Golden Eagles end HPU's season
Top seed Cal State Los Angeles caught the fourth-seeded Hawaii Pacific volleyball team midway through Game 5 and defeated the Sea Warriors 32-30, 30-27, 25-30, 12-30, 17-15 in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Pacific Regional in Los Angeles last night.
HPU (24-3) led early in the final set, but the Golden Eagles (26-2) took an 8-7 lead and would trail just one more time. Tanya White's kill, which HPU claimed went out without a touch, made it 16-15.
"It was way out and it wasn't a touch," HPU coach Tita Ahuna said. "We fought for every single point and nothing was given to us."
HPU's Flavia Brakling hit it out on the next play as the Golden Eagles advance to today's finals against third-seed Cal State San Bernardino. Brakling had 22 kills and Barbara Martin 18. HPU outhit CSULA .388 to .196.
"If you look at our stats, we dominated," Ahuna said. "I am so proud of the girls, they didn't quit."
Ogoshi named Colonial's best: Shellane Ogoshi, a sophomore setter for the Hofstra volleyball team, was named the Colonial Athletic Association player of the year and setter of the year on Thursday.
Also an All-CAA first-team member, she leads the Pride with 1,097 assists and is second in digs (411) and service aces (19).
Huang wins gold in Indiana
University of Hawaii diver QiongJie Huang won the gold in the 1-meter dive at yesterday's Indiana Collegiate Invitational at Bloomington, Ind.
Huang, who won the 1-meter at last year's NCAA Championships, finished with 304.55 points. Teammates Megan Farrow finished fourth with 270.95 and Rui Wang was sixth with 260.40.
On the men's side, UH's Mats Wiktorsson finished sixth in the 3-meter with 295.05. The meet finishes on Sunday.
Rainbow Wahine sailor in sixth
University of Hawaii sailor Tinja Anderson-Mitterling is in sixth place after the first day of the ICSA/Vanguard Women's Singlehanded Nationals at Keehi Lagoon.
She has 53 points after the regatta's first 10 races. Anderson-Mitterling started the day with a second-place finish in the first race, her best of the day. South Florida's Paige Railey leads the 16-sailor field with 16 points.
Vulcans get first win of season
Justin Griffin scored 24 points and Justin Dobson added 11 as the UH-Hilo basketball team beat San Francisco State 58-50 last night in San Francisco.
>>Austin Smylie scored 30 points but Brigham Young-Hawaii dropped its opener 81-66 to Emporia State.