U.S. earns split with Argentina with 3-1 win

from USAV

John Speraw got his first victory as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team as the United States defeated Argentina, 22-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-16 in an FIVB World League match on Saturday at Charles Koch Arena. The two teams will each move on in World League Pool A with 1-1 records. The U.S. Men will play again on June 14-15 against France in Tulsa, Okla.

Libero Erik Shoji led the team in digs with six and was credited with 10 excellent receptions.

Setter Kawika Shoji subbed in Set 2 and played the rest of the match. He had two aces and two kills.

Former UH middle Matt Rawson did not play.


  1. vballfreak808 June 10, 2013 3:03 pm

    Article about Anton Willert being hired with Team USA


  2. msrpantoja1@netzero.com June 11, 2013 9:27 am

    Dave’s got da number of schollies up for grabs..

    & I still think that some other recruit/transfer/walk-on MIDDLE BLOCKER will be in camp come Aug.

    Hartong definitely stays on the OH postiion moving forward..so much so that I’m willing to bet this fact against my ever returning/posting to this blog in the future. The real battle on next years indoor team will be for OH2. Hartong COULD–possibly–be an OPP, but with Na Wahine’s present day passing (a bit inept as it’s been lately), there’s no way the team does as well without a “big gun” on the outside.

    Tuaniga *who passes as Hartong, Croson, Kastl, Manu-Olevao, Long competently do*… she SHOULD be best served on the OPP position this next 2013.

    Email me with thoughts.

  3. Cubicle1126 June 11, 2013 9:53 am

    Cindy — Do you know that the academic performance rates were for the volleyballs teams this past year? The blurb went up in the breaking news section, but it did not mention volleyball.

  4. LC June 11, 2013 10:05 am

    967 for Wahine volleyball.949 for men


  5. Cubicle1126 June 11, 2013 2:01 pm

    Thanks LC — good to know.

    Looks like all UH sports are doing fine, with the mens’ teams with the slightly more robust scores.

  6. mauna June 11, 2013 2:07 pm

    2. I wonder if Annie Mitchem meets the requirement for entrance to UH, after taking a redshirt year off from indoors at Irving.

  7. turfwar June 11, 2013 9:09 pm

    http://spin.ph/sports/volleyball/news/nu-wont-stand-in-the-way-of-jaja-santiago-ucla-offer Maybe we can steal this prospect from Sealy. She would bring in a whole new set of fans to the Stanley.

  8. Haushinka June 11, 2013 10:51 pm

    The Filipino community would definitely support!!! I’m in!

  9. Msrpantoja1@Huh.'A'loha June 12, 2013 6:43 am


    Speaking of “stealing”:


  10. 2chainz June 12, 2013 8:15 am

    For the sand team, sure… But if you’re going to “steal” someone… really? she’s the best option? lol. UH really doesn’t need another undersized MB.

  11. Cindy Luis June 12, 2013 9:22 am

    2. he may give out the ‘number of schollies’ to a walkon or two. He said he isn’t bringing anyone in. However, it doesn’t mean someone won’t show up.
    No way Tuaniga moves to opposite. she’d have to move and jump a lot more than she does, especially on the occasional step-outs. don’t think her chronic shin problems would hold up during an entire season with a move.

    4. thanks LC
    6. As for Mitchum, she did play sand this spring. didn’t play indoors in fall. not sure if it was academics or what.
    If she wasn’t a qualifier out of high school, she’d have to attain her AA before transferring to a DI school.

  12. msrpantoja1@netzero.com June 12, 2013 10:17 am

    -Where you exhibit NOT knowing polynesians. 😉
    Go ask TK how the “fofo” was undoubtedly applied to her sprained ankle @a time or another..it’s a common injury which vb players have ALL experienced from time to time.
    The sprains require no crutches; 30 minutes after a severe sprain Fa’a Samoa gets up and walks away as though nothing happened.

    & Pardon me…but you’ve ALWAYS been one to ‘baby’ the athletes over the many years; all of this done within your own writing(s), too. Ailments often get so blown out of proportion.

    They’re ATHLETES: strong and persistent!

    A keen Samoan word:
    “Faalaulelei” or “Faalalo”

  13. Cindy Luis June 13, 2013 8:30 am

    12. no idea what you mean when you say i have babied athletes.
    As for Tuaniga, it’s more than a sprained ankle. She has chronic problems that have required her to miss a season and some matches. That’s not blowing anything out of proportion.
    just saying that they won’t move her to Opp.

  14. roofer68 June 13, 2013 11:15 am

    Shin splints can stay with you for a long stretch. I had splints on both legs for three months, can’t run or jump. One morning I got up and they were suddenly gone.

  15. Msrpantoja1@Huh.'A'loha June 13, 2013 10:47 pm

    Back in 1987 after three previous years of starting/hitting, Tita had to get cortisone injections for her ‘raw’ shoulder remember? She even had to play with a shoulder strap on her right upper arm to help in the matter.


    That’s all.


  16. Purple&Green June 13, 2013 10:55 pm

    What I what to know is why Cobey (Shoji’s-) Hutzler has possibly ‘a time of it’ when disclosing the fact that she’s part Koko-jin / popolo / AfroAm.?!

    OR is it just ‘Asian profession(s)’ and nothing else, hah?

  17. Grammy June 14, 2013 12:22 am

    Caught televised replay of this match Thursday night and it was very familiar looking. Reminded me of Local telecasts of Wahine and Bows. Camera angles, player closeups, wide shots, court long shots, etc. Wondered if one of the local television production crew/managers/engineers has ‘moved on up’? I don’t know if this is within your area of expertise, but thought I’d ask anyway. And Shoji boys were definitely ‘big role’ in USA team’s win.

  18. Robin June 14, 2013 7:47 am

    I’m thinking random (or maybe not so random) drug testing….for those posting on this blog.

  19. spencer June 14, 2013 7:56 am

    Im actually thinking the lack of drugs (medication) is more the problem.

  20. Hot June 14, 2013 8:36 am

    7. turfwar, Jaja Santiago is very raw. She is 6-4, though, and you can’t teach height. She’s a blocking presence, but needs to work on timing. At some of the matches she played, she was a non-factor, and had a tendency to disappear for long stretches. And this was when she was playing against 5’7″-5’9″ middle blockers and even shorter outside hitters.

  21. Cubicle1126 June 14, 2013 9:57 am

    robin & spencer — LOL

  22. Purple&Gold June 14, 2013 12:08 pm

    Any body know (Cindy) IF Adolpho is still returning?!

    Any body know if Nikki Taylor is still struggling to play (da ‘forced’ position of) OPP in jr’s?!

    Any body know if/when fall camp begins with UH being a top 10 AVCA team?!

    Any body still thinks that UH has a chance against Texas?!

    Any body want to tell Dave that the Iowa Ice PVL team would be a perfect supplement to that Wichita State “tourney” that is to happen in late Sept.?!

    Any body hoping that OHs–who CAN’T pass–will be the ones carrying this 2013 indoor’s WVB team to some type of victory(s)???

    *Na Wahine needs another MB

  23. turfwar June 14, 2013 12:56 pm

    Thanks Hot. Have not seen any video but she must have something to convince Sealy she’s worth the offer. But even fans on Volleytalk are questioning the offer.

  24. Cindy Luis June 14, 2013 2:14 pm

    16. no idea why Cobey would say that. Dad is pure AJA. mom was part Hawaiian. Don’t remember there being any popolo in there
    As for as I know, Adolpho is returning
    Haven’t seen Taylor play
    Fall camp starts Aug. 10. I think they’ll be top 10
    yes, UH has a chance against Texas
    as for the PVL team, it’s an in and out trip.
    That open date that is TBA likely will be a Japanese team.

  25. Hot June 15, 2013 2:23 am

    23. turfwar, I think the potential is huge. The only time I saw her play was on last month’s Philippine Shakey’s V-League tournament. Teams competing in that tournament are college/university teams featuring their regular season roster along with a couple of “guest players” joining each team. Jaja was a guest player on her older sister’s team. Guest players could include foreign players, former standouts of those college teams who have exhausted their eligibility, and in the case of Jaja, a high school student. Maybe she has the potential to surpass her 6-2 older sister. Big sister was the league MVP and even as a middle blocker, she received serves, hit the pipe set and occasionally hit from the left.

  26. Cubicle1126 June 15, 2013 4:57 pm

    hot — sounds like their room in Jaja’s game to convert her from middle … possibly to outside hitter … if she can develop into a 6 rotation player. from your description, sounds like she’s just beginning to tap that potential.

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