A look at University of Hawaii athletics
The bye comes at a perfect time as the Warriors (0-3, 1-5 Mountain West) nurse a four-game losing streak. After Hawaii’s 35-23 loss to New Mexico on Saturday, coach Norm Chow listed a variety of areas that need fixing. “We need to tackle better. We need to cut off the inside zone game. We need to catch more balls. We need to quit throwing the balls to the other guys. Run better routes. Pass protect better … we need to get technically better,” the first-year coach said.
Colorado State (0-3, 1-6), the Warriors’ next opponent, is in a similar predicament, having lost six in a row since a season-opening win against Colorado. The Rams also have a bye this week before hosting Hawaii at 1 p.m. HST Oct. 27 in a battle to get out of the conference cellar.
Mountain West standings
Nevada 3-0 6-1
Boise State 2-0 5-1
San Diego St. 2-1 4-3
Fresno State 2-1 4-3
Air Force 2-1 3-3
New Mexico 1-1 4-3
UNLV 1-1 1-5
Wyoming 0-2 1-5
Hawaii 0-3 1-5
Colorado St. 0-3 1-6
Today: Cal Davis (10-10, 4-3 Big West) at Hawaii (15-2, 8-0), 7 p.m.
Saturday: Pacific (16-4, 4-3) at Hawaii, 7 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu
TV: Today (OC16); Saturday (Oceanic pay-per-view Ch. 255)
Notes: The Rainbow Wahine dropped a spot in the polls but still own a comfortable three-game lead atop the Big West and a 63-match conference winning streak, longest in the nation. …
Today’s match with the Aggies marks the first meeting between the teams. On Saturday, the Tigers and ‘Bows will renew a rivalry, meeting for the 62nd time. Though UH holds a 36-25 edge, Pacific has beaten the Warriors more than any other foe besides UCLA. …
Emily Hartong, the conference leader with 4.33 kills per set, has reached double figures in kills in 16 of 17 matches this season and has led Hawaii in that statistic 13 times. Teammates Jade Vorster (.331) and Kalei Adolpho (.328) rank Nos. 1 and No. 2 in the Big West in kill percentage. Along with setter Mita Uiato and suspended outside hitter Jane Croson, those five are a big reason why Hawaii leads the league in hitting percentage (.262), assists per set (12.83) and kills per set (14.05). …
Croson, who has missed the past three matches after coach Dave Shoji cited her for breaking team rules, is not expected back tonight. In her place, freshman Tai Manu-Olevau enjoyed a breakout performance with 11 kills Oct. 12 in a four-set victory against against Cal Northridge…
Hawaii is well on its way to leading the nation in attendance for the 19th straight year, and the race isn’t close. An average of 6,793 fans have attended 12 matches at Stan Sheriff Center. Nebraska (2,373) is second. …
Cal Davis and Pacific are both among a seven-team logjam in the middle of the conference. Cal Davis’s Victoria Lee is third in the league with a .327 hitting percentage and first in blocks. Pacific is second behind UH with a .229 attack rate, but it’s first in only allowing opponents to hit .144.
Big West standings
Hawaii 8-0 15-2
Long Beach St. 5-3 10-9
Pacific 4-3 16-4
Cal Santa Barbara 4-3 11-11
Cal St. Fullerton 4-3 10-10
Cal Davis 4-3 10-10
Cal St. Northridge 4-4 13-7
Cal Irvine 4-4 9-12
Cal Riverside 0-7 5-15
Cal Poly 0-7 1-18
Friday: Cal Davis (7-6-2, 2-2-1) at Hawaii (6-8-2, 1-4), 7 p.m.
Sunday: Pacific (3-10-1, 0-4-1) at Hawaii, 5 p.m.
Where: Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium, Oahu
TV: Sunday (OC16).
Notes: The Rainbow Wahine, who will say to aloha to seniors Rachel Domingo, Amber Fuller, Michelle Nakasone, Kanani Taaca and Christy Watanabe on Sunday, pretty much need to win their final four matches to have any chance to qualify at the four-team Big West tournament. UH sits in eight place, nine points behind Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton, who are tied for third. …
The ‘Bows have lost three straight and seven of eight, though most of their problems have been on the road, where they’ve lost 19 of 21. Hawaii has lost just once in its past 13 home matches, but that defeat came Oct. 6 against Cal Fullerston in double overtime.
Big West standings
League Pts Overall
Cal Poly 5-0-0 15 8-5-1
Cal Irvine 4-1-1 13 8-8-1
Cal St. Fullerton 4-1-0 12 7-7-0
Long Beach St. 4-2-0 12 11-5-0
Cal St. Northridge 3-1-1 10 6-4-5
Cal Davis 2-2-1 7 7-6-2
Cal Santa Barbara 1-4-1 4 4-10-2
Hawaii 1-4-0 3 6-8-2
Pacific 0-4-1 1 3-10-1
Cal Riverside 0-5-0 0 5-9-2