Tuesday: Wahine lose 0-4 to Italy

Hawaii had its moments but lost 25-18, 25-17, 25-17, 25-20. They decided to play a minimum of four sets. When the Wahine could pass, they could run their offense. Think people will be pleased by Maglio’s development. There weren’t a lot of hitting errors on either side.

No official stats kept, as mentioned on previous thread, scoreboard was the manual flip kind. Italy didn’t wear numbers on their jerseys and I never got a roster of them.

By my count, UH gave up 18 aces, 6 in Set 2. Italy has a young phenom named Paola Egonu, Italian born of Nigerian decent. She’s 16 but already has FIVB World experience.
Very athletic, killer serve, 8 aces in three sets.

Italian coach thought Hawaii was young but good. Although this was the ‘national team’ he said that likely only two from this roster would make the 2016 Olympic team, one of them being Egonu.

Got to go write story. Not sure if I’ll be back on. Internet very spotty.

We leave at 10 a.m. for Venice. Lunch along the way, check in to hotel, drive about 2-plus hours to near the border of Slovenia. They play at 6 p.m. (6 a.m. Hawaii), eat then bus back to Venice. Spend a day in Venice Thursday then drive to Maribor Friday

At least that’s the plan as of tonight.


  1. H-man May 19, 2015 11:13 am

    Cindy, I really enjoy your European travel posts. This experience probably sets the bar higher for the Wahine; an experience that will undoubtedly make them better for the upcoming season. As for Maglio, you could see her improvement in the spring game against Texas.

  2. jimmy the lock May 19, 2015 11:22 am

    What type of offense/offence does the Italian team run?

    See many Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, or Maserati’s on the streets?

    Thanks for the travel reports!

  3. Kazu May 19, 2015 11:32 am

    Thanks for the updates. Sure would have like to see that 16 yr old on tv. This drive to Venice sounds exciting.

  4. haleiwacrossfitter May 19, 2015 12:23 pm

    This is just a quick video of her serve. Didn’t find much action video on her.


  5. haleiwacrossfitter May 19, 2015 12:26 pm

    just found this one. It’s an entire match


  6. warriorfan May 19, 2015 3:06 pm

    Shoji and Hall should try to recruit Egonu, give it a shot at least 🙂

  7. st. anthony trojan May 19, 2015 3:31 pm

    No doubt after watching that….at 16… she will be a ‘tiger’ in sumones tank for a several years…

    At 16…if she was in high school here…don’t think ne one in high school here could handle her serve…like the old dude eddie feiner…only would need her n two more players.. maybe only her n 1 other…to pass her the ball…he he he

    Be nice to see her in a wahine uniform…

  8. Kazu May 19, 2015 4:48 pm

    Wonder if the Kansas volleyball team will play the same group that the wahine’s played as they are in Milan too .

  9. livealoha May 19, 2015 5:42 pm

    She would be an absolute beast. I just watched her serve, and I was sold. Has she played professionally?? If not, come on Shoji and Hall!!

  10. haleiwacrossfitter May 19, 2015 10:03 pm

    yea…they need at least give it an effort. you never know. Cindy, please pass our request on. 🙂 Just kidding…but kind of serious. 😛

  11. 'ohanaInBellingham May 20, 2015 6:18 am

    Cindy, congratulations on winning this year’s E. Douglas Boyden Media Recognition Award!

    And here I thought that the paper sent you on the European trip because of your mettle!

  12. wildcard May 20, 2015 6:57 am

    4. that serve of egonu is a kill shot..can smash through defenders!

    6-9. agree with them. shoji and hall should try to get her!

  13. Cindy Luis May 20, 2015 11:39 am

    6. Egoni is already a pro so no U.S. college for her.

    8. Kansas doing a different tour. they played Italy Wednesday then head down south and finish in Barcelona.

    11. thank you. I am on this trip because the paper felt that the Wahine deserved the coverage.

  14. Cindy Luis May 20, 2015 11:42 am


    new thread up for Wednesday

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