Waber commits to Hawaii (updated)

September 29th, 2009

This completes UH’s recruiting class to 2010. Was trying to get a comment from her coach before I posted it. This is all I have at the moment.Apparently she made one last trip to Oregon State over the weekend. Beavers were swept by Washington Sunday 25-21, 25-15, 25-21 as 1100 watched for 80 minutes.Her visit to Hawaii was during the Stanford sweep with over 6,000. wonder if it had any influence on her decision?

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  • rayson September 29, 2009 at 11:49 am

    That’s good news. So Hawaii’s 2010 recruits (with their Senior Ace ranking) are:
    48. Emily Hartong 6-1 MB
    55. Kaela Goodman 6-1 OH
    61. Mita Uiato 5-8 S
    81. Michelle Waber 6-3 OH

  • Warriorfan September 29, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    This is the kind of player Hawaii needs, really young 6′ 3 and agile , under the radar but has come on strong. She would have alot more offers if other schools didn’t finish their recruiting so early. Players who are late bloomers like Waber slip through the cracks. She will be a good one at hawaii I think.

  • Cindy Luis September 29, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    thanks for the help on the SR. Aces. was just about to list the rankings.

    A good ‘get’ for UH. Just finished a chat with her club coach who is really impressed by her. A very young player. Just turned 16. she’s 6-3 but may end up growing. Her brother is 6-8.
    It’s not so much the schools finishing early as it is the players wanting to commit early, which forces the schools to offer early for fear they’ll lose out. Waber committed to CSU Fullerton early but changed her mind. She has switched to OH and that is likely where UH will use her.

  • Manoa Mist September 29, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Who’s VT?
    Virginia Tech?

  • CURIOUS September 29, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    vt is just too fast right? haha

  • 808 September 29, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you for the news Cindy. Although I saw it on VT first, you’re clearly more credible than that message board, which is quick with the info, but often you don’t know where it’s coming from or how accurate it is. Once this year is over and the 2009 seniors have finished their eligibility, the Wahine will be noticeably skewed toward the younger side. Only starters Dani and Liz and reserve Alexis Robins will be seniors.

  • kazu September 29, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Saw it on VT, but was not sure if it was true or not. This guy Ladeda on VT seems to get alot of info re the wahine’s. Do you know if he is somehow affiliated with the team?

  • liveALOHA September 29, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Hmm interesting to see what happens the following year…. I wonder who may or may not end up in Hawaii. Hawaii definitely needs a setter and another hitter is a must with a heavy junior class… but what about a libero?? Interesting…

  • Cindy Luis September 29, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    MM, VT is VolleyTalk.

    As for VT being too fast, no, but they were faster than I was this morning. Plus, I wanted to get some comment before I posted anything. I also would rather be right than first.
    As for Ladeda … we’ve been trying to figure it out (as mentioned earlier during double days) particularly since this person said they were among the few allowed to watch practice. … at a practice where there was no one there except me, the players and staff. Sealy accused me of being Ladeda, I accused him (all in fun).

    not a real heavy junior class who’ll be seniors in 2010 but a very valuable one: Ka’aihue, Mafua plus Robins.

    Griffiths is redshirting and she’ll be a real asset as a libero. I would think she’s the heir apparent to Ka’aihue and she’ll have 2 years. they’ll need another setter for at least 2011, maybe 2012. they’re in on some good people but, as someone said, it will be interesting who shows up.

  • Haushinka September 29, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Cindy,
    Overall, do you think this is a strong recruiting class?

  • Cindy Luis September 29, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    And was able to speak with both her club and high school coaches this afternoon. they’re both really high on her. She’s only 16 (barely) so she’ll be very young coming in next year.
    She actually committed during dinner Monday night with Sealy, club coach and parents. Small Mexican restaurant in Elsinore called Guadalajara. club coach says they’ll post a picture of Sealy in a sombrero soon.

  • Cindy Luis September 29, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Oh, and got an email from Waber as well. She’s really excited about her decision. knew her mom spent some time here but Waber said mom went to Kahala Elementary and Kalani High. don’t know if she graduated from Kalani. would have been class of 78

  • gobows September 29, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks for the info Cindy. It’s great that they have four recruits in top 100. When was the last time the basketball team got a top 100, or even the football team for that matter? That’s why I don’t understand why some people complain about the recruiting, Shoji, Sealy, and Ambrozich have been great recruiters.
    As for VT, I read sometimes but don’t post. There can be a lot of interesting posts and some posters seem to have inside information, but I think they an be a bit critical and mean at times, and there are some Hawaii haters on there so be warned! There are some parents and coaches on there and I think their posts are the most informative. I know you talked about how they are after a few good players for the 2011 class and was able to find out who they were by doing a little searching on VT. 2 names came up the most, and it looks like they have 2 scholarships for 2011, so I echo what others have said it will be interesting to see if they show up.

  • Shar September 29, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks for all of the updates and interesting news. Yes…next year’s senior class will be great but so is this year’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Does anyone know if and when the games will be televised this week?

  • kazu September 29, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Here it is the start of 2009, and already i’m getting excited about 2010.As for Ladeda he must be one of the staff as he seems to use the word we over and over. ( maybe it is Sealy)

  • Cindy Luis September 29, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I don’t think Ladeda is Sealy. Yes, there are some names out there on VT. I may have mentioned some possibilities such as Jane Croson, a junior on Hartong’s HS team.
    One key thing will be how quickly the NCAA sets up beach volleyball and how quickly UH embraces the sport. Croson has a great resume from the junior beach team already.
    I believe you’re right in saying there are 2 scholarships for 2011. it was one of the reasons they thought about hanging on to one for 2011. Shoji has said it would have to be a really good player to be taken in 2010, instead of holding on for 2011.
    I think this is a great class for 2010.

  • jabba September 29, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    i am waiting for the day that dave lands his first legit 6’5″ mb.

  • andy September 29, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Cindy, isn’t Adolfo from Molokai a 2011 commit? if so, doesn’t that leave Dave with only one scholie left for 2011? since Waber fills the need for an OH, that probably leaves Croson out since i think Dave is looking for another setter. of course, if Moenoa decides to go elsewhere, he might take Croson instead. the only problem is that the team will be overly heavy with short OH/MBs.
    on second thought, with Kanani, Forsythe and CC graduating in 2011, doesn’t that leave us with three scholarships to give?

  • Cindy Luis September 30, 2009 at 7:20 am

    lAdolpho will be on a basketball scholarship so she’s a freebie for vb.

    Andy, I’m giving up counting. I can tell you I have numeric inversion dyslexia but don’t think that’s the reason i’m losing count. I thought it was 3 and 3 2010/2011 but rethinking you’re probably right with it being 4 and 3 instead of 4 and 2. And thanks for bringing up Moenoa. I was drawing a blank on her name.

    Jabba, you mean Adrianne Bradley wasn’t legit? just kidding. He had hoped for Tabi Love. She had a good time at Wahine camp a few summers ago.

    Shar, no TV this week. only radio. 1420-AM is also available on the web. Live stats through UH web site and I’ll be posting updates on this blog.

  • bowsfan September 30, 2009 at 7:51 am

    We need more basketball/volleyball players to sign with UH, like Kalei Adolpho to give volleyball another extra scholarship. Wahine basketball currently have 3 team aloha players and Adolpho will make 4.

  • kk74 September 30, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Cindy, Can we assume that the primary person responsible for the 2009 and 2010 recruiting class is Sealy? All 7 players from those classes are from Ca. and Sealy is from Ca. and Kari was on maternity. The possible recruits for 2011, Moenoa & Croson, are also from Ca.

  • Warrior Dave September 30, 2009 at 10:04 am

    What is the highest ranked player that Dave has actually successfully recruited?

  • just jay September 30, 2009 at 10:25 am

    This is off topic, but just thought I’d mention, ESPNU is going to televise the Oct. 29 UH vs Fresno at Fresno. Just read the announcement on Wacsports.com. Here’s an excerpt:
    The complete schedule of 2009 WAC volleyball matches that will air on ESPNU is listed below.
    Complete 2009 WAC Volleyball ESPNU Schedule
    Oct. 19 Idaho at Utah State 9 p.m. (MT)
    Oct. 22 Fresno State at New Mexico State 9 p.m. (MT)
    Oct. 29 Hawai’i at Fresno State 8:30 p.m. (PT)
    Nov. 25 WAC Tournament Championship 6:30 p.m. (PT)
    Hurray, we get to watch an away game! If I’m not mistaken, I think K5 (or KHNL at the time) last showed a regular season away game for volleyball (for free) was the 95 season at UCSB when the wahine went the whole season in the Big West without a loss. Anyways..off topic, I know…but just so happy at the thought of watching an away game that I thought I’d share.

  • Cindy Luis September 30, 2009 at 10:51 am

    thanks. got the release before I left to go paddle and didn’t have time to put it up.
    interesting choice of matches. why Fresno gets on twice is a mystery. did they even look at who the top teams are? Hawaii-NMSU would have been a much better one. Or Hawaii at Idaho. Too bad they couldn’t come out for Utah State at Hawaii, senior night.

  • rayson September 30, 2009 at 11:04 am

    The highest ranked recruit to come to Hawaii is Kanani Danielson at #5, I believe.
    And FYI, Suzie Booggard was the next highest ranked recruit at #9, I believe.

  • Cindy Luis September 30, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Thanks Rayson. There are so many rankings out there. VB Mag, Prepvb, ESPN, I don’t get too wrapped up in it. Kanani definitely the highest but I’d have to say that this recruiting class is probably the best in a while, at least rankings wise.

    Just Jay, you have a better memory than I do if you can go back to 95 for an away KFVE broadcast. The papers don’t normally send me or Ann until the tournament. I’ve been on the mainland for family stuff and covered away matches because I happened to be in the area. Then there was the year I was doing both wahine volleyball and men’s basketball, went to the WAC basketball media day in Las Vegas, wrote the story on the plane the covered wahine at San Diego State that night.

  • liveALOHA September 30, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Susie Boogaard was No. 10. I believe Kamana’o was up there as well, I think No. 9? But then again, I’m not too sure if they even did rankings that year it’s just came off the top of my head. Haha.
    Carey, Kahumoku and Willoughby were all most likely in the top 15 of 1998, 1999 and 2000.
    I don’t think there have been any others besides these five and Danielson that made or were considered to be in the top 20. Danielson is the highest-regarded recruit Hawaii got.
    Which again brings me to the point that Shoji and company have done an amazing job with who they’ve been able to get.
    Hartong, Goodman, Uiato, and Waber is a really good class, probably right up there with Willoughby, Gustin, Duggins, and Eckmier. All are solid and loaded with a lot of potential. All are also very athletic and a little under the radar. IMO, they are much better than the rankings they got – although rankings are pretty trivial…lol.
    Also for 2011. Croson and Moenoa (both are probably in the top 15 of their class) would be great pickups and Hawaii is in the mix for both. I’d say Croson is more likely to commit than Moenoa but that’s just what I’ve heard. UCLA, USC, and LBSU also tracking Moenoa. There’s another girl, Litara Kiet, who I thought a scholarship “could” be held over for. She’s another good one and really likes Hawaii and the program but with Waber… not to sure if she’d still come as a walk on for a year like Sanders did.
    AND for 2012 I wouldn’t be surprised if Hawaii goes local. There’s a couple kids with amazing volleyball genes (UH genes at that) that definitely have UH potential written all over them.

  • CURIOUS September 30, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    ladeda ladeda ;)

  • Cindy Luis September 30, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    LiveAloha, totally agree that rankings are pretty trivial Much like polls. It only matters at the end.

    2012 should have some local flavor and local ties, beginning with Misti Ma’a.

    Coaches from BCS conferences are always amazed how well Shoji & Hawaii do, given limited resources and non-power conference.

    It did sound like Croson would like to come to Hawaii. Aren’t she and Waber good friends?

  • liveALOHA September 30, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Not sure if Waber and Croson are good friends but Croson and Hartong play together in HS. And I’m sure having Forsythe and Cascioppo on the roster helped with Waber committing.
    All these recruits from 2009, 2010, and 2011 are all from the same area in Southern California. I believe Croson, Moenoa, Kiet, and Uiato all know each other somehow. Even Paige Mitchell played on the same team as Tuaniga.
    IMO, that’s been the catch for Shoji and company for recruiting. A bunch of talented girls from SoCal that are close friends and have some kind of local ties. Lucky Shoji!

  • Cindy Luis September 30, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I know that Forsythe being here helped. She and Waber were ‘best friends’ for a while according to Lex. People mistook Waber for Forsythe’s young sister, I’ve been told. 951 VC coach told me that Forsythe was the one who told him about Waber, who … I believe … was playing for another club. Coach also told me a story about Forsythe’s first recruiting letter from Hawaii and Waber’s comment. But I’ll have to get Lex to confirm it when she gets back.
    Coach had said something about Croson and Waber yesterday being friends. some nice articles and picutres up through links at the Southern Cal Volleyball Association site of Hartong and Croson and teammate Amaro. didn’t see where the latter might be headed.

  • CURIOUS September 30, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    croson and waber played on the same team in HP this past summer when they won gold.

  • CURIOUS September 30, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    forgot to mention, a friend who attended the tournament said that croson and waber were clearly the best hitters in that tournament.
    also, if you didn’t hear. los alamitos (croson & hartong) defeated mira costa (fonoimoana) in 5 yesterday AT mira costa.

  • andy October 1, 2009 at 12:02 am

    hopefully Dave will pick up a big MB in 2011. don’t know if Kiet is an OH or MB, but she is only 6’0. Hartong is only 6’1. that leaves Tuaniga (JR)at 6’2 and Hewitt (SR) for 2012 as the only middles with any size. we’re going to have a bunch of OHs, but not enough big MBs. Forsythe and Hewitt are making a big difference this year as far as blocking is concerned. Dave is going to have to think BIG with the rest of his recruiting.
    check out USC’s and Penn State’s recruiting for next year. both got a bunch of tall girls, and if we want to compete with them on the court we need to get at least one or two big girls of our own.

  • Cindy Luis October 1, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Bigger middles don’t always translate to a bigger, better block. A quick offense can beat a slow-forming block most of the time.
    Pepperdine has had one of the tallest, if not the tallest team, the past few years. Height isn’t everything.

  • CURIOUS October 1, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    i doubt dave is going to pick up a middle in 2011. if keil does want to come to hawaii, unfortunately she’ have to walk on.
    we already have hewitt, forsythe, tuaniga & hartong – WOW, all underclassmen.
    mafua graduates next year. she’ll definitely need to be replaced in 2011. i’m hoping we land MM – heck, i’m sure all of hawaii is hoping we land MM & JC. it’ll be a great get for the team and they fit perfectly into our fast tempo offense. with kanani & ferrell finishing their eligibility in 2011, an OH is critical for 2011.
    kudos for the amazing recruiting efforts of dave mike kari & company.

  • just jay October 1, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Off topic—again, sorry… Just wanted to let you know that the laTech match is online. Here’s the address:

  • pouncer84 October 2, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    IMO the reason we’re doing so well this year is because we have legit passers who aren’t afraid to get down & dirty and dive for balls. Aneli/Liz/Kanani – they’re attitude is (yah go ahead try & get it past me) and I love that about them. You can have all the height in the world, but if they can’t/won’t/aren’t ready to pass, your setter becomes a track star and your one-dimentional again.
    Passing was last year’s main problem and Houston making too many errors, but that’s beside the point. You need passers and with Aneli leaving this year, I hope the next OH is a heck of a passer. Or Kanani & Liz will have to cover a lot of court next year.

  • Cindy Luis October 2, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Most would agree with you, pouncer. When asking Mike Jordan today what he thought was the biggest difference in UH this year, he said passing, serve-receive. Can tell you that Shoji’s been on them in practice to stay in their area and make sure Mafua doesn’t take the first ball unless necessary.
    The one thing that has impressed me the most is the way the team lets things go. no sulking as in previous years. They’re able to move on after a mistake instead of it taking 2 or 3 points before they can get a sideout.

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