POSTED: Thursday, August 20, 2009
SUN 2 Friendship Day
SUN 95p.m.Team meeting
MON 101:30p.m.2-a-days start
SAT 15 Sleep in?
SUN 162-5p.m.Practice
MON 179a.m. and 3p.m.2-a-days continue
WED 19 Amber's birthday
FRI 21 Statehood Day
SAT 22 Booster Club Potluck
MON 24 Classes start
TUE 25 National Dog Day
THU 27 Global Forgiveness Day
FRI 28 Chevron Invitational
 5p.m.Santa Clara vs. UCLA (home)
 7p.m.W. Michigan vs. Hawaii (home)
SAT 29 Chevron Invitational
 5p.m.W. Michigan vs. UCLA (home)
 7p.m.Santa Clara vs. Hawaii (home)
SUN 30 Chevron Invitational
 11a.m.Santa Clara vs. W. Michigan (home)
 5p.m.UCLA vs. Hawaii






        Hawaii's only loss of its inaugural collegiate season in 1974 came in the AIAW championship final ... against UCLA.

The only two losses Dave Shoji suffered in his first season of coaching the Wahine in 1975 came against ... UCLA, including the AIAW final.


And so began the rivalry between what would become two of the most successful programs in the sport. As well as its two most successful coaches: Shoji is second only to UCLA's Andy Banachowski (1,082-292) in Divsion I women's volleyball victories.


The teams have met every year since 1974, with Hawaii holding a 34-32 series edge. The Bruins, who won last season's meeting 3-1, make their annual trip to Honolulu for this year's season-opening tournament, the Chevron Invitational.


UCLA (22-11, 9-9 Pac-10) returns four starters and a seven-member freshman class that includes setter Lauren Cook, the daughter of Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook.









        (First-place votes in parenthesis)




1. Penn St. (52)1,48738-01
2. Texas (6)1,40529-44
3. Nebraska1,34531-33
4. Washington (2)1,33027-55
5. Stanford1,28330-42
6. California1,21426-76
7. Hawaii1,03631-47
8. Florida1,02027-410
9. UCLA96122-118
10. Illinois91926-811
11. Minnesota90427-714
12. USC85217-1213
13. Iowa St.78622-1312
14. Oregon72725-99
15. San Diego55423-519
16. Michigan53026-917
17. Utah50526-616
18. Wichita St.40230-218
19. Purdue38626-915
20. St. Louis35429-521
21. Kentucky28826-622
22. Kansas St.21324-820
23. Long Beach St.19026-623
24. Colorado St.17023-724
25. Santa Clara10218-1025


Also receiving votes: Pepperdine 75, Duke 53, Texas A&M 45, Wisconsin 43, Western Michigan 37, New Mexico State. 28, Wright State. 24, St. Mary's (Calif.) 23, UC Irvine 22, Tulane 21, Ohio 20, LSU 19, Arizona 18, Cal Poly 18, Tennessee 16, Louisville 15, Michigan State 9. San Francisco 8, Baylor 5, Missouri State 5, Oklahoma 5, Middle Tennessee 4, Rice 3.


Western Michigan (28-7): The Broncos return all seven starters, including two-time MAC Defensive Player of the Year Caitlin Strime and MAC Setter of the Year Jillian Mitchell. The Mid-American Conference champion fell to eventual


national champion Penn State in the NCAA Sweet 16.


Santa Clara (18-10): These Broncos feature preseason All-West Coast Conference senior hitter Lindsy Davigeadono and the 11th-ranked recruiting class in the country.


Very familiar with the SSC court is junior setter Emily Burke, who played the last two seasons at WAC member San Jose State.