Monday checkin: U.S men advance, Burns cleared

Sorry for the spoiler
U.S sweeps Mexico 25-23, 25-11, 25-19 on Monday at the Maracanazinho arena. Christenson with 2 kills, a block, 32 assists. E Shoji 2 digs.
The U.S. improved its record to 3-2 and assured itself of advancing to the quarterfinals. Mexico finished its Olympic journey with an 0-5 record.
The U.S. will have to wait until the end of the day to find out its quarterfinal opponent. Depending on how the other matches go, it could finish anywhere from second to fourth in Pool A. If it does finish fourth, it would have to play Pool B winner Argentina. If it places second or third, there will be a drawing to determine if it would play the second- or third-place from Pool B.

Burns has been cleared for certain drills
They went 8 to 10 this morning, will go 3 to 530 this afternoon
Mitchem’s surgery is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

Also noticed that did a college preseason Top 50
Hawaii at No.4


  1. Cindy Luis August 15, 2016 12:59 pm

    Don’t think it’s been mentioned but Eyal Zimet is the new assistant at Dartmouth. He follows Gilad Doron from USF who took the job in April.
    Joining the staff will be former Wahine Tara Hittle.

  2. islandman August 15, 2016 2:57 pm

    Thanks for the note on the No. 4 ranking for the Wahine. For those that did not see Cindy’s article today, Jeff Hall has favorable observations on each of the players and doesn’t expect to lose anything with Castillo in the middle. Anderson has a 4.0 grade pt average as a pre-med major, has been named a presidential scholar and will receive two years of tuition waivers.

  3. H-Man August 15, 2016 4:09 pm

    Claire-Marie Anderson – just awesome !!! Tara Hittle – Waaaay to go….!!!

  4. haleiwacrossfitter August 15, 2016 5:11 pm

    Hoping that Annie can still do hitting and serving drills while healing. No digging or blocking, obviously. But if she can stay in hitting shape, at the least, her transition should be much smoother.

    I am confident Castillo will do a great job. Just unfortunate that this happened to Annie again.

    Hope whatever is going on with Burns gets better soon, as well.

  5. blunite August 15, 2016 6:45 pm

    Regardless of who starts as MB a faster system would help. Faster sets to the outside, BICs, slides, and dumps will “stretch” the MB. Especially since Wisconsin’s Haleigh Nelson (6’4″ MB) is an AA and Tionna Williams (6’2″ MB) is an honorable mention AA.

  6. Cindy Luis August 15, 2016 7:51 pm

    4. Mitchem should be able to do some things while healing. She has been involved with drills since her injury.
    5. as mentioned before they are working on speeding up the offense. Wisconsin with its core of returnees will be a challenge.

    In the loser-out match, Brazil survives against France.
    Wednesday’s quarterfinals for the men:
    Canada vs. Russian Federation
    U.S. vs. Poland
    Italy vs. Iran
    Brazil ends up 4th in Pool A, plays Argentina the Pool B winner.

  7. rabbits ears August 15, 2016 8:20 pm

    Good luck to Casey. Can’t wait for Natasha debut though. She is a legit 6-5″.

  8. Bleachercoach August 15, 2016 9:34 pm

    Very happy to hear that Burns is cleared to practice. I am certain that Sand has tremendously helped Maglio to become the 1-2 Punch with Nikki….I am sure the Sand has helped Castillo build leg explosiveness and confidence going into this season.. I am confident she will be good at MB with Burns awaiting Mitchem’s return…I cannot wait til 1st serve in 2 weeks versus Wisconsin. Huge Match!!! Go Bows!!

  9. hollycow August 15, 2016 10:42 pm

    What’s with the BW, posting an old 2014 picture of NaWahine on their site of the NCAA 2016 rankings.

  10. Mike Maxwell August 16, 2016 2:08 am

    Hope y’all take it easy on Natasha,this is really her 1st year vs top competition!

  11. Kazu August 16, 2016 10:30 am

    Congratulations to Hittle. Thought Kaufman was with Pitt but don’t see her on the coaching staff.

  12. Cindy Luis August 16, 2016 11:42 am

    9. guess you’d have to ask them. Probably web person looked at archived photos and used best one, not realizing it was that old.

    11. Kaufman was at Pitt as a volunteer coach. Now an assistant at Duquesne. Was mentioned last month.

  13. Cindy Luis August 16, 2016 12:37 pm

    7. she is a legit 6-5 but hasn’t done much of anything in practice. still not fully cleared. Not sure when she will be.
    new thread up for Tuesday

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