"I was just excited to be out there. I was a little nervous but just excited. I'm totally stoked with the turnout."
The 14-year-old Hawaii surfer became the youngest woman to reach an Association of Surfing Professionals elite event final Sunday in Australia.
Irons advances, Sullivan doesn't
Kauai's Bruce Irons advanced to the fourth round of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast surf contest today with a third-round victory over fellow Hawaii surfer Pancho Sullivan.
Irons scored 12.77 points (out of a possible 20) for his best two rides in the heat to Sullivan's 11.50.
Sullivan was eliminated in the loss at Snapper Rocks in Coolangatta, Australia.
Warriors drop to No. 14 in poll
Hawaii dropped a spot to No. 14 in yesterday's CSTV/AVCA Coaches Top 15 volleyball poll, the lowest the Warriors have been ranked since 1987.
Hawaii, 3-11 overall and 3-9 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, was ranked 15th in 1987 and has never dropped out of the poll since its inception in 1986. The Warriors host top-ranked Pepperdine (14-1, 11-1) on Thursday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Yesterday, the Waves received 15 of the 16 first-place votes, with one vote going to No. 2 UC Irvine. The rest of the top seven remained the same: BYU, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, Penn State and Ohio State.
Haili volleyball tourney turns 50
More than 180 teams are entered in this month's 50th Haili Men's Volleyball Tournament, considered Hilo's largest sporting event.
The March 26-31 competition is open to both men's and women's teams at all skill levels. The four junior divisions will compete from March 26-28, with the four adult divisions competing from March 28-31.
The field features teams from Hawaii, the mainland, Guam and Japan. Most of the matches will be held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium but matches also will be held at the Hawaii-Hilo, Keaukaha, Waiakea High and Andrews gyms and the Hilo Armory.
This year's event will honor Bill Kaaa, the coach of the first Haili championship team in 1958. Admission is free.
The Web site is www.hailivolleyball.com.
Rainbow Wahine golfers sit in fifth
The Hawaii women's golf team is in fifth place with a score of 602 after the first day of the San Jose State Spartan Invitational at the Almaden Country Club in San Jose, Calif.
Xyra Suyetsugu shot back-to-back three-over 75s and is the top UH golfer tied for 15th place overall. Dale Gammie and Lisa Kajihara are tied for 19th, one shot behind Suyetsugu.
San Jose State's Janelle Gomez leads the field at 6 under, while the Spartans team leads by 11 shots over Colorado.
The tournament concludes today with one final round.
Vulcans edge the Antelopes
Leo Sing Chow's RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning broke a 2-2 tie and Sarah Weisskopf pitched a complete-game six-hitter as the UH-Hilo softball team knocked off Grand Canyon 3-2 yesterday at Carvalho Park.
Weisskopf (8-1) gave up only one earned run and struck out two. Sing Chow finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs as the Vulcans (18-2, 6-0 PacWest) remained undefeated in league play.