couple of photos from today. Team in the arena, bleachers that might remind some of Klum and Mol with a beard. St. John Arena built in 1956. has wood bleachers courtside and wood chairs. pretty cool.
Mol’s beard will be gone tomorrow. Team policy is no facial hair but since Mol technically hasn’t been practicing, he grew a beard. but says as much as he likes it, he knows the team rule.
Noticed that the Cleveland Cavaliers would be in town this week so texted Phil Handy, one of the assistant coaches, to let him know the Warriors were playing Tuesday. He said he would try to make it.
Lost in the AA announcement today was Granato being named to the U.S. Collegiate National Team-Minneapolis (CNT-Minneapolis).
Also named to the CNT-Minneapolis was Tita Akiu (Kamehameha/L, Texas Tech,
named to the CNT-Europe was Taira Robins-Hardy (S, Brigham Young Kamehameha)
Granato, who will be a junior this coming Fall, will train and compete alongside 35 of the nation’s top collegiate volleyball players in Minneapolis, Minn. She is the lone representative of the Big West Conference.
The CNT-Minneapolis squad, which is part of USA Volleyball’s High Performance pipeline and is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team, will train from June 22-26 at the University of Minnesota. Afterward, the athletes will be assigned to one of three 12-member teams and compete in a round-robin format at the Minneapolis Convention Center from June 27-30. The matches are being held in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships under the same roof. On Monday, 31 of the 36 players were announced as five spots remain open for the CNT-Minneapolis program pending final outcome of the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team’s results at the Women’s U20 Pan American Cup held in early May.
Granato is one of nine outside hitters on the roster. Last season as a sophomore, she was second on the team with 293 kills (2.9 kills per set) and third with 24 service aces. Granato notched 30 total blocks and 167 digs as a sophomore for the Rainbow Wahine.