Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Wilton leaving Muise
home for team’s
California swing

Coach Mike Wilton said libero Jake Muise will not make the Hawaii volleyball team's upcoming road trip.

The Warriors travel to Southern California for Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches against No. 1 UC Irvine and No. 5 Long Beach State.

Muise started Hawaii's first six matches but struggled with his passing. He did not start last Friday's match against Stanford. Freshman Matt Motter and junior Arri Jeschke will be on Hawaii's travel roster.

"I can only take one libero," Wilton said.

"I've got two other guys that can play the position. If I had Arri Jeschke on Friday night, he would have been out on the court but he was ill."

Sophomore Delano Thomas and senior Eyal Zimet will make this trip though both are dealing with injuries.

Thomas sprained his right thumb in Friday's loss to Stanford. He has been fitted for an aquaplast brace (a splint that is molded to his thumb) and will practice with it this week.

Zimet is suffering from lower back spasms.

Warriors trainer Michelle Landis said Zimet's condition is listed as day-to-day but the Warriors' captain will travel in hopes that he can play. Zimet can also be used as a libero.

The Warriors are permitted to take 12 players. Friday's 5 p.m. match against UCI has been moved to the Bren Events Center.

Stanford's Curt Toppel was named the MPSF Player of the Week.

Meanwhile, the AVCA released its rankings today and as expected, Hawaii flip-flopped with UC Irvine.

The Warriors dropped to No. 2 after splitting the MPSF conference series with No. 10 Stanford last week. The Cardinal moved up one spot after being ranked 11th last week. Hawaii received two of the 16 first-place votes.

UC Irvine (9-0) took over the top spot after remaining unbeaten with two victories against UC San Diego.

Tully featured at pole vault summit

The first annual pole vault summit will be held at the university of Hawaii this weekend.

The summit will be held at the UH lecture hall on Friday from 6-9 p.m. and on Saturday at the UH track from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Former world record holder Mike Tully will lead the group of instructors. For more information, contact 381-5530.

BYUH's Foyle named best in PacWest again

Brigham Young-Hawaii senior Alexis Foyle earned the Pacific West Conference Player of the Week honor for the second consecutive week. The forward had 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in an 84-76 win over conference rival Hawaii Pacific.

Ford is WAC Player of the Week

Louisiana Tech senior Cheryl Ford was named the Western Athletic Conference women's basketball player of the week.

Ford averaged 15.5 points and 18 rebounds in two wins against Southern Methodist and Rice as the Lady Techsters retained sole possession of first place in the conference.

Also nominated were Hawaii's Christen Roper, Cricket Williams of San Jose State and Sarah Davis of SMU.

Twisters hold USA qualifying meet

Three gymnastics schools competed in a USA Gymnastics qualifying meet hosted by Hawaiian Island Twisters on Jan. 25. The meet featured competition in levels 5-7 (boys team gymnastics levels run 1-7 with one being the hardest and seven being the easiest).

Kris Welch of Hawaiian Island Twisters (level 5), Spencer Madanay of Hawaii Academy-Iwilei Gym (level 6, nine and under), James Staudenmeier from Hawaii Academy-Aloha Gym (level 6, 10 and up) and Nathan Young, also of Hawaii Academy-Aloha Gym captured first place in the all-around.

See line scores and results in
the [Scoreboard] section.

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