Warriors outlast Nittaidai in 5

February 26th, 2012

Sorry, had another commitment.

Hunt with 19 kills, West with 13 kills, 8 blocks, Welch off the bench with 3 kills, 8 blocks as Hawaii wins 25-116, 22-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-11.  Lasted 2;22.

Timmer carried off with what looks to be another ankle roll. they’ll know more tomorrow.

UH off to California for four matches, 2 at SC March 2-3, Stanford March 6-7

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  • warriorfan February 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    This road trip will be tough. I would be surprised if they win one.

  • Alan February 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I think you hit it this time Warriorfan, this next road trip will be brutal. Four matches in 6 days against the #1 ranked team and the team that just beat them at home. Their legs just start to give out, we saw that this past road trip the B-Ball team just completed. They just have to suck it up, go to war, and leave it all on the court. And then, who knows?

  • warriorfan February 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    This team doesnt play well at stanford at all. So I expect them to be swept both times fairly easily. Against SC is where they have a chance. UH always plays them tough.

  • Brandon February 27, 2012 at 12:27 am

    It’s to going to be an extremely tough road to hoe for UH. I think it’s going to be difficult for them to win at least 2 games on this upcoming road trip. The good news for them is the final 6 games are against Northridge, LBSU, and UCSB. Currently they’re all in the bottom half of the MPSF standings. If Hawaii can go 4-2, it’s quite possible they will make the postseason.

  • Joe February 27, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I am the only one who thinks Wade is a lousy coach. He only plays a limited number of players during the meaningless non conference season then in the middle of the MPSF schedule decides to try everyone out. He should have done that in the beginning then he would have a better ides of what works now. He rotates through opposites like a revolving door, but never subs out Marks despite his less than impressive performance against good teams.

  • Joe February 27, 2012 at 8:37 am

    What I meant in last post was, “am I the only one who…” and “idea” not ides

  • hiro February 27, 2012 at 8:50 am

    It was a big mistake going with Wade: never played, only coached women, no network for recruits. Coulda had Mike Sealy, Coach of the Year 2011 of champs UCLA. Who made that terrible decision?

    • Cindy Luis February 27, 2012 at 11:11 am

      decision made after a national search and a search committee selection. Not sure Sealy was that interested in switching back to men but it would have been a head job and he ‘had to apply’ as he said.

  • HI5HO February 27, 2012 at 11:30 am

    There’s nothing wrong with Wade. This is just a rebuilding year.

  • Hiro February 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Who was on the committee that made this terrible decision? Are you saying that Sealy turned the job down or that the committee didn’t offer it to him. There’s 300+ D1 girls programs and less than 40 boys. What Sealy has done is amazing. What Wade has done is embarrassing.

    • Cindy Luis February 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Didn’t say Sealy turned down the job offer.
      said he applied. that he said he ‘had to’ apply since it’s the natural process for assistants who want to be a head coach.
      The finalists to replace Wilton were:
      Wade, Sealy, Tino Reyes and Scott Wong.
      They had 25 applicants.
      Don’t remember who all were on the committee other than Scott Robbs.

  • Alan February 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Let’s see, Wade had winning seasons his first two years and made the playoffs both years, something that had eluded the Warriors for a few years Preceding him. His first year they advanced to the semi-finals in the MPSF playoffs before losing to eventual National Champion Stanford. This year they are experiencing struggles due in part to young recruits. It takes time to build depth with only 4 1/2 scholarships, something (depth) that the top MPSF teams are loaded with. The next couple of years will tell how good his recruiting has been. As for Sealy, he took over a perennial top 20 program that was loaded with talent recruited by his predecessor, Hall of Fame Coach Banikoski (sp?). He did a good job true, but not sure how “amazing” it was.

    • Cindy Luis February 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Alan, Wade made the playoffs in part to having Umlauft, Wilton’s recruit, for the past two years. and a very veteran group with Zemljak, Walker the past two years, and those two with Cervantes in 2010.
      I think they’re young. have said that from the beginning. The only ones with much experience are Hunt and Castello, although Nick only in his second year in the program. Lofy’s been in and out of the starting lineup.
      As for Sealy, I said that he felt he had to put his hat in the ring at the time because it was a head job. Although he felt his future was in the women’s game since there are so many more job opportunities. And he did an amazing job — not my choose of words — since the two All-Americans Banachowski had counted on in Cook and Gil both transferred out. The setter for the title team was a transfer from UCLA. Agree, he had some pretty good talent there.

  • Alan February 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    You have a point, but re: Umloft, Wilton did not recruit him, he recruited himself. He contacted all the schools that offered engineering and a chance to play volleyball and eventually chose UH. He originally came with the intent of only staying one year, but was convinced to stay another. Neither Wilton or Wade can take credit for recruiting him. Like Hewitt he decided he was done with VB and chose to go back to Germany and focus on his studies. He reportedly also turned down a very lucrative offer to play pro in Korea. Yes Walker and Zemljak were Wilton’s recruits, but we also saw great improvement in their play under Wade, especially Walker who has a great work ethic. I maintain when you consider his outstanding team leadership along with his level of play he was a bigger loss than Umloft (although wouldn’t we love to have Umloft this year). Just my opinion.

  • Alan February 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    One more thing re: Umloft . I believe I heard he sent his tapes to UH after Wilton left when Wade first got there, but nonetheless the point is no one at UH actually recruited him. We just got lucky.

    • Cindy Luis February 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      NO, umlauft was on his way to UH under Wilton and Reyes. Was told about him by Wilton when I was covering the team full time. so perhaps you heard wrong.
      Jonas did recruit himself by sending tapes, not the first time it has happened, but Wilton is the one that should be given the credit for him being in the program.

  • Hiro February 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Tell me one player that’s improved with wade. Hunt? Biscaro? Has marks got better this year? Our best young players were coached by Speraw at irvine.

  • Alan February 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Well yes, Hunt. If you haven’t seen his improvement the past 2 1/2 years, you haven’t been paying attention. As for the two players who transferred from Irvine ( where they saw little or no playing time) they’ve both improved during this season, wasn’t aware Speraw is still coaching them this year. Stanley Hinlkle who has only played sparingly this year keeps improving and could be a real contributor in the next few years. Too bad we didn’t red shirt him. Lofy, who is a Wilton recruit, has also improved, and is a good blue-collar player. But sometimes there is a limit to how much an individual player can improve. Not everyone is destined to be a superstar.

  • Jamie February 28, 2012 at 7:01 am

    I personally would like to see more of Hinkle. He has already lost his redshirt status so playing him more at this point wont change that. I feel that players show their true abilities and improve the best by playing in actual matches. they are certainly not winning at this point and might as well develop him to his fullest. he has amazing arm strength and boy can that kid fly! I agree with an above post as well… I dont understand why Marks is getting all the love. he seems to play worse and worse instead of better. Move Hinkle to outside or give Sedore a real opportunity to play as well.

  • hiro February 28, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Looking at hawaiiathletics.com Hunt’s stats: hitting pct. .243, .229, .271, .256 no big improvement. blocks: .5, .61, .59, .52 nope. aces: .1, .13, .07, .08 not there. Digs? 1.4, 1.26, 1.42, .76 looks pretty bad. So Alan where would you say the improvement is?

    • Cindy Luis February 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Where Hunt has improved is his attitude. Plus you cannot compare what Hunt did last year to what he is being asked to do this year. This year, he is the go-to player, gets all the trouble sets. The past couple of years, they went to Umlauft to bail them out.

  • Alan February 28, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I think Cindy summed it up pretty well. Hunt has made huge improvement in his attitude and controlling his emotions on the court. He has stepped up to be the team leader this year. Cervantes and Walker filled that role superbly the past couple of years. Any coach in any sport will tell you how valuable that is to a team. As Cindy mentioned he is the go to guy this year, and knowing that, opposing teams have double and triple teamed him this year. Unlike previous years he hits much smarter this year keeping the ball in play rather than only powering it into the block, and sometimes just keeping it in play results in the other team making an error or someone else scoring a kill or a block. But this just my opinion, doubtful it will change yours, and that’s fine too.

  • Alan February 28, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Hunt leads the MPSF this season with a 4.18 kills per game average.

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