Hawaii trio helps U.S. edge Dominican Republic
The U.S. Youth National Team, with three players from Hawaii on the roster, finished pool play undefeated yesterday, beating previously unbeaten Dominican Republic 25-10, 19-25, 25-20, 25-27, 15-9 in the NORCECA Girls Youth Continental Volleyball Championship in Gainesville, Fla.
Libero Sydney Yogi (Punahou) led the U.S. (5-0) with 13 digs. Detailed statistics were not available but outside hitter Kanani Herring (Kamehameha) scored seven points on a mix of kills, blocks and aces, and middle Jordan Meredith (Kamehameha) played in all five games, but did not score.
"This is a great learning experience for us because we have not been pushed like this so far in the tournament," said Herring, a team co-captain. "We were able to persevere and win, which is important. We will come out with more fire tomorrow and be ready to win the gold medal."
The U.S. and the Dominican Republic will meet again today for the gold medal. Both teams have already qualified for next year's FIVB Girls Youth World Championship in Mexico.
» Former University of Hawaii standout Clay Stanley came off the bench to serve five straight points in Game 2 as the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team defeated Japan 25-18, 25-20, 25-18 in an FIVB World League pool play match yesterday in Minneapolis.
It was the third straight win over Japan for the Americans, and it lasted just 70 minutes. The U.S. is now in second place in Pool A at 3-2.
"I thought we got off to a bit of a slow start," said U.S. head coach Hugh McCutcheon. "Fortunately, we were able to make some nice plays down the stretch such as Clay serving for five points to close out the second set."
Stanley concluded his serving run with a game-ending ace.
The teams meet again today in Minneapolis.
Memea wins national championship
Pac-Five's Desiree Memea took first place in the 175-pound women's freestyle division of Junior National Wrestling Championships yesterday in Fargo, N.D.
Hawaii was represented at the 4,000-competitor tournament by 27 wrestlers, of which seven were named All-Americans, including Iolani's Keiko Akamine (second, 95), Pac-Five's Kelsie-ann Mita (fourth, 95), Mililani's Cherae Pascua (fifth, 119), Pearl City's Christian Pavo (sixth, 160), Punahou's Kara Takasaki (seventh, 138) and Punahou's Bryson Fukushima (eighth, 98).
Hamamoto 6 back at Long Beach Open
Jarett Hamamoto of Hilo shot a third-round 6-under 66 and is six strokes off the lead heading into today's final round of the Long Beach Open at the El Dorado Park Golf Course in Long Beach, Calif.
Mike Cunning leads the field by three strokes at 199. Hamamoto, tied with four others in sixth place, tees off at 6:50 a.m. Hawaii time.
Hockey and Golf Challenge benefits MADD
The 2006 Hockey & Golf Challenge will be held Aug. 2-3 with proceeds benefiting MADD-Hawaii. The is event sponsored by the NHL Alumni Association, opens with a golf tournament at the Hawaii Prince Golf Course. It continues the next day at the Ice Palace with a media hockey shoot-out against NHL alumni and a 3-on-3 tournament.
For more information, call 532-6232 or visit www.maddhawaii.org.
Championship soccer teams on QB Club slate
Jack Sullivan will talk about the four Hawaii teams that recently won national titles at tomorrow's meeting of the Honolulu Quarterback Club.
Other guest speakers include the championship team coaches Donna Fouts, Dustin Canne, Bob Strand and William Mahoni. Also speaking will be Kula Kaiapuni head football coach Tim Kealoha Wengler.
The program starts at noon following an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at the Pagoda Hotel Ballroom. The public is invited.