On the mainland, thoughts on upcoming matches?

Good morning. On the mainland and will miss this week’s USAV Cup.

Internet has been spotty so tossing up this thread for pre-match thoughts.

USA 2-0 after last weekend. The roster for the Honolulu matches won’t be exactly the same as those used in California.


  1. 'ohanaInBellingham July 10, 2014 5:42 am

    I was expecting more cohesiveness from Brasil. I figured that with their #1 ranking, not having players play for other teams to earn a living, and their 3-time gold medal winning coach, that last weekend’s matches would remind me of when the Queensies play UH at SSC. In fact, that first set of match one reminded me of D2 NCAA play. Then, I learned that these are friendly matches and I decided to enjoy the show. The aspect of these matches that wowed me the most was the passing – especially that of the US back row.

    Despite the friendly nature of this series, I suspect that Brazil will try much harder to salvage some pride by *at least* not being swept at SSC. That should make it more exciting for the SSC fans than it was for those in SoCal. Lucky you guys!

  2. volleyball fan July 10, 2014 6:10 am

    I”m also in the mainland right now. I guess that there will be no online showing of the matches, not even on a delayed basis. Paul r Sunderland stated during the commentary of the second match that he wasn’t going to Hawaii so there will be no commentary or video staff.

    I don’t know how desperate Brazil might be to win at least one match in the series. It’s just an exhibition match. I guess that Brazil will be far more feisty when it comes to the Grand Prix and the World Championship matches and all the more so when they play at home. They won’t want the humiliation their soccer counterparts suffered at the World Cup on home court.

  3. LC July 10, 2014 6:47 am

    What is going on with the UH Ticket Site ? All of a sudden sections shown to be sold out yesterday now have available seats ?

  4. Andrew July 10, 2014 2:25 pm

    The USA and Brazil matches should be great but I’m ready for Wahine volleyball already

  5. 'ohanaInBellingham July 11, 2014 11:32 am

    Thanks, uhfan!

  6. Kazu July 11, 2014 2:20 pm

    5. nice photos. To bad there’s no way to see the matches unless you go to the SSC which is rough for those that live on a different island. You don’t get to see the National team play in your state all the time.

  7. uhfan July 11, 2014 7:06 pm



  8. 'ohanaInBellingham July 11, 2014 7:47 pm

    uhfan, you’re so good! Mahalo!

  9. LC July 11, 2014 7:48 pm

    Attendance didn’t live up to all the hype about Hawai`i and their fans might be something to this theory that a lot about Hawai`i VB is just a myth created by the media.

  10. Cindy Luis July 11, 2014 7:58 pm

    UH leading the country in attendance for 20 years is not a myth Coaches and players outside of Hawaii playing in Hawaii saying what a great place it is to play is not a myth

  11. AniMatsuri July 11, 2014 8:03 pm

    While not a sell out it seems there are at least decent 4K of attendance reported on the radio. Live audio on the radio(ESPN1420AM.COM) doesn’t match the video fortunately.

  12. AniMatsuri July 11, 2014 8:10 pm


  13. pouncer84 July 11, 2014 8:38 pm

    Finally got some spirit on the court.

  14. Aloha73G July 11, 2014 9:05 pm

    They announced in the arena that the USA Men’s National Team is coming to play in Hawaii next summer.

  15. Brandon July 11, 2014 9:50 pm

    10. Hawaii volleyball is still the epitome of volleyball. Leading attendance for 20 plus years and averaging 4k for a match that doesn’t even feature Hawaii players is VERY good

  16. Haushinka July 11, 2014 11:44 pm

    Thought we had a good sprited crowd. Was it Jordan Larsen that got injured?

  17. Cindy Luis July 12, 2014 3:50 am

    16. thought i had mentioned that earlier. yes, the men will be in Hawaii next summer.
    17. sorry, don’t know. I will try to find out but my internet has been very spotty.

  18. Cindy Luis July 12, 2014 5:47 am

    13. sadly yes. I don’t know how syncing worked but when I asked about ti they said it couldn’t be done.
    Until Friday morning they weren’t going to stream.

  19. Geno Tamayo July 12, 2014 10:30 am

    17. Yes it was

  20. Haushinka July 12, 2014 11:14 am

    Was in the upper section and we could hear her screaming in pain. Nicole fawcett carried her for each changeover.

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