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Hawaii drops to No. 10 in volleyball poll

Rainbow Wahine fall a spot despite 3-0 week

By Cindy Luis

LAST UPDATED: 01:57 p.m. HST, Sep 09, 2013

A 3-0 week that included a sweep of No. 10 UCLA and coach Dave Shoji becoming the all-time career leader in Division I women's volleyball victories, had Hawaii moving down a spot in today's AVCA Top 25 coaches poll.

The Rainbow Wahine (5-1)  fell to No. 10, their preseason ranking. Hawaii's week included Shoji surpassing retired UCLA coach Andy Banachowski for in all-time wins and a sweep of then-No. 10 UCLA in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,300. Shoji now has 1,108, two more than Banachowski and 13 more than Penn State's Russ Rose, No. 2 on the active coaching list.

USC (6-0), receiving 37 of the 60 first-place votes, jump two spots to No. 1. Preseason No. 1 Texas (4-1), with two big wins over Penn State and Florida over the weekend, received 16 votes in moving to No. 2; the Longhorns' only loss came at Hawaii in the season-opener for both teams on Aug. 30.

Last week's No. 1 Penn State (4-1) received six votes in falling two spots to No. 3 while Minnesota (7-0) remained at No. 4.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Minneota (7-0), Florida (5-1), Washington (5-0), Stanford (2-2), San Diego (4-1) and Hawaii. San Diego, which handed the Wahine their lone loss on Sept. 1, received the remaining first-place vote. 

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kiragirl wrote:
Got the shaft again!
on September 9,2013 | 09:57AM
entrkn wrote:
He who laughs last laughs longest and loudest...
on September 9,2013 | 10:19AM
eastside808 wrote:
Go figure. We beat Texas, lose to U of San Diego and go from 11th to 9th and then beat UCLA in straight sets and go from 9th to 10th. So much for polls. At least our RPI should be higher based on the quality opponents we have played thus far.
on September 9,2013 | 10:28AM
oldertimer808 wrote:
It's still early in the season so the main objective is to keep winning and maintain a strong RPI.
on September 9,2013 | 10:32AM
primo1 wrote:
Had UH taken care of business against San Diego, they could've broken into the top five...hopefully a lesson learned. Polls don't mean much this early in the season anyway.
on September 9,2013 | 10:43AM
Kai37 wrote:
When UH lost to San Diego, a lot of the voters on the mainland had already voted and gone to sleep. So this weekend when they voted they now factored in the loss.
on September 9,2013 | 11:17AM
vball808chick wrote:
San Diego is OVERRATED! If Hawaii was to play SD 10 times, Hawaii would win 9 out of the 10 times. Hopefully Hawaii wins out, hosts and the NCAA sends SD back to Hawaii for a re-match in the NCAA tourney.
on September 9,2013 | 11:20AM
Mei mei wrote:
hmmmmm just have to show em Na Wahine - come post season, GIVE THEM ALL you got !! I know you ladies can do it!!!
on September 9,2013 | 01:05PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
The only poll that really matters is the one at the end of the season.
on September 9,2013 | 01:06PM
paniolo wrote:
Yeah, and the National Championship banner that hangs in SSC.
on September 9,2013 | 02:48PM
lori808 wrote:
How the hell does UH drop a spot after sweeping Ucla????? Got screwed again....
on September 9,2013 | 01:17PM
bleedgreen wrote:
I would see this as "Hawaii Remains in Top 10."
on September 9,2013 | 01:30PM
loquaciousone wrote:
It sure was nice to see Hawaii morph from a decent team to a team with real possibilities. It was not fluke that they blanked UCLA because you could see the team jell from game one to game three. The emergence of Hawaii's middle blockers bode well for this year's team as a second choice for the outside has still not developed.
on September 9,2013 | 02:10PM
usahwn wrote:
UCLA moves up to #9 according to logic What a joke . Get real.
on September 9,2013 | 02:40PM
bleedgreen wrote:
San Diego moved to #9 after beating then #9 Hawaii, #11 Iowa St and #19 Illinois. The Toreros earned their ranking, as well as Hawaii by remaining in the Top 10.
on September 9,2013 | 09:53PM
jkjones wrote:
To go from #10 to #9 after beating #1 and #10 defies logic. Texas beat #1 and #8 and are at #2. SD beat #10 (Hawaii) and are #9. The NCAA remains CONSISTENTLY biased when it comes to Hawaii. Nothing has changed, notwithstanding Coach Shoji's "most wins ever" achievement. Shame.
on September 9,2013 | 02:49PM
Anonymous wrote:
Only people in Hawaii pay attention to a volleyball poll.
on September 9,2013 | 03:31PM
sunnyhi wrote:
Dare I say some coaches have professional envy against Shoji??? We should be ranked betweeb 5-7. Texas is so overrated!!
on September 9,2013 | 05:18PM
vapors wrote:
UM, WHAT? Here goes the NCAA voting or whatever BS voting scheme this is.......I guess UH didn't pay the NCAA enough to get ranked higher.
on September 9,2013 | 05:39PM
vapors wrote:
NCAA=BIASED NO MATTER WHAT...Na Wahine can beat #1, #2, #3, etc. and still not be ranked #1. As I said before...many many times. No Class At All
on September 9,2013 | 05:42PM
buds4life wrote:
Heard Coach Dave on the Animals state that the poll and the voting coaches were all about protecting their conference and their rpi. And we wonder why our kids and his teenaged peers are so cynical about the world we're leaving them.
on September 9,2013 | 06:35PM
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