U.S. men top Serbia in World Championship opener

Taylor Averill, seen here at UH spring 2015 graduation, is playing for the USA at the FIVB World Championship. / Warrior World photo

The second-ranked U.S. men’s national team, with three players with Hawaii ties in the starting lineup, rallied past Serbia 15-25, 25-14, 21-25, 25-20, 15-10, in the opening pool-play match Wednesday of the FIVB World Championship in Bari, Italy.

Setter Micah Christenson (Kamehameha) was in on three blocks and middle Taylor Averill (University of Hawaii) four kills, a block and an ace. Erik Shoji (Punahou) played the entire match at libero and his older brother Kawika Shoji (“Iolani) was a serving substitute in Sets 2 and 4.
The U.S. (1-0) continues pool play Thursday against Australia (0-1) which was swept in Wednesday’s opener by Russia.


  1. Bleachercoach September 12, 2018 3:55 pm

    Awesome job Team USA!
    Watching replay of Oregon vs Minnesota on Pac 12 TV…Oregon is the best team Hawaii will face other than Cal Poly.
    Oregon is super athletic!..I love the way their players move around the court especially how the front line side shuffles left to right (vice versa) with their blocks
    Actually Hawaii’s losses to Kansas St and Portland were not too bad at all.
    Kansas St is 9-1 with their only lost to Marquette but got a 3-1 win over Oregon St.
    Portland is undefeated til date and should win the Big Sky Conference

  2. Warriorfan September 12, 2018 4:41 pm

    Portland is in the wcc.

  3. Warriorfan September 12, 2018 4:42 pm

    The wahine need some quality wins badly! Hopefully they get one or two this week.

  4. Bleachercoach September 12, 2018 5:31 pm

    2. Thanks for that correction

  5. Jojo September 12, 2018 6:22 pm

    So it looks like Sophia is leaving UH, she post it on her IG.

  6. turfwar September 12, 2018 7:14 pm

    Sophia can absolutely play somewhere. Good luck to her.

  7. Kahuna September 12, 2018 7:58 pm

    Wow….that would make 2 years in a row that a player left “mid season”. Last year, it was Shaney Lipscomb. Hope this kind of attrition won’t hurt our APR.

  8. darkfire35 September 12, 2018 7:59 pm

    That’s too bad about Sophia, I had high hopes for her. Did we know why?

  9. darkfire35 September 12, 2018 8:02 pm

    7. No disrespect intended, but Shaney was a little on the flaky, party girl side.

  10. Rabbit ears September 12, 2018 9:07 pm

    Check out warrior beat “warriors land in New York “. Savich was unmasked.

  11. Bleachercoach September 12, 2018 9:52 pm

    Wow it happens! You would think Lexi Sun would have stayed at Texas but decided to transfer to Nebraska. Whether its due to lack of playing time , being homesick, or just Hawaii not being the right fit for her, I wish Sophia the best. I also agree she is a good volleyball player that will definitely be an asset for wherever she chooses to attend. We losing more height (lol)

  12. Bleachercoach September 12, 2018 9:54 pm

    Wow it happens! You would think Lexi Sun would loved it at Texas but decided to transfer to Nebraska. Whether its due to lack of playing time , being homesick, or just Hawaii not being the right fit for her, I wish Sophia the best. I also agree she is a good volleyball player that will definitely be an asset for wherever she chooses to attend. We are definitely losing more height in our lineup (lol)

  13. islandman September 13, 2018 6:17 am

    Good story on Natasha today in the paper. She might return for next season and how she got her volleyball scholarship here,
    her comments on the coaching styles of Robyn and Dave. Add that Robyn stands by the court more than Dave.

  14. H-Man September 13, 2018 11:42 am

    Just hoping Wahine can hang on to their 2019 and 2020 commits.

  15. rabbit ears September 13, 2018 12:29 pm

    Wow first Shaney and now Sophia. Very alarming to say the least. Coaches need to do a self assessment and get some upward feedback from their players.

  16. Crazy4WVB September 13, 2018 2:09 pm

    Wow don’t make it bigger than it is. Players transfer all the time. They were not Robyn’s recruits and even if they were with the current transfer rules all programs have transfers in and out. The coaches are doing just fine. I go to all of the games and sit close to the bench. From what I can see the players have a good relationship with the coaches

  17. idk September 13, 2018 2:26 pm

    How often do players leave in the middle of the semester… not really middle b/c it just started. But you’d think players would come to that decision before or after a semester/season.

  18. Crazy4WVB September 13, 2018 3:00 pm

    When they leave says nothing about the player or coaches. I just wish her the very best whatever she decides to do.

    Don’t try to analyze it or imply something that’s not there. It’s a private matter. We don’t have the right to know. If the player decides to say something it’s their right. The coaches will never say anything because of privacy laws.

    It is what it is.

  19. rabbit ears September 13, 2018 3:17 pm

    #18 Totally disagree. When they (2) leave during the season. They are not happy. Sophia and Shaney were touted as top recruits. Coaches need to understand why.

  20. Crazy4WVB September 13, 2018 3:27 pm

    You really think the coaches don’t know why? It’s private. The public doesn’t need to know why unless the player decides to make it public.

    Yes they are a 1000 reasons why they could be unhappy. It’s not your right to know. I’m for the rights of everyone involved. Players and coaches.

  21. rabbit ears September 13, 2018 3:57 pm

    When did I ever say. I need to know or the public needs to know. All i said is that the coaches need to understand why it happened 2x during the season.

  22. Crazy4WVB September 13, 2018 4:04 pm

    They’re professionals and they know.

  23. rabbit ears September 13, 2018 4:11 pm

    I give up.

  24. Warriorfan September 13, 2018 4:47 pm

    R19 they weren’t top recruits the last top recruit was Iosia.

    R17 she wasn’t getting any court time even Casey went in the middle before she did. I am guessing she is behind freshmen Krug also, so why wait? Better to find a school mid semester and not delay the inevitable.

  25. JOJO September 13, 2018 4:56 pm

    OMG, I’m so sorry Cindy… I didn’t think it will be this big of a deal. I only mention it because she has it on her IG so I figure, as a faithful fan, we should know and we can wish her well to her new chapter in life. Everyone needs to understand, the players are college students, not professional players. That means, their education is more important. Most of those girls are young and from the mainland. So I understand when they decide to move closer to home. Please, everyone, let the coaches be the coach and let the players be college students. As fans, we should support no matter what!!!

  26. Warriorfan September 13, 2018 5:03 pm

    some Mainland colleges don’t start classes until late September so Howling may be able to start at a new school and not miss anything.

  27. Idk September 13, 2018 6:10 pm

    I just think its odd. She could have left before the school year started. But if as you’re saying she saw the proverbial writing on the wall regarding playing time… I think it looks even worse to leave now. Its so early on, and anything could happen… she could have earned playing time. It portrays the idea for the need of instant gratification, the “I want it now” look and if I don’t get it I’ll get it somewhere else. Does she not believe in her abilities to contribute? Does she not want to put in the work, to stay on the team, get better and earn a spot? At the least finish the season, learn and grow in the mean time and see what the remainder season entails and transfer at the end of the semester if things don’t work out. I don’t see what transferring now does for her. She won’t be able to play volleyball this season. I’m not putting anything on her for leaving. To each their own. Just the timing is weird thats all. Again this is all assuming what you’re saying is right, that she’s leaving b/c of playing time and being down on the depth chart.

  28. Cindy Luis September 13, 2018 6:14 pm

    Haven’t confirmed it about Howling but she is not in warmups. Just know that she is the 5th out of five middles.
    26. there is no way she transfers to play at another school this season. not possible. Besides teams have been together for six weeks already. My guess is she stays in school through the semester to show academic progress.
    27. she didn’t know before the season started that she’d be that low on the depth chart.

  29. Idk September 13, 2018 6:19 pm

    That would make sense.

  30. Cindy Luis September 13, 2018 6:30 pm

    new thread up for Thursday

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