Happy NGWS Day; another great story on Joe Worsley from Volleyball mag

It’s the 35th National Girls & Women Sports Day celebration. Sadly, when you go to the Women’s Sports Foundation site, Hawaii isn’t on their map.. Neither is Alaska. Just the map of “The Continent” that includes Mexico and Cuba. Not a lot of national events due to COVID.

UH used to have a fun celebration with a “Play Day” where girls could come and meet coaches and players, and try out the various sports. A few times there were educational panel discussions as well, with meet-and-greets with some of the Wahine legends.

So a happy NGWS Day, especially to the pioneers who paved the way, even before 1986. Honored and proud to know many of you.


Former UH All-American setter Joe Worsley earned MVP honors last month

Blair Lambert does an international pro volleyball report about Americans overseas.

Today’s story features one of the best setters in Warrior history, Joe Worsley. He discusses turning from backup to starter due to injury, and how the team had to adjust going from a 6-7 setter to Worsley at 6-1.


Another note from Lambert mentions that all six Americans playing in the Italian Legapallavolo will be competing in the expanded playoffs.

This includes setter Micah Christenson (Kamehameha), who is with Leo Shoes Modena, and setter Kawika Shoji (‘Iolani), who is with Kioene Padova. Shoji apparently injured a finger in his last match.

Some other players with Hawaii ties whose seasons are in progress:

Erik Shoji (Punahou), libero for Fakel Novy Urengoy in Russia;

Taylor Averill (Hawai’i), middle for Cannes in France;

Dalton Solbrig (Hawai’i) middle for SVB Luneburg in Germany

Brandon Rattray (Hawai’i/UCLA) outside for Arenal Emeve in Spain.





  1. Wow. Surprising loss for BYU. Wil Stanley was out with ankle injury(possible coming back on Sat). UCLA won in four with three starters out. Matautia played. UCLA was getting some really good blocks. I think that was the real difference. It’s only the first match, though, so it’s not really indicative of the whole season. But UCLA win was surprising nontheless.

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