4 Warriors named to MJNT, Dunphy retires

been on vacation, catching up on a few things
MNT defeated host Poland 3-1, a win coupled with a loss by Bulgaria advances the U.S. to the Final Round on July 4-8 in Curitiba, Brazil.
With DeFalco staying with the senior team, it opened up the spot for Matautia.
Team is playing in FIVB Men’s Under-21 World Championship on June 23-July 7 in Czech Republic.

From UH
Three members of the University of Hawai‘i men’s volleyball team – outside hitters Brett Rosenmeier and Austin Matautia, and middle blocker Patrick Gasman (Clovis, Calif.) – and incoming freshman Gage Worsley ave been selected as part of the 12-member United States Men’s Junior National Team which will compete in the FIVB Under-21 World Championship, June 23-July 7 in Czech Republic.

UH will have the most players represented on the team that is coached by Jay Hosack, head coach of George Mason University.
UCLA’s Micah Ma‘a, a Punahou School graduate, also made the squad.

“I’m really excited for them,” UH head coach Charlie Wade said. “Each of our guys has a story about growth and development and how hard they’ve worked to be as good as they are and how much they’ve improved.

“It’s an exciting time for Warrior volleyball. Our guys continue to prove, whether in the classroom, in the community or on the volleyball court, that they want to be the best in whatever they do. They take a lot of pride in representing the university and the state of Hawai‘i. All of Hawai‘i should be proud of this group of men.”

Matautia was a member of the MJNT squad that won the NORCECA Continental Championship in 2016 and qualified for the World Championship. Worsley’s older brother Joe, a sophomore setter for the Warriors, was also member of that squad. Rosenmeier and Gasman were part of the Boys’ Youth National Team but did not compete internationally.

The U.S. has never won a medal at the FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship. The closest it has come was fourth place in 2011. The squad finished 11th in both 2013 and ’15.

The U.S. will open the tournament against Turkey (June 23) and will also play Cuba (June 24) and Russia (June 25) in pool play.

In addition to the MJNT, former Warrior middle blocker Taylor Averill is a member of the U.S. National Team that qualified for the FIVB World League finals and sophomore libero Larry “Tui” Tuileta made the U.S. squad for the Pan America Cup in July.

As for Pepperdine’s Marv Dunphy, retiring after 34 seasons with the Waves. Another coach I will miss, along with Shoji, Gimmillaro and Dunning.


  1. noblesol June 22, 2017 8:21 pm

    “USA Volleyball tournament in Minneapolis expected to bring in $50 million”
    HTA, take notice.

  2. Warriorfan June 22, 2017 8:45 pm

    1. Major problem is the expense for teams to fly here and hotels, much cheaper on the mainland.

  3. Warriorfan June 22, 2017 9:45 pm

    Anyone know if the junior national teams first game will be streamed friday? i believe it starts at 8 am hawaii time.

  4. noblesol June 23, 2017 1:13 am

    2) Perhaps HTA should be shut down then. But, 12 million airplane seats to Hawaii to fill each year. None of them with USA volleyball families I guess…
    http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/ArticlesDailyNews/tabid/65/ID/19860/June-22-2017-News-Read.aspx “Can Hawaii sell tourists on sustainability?”

  5. aaaaa June 23, 2017 7:41 am

    nobelsol, unfortunately the USAV has “given” a state west of the rockies the GJNC in a loooong time. Next year, it moves to Detroit, last year was in Indianapolis.

  6. diamonds808 June 23, 2017 9:13 am

    Congrats to all of our local boys and present and former Rainbow Warriors for making their respective teams and competing all around the world! So proud of all of them!

    Gonna miss Marv Dunphy too! Back in the day when there wasn’t a men’s playoff ticket to be found, I contacted Pepperdine, he answered the phone and told me i was welcome to any extra tickets they had even if I was calling from Hawaii! My neighbor played for him and he praised how a great player and student he was. Just the nicest man.

  7. Warriorfan June 25, 2017 9:22 am

    Watching Gage play with the junior national team and think it will be hard for Coach Wade to keep him off the floor because he’s very good.
    Disappointed that Austin and Rosey didn’t play today against Russia despite the outside hitters on the team (dylan Missry and some one else) struggling and US getting swept again. Austin only got in as a serving sub once against Russia and Rosey didn’t get in at all and Rosey was the best outside against Cuba with ten kills and hit over .400, so I don’t get it.
    Pat played well had some nice blocks but his serving was not on.

  8. Idk June 25, 2017 12:32 pm

    After their loss to Cuba they no were longer in medal contention… I think the coach is just trying to get everyone playing time. There best point scorer sat out the match with Russia to give the back up Opp playing time and experience.

  9. warriorfan June 27, 2017 1:54 am

    8. Seems you were right as Rosey was back in the starting lineup against Italy. He is really playing well, and hitting much harder. I think He will be UH’s best outside next season. I also See Gage starting, and Tui moving to outside.

  10. Big Island VB Fan June 27, 2017 2:09 pm

    New Long Beach head coach is Joy McKenzie-Fuerbringer. So no Misty May-Treanor there. She was also a former setter for Long Beach who helped her team win a national championship.

  11. Cindy Luis June 28, 2017 4:12 pm

    new thread up.

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