Central Valley · Sports

Former Buchanan High volleyball star Gasman thriving for Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

gasmanVery cool to see former Buchanan High (Clovis, CA) volleyball star Patrick Gasman introduced as a starter for Hawaii’s nationally ranked men’s volleyball team for Saturday’s match against Ball State.

The 6-10 middle blocker sat out last season while nursing a foot injury but made good use of his redshirt year and is now a key contributor for the seventh-ranked Rainbow Warriors.

Gasman, who helped lead Buchanan to a Valley title in his senior year alongside Donovan Mitchell — now a freshman playing basketball at Wake Forest — had 11 kills and 5 blocks in Hawaii’s four-set victory over No. 15 Ball State Saturday on the third and final day of the 23rd Outrigger Resorts Invitational at the Stan Sheriff Center.

A member of the U.S. Youth National Team in summer of 2014 which took the gold medal at the 2014 NORCECA Under-19 Continental Championship, Gasman played eight years with various clubs including Pacific Rim Volleyball, Fresno Volleyball Club, and Clovis Volleyball Club. After earning academic honors include National Honor Society and honor roll and volunteering for the Special Olympics, he chose Hawaii over UCLA and UC Irvine.

Gasman, who plans to major in mechanical engineering, had a team-high five blocks and six kills in Friday’s straight set victory over Princeton, and he opened tournament play Thursday with a strong showing in the Rainbow Warriors’ dominant sweep of Erskine. His outstanding performance earned him a spot on the coveted all-tournament team.

Hawaii prepared for the season by spending four days of training camp – after Christmas and before the New Year – on the North Shore of O‘ahu at Camp Erdman, holding practices at Waialua High School. The camp featured team-bonding activities, an intrasquad scrimmage and youth clinic.

(Seriously, how cool is that? How do other colleges even compete with that? While other teams are doing hours of preseason work inside cold gyms, Hawaii is holding camp out on the North Shore. Beautiful.)

Men’s collegiate volleyball is often dominated by kids who grew up playing in Southern California, so it’s great to see someone like Gasman representing the Central Valley. Gasman’s success can only help grow the exciting sport in Fresno/Clovis, and it’ll be fun to follow his progress over the next four seasons.

 

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