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Former volleyball star
is arrested


Former University of Hawaii women's volleyball star Lily Kahumoku was charged early yesterday for allegedly abusing her boyfriend.

Police said they arrested Kahumoku, 22, at about 1:35 a.m. for suspicion of abuse of a household member, current UH men's volleyball player Jose Delgado.

Officers were called to a Waikiki apartment at 1684 Ala Moana in response to a quarrel between her and Delgado, who suffered minor injuries, police said.

Kahumoku was freed after posting $1,000 bail. She has to appear next week in Family Court.

"What happened last night is unfortunate, but it has nothing to do with volleyball," Kahumoku said in a written statement. "It is strictly a personal matter, and I intend to handle it that way. I hope this does not shed a negative light on the volleyball program at UH."

The university issued a statement that said there were no indications a team rule had been violated, so Delgado would be eligible to play this weekend against the University of California at Irvine.

The college career of Kahumoku, a three-time All-American, ended last season. She is a 1999 graduate of Kamehameha Schools.

Delgado, a sophomore, played briefly last night at the end of UH's three-game sweep of UC-Irvine.

Delgado and Kahumoku have been sharing an apartment for several years. Kahumoku recently returned from playing professionally in Russia.

Delgado declined comment and left the court immediately after the match.

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