With all due respect to Idaho St., they had no business taking a set from Hawaii in the game. Differential in talent across the net was considerable. Despite the "easy" win, the Wahine committed too many unforced errors, were clumsy with pass-receive, and often indecisive at the net with both blocking and jousting. UH will most definitely NOT win tomorrow if they played the way they did at times in the game tonight. That said, there are never any guarantees in sports so am glad they pulled out the victory tonight.
There wasn't much offense and long rallies were few and far between. But i liked the way Hawaii really forced the Bengals to defend pin-to-pin. And their success with quick hits and step-out's from the middles made life much easier for Hartong. After a quiet first set, Hartong went hot and never cooled down. Idaho St. couldn't even stop her with 2 blockers at the net.
Killer instinct is what is missing. The Wahine play in some rotations with ease and score points then rotate and become tentative and give points back. The Seniors on their final go round have the burning desire to go out with a bang and play like it. The team has played at times with reckless abandonment scoring points in bunches (set one and three for instance) then just when the house gets at ease, they allow teams that they are obviously have more talent than back in. Like when you play against your little cousins and sisters, you don't finish them off and gloat about it, but let them play and just 'enjoy' it with them. Well, that is okay in round one so far, but in round two, three and four the competition will be less and less 'forgiving'. Ali has been saying it in interviews for two years, she hates to lose (and) plays like it. Em too. The rest of team will have to find the fire in the belly and rise up and as a team keep the pressure on from beginning to end or have one more season of unfullfilled goals. Just my thoughts. They can win, but lose too easily. And while I will always cheer and support them 100%, I will always wonder why they underperformed at key times, too. I love this team and program and always will and I'm totally frustrated when they handle teams so easily then go out and get 'handled' just as easily for no apparent reason. Go Wahine! Play your game and you will win, play mind games and you may struggle. You're better than that and have shown it time and time again this year. Find your internal 'killer' and don't just go through the motions and play survival games it won't get you through to the final goal in the tournament and it will get disappointment and frustration that will last a life time. The saying is 'leave it all on the court' or play like there is no tomorrow. Win or lose, have no regrets its only 50% in your power but from here on the stakes only get bigger. Go! Go! Go! Wahine!
So far the Volleyball [Selection] Committee did its job. Seeds are expected to move on to Round 2 -- and are usually given opponents who are dead on arrival -- and all but 1 did(ACC's Florida St over SEC's Florida [Seed 5]).
Round 2 gets more interesting. All 16 seeds are expected to move on to the quarterfinals (aka Sweet 16) but Round 2 -- while it may not reveal which seeds are deserving of their seed -- will reveal which seeds are not the chosen ones. Foresight (game on!) versus hindsight (game pau!), and while we all have hindsight (the ubiquitous "I told you so" crowd), it is time for those with foresight to make their calls now!
Hawaii will have to get past BYU to make it out of this sub regional. Tonight's game is a must win situation. Hawai'i may lack some power and so uncertainty on how far they can go. Luck plays a big role in their chances of 5 NCAA Women's Championship title.
Hawai'i is a national contender because they go national. Keep it this way and Hawai'i will have a win. Sorry to be cutting out all the other small players from Hawai'i. They will need to go national to win. Hartong must carry the load to win this 1. I meant a national champion title. That is the way most people felt, however skeptical they may have been. One note I'd like to point out.