The U.S. women’s volleyball team will be playing against top-ranked Brazil at the Stan Sheriff Center for a pair of matches on July 11 and 12 for the 2014 USA Volleyball Cup.
The national team will face No. 1 Brazil four times in the month, with two of the matches being played at UC Irvine and USC before the teams head to Honolulu to face off for the final two matches at 7 p.m.
Brazil has defeated the No. 2 ranked American team in the gold medal match at the last two Olympics in 2008 and 2012, with the U.S. unable to win the gold in any major championship.
This will be the first time that the U.S. Women have played in Hawaii since the 1996 FIVB World Grand Prix. Brazil last visited America in 2009. The rivalry between the two nations has been intense during that time, with both teams facing each other multiple times in an attempt to gain the top rank in the world.
Joining the women’s national team on its trip to the SSC is Hawai’i native Tamari Miyashiro. The libero joined the team in 2010, after a stellar high school career at Kalani High School and college career at the University of Washington. In an interview with USA Volleyball, Miyashiro spoke about her excitement to return home.
"When I was growing up, there was a lot of support in the volleyball community," Miyashiro said. "The Hawaiians love volleyball. I think we play the sport with a lot of passion and watch the sport with a lot of passion too. I think they understand the game, which is nice to be around. I think they can appreciate the game itself. They have that respect the game deserves."
Tickets for the games can be purchased online, with regular seating starting at $10.