Expanded coverage of all things volleyball, including notes, observations and analysis on the Rainbow Wahine, Rainbow Warriors, SandBows and Team USA.

About the blog host

Cindy Luis covers University of Hawaii volleyball for the Star-Advertiser. She began her career as a sports journalist in Hawaii in 1981 with the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and was the sports editor, assistant sports editor, columnist and beat writer during a 31-year span before the paper became the Star-Advertiser. She graduated from UCLA in 1977 with a B.A. in Communication Studies.

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Men’s volleyball: U.S. takes fifth in Pan American Cup

By Cindy Luis on June 20, 2019

UPDATE: The U.S. finished fifth in the Pan American Cup after its 25-17, 25-23, 25-18 sweep of Puerto Rico on Friday. US dominate in three sets at the Pan-American Cup! pic.twitter.com/slTfS4GoBv — FloVolleyball (@FloVolleyball) June 21, 2019 Rising senior Colton Cowell was again the most productive of those with Hawaii ties. Former ‘Bows Joe Worsley and Kupono Fey were the others for the team coached by UH associate coach Milan Zarkovic. Representing 🇺🇸 from @HawaiiMensVB:-(OH) @colton_cowell started, had 10 pts […]

Men’s volleyball: U.S. advances to Pan Am Cup quarters

By Cindy Luis on June 19, 2019

Photo courtesy of FIVB The U.S. rebounded from Monday’s loss to Chile with a 25-20, 25-29, 25-20 sweep of the Dominican Republic on Tuesday in Colina, Mexico. The U.S. advances to today’s quarterfinal vs. Argentia (3 p.m. HST) Former Hawaii setter Joe Worsley was one of the three setters used, joining Josh Tuaniga and Jonah Self. The U.S. hit .333. Rainbow Warrior Colton Cowell had seven kills, three aces and a block. Cowell had four digs, Worsley 3 digs, an […]

Men’s volleyball: U.S. national, Pan Am Cup teams win

By Cindy Luis on June 16, 2019

The U.S. men’s national team, with six players with Hawaii ties on the 14-man travel roster, won its fourth consecutive FIVB Volleyball Nations League match on today, defeating host France, 23-25, 25-22, 28-26, 27-25, in Cannes. Setter Micah Chirstenson (Kamehameha) had the U.S. hitting .434. and was in on three blocks. Erik Shoji (Punahou) was at libero for the entire match. Not playing were setter/hitter Micah Ma’a (Punahou), setter Kawika Shoji (‘Iolani), middle Taylor Averill (Hawaii) and libero Tui Tuileta […]

Men’s volleyball: Hawaii alum Taylor Averill makes first appearance in VNL play

By Cindy Luis on June 15, 2019

Former University of Hawaii All-American middle Taylor Averill had nine kills and two blocks, and setter Kawika Shoji (‘Iolani) added four kills and two aces as the U.S. men’s national team won its third consecutive match when defeating Germany in Volleyball Nations League pool play on today in Cannes, France. Micah Ma’a (Punahou) had six kills and two aces when playing as an outside hitter in the 25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 25-20 victory. Erik Shoji (Punahou) and former Hawaii all-American Tui […]

Men’s volleyball: U.S. downs Argentina in Nations Volleyball League

By Cindy Luis on June 14, 2019

Behind the setting of Kamehameha graduate Micah Christenson, the U.S. men’s national volleyball team defeated Argentina 25-22, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21 in a Nations Volleyball League pool play match today in Cannes, France. Christenson had two kills and two blocks (assists number was unavailable), and had the U.S. hitting .454. Erik Shoji (Punahou) played the entire match at libero and Micah Ma’a (Punahou) served once in Set 3. Two former Hawaii all-Americans Taylor Averill and Tui Tuileta (Punahou) are activated for […]

Hawaii men’s volleyball: Taylor Averill, Tui Tuileta activated for VNL matches this week

By Cindy Luis on June 13, 2019

Two former Rainbow Warriors, middle Taylor Averill and libero Tui Tuileta, have made the U.S. men’s national team 14-player travel roster for the third week of Volleyball Nations League (VNL) action Friday through Sunday. It means that all six players with island ties are on the trip. The roster has 25 players. The U.S. Men (2-4) will play Argentina (2-4), Germany (2-4) and France (5-1). Each match is scheduled for 5 a.m. HST and all will be shown live on […]

Men’s volleyball: U.S. goes 1-2 on second weekend

By Cindy Luis on June 10, 2019

The U.S. men’s national team finished Volleyball Nations League second round with a 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17 win over Portugal on Sunday to finish 1-2 in Russia. The U.S. is 2-4 heading into this week’s play in France. Setter Micah Christenson (Kamehameha) was activated this past week. Coach John Speraw has 25 players from which to choose for the 14-player active roster. also activated this past week was Micah Ma’a (Punahou), Kawika Shoji (‘Iolani) and Erik Shoji (Punahou). Against Portugal, […]

Hawaii volleyball: Wahine add setter Bailey Choy; U.S. men 1-2

By Cindy Luis on June 4, 2019

Hawaii makes it official. Paperwork cleared today (June 4). Setter Bailey Choy has transferred to Hawaii from Utah for her final season. The ‘Iolani graduate is one of three transfers on the 2019 Rainbow Wahine roster, joining five freshmen. Choy is finishing her undergraduate degree at Utah and has been accepted into the master’s program at UH’s Shidler College of Business. In the release, coach Robyn Ah Mow says, “We are beyond thrilled to have an athlete of Bailey’s caliber […]