U.S. soccer player Carli Lloyd celebrated after scoring in yesterday's Algarve Cup final. The U.S. beat Denmark 2-0.
Kai's USA team beats Denmark
VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTONIO, Portugal » The United States, featuring Kahuku and Hawaii alumnus Natasha Kai, won the Algarve Cup for the fifth time, beating Denmark 2-0 in yesterday's final on goals by Kristine Lilly and Carli Lloyd.
"It gives us confidence, and that's what we need right now, confidence going into training for the next four or five months to get ready for the World Cup," Lilly said.
Lloyd, who entered the tournament with one international goal in 24 international appearances, was top scorer at the tournament and was selected Most Valuable Player, an award previously won by Shannon Boxx (twice) and Tiffeny Milbrett.
Teams are preparing for the Women's World Cup, to be played in China from Sept. 10-30.
Whiting is PacWest's top player
Three-time first-team All-Pacific West Conference honoree Zack Whiting was named 2007 PacWest men's basketball player of the year yesterday. The Chaminade senior led all levels of NCAA college basketball this season with 10.5 assists per game.
Rounding out the NCAA Division II all-conference team are Lucas Alves of Brigham Young-Hawaii -- also the PWC freshman of the year -- Richard Davis and Bryan Lee of Grand Canyon and Marko Kolaric of Chaminade.
UH football tickets going on sale
Final football schedule or no, Hawaii will kick off season-ticket renewals Monday, and allow would-be season-ticket holders to put down $50 non-refundable deposits toward new orders as well.
Fans who do either by March 28 will also receive two tickets to a UH baseball game or men's volleyball match and will be entered for a chance to win a trip for two to Las Vegas.
UH announced that football season-ticket and premium-seat prices will remain the same as the past two seasons.
Additional information about the sales plan will be announced when the final home football game is announced, UH said.
Peters is PacWest player of year
Brigham Young-Hawaii hitter Tuli Peters and coach Wilfred Navalta were awarded top honors when the All-Pacific West Conference volleyball team was announced recently.
Peters was player of the year and Navalta was coach of the year for the 2006 season.
BYUH's Noelle Filimoeatu and LeeAnn Mapu also earned first-team honors along with Chaminade's Trina Kauliakamoa, Hawaii Pacific's Barbara Martin and Hawaii-Hilo's Taina Savage.
Rainbow Wahine qualify 2 for regional
Hawaii's Novelle Murray and Emily Sheppard put up NCAA Regional-qualifying marks yesterday at the Cal State Northridge Spring Break Open at Matador Track, the Rainbow Wahine's first mainland meet of the 2007 outdoor track and field season.
Murray's discus distance was 170 feet, 4 inches. Sheppard cleared 5-834 to win the high jump.
The Wahine also set nine personal bests.
UH stays on the mainland to compete in the Northridge Invitational on the same track, Friday and Saturday.
No. 8 Wahine get water polo victory
No. 8 Hawaii got five goals from Ryan Hanson-Swaner yesterday as the Rainbow Wahine beat Pacific 18-11 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation water polo play at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.
Lisa van Raalte also had four goals for the Wahine (10-7, 6-2), as did Brittany Dames.
Hawaii hosts USC Saturday at 4 p.m.
BYUH men, women beat Division I foes
NCAA Division II No. 1 Brigham Young-Hawaii beat Division I Cleveland State yesterday in women's tennis action at Laie.
The Seasiders (11-0) swept all six singles matches on the way to an 8-1 win.
Yuliya Ustyuzhanina, Jing Jing Liu, Dori Magas, Anna Anikanova, Ramona Husaru and Ali Taylor won singles matches for BYUH. The teams of Ustyuzhanina-Anikanova and Liu-Magas got the Seasiders wins at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles.
» In men's play, No. 15 BYUH swept Cleveland State 9-0. A.J. Bartlett Junyoung Kim, Tomas Hladil, Jakub Huza, Marvin So'onalole and Chris Rice all won singles matches and all six combined to win three doubles matches.
Rainbow Wahine 1-1 at BOH Invite
Hawaii went 1-1 yesterday at the Bank of Hawaii Invitational, losing to Liberty 4-3 then beating California 6-2 at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
In the first game UH (24-6) scored three runs in the top of the first -- as official visitors in the tournament format -- but left 11 on base the rest of the game.
In the second game, Kate Robinson went the complete game for the win and helped her cause with a homer and three RBIs. The home run was UH's 43rd of the season, a new UH record.