will be a little later. sorry gang. Am writing a sidebar.
some stats to start. UH hit 220 in Set 4, 169 for the night. Very left-side oriented. too much as Shoji said.
Vorster 7-2-14, Croson 14-8, 59, Hartong 20-9-55, Adolpho 7-2-14, Goodman 3-0-7, Kastl 1-6-13, Hagins 1-0-4. 2 aces, 9 SE, 5 blocks, 2 in Set 1, 3 in Set 4. 49 digs, 19 by Longo, 11 by Croson
for the Bruins 297 in Set 4, 295 for the night, 4 aces, 8 SE. 67 digs, 20 by Todorovic, 13 by Reeves, 12 by Kidder
very heavy on the lefts as well kidder 16-6-56, Love 26-8-52, Lowe 9-2-178.
if there was a weakness for UCLA tonight it was their passing. Hawaii exploited that early and I think if they had been able to close out Set 1 after being up 17-8, it would have been a different story. The Wahine expended a lot of energy just to win Set 1 and UCLA’s block wore them down.
Kidder started slow and got better. Hawaii had no answer for Love.
Hartong said that tonight was more inspiration than frustration afterwards. that they feel better about how they played tonight than how they played against Cal. Said they came out pretty strong, with a lot of energy and then let up. Said energy was their main component tonight and that they fed off of it. Said that Stauber coming in gave them another look and it was a good change. and that Stauber really took charge out there.
Shoji said that no one matches the size of UCLA except maybe Penn State and Nebraska. Said they are just too undersized to have any control of the net. He thought that Stauber was a tough kid and quite the gamer.
Said the locker room wasn’t down, that he likes the attitude of this team and they’re glad to have two days off, something they haven’t had since practice started six weeks ago.
He said they had to play perfect to beat the kind of team UCLA was. and that they have to shore up their ball control
Did ask him about playing Hartong on the right, as he did in Set 3. He said he thought about doing it in Set 1 but didn’t. but that he will continue to look at moving Hartong to the right.
said that they have been so busy looking at film of opponents that they haven’t had a chance to watch film on themselves. Said that this will be the week to do that.
Said it’s been quite the grind for six weeks and that this is when the real work starts, to get better for conference and then postseason.
thanks for that bit of info; makes me feel good knowing that the wahine are not feeling down; they gave it a good shot against a damn good team and should maintain a positive attitude looking forward…
Coach Shoji mentioned on the post game interview that the team will be viewing films. Who tapes the team’s play? Oceanic? UH Athletics?
UH has its own video person.
Looks like all the future teams will be targeting Croson on their serves.
Nothing new about targeting Croson. she took 39 S-$, was aced once. Much as team tried to take Danielson, Houston, Wiloughby etc. out of the offense because it’s sometimes hard for someone to take that serve and b able to set up quickly enough to take the set.
They were BIG. Played BIG at the net. BIG hits, BIG blocks. The BIGGEST things our girls had going for them was the crowd. Man it was packed tonight. Took a while to get out of the parking structure.
A question for those that know the technical aspects of the game. It seemed Monica set the middles better than Mita. Why?
Even last year Mita and Brittany had a hard time with their timing.
eh cocobean, u wuz there too?!? ha! ha! yeah, was so crowded; glad i parked by the old varsity theater
I was impressed with Monica. I think she wants more playing time and I think she should be getting it. Mita is just not playing that great.
In the last several matches, especially the one with Cal, Shoji keeps saying there is too much reliance on the left-side hitters. Just what is preventing the setting of the middles more? On VT the posters are saying many of the passes were good enough to spread the sets around and they blame Uiato. I admit I was a former basketball player and lack technical knowledge of volleyball. So the questions is, why does Uiato go to Hartong and Croson so much?
Guess you can choose to believe those on VT.Hard to second guess things when the plays are going to quickly. Maybe she could have run the middle more but UCLA was still pretty big there so she went OH hoping to beat the block.
Very impressed with the play of Monica Stauber. SHe goes out there and brings alot of energy. Her connection with the middles are incredible. My vote is for Stauber
I don’t question Mita’s choice of who to set. The question I have is when she does set the middles, it seems the timing is not always there. A lot of the hits end up as dinks or pushes. Why?
Is there a way to improve the timing or is it location that has to be improved?
A lot of it is just practice. Can’t blame Uitao if middles jump early. but you have to consider what the block is doing as well on the other side of the net.
(Just wanted to post something readers are unlikely to find on another site.)
10 NCAA D-1 TEAMS REMAIN UNDEFEATED AS OF SEPT. 9
I don’t have access to a complete listing of NCAA D-1 teams W-L records, so if someone can add to this list any undefeated D-1 team — it should have played four or more D-1 opponents — I stand corrected.
11-0 CENTRAL ARKANSAS [Southland] next = conf. season
11-0 SOUTH CAROLINA [SEC] next = conf. season
9-0 BYU [West Coast Conf/WCC] … next = non-conf. tournament with New Hampshire [American East], Princeton [Ivy League], George Washington [Atlantic 10/A-10]
9-0 KANSAS STATE [Big 12] … next = non-conf. tournament with Tulsa [CUSA], Minnesota [Big Ten], Dayton [A-10]
9-0 MICHIGAN STATE [Big Ten] … non-conf. tournament with Presbyterian College from S. Carolina [Big South], Georgetown [A-10], College of Charlestown from S. Carolina [Southern Conf]
9-0 USC [Pac 12] … non-conf. tournament with TCU [Big 12], Lehigh from Penn. [Patriot League], Prairie View A& M from Texas [SWAC, historically all-black colleges]
8-0 NEBRASKA [Big Ten] next = conf. season … Note: Cornhuskers started its 2012 season with a March 23 victory (4-0, and this is not a misprint) over Hawai’i on Maui
8-0 NORTHWESTERN [Big Ten] … non-conf. tournament with Delaware [Colonial Athletic Assoc/CAA], Saint Louis [A-10], Western Michigan [Mid-American]
8-0 WASHINGTON [Pac-12] next = conf. season
7-0 OREGON [Pac-12] … non-conf. tournament with St. Mary’s [WCC], Portland State [Big Sky]
Stauber comes in with great energy and she has such mental toughness. I cannot recall a time when her first set wasn’t to the middle.
Monica might have looked better than Mita because UCLA may have studied her tendencies. Monica’s tendencies were not as well scouted because of her lack of playing time.
Agree Pohaku that there was much more tape available on Uiato than Stauber.
think one of the things is Uiato sets a quicker ball. Hewitt had problems with that. She was so used to Mafua, whose pace is more similar to that of Satuber’s IMHO.
But Shoji wants a quicker offense, the feeling being that UH can counter a bigger block with speed.
This reminds me when the backup qb comes in when the starting qb is struggling. The backup has the support from the fans and shines at first, eventually the energy wears off. We’ll see what happens.
Hawaii is a young team with tremendous up-side for improvement over the year. When we play teams with big outside hitters we would be better off forcing them into going down the line rather
Sorry, I changed my mind and hit the wrong button. I am still bullish on this team.
Can they put Kanoe Kamana’o in a Wahine uniform? That girl can set a high ball offense (Kim/Lily) and a quick offense (Arnott/Boogaard) with equal aplomb. Even if the team lost, you could never blame her. She was quiet but she was a star. She made her hitters look good.
Well at least Im confident they will get payback on UCLA next year after two straight loses, they lose Kidder and Love, UH loses Maeda and gains Taylor and Higgins.
Maybe, UCLA is still loaded with young talent. no guarantee that Taylor and/or Higgins will be starting that early next year.
Was interesting to see Dave and Robyn have an “animated” discussion when he took Uiato out. They were at it for so long that Dave didn’t have time to decide to sub in Maeda, which left Kastl in to serve a mini run.
Not sure leaving Kastl in was un-intended. Kaleo Baxter would have been keeping track of the subs.
They did run out of subs when Vorster ended up serving in Set 1.
Maeda just played three sets. I believe she didn’t play in the fourth. Judging from her consistent performance this season, Maeda is not someone you leave off the floor.