Hawaii's Sanders is WAC player of week
University of Hawaii sophomore middle Juliana Sanders was named the Xbox Live Western Athletic Conference volleyball player of the week yesterday.
This is the first WAC player of the week honor for Sanders and the third this season for a Rainbow Wahine. Chosen earlier this season were senior middle Victoria Prince and junior hitter Sarah Mason.
Sanders hit .439 with 3.83 kills per game and 2.00 blocks per game in last week's sweeps of Utah State and San Jose State. She had 10 kills, four blocks and a .500 hitting percentage against Utah State on Thursday, then hit .400 with 13 kills and eight blocks Saturday against San Jose State.
Hawaii (15-6, 9-0) which moved up a spot to No. 10 in today's CSTV/AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll, has now won 100 consecutive WAC matches.
For the first time this month, Hawaii is back in the top 10.
The Rainbow Wahine had been ranked 11th since the Sept. 26 poll.
There was no movement among the top six teams with No. 1 Nebraska (19-0) receiving 55 first-place votes and No. 2 Washington (18-0) the remaining five first-place votes.
Rounding out the top 10 are Penn State (19-2), Florida (20-1), Louisville (20-0), Notre Dame (18-1), Missouri (15-2), and Arizona (15-3).
In other Rainbow Wahine news, outside hitter Sarah Mason was at practice yesterday, fully recovered after tweaking her right ankle in Saturday's match against San Jose State.
Mason missed the first five matches of the season after severely spraining the same ankle. The junior left Saturday's match with the Wahine leading 11-3 in Game 2 after landing on the foot of a Spartan player.
» Hawaii Pacific (18-1) moved up one spot to second place in the CSTV/AVCA Division II poll, and Brigham Young-Hawaii (15-3) dropped one place to No. 21.
UH men's team cancels exhibition at Kahuku
Saturday's exhibition match between the Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara men's volleyball teams has been canceled.
The Warriors and Gauchos were originally scheduled to play at Kahuku High but have canceled due to a conflict with the Kahuku-Kapolei football playoff game that will be held at the Red Raiders' field.
Hawaii and UCSB meet Friday at 7 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center. General admission tickets are $5 and are on sale at the Sheriff Center box office.
Vulcans golfers in fourth place
Hawaii-Hilo is in fourth place at the Cal State Monterey Bay Invitational Tournament at the Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, Calif.
Jayna Shimomura of the Vulcans is tied for fifth individually after shooting a 6-over 79 yesterday. She's two shots behind tournament leader Candice Wagner of Western Washington.
Western Washington leads the 21-team tourney at 319, followed by San Diego State at 326 and Chico State at 327. Hawaii-Hilo is another eight shots back at 335.
Lee loses in Sunkist wrestling final
Hawaii's Travis Lee, a former Saint Louis School and Cornell star, lost in the 132-pound final of the Sunkist International Open wrestling event last weekend at Tempe, Ariz.
In the semifinals, Lee, a two-time NCAA champion, beat three-time NCAA champion and Olympic silver medalist Stephen Abas before losing to Saeed Azarbayni in the final.
Two Hawaii wrestlers won their divisions: Moanalua alumnus Stephany Lee in the 72kg class and Roosevelt grad Clarissa Chun in the 48kg division.