Scrimmage starting

by Cindy Luis on August 23, 2014

about a couple of hundred in the arena, slowly coming in.
Shoji the up ref.
Mendoza, Koelsch, Manu-Olevao, Magill, Greeley, and James Ka on one side.
other side: Adolpho, Passi, Kahakai, Long, Higgins, Huff on the other
Stats will be limited.
sorry was typing fast. didn’t get everyone in. will catch up in a bit

1 volleyballfan August 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm

James Ka = Nikki Taylor, someone get him a blonde wig, please. :-)

2 volleyballfan August 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Hey, Cindy, no fair, one side has 7. It is 7 on 6. :-) Also, did not realize Magill had a twin. :-) Shoji must be trying to pull a fast one, on Higgin’s team. :-)

3 Cindy Luis August 23, 2014 at 4:21 pm

it’s not 7 on 6. only 6 on a side. their using various DSs.
Koelsch’s team wins 25-18.
Ka only took a few swings.

4 Cindy Luis August 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

guess I was typing too quickly. Anyway, second set. setters switched sides, so Koelsch with Huff, Kahakai, Long, Passi, Maglio, Adolpho, Anderson

5 Cindy Luis August 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Higgins side Greeley, who just had two straight aces, Magill, Guinasso, Ponce, Mendoza. Ka occasionally.Wong coaching this side. Ah Mow-Santos the other.

6 Cindy Luis August 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Pretty funny. Koelsch side questioned whether Adolpho’s slide was blocked back and hit her or if it was blocked out. Taylor the linesman got called over to ‘discuss’ the call with Shoji. He stuck with her call. ‘Press Row’ thought it wasn’t the correct call.

7 Cindy Luis August 23, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Higgins’ side wins 25-18

8 Cindy Luis August 23, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Set 3 likely the starting lineup with Higgins, Mendoza, Long, Passi, Adolpho, Magill, Manu-Olevao.

9 Mack August 23, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Wish I was there. Let’s go freshmen!

10 Cindy Luis August 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm

freshmen win 26-24

11 Mack August 23, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Thanks Cindy for all the updates on the team over the last 2 weeks. Flying in on Friday to catch the first tournament. Looking forward to it.

12 volleyballfan August 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm

8. Thinking Greeley will come in for Long, when she rotates to the front row. Also, Kahakai will come in for Olevau, when she goes to the back row. No need to put pressure on Greeley and Olevau, by having them play to back row also. Just have them concentrate on their front row duties. If that becomes the Wahine starting 6, Friday.

13 volleyballfan August 23, 2014 at 5:58 pm

10. I am thinking height eventually won out, and Maglio did not rotate out of the Front Row. This bolds will for the later part of the season, and also, seasons to come, with the Freshmen beating the veterans even though it was by a very, very small margin.

14 mauna August 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm

After watching the scrimmage, I see the starting lineup as of right now——
Sarah Mendoza, libero
Tayler Higgins, setter
Olivia Magill, middle
Kalei Adolpho, middle
Tai Manu-Olevao, leftside
Kalei Greeley, leftside
right side, tossup between Ginger Long and Keani Passi

observations- Megan Huff is raw, Kalei Greeley does it all, Emily Maglio needs a little work, but is a good backup. The players that stood out were Magill and Greeley.

15 volleyballfan August 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Thanks, Mauna, for your insight.

16 jkjones August 23, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Thanks mauna…you have Tai M-O as a starter. Reasoning? Any improvements? I believe she will miss 2/3 Sundays in the preseason. Also Ginger Long, in your opinion, how did she play at the net and in the back row? did she serve?

17 roofer68 August 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm

This is the best freshman class in the last two decades, IMHO. Tall and athletic with a whole lot of upsides. Cindy’s right, Shoji will be around next year.

18 Cindy Luis August 23, 2014 at 6:36 pm

14. yep, pretty much who was on that side in Set 3. except for Greeley, who definitely will be in the lineup next weekend. For sure Sunday when Manu-Olevao sits out, if not sooner. Think Mendoza gets the nod at libero of Kahakai but she should see playing time as well.
I think Passi over Long on the right.

19 Cindy Luis August 23, 2014 at 6:37 pm

be back in a bit after writing.

20 Cindy Luis August 23, 2014 at 6:38 pm

16. Wahine have 3 Sunday matches so Manu-Olevao will miss those.

21 Ron August 23, 2014 at 6:44 pm

I agree with Maunas observations they were right on the money. I thought that Koelsch also looked very good at times and believe she will play a lot. Maglio reminds me of Britteny Hewett. Passi came on strong but Long had her moments. I also thought all of the defensive specialists were as good a group as we have had. Magill is really, really good!

22 R.M August 23, 2014 at 6:56 pm

I agree with maunas too. And Koelsch will definitely have her playing time.

23 Sickman Fraud August 23, 2014 at 6:58 pm

I see that several posters have Manu-Olevao starting. Has her game evolved or her experience matters more? I’m hoping it’s the former. Thanks everyone, just a joy to read this blog and the excitement it’s building.

24 LanaiBoy August 23, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Was impressed by the improvement of Ginger Long and Tai Manu-Olevao. Both hit hard and did reasonably well in the back row. Agree that this is the most impressive group of freshmen in a long, long time. Impressive blocking and hitting, particularly from Kalei Greeley and Emily Maglio. Passi was supposed to be a heavy hitter but did not hit the ball any harder than did Long or Manu-Olevao. However, this may because of the improvement of the two from last year in all facets of their game including their power. Look forward to the upcoming season. There will be a lots of competition for positions and some freshmen may break into the lineup maybe sooner than later. This means that by the end of the year, the team will have tremendous depth.

25 frontrow August 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Went to the scrimmage today. See the future of our team looking bright! I was impressed with the incoming freshmen. In particular, The Front line of Koelsch (Setter), Maglio, Huff, and Greely has been the biggest and most talented as a group to date. They were not intimated and looked great against our veterans on the last set. I love the way Guianasso and Kahakai compose themselves as liberos. Olivia Magill, thank you for transferring! Keani Passi does remind me of a Tita Ahuna/ Aneli Cubi-Otineru clone. I do feel our team with be good because the overall team has so much competition among themselves..It seems more of a balance TEAM than just a couple of sensational players. I can’t wait til next week for the start of the season…..Aurite!!

26 Brandon August 23, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Magill has AA potential: all of people said she wasn’t a big time transfer but she’s proving us wrong. Greeley, judging my everyone’s comments is a stud. I’m most surprised about ginger. She seems to be so much improvised that she may compete for a starting spot.

27 volleyballfan August 23, 2014 at 7:29 pm

With this year’s team made up of mostly Freshmen, Sophomores, and quite possibly another impressive recruiting class coming in next year, the future really looks quite bright, for the Wahine. They will be 2 deep in every position, with not much drop off. Something the Wahine have not had in quite some time. Give Shoji that kind of team, and I do not see him walking away from it.

28 Brandon August 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm

With Castillo, granato and possibly Mitchem, shoji won’t be leaving this year. Best two classes in a long time.

29 roofer68 August 23, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Agreed the front row for next week besides the two mbs will be Greeley, Olevao and Passi. What’s intriguing is the return of Nikki Taylor when she is cleared to play. With all the practice time lost, I can see Shoji putting her into the lineup on the RS as last year and slowly weed her in to the left and switching Greeley to RS. Outside hitters Taylor, Olevao and Greeley looks good to me, they have height and can put the ball down with authority.

30 volleyballfan August 23, 2014 at 7:35 pm

This year is all about gaining experience and working on team chemistry. How well the Wahine do those 2 things this year, will say a lot on how far they can go next year.

31 Cubicle1126 August 23, 2014 at 7:45 pm

thanks for the recaps/observations from everybody. nice to see olevao and long have stepped up … long especially … looking forward to see what olevao had done with her game, and if long can break the lineup.

based on what’s being said here and on VT … i’m really excited to see magill, greeley and koelsch play too!

32 LanaiBoy August 23, 2014 at 7:48 pm

If everyone is right and Kalei Greeley will be named the starter for one of the outside positions, what does it mean for Ginger Long or Keani Passi? After watching the scrimmage I was very impressed by Ginger Long’s hitting from back row. She has improved her back row play and can be used as a substitute for one of the starting outsides, possibly Greeley. Nikki Taylor and Manu-Olevao also are both good back row hitters so it makes less sense to replace them.

33 Volleyman August 23, 2014 at 7:50 pm

How about Katiana Ponce? Has she improved?

34 Broseph August 23, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Sorry if you have already explained this Cindy, but I’m wondering why you think Passi over Long. From what I saw today at the scrimmage, I’d make the ‘opposite’ choice. ;) Did Passi have an off day today? Was Long playing out of her mind? Curious to hear your insight on their play today versus what you have seen over the last week plus. Thanks for your work and time.

35 Cindy Luis August 23, 2014 at 8:14 pm

31. Greeley will play this coming weekend, for sure Sunday when Manu-Olevao is out. I do feel it will be Passi on the right, eventually Greeley on the left and a battle between Long and Manu-Olevao for the other LS. When Taylor comes back, it’s going to make things very interesting.

36 volleyballfan August 23, 2014 at 8:21 pm

I am going to take a wait and see attitude when it comes to Manu-Olevao. It is one thing to perform well in scrimmages, and another when the lights are on and it is for real. Want to see how she reacts when she gets blocked 2 or 3 times. Does her confidence go way down, or does she shake it off and keep attacking. Last year, her confidence would go way down, when she would get blocked 2, or 3, times. I also do not see Manu-Olevao playing the back row, unless her back row play has really improved.

37 Ron August 23, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Greeley will be a 6 rotation player, she is that good. This will allow Dave to use Koelsch for blocking on a version of a 6/2 . She really protects the line.

38 volleyballfan August 23, 2014 at 8:28 pm

It will be very interesting to see what Shoji does with Nikki, if she is not nearly 100% by the time the Conference Season starts. Will he wait on her, quite possibly playing only a quarter of the season, or will he redshirt her. I am only saying this cause Nikki mentioned she is only at 35% right now, which means she is still a long way off from even practicing, not to mention, getting into a match.

39 Cindy Luis August 23, 2014 at 8:28 pm

33. Shoji happy with all his DSs, and that includes Ponce. She didn’t play a lot today.

40 Cindy Luis August 23, 2014 at 8:31 pm

34. I see Passi on the right over Long because I think Long is better on the left.
Long has definitely improved, think her success on the beach helped her ball-handling skills especially.
Think it’s going to come down who is the most consistent as to who plays the most.

41 Cindy Luis August 23, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Let’s move the discussion over to the new thread.

42 scrooge August 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm

There is no new thread.

43 scrooge August 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm

nevermind…. there was no new thread at the time of my previous post, but there is one now.

Comments on this entry are closed.