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Hawaii-WSU rewind, Hartong MVP

September 21st, 2013

will start with the basics, which is the brief story that is up on our website. will be back later with quotes from Shoji.

won't have time for much more until I get into the office, probably atound 530 HST

Senior All-American Emily Hartong put down a match-high 13 kills, all coming in the first two sets, and sophomore hitter Tai Manu-Olevao added 10 as No. 7 Hawaii made its first road trip of the season a successful one when sweeping host Wichita State today 25-20, 25-20, 25-23 to win the Shocker Volleyball Classic in Wichita, Kan.

It was the fourth championship for the Rainbow Wahine in as many tournaments. Although the event isn't officially over until Sunday when Wichita State and No. 23 Creighton meet for second place, Hawaii was awarded the championship trophy before leaving with Hartong named the MVP. She was joined on the all-tournament team by senior setter Mita Uiato and junior middle Kalei Adolpho.

The Rainbow Wahine (11-1, 3-0 SVC) ran their winning streak to nine when snapping the Shockers' winning streak at 10 in front of 3,251 at Charles Koch Arena. Senior libero Ali Longo had 20 of Hawaii's 45 digs against Wichita State (11-2, 1-1).

Hawaii return to play an exhibition against Toyota Auto Body of Japan on Wednesday. The Wahine open their Big West title defense Friday when hosting Cal State Fullerton.

68 Responses to “Hawaii-WSU rewind, Hartong MVP”

  1. John:

    I`m kinda an old geezer and I LIKE IT! I LIKE IT A LOT! Cool to see some new eye catchy colors. Why did they decide to suddenly wear that color away and not at home games??

  2. Neil:

    Went to this game with family nice treat to see uh play

  3. Noble:

    WSU coach commented in his post-game interview after the Hawaii match and in his pre-game interview before the Creighton match that the Hawaii libero was "off the charts". He may have been referring to her jersey? WSU hitters seemed subconsciously focused on her and hitting in her direction most of the match. Longo finished the 3 set sweep with 20 digs.

  4. Maverick:

    This week's top 10:
    1. Penn State
    2. Washington
    3. Florida
    4. USC
    5. Texas
    6. Hawaii
    7. Stanford
    8. San Diego
    9. Minnesota
    10. Michigan

    Other UH opponents: UCLA at 11, Creighton at 23. Illinois at 24 with a 4-6 record.

  5. mei mei:

    haha think the florescent green is pretty awesome !! thanks for links to the pics

  6. Cindy Luis:

    Thanks. see new thread. was off to a slow start this morning

  7. Cindy Luis:

    45. It could be an issue of credits transferring, which means a 'failure to show academic progress' as they call it. she has transferred twice nice. Don't know if she was in school last spring so ...
    It was like Heather Bown's transfer from UCSB. UH, which is really weird about accepting credits even from schools like Stanford and UCSB, didn't allow all of Bown's credits to transfer. She had to go to both summer school sessions, taking several classes, in order to be eligible that first year as a junior.

  8. Warriorfan:

    53. Doesn't really look green to me though, looks more yellowish. But I like it, hope she wears it at home.

  9. Cindy Luis:

    46. I would think that the old geezers, myself included, would approve. takes us back to our youth and the psychedelic colors of the 60s. that is, if we can remember those times '-)
    Although it did look more like the yellow that was on the Shockers' court.
    but if it's green that was posted, looked like the 'limeys' that UH men's basketball occasionally breaks out.

  10. Cindy Luis:

    28. you can hear the entire press conference at go shockers.com
    I used some of the comments he made. His did seem surprised that Manu-Olevao and Taylor had picked up their games, that they had been more error-prone during the matches there and from what he saw on tape. That's part of the reason they felt they could load up on Hartong because he didn't think the other pin hitters would hurt them. Obviously he was wrong. He had some other comments. Didn't have room for more.

  11. Cindy Luis:

    23. don't get the 'see I told you about the 12.' They usually took 12 for WAC matches because of the costs. Dave said he only took 12 for the Big West last year. I said, actually you took 13 or 14 on some trips. He said, oh, that's right. we were in California.
    Just wanted to clear things up about how many he could take to a non-NCAA tournament (since the NCAA foots the bill for that travel for postseason). Guess the point is that he didn't think he needed to bring more than 13, for whatever reason. If you know Shoji, he still believes in being budget conscious on the travel.

  12. mauna:

    Lime green jerseys on the two pin hitters Olevao and Taylor, perfect- under construction workers on the court.

  13. Cindy Luis:

    33. not a dumb questions. UH got money to travel. Don't know if it directly came out of the tournament or if it was a guaranteed amount set ahead of time (I'm guessing the latter).
    If I remember correctly UH got $10,000 for that one match they went to Nebraska a number of years ago.

  14. Cindy Luis:

    53. Don't think her jersey had anything to do with their hitters hitting in her direction. Longo was getting to the balls and making outstanding plays. their coach had a lot of nice things to say about her, including 'Heculeon effort."

  15. Noble:

    64. Yes, just having a little fun. Her performance definitely stood out. Although come to think of it maybe her jersey didn't stand out. The color of her jersey closely matched that of the large center court floor "Shocker" emblem. Maybe to the WSU hitters she was camouflaged and looked like part of the floor! Either way, she has my admiration for using every tool at her disposal to such great effect. Clearly she's a terrific competitor.

  16. LC:

    There is a new rule on Libero jerseys this year. The revised rule will require the libero to wear a uniform top that is immediately recognized from all angles as being in clear contrast to and distinct from the other members of the team. The libero and/or his/her teammates shall wear a solid-colored uniform top. The solid-colored uniform top shall clearly contrast from the predominant primary color(s) of the teammates’ uniform top, with the predominant color(s) being the color(s) appearing on approximately half of the uniform.

    Longo's jersey may look like it is yellow in the WSU photo but it was definitely lime green.

  17. hollycow:

    44. Pudundo. They had a new long sleeve all black with green angled stripe last season. Haven't worn it yet this season. It was brand new last year so we should see it this year. I'm more excited to see if the team wears the lime green, then Longo will wear the black long sleeve.

  18. Hot:

    61. I think you misunderstand. In a previous thread, somebody asked who would travel or how many Shoji would take. I said he took 12 during the WAC matches, and enumerated the 12 players he might take. Also mentioned he took at least 13 to the 2005 AVCA Showcase and as many as 15 in the NCAA. You were quick to correct me that he took 14 and only went with 13 last year because Croson was suspended. That's why I now say I wasn't imagining things when I remember he took 12. I understand you go through a lot of questions and posts, but please understand I wasn't being combative or being all I told you so. I appreciate all the answers you provide.