Rainbow Wahine softball team cracks Top 25
The Hawaii softball team made its first appearance in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll, coming in at No. 24 yesterday. The poll has been in existence since 2003.
The Rainbow Wahine (12-2) have been ranked previously in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association/USA Today poll, the last time coming in 2003 after winning their first Western Athletic Conference championship.
The NFCA/USA Today coaches poll will be released today.
Hawaii, on a seven-game winning streak, hosts the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament tomorrow through Sunday. Also in the field are No. 17 Oregon (15-1), No. 23 Georgia (11-6), Kent State (5-2) and St. Mary's.
» Hawaii junior first baseman Kate Robinson yesterday was named the WAC hitter of the week.
The Kamehameha Schools graduate hit .556 with three home runs and a team-high seven RBIs to lead the Rainbow Wahine to a 3-0 record last week. Robinson, who had the game-winning home run in the 1-0 win at Loyola Marymount, led UH with a 1.667 slugging percentage.
Hawaii outshoots Michigan in water polo
Lisa van Raalte's goal with 14 seconds left lifted fourth-ranked Hawaii over No. 16 Michigan 16-15 in a nonleague women's water polo match yesterday at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.
The two teams combined to score 10 goals in the fourth quarter, including four straight by the Wolverines for a 15-14 lead with 71 seconds left.
Kelly Mason's fourth goal of the match tied it 9 seconds later and van Raalte scored the game-winner on a lob over UM goalie Kristen Davis.
Hawaii (9-7, 5-2 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) hosts Pacific in an MPSF match March 14 at 4 p.m.
Hawaii Pacific splits with Patten for first win
Hawaii Pacific picked up its first win of the season yesterday with a baseball doubleheader split with Patten at Central Oahu Regional Park.
The Sea Warriors (1-6) lost 11-7 in the opener, but came back for a 3-2 win in the second game.
Jason Shimizu pitched a complete-game victory in Game 2, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out a career-high 10.
HPU trailed 2-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, but got a pinch-hit RBI triple by Paul Nishimura to tie it and won it two batters later on Michael Kealoha's hit to left-center.
The teams meet in a 4 p.m. doubleheader today at CORP.
Wahine golfers finish third in Fresno
Led by Dale Gammie's third-place finish, the Hawaii women's golf team placed third at the Kitahara Fresno State Invitational yesterday in Fresno, Calif.
The Rainbow Wahine, ranked No. 49 by Golfstat, finished with an aggregate 599. UH was three strokes behind Fresno State and a stroke behind runner-up UC Irvine at the Copper River Country Club.
Gammie shared third at 148, with UCI's Jane Chin and Fresno's Jennifer Shipley. Earning medalist honors was Long Beach State's Kay Hoey (146).
» At San Antonio, the Hawaii-Hilo women's golf team finished ninth out of 18 teams yesterday at the Lady Rattler Roundup tournament.
The Vulcans finished with a 681 in the 36-hole event hosted by Texas A&M-Commerce. Kiilani Matsuyoshi led UHH with a 165, tying for 21st place.
Nickles wins pole vault for Trojans
Chun Mei Nickles (Mililani '03), a senior at Southern California, won the women's pole vault with a vault of 12 feet at the Rossi Relays at Claremont, Calif., last Saturday.
Jasmine Knight (Kamehameha '06), a freshman at USC, was 15th in the pole vault with a vault of 8 feet, 3/4 inches.
In the high jump event, Maya Coelho (Kamehameha '06) placed ninth for the Trojans with a jump of 4-9 3/4.
Donovan Lim (Punahou' 05) a USC sophomore, finished third in the high jump with a leap of 6-8, a personal best.
Aaron Mun (Punahou '05), a sophomore at Occidental, finished 18th in the long jump with a distance of 18-9.