Hawaii Beat
Star-Bulletin staff and wire reports

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Warriors remain No. 6 in volleyball poll

Hawaii started a new week of volleyball practice with an old ranking.

For the second week in a row, the Warriors are at No. 6 in the USA Today/CSTV Coaches Top 15. Hawaii (15-6, 11-5) hosts No. 5 UC Santa Barbara (13-9, 11-5) in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation matches Friday and Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Hawaii went 2-2 on its two-week trip to the mainland, losing twice at BYU and defeating UC San Diego twice. The Warriors are not completely at full strength as junior hitter Jose Delgado is recuperating from bruised ribs suffered after diving into the stands for a loose ball at UCSD.

Weinberg earns WAC weekly tennis honor

Hawaii junior Bryon Weinberg was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week in men's tennis.

Weinberg went 2-0 in singles and was 1-1 in doubles with partner Chad Faulk. Weinberg has won four straight singles matches and six of his last seven.

Van Belkum is MPSF Player of Week

Hawaii water polo player Iefke Van Belkum was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week.

Van Belkum was instrumental in three Rainbow Wahine (11-6, 6-2) games last week, with a total of 12 goals. She also had three assists, two steals and one blocked shot.

Hawaii trampolinist takes gold in Denmark

Hawaii 13-year-old Nani Vercruyssen won the gold medal for her first-place finish in the 17-and-under division at the Scandinavian Open trampoline competition in Haslev, Denmark.

Vercruyssen, a Kaimuki Middle School student, is a member of the U.S. International Elite Team.

Two other Hawaii athletes competed -- Kelsen Onigama placed fifth in the 14-and-under boys division, while Matt Moniz finished 11th in the open men's division.

Irons, Garcia advance in Rip Curl Pro

Six Hawaii surfers, including world champion Andy Irons and former world champ Sunny Garcia, advanced to the second round of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in Victoria, Australia, today.

Fred Patacchia, Bruce Irons, Jamie O'Brien and Kalani Robb also advanced in the 3-5 foot waves in the Association of Surfing Professionals' World Championship Tour event.

Five of the six Hawaii surfers placed second in their heats yesterday. Patacchia placed third.

Seasiders split with Yellowjackets

Sherrie Howell's two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Brigham Young-Hawaii a 7-6 Pacific West Conference softball victory over Montana State-Billings in Laie. The win gave the Seasiders (13-19, 5-9) a split of a doubleheader. The Yellowjackets (16-8, 3-3) won the second game 16-11.

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

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