Irons on to second round in Japan
Japanese wild-card Masatoshi Ohno surprised the field as the Niijima Quiksilver Pro began in Japan yesterday.
Ohno defeated Neco Padaratz and world No. 4 Taj Burrow
Reigning world champion and ratings leader Andy Irons of Kauai overcame Pat O'Connell and Japanese wild-card Masaki Harada in the first round.
Kalani Robb was the only other Hawaii surfer in the competition, but he lost in his first heat to Phil MacDonald of Australia and Fabio Gouveia of Brazil. Gouveia scored 11.9 points to Robb's 11.4.
Brazilian Pipeline flowing again for HPU
The Hawaii Pacific volleyball team replaced middle blocker Susy Garbelotti with a pair of Brazilians yesterday.
Flavia Brakling of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Paula Nacsimento of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, signed with the Sea Warriors, who were 14-9 last season and tied with Chaminade for second in the conference.
Brakling is a 6-foot-3 outside hitter from National American University (S.D.), where she won an NAIA national title after a perfect season. Nascimento, another outside hitter, comes from Lake Land College in Illinois.
UH swimmers heading to South Korea
Hawaii swimmers Tudor Ignat, Nimrod Palma and diver Maggie Roberts will compete in the Summer Universiade in Daegu, South Korea, in August.
Ignat will represent Romania, Palma competes for Israel and Roberts hails from Austrailia.
Ignat is second in UH history in the 100-meter breaststroke while Roberts is the Western Athletic Conference Diver of the Year. Palma is fifth on the school's list in the 200-meter freestyle.
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