Hawaii gets expansion
youth volleyball program
Hawaii was selected as one of five expansion sites for the United States Youth Volleyball League yesterday.
The USYVL is the largest grassroots youth volleyball organization in the United States and has been called the "American Youth Soccer Organization" of volleyball.
Officials from the league announced yesterday that the USYVL will establish new youth volleyball programs on Oahu, Maui and Kauai with plans to add the Big Island, Molokai and Lanai within a year. The new leagues are tentatively scheduled to begin play in spring 2003 and will feature a six-to-eight week format that includes basic skill instructions.
"It is a natural fit to have this type of program in Hawaii, based on the state's overwhelming support of volleyball and the availability of parks and venues to support league play," said Lori Okimura, a founding board of directors member and Hawaii native.
The goal of the organization is to provide every child ages 8-14 with the opportunity to learn and play volleyball in a fun and safe environment. The USYVL works with USA Volleyball to refer interested players to junior clubs to continue their experience.
Florida, Colorado, Nevada and Puerto Rico were the other places selected for expansion. For more information, call the USYVL National Headquarters at 1-888-988-7985.
Roberts still Midwest's best NAIA setterFor the second time in four weeks, Kauai High School graduate Heather Roberts has been named the American Midwest Conference and NAIA Region V Setter of the Week.
Roberts, a 5-foot-7 sophomore at William Woods, has led the Owls to a 14-3 record so far this season.
Kalabic lights up Chapman for 9 goalsVanja Kalabic scored nine goals to help the Brigham Young-Hawaii water polo team beat Chapman 15-8 at Anaheim, Calif., yesterday.
Kalabic also accounted for five steals, while Keith Dow scored two goals and had three steals.
BYUH improved to 5-4, while Chapman dropped to 5-7. The Seasiders visit 11th-ranked UC San Diego today at 6 p.m.
Brooks honored: Punahou School graduate Brandon Brooks, a senior goalie for UCLA, was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week after leading the Bruins to the championship of last weekend's NorCal Tournament.
Brooks posted a career-high 16 saves and shut out the Trojans in the final period in UCLA's 6-3 victory.
Rainbow Wahine last after first dayThe Hawaii women's golf team finished the first day of the Heather Farr Memorial at Bloomfield, Colo., in 16th place with a round of 330.
Although they are in last place, the Rainbow Wahine are within seven strokes of five teams with one more round to play. They trail leader Nevada by 32 strokes.
Laura DuLucia was Hawaii's lowest scorer, shooting a 78 to tie for 27th place.
Legends prepare for unbeaten ArizonaThe Hawaii Legends professional women's tackle football team will be putting its unbeaten 4-0 record on the line Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Waialua High School.
The Legends will play the Arizona Caliente, who are also 4-0. The two teams play again two days later at 11 a.m. at Kaiser High School.