U.S. men fall in 5 in World League to Russia

by Cindy Luis on June 17, 2017

Tough loss
The U.S. Men’s National Team couldn’t quite control Russia and fell, 31-29, 17-25, 25-19, 27-29, 15-13 in an FIVB World League match in Lodz, Poland.
The loss drops the U.S. to 3-5 while Russia improved to 4-4. The Americans finish out pool play today against host Poland (4-4).

Libero Erik Shoji (Punahou) had eight digs. Micah Christenson (Kamehameha) and Kawika Shoji (‘Iolani) shared setting duties with Shoji coming in during Set 3 and starting Sets 4 and 5. Christenson finished with 18 assists, six digs and a kill, while Kawika Shoji added 11 assists, six digs, a kill and an ace.

Former BYU All-American Taylor Sander finished with a match-high 24 kills.
world league site
http://worldleague.2017.fivb.com/en

1 noblesol June 18, 2017 at 3:34 pm

2017 Big West WVB pre-conference schedule comps. (as of 6/18/2017):
Team / RPI#/ Opp. Avg RPI# / Opp. Median RPI# / Home games / Away games
Hawaii /27 / 68 / 43 / 11 / 0
Cal Poly /52/ 91 / 83 / 0 / 12
Long B. /69/ 112 / 84 / 6 / 6
UCD /144/ 168 / 163 / 4 / 9
UCF /288/ 248 / 252 / 6 / 6
UCSB / 97/ TBD
UCI /164/ TBD
CSUN /151/ TBD
UCR /265/ TBD
# As of Final NCAA 2016 RPI ranking
TBD – To Be Determined

2 808 June 19, 2017 at 12:18 pm
3 Maverick June 19, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Cal Poly scheduled all away games in the states of IL, WA, OR and WI (in that order), and face seven teams that made last year’s tournament. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them at .500 when the BW season starts, given all the travel. Again, not helpful for the BW RPI or that of UH. And if the BW wants to be a true 2-bid conference (i.e., when UH wins the auto bid, another team also goes to the tourney, or when UH doesn’t come in 1st or 2nd, two BW teams go to the tourney), the teams need to win 60%+ of the pre-conference season. But maybe Poly will surprise.

4 Kismet June 20, 2017 at 2:53 pm

Looks like all 4 from UH made the final roster for the US MJNT. Is Austin really 6’5?

http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Volleyball/Features/2017/June/20/Mens-Junior-National-Team-Headed-for-Worlds

5 Ron June 20, 2017 at 3:51 pm

They must of taken the 2 inches that they shorted Patrick and gave them to Austin.

6 Warriorfan June 20, 2017 at 6:38 pm

Coach wade mentioned Austin had a growth spurt and Gasman’s always been listed at 6’8 at the uh site.

7 Kahuna June 20, 2017 at 7:09 pm

I dunno about Gasman only being 6-8. If you look at the roster picture on Hawaiiathletics.com, Pat is standing next to both SVT and Parapunov. He could be anywhere from 6-8 to 6-10 and it could be correct.

http://hawaiiathletics.com/roster.aspx?path=mvball

8 Cindy Luis June 22, 2017 at 4:03 pm

http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=43823
New thread up for Thursday. Am on vacation through Sunday.
hope everyone’s summer is going well.
Gasman does look taller than 6-8.

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