Moore shocks Beachley at Roxy Pro
Hawaii 14-year-old surfer Carissa Moore upset seven-time and current Association of Surfing Professionals world champion Layne Beachley in the first round of the World Championship Tour Roxy Pro at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast of Australia today.
Moore faces Beachley again in the third round in a sudden-death heat.
Moore's two rides in today's heat combined for 15.0 points to Beachley's second-place of 12.37 in the three-person heat.
Hawaii's Melanie Bartels won her first-round heat yesterday and Hawaii's Megan Abubo placed second in her heat to advance to the third round.
Hawaii's Rochelle Ballard, who placed third in her first-round heat, was eliminated by placing third in her second-round heat.
Kai on national team roster for Algarve Cup
United States Women's National Team soccer coach Greg Ryan has named 20 players, including Hawaii's Natasha Kai, to the roster for the 2007 Algarve Cup, March 7-14, in southern Portugal.
Kai, a striker, made her international debut with the WNT at last year's Algarve Cup. The former Kahuku and Hawaii Rainbow Wahine standout, scored a goal in her first two matches.
She has appeared 20 times for the WNT, scoring seven goals and assisting on two.
The U.S pool-play matches are against China on March 7, Finland on March 9 and Sweden on March 12.
Warriors slip to 13th in volleyball poll
After losing twice at Brigham Young last week, Hawaii dropped a spot in the AVCA/CSTV Division I-II Coaches Top 15 volleyball poll.
The Warriors (3-9, 3-7 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) fell to No. 13, their lowest ranking ever.
Remaining at No. 1 is MPSF leader Pepperdine (13-1, 11-1), followed by UC Irvine (17-3, 11-3), BYU (11-4, 7-3) and UC Santa Barbara (12-5, 10-4). Preventing Pepperdine from being a unanimous top choice was UCLA, which received one of the 16 first-place votes in moving up two spots to No. 5.
Hawaii hosts its alumni match at 7 p.m. Friday, which is preceded by an alumni-alumni match at 4 p.m. The Warriors return to MPSF play March 6 and 8 against the No. 1 Waves.
Hawaii in third place at Fresno tournament
Hawaii is in third place at 15-over 303 in the Kitahara Fresno State Invitational women's golf tournament.
UC Irvine took the first-day lead yesterday with a 9-over 297 at the Copper Rive Country Club.
Three Rainbow Wahine golfers -- Dale Gammie, Xyra Suyetsugu and Corie Hou -- are tied for 10th with rounds of 3-over 75 going into today's final round.
They're three shots behind leaders Jane Chin of UC Irvine and Selanee Henderson and Dominique Pytlewski of Colorado, all of whom shot even-par 72s yesterday.
Lee, Fushikoshi and Carson honored
Kepua Lee is the California-Pacific Conference Player of the Year as voted on by the league's women's basketball coaches for the second consecutive season.
Lee (Moanalua '04) dominated the Cal-Pac stats by holding first place in scoring and rebounding all year. She is averaging 19.2 points and 8.6 rebounds a game for the Menlo Oaks (25-2, 16-0). The 5-foot-8 junior guard also leads the Oaks with 56 steals.
Named to the All-Cal-Pac first team were teammate Kelci Fushikoshi (Lahainaluna '05) and Cal State East Bay's Breanna Carson (Kalaheo '04).
Fushikoshi averaged 10.0 points a game and led the Oaks with 39 3-pointers.
Carson led the Pioneers in scoring with an 11.0 average and 3-pointers with 37 and was second in steals with 33.
Lee's current marks for points (518) and points per game (19.2) are Menlo single-season records. In just three years, Lee holds the school career records for points (1,364), field goals made (552) and attempted (1293), free throws made (222) and attempted (327), and rebounds (578).
Dacanay, Ota earn UAA academic recognition
Shanna-Lei Dacanay (Punahou '05) and Kyle Ota (Iolani '05) have been honored by the University Athletic Association in its winter listing with All-Academic recognition. Both are sophomores at Washington University in St. Louis.
To qualify, a student-athlete must have completed at least one full year of college study and carry a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2.
Dacanay is a guard on the women's basketball team, but is out for the season while recovering from ACL surgery. Ota is on the Bears' swimming team and competes in freestyle and breaststroke events.