But I do agree, if the team continues to play like this, you need to shake things up a bit. That is why there is a bench and why you train in practice. You never know what someone can bring to the floor after watching for so long. It has happened before
Yesterday Cal Poly fell way behind in set one, losing 8 points in a row. I used to go to Cal Poly, that's why I was interested. Anyway, I was so disgusted, I stopped watching. Later when I checked the results, I expected to find them crushed in three straight sets only to learn that they made an improbable comeback thanks to their super digging effort and beat Fullerton in four sets. So I went back and watched the match and it was just amazing! So it's not over till it's over. Hope that Hawaii can wake up and turn this match around like Cal Poly did yesterday.
The truth is hard but enough sometimes with just being positive. That is why our kids today feel so entitled. They need to hear the truth. Enough about them being kids; this pays for their education. Grow up people; stop being that same local style nicey nice. Look at USC football, you dont produce...you get fired. This is not for Shoji. Humility is hard; but needed
There is seems to be some internal problems. I feel everybody who has followed the Wahine over the years can see! Only everybody who complains about Olevao-Kastl all the time seems consistent. There is a definite problem. Why is there so much reluctance to try starting Kastl? It may light a fire under Olevao. We are not a very good team anymore. The Big West is not that good to be down 2-0 to UC Davis. This really takes the joy from beating Texas, Arizona, UCLA, Creighton, etc.. How many more girls going leave the team? Gut check, Character check, or favortism?
I am mystified. Something is wrong with this team. How can they play so well for the first month and half of the season and just look terrible the last few weeks. They swept Wichita State on the road, that's a better team than any in the Big West. I don't get it. This is NOT the same team as in the preseason that's for sure.
Shoji wasn't kidding when he said that Hawaii is not a good blocking team. Sometimes the matches seem like a shooting gallery with almost no blocking presence at all on the Hawaii side. I guess this can be solved with better recruiting. I'm beginning to think that great blockers are born and can't be taught. I don't want to seem harsh but I think Vorster will always be a mediocre blocker.
For the 2 sets
UH 195. 4 aces (1 in Set 2), 0 SE, 39 digs, 4 blocks
UCD 294, 5 aces, 5 SE, 35 digs, 4 blocks.
Taylor 4-3-18, Vorster 3-1-5, Manu-Olevao 7-4-21, Hartong 11-0-23, Adolpho 2-4-1. Tuaniga no stats
Long 9 digs, Goodman no stats. not sure why Higans 1 assist.
used 12 players, don't see Kastl listed. they have Passi in the stats for a bit. We know that's wrong.
Looking at the stats, Davis has a balanced attack. Despite Hartong's flawless hitting (but three receive errors already), she can't carry the team alone. Amazing that Hawaii had no service errors. That kept them close but not close enough. Blocks are about the same but hitting errors plague Hawaii. It's a tall order to try to come back in three sets. I'm not as hopeful as at the end of set 1.
88. Some interesting stats from Wichita St. match: UH hitting--Hartong .278, Taylor .350, Oleavo .269, Vorster .429, Adolpho .308. Tonight, the numbers are .478, .056, .143, .400, -.166. Hartong is not getting the support she used to.
It is not Emily;the lineup needs CHANGE!! If it is not working ,change is good. There are only 2 SOLIDIFIED STARTERS; (Emily and Longo). We must be 2 deep in every position. Look at how many girls had to go away and play. (They are playing major parts in their team's success) So what are we doing staying 1 deep. Losing 2 games and being down 2-0 to UC Davis should be a concern. Just hope this fairy tale season can be turned around. At least now we just will be happy to get to postseason and play ANYWHERE because that is what wr deserve..YOU CAN DO IT GIRLS!!!
86. 88. I agree with everything you've posted on this blog. Having a team dynamic skewed to the performance of "on" players and players being "off" will not win games. The experience in mental toughness of the collegiate game is starting to show in these younger players, in regards to their performance on the court and what they let linger in their scholastic performance. It seems in the past couple weeks, these "off" players haven't been "present" in their on-court performance. Many factors come into play, but to what degree are the players and coaches held accountable for leveling this dynamic? The coaching staff and supporting cast of athletes need to contribute to the development of "present" players, maybe revisit mantras and objectives they experienced in their fall camp motivational sessions. We are all well aware of the capabilities of this team [coaches and athletes] and the potential they promise, but if you're not reacting at all to remedy the apparent issues, you better be more proactive in making sure there are slim chances of "off" players and team dynamic occur. I support Na Wahine Volleyball and will pull for them through-and-through because I believe there will be change. IMUA NA WAHINE, IMUA!
I still believe what is going on with the team right now is just a mid season slump and when they kick out of it, and they will, no matter where they end up on the road for the post season, they will tear it up, because they do have the talent to do it and they have already proven it this year that they can beat anyone. So, they are just setting themselves up for the best season come back, that's all
its about character and being better people. Not like other schools and coaching, like Washington. There its all about winning. He will deal with the bull later but when a win is on the line, Maclaughlin will replace players easily because he wants the win. Dave is different, if he sees lack of effort as a team, he will let them falter. Only when he is seeing extra effort does he get into the match and want to coach otherwise he will let them fail.
Bottom line we are not a very good team right now. I'm not one to panic, but at this point changes have to be made. Whatever they're doing it's not working. I was willing to write off one bad game as a fluke, but this is now several games in a row of subpar play.
This team has way too much talent to be losing to middle of the pack Big West teams.
what else is there to say? NOTHING! I guess Hawaii is most likely going to have to hope to get into the NCAA tournament because there is no way they are winning the big west this year. they are so disappointing as of late and I don't even know where to begin with the way they have performed lately.
Hartong made a Herculean effort with 29 kills and 21 digs. This team lacks a sidekick to her. We just don't have the horses or they are very tired horses. Seems like the team can't win in five sets except at Creighton. All their loses came in the fifth set. When Hartong leave, the heart of the team will just go with her. She's such a workhorse but gets little help. My heart goes to Hartong.
Wahine can't go five sets. UCSB, and Northridge going fwd,Wahines going backwards. The rest of the Big West teams knows just how to play the Wahine, and they can't seem to do anything to turn it around. Looks like Wong was doing all the coaching..Hope the football team does better.
Man...steve/laura/dedicatedfan is tearing it up on volleytalk. even with the negative going on with the blog right now, I am glad he/she/it is not on this blog anymore....wish volleytalk would ban "dedicatedfan" too
I think Shoji is still trying to get over the Dodgers not making it to the world series. Anyway there's six more matches before everyone will be talking about next season. Sr. night should be a good one, rematch with Northridge.
still trying to figure out if and what changes were made for 3rd and 4th. having not listened to the broadcast or followed live stats, i'm thinking something happened b/t 2nd and 4th sets to change the
Great effort by Hartong but she can't win it alone. Couldn't believe that Olevao and Taylor started every set. What is their incentive to play hard when they start regardless of performance. Hope there are great recruits ready to play cause the current cast isn't going to get it done. Seems like the coaches are just stubborn or unable to make any adjustments...either way, you lose.
Started the 5th with getting aced...they gotta realize that you can't win tight matches unless you serve and pass!!!!! Why does everyone blame the setter for setting someone that is going to get the kill more times than anyone else. She tried to spread the offense in the beginning of the 1st set and the middles made way too many errors - Kalei little off lately and Jade arm swing is slow. At one point the coach told her not to set certain middle sets anymore. Passing was the major issue in the game. Kastl may not be as aggressive of a hitter but when she was in the 3rd game, passing was a little more stable. Setting is a tough situation because you are torn between trying to run an offense with bad passing and middles that are making errors with just setting the person that the coach basically wants you to set every time. Coaching staff doesn't like when other players make hitting errors and you can visibly tell that they are upset/disappointed that the set didn't go to Hartong when others make mistakes. Call a spade a spade and stop blaming...Issue is the passing, erratic middles that can't block quicks and the revolving door on the left side... Girls just gotta dig deep and try to finish strong!
211. they don't have a lot of options outside of those two. As has been pointed out from early on the L2 slot was going to be a problem as was a consistent RS.
Goodman is a solid player, especially blocking, but Taylor is perhaps a better option for offense.
The issue is what happens when both of them are off? results in Hartong having to carry even more of the load.