Wahine rewind 8-30

August 30th, 2009

Was rather impressed how the Wahine didn’t fold in Set 3. I think last year’s team might have. They didn’t hold on to the calls that went against them and Kaufman didn’t let hitting negative get into her head. She served tough and played defense. Thought Ferrell was key, after a slow start, she really picked it up. Shoji even said he didn’t know if last year’s team would have pulled out Set 3.Danielson is just a delight in the interview room, so positive and honest. we’ll see how they match up with Texas and Cal next week. Good start for Hawaii. first 3-0 since 2004

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  • Maukah August 30, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    How serious is Kanani’s injury? She looked tentative after she came back in, also is Steph the backup left side? Why not put in one of the tall right sides and move Aneli to left.

  • jeff August 30, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    As THE ROCK would say finally UCLA goes down. SO BIG GIRL VB Is on the way TEXAS & CAL Hope BIG BOY L is ready for the smurfs

  • Cindy Luis August 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Doesn’t sound like it’s too bad. They’ll know tomorrow when they take a better look at it. Kanani said she was feeling fine. Brandt is in the mix on the left. AS for switching, not sure who you want to put in, Cascioppo? they weren’t going to make a drastic switch at that point, they had a comfortable lead and felt Kanani would be coming back in and/or they would be able to sideout to win Set 2. if it had been closer and they didn’t feel they could side out, maybe there would have been a switch. I’d have to go back and look as to where they were in the rotation. If there was a need to move some people around, they would have discussed it during the break.

  • Joe August 30, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Did Andy Banachowski have any interesting comments about the Wahine? He probably knows as much about them as any opposing coach over the years. Thanks!

  • andy August 30, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Cindy, why not Cascioppo? she is the backup LS and she is way bigger than Brandt. why not put her in for a few rotations rather than just a point here and there? Cascioppo and Forsythe have had very few opportunities to come in and hit even though they were right there with Hewitt and Ferrell when it came to starting. they are not redshirting this year so why doesn’t Dave use them? not second guessing Dave, but Amber and Ferrell have been having rough stretches. why not put the backups in for a few rotations? of course, i would have pulled Ferrell against UCLA but she goes to the right side and just destroys them from there. what do i know?

  • surfer200 August 31, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Cascioppo probably would’ve subbed in had she not already come in earlier in the game for Aneli. If UH is lacking in something, it’s depth at outside hitter. Fowler is an option, but she isn’t a strong passer. Brandt was the only option left; although Robbins was a pretty wicked outside at Kamehameha.

  • Fred August 31, 2009 at 8:39 am

    You may be able to confirm our thinking on Brandt’s sub for Danileson… We think the primary reason would be that at that point Dave Shoji’s choices may have been limited because previously played subs couldn’t go in at that point or it would mess up their sub availability for future rotations.
    PS You’re writings concerning the VB program have been a joy to read. And your VB Season guide…? Another award winner. Congrats!

  • Eric August 31, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Cascioppo had already subbed in for another player in that set/game so she couldn’t replace Danielson. They aren’t too deep on the outside with Kanani, Otineru and Ferrell as the only pure hitters, so Brandt got thrown in there. I think Cascioppo is more of a blocking sub and Fowler is a natural middle who is another blocking sub.

  • LE August 31, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Just to clarify, I believe they put in Brandt for Kanani because Brandt subbed in for Kanani earlier in the set (to serve). So per substitution rules, I believe that was the only option.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Sadly didn’t have any room for Andy’s quotes. He thought Hawaii played the best he had seen them in a few years, especially their serving. I give more later.

    And thanks for the help. I didn’t have my notes with me … yes Cascioppo had subbed in earlier. Brandt was the sub for Danielson in serving so she had to come back in for her. the substitution was rather comical. if you had seen it. a little confusion on how to call timeout and sub, or sub and call timeout. Brandt walked on the court, off, then on, called timeout. waved then there was a timeout.

  • surfer200 August 31, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Actually, Brandt hadn’t even played set 2 prior to subbing in for Kanani. Jayme Lee subbed in for Kanani as a serving specialist that set. I don’t think there’s any rule stating that a player can’t be subbed out in separate situations for different players, i.e. just because Lee served for Danielson, doesn’t mean she can be the only player to sub for her that set. As shown last night, Brandt came in for Danielson as well.
    And a quick correction to your article. Hawaii’s last win over UCLA was a four game victory in 2005 when Jayme Lee was a redshirt. The five game victory you mentioned occurred in 2004, Lee was a senior in high school at the time.

  • Cindy Luis August 31, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    my bad, misstyped the year. but the point was Brandt was Danielson’s sub. they were up 21- whatever. comfortable lead. they should be thinking that they’d be in trouble with four points left.
    there is an injury substitution clause. but Shoji said he wasn’t thinking about that based on Danielson’s demeanor.

  • Lyle September 1, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Yes Jeff it’s a great day whenever that team goes down.
    Cindy I know we are a pretty decent serving team or is it that your alma mater is that bad a passing team?
    I was not surprised at the outcome of the match, I fully expected victory. There was not a doubt in my mind that we would win that match. They were tall, but slower and not as physical as the Wahine. Hey, if we didn’t beat that team, we wouldn’t have a chance against the upcoming teams right.
    As I told all of you, BIG GIRL VB was not yet in town. Now you most definitely know they’ll be in town the next 2 weeks right?
    In any team sport it’s all about individual match ups. How and where will we attack service wise, where and how will we attack hitting wise, how will we defend up front and in the back. What or will adjustments need to be made during the match? Will there be rotation changes to start the match or after a game in the match? What personnel changes, if any, will there be during the match?
    Are we more physical and quicker? Do we serve and pass better? Do we block better?
    Do we make less errors? I guess that’s why they play the game. Shuffle up and deal!
    Isn’t it intriguing and exciting? You don’t wanna miss these next 2 weeks! BIG GIRL VB means FIREWORKS! Go and see the game live, not PPV. Tv doesn’t do the level of the upcoming games justice!
    I do know this, if the answers are yes, we are just as physical, just as quick, serve, pass, and block just as well we will win the game because our will, will carry us to victory.

  • Cindy Luis September 1, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I don’t think UCLA was a bad passing team but they’re still learning a system with a young setter. Still give Hawaii credit for tough serves.
    My feeling had been that if Hawaii could pass well and run the offense, their quickness would beat out a taller, slower team.
    We’ll see what happens with Texas, a tall and quick team. But they’re concerned with Saint Louis. The Billikens are good.

  • Cindy Luis September 1, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Had to go back to my notes as to who was in the lineup where when Danielson went down. She was front left, Hewitt middle front, Ferrell front right.
    Aneli back right, Ka’aihue middle back and Mafua left back.

    in that rotation, i don’t think he had another option other than brandt. Cascioppo is used to subbing for Ferrell and blocking to the right of Hewitt.

    As I mentioned, if Danielson hadn’t been able to play in Set 3, you likely would have seen some changes.

  • jeff September 1, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Right on L we need a ying and yang you make good points sometimes other times well .Oh yes jim leahy makes mistakes but i like him he’s old school

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