Abbott puts Tennessee in title game
Monica Abbott led Tennessee to the Women's College World Series finals yesterday, throwing her third straight shutout in the Lady Vols' 3-0 victory over Northwestern.
In the best-of-three championship series beginning tonight, the Lady Vols (62-6) will face defending champion Arizona, which advanced by beating sixth-seeded Washington twice yesterday by scores of 2-0 and 8-1.
Abbott (49-3), the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, struck out 17 in a two-hitter to help Tennessee reach the championship series for the first time. The Lady Vols had finished third the past three years.
"It's really awesome because we've come so close the past three years," Abbott said.
The Vols have two players from Hawaii on their roster -- shortstop Liane Horiuchi and right fielder Anita Manuma.
Tennessee beat Hawaii in a Super Regional series, 2-1.
Dzigas wins big at surf classic
The finals of all 14 divisions of the 11th annual Rip Curl/China Uemura Wahine Surfing Classic were held yesterday at Queen's.
Two hundred competitors participated in the two-day, all-female event. In the pro/am longboard division, Crystal Dzigas took home the title and the $1,200 top prize. Rounding out the top four spots in descending order were: defending champion Megan Godinez ($800), Mimi Horiuchi ($500) and Kelia Moniz ($500). Among the other division winners, Kelly Graf took the pee wee (10-under) shortboard title, Alessa Quizon the junior girls (11-16) shortboard and Geodee Clark the girls (18-29) longboard.
Merkle in a national tournament
Honolulu's Kristina Merkle shot a 1-under 69 on Saturday at the Ala Wai Golf Course to qualify for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship later this month.
Merkle won the Jennie K. Wilson Invitational for the second straight year last month.
Two other golfers qualified for the national publinx tournament at yesterday's qualifier -- Wahiawa's Britney Choy, who shot a 3-over 73, and Ana Imelda Tanpinco of the Philippines, who carded a 4-over 74.
The U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship is June 18-23 in Lexington, Ky.
Sea Warriors add 2 basketball recruits
The Hawaii Pacific women's basketball team added two more recruits to its upcoming 2007-08 basketball team.
Kristin Moore, a 5-foot-6 guard, and Nikki Jordan are transferring to the Sea Warriors from Everett Community College (Wash.).
Moore was named the NWAACC most valuable player last season after averaging 12 points, eight assists, five rebounds, and three steals a game. Jordan was a first-team all-conference selection after averaging 15 points and five rebounds a game.