Sunday, October 12, 2014


I'm heading to the Eastern Seaboard, but should be back for the match against UC Santa Barbara. No new posts until then. Be; make, do, read something awesome!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

WVB: Hawaii at Long Beach State

The University of Hawaii women's volleyball team lost to Long Beach State, 15-25, 25-22, 24-26, 25-21, 11-15, in a match where four yellow cards were issued:

IYC UH Coach LB Coach set 4
IYC UH Set 5
LBSU triple block 21, 6, 8 set 3

There seems to be something about Hawaii and Long Beach State that brings out the yellow cards. The most controversial yellow was in set four when the score was Hawaii 14-18 and the referees, briefly, reversed a point that Hawaii had just won to Long Beach. The commentators thought that the point was given to Long Beach because of a lift and that the yellow was because of how Hawaii protested the call. But, after multiple watchings, my friend said Shoji and co were off the bench even before the play ended:
I think Dave was first upset because they didn't call a double hit on LBSU. The play wasn't done yet and he and Scott them were already off the bench. Then you see him put his arms apart, signaling she was this far from the net. He was basically saying that the LBSU middle blocker was an attacker when she hit it the first time, but it went off the net, and then she hit it again so it was a double hit. Hawaii block ended the rally and then the ref must have shown the yellow card at that time. Then they gave Long Beach the point because of the yellow card but not supposed, so they gave it back to Hawaii.
At first, I thought the card was issued to Sarah Mendoza (to which, go Sarah! Neither my friend nor I thought it would be you). After the play concluded, she made a gesture to the official---that's two fingers, saying doublehit. But box score says that the card was to Shoji, I guess for making too much of a scene while the ball was still in play.

The referees gave the point to Long Beach State, but in order for a yellow card to result in a point for the other team (red), two yellows must be issued in the same set to the same person, so they gave it back to Hawaii.

Point of all this? Dude, I don't know. Hawaii just lost to Long Beach State.

Thoughts about the match during the match are after the jump.

Friday, October 10, 2014

WVB: Hawaii at Cal State Northridge

5:52pm:  Hawaii is getting spanked, and not just by Cal State Northridge's two-time honorable mention All-American middle blocker. Hawaii lost set one 17-25, set two 20-25, and is losing set three 13-18. I'm off to continue doing more enjoyable things. Have a great Friday night, despite of or maybe because of the match results!

11:48pm: 102 texts, you guys. Hawaii lost to Cal State Northridge, 17-25, 20-25, 21-25, and I got 102 match-related texts from my friend about the third set alone. Stats at the link, texts from my friend are below (posted with permission).

watching 3rd set
too many mistakes
we beat ourselves
they couldn't really stop us
when we were in system
oh my word
soooo many service errors
4 in a row this time!
we better smash them
when they come here
i want facials
wow crap

Thursday, October 9, 2014

WVB: "But we're also a very good team"

me:  The Long Beach match is getting a good amount of hype. What happens if Hawaii loses to Cal State Northridge?
my friend in a pitch three times higher than normal:  HAWAII IS NOT GOING TO LOSE TO NORTHRIDGE!

And that's it. Those are your only choices.

While you're thinking about it, here's an article about the match. Northridge middle blocker Casey Hinger said beating Hawaii "would be a really good win for us, for our program, for the conference" ("Matadors look to upset ranked Hawaii"). Also:
“Our offense is phenomenal,” Hinger said. “Nobody really knows the systems that we run. It’s a little bit different than traditional volleyball, so it really puts us in a good position against other teams.”
Head coach Jeff Stork called Hawaii "a good opponent," then added, “But we’re also a very good team. I’m confident in this team’s ability to win this match, but we have to play it to find out.”

(Thanks to one of you for the link!)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WVB: But first, CSUN

I do not like this lady. Nope. As such, dear Sarah Mendoza: please shut her up. Thank you.

But first, CSUN!

There's also this:

(Thanks to one of you for the links!)