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San Diego upsets No. 11 Hawaii in volleyball

The Toreros win in 5 when handing the Rainbow Wahine their first loss

By Cindy Luis

LAST UPDATED: 09:05 a.m. HST, Sep 02, 2013

Dave Shoji's record-tying victory will have to wait for at least another four days. Courtesy of San Diego, the Hawaiii women's volleyball coach remained at 1, 105 wins -- one behind all-time leader Andy Banachowski -- after the unranked Toreros surprised the 11th-ranked Rainbow Wahine in the finale of the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Led by junior hitter Sandra Lozic's 22 kills and 25 digs by senior libero C'era Oliveira, USD (2-1, 2-1 CRWI) pulled out a 15-25, 26-24, 25-19, 23-25, 15-11 win. A turnstile crowd of 5,554 (7,049) watched for 2 hours and 42 minutes as the Toreros defeated the Wahine for the first time in four meetings; the last time also went five in the 2010 season-opener for both..

The Wahine (2-1, 2-1) were led by All-American senior hitter Emily Hartong's 30 kills. Sophomore hitter Jade Vorster added 10 kills with just one error, hitting .450, and senior libero Ali Longo had 25 of Hawaii's 77 digs. 

Based on set-differential, the Wahine won the three-day event, which included Friday's big win over No. 1 Texas. The Toreros nearly upset the Longhorns (2-1, 2-1) as well but fell short in five Saturday. 

USD out blocked Hawaii 13-6, with senior middle Chloe Ferrari in on seven. The Toreros' balanced attack saw three other players with double-figure kills: junior hitter Alaysia Brown (14), senior middle Katie Hoekman (13) and Ferrari (11).

Hartong was named the tournament MVP. She was joined by Wahine setter Mita Uiato; Hoekman and Oliveira of USD; senior hitter Bailey Webster and junior middle Khat Bell from Texas; and UTEP's senior middle Xitali Herrera. 

In a portend of things to come, Hawaii was called for having an incorrect lineup out on the court after Hartong put down a kill to open Set 5. The point was awarded to USD.

"We had the lineup we wanted on the card we turned in," said Wahine coach Dave Shoji, "But the wrong player went out on the court. I take responsibility. Ultimately, it is on me."

Shoji argued to no avail that the official scorer had "signed off" on the lineup, that the point should stand and play continue since the set had officially begun. He was overruled by the down official, giving the Toreros the 1-0 lead.

USD broke away from a 3-3 tie on kills from Hoekman and Lozic to take the lead for good.The closest the Wahine would come would be 9-8 when freshman hitter Nikki Taylor and junior middle Kalei Adolpho teamed to block USD senior hitter Taylor Hollins. But the Toreros answered with three consecutive points in pulling away for one of the biggest wins in its program history. 

Hawaii was without sophomore hitter Tai Manu-Olevao, who sat out the match in  accordance to her religious beliefs. 

Next up for the Wahine is the Hawaiian Airlines Classic. UCLA opens the three-day event on Thursday against Santa Clara while Hawaii takes on former Western Athletic Conference rival New Mexico State. 

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Kiyoshi2011 wrote:
Beat number 1 Texas and lose to unranked San Diego all in the same weekend? What the hell???
on September 1,2013 | 07:59PM
Eradication wrote:
That's why they play the match and don't just call it in. That's what sports is all about. Not to worry, though, you'll have plenty of opportunities to make ignorant comments again.
on September 1,2013 | 08:37PM
Kiyoshi2011 wrote:
How is that an ignorant comment? That actually happened. Grow a brain before making comments please.
on September 1,2013 | 10:11PM
gyamashita wrote:
to be fair, san diego is/was ranked just outside the top 25 (#26) and had a match point serve vs. texas before losing in 5. they're a good team.
on September 2,2013 | 12:33AM
ss029 wrote:
All the credit to Hartong but someone else needs to step up during crunch time. It's obvious the team folds under pressure. It was a Good Loss for u guys and a huge wake up call...take the lessons learned from this match and Move On!!! Go Bows!!:-)
on September 1,2013 | 08:00PM
Eradication wrote:
Folds under pressure? Are you kidding? Really? It was a good competitive match and SD was the better team tonight. It's a long season and there are many lessons to be learned for this team. Folding under pressure is not one of them. Geez, people. It was only one match. Not the end of the season. I wish people would think before posting comments. It really makes them look pretty silly.
on September 1,2013 | 08:40PM
ss029 wrote:
Keep wishing homie....
on September 1,2013 | 09:34PM
Kiyoshi2011 wrote:
Eradication, I actually agree with you on this one. I don't think they folded under pressure. They did beat number one Texas so that can't be it. However, you should think about posting comments to before posting them. What you said regarding my comment makes you look pretty silly since what I said actually happened and wasn't opinion or speculation. It was pure fact.
on September 1,2013 | 10:14PM
huponews wrote:
Here we go again...Emily 30 kills....what happen to the distribution...setting inside out...Dave you cannot continue to do this? Emily will have no legs when playoff begins.....going back to old habits....doesn"t matter how good you are in the beginning...the pot is at the end of the season..win your last game.
on September 1,2013 | 08:28PM
paniolo wrote:
Agree with @huponews. Emily was getting blocked on the outside, but sets were still going to her. SD was waiting and double teaming her. She had kills from back row in the middle where she had more openings. Spread out the offense and keep the opposing team guessing. Give her some rest on the court and give other hitters experience. Can't depend on her getting 20-30 kills per set. Yeah, at the end of the season that's when you gotta have her fresh.
on September 2,2013 | 07:44PM
FLIPTOP2 wrote:
Same old story ... UH over ranked...can't even win at home...no excuses...ya gotta to show up with your "A" game...and especially when you have home court advantage.....gonna be a long season....win all da conference games but den lose when the chips be down.....
on September 1,2013 | 09:07PM
Kamash wrote:
Just exactly like last year , beat stanford loose to cal .......
on September 1,2013 | 09:08PM
buds4life wrote:
I never felt so bad about a regular season loss as this one. After the victory over Texas, I thought NaWahine never looked better, not just a good team but a special one. How about the rest of you? Outplayed, out coached. A lost that will have ramifications in the post season. A loss that gave the selection committee the "right" to screw this team.
on September 1,2013 | 09:29PM
ss029 wrote:
YESSSS Fold under pressure BECAUSE THEY DID!!! San Diego put the pressure back on them and they could NOT respond!!! San Diego played more loose because the pressure was off of them...UH was fighting but San Diego fought back harder and outplayed the Wahines AND Passed better!!! With pressure comes mistakes....Tonight they Folded under pressure...if they didn't they would've had an answer for the 2nd and 3rd set...They lucked out on the 4th...it was clear the pressure was still on them. Then the 5th set San Diego broke loose....Kept the pressure on the Wahines!!! Yes it was a competitive match but the pressure was on them since the end of the 2nd set!!! My comment is NOT ignorant...They'll have to learn from this game did I not mention this the first time???
on September 1,2013 | 09:30PM
jkjones wrote:
Im not laying all the blame on the wahine. Coach said before the game that if the wahine lost it would not be for lack of effort. Coach Shoji will be the first to admit, some of his substitutions did not work. Especially in sets, 2 and 3. With that said, move on and hopefully learn from it.
on September 2,2013 | 12:59AM
COlohe1 wrote:
They were emotionally drained from the UT match. You could see it in the UTEP match. It caught up with them in the SD match. Hartong is great but she needs help from the other players. Otherwise the Wahine will be just fine.
on September 2,2013 | 06:40AM
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