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.
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.