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Hartong lifts up Wahine

By Joseph D'Hippolito / Special to the Star-Advertiser

LAST UPDATED: 03:32 a.m. HST, Oct 28, 2012

IRVINE, Calif. » The Emily Hartong Hitting Machine keeps pounding and pounding and pounding.

But despite Hartong's 29 kills, Hawaii came within one set of losing its first conference match since 2008.

Nevertheless, the ninth-ranked Rainbow Wahine won the final two sets for a 25-21, 22-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-10 victory over UC Irvine on Saturday night in Big West Conference play at Crawford Court.

Hawaii (19-2, 12-0) extended its conference winning streak, the best in the nation, to 67 matches while earning its 12th consecutive victory of the season.


UC Irvine

Key: Emily Hartong had 29 kills to lead the Wahine.

Next: UH vs. UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m. Thursday at the Stan Sheriff Center.


Hartong added two service aces, two block assists and 16 digs, one more than the career high she established Friday night against Long Beach State.

Yet the Wahine had to rally from deficits in the first and fourth sets to have a chance against the Anteaters (10-15, 5-6) — who not only had never beaten UH in 28 meetings since 1985, but also had extended the 'Bows to five sets only once previously, in 1992.

"They played much more aggressively, and their outside hitters were much better," Hawaii coach Dave Shoji said.

UH responded with contributions from unexpected sources. Former Punahou standout Tai Manu-Olevao made her first start and finished with eight kills. Stephanie Hagins added two kills and a block assist at critical junctures.

"We got a big lift from those two," said Shoji, who especially praised Manu-Olevao. "I thought she played wonderfully for being a true freshman and never having played the left side before."

Monica Stauber and Kaela Goodman played pivotal roles in the first set. Both entered the match after Hawaii turned a 12-8 deficit in that set into a 15-15 tie.

Using a slow, floating serve with minimal spin, Stauber served five successive points to give the 'Bows a 20-15 lead, and assisted on one of Ashley Kastl's two kills during the 5-0 spree. Goodman and Kalei Adolpho twice combined on block assists for two more points.

But UH squandered a 10-6 advantage in the third set, as Irvine used an 8-3 surge to move ahead 14-13. Then with the score tied at 16, Marisa Bubica punched three kills in a 4-0 run that gave the Anteaters a 20-16 lead.

The Wahine narrowed the deficit to 20-18, but a hitting error combined with Marissa Alvarez's two service aces extended the margin to 23-18.

That loss stimulated the 'Bows.

"We knew that was our last chance," Hartong said.

Goodman helped UH take control of the fourth set with three kills during a 9-2 blitz that gave Hawaii a 16-11 lead. Hartong and Jane Vorster each added a kill and a block assist.

Irvine drew within 23-22, but Hartong stifled the Anteaters' rally by punching a cross-court kill from the left antenna and serving an ace to tie the match.

Hartong amassed seven kills in the fourth set before dominating the fifth with six kills, most of them powerful shots from the back row. Hartong contributed five of those kills and another ace as UH built a 10-6 advantage.

Again, Irvine narrowed the deficit to one point, 10-9. But a 4-0 spurt dispatched the Anteaters.

Goodman began that spurt with a cross-court kill from the right side to earn a sideout. Emily Maeda followed with an ace; then kills from Hartong and Hagins closed out the victory.

Vorster finished with 11 kills, while Goodman contributed nine kills and four block assists. Irvine's Aly Squires had 14 kills and 18 digs, Ella Rosenfeld made seven block assists and Kristin Winkler amassed 28 digs.

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Grammy wrote:
It takes a team effort again, but this group of overachievers is not going to take it easy. And this conference definitely has the talent to take mighty whacks at the Wahine. But the coaching staff and team leaders and Coach Dave have that old BLACK MAGIC so far. I'll be there again this week and still hoping for the return of Jane, not for team but for my heart, can't take this brinkmanship. I always believe they can overcome because we've seen it so many times, but whew, I need to be able to calm down and take a break from the radio and games, too. Come on, Jane, Emily and team may be winning without you, but if Hartong is the Superhero here, she still needs her faithful (and equally talented) sidekick and partner. And I know I need you to ease my mind. Too much drama right now!
on October 28,2012 | 01:58AM
Imua45 wrote:
Another great win, but hope the Wahine's don't wear down Hartong, especially at the end of the season when we really need her for the playoffs. Let's hope Croson comes back this week & the rest of the hitters continue to help. Glad to see Goodman have a good game & 6'4" Hagins coming & sparking the team when they needed it. Overall, the Wahine's still need to be more consistent, as we can't always pull off victories in five sets every time.
on October 28,2012 | 02:58AM
romei wrote:
Great to see Kaela picking it up as well! Great job Vorster too!!!!
on October 28,2012 | 09:07AM
ski3779 wrote:
Goodman is good when she comes in late in sets, or matches. BUT not always that good when she starts a matches. Hagin's seems to have picked up her games, since the start of the season. She could be a factor when Tournament time comes around. Especially, when Adolpho struggles.
on October 28,2012 | 09:59AM
808comp wrote:
Another 5 setter, these ladies are really getting their work out. They never had to go through this in the WAC. Hope Hartong can make it through the end of the season. Jane, try and make it back,the team can use the extra fire power. All i know that these matches is not helping my anxiety, but its worth it at the end.Can't wait till this week end when Santa Barbara comes in.
on October 28,2012 | 05:30AM
fka wrote:
I feel these 5 setters are good for the team and make them more competitive. Hope Croson comes back soon,I miss her AWESOME SERVE!
on October 28,2012 | 01:33PM
bigtaiho wrote:
The Rainbow football team should take lessons from the Wahine on how to finish.
on October 28,2012 | 06:00AM
nitpikker wrote:
the football team should take lessons on how to schedule QUALITY opponents rather than looking for EASY wins. the ALOHA BOWL is a joke!!
on October 28,2012 | 06:55AM
romei wrote:
on October 28,2012 | 08:46AM
nomakeshame wrote:
Your name says it all...
on October 28,2012 | 09:00AM
COlohe1 wrote:
da football team needs to SHOW UP b4 they can finish!!!
on October 28,2012 | 10:01AM
environmental_lady wrote:
Let's dissolve football altogether and just keep watching Wahine Volleyball. Why waste so much money on so many football scholarships when they keep losing anyway?
on October 28,2012 | 12:58PM
Tomas69 wrote:
Between UH Football, World Series, Am 1500 and BigWest.org.....the Wahine has done it again. Survived another tough match in the Big WEst. It seems we are kinda back to preseason waiting for players to develop and jell together with Emily H. carrying the team in almost every facet of the game. Will Manu-Olevao be the next super player for Coach Shoji.....maybe in a year or two...hope so. We need another Kamanao and Kanani. Sorry....we have moved on.
on October 28,2012 | 07:02AM
romei wrote:
Soo much on the shoulders of Hartong!! It'll be great when JC can take some of that weight off her ....poor thing - her shoilders are gonna come off ! Hope she gonna have enough come post season ..... Great wins BOWS!!!
on October 28,2012 | 08:44AM
ski3779 wrote:
Everyone, seems to be worried about Emily Hartong, I for one am not. To me, she is the Wahine version of the "energizer bunny", wind her up and watch her go. It seems the longer the match goes, the stronger Hartong gets. Her hits seem to have more velocity in the 5th set, then it does at the beginning of the match. I mean, she looks just as fresh, in the 5th set, as she did in the beginning of a match.
on October 28,2012 | 10:12AM
BO0o07 wrote:
As the favorite to win the the BW and ranked in the Top Ten, the UH Wahine can expect every conference team will try their best to upset the favored Wahines.
on October 28,2012 | 09:54AM
bleedgreen wrote:
The weapons are there. Coach Shoji showing his skill in using them to produce wins. Plus it must add a bunch to morale when seldom used players know they contributed.
on October 28,2012 | 10:21AM
lvwahinevb wrote:
It was great to see the Wahine prevail in the face of such determined competition on this weekends trip to the mainland. Stauber showed she can be a good court leader and was able to get her hitters one on one with well chosen sets. I'm not sure the Wahine shouldn't consider the 6-2 as a viable offense, especially with the return of Croson, rather that some emergency stop gap approach since Uiato often struggles with proper set selection. I still find it ironic that Shoji continues to overlook the contribution Goodman makes (.667, 9 kills, 4 block assists) while emphasizing Hagins ( 2 kills, 1 block assist) and Manu-Olevao (.154, 8 kills and 1 block assist). I wouldn't want to minimize their contribution, however, give success its due. For those present at both of these matches the court energy seemed recognizably improved with the introduction into the lineup of Stauber, Manu-Olevao, and Goodman. The lineup in the 4th and 5th sets Saturday night was very determined and dynamic and should be considered as the season winds down.
on October 28,2012 | 10:35AM
fka wrote:
I like the play of Goodman,especially towards the closing of a crucial and close set,she has time after time come up with crucial blockings. Her blocking is good,but her hitting is not consistent. She has improved her hitting this season,but needs to improve more on being consistent. GO WAHINES!!
on October 28,2012 | 01:52PM
Mr_Potter wrote:
How much more consistent does Goodman need to be? I think that .667 is pretty impressive. Especially considering the location of the sets that she gets. Also, calling her blocking "good" is a bit of an understatement. She is the best blocker on the team, and if you don't recognize that, then you don't know much about volleyball. And I agree with "lvwahinevb" that the energy (and I would say enthusiasm) goes up when Stauber, Goodman and Manu-Olevao are on the court. Team chemistry is a crucial element in any teams success. If you need proof of that, just look at this years San Francisco Giants. I just hope that Dave and Scott figure that out before it's too late.
on October 29,2012 | 06:53AM
heluhelu wrote:
""We got a big lift from those two," said Shoji, who especially praised Manu-Olevao. "I thought she played wonderfully for being a true freshman and never having played the left side before." Which just goes to show some coaches are just like fans. They/we luv our blindspots & tend to see what we want to see. Example: Manu-Olevao, I saw a lot of sets but little production; saw good floor coverage (athleticism) but porous blocking (skills/technique). I saw even LESS from Hagins, but MUCH more from Hartong, Vorster & Goodman, a nice changeup by Stauber and typical Vogelsong-iron from Uiato. But that's just me.
on October 28,2012 | 10:57AM
masteruke wrote:
Come on Granny, I love the wahine too but the Big West has nothing to do with why the Wahine has to go to so many 5 gamers. The first and foremost reason is because of poor passing.( Longo has not been the savior as so many taught she would be. She has been aced and shanked as many balls as all the other ladies). Uiato has to use other options when it is there. With Hartong and Croson averaging more than 30 swings per match it shows either poor passing or a lack of confidence for her other hitters. Or as Uiato herself has said she is not real comfortable in setting the middle. Finally Granny if you look at the RPI of the Big West and Wac they are not that much different. If you take away Hawaii from the Big West the rest of the conference hasnt beaten any so called name brand schools. What it really boils down to I think is they need to develope a killer instinct. Play to smash the opponent and not play to say a win is a win
on October 29,2012 | 10:09AM
romei wrote:
BIG CONGRATS TO EMILY HARTONG!! A well deserved Big West player of the week award!!!
on October 29,2012 | 12:45PM
manoamist wrote:
harton: 79 swings ... a little too much. we need to save her for the stretch.. agree with heluhelu..... we see what we want to see. stauber/goodman yes... a good combo... should be seen more.
on October 29,2012 | 02:11PM
Hiroaki23 wrote:
Unfortunately this game was not televised but good to see that both Stauber and Kaela got more than a token appearance. I really like Stauber as I've said it before, unafraid to set the middles as Mita is still gunshy about going there, especially to Kalei; I mean 21 sets to vorster and only 9 to Kalei? I say bench Mita and play Stauber a whole game and I think we'll get more production in the middle opening the outside.
on October 29,2012 | 04:12PM