Hawaii Beat

Friday, August 20, 2004

Hawaii Pacific favorite in PacWest volleyball

Pacific West Conference champion Hawaii Pacific is the favorite to defend its volleyball crown in voting by the conference's coaches yesterday.

HPU received four of the five first-place votes and 48 points to earn the top spot after representing the conference in the regional tournament last year. Brigham Young-Hawaii, which won the conference but forfeited it when it was found to have used an ineligible player, is picked second with 44 points and one first-place vote.

Western New Mexico is picked third with 32 points, followed by Chaminade (28 points), UH-Hilo (16) and Montana State-Billings.

Hawaii Pacific opens with the Hawaiian Style Classic August 27 at St. Andrew's Priory.

Prep football game moved to Saturday

The high school football game between Castle and Waipahu will be played tomorrow afternoon at the Waipahu High School field.

The junior varsity game starts at 1 p.m. The varsity game between the Knights and Marauders follows at about 3:30 p.m.

The non-league contest was originally scheduled to be played tonight, but was moved due to work on the lights at Waipahu's field.

Hawaii-led volleyball team wins again

The USA Volleyball Youth National Team, with three players from Hawaii, defeated Canada as pool play continued yesterday at the NORCECA Championships in Mexico City.

Led by starting setter Kawika Shoji (Iolani), the Americans won 25-17, 26-24, 28-26. Spencer McLachlin (Punahou) had seven points with four kills, an ace and two blocks, while libero Adam Tuifagu (Kamehameha) shored up the U.S. defense.

University of Hawaii associate coach Tino Reyes is the U.S. assistant.

Pearl City gets rematch for USA title tonight

Tampa, Fla., beat Pearl City 10-9 yesterday in the final round of pool play at the Junior World Series in Taylor, Mich. But the two teams meet again tonight for the United States championship.

The winner of that game moves on to the Junior League World Series championship game tomorrow. That game will be taped for national broadcast by ESPN.

In yesterday's action, a Pearl City comeback could not make up for a 5-run fourth inning by Tampa. John Abreu had three hits and double for Pearl City.

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



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