Rosenmeier-Cowell 2nd at beach championship

From UH
The Rainbow Warrior men’s volleyball pair of Brett Rosenmeier and Colton Cowell fell in the championship match of the USAV Collegiate Beach Championship Saturday to Florida State’s Jon Justice and Adam Wienckowski, 15-21, 28-26, 15-12.

The UH duo, who finished fourth in this event last year, went 3-1 record duirng this year’s tournament. With the win, the FSU pair earned a spot to represent the United States this summer at the FISU World University Games in Munich, Germany.

In a rematch of Thursday’s pool play finals which Rosenmeier and Cowell won, 21-14, 19-21, 15-12, the UH team got off to a good start with a 21-15 win in Set 1. After taking an early lead, the Rainbow Warriors closed out the set with an 8-3 run for the 1-0 lead in the match.

Rosenmeier and Cowell appeared on their way to a straight-set win taking a 16-12 lead in Set 2. However Justice and Wienckowski used an 8-3 run to get back in the match and had set point at 20-19. The UH pair would go on to erase six set points before Wienckowski’s block gave FSU a 28-26 victory.

In the final set, UH led 7-5 before FSU tied it at 10. In the race to 15, the Seminoles scored five of the final seven points for the championship.


  1. Warriorfan May 12, 2018 12:11 pm

    Too bad they should have won in two but it was obvious the fsu pair has more beach savvy and had more time on the beach together.
    Rosie has a lot of beach potential but you could tell he lacked the beach experience over the others.

  2. Ron May 12, 2018 3:18 pm

    I think Rosie would need to lose 10lbs or so to be optimum. He is too big to flow across the sand. Colton is very good and made those of us from Maui very proud. This was just another “would,coulda, shoulda” for our volleyball teams. The good news is that we are always in the conversation as to who can win it all. The better news is that these young athletes are quality people who gives an old man like me hope for the future.

  3. Hot May 12, 2018 5:34 pm

    Will Cowell remain at OH next season or will he move to Libero? The warriors lost Matautia at OH and Tuileta at Libero, so it would seem like Cowell might see time at both positions. Are there any liberos on the roster that could push Gage Worsley?

  4. Kahuna May 12, 2018 6:13 pm

    I think Cowell’s role will be similar to that of Gage Worsley this year. Come in as a serving sub and maybe relieve one of the pin hitters in the passing rotation when Wade needs a defensive/passing team on the floor. With Humler and Johnson coming in, it’s going to be hard for Cowell to crack the lineup as an outside hitter.

    I think the roster listed him as 6-2 but he looks more like 6-0 to me. Very explosive and jumps well but a guy his size tend to wear down faster because the effort it takes for him to jump higher and get off the ground quicker to match up with taller players.

  5. Warriorfan May 12, 2018 7:06 pm

    Colton first serving sub off the bench for sure over Gage.
    Warriors will have a lot more depth next season.

  6. vballfan May 12, 2018 11:36 pm

    Did Austin really leave the team? If so, is he going to play for another school?

  7. setaone May 13, 2018 6:56 am

    6. His instagram story alludes to it…..”Mautautias out #byebows”

  8. Kahuna May 13, 2018 10:04 am

    I hope he doesn’t leave on bad terms but from his Instagram it does sound like he has some bitterness.
    It would have been nice to see him thank those who supported him and say it time to move on. Instead of just saying “we out and bye”

    Certainly a disappointment at his decision to leave but there still are many players who would love to play for the Warriors . We could have someone in the clone of Austin coming on board in a couple of years. Chaz Galloway will be fun to watch when he gets here

    Good Luck Austin and hope he find happiness.

  9. Hot May 13, 2018 10:27 am

    5. Of course he is going to be ahead of Gage as serving sub since Gage is expected to be the Libero.

  10. Hot May 13, 2018 10:28 am

    8. Definitely sounds bitter. Sorry he had to go, but Rosenmeier is better.

  11. Ron May 13, 2018 11:09 am

    So sorry to see Austin transfer but it might be the best move for him in order for him to get more playing time. He is very good but like Hot said, Rosie is better.

  12. kahuna May 13, 2018 12:02 pm

    When you are part of a top 5 team, you are in a constant battle for PT. Very little can separate the 1st string and the second string so you constantly have to work and work. Rosey is jut the better passer and defender. The ability to pass consistently allowed Joe to run the offense more smoothly. The ability to play defense give the team extra chances to score points. Austin inability to pass on a consistent level just was not enough to make the team better.

  13. Warriorfan May 13, 2018 12:42 pm

    If austin does leave at least UH has humler coming in.

  14. ManoaFan May 13, 2018 1:28 pm

    Rosie is an excellent ball handler and digger. That is what any top team needs is great ball control. That is the only way to be able to run the plays. If Hawaii did not have Gage and had outside hitters that are better hitters than Rosie, then he should be a Libero. I didn’t think Austin had good ball control. Great server and hitter, though.

  15. po’okela May 14, 2018 2:30 am

    lol these posters are so bi polar.

    now that they realize austin is leaving, they instantly turn on him and say how bad of a player he was compared to rosie but i remember very clearly in the middle of the season people were upset that wade wasn’t playing austin because they felt rosie was the worst of the two.

    make up your mind. don’t be upset because he’s leaving. he’s not happy and wants to find a place that’ll fit him better as a player and as a student. we’ll probably see him at UCLA.

  16. T103 May 14, 2018 8:42 am

    I wish we would have confirmation that he is or isn’t leaving. Everything else is just speculation. I think both Rosie & Austin has their moments of brilliance and moments of being in a rut. I think they both have their strengths and weaknesses, but I do agree that Rosie is a better passer then Austin. Not sure if that could be worked out over time, but in the ‘now’ coaches need someone steady b/c if we can’t pass, then we can’t run an offense and all we can do is go ‘high & outside’ and its all predictable from there on out. I really do like Austin, I think he’s a great player, and like all players has things needed to work on, I HOPE it’s not true that he’s leaving, but I do understand from both perspectives of the player wanting court time and the coach putting in whatever player contributes to whatever is needed for the team on the court at any given time. If it is true that he’s leaving with only the statement of “we out” then I think we can chalk it up to maturity and possibly leaving on bad terms. To have such a talented team where we are almost spoiled with quality players to have him leave, speaks volumes to this program. In any case, I hope he isn’t leaving, but if he is choosing to do so, I wish him the best of luck. He will be great anywhere he ends up.

  17. Hot May 14, 2018 10:05 am

    16. Agree. Abrasive poster.

  18. Warriorfan May 14, 2018 1:46 pm

    18, yep should just stay away
    , anyway good luck to Matautia if he does transfer , warriors should be fine regardless.

  19. turfwar May 14, 2018 8:31 pm

    Totally understandable should Austin leave. He’s good enough to be a starter for a lot of teams. But another guy who should be playing is Brandon Rattray. He has obviously worked hard in the weight room and on his skills to be a contributer for someone. Hope they both stay but a volleyball career is so short they ultimately will do what is best for them.

  20. Cindy Luis May 15, 2018 1:58 pm

    5. Gage will be the starting libero next season.
    as for matautia, no confirmation of him leaving. May be true. Might still be in discussion phase.
    But sister Gabby, who was the GA, graduated last weekend.

  21. Cindy Luis May 15, 2018 2:30 pm
    new thread up for tuesday

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