U.S. men open with win in Pan Am Cup

July 10th, 2012

sorry, didn’t see this until now. happened Monday night

The U.S. men’s Pan Am volleyball team, with two players with Hawaii ties on the roster, opened up the Pan Am Cup with a 25-17, 25-19, 25-12 sweep of Venezuela in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Setter and team captain Kawika Shoji (‘Iolani, Stanford) had 43 assists and a block in playing the whole match. Middle Matt Rawson (Hawaii) played in two sets, starting the third, and finished with 3 kills in hitting 1.000.

The U.S. had a 14-2 advantage in aces.

The team plays Mexico today and Brazil Wednesday.

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  • DDSPHON July 10, 2012 at 11:30 am

    What is the Pan Am Cup volleyball team? How is this team different from the Olympic 2012 team with Clay Stanley 6-9 feet-inches tall? They recently lost to a European team named Bulgaria. Which team is representing Hawai’i & USA teams?

  • DDSPHON July 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

    In Basketball, the NBA also accepts European players as well as McDonald’s All American players. Meaning the McDonald’s All American players have their own club, different from high school. The Pan Am Cup is also like McDonald’s All American team, they do not need to attend high school or college. What’s up with these men?

    • Cindy Luis July 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      Pan Am Cup team is more of an under-25 team, a B team you might call it. They are getting international experience that may lead to the 2016 Olympics. Many were on the national team training for the Olympics but weren’t chosen.

      The A team is the Olympic team. the 1 hawaii tie to that one is Clay Stanley.

      It is a little confusing.

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