Hawaii Beat

Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, March 19, 2004

Travis Lee beat Matt Sanchez 7-5 earlier this season.

Lee takes 2 in NCAA championships

Former Saint Louis standout Travis Lee was victorious in his first two matches of the NCAA Championships at St. Louis, Mo., yesterday.

The top seed in the 133-pound weight class started the tournament by pinning Derek Moore of UC-Davis in the opening round before earning a majority decision over Eastern Illinois' Patrick Dowty to advance to tomorrow's quarterfinals.

This is the first NCAA championships Lee has wrestled at 133 pounds after competing last year at 125.

"Losing weight takes a toll on your body so being able to eat a little bit more has made me feel better," Lee said. "It has been a good change."

Lee will take on Matt Sanchez of Cal-State Bakersfield this morning. Lee has defeated him once before.

Wahine off to tough start

The University of Hawaii women's swimming and diving team couldn't take advantage of a record-setting day at the NCAA Championships at Texas A&M yesterday.

Nicole Mackey and Giong Jie Huang were the only finalists for Hawaii yesterday. Mackey placed 16th in the 200 IM while Huang finished eighth in the one-meter diving. Both efforts put Hawaii in last in the event.

"It was kind of overwhelming with people setting records left and right," Mackey said. "I think I'll do better tomorrow."

Mackey's 16th place finish in the 200 IM earned her a honorable-mention All-American award. She still has the 100 breaststroke event left which is considered to be her strongest event.

Metzger and Holdren take 2 of 3

Punahou graduate Stein Metzger teamed up with Dax Holdren to win two of three matches on the first day of the Brazilian Open in beach volleyball yesterday.

The duo began the day by defeating Hulius Brink and Kjell Schneider of Germany 21-15 and 21-15 before losing in the second-round to the German team of Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann 19-21, 23-21, 15-12.

However the day ended on a high note for Metzger as they came back to eliminate France's Stephane Canet and Mathieu Hamel 21-19, 21-12.

The two continue play today in the third-round of the contender's bracket against a team from Norway.

Sullivan takes over Australian Open

Hawaii big wave specialist Pancho Sullivan posted a score of 9.43 to advance in the Australian Open yesterday, thrilling the crowd before Kelly Slater hits the waves.

Sullivan beat top Australian surfer Leigh Sedley in his own waves. Hawaii surfers Slater and Joel Centenio, who won his heat yesterday, are expected to compete today.

Hegedus, Sun keep Seasiders winning

No. 2 Adrienn Hegedus and No. 11 Amy Sun helped the Brigham Young-Hawaii tennis team to its 78th straight win yesterday, a 9-0 destruction of Bowdoin College.

Hegedus and Sun each swept their opponents 6-0, 6-0 with each Seasider sweeping through her match.

Men win, too: The BYUH men also beat Bowdoin 9-0, with only Simon Kersten being pushed to three sets. Jan Krejci and Hong Tae Kim needed a tie breaker to beat Mac Burke and Pat Keneally 9-8 (5) in a doubles match.

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