Hawaii Grown: College Athletics
Kobayashi earns MAAC honors
Kathi Kobayashi (Punahou '05) was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week last week after helping the Siena (Loudonville, N.Y.) Saints volleyball team to a pair of victories.
Kobayashi averaged 6.0 digs for the week with a match-high 23 digs in the Saints' win over Iona. She leads the 19-12 Saints with 381 digs (3.7 per game).
Kaui Robello (Punahou '06) is second on the Saints with 334 digs.
» Sanoe' Eselu (Moanalua '03), a senior outside hitter for Menlo College, has been named the 2006 California Pacific Conference Most Valuable Player. She is the 19-7 Oaks' career leader with 952 kills.
Junior Christa Hewett (Kamehameha '04) was selected CalPac Libero of the Year for the second consecutive season. Hewett, who has 552 digs in 86 games, dug 50 balls in her last match of the regular season, the second highest in the nation in the NAIA, according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Christi Haia (Sacred Hearts '03), a junior outside hitter, saw action in 86 games for Menlo and had 54 kills and 12 aces.
» Krystie Vea (Kalani '06), a freshman libero for the Oregon Institute of Technology who played in all 108 matches, led the Owls (21-9, 12-6 Cascade Conference) with 505 digs and was second with 34 aces.
» Paepaetele Poasa (Farrington '02), a junior outside hitter for the 5-20 Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves, played in 59 games, put down 86 kills and was second with 30 aces. Teammate Meghan Koizumi (Kalani '06), the backup setter, played in 57 games and contributed 126 digs and 28 assists.
Gilarski kicked for Delta Devils
Zack Gilarski (King Kekaulike '06) handled all the kicking duties for NCAA Division I Mississippi Valley State (Itta Bena, Miss.) in football this season.
He was the second leading scorer on the 6-5 team with 33 points. He was 5-for-7 on field goals and 18-for-23 on PATs. He punted 49 times (34.5 average), put 11 inside the 20-yard line and averaged 45.8 yards on 39 kickoffs.
» Kaluka Maiava (Baldwin '05), a 6-foot, 225-pound sophomore linebacker, has 29 tackles (11 solo, 18 assisted) for the Southern California Trojans.
» Chris Shiramizu (Punahou '04) had 57 tackles (39 solo, 18 assisted), third best for the NCAA Division III Chapman Panthers (4-5). The 6-foot, 185-pound sophomore cornerback also broke up 13 passes and recovered two fumbles.
Chad Tamashiro (Punahou '04), a 5-11, 180-pound junior wide receiver, played in seven games for the Panthers. He caught seven passes for 128 yards. Kaeo Kane (Kamehameha '04) saw action in six games. The 6-1, 205-pound junior defensive back had six solo and three assisted tackles.
Nitta, Yoro lead Cougars to win
Jolie Nitta (Mililani '02) scored at 21:35 and Sarah Yoro (Mililani '05) hit the net at 22:34 to give Azusa Pacific a quick lead en route to a 4-0 win over Vanguard in the NAIA Region II championship match on Nov. 7. The Cougars make their ninth consecutive national tourney appearance this week in Olathe, Kan.
» Keith DeVey (St. Anthony '02), a senior striker for Santa Clara, was a men's soccer All-West Coast Conference first-team pick.
» Tye Perdido (Seabury Hall '06), a freshman midfielder for Gonzaga, was selected for the WCC All-Freshman team.