Men’s volleyball: 6 with Hawaii ties make U.S. roster for FIVB Volleyball Nations League

Cover of our VB special from Sunday
Congratulations to former Rainbow Warrior All-Americans Taylor Averill and Tui Tuileta, two of the six with Hawaii ties named to the 25-man roster for the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.
Also UH All-American opposite Rado Parapunov was named to Bulgaria’s 25-man NVL team.
Each week, coaches may choose 14 players from the 25-man roster to compete in the VNL preliminary matches as well as the final round.
Previous Olympians named were Micah Christenson (Kamehameha), Erik Shoji (Punahou) and Kawika Shoji (‘Iolani). Also selected was Micah Ma’a (Punahou).
The U.S. is hosting the VNL Final Round on July 10-14 in Chicago and therefore automatically qualifies.
Three players off Long Beach State’s NCAA team also selected in TJ DeFalco, Kyle Ensing and Josh Tuaniga.
Complete release available here
The schedule, all times HST
Katowice, Poland
May 31 at 5:30 a.m.: USA v Brazil
June 1 at 5 a.m.: USA v Poland
June 2 at 2 a.m.: USA v Australia

Ufa, Russia
June 7 at 1 a.m.: USA v Italy
June 8 at 4 a.m.: USA v Russia
June 9 at 1 a.m.: USA v Portugal

Cannes, France
June 14 at 5 a.m.: USA v Argentina
June 15 at 5 a.m.: USA v Germany
June 16 at 5 a.m.: USA v France

Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA
June 21 at 3 p.m.: USA v Japan
June 22 at 2:30 p.m.: USA v Canada
June 23 at 11:30 A.m.: USA v China


  1. jm2375 May 27, 2019 9:11 am

    Congrats to Tui & Taylor & the others.
    Charlie said at the beginning of Tui’s UH career that he had National Team potential as a LIBERO, when everyone else was clamoring for Tui to be a hitter or concentrate on football.

    So the US doesn’t play Bulgaria at all?


  2. darkfire35 May 27, 2019 4:02 pm

    Congratulations Taylor & Tui and the other boys with Hawaii ties! GO BOWS!

    An absolutely fantastic job on the special Sunday insert on the Men’s Volleyball team! It was certainly a wild ride and accolades are due to them indeed! I like what Joe said about how there were tears after the NCAA championship loss not due to the loss, but because the special experience was over. So, true, but next year should be just as exciting. It sure feels like it with the great returning people we have! GO WARRIORS!

  3. vballfan May 27, 2019 5:17 pm

    2. Ditto!!!
    People still talking about how special this team was. So likeable and will always be champions in my heart!!!

  4. Cindy Luis May 27, 2019 7:26 pm

    Curtis Murayama did a great job with the layout and picture choices.
    Brian McInnis helped with quotes
    Somehow neither got credit in the tab.

  5. Cindy Luis May 30, 2019 9:27 pm
    new thread up for VNL links

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