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Sunday, June 7, 2015

USA VOLLEYBALL VS TEAM CHINA

USA VOLLEYBALL VS TEAM CHINA
HONOLULU, HAWAII

Enjoyed a great night of volleyball at the Stan Sheriff Center on the campus of University of Hawaii.  
The United States Olympic Gold Medal winning team played the National Team from China.  Unfortunately China won the match in straight sets but we enjoyed a VIP Hospitality Suite that allowed us to get up close and personal with two of volleyball's national icons.  Coach Karch Kiraly from the United States and Coach Lang Ping from China.  Both Olympic Gold Medal winners on the court as players and off the court as coaches.  Karch Kiraly is a legend in U.S. volleyball and so is Lang Ping in China.  We enjoyed a buffet catered by Panda Chinese Food prior to the game along with a pre game talk by Coach Kiraly.  The Coach is positive, competitive and very straightforward about approach to the game and desire to win.  He is a strategist of the game and very focused.  Lang Ping surprised everyone in the room with her humor.  When asked why many of the Chinese players are listed at 6' 4" when clearly there are taller players on the team she replied "we are not that good at math".  So refreshing to see a National Icon like Lang Ping so relaxed and funny.  After her brief talk most of the Chinese people attending this event lined up for autographs like they were meeting Michael Jordan.  Hey we got her to sign too!

USA VOLLEYBALL VS TEAM CHINA AT THE STAN SHERIFF CENTER IN HONOLULU
USA COACH KARCH KIRALY SPEAKS TO SMALL GROUP OF SUPPORTERS BEFORE THE GAME
COACH KIRALY GETTING US PUMPED FOR THE MATCH
USA OLYMPIC TEAM COACH KARCH KIRALY AND BLOG AUTHOR
VIP RECEPTION INCLUDED FOOD AND DRINKS BEFORE AND AFTER THE MATCH
OUR SEATS WERE NEXT TO THE VOLLEYBALLS
TEAM USA RECEIVES PROCLAMATION FROM CITY OF HONOLULU
USA NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL AND OLYMPIC GOLD WINNING TEAM
USA AND CHINA COACHES READY FOR ACTION
COACH KIRALY ADORNED IN LEIS IS READY
USA TEAM INTRODUCED TO CROWD
THE ACTION BEGINS WITH USA GETTING OUT TO QUICK LEAD
LEAD EVAPORATED AND USA LOST IN STRAIGHT SETS







TEAM CHINA IS VICTORIOUS!
LISTED AT 6' 4" AT NOT A FRACTION TALLER
 CHINESE MESSAGE WALKING ON THIGHS

POST GAME INTERVIEWS FOR PLAYERS
CHINESE NATIONAL TEAM COACH LANG PING ADDRESSES SUPPORTERS AFTER THE GAME
LANG PING 
LANG PING SIGNS A FEW AUTOGRAPHS
COACH KIRALY NOT HAPPY WITH THE LOSS TO CHINA

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