Wahine-Gaucho recap

November 1st, 2012

Thought it was one of the better matches, start to finish for Hawaii. Except for some early problems in Sets 2 and 3, a pretty solid night all around.

UH hits 305 for the night, 275 in Set 3. Match lasted 83 minutes.

Vorster 9-2-17, Croson 8-2-22, Hartong 11-3-26, Adolpho 8-1-11, Goodman 3-3-10 (2 sets), Kastl 2-0-7 (1 full set). 5 aces, 3 by Longo, 5 SEs, 41 digs, 19 by Croson, 8 by Longo. 5 blocks, Vorster 1 solo, 1 BA; Uiato 3 BA.

Gauchos hit 086, 27-19-93, 1 ace, 8 SEs, 34 digs, 11 by Sully who had a team-high seven kills. 2 blocks. Gauchos drop to 13-13, 6-5; Wahine 20-2, 13-0.

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  • Cindy Luis November 1, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    As mentioned on another thread, having Croson back makes a huge difference. She gives added dimensions on defense, serving and back-row attacks. Probably the biggest thing tho is taking the pressure off Hartong.
    Am heading over the hill to Kailua. May be back on when I get home. If not, have a good night.

  • dedicatedfan November 1, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Hope this is the start of a magical run, for the Wahine. Still have not played their best yet, which is a good thing. Do not want to peak to early. Hoping they reach their stride when the Tournament time comes around.

  • SamIAm November 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Good win by Hawaii ? Or bad loss by UCSB ?

    • vballfreak808 November 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      A little bit of both

  • SamIAm November 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    It seems as though set one ball distrobution was very even and spread out , keeping defense off balance , set 2 not as much … Set 3 same old people every time . Spread the love people . Especially the setter .

  • warriorfan November 1, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I love UH’s young middles they both are improving so fast and have a lot of potential.

    Hope the wahine peak in December.

  • rayson November 1, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I thought the Wahine played alright tonight and the Gauchos played lousy. I felt like we were back in the WAC. Hope Saturday’s game is more exciting. I also thought Uiato’s set distribution was pretty good tonight. She set some ugly balls but at least she moved the sets around tonight. Goodman looked okay tonight. She had a couple good kills, and a couple bad sets and a couple sets she should have put away. Kastl looked rusty in the back row and up front.

    • SamIAm November 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Looked to me like Kaela hit a.000 and Kastl hit a .287 .

  • warriorfan November 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Came across an interesting tweet.

    Volleyball: Canby senior @Emilie_Wilmes considering Long Beach State and University of Hawaii, hoping to decide by the end of the month.

    Emilie Wilmes is a 6′ 2 Outside hitter.

    • warriorfan November 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      She is a 2013 recruit, and so is new zealander Amy Hunter a 6′ 2 Middle, I wouldn’t mind getting one or both of them.

    • rnr November 2, 2012 at 8:19 am

      nice! that would be a great addition!

  • Grammy November 2, 2012 at 4:55 am

    I’d agree that the Gauchos ‘played’ into the Wahine’s hands last night and it would be nice to see them against a worthy opponent, but as the WAC years have shown us for almost two decades, Hawaii’s competition is usually found in the pre-season tournaments and the end of year tournament with the ‘season’ as the time to tinker and adjust the pieces. I think the ‘test’ will come at Pacific and at Davis. But at home, Rainbow Wahine can ‘frolic and play the Hawaiian Way!’ as an old song said. Go Wahine!

  • PurpleMaple November 2, 2012 at 5:44 am

    It’s not how the Wahine play at home come tournament time. It’s how they play on the road. So far, they have struggled but won. Maybe they’re putting it together with Jane back. Looked good last night but with UCSB imploding hard to tell just how good they’re playing.

  • RedZone November 2, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Welcome back Jane. A huge difference maker.

    • rnr November 2, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Soo happy to see you back JC!!! what a difference you made in the back row especially WOW!! Now hope to see the team start gelling and firing off on all cylinders! Go Wahine!

  • Burt November 2, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Watched 1.5 sets of BYU vs. SD. If HI just plays its average game of the past month or so, BYU will win. Gotta be aware of their blocking & must slow down 6’7′ monster Hamson. Hope BYU will also broadcast the game on their own TV channel.

    • dedicatedfan November 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

      Burt, the BYU that the Wahine are playing next week, is the one in Laie, not the one in Provo.

    • warriorfan November 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

      I’ve seen BYU play, they are tough at home, but on a neutral site UH wins, their defense and serving is superier IMO. Glad BYU is back on the rise, hope they are on the UH schedule next year.

  • RYK November 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    UCSB looked pretty bad last night. I don’t know the reason why, when they played teams like Oregon, UCLA, San Diego and Pepperdine pretty tough winning a set.

    • warriorfan November 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      Uh must just be a bad match up for them.

    • rnr November 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      I think also playing away – in a big arena – somewhat big crowd and probably somewhat distracted being in Hawaii – didn’t help the Gauchos either….

  • Warrior-15 November 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Nebraska just lost again … this time to Michigan in 5 sets.

    Michigan is unranked

  • Warrior-15 November 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    crazy day …

    USC is about to go down 0-2 in games to Arizona St

    and Oregon is also about to drop the first two games to Cal

  • vballfreak808 November 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Arizona State upsets USC in a sweep

  • rnr November 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Yowzah!!! soo true about what counts the most is when you play your Top game at the end …when & where it counts!

  • Beauston November 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Yup, Hopefully the Wahine wont go down that route specially on their last road trip next week against UOP. They are out for blood and fighting for a spot at the NCAA tourney.

    • dedicatedfan November 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      The match with Pacific is 2 weeks from today. The Wahine play BYU-Hawaii, next week Thursday. Their only match next week.

      • Beauston November 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm

        Yup, I forgot they got that match next week.
        I did say last road trip though :)
        Ducks and Bears going to 5, obviously rooting for Cal

  • Beauston November 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Bears won, that should help our RPI

    • dedicatedfan November 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      I was just going to ask, if Cal beating Oregon, will help Hawaii’s RPI.

      • Warrior-15 November 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

        Cal winning is good for RPI b/c it keeps their record even more safely above .500. they get a win here when for all intents and purposes it should have been a loss.

        good for them.

        • Beauston November 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm

          Cal is Wahine’s only 2nd loss in the season and whether they win or loose against UH, all Wahine’s opponents needs to keep winning. This might be the RPI booster Shoji is waiting for to get us atleast on the top 16. We just need to win out.

          • dedicatedfan November 2, 2012 at 6:07 pm

            Thanks, I really cannot figure out this RPI thing. What helps the Wahine, and what does not, etc.

          • Warrior15 November 2, 2012 at 7:05 pm

            this is the thing about RPI … ideally Hawaii needs to beat the teams on their schedule, or at least get a good win/loss record (which they typically do anyway) … then they need all their opponents to go out and beat everyone else on their own respective schedules, so that they all also have good win/loss records.

            all RPI cares about is the Win Percentages — your own, your opponents, and your opponents’ opponents.

            so even if Hawaii loses to Cal … what matters more is for Cal to go out and do some damage in the Pac-12. right now Cal is sitting at 12-11 record. the Oregon win helps b/c it was unexpected, and it helps keep their record, at the very least, above .500.

        • Beauston November 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm

          But if UCLA loose, it might just be a wash with Cal winning in terms of our RPI because UCLA beat us. Depending on how deep Oregon and Arizona is on RPI rankings

  • dedicatedfan November 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Stanford loses Jordan Burgess to an ankle injury. Also, not only did Nebraska lose their match, but they also lose Werth to a bad ankle sprain.

  • dedicatedfan November 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Wow, 3 upsets already this weekend, and the weekend has just started. How many more will come, before the weekend is over.

  • dedicatedfan November 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Sorry, not Jordan Burgess’s ankle, it is her left knee, not good, she could not put any weight on left leg, when helped off the court.

    • warriorfan November 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      Hate to see that, my guess is she’s done for the season.

  • dedicatedfan November 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    UCLA loses first set to Arizona, they are also down in the 2nd set. Halloween goblyns must be working overtime.

  • mauna November 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Arizona’s got UCLA’s number, they beat them twice last year and now 2-0 on them. I don’t see UCLA coming back.

  • dedicatedfan November 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Arizona wins the 2nd set, 25-16. The Wahine better not overlook Cal-Poly, with the ways things are going this weekend. They do not want to end up being part of the group of teams that got upset.

  • dedicatedfan November 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    The Wahine’s could make a major move up the rankings, if they win their match with Cal-Poly, with a lot of the teams ahead of them losing.

  • Beauston November 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Heard Rubio and Shoji are buddies wonder if Rubio really ever shares how AZ able to keep UCLA down against them while Wahine cant seem to figure it out?

  • dedicatedfan November 2, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Arizona defeats UCLA, in 3 sets. Wonder how far the Wahine will move up in next weeks poll, with 4 teams above them losing.

  • mauna November 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    UH may leap over USC and UCLA in the coach’s poll but the RPI’s change is what everyone’s looking at for hosting. Cal Poly match is going to be 3 and out, no chance for them. Monday’s going to be an interesting day to see UH’s movement if any in the RPI ranking.

    • Beauston November 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Agreed might end up a wash between Cal winning and UCLA losing, both beat Hawaii, now it all rest on how strong Oregon and Arizona’s RPI is to affect if there’s any Wahine’s RPI.

      • Warrior15 November 2, 2012 at 7:12 pm

        yes, it’ll be interesting to see how Hawaii’s RPI is affected come Monday.

        playing Cal Poly certainly won’t help since they’re 3-20, or something like that.

        plus other teams on Hawaii’s schedule, like St. Mary’s, Idaho, Albany and San Francisco also took losses this week. Hawaii needs these teams to keep winning, along with the Stanfords and Cals and UCLAs on the schedule (and of course, UCLA loses also…)

  • vballfreak808 November 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    4 of out the Top 6 were upset tonight

    Oregon, UCLA, USC, and Nebraska all lost

  • Beauston November 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Looks like Pacific lose to LBSU in 4, they needed to beat LBSU, CSUN and Hawaii to get a berth for the tourney, dont think that’s going to anymore

    • warriorfan November 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      Pacific had no shot even if they beat Long Beach IMO.

      • Warrior15 November 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm

        Yes, Pacific’s RPI is 71 … they have no shot at this point to make up the ground.

        the cut off point for at large bids is usually in the mid-40s of the RPI.

  • mauna November 2, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Anyone know if any of the 16 top RPI schools from last year gave up hosting because of scheduling or arena problems. Asking only if UH ends up outside the 16, like 17 or 18 and get invited to hosting because of turndowns.

  • dedicatedfan November 2, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I believe what Shoji is banking on is that the 4 or 5 teams ahead of Hawaii, in the RPI, start to lose, which would allow Hawaii to move up in the RPI.

    • Warrior15 November 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      i highly doubt that shoji is banking on any such thing. the only thing hawaii can control is the remaining games on its own schedule.

  • SamIAm November 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Sounds like all the girls except jc , need to go back to volleyball school . According to Dave , she is the only volleyball player on the court . thats what i thought i heard .

    • Lanaiboy November 3, 2012 at 6:11 am

      What Shoji is saying is that most of the Bows, when they are RECRUITED, are more athletes than skilled volleyball players. The top schools like Stanford, Penn State, and Nebraska are able to recruit players who are both athletic and skilled, such as the #1 recruit Jordan Burgess (Stanford). Shoji tries to recruit them but cannot compete against rich BCS schools and those with stellar academic reputations, such as Stanford. They are some exceptions, like Danielson. So Shoji often recruits athletes—those who can jump—and trains them to attain the necessary volleyballs kills. They are “projects, such as Adolpho and Olevao. Actually, both have considerable volleyball skills (both All-State) but not at the elite Division I level. In other words, Hawaii will have skilled volleyball players on their team; after all, they receive top-notch coaching. Just have to be patient.

  • vballfreak808 November 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Well looking at the RPI now #3, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, and 16 all lost so far this week. #3 (Nebraska), #5 (UCLA), #6 (Oregon), #13 (USC), and #16 (Miami-FL) all lost to unranked opponents who are 24-50 in the RPI.

    Not sure if Hawaii will move up since the opponents they play this week are #83 and #206. But Hawaii may have a chance

  • vballfreak808 November 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Punahou just won the DI Championships against Kamehameha-Kapalama (25-15, 18-25, 25-16, 25-23)! Congrats to Carly Kan (Missouri), Tayler Higgins (Hawaii), Julia Lau (Dartmouth), Claire Feeley (Yale), Brittany Markwith (West Point/Army), and Taylor Dayton (Santa Clara) for Punahou. Good job to Joanna Christenson (Southern Utah) and Pomai Recca (Hawaii Pacific) for Kamehameha-Kapalama

    • WaWa November 3, 2012 at 1:06 am

      I smell Kuikahi.

      • vballfreak808 November 3, 2012 at 11:16 am

        Started following since Higgins committed

  • vballfreak808 November 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I hope Hawaii does get Amy Hunter and Emilie Wilmes. It is always disappointing to see recruits go to schools where sometimes they don’t get much playing time.

    I really hope Wilmes doesn’t go to Long Beach State. It’s bad enough that Tyler Jackson and Alma Serna got away and we play against them in the conference

    • livealoha November 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      I wonder what Jackson was being recruited as, libero? Anywho… LBSU and Hawaii are usually after a lot of the same players. A lot of the current Hawaii players were recruited hard by LBSU – Hartong, Uiato and Croson. I believe Olevao as well.

  • TW November 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Alma Serna is no longer in school, Falyn’s not in school….maybe UH should support the players who actually manage to stay in school.

    Arizona State with a big upset still has a chance at the NCAA tournament.

  • Kuhio November 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Good to have Jane back. She looked like she was having fun too. Go Wahine. Watched some of the high school vball on TV and saw some players UH should look at, Kahuku’s Adora Anae and Snuka (don’t remember first name) although it was mentioned Snuka is headed to UW. Don’t know where this girl came from but she has a lot of power and can set too. Of course the Punahou and Kamehameha girls also look like D1 players too. Anyone know how Misty Maa is doing in Florida?

    • mauna November 3, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Anae is already on Shoji’s radar and she’s currently interested in playing for UH. Misty is coming from the bench sparingly for now.

      • warriorfan November 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm

        I wasn’t that impressed with Anae to be honest. She also doesn’t look 6′ 1 but she might improve in her senior year.

    • js November 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Snuka is headed to Arizona.

  • OrbitalripZ November 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    For those without FULL ONLINE ACCESS to the Hnl Star-Advertiser, today (SATURDAY/11-3) is the last day of free access (no login needed) for the year.

    Really worth reading Ann Miller’s complete article on the Rainbow Wahine. The quality of research she puts into her writing shows.

    Cya @ the match! After tonite’s match and next weekend’s encounter with a local Division 2 team, there will be only 4 more matches left in the conference season! NO BWC TOURNAMENT!

    Where has

  • vballfreak808 November 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    #11 Florida State (9 in RPI) lost to unranked North Carolina (24 in RPI). Another possible boost for Hawaii in the RPI

    Nebraska was dominated by Michigan State in the 1st state without one of their star players

  • vballfreak808 November 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Baylor is up 2-0 on No. 20 Kansas

  • kai November 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    will Olevao be playing tonight? any word on her ankle?

    • Cindy Luis November 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      Olevao warmed up, if they don’t need her they may not use her.

  • dedicatedfan November 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Wow, what is it, 7 upsets already this weekend, and the weekend has one more day to go.

  • warriorfan November 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Miami,Fl and Kanas losing , helps UH.

    UH just needs to win out and they are hosting first and second IMO. I dont see both Kansas and Kansas St hosting or all three of Florida, Florida state and Miami, FL hosting.

    • Warrior15 November 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      imo … the only think i can think of that would keep hawaii from a seed (and hosting duties) is that they are only 3-2 against teams in the top 50 of the RPI, if they are indeed on the bubble for a seed. that’s not a lot of information for the selection committee, and it’s not, of course, the best record. that is when i think the loss to Cal may come into play. and may possibly hurt them. it’s only one loss … but 4-1 looks a lot better than 3-2, against top 50 RPI teams.

      of course, this also all depends on the other teams in contention for a seed, and what the “nitty gritty” of their schedule looks like.

      so we’ll just have to see … all hawaii can do at this point is win out … to make the best case for themselves for a seed and to host

      • dedicatedfan November 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm

        I agree with you about the Cal loss, but if Cal can upset more teams, from here on out, the better the 3-2 record against Top 50 teams will look.

  • WaWa November 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Nebraska is finding out exactly how much Hannah’s worth.

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