Hawaii Grown Report:
Apana digs volleyball at East Tennessee State
East Tennessee State senior Kaena Apana (Nanakuli '04) is reaching rarified air in Division I volleyball.
The senior libero ranks seventh in the country by averaging 6.26 digs per game.
The sudden rise comes on the heels of recent performances of 28 and 26 digs in wins over Campbell and Radford.
"Kaena is amazing, and we rely on her so much -- sometimes too much," coach Lindsey Devine said after the Radford game. "But she always makes the plays for us."
The Buccaneers are 6-2 in the Atlantic Sun conference with three games remaining. Apana, who transferred from Taft College a season go, holds the conference record for digs in a three-game match with 31.
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» Monarisa Ale (Kahuku '04) had nine kills and 12 digs for Utah State in a five-game thriller over Weber State.
» Junior libero Pohai Nu'uhiwa (Punahou '05) had 16 digs and nine assists for Winthrop in an easy sweep of Presbyterian College.
» Navy senior quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada (Kapolei '04) scored on a 1-yard touchdown run before leaving a game against Wake Forest in the second quarter with a neck injury. Kaheaku-Enhada had 47 rushing yards for the Midshipmen before he left. He is expected to start tomorrow against Delaware.
» Senior linebacker Jordon Dizon (Waimea '04) had 12 tackles for Colorado in a 19-14 loss to undefeated Kansas.
» Washington sophomore Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (Hawaii Prep '05) had six tackles and senior Wilson Afoa (Saint Louis '04) finished with two tackles for loss with a sack as the Huskies lost their fifth game in a row.
» California sophomore Tyson Alualu (Saint Louis '05) had five tackles and a fumble recovery and fellow defensive tackle Mika Kane (Kamehameha '05) added four tackles in a 30-21 loss to UCLA.
» Saddleback College (Calif.) freshman running back Micah Abreu-Laybon (Leilehua '07) had a team-high 137 yards on 10 carries in a 42-31 win over Pasadena City College. He also had five kickoff returns for 83 yards. Sophomore defensive back Mikah Pada (Kealakehe '06) helped the Gauchos' defense with nine tackles.
» Stanford junior Mari Chun (Kamehameha '05) recorded her second top-10 finish of the year with an eighth-place showing at the Stanford Intercollegiate last weekend. She shot a final-round 2-over-par 73 to finish six shots from the top.
» Idaho senior Kelly Nakashima (Baldwin '04) finished in third place of the Prince's Give 'Em Five Intercollegiate. Her three-round score of 221 helped the Vandals finish third in the 19-team tournament.
» Freshman Stephanie Yoro (Mililani '07) scored the game-winning goal from 30 yards out for Fresno State to defeat Utah State 1-0. It was the first goal of her career.
» Penn freshman Marisa Schoen (Punahou '07) scored her first collegiate goal, which also proved to be the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Yale.
» Senior goalkeeper Allison Lipsher (Punahou '04) had seven saves in a 2-2 tie against Maryland.