Wahine stay at No. 9, Hartong POW, 18 RPI

October 29th, 2012

sorry, dealing with a leaky toilet … still not fixed … arg

congrats to Hartong. How could they NOT give it to her.

Junior Emily Hartong recorded career-highs in kills and digs to lead Hawai’i to a road conference sweep and earn Big West Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week accolades.

Hartong put forth a monumental effort as the Rainbow Wahine outlasted Long Beach State (3-1) and UC Irvine (3-2) in two intense matches.  The 6-2 outside hitter averaged 6.89 kills, 3.44 digs and 0.22 blocks per set as UH improved to 19-2 overall and remained perfect in the Big West at 12-0.  Hartong also hit a solid .297 (62-15-158) for the week.

In a match televised on FOX Prime Ticket, Hartong reeled off a career-high 33 kills to subdue Long Beach State in four hard fought games.  She hit .329 (33-7-79) against the 49ers and added 15 digs to guide the Rainbow Wahine to three straight wins after dropping the first set.

Against the Anteaters, Hartong slammed 29 kills and chipped in a career-high 16 digs as UH again rallied from behind to win in five sets.  She had five kills in the decisive fifth set and finished the match with a .266 (29-8-79) hitting percentage.  Hartong added two service aces and two blocks to complete an all-around effort.  The 29 kills and 16 digs also represented her sixth double-double of the season.

This is the third Player of the Week award for Hartong this season.  She leads the Big West in kills (4.60 kpg) and ranks eighth in hitting percentage (.274).

Hawaii stays at No. 9

1. Stanford upa a spot 50 votes

2. Oregon 9

3. Penn State 1

4. Nebraska drops from 1


6. USC

7. Texas

8. Washington



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  • Cindy Luis October 29, 2012 at 10:39 am


    RPI link above.
    1. Stanford. 2. Penn State. 3. Nebraska. 4. Texas. 5. UCLA. 6. Oregon. 7. Louisville. 8. Minnesota. 9. Florida St. 10. Kansas
    11. Florida. 12. Kansas State. 13. USC. 14 Washington. 15. Kentucky (ridiculous 15-8) . 16. Miami. 17. BYU. 18. Hawaii.

    • Warrior-15 October 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      correction — Hawaii is 18 in this week’s RPI


      • Cindy Luis October 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm

        typing too quickly. was correct in the headline.

  • warriorfan October 29, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Kentucky and Miami,FL DO NOT deserve to host I will be be livid if they do.

  • po'okela October 29, 2012 at 11:46 am

    is this the most 5-setters hawaii has played?

  • Cindy Luis October 29, 2012 at 11:55 am

    good question. i’d have to look it up. Don’t have my media guide with me and am in the middle of some other work.

  • sunandsurf October 29, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Deserved recognition for sure; in addition, she strikes me as being incredibly humble and accommodating….

  • setaone October 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    She did deserve it, but what about the work that Vorster did? Second in kills, good hitting %, good blocking numbers.

    • rnr October 29, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      I think she should have been at least nominated for it!

      Well done also for Jade!!

  • Don W October 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Kentucky isn’t even in the Coaches Poll…disgusting…

    • Warrior-15 October 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      that’s true that kentucky isn’t in the poll … anymore… but they were ranked earlier in the season. and remember that they were a Sweet 16 team from a year ago.

      in any case, kentucky is just outside the top 25 at this point. their results have picked up of late, and are in second place (behind florida) in their division of the SEC.

      look at st. mary’s — they were ranked earlier in the year but fell out of the poll … and they are just now getting back into the coaches’ poll (at #25) … after stringing together some great wins in recent weeks.

      being in the poll is not the end-all, be-all. even the coaches’ poll fails to recognize quality teams out there. the poll also has its weaknesses. the big criticism is that it is often a reflection of week-to-week results, rather than a true measure of a team’s overall results to date.

    • warriorfan October 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      it is disgusting, you just know that IF tennessee or Kentucky had the same record as UH and a win over number one stanford as well, they would be a shoe in for a number one seed! Meanwhile UH will be lucky to be seeded higher than 14.

      • Warrior-15 October 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm

        well, i don’t know about that scenario exactly …

        but i would agree there are regional biases in the RPI that allow teams in the midwest and east to have schedules that are more favorable to the RPI …

  • RedZone October 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Happy to hear that Croson will be back Thursday.

    • uhfan October 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      That’s good news for Hartong’s arm

    • Warrior-15 October 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      has Croson’s return been announced?

      • uhfan October 29, 2012 at 2:25 pm

        Rob DeMello tweeted that Shoji said she’s eligible to play Thursday

        • rnr October 29, 2012 at 2:31 pm

          can’t wait to see JC back!!!!

        • Warrior-15 October 29, 2012 at 2:32 pm

          great news … thanks!

  • RedZone October 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Hartong POW. No brainer. Much deserved. Coach needs to keep her healthy.

  • warriorfan October 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Good to have Jane Back, UH will definitely need her in the next road trip, Davis and Pacific.

    • setaone October 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Hartong’s ARM is glad Jane is back!

  • menehune October 30, 2012 at 4:30 am

    In the coming matches, Dave should rest Emily Hartong once it’s fairly certain the match is in hand.
    We need her primed and well rested for the play-offs…and congrats to Emily for a well deserved POW in the BWC. Also, great to hear that Jane is baaaack.

  • Tell the whole story October 30, 2012 at 5:35 am

    In Rob’s tweet he also said that Shoji told him that Croson has to earn her spot back,seems like some folks want to leave that part out.

    • !!! October 30, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Is there any doubt whatsoever that Jane will win her spot back — almost immediately?

  • Congrats Em October 30, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Yes,Yes,Yes ! Hartong is the National POW !!!!

  • po'okela October 30, 2012 at 7:53 am



    • rnr October 30, 2012 at 8:46 am

      thanks for that!


  • Lani October 30, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Yes! Congrats to Emily for an awesome week.

  • vballfreak808 October 30, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Congrats to Hartong!

    If anyone wants to see her 33 kill performance, they are showing it on 228 or 1228 right now. It is 23-23 in the 2nd Set (The really long set)

  • WT Door October 30, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Nice Job Em!

  • vballfreak808 October 30, 2012 at 10:05 am
    • rnr October 30, 2012 at 11:20 am

      NICE !!! well deserved accolades for Hartong!!

  • TW October 30, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Great for Hartong. Now, it will be interesting to see if she gets moved back to the RS to keep Kastl in the lineup.

  • dedicatedfan October 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Hey, vballfreak808, do you think Hartong should be put back on the RS, with the return of Jane Croson? If not, who would you put on the RS?

    • vballfreak808 October 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      I think Shoji will keep Hartong on the left side. I think Croson will not be fully ready so she won’t start but she will come in and play the rest of the season. But I would put Manu-Olevau on the right side since she has been pretty good at that position. Goodman will continue with the double sub.

      In my opinion, I think Shoji should move to the right so Croson can be with Kastl. People are starting to have doubts again about Kastl but I am being impressed with her back row defense.

      • dedicatedfan October 30, 2012 at 1:53 pm

        For me, I would like to see Hartong as the RS, with Kastl as the LS1, which would put Kastl up front with Hartong. Wondering how effective Kastl would be with Hartong up front with her. Croson as a LS2 has proven she can beat 2 blockers, with her arsonal of shots. One thing, by having Hartong play RS, it will allow Dave to rest Hartong at times, when she is in the back row, by either hiding her, or subbing her out. After this past weekend, Hartong does need some rest, I would imagine.

        • rnr October 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm

          I’m thinking the same, but Olevao would be a great RS option as well. It’s great that Coach Shoji has such wonderful options…. !! :)

          • dedicatedfan October 31, 2012 at 9:11 am

            Yes, it does. By activating Tai, it gives Shoji another player who can play both the LS and RS, beside Hartong.

  • WT Door October 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I think they should leave her where she is… it seems to be working.

  • dedicatedfan October 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Right now, I feel Olevao is more suited to coming off the bench, where Shoji can use her either on the right or left side. The ONLY reason I say this is due to her experience level.

  • Kazu October 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS Emily, and welcome back Jane.
    Congratulations to the rest of the team for their hard work winning 2 matches going 5 sets.Wish i had all that energy.

  • vballfreak808 October 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    KITV did an interview with Mary Shoji as a part of their “The Better-Half” segment.


  • jmy October 30, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Well deserved honors for Hartong! If UH wins both matches this week, do they also win the conference? It sure looks that way…

    • vballfreak808 October 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      If Hawaii wins these next two matches, they automatically share the conference title. If they win the match after that then they clinch the conference title and automatic bid to the NCAA tournament

      • 808 October 31, 2012 at 5:29 am

        If they sweep this weekend’s matches, don’t they clinch the conference title? They’ll be 14-0 with only 4 conference matches left. The closest challenger will have 5 losses. UCSB has 4 right now but they’ll have 5 if they lose to UH on Thursday. Northridge, Fullerton, Long Beach and Davis all have 5 losses already.

        • jmy October 31, 2012 at 5:43 am

          That’s what I was thinking…

  • TW October 30, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    I can see how Hartong on the RS helps Kastl but I don’t see it benefiting Hartong.

    • Grammy October 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      The reason Emily Hartong would help on the right is that she is the best blocker in that position against the opponents strongest attacker. The reason she would be hurt at the right side is that in the Wahine ‘in system (following a good serve recieve pass)’ the right side does not seem to be Uiato’s first choice so Emily might not contribute as much to the offense from that spot. I think Jane is a better blocker, server and backrow passer than Ashley while they seem to be close in other areas ie. attacking and maybe Ashley is a bit more vocal. I think the activation of Tai was unfortunate even though she has skills and has had success. A year of training and working out at D1 level would have made her ‘debut’ an instant success, I think, but that’s water under the bridge already. Finally, while all this is great for discussion, this ‘embarassment’ of riches is also the reason for the Wahine’s high regard among the conference coaches. So many options and so many ways to win. About the only way they can lose is if ‘fall apart’ against an equal or better team or dissention or dissatisfaction within the Wahine (which I don’t see now or ever). So I will wait for whatever Coach Dave comes up with and be assured it will ‘work’ and we will win, but even if it doesn’t work, I’m kind of confident that we will win 9 out of 10 times. Go Wahine!

      • dedicatedfan October 31, 2012 at 8:33 am

        I agree with you, Hartong is the best blocker on the outside. Keep in mind tho, no matter where Hartong is, Uiato will find her, even tho the Wahine are predominantly left side oriented. She may not get the same number of sets that she got in the last to matches, but you do not want her to get that many anyway.

        As for Jane and Ashley, I feel Jane is a better attacker, then Ashley, reason being Jane’s variety of shot making. And yes, Ashley is a lot more vocal then Jane is.

        Tai’s activation is not unfortunate. It gives Dave another OH option, in case Ashley stumbles. Dave really wants to keep Goodman as his blocking specialist for Uiato. He feels quite comfortable that way. Also, Tai is able to play both LS and RS, gives Dave that versatility.

    • warriorfan October 31, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Come NCAA tournament time we will need a big blocker on the right since UH will be facing teams with way better Outside hitters than in the Big West. I think Hartong on the right is the best option.

      • warriorfan October 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

        But I would love to see Croson inserted on the right for this week, to see how she looks there. I have a feeling her hitting percentage will skyrocket on the right.

      • rnr October 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm

        Absolutely – a bigger block on the right will at least challenge the Opponents huge left side hitters… although some of those outstanding hitters play on the right – like those south paws on the PAC 12 teams, etc.

  • rayson October 30, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    First of all congrats to Hartong.

    The answer to the question of whether Hartong plays right or left is she’s going to play whereever the team needs her to play. She’s shown that she can play both positions and she’s shown that she’s a team player willing to do whats best for the team. So the question is not really about where to put Hartong. The real question is who among the other 3 outsides is going to step up and claim a starting position. Goodman brings the blocking and she plays steady (she doesn’t hurt the team with errors) but she hasn’t shown that she can be an offensive threat. Kastl is a decent passer and more offence but she’s erratic. Olevao has the talent but is too raw.

    • dedicatedfan October 31, 2012 at 8:36 am

      I totally agree with what you said about those 3 players. That one LS position, could be a revolving door, the rest of the season. Meaning, whoever is hot that particular night will play, especially when it comes down to Ashley and Tai.

  • dedicatedfan October 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Cindy, if you are going to attend the Wahine practice today, can you let us know the latest on Jane Croson. Like will she be starting, or coming in later in the match. Shoji mentioned that he will not make that decision until after Wednesday’s practice.

  • warriorfan October 31, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Uh warriors get a couple commitments from California Standouts according to volleytalk, I wonder if that’s the only two that will sign. Letter of intent signing day only a few weeks away.

    Don’t forget to watch Tayler Higgins in the state tournament, championship at Blaisdell Friday.

    • uhfan October 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Warriors or wahine? I dont see anything on volleytalk about it.

      • warriorfan October 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        Warriors, Jennings Franciskovic 6′ 5 setter
        and Dane Keckin 6′ 6 Opposite, its up at middlehitter.com too.http://middlehitter.com/Commitments/2013_College_Commitments.asp

        • uhfan October 31, 2012 at 12:31 pm

          Ah thanks. Wish we had wahine recruiting news instead. Big class is graduating next year and we got nothing so far.

          • warriorfan October 31, 2012 at 12:36 pm

            Still early for 2014….. I bet Shoji will be relying on transfers too then. Only player that will be a big loss is Hartong.

          • rnr October 31, 2012 at 12:53 pm

            yes – that would be good news to see about the new recruits for the Wahine – hope there are some good ones. I wonder if Falyn F. – will get back to her collegiate form and want to be a Wahine in the near future…

  • jay888 October 31, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Oh for god sake will you people ever give up on this Falyn thing ?

    The girl is a mom for starters and she is so out of shape it would take her a year to get back in shape.

    Then there is the academic stuff to contend with.Fayln is done as far as college ball goes, maybe we will see her on the beach circuit some day.

  • dedicatedfan October 31, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I do know that Dave and Wong were in Europe, earlier this year, doing some recruiting. If anything comes of it, we probably will not hear anything until signing day, 2013.

  • vballfreak808 October 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    The only recruits I want to hear about are outside hitters or middle blockers. Hawaii has enough liberos/defensive specialists for next few years. Setters should be fine since we are getting Higgins who is a great get for Hawaii. I’m hoping being in the Big West really pays off with recruiting. West coast states have a lot of good volleyball players.

    In other news…Utah Valley will join the WAC in 2013 so now that brings the WAC to a total of three schools in 2013 with Utah Valley, New Mexico State, and Idaho! Way to go WAC!

    • dedicatedfan October 31, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      Well, they will need to recruit, at least, one middle, and 3 OH. They will have middles Vorster, Adolpho, and Hagins, coming back for 2014. The outsides coming back for 2014 will be Croson, Olevao, and the girl from Kaiser, also, if you want to you can throw in Long. Like you mentioned, the setter position will be ok with Stauber and Higgins. With 7 scholarships to give out, that would leave 3, for best athlete available. Maybe, one could go to a libero if she is an excellent one.

    • js October 31, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      its not like ds/L are on scholarships…

  • TW October 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    It still amazes me that Falyn is a point of discussion on any blog. USC did better without her and the Wahine’s were lucky she was never eligible. Sometimes when a super-star decides to leave the “team” actually improves. When the “it’s all about me” mentality is present it can destroy morale. Hartong has never found it necessary to be a VB diva.

  • dedicatedfan October 31, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I am just hoping that OH from Kaiser turns out to be an impact player right away, especially if she can play on the RS.

    • uhfan October 31, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      I thought Taylor was a MB? Is she training for OH instead?

      • vballfreak808 October 31, 2012 at 3:19 pm

        She is more of an outside/opposite. Hasn’t trained in the middle for a while.

        • uhfan October 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm

          How is her backrow skills?

          • eh? October 31, 2012 at 4:47 pm

            ehh, needs work along with her vertical.. lacking.. she still has the baby giraffe trying to get use to its long limbs feel about her. plenty of potential.

  • vballfreak808 October 31, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    In the Texas-TCU match on ESPNU/ESPN3, they have little notes around the country and they mentioned Hartong being National Player of the Week! Glad she is getting recognition

    • rnr October 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      NICE!!!! Also x-cited for Taylor & Higgins to come on board. Taylor sounds like an impact player with her athleticism and height (think she’s 6’4″) and Higgins being a taller setter @ 5’10″ will be advantages when it comes to blocking, especially when Uiato gets tooled sometimes or hit over and has to get subbed out for Kaela (which isn’t always a bad thing)

      • js October 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm

        Higgins is a lot closer to 5’8.

          • js October 31, 2012 at 5:10 pm

            lol. Staradvertiser always embellishes the players heights. I might even give her 5’9 on a good day. Her personal site says she’s 5’9 which changed to 5’10 when that article came out, then it changed back to 5’9. I thought that was funny. Also Carly Kan lists herself at 5’9, and she looks a tad maybe half inch to an inch taller than Higgins. I can guarantee you shes not 5’10 though. I WISH. we need tall setters!!!!

          • Cindy Luis October 31, 2012 at 5:16 pm

            Sorry but we don’t embellish heights. If that’s what the player is listed as, that’s what we go with.

          • js October 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm

            so where did 5’10 come from? like i said, even HER PERSONAL site says shes 5’9.

          • Cindy Luis October 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm

            no idea. probably some roster out there is my guess.

          • js October 31, 2012 at 5:32 pm

            Dont really want to get hung up on her height… But really, she is a great setter and Hawai’i is lucky to have her. Excited how her career as a wahine will pan out. Im a little worried about 2014 recruiting class, a lot of the top programs seem to be getting commits from top talent. Its a little disconcerting to here since Hawai’i has no one as of now.

  • Beauston October 31, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Anyone has more news on Olevao’s ankle injury on yesterday’s practice as reported on the SA newspaper today? I hope it was not that serious.

    • Cindy Luis October 31, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      Nothing more new on Olevao.

  • warriorfan October 31, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Eh Kanoe was 5′ 7 on a good day. Higgins is in the same mold and she has hops like KK did.

    • Cindy Luis October 31, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Very true. In Nike heels as we say.

    • js October 31, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Wast dissing that shes short. Ill take a short phenomenal setter over a tall so-so setter anyday. Was just trying to be realistic.

  • TW October 31, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Higgins is quick and accurate but not close to 5’10″. Her height has fluctuated a lot but she looks in the 5’8″ range. Nothing wrong with that….look at Cook!

    • Nikki November 9, 2012 at 1:27 am

      What is wrong with cewhing gum? Alex Jupiter of USC is also cewhing gum.Anyway, Hawaii took care of business and that’s what counts. You talked about how Brittany Hewitt is not taking full advantage of her height, what about USC? Lauren Williams is 6-4, Alex Jupiter is 6-3, Roleder is 6-3, and they lose to a short Hawaii team? Whatever!

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