Warriors land outside hitter

July 10th, 2013

It appears that Hendrik Mol, a 6-foot-6 pin hitter from Norway, is set to sign with the volleyball Rainbow Warriors and play this coming season.

Mol has a contact reach of 11 feet, 4 inches on spikes.

Mol also is one of the top beach volleyball players in Europe.

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Belated congratulations to Ka Ulukoa 17s on winning the USVA Boys' Junior Volleyball championship. Former Warrior Pono Ma‘a is the head coach. Future Warrior Tui Tuileta was the tournament's MVP. Tuileta, who is entering his senior year at Punahou, will play football and volleyball at UH.

Micah Ma‘a, who will be a junior, also was named to the all-tourament team as an outside hitter. His usual position is setter. He is the son of Pono Ma‘a and former Rainbow Wahine Lisa Strand-Ma‘a.

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Yes, that was the Hawaii football team working out on Waikiki Beach this morning.

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A recruit who plays beach volleyball. A volleyball-football player. Football players on the beach. We've come full circle today.

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We were too late to get in on the ground floor on Apple, Google and L&L Drive Inn stock. But if you're in charge of the football schedule at UH, it would be a good idea to take advantage of newbies and book early. These schools are launching FCS programs:

In 2013:

Houston Baptist



North Carolina-Charlotte

In 2014:

East Tennessee State


New Orleans

They're new and naive. Don't even tell them about travel subsidies.

127 Responses to “Warriors land outside hitter”

  1. Cheyah!:

    Go Warriors!

  2. mo808:

    Good Morning from Kona!
    A beautiful day though hazy...

  3. mo808:

    Welcome to Hendrik Mol!

  4. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Great news for the volleyball Warriors! Welcome to the ohana, Mr. Mol.

  5. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Top Ten!

    Welcome to the team Hedrik!

  6. tom-warriornation:

    Hawaii-UNLV football Oct. 12 road game tickets:
    $55 each for 50 yard sideline seats

    Hawaii is considered one of two premium games this season; sideline seats are $20 higher for this game than regular games. It is very hard to get good seats for this game; you can pay $50 (plus $13 mailing fee) directly from the office on Aug. 15 but you will only get end zone seats; & the UH ticket office usually gets the worse end zone seats about 50 yards away from the end of the field & way up high. Sit safely with a 100 other diehard Hawaii fans! If you are a Tsaiko and previously bought from Rich, contact him directly pls.

    Deadline for ordering tickets: ASAP.
    Email me: tomkitaguchi@yahoo.com

  7. Stephen Tsai:

    What do people from Kona call the wind?

  8. Stephen Tsai:

    tom-warriornation and rich2176 are the ticket masters for the UH-UNLV game. They're reliable and extremely trustworthy. Contact them if you wish to buy tickets for that game.

  9. Warrior Dave:

    Morning ST and fellow Tsaikos!

  10. Stephen Tsai:

    Good morning, folks.

  11. Warrior Dave:

    Special thanks to ST for keeping UH football in the news year round. Lots of hard work but so appreciated by all of us.

  12. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Morning all!

    Had to double check what blog I was reading at first haha.

    Welcome to the dude from Norway!

    Go Bows!

  13. boolakanaka:

    Aloha Kakahiaka from New Haven , CT all!

  14. mo808:

    "They’re new and naive. Don’t even tell them about travel subsidies"


  15. mo808:


  16. Derek:

    UH playing football in LV is just like a home game. It is still shocking that we lost the last game in Vegas by 20 as 20 point favorites. Heard some stories about the players prior to the game and it was quite disturbing. That game, to me, said that McMackin wasn't going to survive very long as Head Coach. But, we will try again this year under Coach Chow. Even if we lose some in the casino, it always feel a lot better if we win the football game. Lose both and that's a bad trip. I'm already booked for the Reno and LV games. Weather should be pleasant.

  17. Stephen Tsai:

    I think UH needs to check the recent Rainbow Classic schedules, call those schools and ask: Hey, do you guys have a football team?
    I'm keeping my eye on Maryland-Eastern Shore.

  18. Stephen Tsai:

    I was going to write about Mr. Mol yesterday, but I got sidetracked when I saw the Gretchen Mol stories.

  19. Stephen Tsai:

    I think those week-long stays in Vegas were, uh, challenging.
    On the fifth of eighth days in Vegas, I was ready to sell plasma (or a kidney, hey, we each have a spare) for more gambling money.
    We did find a good laundromat: Rainbow Laundromat.

  20. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Ahh yes, Kennesaw, our fans are foaming to see this rivalry develop.

    ComeNsee, Kennesaw.

  21. Stephen Tsai:

    I think Kennesaw was the name of a former baseball commissioner.

  22. Stephen Tsai:

    Kenesaw Mountain Landis was indeed baseball's first commissioner.
    His parents' second choice for a first name was Koolau.

  23. boolakanaka:

    That said, Gretchen Mol would be a very fetching libero.

  24. Stephen Tsai:

    It's just an observation, but right after IWWTHM posts, there always appears to be links to sites selling designer bags. Please tell me IWWTHM doesn't carry a LV or MK man bag.

  25. iwonderwhytheyhateme:


    Don't hate on my style.

  26. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    And it's Hermes. LV is childs play.

  27. Stephen Tsai:

    I have two DVDs starring Gretchen Mol.
    I keep the "Rounders" DVD in front of the "Bettie Page" DVD.

  28. Stephen Tsai:

    I appreciate your style. I'm glad it's not LV. Those bags look plastic-like. Plus, I think they sell those knockoffs every 100 yards at Aloha Stadium.

  29. Stephen Tsai:

    Which brings me to another rant:
    Why is there no RainbowTique at the swap meet?

  30. Stephen Tsai:

    Rant (continuing):
    I loathe to bring up "Rounders" because then people start reaching for Oreos and start doing really bad John Malkovich impersonations.

  31. iwonderwhytheyhateme:


    Probably because like LV, there are knockoffs every 100 yards haha. I've seen UH jersey's for sale at the swap meet before. Not sure if they were the ones by Kop Inc.

  32. Stephen Tsai:

    "In my club, I will splash the pot whenever I (blank) please."

  33. boolakanaka:

    Rounders is so underrated--great flick! She is also has some great moments in the HBO series Boardwalk. Maybe we should see what her vertical is, and if she has any NCAA eligibility?

  34. Stephen Tsai:

    "Just like a young man coming in for quicky, I feel so dissatisfied."

  35. Stephen Tsai:

    "It hurts, doesn't it? Your hopes dashed. Your dreams down the toilet. And your fate is sitting right besides you."

  36. Stephen Tsai:

    "Want a cookie?"

  37. Stephen Tsai:

    OK, I'm done with my Oreos.

  38. Stephen Tsai:

    Oh, wait. It was me who does the bad impersonations.

  39. albow:

    Keneshaw Landis was 1st commissioner of baseball. You are showing yur age

  40. Stephen Tsai:

    Oh, we already have the nickname for Gretchen Mol, volleyball player — AniMol.

  41. Stephen Tsai:

    I think Judge Landis was in the class ahead of me at Roosevelt.

  42. boolakanaka:

    Worm: She's really got him by the b#lls.
    Petra: That's not so bad, is it?
    Worm: It depends on the grip!


  43. boolakanaka:

    And I just remembered that Ed Norton is a Yalie....but, he has no vertical whatsoever.

  44. Stephen Tsai:

    He also was Ralph Kramden's best friend on the Honeymooners.
    Whoops. Wrong Ed Norton.
    I think Ed Norton's greatest accomplishment was dating Salma Hayek.

  45. Stephen Tsai:

    No. 42:

  46. boolakanaka:

    He beat me... Straight up... Pay him... Pay that man his money.
    ~ Teddy KGB (John Malkovich)

    Speaking of RoughRiders...whatever happened to Bubba Puha, man was fierce in his day.....

  47. boolakanaka:

    And he also dated Rosario Dawson; man has some serious game for a blue-blood.

  48. Derek:

    Ben Jay should take advantage of the Hawaii exemption by scheduling the full 13 game regular season. You want that extra home game. There is a reason, a good reason, why we have that exemption. I say try to work with the NCAA to start the season one week early for Hawaii. You still want at least one bye week during the regular season. If Hawaii is good enough to be eligible for a football conference championship game that would be #14, but I think that's a good problem. Plus, a bowl game and that's potentially #15 which is another good problem to have. The FCS have the playoffs with 16 teams for the national championship and those teams that qualify who make it to the championship game can also play about15 games too. But, to get to the earlier point, the Hawaii exemption gives Hawaii an extra home game because of Hawaii's isolation and gives us some more revenue to cover the added costs to run the program and athletic department. To not use the Hawaii exemption is foolish and if you don't use it the NCAA could possibly say to do away with it period. As it is, football is pretty much a year round sport anyway. It's either spring practices, recruiting periods, conditioning and strength drills, 7 on 7s, film study, summer school, more recruiting, etc. etc. etc.

  49. rage777:

    Are all those teams going into the WAC?

    Also, you know the spam is not from me because they would come in multiples.

  50. Rodney:

    Imua Warriors!!

  51. nuff already:

    Derek we heard you the 20th time you said that

  52. Jesse(James):

    Good morning Tsaikos!!!!

    I always thought IWWTHM was a Coco Chanel man...but I digress.... LOL

    Welcome to Mr. Mol....Too bad he wasn't from Moracco...that would have been classic...

  53. 808bowler:

    Anyone know when tickets for the unlv boyds tailgate/trans/game tickets package o on sale?

    Also congrats to ka ulukoa boys 13u for taking gold in reno. Think Mckibbons plays on that team.

  54. HawaiiMongoose:

    Morocco Mol? Oh my...

  55. jimmy the lock:

    A Viking pin hitter. I wonder if he watches Ragnar Lothbrok on the History Channel?

  56. jimmy the lock:

    Man bag and manboobs, a trending combo.

  57. iwonderwhytheyhateme:


    Be quiet. Christian Dior, beech, *snap snap*.

  58. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    If they had hidden Hendrik's true identity he could have been a secret Mol.

  59. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    jtl -

    If so, only the reruns...

  60. Old School Dave:

    Nothing like a tough workout on the beach, topped off with a swim (unless they are also working out in the water, too).

  61. jimmy the lock:

    Da Punchbowl Kid, I watch because of Lagertha, there's a masculine beauty about her. :wink:

  62. Old School Dave:

    #29 ST - Maybe could UH expand the Rainbowtique to a full bookstore (fill the void with the closing of Borders) to various locales on island. UW has several such bookstores in the Seattle area that sell an assortment of Husky goods and apparel.


  63. Last Call:

    The football team is in terrible physical condition according to our new strength and fitness coach on the BC show this morning .He said that he was
    not impressed with current level of fitness by this years football team.

    This doesn't surprise me after all they are Rainbows.

  64. iwonderwhytheyhateme:


    Did he really say that? -_-

  65. Last Call:

    #66 Yes but the last sentence as my comment not his.

  66. Shadow:

    #62: Sound's like a great idea & an additional revenue maker! I liked Borders . . .

  67. Inyoface:

    Beemer said that? Hmm

  68. jimmy the lock:

    That's one way to get the players to step up.

  69. Inyoface:

    They need a better audio archive on ESPN 1420, especially for the local interviews.

  70. Stephen Tsai:

    One of the craziest drills is the roll. A player puts on a weighted vest, tthen sits in a wheelchair, then wheels himself the width of Ching field. There's no traction because of the loose granules. It's all arms and shoulders. Even the most fit is soaking in sweat after several laps.

  71. haka:


    Aloha Hendrik!
    Looks like a very good player. Although the video shows him hitting through a lot of split blocks, his all around game looks solid. The team is looking good with the newbies coming in and will be the bomb when Tui gets there!

    Go Rainbow Warriors!

  72. Warrior Dave:

    #63. Thanks for the recap.

    So glad this new coach tells it like it is. I tend to agree with his assessment. When the 4th Q rolls around, O-line looked gassed and their speed and strength can't keep up with the opponent D-line.

    I Love our teams effort but with better conditioning, their jobs will be easier.

  73. Inyoface:

    Beemer is a no nonsense type of coach. That's the best kind.

  74. A-House:

    H. Mol appears, at least to me, a better right side hitter - seems more comfortable; skilled in finding the open spaces or the blocking hand with the least resistance; good vertical to hit and block; and has a good wind-up or trigger ( goes up, pauses, then wacks the ball ).

    His pause before hitting the ball is very noticeable and may use this to his advantage against a blocker or blockers; looks like a strong wrist. Wonder how fast his ball travels?

  75. Ron:

    Very good evaluation Mr. House, you either used to coach the sport or you are very sharp.

  76. Bowwar:

    Coach Beamer didn't want to acknowledge any particular athlete doing good because he felt that no one was "completely" good in ALL of the drills. I like this guy's approach and I hope they hire another strength trainer, since they are under staffed witnin the UH athletic department.

  77. roofer68:

    74. Mr A-House, your hitting description is exactly what Emily Hartong does.

  78. A-House:

    Mol may be the replacement for Jonas if he decided not to return for his masters degree.

  79. d1shima:

    Great Afternoon All!


    First! Again

    ...for me.


  80. d1shima:

    Many pop culture references today

  81. d1shima:

    Happy 92nd Birthday, Jake LaMotta!

  82. Darren:

    I believe that Coach Beemer said he was impressed by the physical condition of some players, but also woefully disappointed for some other players. I do not believe he meant to imply that the entire team is out of shape.

  83. WarriorNY:

    With all this poker talk, I should mention my brother is playing in the Main Event....

    He's doing pretty well so far way above average stack.... Cheer him on and look for Raj Singh in the WSOP Main Event Updates...


  84. Last Call:

    Are we getting a mascot ? I heard something about a unicorn.

  85. uppah campus:

    another NFL player arrested - this time on Maui ...


  86. Rich2176:

    UH vs UNLV

    I just spoke with Tom and I relinquished my role as "ticket guru" to him this time around. It is much easier for everyone to deal with one person. For those of you who have inquired about tickets from me, I will be forwarding your requests to him.

    BTW, I just noticed the UH ticket office is charging $60 per ticket ($50 + $10 fee) for this game. I seriously doubt those tickets are anywhere near the 50 yard line.

    GET YOUR REQUESTS TO TOM ASAP AS HE WILL BE PUTTING A LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY ON HIS CREDIT CARD TO TAKE CARE OF THE TSAIKOS. When you contact him, please include both your blog and "real" name. Email me if you have any questions.

    See you all in 2015 at UNLV!!!

  87. WarriorNY:

    I hope everyone is doing well... Please root for my brother...

    Right now he's #15 in chip count for the Day 2C...

  88. wafan:

    Happy Hump Day afternoon!

  89. leron:

    Also note that this is Ka Ulukoa 17s 6th straight national championship. Tui, Micah, and company have won every year since they were 12 year olds. I believe it's Tui's third straight MVP honor too.

  90. gobows:

    wonder which newcomer appears to be in the best shape. i have a feeling its st. juste.

  91. Tolkien Warrior:

    That's awesome regarding Coach Beemer's comments. Strength and conditioning (and quickness) seemed to be under maximized in years prior. Yeah, agree, we seemed to fade in the 4th. I'm so stoked for the future of our program. That is Boise's advantage all these years that is hopefully now diminished. Raaaaaahhhhhhhhh! LET'S GO BOWS!!

  92. gobows:

    i think they faded in the 2nd quarter in a few games last year. no 1st downs in second half against air force. i hope coach price does a lot better play calling.

  93. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    GO RAJ SINGH!!! Represent, homeboy!


  94. Stephen Tsai:

    I always hear people gush about Phil Steele. I thought I'd give him another shot. I went to Barnes & Noble today and bought a bunch of football mags. I decided to focus on San Jose State. Steele opens by talking about the QB situation from a few years ago. There's too much rehashing. I thought Lindy's did the most thorough job. USA Today was the worst. Sporting News was so-so. Athlon was OK. But again, very disappointed in Steele. Whatcha guys think?

  95. gobows:

    steele's on-line hawaii page has 2 mistakes on the schedule, he has the usc and army games on the road. he's trying to cover too much with the fcs and nfl. but i'll still pick it up, didn't know it was out yet.

  96. laulau head:

    BEAT USC!!!

    Thanks for the scoops on the football publications ST...I still gotta pick up my copies

  97. kapakahi:

    Rainbow Warriors!!!

  98. kapakahi:

    Sad to hear about Tigi Hill coming up just 2 classes short of qualifying.

    Hoping to see Tigi coming back in 2014.....with 2 to play 2.

  99. Warrior Dave:

    #94. ST,

    All I can tell you about Phil Steele is that he predicted UH to go indefeated in 2007 and go to a BCS Bowl.

    In my mind, he's a genius!!! I like what I hear when he makes his annual appearance on Bobby's show.

  100. Warriorfan:

    Any idea who the new assistant for the warrior volleyball team will be?

  101. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    Quick peek at the football locker....Not lockeroom, i said locker.

    Looks to be pretty much on par for what schools are using these days. Very nice with the H logos being used quite generously! :) Yippie!


  102. papajoe2:

    Kekaula says that Mike Lum was the first Japanese to play in the Major leagues. Is Lum a Japanese name?

  103. papajoe2:

    iwwthm isn't the lockers to small for football gear? Where to do they put the shoulder pads? Could be on the seats. Looks nice though.

  104. iwonderwhytheyhateme:

    The lockers are really different from the artists renditions found on Hawaii Athletics site. To be expected I suppose.

  105. iwonderwhytheyhateme:


    I suppose they leave it on top the chair. It looks like the chair doubles as a chess as well.

    Again, much different from the pictures but 100000000x better than the sadness they had before.

  106. Stephen Tsai:

    That locker is not even in the locker room.
    The background, as you can see, is the UH football office.
    There's as good a chance of the locker room being finished by July 31 as the rail being completed in my lifetime.

  107. Stephen Tsai:

    As I understand it, it's down to two: A guy from here and a guy from the mainland.

  108. Stephen Tsai:

    Mike Lum's birth mother was Japanese. He was adopted by a Chinese couple.

  109. Ralph:

    Papajoe, look at A Joe, you wouldn't know that he is by birth Japanese, so states the Board of Health on the Big Island. The Portuguese and Hawaiian clans on the Big Island scratching their heads- what happened to the bruddah.

  110. papajoe2:

    Until yesterday, besides being the all time leader in RBIs in the major leagues for a player from Hawaii, what did Mike Lum do in the majors that no one else did?

  111. papajoe2:

    Answer to Mike Lum's trivia question: He was the only player in the major leagues to pinch hit for the great Hank Aaron.

  112. Slugger:

    Good morning, gang!

    Welcome to H. Mol!

  113. mo808:

    Good Morning Folks!
    Good Morning Kauai! Hui, LizKauai!
    Beautiful sunrise!

  114. papajoe2:

    Good morning everybody!

  115. A-House:


    We were on Kauai last week and went fishing at the Waimea pier - caught some taape, papio, halalu, and 2 small hammerhead sharks which my brother cut up for bait.

    It was really HOT!!!

  116. A-House:

    hey, hey, hey! it's 7/11 - not the convenient store - today!!!

  117. A-House:

    one can easily surmise that I have nothing to contribute sports wise and just wasting my time at work

  118. A-House:

    actually, I'm patiently waiting for ST to post a new "blog"

    and, a mighty HELLO to Wes'side Warrior who is back in Hawaii!!!

    hope to see you at the 8/29/13 tailgate! dang, dang, I must skip work to prepare.

  119. HiFlyer:

    Good morning everyone.

  120. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Good Morning Gangeez! :)

    A special aloha shout out to island hoppin' mo808 and hubby!

  121. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Not so, Col. A- house! Some of us cling to your every word.

  122. mo808:

    Hi DPK! Mahalo!
    AHouse, I wonder if 7Eleven is giving away slurpees today! :-)

  123. A-House:


    yikes! I porgot bout slurpees - will check the one on Nuuanu Ave on way home!

  124. A-House:

    howzit, howzit DPK!

    as always our very best to Sweetie! and too you of course - ha, U taught eye wen porget U?

  125. A-House:

    Ok, OK!

    where is Stephen, where is Stephen
    still asleep, still asleep
    trying to catch some practice, trying to see some Warriors
    don't know why, don't know why!

  126. A-House:

    let's see - today is Thursday, 7/11/13 and we know ST is already working diligently in getting all the UH sports news of interest to us on this blog

    Football or VB or whatever - controversial items are best as we hear many opinions for or against by many; even those who lurk - where are you lurkers??? - come on out and join us posters - no shame - can write good or junk - das ok - prefer "standard English" or "pidgin" - works both ways!!

  127. A-House:

    arie one mus bee beeshie to day - no like post, eh?