Rainbow Warriors scrimmage on Kauai

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    Appreciative fans line up for autographs and photos with the University of Hawaii mens volleyball team Saturday following the Green and White scrimmage at the Kauai High School gym.

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    Returning All American Stijn van Tilburg of UH Green hits past the defense of White’s Mamane Namahoe Saturday during the Green and White scrimmage at Kauai High School gym.

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    Returning All American Stijn van Tilburg of UH Green follows his shot into the tandem defense led by White middle Max Rosenfeld Saturday at the Kauai High School gym.

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    UH Green’s Brett Rosenmier gets a shot past the White’s defense led by James Anastassiades and Matt Larson in the second set Saturday at the Kauai High School gym.

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    UH Green’s Dalton Solbrig and returning All American Stijn van Tilburg go up on a tandem blocking effort in the second set against an unidentified UH White attacker Saturday at the Kauai High School gym.

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    The UH White’s Rado Parapunov goes up on a block attempt in the second set Saturday at the Kauai High School gym.

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    Post referee Neal Pigao watches the action as the UH White’s Rado Parapunov follows his hit off the block of Green’s Dalton Solbrig in the first set Saturday at the Kauai High School gym.

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    The 2018 University of Hawaii mens volleyball team poses for a photo with dignitaries, including state Rep. James Tokioka, Kauai County Council Chair Mel Rapozo, state Sen. Ron Kouchi, and Lenny Rapozo, representing Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. and the head of the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation, Saturday prior to the UH Green and White game at the Kauai High School gym.

LIHUE — A crowd of about 400 came out to watch the Green and White exhibition game put on by the University of Hawaii mens volleyball team.

The scrimmage match was held Saturday evening at Kauai High School.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Enoch A‘ana, Kauai High School varsity boys volleyball head coach. “For the community on Kauai to experience such a high level of play from our University of Hawaii Warriors was such a treat. We want to thank (the sponsors) Texaco, Ron Kouchi, Stephanie Iona and Laurie Yoshida. Those are the main people that made this possible for us.”

The Green Team defeated the White Team in straight sets — 25-21, 25-11 and 25-18.

Then to the delight of the crowd, the Rainbow Warriors played an additional set. The Green Team again came out victorious in a hotly contested game, 27-25.

“They compete. We have a lot of good players in the program,” said Charlie Wade, UH men’s volleyball head coach. “Guys take a lot of pride in how hard they’ve worked to represent the program and represent the state. They got a chance to get out and compete, and practices are competitive every day. Guys are fighting for playing time. I thought it was pretty entertaining. I certainly like the competitive level.”

Several of Kauai’s youth volleyball players were in attendance to watch the Division I college team.

“I was watching all of the kids that play volleyball here on Kauai that were here tonight — all their faces and all their expressions of ‘Wow.’ It’s just amazing,” A‘ana said. “Our goal, as coaches here on Kauai, is to make sure our kids can attain what that level is. That next level. That’s what we all want for everybody.”

Island School sophomore Ashley Mecham, an outside hitter for the Voyagers girls team, aspires to one day play Division I college volleyball.

“That’s what I’m shooting for,” Mecham said. Watching the UH team play, “it shows I have to step up my game to be able to play at their level, at the girls level for Division I.”

About seeing the team on Kauai, she added: “It’s crazy having a university come down here and play for Kauai. There’s not that many people that came, but it’s really cool to experience that and have them in one of our own gyms.”

A couple of times, the team invited fans to join in the match.

Kauai High School junior Travis Duran, who served as a line judge, was brought on to serve a ball and played for a few seconds.

“What’s really crazy is how they spike the ball. That’s really insane to me, and how they got to dig their balls,” said Duran, who plays libero for the Red Raiders boys team. “That’s really hard — hitting a 50-60-mph ball and then digging that. That’s insane. That would be my goal, to be honest.”

“That was honestly amazing,” he added about playing with the team. “But what sucks was that I wanted to dig one of their balls so that they could be amazed at me. Too bad they hit it out of bounds.”

The crowd appeared to cheer louder whenever a player from the state of Hawaii scored a point or was brought onto the court.

“I think the players really enjoyed just getting out and playing in a more intimate venue,” Wade said. “The fans were close, and certainly the fans were into it. So, it was a fun environment.”

For UH redshirt freshman Isaac Liva, an alumnus of Mililani High School on Oahu, playing at Kauai High gave him a sense of deja vu.

“It’s kind of like full circle for me,” said Liva, who plays middle blocker and opposite for UH. “My high school basketball team (my junior year attending Hawaii Baptist Academy), we came down. I think we played here or at one of the high schools. So, it’s crazy to be back on Kauai. That was the last time I was on Kauai.”

On Friday, the team hosted youth volleyball clinics at the Kauai High School gym.

“We love it. I hope they all had a good time. We had so much fun,” Liva said. “I love being in the clinics and working with the kids, and getting to better them and give back to the community. It’s really like a community outreach for us. It was nice for us, a little vacation, but really it’s for the community we get out there, get seen and help them out.”

6 Comments
  1. Sunrise_blue November 24, 2017 1:29 pm Reply

    Wow. Big players. They make Bernard pm. Carvalho jr. look like a small man. Matautia is 6_5. And you are?

    “Who cares?”


  2. Sunrise_blue November 24, 2017 1:35 pm Reply

    This year they might go all the way. Another at-large bid to the final four. Again, Matautia! Go Warriors!


  3. Sunrise_blue November 24, 2017 1:41 pm Reply

    As you know Wahine and go Ah mow-Santos. Regional at-large bid waiting. 4 p.m. ESPN. Saturday.


  4. Sunrise_blue November 24, 2017 4:26 pm Reply

    I just pick Ah mow-Santos because my friend in 1992 went to the same high school as her at Mckinley high school, c/o 1992. Tigers. Them? I have no clue who you’re talking about.


  5. Sunrise_blue November 24, 2017 8:08 pm Reply

    Because this island is a fail. Did you notice how many people came from right field. Baseball to county officials? Ridiculous is the election. 2018 primary.


  6. Sunrise_blue November 24, 2017 8:17 pm Reply

    Ok. I no buy church. Only lawsuit. Get it?


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