Hawaii Beat

Star-Bulletin Staff

Saturday, October 4, 2003

UH gets extension on appeal of title forfeiture

The UH athletic department has been given a 30-day extension on its appeal of last month's NCAA ruling to forfeit the 2002 men's volleyball title. The original deadline was this weekend.

According to Jan Gouveia, UH's associate general counsel, the extension deadline is at the end of October.

On Sept. 5, athletic director Herman Frazier announced the decision by the NCAA regarding UH's self-reported use of an ineligible player. The infraction centered on the participation of Costas Theocharidis on a professional volleyball team in his native Greece prior to enrolling at UH.

The school is doing its legal work in-house, although there had been offers from the legal community in Hawaii and on the mainland. The appeal is being submitted to the full NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions but may not be heard until next year.

Stanley leads U.S. to zone title

CULIACAN, Mexico >> Former University of Hawaii standout Clay Stanley had 14 kills to lead the U.S. men's national volleyball team to its first NORCECA Zone championship since 1999 with a 20-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-21 win over Canada on Tuesday. Stanley added five aces and two blocks in earning tourament MVP honors.

The U.S. finished with a 5-0 record. A win over Cuba in the semis on Monday clinched a berth in the World Cup in Japan on Nov. 16-30.

Seasiders sweep Mustangs: Yu Chuan Weng hit .484 and buried 18 kills as Brigham Young-Hawaii swept Western New Mexico 30-20, 30-23, 30-22 last night at Laie.

Newcomer Silvia Oliveira added 15 kills and middle blocker Ashley Moeai put down 10 for the Seasiders (10-2, 3-0 PacWest). The Mustangs dropped to 8-10 and 0-3 in the conference.

Vulcans get first conference win: Sara Pilgreen knocked down 16 kills and Tiffanie Ollison added 11 as Hawaii-Hilo swept Montana State-Billings 30-28, 30-23, 30-22 last night in Hilo.

The Vulcans improved to 1-1 in the conference and 4-7 overall. The Yellowjackets dropped to 0-3 and 3-11.

Ah Mow-Santos honored: At Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, former University of Hawaii All-American Robyn Ah Mow-Santos was named "Best Setter" as the U.S. women's national volleyball team defeated Cuba for the gold medal at last month's NORCECA Zone Championship.

The U.S. team, which includes former Rainbow Wahine Heather Bown, went 4-0 in winning its second straight NORCECA title.

The Americans have clinched a berth in the World Cup, the first Olympic qualifier, scheduled for Nov. 1-5 in Japan. A top-three finish would give the U.S. a berth in next year's Olympics.

Honolulu team begins tennis competition

A team from Honolulu won its first two matches at the USA League Tennis 3.5 Adult National Championships in Tucson, Ariz., yesterday.

The team, which is captained by Rennie Matsumoto of Honolulu, went 8-2 in individual matches and only lost six sets. Other team members are: Anna Canencia, Mililani; Pattimarie Yoza Saint and Trisha Inafuku Saint, Aiea; Waipahu's Sandy Nakashima and Mervyn Oliva; Jodi Tanabe of Kaneohe; and Betsy Maler from Kapolei. Also, Joy Asato Saint of Pearl City, Myra Yamane from Wahiawa; and Honolulu's Donna Mosier, Karilyn Uchida, Elaine Yoshinaga, Melvia Kawashima, Lee Rombaoa and Gaye Fujimoto.

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