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

Former UH setter Joe Worsley saw some action with the U.S. NORCECA team on Wednesday. / Photo by Darryl Oumi, Special to the Star-Advertiser

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.

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.


The U.S. men’s Pan American Cup tea, with three players with Hawaii ties on the roster, will play Puerto Rico for fifth place Friday in Colima, Mexico.

The U.S. (2-2) dropped its quarterfinal match with Argentina on Wednesday, 25-23, 25-22, 25-22. University of Hawaii hitter Colton Cowell had a team-high nine kills with two digs and an ace. Former UH All-American setter Joe Worsley was one of three setters used while former Warrior Kupono Fey, training at libero, did not play.

โ€œWe couldnโ€™t use some of the players that have been responsible in our line-up until now because of some injuries and we tried to find the best combination,โ€ said Warrior associate coach Milan Zarkovic, who is the U.S. head coach. “At the end of each set we were very close, fighting to win. I would say we came to the spring but didn’t drink water.”


  1. darkfire35 June 20, 2019 8:12 pm

    Sorry if this is off topic, but CONGRATULATIONS CINDY!!! for winning the AVCA Grant Burger media print award!!! Woo hooo! You do sooo much for us, and for the state of Hawaii!
    As always, I really look forward to your annual UH Wahine Volleyball Preview that “contributed to the Honolulu Star-Advertiserโ€™s Best of the West Award from the Associated Press.”
    This coming Wahine Volleyball season is going to be an exciting one and you’ll be one of the reasons that it will be a great season! Mahalo nui loa for all you do, Cindy!!!

  2. vballfan June 21, 2019 9:14 am

    1. Nicely stated!! Thank you!

  3. Cindy Luis June 21, 2019 4:00 pm

    1-2 thank you so much. Just doing my job.
    I think it will be a very fun Wahine volleyball season.

  4. tongo June 22, 2019 7:01 am

    Congrats Cindy for your national recognition. Have enjoyed your writing and comments all these many years. THANK YOU!

  5. H-man June 22, 2019 4:29 pm

    Agree it will be a fun season. Really looking forward to see how coach Robyn develops this team which shows a lot of promise.

  6. islandman June 27, 2019 8:32 am

    2019 WVB roster is posted at hawaiiathletics. Westerberg is listed at 6-0 ?
    Gong is listed as R-Fr.
    Is there one scholarship still open ?

  7. islandman June 27, 2019 1:34 pm

    6. The roster is not there anymore, as of 1:30 pm

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