21. I think the season is over for Hawaii. It's either BYU is stinking good, or we are just stinking bad. everytime i look up we get blocked. Whoever said defensively BYU isn't as good as Idaho State, was wrong. They look better defensively.
54. Agree...I would like to see UH have the kind of offense that USD has, with 4-5 players getting about the same number of kills...Like them or not, their offense has been very well-distributed all season...
Oh well. I hope this embarrassing loss motivates Shoji to stay. More importantly, to coach & prepare his team better. They were outplayed in all facets of the game tonight. Worst loss at home in a long long time.
Hawai'i just doesn't have the players to make it far. Vorster and Adolpho are at their best when they're not getting a lot of sets. When Uiato gives them the ball more, their hitting percentages drop. This sounds harsh, but Olevao is not the answer at any outside position. Nor was Kastl. I'm torn about Uiato. She is very good technically, but I don't know if her decision-making is flawed, or if she's just following the coaches' orders, or maybe her hitters just aren't good enough. The hope is UH gets transfers/recruits that are ready at this level. Hartong is a star and Longo never seemed to get tired. Bright spots next year are Taylor and Mendoza. I hope Higgins rises to the occasion.
51. Few years ago when they had seven Sr's a lot of people thought that it was the year,but if I remember right they got beat in Florida. Hope next years recruits can come in and help early on. Got to get some blockers next year. Happy Holidays to everyone until next season be well,and be safe.
Same old story-Wahine do well in conference play but falter in the regionals when they meet teams with better overall talent. With all the tradition and fan support associated with Wahine volleyball, you would think Hawaii would at least keep pace in the recruiting wars but it seems to me that recruiting has never been Shoji's forte and the team hits the wall when facing teams with more than a few quality players. Not saying that UH doesn't have quality players (Longo, Uiato, Hartong) - just not enough. Am I way off-base here?
AWESOME YEAR WAHINE!!! junk match tonite, but i can't stay mad at BYU. They proved they were the better team tonite. BYU isn't top notch, but well rounded....sidebar.. BYUH is repping Hawaii for DivII!!!
2002-2003, Hawaii had the weapons, but they were predictable. Besides, the level of talent then was better, IMHO. The entire USC and Stanford rosters (including the bench), Florida's extremely athletic women. It was a free-for-all. I think about those two years.
#54 Team played great defense. Once again one of shoji's pets comes up
short in serious competition. Compare her performance against the BYU
setter who was spot on to her hitters. I just hope next year Taylor Higgins
will be do as Taylor does. That is if she becomes the next 'pet'.
Kudos to the rest of the team for playing her hearts out, it was obvious.
63. I just don't think people like Adolpho, Vorster and Olevao are the kind of players that will push Hawaii far in the postseason. I hope the newcomers next year are better, because if not, it's going to be a short season.
The middles are fine , their sets tonight were terrible no offfense to Mita but she did not play well.
Tai should not be on the floor period.
But the talent is there afterall they beat texas, they just were not prepared for this BYU team and that is on the coaches .
Maybe Hartong's departure and thus the absence of a dominant, go-to hitter, will be a blessing in disguise next year. Next season will be the first in a while that UH will not have the best hitter (player) in their conference & All-American candidate at the OH/OPP position. Nikki has the potential but is clearly not there yet. Offense will need to be quick & diverse out of necessity. Middles will have to improve significantly. And with Higgins at setter, they are capable of pulling it off. Equally important, or arguably more important, their passing, blocking, & back-row defense will need to be better to compensate for a less dominant offense. The latter should be Shoji's forte: scrappy, disciplined play that make it very hard for opponents to put the ball on the ground. I think the Wahine have lost that in the past few years following their Final Four Appearance with Cubi-Otineru, Kaaihue, and Danielson in the backrow.
I blame Shoji. When he became the winningest coach, he made the speech and said he thinks his team can go far. One of the girls said to him talk about bachi. Seriously I agree with 60 - whether it's Willoughby, Kahumoku, Prince, Danielson, Hartong so on and so on, Hawaii doesn't have the talent to compete with some of the better teams. That is unfortunate since we have the most fans at any game.
BYU just plain outplayed the Wahine tonight. Shoji said at the beginning of the year that blocking was average at best. It showed tonight. I have to conclude that Hawaii did not have the horses this year to really make a run in the tourney. Hartong wound up being the only reliable hitter, though Nikki Taylor does show some promise, a hint of greatness. The Hawaii middles are good but not outstanding. Longo was great all year but Uiato just did not connect with Jade almost all year.
Agree with 63. Looks like Arizona did a better job against BYU last night making adjustments. We saw how BYU played and could have exploited that but Hawaii has never had plans. What really hurts was the sweep.
It's always a sad nite when the season ends for our Wahine. I thank them for another wonderful season...despite the UPS and downs, there were many joyous moments. Best wishes to our seniors...they'll all be missed. I'm hoping next year will be something like 2004 when we thought we were in a rebuilding year and kicked some serious butt!
Also, please keep voting for Emily...i spent 2 ours at my office today logging into every available computer...i gave her over 35 votes...net result was she fell behind another .2! I remember last year someone thought it was rigged...hope that's not the case...I'll try to do the same Sun & Mon! (wish I'd started doing it sooner!)
76. That means ready to retire for Dave Shoji. Who will take his place as the head coach? Interim head coaches? They mentioned someone like Tita Ahuna. But how far do you think the program might go with her? Probably nowhere! Sorry Hawaii lost tonight against BYU.
I think people gotta realize that although UH is such a tradition rich volleyball program and has the great attendance, fans, etc. , its still a huge uphill battle recruiting enough of the "big time" players to come here to play. Schools with the money like USC, UCLA, Stanford, Penn state, etc have the money from football, tv deals , and boosters to get the facilities and recruiting budgets that really attract recruits. I think Dave has done a great job considering what he's up against. You could really see the swing in the talent and winning going towards the BCS schools once the money really started to pour in and having much more disparity in football.