Warriors' playoff hopes brighter
Heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, the playoff hopes of the Hawaii men's volleyball team continue to brighten.
Thanks to a UCLA sweep of USC last night, the Warriors have moved into a tie with the Trojans for eighth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation standings at 7-11. Both Hawaii and USC are a game behind seventh-place Pacific (8-10), which lost at Cal State Northridge last night, and have a game on 10th-place Long Beach State, Hawaii's opponent Friday and Saturday.
The top eight teams in the MPSF advance to the league tournament. The Warriors have the tiebreaker with Pacific and USC, as well as Cal State Northridge; the Matadors currently share fifth with UCLA at 10-9.
The Warriors finish the regular season hosting Stanford, which is tied for last with UC San Diego. The Cardinal got 12 kills from freshman setter-turned-hitter Kawika Shoji (Iolani '06) in last night's loss at UC Santa Barbara.
Tickets available for UH banquet
Tickets are still available for the Rainbow Warrior Awards Banquet. The annual banquet honoring the Hawaii basketball team will be held April 12 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel.
The cost is $500 for a table, $50 for adults and $30 for children under 10. For more information, call the UH basketball office at 956-6501 or Chuck Gaty at 225-2500.
Rainbow Wahine split with Spartans
The No. 21 Hawaii softball team had its nine-game winning streak snapped with a 2-1 loss in the opener of a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader at San Jose State yesterday at the SJSU Softball Field. The Rainbow Wahine (34-8, 7-1 WAC) then came back with a vengance to win the second game 20-0.
Hawaii pitcher Kate Robinson improved to 11-0 in a two-hit, complete-game performance in the five-inning second game. She also went 3-for-5 at the plate and drove in four runs. Robinson homered and Richie-Anne Titcomb hit a grand slam in UH's 24-hit attack, a mark one hit shy of the school record.
In the opener, UH lost its first WAC game of the season in extra innings despite a career-high 12 strikeouts by starter Justine Smethurst. SJSU's Elizabeth Perez scored the winning run on a throwing error in with two out in the eighth.
The series concludes with a single game today.
>>The BYU-Hawaii softball team lost all three games Friday in the Togos Tournament of Champions in Turlock, California.
The Seasiders (14-17) fell 1-0 to Cal State-Bakersfield, 8-0 to Chico State and 8-7 to Cal State-Dominguez Hills.
Associate AD to speak at QB Club
University of Hawaii associate athletic director Marilyn Moniz-Kaho'ohanohano will be the featured speaker at tomorrow's Honolulu Quarterback Club luncheon in the Pagoda Hotel Main Ballroom.
UH head trainer Melody Toth and Wahine assistant water polo coach Maureen Flanagan will also speak. The event kicks off at noon and is open to the general public.
Hawaii upsets Cal 10-9 in water polo
The University of Hawaii women's water polo team defeated No. 4 California 10-9 on Senior Day at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.
With 52 seconds remaining, the seventh-ranked Wahine (11-8, 7-3 MPSF) took a 10-8 lead on a Lisa van Raalte goal and were able to hold off the Bears (8-8, 4-4) for the win.
Hawaii senior goalie Meike De Nooy saved nine shots for the game.
UH-Hilo splits with Air Force
The UH-Hilo (9-24) baseball team split a doubleheader with Air Force, winning game one 3-2 but falling in game two 7-0 in Hilo.
In game one, Vulcan pitcher Joe Davis pitched a complete game three-hitter with no earned runs for his first win on the season.
The Falcons (6-24) bats woke up in game two as Matt Alexander, Geno Salazar and Addison Gentry had two RBIs apiece and pitcher Jake Petro surrendered only four hits for the game.