Step up

April 4th, 2014
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Defensive coordinator Kevin Clune proved to be prophetic when he said the Rainbow Warriors would improve noticeably between the first and second practices of spring training.

"We did take a step forward," Clune said. "We're on about step 2 of 150 right now. The guys are starting to ask the right questions. They're starting to see the right things. It's going to be a little bit of a process. Without the pads on, it's not exactly real. But we did take a forward — not perfect, not perfect by any means — but we did take a step forward."

Clune said players will review videos of yesterday's practice as learning tools.

"Come Saturday, we'll put the shoulder pads on and, you know, I hope to see another step forward," Clune said. "We have to keep taking steps forward every day."

Tomorrow's practice, which begins at 10:30 a.m., will be the first in shells for the Warriors.

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Here's one of the best battles: tight end Tui Unga and linebacker Jeremy Castro:

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Here are five reasons to attend tonight's volleyball match between BYU and Hawaii:

1. It's not televised.

2. It's the penultimate home match for seniors Johann Timmer, Nick West, Jace Olsen, Joby Ramos and Aniefre Etim-Thomas.

3. UH is in the hunt for one of eight MPSF playoff berths. The Rainbow Warriors currently are in ninth place with four regular-season matches remaining.

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4. BYU outside hitter Taylor Sander, who is 6-4, possesses a 43-inch vertical jump, and can touch the clouds. He averages 4.7 kills per set. His 1,613 career kills are a BYU rally-scoring record. He had nine aces against UC San Diego in a match in January.

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5. It's BYU.

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72 Responses to “Step up”

  1. truegreen:

    First to step up this morning!


  2. jm2375:

    Good morning Tsaikos! Happy Aloha Friday!

    Keep stepping forward!

    GO WARRIORS! Beat da kittycats!
    GO WAHINE!


  3. papajoe2:

    Good morning everybody!
    Top 5.


  4. tommui:

    GOOD MORNING HAWAII!

    GO RAINBOW WARRIORS
    GO WAHINE

    GO MICHELLE


  5. Pu'uwai:

    Aloha kakahiaka.

    Hope they take more than one step at a time...two to three would be nice.

    Imua Rainbow Warriors!!!


  6. jm2375:

    At least UH fans have pictures of the players... :roll:

    How many 7th year seniors does BYWho have on their roster? And how many are over 30?


  7. Daddy:

    Daddy is here


  8. truegreen:

    Who's YOUR daddy?


  9. Luki:

    Top Ten


  10. Old School Dave:

    Interesting article on could BYU-Provo be next to drop sports?

    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/57770433-88/byu-sports-monson-provo.html.csp


  11. tom-warriornation:

    GO WARRIORS--can't wait for the season to start!


  12. visitor:

    Last week no volleyball or baseball home games. This weekend..baseball and volleyball bump up against each other. Too bad.


  13. papajoe2:

    Wie finishes with a 71 today, currently at -6 tied for 2nd, but many of the leading golfers still out on the course or didn't tee off yet. Forecast for winds to pick up to 25mph in the afternoon.


  14. papajoe2:

    #12, don't forget softball too.


  15. Old School Dave:

    Should be interesting practice tomorrow with the players in shells. A little more contact.


  16. HALEAKALA:

    Take a 150 steps up during spring training!


  17. rage777:

    Hopefully the don't take one step a day, I think there is less than 200 days to the first game. They need to make bigger strides. ;)


  18. jimmy the lock:

    Wow, if one step is a noticeable improvement, can't wait to see what a leap is.

    Beat BYU!

    Michelle finishes at 6-under. Still in the hunt and lurking.


  19. jimmy the lock:

    4/6/14 GOT--All Men Must Die--Valar Morghulis


  20. jm2375:

    visitor - #12 - happens multiple times every year. Sometimes, fans from all 3 venues are trying to get out of the parking structure at the same time.

    jtl - #19 - Dracarys!


  21. jimmy the lock:

    Walking Dead season ends, Game of Thrones Season starts. Thank you Network Gods.

    Can't wait to see Rick and gang lay waste to those Cannibal Terminus zombie wannabees next season.

    Looking forward to seeing more of Daenerys Targaryen this season.

    Also, Street Pulse's Hottie of the Week, yeowzah!


  22. jimmy the lock:

    jm2375, you speak Valyrian? Or is that High Valyrian? :lol:


  23. jeezy33:

    Some way too early recruiting news... But its good...

    I don't really pay attention to Rivals or Scout rankings because neither have watched live games in Hawaii but the best player in the state is Solomon Matautia from Campbell. Canton is hurt too much so its hard to know how good he is when he's hardly playing. Hawaii leads Boise and Oregon St. currently for Matautia. He's a coaches dream on defense though. Can hit, cover, rush the QB, and do it all. He'll be playing on Sunday's. Hope Clune can work his magic to get him to stay home.


  24. kaimiloa:

    23... Does one of those sites tell you that Hawaii is ahead or do you have other sources?


  25. jm2375:

    jtl - it's gonna be a long 6 mos till the next TWD season. At least there's GoT and other series to fill the void.


  26. Turfwar:

    After watching Matautia return punts and kickoffs I can't help but wonder if this guy isn't the best running back in the state. Amazing instincts and great feet with terrific acceleration. But have to agree and I too would place him at the very top of an outstanding class of 2015. Two years ago he was a 5'9" soph at Waipahu. And if you look at video or pictures of him in a Waipahu uniform he really does look around 5'9". Today he looks every bit the 6' plus 200 pound range. He may still be getting taller.


  27. jimmy the lock:

    jeezy33, hoping he signs on the Warriors dotted line or underscores.


  28. jeezy33:

    24.
    http://hawaii.scout.com/2/1390760.html


  29. jeezy33:

    its a interview so i trust the source. just don't trust their ability to rank Hawaii guys based on 7 on 7 off season tournaments or camps... but I expect he'll jump up the ranks anyway. he's that good. Few years back George Kawalu was a stud too. Too bad grades got in his way.


  30. kaimiloa:

    Thanks. I didn't doubt you. I just don't usually read the stories since I don't pay for the site.


  31. jeezy33:

    30. Its good news to have early offers like OSU and Boise and have Hawaii 1. Usually, its Hawaii on top until poachers like OSU come in late..


  32. jimmy the lock:

    Stupid joke Friday, just for boola!

    A lawyer parks his Audi on the street and opens the door when all of a sudden a Police cruiser comes whizzing by and rips off the car door. The lawyer comes out screaming, "My Audi, my Audi, you dummy!" The policeman says, "You're the dummy, you didn't even realize your arm got torn off!" The Lawyer yells, "My Rolex, my Rolex..."

    TGIF, have a great Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the ride.


  33. Boolakanaka:

    Ha-ha, Ms. Boola barely let me buy that toy....all I got now is a worn down timex.


  34. gobows:

    adding to yesterdays talk about waianae wedge busters…chris paogofie:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SntSDd89Zo


  35. Boolakanaka:

    Another bruddha that had he had the grades would have made a great impact at UH. One assassin ...


  36. Rodney:

    #23 what about the lineman
    at St Louis?


  37. jimmy the lock:

    You mean Fred Ulu-Perry?


  38. RainbowCliff:

    Good afternoon Tsaiko Nation, had a FABULOUS day recruiting for upper campus. My ALOHA journey took me to Los Angeles High School West Gym in which 1,600 students attend this tradtional old high school that has a HUGE campus with a football stadium that takes up 5 blocks and then some. Nick name the Romans as I walked this large campus to the gym in which my table was right in front of me as my rivals both USC and UCLA tables "in the back" were they rightfully belong as my set up was quick and decisive anticipating the students arrival.

    From 9am I started with 200 interest cards by the time I finished I only had 3 remaining. Yes, good folks 197 LA High School students came through my table as my enthusiasm for UH was taken by ALL as pamphlets, brochures and ALL my pens GONE !

    On this GREAT day 15 Varsity football players as well as 10 basketball players filled out interest cards with ONE BIG linebacker a sophomore who is starting middle for the Romans 4-3 defense. Astute and has a FIERCE look as when he approached my table several of the students got out of the way and commented "psycho is coming" as I knew right there and them I'm definetly going to sign this stud as he gently filled out all his information.

    Mahalo to the banners I received from the Warrior Beat as it REALLY made an impression with all my aloha and detail information to attend the University Of Hawaii, "simply the best, better then all the rest" !

    Last week of April I will be at Santa Monica High School, Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills Estates. The goal is to reach ONE THOUSAND interest cards as I am 803 cards away !

    IMUA WARRIORS !


  39. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    Jeezy, Turfwar -

    I've seen Matautia play live a couple times this year. Have to agree that he's an elite player and would be a nice catch for the Warriors. They guy got things done, wherever they had him playing.


  40. Gsky:

    Miano to be DC at Saint Louis HS?


  41. Rodney:

    #37 mahalo!


  42. jimmy the lock:

    Just a follow-up, Michelle is 1-stroke behind the leaders heading into tomorrow's 3rd round.


  43. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    *the


  44. Da Punchbowl Kid:

    44


  45. SteveM:

    45


  46. jimmy the lock:

    At least tell a joke. :roll:


  47. jm2375:

    Reason #6 to go tonight's mvb game: Stretch has something spesho planned for da kittycats tonight and, unfortunately, won't be there tomorrow night.


  48. jeezy33:

    36. Should have clarified... Best defensive player... Ulu Perry is by far the best O linemen and I don't think its close.


  49. st. anthony trojan:

    hey # 46 ..would mention a earlier DR coloumn
    be classified as a 'joke'.........


  50. WarriorMojo:

    Julian Gener tweeted that he got a medical hardship for last season so he'll have two more seasons to play. He was damn impressive in those two or three games last year, I thought, so this is great news.


  51. whitey:

    WM, truly great news about Gener. i second that.


  52. gobows:

    50

    no coincidence that the defense sucked without him. and the first 3 games the offense didn't show up.


  53. SteveM:

    #46 -- jimmy the lock:
    April 4th, 2014 at 3:37 pm
    At least tell a joke.

    Well, I was trying to start a number WAVE but it failed. :|
    Then I thought a 7th anniversary joke by our master joke tellers, las vegas/rasu begasu and LongTime UH Fan, but not much. Al had an interesting "joke" involving the usual suspects...

    <b<Comment from: al [Visitor]
    yeah homey, how about those sumo wrestling things.

    preliminary matches:

    gigi vs cat for hawaiian women's lightweight title gigi loses must wear shorts for one year. cat loses must wear muumuu for one year.

    princess leila vs psycho tsai in the oahu mixed championship. loser to perform Y-M-C-A and type for one year for winner.

    tag team title match
    prideperiod and peaches vs guava and stevem winner gets free teddy bear from 'build a bear'. guest referee long timer.

    grudge match: wreckineyez vs herman. loser relocates to siberia

    junior title match
    the beast vs jason-boy. winner get free lifetime bubbling tofu soup.

    featured super heavy weight title match: bulla vs the kid at stake is year round first sitting at camellia buffet accompanied by al.

    04/04/07 @ 14:48


  54. HALEAKALA:

    Re: Gener. That is terrific news for him and the team.


  55. Boya_jr:

    Gener YEAH!!!


  56. NorthShoreFan:

    loaded up the bases, hit the next batter.. down by 1 run


  57. NorthShoreFan:

    sac fly...2-0


  58. NorthShoreFan:

    bases loaded walk...3-0


  59. NorthShoreFan:

    dang vid is blurred..sound muffled..3-3?


  60. st. anthony trojan:

    vb boys got hot....always nice to win byu.....

    ne one know score 4 baseball ? ?


  61. 3-Prong:

    Yessssss! Always a great day when you BEAT BYU!
    Hana Houuuuuu!


  62. jm2375:

    Ahhhh, life is good. Great vb game, good half-time contest featuring Mr. Hackbarth, and, last, but definitely not least, UH beats BYWho!!! Hana hou!

    I hear the lower bowl is sold out for tomorrow night, so let's go for a true sell-out on Senior Night!
    Go Warriors!


  63. 3-Prong:

    Did Captain Hackbarth turn into "Rubba Ban Man"? Or has he really retired his moves?


  64. jm2375:

    3-prong - he's still got the moves...


  65. maddog50:

    Off the subject picked up my new Weber grill yesterday, guy says nice grill but why did you buy a green one.....I said thats what Warrior fans do......it good to be a Warrior!!!


  66. 3-Prong:

    jm2375: thank you, so prior reports were unfounded i guess...

    maddog50: So, are you an ashman or a gasman?

    Hope the fishing is good today, flat water I hope. Hanapa'a!


  67. 3-Prong:

    Ooooops, forgot........BEAT BYU (again) GUNFUNNIT!


  68. wafan:

    Good mid-morning!


  69. whitey:

    another beautiful day on maui and time to do the laundry cause the missus went holo holo. good morning tsaikos.


  70. whitey:

    at least top 70


  71. Bugaz:

    Aloha kakahiaka!


  72. Bugaz:

    Congrats to the Volleybow Warriors on a great and much needed win. Way to fight