The next Warrior volleyball coach will inherit a talented team.
The Warriors lose only one starter, setter Sean Carney. Opposite attacker Steven Hunt is going to be a star, and Gus Tuaniga, who is having an up-and-down freshman season, is expected to be an impact player.
The Warriors also have received a commitment from a 6-foot-9 opposite attacker from Germany. Pacific coach Joe Wortmann, who tried to recruit the player, compared him to Pepperdine’s Paul Carroll, the best hitter in the country. The Warriors’ last 6-9 attacker, Clay Stanley, is now the best player in the world. But unlike Stanley, who took up volleyball at 17, the recruit has played competively for several years.
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Scott Robbs is one of the top volleyball sportscasters. For whatever reason, his skill and knowledge have not been reflected in his workload (or pay).
It’s nice that Jim Donovan recognizes Robbs’ contributions. Robbs is one of six members of the search committee seeking Wilton’s successor.
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The scrimmage was enthusiastically received by the couple of thousand who attended yesterday’s scrimmage on Maui.
But despite the optimism, dont’ expect many other appearances by UH teams on the Neighbor Islands.
Donovan told the stadium crowd that the softball and women’s volleyball teams turned down requests to compete on Maui. It made sense for softball to say no. Why give up a homefield advantage against a WAC opponent to play on an unfamiliar field?
A more practical approach would be to hold more coaches’ clinics on the Neighbor Islands.
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Want to know what Inoke Funaki thinks about his 22-yard touchdown run? Ask him. He’s Tuesday’s guest on the Warrior Beat Show.
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Happy birthday to one of our original blog readers, DPK.