You're right. Hartong got a lots of chances 15 kills in 23 attempts. Vorster and Adolpho had 8 attempts and 3 kills. Happy with Hawaii's blocking in the 2nd set. Much improved. Hartong got quite a few blocks and touches.
agreed about Hartong as NPOW on her weekend performance but the more dieversified the offense is the better this team will be during the off season. Adolpho and Olevao could have easily joined Hartong and Nikki on the double digit kills club but Uiato stayed with Hartong.
Team effectively played tonight at .400 hitting % UCI just could not shut Hartong down.
Cindy, this is what I meant about my post regarding Hartong getting set too much, too early. Obviously, she is Emily Hartong and she is going to get her kills no matter what, but it is predictable. Adolpho is pretty capable of providing offense, and Vorster, even when her hits are "soft," "mishit," and "unorthodox," she is mostly effective.
33 passing tonight was ok worse at set 3 hence the Hartong centric offensive Uiato provided but otherwise I agree with you. Uiato tends to ire on the side of caution that usually can be predictable (Hartong) if the pass is not great.
Sounds like Anteaters came out of 10 min. break between set 2 & 3 with a gung ho, do or die attitude. But Wahine pulled it together and restored order in set 4 and put it away. This will give some teams more of a can do attitude especially @ home, so Wahine may be tested, but not bested, I think. Go Wahine!
33. if you read my comments, you will see that I have said numerous times that I feel they go to Hartong too early, too often. but I was impressed that, until her last swing that dropped her below .500, that she was hitting very effectively and above .500 throughout the match. I gave up watching the TV feed because i find it hard to watch the baseline view. Perhaps predictable but just four errors.
34 as to the Hartong bent, I think it has to do with she's the best hitter off high sets off of bad/poor passes, in other words when set is less than good, Em is Mita's best option. Ergo, she sometimes has to 'get to' off sets, jump for mis-sets, and keep ball in play when she might want to bang. Add the fact that the block is going to know all that, too, and you're going to get blockers who are amped and set for her. So yes, it would be better if the offense with her hitting L1 were 'diversified' but it is what it is. And the teams are doing all they can to slow her down with serving her the majority of the time, too. But what I see is that she is up to it, just will need help/support down the line, but I also believe coaches will have team ready and seniors will keep team focused. Go Wahine!
On the other hand, she is Emily Hartong and you can't blame Shoji for going to her often. Just look at her stats in this match. Just would like to see a more diversified offense, especially with options like Adolpho, Vorster and Taylor. That would ensure they go far in the post season. I mean, the 2002-2003 teams that had both Kahumoku and Willoughby might have gone farther had they used their other offensive options.
42. Guess 02, 03 could have gone further than the national semis.
didn't cover the team in 02, was in Dallas in 03. That was a weird semi against Florida. both Willoughby and Kahukumoku had off nights against the Gators.
Great win! Love the fact that we have a King James, Kobe or Mia Hamm caliber player, in a Wahine uniform. EH fits the bill as our STAR, why not? Although, we would like to see more of a "balanced attack" because many feel that's the path to a national championship, maybe so. IMHO, play to your strength and if you are lucky enough to have a star who exhibits the highest standards, work 'um and allow 'um to shine, why not? In the meantime, continue to build the balance desired; 'cause along the journey others will have to step up into the light. Many GREAT TEAMS that have won championships in lots of cases had a "star to lead them." We've seen others have stepped into the light when needed, such as Ali and Mita and Taylor and etc... indeed, a GREAT TEAM that continues to win and is growing greatness by the week. -Go Wahine
29-31. Crawford is the other gym at UCI, the nicer is the Bren.
But they only had 814 tonight. not sure the reason they didn't use Bren, which seats 5,000
They were in Crawford last year. With UCI not drawing well, it could have been a money things. A lot of players do requirer the athletic department to pay for the arena time, since Bren is also used by other university groups.
this was only UCI's fourth home match. They drew more tonight than they had in three previous home matches combined (762)
Yup, like I said I've been on both. No way UCI will let them play at the Bren Center, cost way more money to use and operate and as it is, UC system is operating under bismal budget. They've also use Bren for paid community events and corporate sponsored concerts.
43. Duggins wasn't doing to hot vs. Florida, either. But they didn't go to Lundqvist or Tano as much, even though the two OH's had 20+ errors between them. Gustin came in and provided great spark, but it was too late.
46. Yup, great to have a star like Emily, and we know Mita and Ali Longo are dependable, but wouldn't it be great if the others like Adolpho, Taylor and Vorster were given more opportunities to contribute? The Kim-Lily teams had two superstar OHs and pretty much everyone else on the starting lineup had some sort of pedigree, but it still wasn't enough. USC won the championship, and if I'm not mistaken, they had a more diversified offense, with people like Emily Adams, Keao Burdine and Bibiana Candelas helping out their star OH, April Ross.
I was at the UCI match. My own observation from about 10 feet away was that the team was looking really tired in the third set, and just sluggish and off-tempo. I wonder if the Bows playing twice in a row on the road, against fresh players, is a factor here. This was the same gym they played in last year, BTW.
43. Gustin had been injured but a little surprised also they didn't bring her in earlier.
52. Had mentioned that about having played in Crawford last year.
some might remember that when UCI unexpectedly hosted the MPSF tournament they couldn't secure Bren at the late date because the Hawaiian Club at UCI had booked Bren for its luau.