U.S. men take bronze in WL, Averill helps U.S. to Pan Am win


At the end of a long two months of volleyball, the U.S. Men’s National Team swept Poland, 25-22, 25-23, 25-23 to win the FIVB World League bronze medal on Sunday at the Maracanazinho stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Middle blocker Max Holt was named the World League Best Blocker. France defeated Serbia in the final, 25-19, 25-21, 25-23.

E. Shoji sill out with knee injury, did not play. K. Shoji did not play.

Christensen with 2 blocks and ace and three digs. Don’t have assist numbers yet
The U.S. Men finish World League with an overall record of 11-5. They were 2-2 in the Final Round. The United States has won three World League bronze medals and six medals overall, including gold at the 2014 FIVB World League.

In 2015, the U.S. Men have a 4-1 record against Poland, the reigning world champion. The United States was the only team to beat Poland at the World Championships, which were in Poland.

Also Former Hawaii All-American middle blocker Taylor Averill put down a team-high 14 kills and the U.S. rallied to defeat Mexico 20-25, 27-25, 25-16, 25-17 in a Pan American men’s volleyball match Sunday in Toronto.
Avery hit .778 with no errors on 18 swings and was in on two blocks for the U.S. (1-1) which finishes pool play against host Canada (2-0) Tuesday.


  1. Celeb w/o Makeup July 19, 2015 9:20 am

    I sure hope that Erik doesn’t believe that he’s, exclusively, the reason for America’s ebb and flow.

    Also, ASA beat Tahiti in New Guinea for the gold. that incoming setter needs work.
    #8 on Tahiti’s team, OH, was the best athlete of the Games.

  2. Cindy Luis July 19, 2015 4:05 pm

    1. really don’t understand your comment. Shoji was injured and it was bad enough that he was not cleared to play on Sunday, a match the U.S. won.

    as for Iosia, she’s 17. and still has a year of high school left.
    I’m assuming you were in Port Moresby to watch in order to make that assessment about the players?

  3. warriorfan July 20, 2015 2:18 am

    Averill was amazing against Mexico. Hope he keeps playing that way and gets a chance to play with Micah and the Shoji’s on the first squad.

    I heard that the Outrigger next year will have Lewis, Harvard and some team from the Conference Carolinas. Kind of disappointed at no Penn State.

  4. Celeb w/o Makeup July 20, 2015 5:01 am


  5. Celeb w/o Makeup July 20, 2015 5:04 am

    went to PNG, honest. Frank and Kathleen Greer.

    Tiare Noni COULD’VE played for UH had she been recruited. ‘-)

  6. Cindy Luis July 20, 2015 9:31 am

    3. Averill did play well. US really struggled with serve-receive in Set 1, settled down in Set 2, were able to run the middle and you saw what happened then.

    Both Penn State and Ohio State said they wouldn’t come out if there weren’t two MPSF teams. They’re looking at their RPI and how to get into NCAA playoffs now.
    Believe I mentioned that back in January. They said they see enough of other EIVA/MIVA teams during the regular season.

    Wade had hoped to be able to expand the tournament to 6 or 8 teams but it all comes down to money. So at the moment you have 1 team all the conferences: MPSF, MIVA, EIVA and CC.

    5. hope you enjoyed the Games. Did Croson play indoor or beach or both? Can find nothing about who played through the PM16 site nor the Samoa news.
    Believe G. Tuaniga was on both rosters as well.

    Know nothing about Noni other than she’s OH playing for Tahiti. Age, height, etc. I’m assuming you mean she could have played for UH because she was at that DI level of skills.

  7. jm2375 July 20, 2015 10:00 am

    #3 & #6 – you won’t see another MPSF team in the Outrigger for the foreseeable future. It actually hurts your RPI to play a team in the same conference in a non-conference game.

  8. RG July 20, 2015 7:57 pm

    2015 roster is now posted on the UH site. Only Mitchem is missing.


  9. warriorfan July 20, 2015 8:23 pm

    Interesting Huff listed as MH and Castillo as OH.

    Really hope Mitchem makes it.

  10. Brandon July 20, 2015 9:40 pm

    Is there a reason Mitchem isn’t on the list? Can they not put her on the roster until she finished JUCO?

  11. Ki July 20, 2015 10:05 pm

    Mitchem is not on the roster because she has not acquired the necessary classes to transfer to UH YET.

  12. haleiwacrossfitter July 20, 2015 10:40 pm

    Wow, Mitchem is definitely calling it close. Practice starts in less than a month. When are her courses over and credits transferred? Too close to call…yikes.

  13. mauna July 21, 2015 9:37 am

    IVC classes ends earliest on July 26 and majority on Aug 7, 3/4 days before first official practice.

  14. Cubicle1126 July 21, 2015 10:00 am

    warriorfan — for what it’s worth, i think huff was listed as an MH on last year’s roster as well. sounds like the web site roster doesn’t always mirror what’s actually occurring in practice or in game time situations.

  15. Cindy Luis July 21, 2015 10:07 am

    7. true it hurts UH’s RPI to have another MPSF team in the tournament but it’s why teams such as Penn State and Ohio State want to come. As mentioned before, they said in January that they wouldn’t be back if there was no other MPSF team in the tourney.

    9. Huff listed as MH on last year’s roster and it was never changed when she moved to OH.

    As for Mitchem she’s on track to be here. Don’t think there’s any cause for alarm yet. It’s not really a matter of credits being transferred. She has to obtain her AA degree. Which is something UH admin then needs to approve.

  16. Cindy Luis July 21, 2015 10:20 am


    let’s move discussion over to new thread

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