Weekend replay

April 21st, 2013

It's 11 a.m.

You look left. You look right. Left. Right. There are no cars in sight. Then you cross the street.

Tweet! Tweet!

You're cited for jaywalking.

You argue: No harm, no foul.

Sorry, but rules are rules, after all.

It's 14-13 BYU in the fifth set in Provo. UH's Jace Olsen appears to tie it with a kill. But the down ref rules that earlier in the play, UH middle blocker Nick West's foot crossed the line under the net. West did not touch the net and the infraction had no effect on the play because it occurred while the Warriors were making a dig. Top-ranked BYU is awarded the point — and the match. Rules are rules, after all.

Later, it was ruled that Olsen actually was cited for a back-row violation because he crossed the 10-foot line on his attack. Olsen, though, was actually playing in the front row on the play.

Then the call was amended that UH setter Joby Ramos was cited for the back-row violation because he jump-set the ball to Olsen. It was an easy identity  mixup: Olsen is 6 feet 5 and blond; Ramos is not. BYU still gets the final point. Rules are rules, after all.

In the final play-by-play sheet, the official ruling is that Olsen had committed a hitting error.

Men's volleyball does not allow the use of television replays to review plays. But there is a replay rule: If a play is that confusing, the point may be replayed. That would have been a nice option to use rather than to let a key match end in confusion. Rules are rules, after all.

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It could be debated about the value of sending the football team to a neighbor island to hold a practice in front of a few hundred spectators.

The bottom line is UH incurred minimal expenses. Hawaiian Airlines picked up the travel; Kauai County coordinated the event, and the donors provided the post-practice meal.

The Warriors were able to practice in a different setting and somewhat different conditions.

"We want to be consistent," coach Norm Chow said. "No matter where we play, no matter what day or what venue, if there are 100,000 people or 100 people, we're going to do it the same way."

The Warriors were able to connect with Kauai fans, as well as tour the island.

Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho, a former UH football player, said: "University of Hawaii football is for the state of Hawaii. What an opportunity for young people here to to see and meet the players, and maybe ask questions."

Carvalho, a 1979 Kapaa High graduate, said such events were not available in his day. Carvalho played at UH and briefly in the NFL.

"If I could get there, I know a lot of our kids can get there — and further," Carvalho said. "That's my message."

Here's Carvalho addressing the players at the post-practice meal:


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Quarterback Taylor Graham:


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Quarterback Jeremy Higgins and left guard Kody Afusia:


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Kauai native and right tackle Seanmichael Shigematsu:


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Cornerback Anthony Pierce, linebacker Julian Gener, middle linebacker Brenden Daley, cornerback Ne'Quan Phillips:


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The Purcells — Marissa (Bonilla), Melia and Melila III:


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Former Warrior receiver Jett Jasper and his mom:


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Click on the pic for a video of UH's first haka of 2013:


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Click on the pic for a video of Tony Grimes chatting with a fan:


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Prayers and positive thoughts to my cousin, Shelley Okubo, who is a life-long UH fan.

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