men’s and women’s basketball teams but the women’s volleyball team plays here on occasion)
    ——————–

    The 2011 NCAA women’s volleyball season will be remembered for the end of Penn State’s volleyball reign — although the PSU sex-abuse scandal that prompted the firing of Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno is hands-down 2011′s #1 sports story.

    2011 also will be known for the reemergence of the Pac-12 as the nation’s premier volleyball conference, and the incredible NCAA Championship performances by legit POY candidates (who never stopped getting off the mat no matter how many times they were knocked down), including Alex Jupiter/USC, Kanani Danielson/UH, Rachael Kidder/UCLA, and Colleen Ward/Illinois.

    For Hawai’i fans, 2011 will always be remembered for the Hawai’i 5-0 crowd, Senior Night, our hosting of a sub and a regional (which won’t happen again until 2015, if that), the heartbreaking 5-setter against USC, and the end of our WAC love-hate relationship.

  • LC

    I would like to see a finical report on the Honolulu Regional and I’m absolutely positive that someone knows what the bottom line was.

  • Lanaiboy

    WatchedKalei Adolpho last night at the Sheriff. Funny, I think she missed all of her warmup shots, even the layups. I thought wow, she is really rusty. However, she got a chance on the free throw line and hit the first four perfectly. She wound up with six points and eight rebounds. Very impressed with her quickness around the basket. She has all the potential in the world with her athleticism and soft shooting touch. One can see her physical talents much clearer in basketball than in volleyball. I predict that she will be an All-American candidate in volleyball in a couple of years.

    • 808

      I can’t wait to see Adolpho as she adjusts to the College game. Wasn’t Waber leaving, I thought I saw her at the game?

      • Cindy Luis

        my guess (re: Waber) is that she had booked her flight for after finals so she is here until then.

        • OrbitalripZ

          Finals was last week. Graduation was this past weekend. Dudes and dudettes are running amok doing last minute shopping. Everyone is enjoying the break — especially the North Shore waves. Breaking action everywhere.

          Breaking News: Last RPI of 2011 is out.

  • LC

    Watched the basketball game from Maui last night, announcers said basketball,football,softball,baseball have played on neighbor islands and JD wants to continue it.

    With three girls from Maui County on the roster wouldn’t a Big West match on the Valley Isle be nice ?

  • NeedaHobby

    A little off topic, but watched the greatest UH games ever last night on K5. They showed a 1989 match between UH & Pacific at Klum gym. Of course, no rally scoring, even in game 5. When did they start doing rally scoring in game 5? In game 4, Hawaii won 15-0! It was neat seeing the likes of Tee Williams, Karrie Trishman (sp?), Toni Nishida, Babes Kahaluu (sp?), Cheri Boyer, Malin Fransson (sp?) again :) Oh, and, John Dunning was the coach of Pacific back then…forgot about that.

  • Vee

    I missed half of that “Greatest UH games” Yeah, Nostalgia — Klum Gym and those great UH vB Wahine. Hope they do it again – Greatest games”thing, with some notice. I’d love to see more….. maybe some of Tita Ahuna’s era.

    I was there!!!! ….. so nice to be reminded.

    • Cindy Luis

      You won’t get a lot from the Ahuna era. TV wasn’t there for many games.

    • kimo

      I’m hoping KFVE airs the 1987 National Championship match. John Fink says their working on it. The film is kinda old so they trying to remaster it. That match between Pacific & Hawaii was awesome though. Miss those pre-rally scoring days. Allows teams to comeback from being way down.

  • Cliff

    CL -

    If I’m not too late …

    I’m a UCLA fan just paying a random visit to see if the UH blog has more sensible things to say about UCLA-Illinois than any of the media or many of the coaches, or a more civilized discourse than the volleytalk garbage. You score on both counts. Beth and Karch didn’t notice or mention a lot of things that happened in those matches, but they weren’t nearly as bad as the ESPN announcers for the Kentucky regional, who were still talking about how good Penn State and Texas were even as the matches were ending. They didn’t know ANYTHING about the UCLA or the PAC-12 – players, strengths, weaknesses, playing style, NOTHING …

    A little off topic, but you started it with your talk about old matches – the UCLA web site (“SHOP/DVD Store” pull-down) sells a $25 NCAA-branded DVD of the 1983 Hawaii championship match, which might please you, and the 2006 regional match, which probably won’t. I couldn’t find a path from there to other schools’ stores, but UH might have something similar. If they ever release the Illinois match, I’ll get that too. The link -

    http://uclabruins-dvd.cbscollegestore.com/store_contents.cfm?store_id=373&dept_id=9257&product_id=118564

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