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How the Wahine fared last year


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POSTED: Thursday, August 20, 2009

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B+

HITTING

Hawaii's hitting was very effective and efficient, ranking in the top five nationally most of the season.

Senior Jamie Houston was one of the national leaders at 4.05 kps and freshman Kanani Danielson impressed at 3.02 kps. Junior middle Amber Kaufman was a big threat on step-outs (.380), hitting .714 in the sweep of USC.

'09 goal: A more balanced attack anticipated. A healthy Aneli Cubi-Otineru will be even more of a weapon and expect more offense from Stephanie Ferrell.

 

B

BLOCKING

The block was effective but not overwhelming. Kaufman continued to improve and Danielson surprised many an opponent who didn't realize the 5-foot-10 state high-jump champ had such hops. Nickie Thomas became a presence in her senior year.

'09 goal: Hawaii has added depth and height in the middle. Look for an even better Danielson. Expect a battle between redshirt freshman Brittany Hewitt and sophmore transfer Lex Forsythe for the second MB spot.

 

B-

SERVING

Serving improved as the season wore on. The highlight was Kaufman's record-setting night with 11 aces against Washington. The aces-to-errors ratio was borderline acceptable (175 aces to 211 errors), slightly skewed by Kaufman's 54 to 38 effort.

'09 goal: More consistency, especially from starters Dani Mafua and Elizabeth Ka'aihue. Serving weapons to bring in off the bench include Stephanie Brandt, Jayme Lee and junior transfer Alex Griffiths.

 

B+

PASSING

Passing is critical to Hawaii's quick attack. The better the passes, the more options the setter has. Danielson helped solidify this area last season and Tara Hittle embraced her libero role.

'09 goal: Ka'aihue is expected to again start at libero, and Cubi-Otineru and Danielson are solid at middle-back. Lee, Brandt and Griffiths are also excellent passers with Lee one of the most talented bump-setters in the country. The offense should be even quicker and diverse.

 

A-

FINISHING

Not much to criticize about a 31-4 record.

The biggest disappointment was the 3-1 loss to UCLA, which Hawaii led late in the last three sets but let get away. The Wahine did struggle at times to get to 20 but usually came on strong to finish it out. Team did a fairly good job of not playing down to lesser opponents.

'09 goal: Get off to a quicker start and “;put the nail in the coffin,”; as associate coach Mike Sealy says. Don't let weaker teams hang around.

 

2008 Statistics

31-4 | WAC: 15-1 | Home: 20-3 | Away: 9-0 | Neutral: 2-1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
PlayerMP-MS KillsKPS ErrorsAttemptsHitting Pct.AssistsService: AcesService: Errors DigsBlock: SolosBlock: Assists
Jamie Houston34-344504.051951,032.2471712351981667
Kanani Danielson34-343353.02107797.286358113231143
Aneli Cubi-Otineru35-332602.4198605.268213559246246
Amber Kaufman35-352412.1061474.38022543881492
Nickie Thomas34-331671.6245364.3352910191479
Stephanie Ferrell33-31502.2758315.29230430315
Dani Mafua32-30420.43891.3741,0982123183225
Tara Hittle35-1170.161255.09135221632701
Catherine Fowler18-1140.64840.1501005017
Jessica Keefe35-0110.15648.10431012013
Stephanie Brandt35-560.06721-.048314161710519
Amanda Simmons10-150.42221.143400107
Jayme Lee18-020.07021.0003321700
Elizabeth Ka'aihue28-010.0202.5005266600


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Hawaii35-351,70114.666073,867.2831,5901752111,61353414
Opponents35-351,23810.676463,776.1571,132742291,28247392

 

2008 RESULTS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
OpponentWin / LossGames
Penn StateL0-3
OhioW3-0
UCLAL1-3
MinnesotaW3-2
WyomingW3-0
CincinnatiW3-0
St. Mary'sW3-0
PacificW3-0
WashingtonW3-2
Idaho *W3-1
Boise State *W3-0
at Louisiana Tech *W3-0
at New Mexico State *W3-0
at San Jose State *W3-0
Louisiana Tech *W3-0
New Mexico State *L0-3
at Utah State *W3-0
At Nevada *W3-0
San Jose State *W3-0
Fresno State *W3-1
Nevada *W3-0
Utah State *W3-0
at Boise State *W3-0
at Idaho *W3-0
at Fresno State *W3-0
Utah ValleyW3-0
Boise State ^W3-0
Idaho ^W3-0
New Mexico State ^W3-1
Cal PolyW3-2
Cal PolyW3-0
Belmont #W3-0
at USC #W3-0
Purdue %W3-1
Stanford %L0-3

* Denotes Western Athletic Conference match
^ Denotes WAC tournament match, Honolulu
# Denotes NCAA 1st-2nd rounds, Los Angeles
% Denotes NCAA Regional, Fort Collins, Colo.

 

POSTSEASON HONORS

ALL-WAC

» Player of the Year: Jamie Houston

» Freshman of the Year: Kanani Danielson

» First Team: Houston, Danielson, Aneli Cubi-Otineru, Amber Kaufman.

» Second Team: Tara Hittle, Dani Mafua, Nickie Thomas

» Freshman Team: Danielson, Stephanie Ferrell

ALL-WAC tournament
» Houston (MVP), Stephanie Brandt, Cubi-Otineru

All-REGION
» Cubi-Otineru, Houston, Mafua, Danielson (HM & FOY), Kaufman (HM)

All-america
» Jamie Houston (2nd), Kanani Danielson (3rd)