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Friday, September 23, 2005



WAHINE VOLLEYBALL


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RICHARD WALKER / RWALKER@STARBULLETIN.COM
Hawaii's Jamie Houston and Juliana Sanders tried to block Boise State's Tiffany Starring as Cayley Thurlby watched.



Wahine say ‘Whew!’

After a brutal nonconference
schedule, Hawaii opens WAC
play by stomping Boise State

They saw it coming.


Hawaii 3
Boise State 0


Next Up
vs. LMU tonight

Part of yesterday's prematch preparation for the Hawaii volleyball team was visualization time with their sports psychologist. One of the things the Rainbow Wahine envisioned was putting pressure on with a serving run, which reminded Kanoe Kamana'o of the time she served 15 straight in a Junior Olympic quarterfinal.

"Talking about it brought back some good memories," the junior setter said.

No. 9 Hawaii now has a new one. Sophomore Raeceen Woolford set a school record for consecutive points served with 14 during Game 2 against Boise State as the Rainbow Wahine whacked the Broncos in 70 minutes 30-17, 30-10, 30-21. A Stan Sheriff Center crowd of 4,138 (6293 tickets) saw Hawaii (6-5, 1-0) win its 92nd consecutive Western Athletic Conference regular-season match, 107th straight including conference tournament play.

Junior Sarah Mason, playing in the last two games, put down a match-high 11 kills with one error in hitting .526. Hawaii had eight aces, including Woolford's first of her career.



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RICHARD WALKER / RWALKER@STARBULLETIN.COM
Hawaii's Tara Hittle tried to put a kill past Boise State's Jamie Claussen last night. Hittle put down two kills last night.



After getting beat by the country's top four teams the past four weeks, beating up someone was cathartic. It was also a confidence booster heading into matches with Loyola Marymount (10-1) tonight and tomorrow.

"We've been practicing hard this week," Woolford said. "A match like this helps our confidence, fires us up. We played as a team and that affected the confidence of the other team.

"Maybe in elementary school, I served as many, but no one expects it in college. It was funny because I made a comment about Kelly Ong's serving run (10 points in the postseason win over Purdue last year) and what overall effect it had on the team. Getting the chance to serve like that ... what makes me smile is that our team was so effective, strong on defense. If they weren't, I wouldn't have been able to do it."

Woolford went back to serve with Game 2 tied at 4-4, getting her first one in on the backline for an ace. Jeannette Jenkins ended the run with a kill.

"I told Raeceen at practice that she needed to get her serve in," Wahine coach Dave Shoji said. "She's been erratic. I guess she listened."

It was the Broncos (4-4, 0-1) who were erratic for most of the night. Only Cameron Flunder (eight kills) and setter Mandy Klein (two kills) were in positive hitting percentage as BSU hit negative .043.

"We were pathetic," Bronco coach Scott Sandel said. "It was the worst match we've played all year. I felt like we weren't very focused.

"When we are good, we're good. When we're bad, we're bad. I didn't feel like we played well from the minute we stepped on the court to the minute we stepped off."



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RICHARD WALKER / RWALKER@STARBULLETIN.COM
Hawaii's Juliana Sanders tried to put a kill past Boise State's Cameron Flunder last night. Sanders finished with five kills.



Fortunately for BSU, that time was short ... exactly what Shoji wanted.

"I hoped we could get out of here fast and play a lot of people," he said. "Playing three (matches) in a row will be tough.

"I know they are much better than they showed tonight."

Hawaii's next two matches will be much tougher. The Wahine are still looking for a lineup and consistency.

"Loyola's record has got my attention," Shoji said. "They've won some tight matches, which shows they are tough mentally."

Freshman Jamie Houston added seven kills in her WAC debut.

Notes: Woolford's 14-point serving run tied her for ninth-longest in NCAA history. ... The 10 points scored in Game 2 by the Broncos were the fewest by a Wahine opponent since UNLV scored nine in 2003. ... Hawaii has now won 205 in a row against unranked opponents.

Alumnae match tomorrow: Joey Akeo Miyashiro and Beth McLachlin will be the coaches for the annual alumnae match at 5 p.m. tomorrow, with players representing all four decades of the Wahine program.

Among those scheduled to participate are Heidi and Hedder Ilustre, Tanja Nikolic, Melissa Villaroman, Heather Bown, Toni Nishida, Nena Costales, Lauren Duggins, Aven Lee and Leah Karratti. Also, Lisa Strand-Ma'a, Linda Fernandez, Marcie Wurts Nowack, Nikki Hubbert, Diana McInerny-McKibbin, Nahaku Brown, Sista Palakiko-Beasley, Tehani Miyashiro Fiota, Karrie Trieschman Poppinga, Bobbie Perry and Marilyn Moniz-Kaho'ohanohano.


Hawaii def. Boise State

30-17, 30-10, 30-21

Broncos (4-4, 0-1 WAC)

g k e att pct. bs ba d
Klein 3 2 1 5 .200 0 0 2
Peterson 3 6 7 24 -.042 1 1 9
Starring 3 3 4 14 -.071 0 3 0
Flunder 3 8 5 23 .130 0 1 3
Claussen 3 2 5 18 -.167 0 3 7
Jenkins 3 3 7 30 -.133 0 2 3
Hawkins 2 0 0 0 .000 0 0 1
Eveland 2 0 0 0 .000 0 0 2
Kelley 1 0 0 0 .000 0 0 1
Stroud 3 0 0 0 .000 0 0 9
Navarrete 1 0 0 2 .000 0 0 0
Totals 3 24 29 116 -.043 1 10 37

Rainbow Wahine (5-5, 1-0 WAC)

g k e att pct. bs ba d
Sanders 2 5 1 15 .267 0 2 1
Boogaard 2 3 2 8 .125 0 2 3
Hittle 1 2 4 9 -.222 0 0 2
Houston 2 7 2 18 .278 0 0 1
Kamana'o 3 0 0 1 .000 0 2 2
Prince 2 4 0 6 .667 0 1 1
Gregory 1 2 2 5 .000 0 2 0
Keefe 1 0 0 0 .000 0 1 2
Arnott 2 5 0 14 .357 0 2 4
Thomas 1 0 0 2 .000 0 2 1
Watanabe 3 0 0 0 .000 0 0 16
Thurlby 2 0 1 1 -1.000 0 0 1
Ong 1 0 0 0 .000 0 0 1
Woolford 2 0 0 0 .000 0 0 5
Mason 2 11 1 19 .526 1 0 5
Totals 3 39 13 98 .265 1 14 45

Key -- g: games; k: kills; e: hitting errors; att: attempts; pct.: hitting percentage; bs: block solos; ba: block assists; d: digs.
Aces -- BSU (2): Peterson, Jenkins. Hawaii (8): Watanabe 2, Prince 2, Hittle, Arnott, Woolford, Mason. Assists -- BSU (24): Klein 18, Eveland 4, Flunder, Claussen. Hawaii (32): Kamana'o 30, Thurlby, Boogaard.
T -- 1:20. Officials -- John Martin, Wayne Lee. A -- 4,138.

WAC Standings

Western Division

Conference Overall

W L Pct. W L
Utah State 1 0 1.000 8 6
Hawaii 1 0 1.000 6 5
Nevada 1 0 1.000 6 5
San Jose State 1 0 1.000 6 6
Fresno State 0 0 .000 2 8
Louisiana Tech 0 1 .000 12 3
New Mexico State 0 1 .000 6 2
Idaho 0 1 .000 7 5
Boise State 0 1 .000 4 4

Yesterday
Hawaii def. Boise State, 30-17, 30-10, 30-21
San Jose State def. Idaho, 30-27, 30-26, 27-30, 27-30, 15-13
Nevada def. Lousiana Tech, 30-19, 27-30, 27-30, 30-21, 15-7
Utah State def. New Mexico State, 30-24, 30-27, 30-21
Today
Loyola Marymount at Hawaii, 7:05 p.m.
Tomorrow
Loyola Marymount at Hawaii, 7:05 p.m.
Louisiana Tech at Utah State
Boise State at San Jose State
Idaho at Fresno State
New Mexico State at Nevada



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