Rainbow Warriors guards on the mend
Both of the Hawaii basketball team's injured guards are expected to be available for the Rainbow Warriors' road trip this week.
Matt Lojeski, Hawaii's second leading scorer at 14 points per game, sat out yesterday's practice as a cut on his left leg that became infected continues to heal. The junior played through the injury in Saturday's win over San Jose State and could return to practice today.
Freshman Hiram Thompson suited up for yesterday's workout after missing the SJSU game due to a concussion suffered in the second half of UH's win over Idaho last Thursday.
"(Lojeski's injury) is getting better, but it's still very painful," UH coach Riley Wallace said. "Hiram can go through all the drills, but no contact. He'll be ready to go."
The Rainbows (12-8, 6-4 Western Athletic Conference) leave for the mainland tomorrow morning and face Boise State on Saturday at 11 a.m. (Hawaii time). They conclude the road trip at Fresno State on Monday.
Warriors up to No. 6 in volleyball poll
The Hawaii men's volleyball team moved up a spot in this week's national poll without playing a match.
The Warriors (4-3) are ranked sixth in the CSTV/AVCA Division I-II Coaches Top 15. Hawaii leaves tomorrow to face top-ranked Pepperdine in matches Thursday and Friday.
The Waves (6-1), who split their matches at BYU last week, remained at No.1 with 15 of 16 first-place votes. The Cougars (8-2) stayed at No. 2, and UC Irvine (8-3) traded places with Long Beach State (10-2), with the Anteaters moving up to third and the 49ers dropping to fourth.
» Hawaii senior opposite Matt Bender continues his rehabilitation from a severely sprained ankle. Bender participated in "controlled jumping" yesterday, but will not make the trip to Pepperdine. He is expected to be ready for next week's home matches against Long Beach State on Thursday and Friday.
McNamara, Mamala capture tow-in surf event
Hawaii's Garrett McNamara and Kealii Mamala teamed to win Sunday's Phelony North Shore Tow-In Surfing Championship off Puena Point.
Eighteen teams took on the waves of 20-to-30 feet off the North Shore. John Gangini of Maui and Yuri Soledad of Brazil took second.
2 Rainbow Wahine athletes earn weekly honors
Janevia Taylor of the Hawaii women's basketball team and Rainbow Wahine swimmer Nicole Mackey were named as the Xbox Live Western Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week in their respective sport yesterday.
Taylor, a junior guard from Pasadena, Calif., averaged 20 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in last week's road wins at Idaho and San Jose State.
Mackey, a junior from Newport Beach, Calif., won all three of her individual events -- 100 and 200 backstroke, and 200 individual medley -- and swam leadoff on the winning 200 medley relay team. She scored 38 points in the 150-143 dual meet victory Saturday over No. 24 Washington.
Loo, Otani gain Big Sky academic honors
Hawaii soccer players Jennifer Loo and Kari Otani have been named to the fall Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team.
Loo (Mililani '03), a junior defender at Idaho State, is also on the Bengal Scholar Award Team. She is majoring in biology and has a 3.5 grade-point average.
Otani (Maui '03) is a junior midfielder at Portland State. She is majoring in physical activity and exercise.