U.S. women lose in Grand Prix
The U.S. women's national volleyball team, with former Hawaii All-American Robyn Ah Mow-Santos starting at setter, fell to top-ranked Russia 18-25, 25-18, 26-24, 21-25, 15-6 yesterday during Group E action of the 2007 FIVB World Grand Prix in Khabarovsk, Russia.
The U.S., ranked seventh in the current FIVB world rankings, concludes group play today against Kazakhstan. The top five teams in addition to final-round host host China advance for the chance for the Grand Prix title in Ningbo, China.
"This was a really magnificent match," said Ah Mow-Santos, who finished with 39 assists, seven digs and an aces. "Both teams played very well. In the fifth set, we lacked concentration."
Also on the roster, but not seeing action yesterday, is former UH All-American middle Heather Bown.
» The U.S. men's volleyball team, with former Hawaiii All-American Alfred Reft at libero, remained undefeated at the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand, yesterday.
The Americans held on to beat Japan 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 26-24), improving to 3-0. The U.S. faces Poland today in a battle of unbeatens.
» A balanced scoring attack, helped by Kamehameha senior Kanani Herring, helped lead the U.S. Girls' Youth National Team past Italy 25-15, 27-25, 26-24 Friday night at the 2007 FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship in Mexicali, Mexico.
On Friday, Herring put down eight kills in 13 swings, with two errors, and added a block and an ace. Punahou senior Sydney Yogi had a team-high seven digs as the starting libero.
Scott, Holdren stun Lambert, Metzger
Former Hawaii and Punahou volleyball player Sean Scott and teammate Dax Holdren upset Honolulu's Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger -- the top seeds -- yesterday at the AVP Manhattan Beach Open in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Scott and Holdren, seeded eighth, won the third-round match 21-19, 21-18 in 53 minutes.
Lambert and Metzger drop into today's contenders' bracket semifinals. On the other side of the bracket is the team of Scott Wong, also a Punahou graduate, and Aaron Wachtfogel.
Among those eliminated earlier were Honolulu's Kevin Wong and former UH players Hans Stolfus, Jason Ring, Albert Hannemann and Eyal Zimet.
In women's competion, former UH All-American Kim Willoughby's beach debut was a short on. She and partner Jennifer Abernathy were eliminated in the first round of the qualifiers bracket by Angie Hall and Lauren Mills, 20-22, 21-18, 16-14 (1:07)
Watabu shares 18th in San Diego
Casey Watabu of Kauai tied for 18th Friday at the 41st Pacific Coast Amatuer golf championship in San Diego.
Watabu finished with a 71--289, 11 shots behind winner Mike Knight of Canada.
Beckel loses in WUG taekwondo
Stephanie Beckel of Kaneohe lost her second-round match yesterday in the women's taekwondo competition at the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand.
Beckel lost to eventual gold medalist Sujeong Lim of South Kore in the 59kg division.
Beckel, who attends the University of Miami, is this years National Collegiate Taekwondo Association's female athlete of the year. She won the featherweight division at the U.S. Senior Nationals.
Japan team wins HIBT
Haruo Kaneko landed the largest tuna of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament Friday, helping his Hilton Grand Vacation Fishing Club of Japan to the HIBT title.
Hilton Grand Vacation Fishing Club finished with 1,239 points with Team Lantana was second at 1,000 points and Pajaro Valley Game Fish Club No. 1 third with 900.
Kaneko caught the largest tuna (139-pound ahi) and the largest marlin (689 pounds) during the five-day tournament off Kailua-Kona.
Runner, singer at Quarterback Club
Mid-Pacific running coach and five-time national masters champion Ron Pate will be joined by Guido Salmaggi and John Barry at tomorrow's meeting of the Honolulu Quarterback Club.
Pate will be going for his sixth masters running title in Italy next month. Salmaggi has sung the "Star-Spangled Banner" since 1937 at major sports events around the country and Barry is the sports information director at Hawaii Pacific.
The program begins at noon at the Pagoda Ballroom following a weekly luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m.