Hawaii picks up first Euro win 5-0 over Nova KBM Branik

Hawaii defeats the Maribor club team Nova KBM Branik 25-17, 25-21, 25-23, 25-18, 15-11. They had an impressive comeback in Set 3, got down 9-1, tied it at 17 and it was tied all the way through 22. Tough serving by Magill made it 24-22 and Taylor put down the kill to end it 25-23.

Now the reality. Maribor team was missing 5 players who are with the Slovenian senior national team and will play France in France Saturday.
The setter, who was very good, is only 15. Last two sets players were mostly the Youth Team for the club, which is 16-and-under.

Still, the Wahine needed this one. They were able to pass well, ran the middles a lot.

Manu-Olevao contines to play very well. Higgins had to set all five sets.
Wahine went with the same lineup for first 2 sets: Higgins, Kahakai, Manu-Olevao, Magill, Maglio, Greeley, Taylor with Anderson coming in as late sub.

Set 3 the sub was Huff for Manu-Olevao,Anderson was the libero for most of Set 5. Adolpho and Long both started in Set 4.

Former Warrior basketball player Ales Zivanovic (played during the AC-Alika era) came to watch the match and is coming to dinner. former Warrior setter Nejc Zemljak supposed to join us at dinner.

It will be another long day. Team went into Maribor town this morning, came back to Dras training center for lunch, dressed, had meeting, serve and pass then the match.

Dinner tonight supposed to be fairly fancy at a old farm with a vineyard. Just one of 50 vineyards in the area. Players have been asked to dress up as much as they can. Food is supposed to be regional cuisine. Will let you know when we come back.

Nasvidenje. (goodbye) for now.


  1. H-man May 22, 2015 7:12 am

    Dinner sounds like it will be fun and interesting. Tell us about it. Listened to you on the Bobby Curran Show. 50 degrees and raining – a bummer, but still, it’s Europe. And yeah, they dress up for dinner in Europe. Looking forward to your articles on the Czech Republic and Austria. And yes, your video of Dave and Jeff is posted.

  2. crazy4wvb May 22, 2015 9:46 am

    So I would think that off season everyone get more playing time regardless of depth chart. If not off season then when…..never during the season…..just thinking out loud

  3. Kazu May 22, 2015 10:13 am

    Be interesting if Robyn get to go in for one set.

  4. Cindy Luis May 22, 2015 11:01 pm

    2. you know that if they ahead by a lot Shoji tries to clear his bench so I wouldn’t say ‘never.’
    Dinner very nice. The winery has a restaurant that was beautifully decorated. They even had anthuriums in the vases.
    Unfortunately we didn’t get to see the amazing view for long because of the rain and darkness. One of Doppler’s labels is 360 for the 360 degree view they have atop the hill.
    Really enjoyed spending time with former basketball player Ales Zivanovic and former UH setter Nejc Zemljak.
    Think the players enjoyed dressing up for dinner.

  5. Cindy Luis May 22, 2015 11:13 pm


    new thread up for Saturday.

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