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    Rainbow Wahine Savanah Kahakai got down low to dig a ball during a match Saturday against the Cal State Long Beach 49ers at the Walter Pyramid. UH lost the match 2-3 (17-25, 25-23, 16-25, 25-21, 13-15).

Hawaii’s loss at Long Beach State on Saturday had the Rainbow Wahine dropping 10 spots in today’s NCAA Women’s Volleyball Ratings Percentage Index.

Hawaii (12-5, 5-1 Big West) went from 21 to 31. The win over the Wahine didn’t help Long Beach State (12-7, 6-0), the 49ers dropping from 51 to 53 after a week that also included a victory over UC Riverside (RPI 270 last week).

Wisconsin (14-1), which defeated Hawaii in the season opener, remained No. 1. The Badgers (14-1) also moved up to No. 1 in today’s AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll while the Wahine fell five spots to No. 17.

The RPI is a computer-generated ranking based on a team’s record and its strength of schedule. The RPI is used to help seed teams in the postseason.

The formula uses winning percentage (25 percent), opponents’ winning percentage (50 percent) and the winning percentage of opponents’ opponents (25 percent). It also gives bonuses and penalties for wins over top-50 teams and losses to teams ranked 285-309 in the first RPI.

The top 16 in the RPI have the opportunity to host the first and second rounds if they put in a bid to host. This season, there are no predetermined regional sites, so the highest remaining seed in each region will host one of the four regionals.

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  • There is a high level of expectation for the wahine program. Not a bad team BUT not at a level they must play to meet expectations for post season success. Season not over, yet, if Coach does not solve his left pin hitter and steady back row passing it will be difficult to redirect our fortunes. Also, the wahine themselves have to pick up their play. They know who they are. It’s not all on the coaches.

  • The rude awakening. Time for Shoji to make tough decisions and one is to bench the gum chewing hitter from Punahou. Every time she doesn’t put the ball down (which is often), she gives the advantage to the opposing team.

    • 10 spots, WOW!! Not going to happen. But then early on i stated that he wasn’t going to bench Higgins over Iosia but to my surprise he did.
      I’m still hoping that they will beat LBS on the rematch and that Cal Poly or USCB can beat LBS.
      What ever the case may be i belive that the rematch is going to be good. Can’t wait to see their Libero.

    • You need to start drinking more Shogun koolaid. How dare you knock someone who others here said was All American material. How about our middle who is so skilled that she is capable of hitting over anyone. How about assistant Berg who pompom girl Cindy and KA Hall said brought immediate improvement to the team? How about hoping for the Shogun to give up his throne after this season?

  • I said this is the year the Wahine can win it all. However I need to clarify that high and slow will not get us to the final four and give the Wahine a chance to win it all. There will be good blocking teams that will stop the Wahine as it has always been. Need to mix it up with at least 30% fast sets. Notice Iosia is setting higher and higher which I believe is what Shoji wants. Against lesser talent you will win which is what has been happening over the last 15 to 20 years and when tournament time comes along the Wahine gets challenged by many good blocking teams. Plus the high and slow gives the other team’s defense players more time to situate themselves where most likely the ball that are not blocked are going to come.

    There are those that say a fast offense is more difficult to run and prone to more errors. Think that way and it will never come to fruition. Need to believe that a fast offense can be part of the playbook and it will come to pass. If 30% of the plays are to be fast this will make it difficult for teams to defend because they will not be able to situate themselves defensively a great majority of the time. Thus creating a better chance to go all the way. This will give our left side better odds to be successful too.

    Thus if the coaches believe it can be successful, experiment against a team you are dominating, need to take a chance and pull out and practice the fast offense during a real game. Only way you will get a bearing of what can be accomplished. If the talent is there it will come to fruition if not dish it.

    This is not to be a negative critic cause the coaches has done a great job in having winning seasons year after year. I just believe this will give them better odds when tournament time comes around.

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