Christenson, Shoji brothers named to U.S. Olympic roster; Maglio shines in Canada’s loss

Congrats to setters Micah Christenson (Kamehameha) and Kawika Shoji (‘Iolani), and libero Erik Shoji (Punahou) for being nominated to the 12-man U.S. Olympic team that will compete at the Tokyo Games.

The three were all part of the U.S. team that took bronze in Rio in 2016.

Middle Taylor Averill (Hawai’i) is one of 8 alternates.

Newcomers include Beach alumnae Kyle Ensing and TJ DeFalco, both 24, who are the youngest players on the team. David Smith (UCI), 36, is the oldest. The average age of the roster is 29.9.

The U.S. is ranked No. 3 in the world and currently competing at the FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Rimini, Italy. The Americans are 4-5 heading into Tuesday’s  Week 4 preliminary round match with Italy (4-5) (4:30 a.m. HST).


Former Hawai’i two-sport All-American Emily Maglio had 8 kills, 2 blocks and 2 aces as Canada lost another five-setter in VNL play. Maglio has 26 total blocks, tying her for sixth in the tournament.

South Korea won the marathon 15-25, 25-18, 27-29, 25-20, 21-19. Canada dropped to 3-9 after Week 4 and is 1-3 when matches have gone 5.


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