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Friday, September 10, 2004



[ WAHINE VOLLEYBALL ]


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RICHARD WALKER / RWALKER@STARBULLETIN.COM
Hawaii's Alicia Arnott went up against Southwest Missouri State's Ashley Warren and Sara Thomas last night.


Wahine fend off
another threat

Hawaii still unbeaten after
gutting out another
tourney win


Pretty or pretty ugly? It doesn't matter.

Not in the scorebook. Not to the Hawaii volleyball team.

UH Volleyball

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Challenge

Where: Stan Sheriff Center

Today: UCLA (5-0) vs. Southwest Missouri State (5-1), 5 p.m.; Santa Clara (3-1) vs. Hawaii (4-0), 7 p.m.

Tomorrow : Southwest Missouri State vs. Santa Clara, 5 p.m.; UCLA vs. Hawaii, 7 p.m.

Radio: Hawaii matches live, KKEA 1420-AM.

TV: Hawaii matches live, KFVE Ch. 5

Tickets: $3-$16.

The No. 11 Rainbow Wahine kept their record perfect last night, wearing down unranked and unfazed Southwest Missouri State. Hawaii, getting career nights again from junior Susie Boogaard and sophomore Alicia Arnott, topped SMS 30-28, 29-31, 30-27, 30-17 in front of 3,762 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Boogaard broke her career mark for the second consecutive match, putting down 23 kills as the Wahine improved to 4-0, 1-0 in the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Challenge. Arnott also topped her performance from Sunday, adding 18 kills for Hawaii.

The Wahine will take on No. 17 Santa Clara (3-1) in tonight's second match.

The Broncos saw their undefeated season ended in yesterday's opening match by No. 3 UCLA, 30-23, 32-30, 30-24.

The Bruins (5-0) meet the Bears (5-1) in today's 5 p.m. contest.

Hawaii struggled last night early and often. And when the Wahine had leads, they even struggled with success.

"We couldn't sustain anything early," said Hawaii coach Dave Shoji. "We had very little emotion tonight. We left a lot on the floor last weekend and it's hard to get cranked back up. It was a very uneven performance.

"We have to play better every night out and I think we will. We again had some key performances from Boogaard and Arnott. This team is not as talented as the ones we've had in the past. We have to work hard on every single point, which is something we didn't. We need to learn to go hard every single point."

The Bears had the Wahine in their grasp in Game 1 only to see the home team slip out of the grip. Hawaii trailed for most of the first 25 minutes, and looked sloppy in doing it.

By the time UH coach Dave Shoji had burned his second timeout, his team was down 25-20 with just 13 kills. But just as they had in rallying for wins last weekend against San Diego and Arizona, the Wahine didn't panic.

A kill by Teisa Fotu and an ace by Arnott helped jump-start a rally as UH pulled to a 27-27 tie. The teams traded points until the Wahine seized the momentum when 5-foot-8 setter Kanoe Kamana'o had a solo stuff of 6-1 Katie Kreimer for game point.


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RICHARD WALKER / RWALKER@STARBULLETIN.COM
Hawaii's Susie Boogaard tried to hit past SMSU's Sarah Lansing and Sara Thomas.


Victoria Prince's fifth kill ended it a minute later, punctuating a run that saw Hawaii hit over .500 when putting down seven kills in 13 swings with no errors.

Game 2 saw the Bears having to pull their own rally magic when falling behind by as much as 26-21. SMS held off one UH game point at 29-28, and scored the final three points -- using two Wahine errors and Sabrina Apker's sixth kill to even the match.

Hawaii was able to hold off SMS in Game 3. The Bears closed to 22-21 and then held off three game points when pulling to within 29-27. Prince again closed it out, this time with her ninth kill.

Game 4 was never close as both Boogaard and Arnott got into a rhythm. Adding to the Wahine attack were Prince -- who finished with 13 kills -- and freshman Tara Hittle (10).

The Bears were led by Erin O'Conner's 15 kills. Sara Lansing had 14 and Apker had 13.

"I was really disappointed with our block -- that has been one of our strengths," said SMS coach Melissa Stokes, whose team was outblocked 14-12. "And we had trouble with the speed of their offense. 'You have to give their setter (Kamana'o) a lot of credit. She does a nice job and it was faster than anything we've seen.

"I thought we should have won the first game and I'm sure Dave (Shoji) feels they should have won the second. You just have to step up and not make the mistakes at the end of the game. Hawaii's level of play went up and ours stayed the same."

UCLA 3, Santa Clara 0: The Bruins came from behind to pull out Game 2 en route to a sweep of the previously unbeaten Broncos.

SCU appeared to be on the verge of evening the match with a seemingly comfortable 26-23 lead, but UCLA scored three straight points to tie it. The Broncos used two Bruin errors to go ahead at 28-26 only to have UCLA again score three straight to earn its first game point. Santa Clara tied it at 29 and 30 but a hitting error by Anna Cmaylo gave the Bruins their third swing at ending it.


Hawaii def. SW Missouri St.

30-28, 29-31, 30-27, 30-17

Bears (5-1)

g k e att pct. bs ba d
Warren 4 5 1 14 .286 0 1 12
Apker 4 13 8 31 .161 1 5 1
O'Conner 4 15 9 42 .143 4 0 5
Kreimer 4 6 3 27 .111 0 0 8
Thomas 4 9 4 23 .217 5 0 14
Lansing 4 14 2 25 .480 1 5 1
Parker 4 0 0 0 .000 0 0 21
McAfee 4 0 1 1 -1.000 0 0 12
Werges 3 8 3 20 .250 0 0 2
Baugh 1 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Totals 4 70 31 183 .213 2 20 76

Rainbow Wahine (4-0)

g k e att pct. bs ba d
Boogaard 4 23 6 55 .309 0 0 13
Hittle 4 10 5 28 .179 0 4 10
Arnott 4 18 5 56 .232 0 3 12
Eckmier 2 1 2 5 -.200 1 2 2
Kamana'o 4 1 0 6 .167 1 2 15
Prince 4 13 2 24 .458 1 4 1
Gregory 3 5 2 11 .273 1 4 0
Watanabe 4 0 0 0 .000 0 0 13
Fotu 2 2 0 3 .667 0 1 0
Thurlby 3 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Woolford 1 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Ong 1 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Totals 4 73 22 188 .271 4 20 66

Key -- g: games; k: kills; e: hitting errors; att: attempts; pct.: hitting percentage; bs: block solos; ba: block assists; d: digs.
Aces --SWMS (3): Warren, McAfee, Apker. Hawaii (9): Arnott 4, Kamana'o 2, Watanabe 2, Boogaard. Assists -- SWMS (65): Warren 56, Thomas 5, Parker 2, Lansing, Apker. Hawaii (68): Kamana'o 62, Boogaard 2, Hittle 2, Arnott, Prince.
T -- 2:15. Officials -- Ernest Ho, Wayne Lee. A --3,762.

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