Hawaii freshman on the mend
Ji Xiang, a freshman with the Hawaii basketball team, had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his knee on Thursday and is expected to begin the rehabilitation process next week.
Ji tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the Rainbow Warriors' scrimmage at Twilight Ohana on Oct. 12, and will redshirt this season. Ji begins rehab on Monday and UH coach Bob Nash is hopeful the 6-foot-10 forward will be back at full speed by the summer to begin preparing for next season.
Sophomore forward Adhar Mayen sat out the last few practices while a paperwork issue is cleared up but expects to return to action soon.
Wieters leads Sharks over Honu
Matt Wieters put on a hitting clinic yesterday, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a solo home run and three runs scored to power the heavy-hitting Honolulu Sharks past the North Shore Honu, 16-6 at Waipahu's Hans L'Orange Park. Honolulu compiled 22 hits to improve to 12-10-1 for the season.
Honolulu scored five runs in the first inning to knock out North Shore starting pitcher Logan Ondrusek, who allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 1 1/3 innings.
Honolulu starter Ryohei Tanaka pitched a solid game, surrendering only one run on seven hits while striking out five in five innings. Tanaka improves to 3-0 for the season.
» Ian Gac hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth to put the West Oahu CaneFires over the Waikiki BeachBoys last night.
Marco Gonzalez stranded a runner on third base in the top of the ninth to earn the save.
Wahine drop out of first place
Despite an impressive comeback attempt, the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine soccer team fell to conference foe Utah State 3-2 yesterday afternoon at Chuck & Gloria Bell Soccer Stadium. The Wahine ran out of time trying to overcome a three-goal deficit. The Wahine (10-4-2, 3-1) dropped out of first place in the WAC.
The Aggies jumped out to an early lead with two first-half goals. UH fought back in the second-half, quickly tying the score on goals by Ambree Ako and Tehane Higa. However, the Aggies pulled ahead for good by Abby Hunt's second goal of the match and the game-winner.
UH plays the final game of its three-game road trip tomorrow against WAC opponent Louisiana Tech at 7 a.m., HST.
Lady Vulcans win PacWest title
The Hawaii-Hilo women's volleyball team beat Grand Canyon University yesterday in convincing fashion, 30-22, 30-17, 30-23 in Hilo. The Lady Vulcans improved to a perfect 11-0 in conference play, clinching the PacWest.
Fabiane Seben led the UH-Hilo attack with 15 kills and Hillary Hurley dominated the net with 10 blocks. Grand Canyon outside hitter Dana Edington led her team with 14 kills in the losing effort.
» The Brigham Young-Hawaii volleyball team upset Hawaii Pacific yesterday, 30-16, 30-16, 30-19 in Laie. BYUH's Agnes Tuilevuka had 20 kills and Noelle Filimoeatu pitched in with 15. BYUH improves to 10-13 overall, 4-7 in the PacWest. The Sea Warriors dropped to 12-8 and 8-4.