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
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
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
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
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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