Rainbow Wahine stay at No. 11
They played well last week, notching two victories, including a surprising sweep of No. 13 New Mexico State.
Still, it did nothing to impress the voters in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 women's volleyball poll.
Hawaii (18-4, 12-0 Western Athletic Conference) remained at No. 11 in yesterday's rankings. The Rainbow Wahine leave tonight for two WAC matches. They face Nevada on Thursday and Fresno State on Friday.
There was quite a bit of movement above Hawaii, however, including a new No. 1. Penn State (20-2) moved into the top spot, replacing Nebraska (20-1), which had been ranked No. 1 for 41 of the past 43 polls.
The Huskers lost to then-No. 5 Texas last week. The Longhorns (16-3) moved up to No. 3, followed by Washington (20-1), still at No. 4, and Stanford (20-2), which fell two spots to fifth.
This is the first time Penn State has held the top ranking since the final poll of 1999 after the Nittany Lions swept Stanford for the NCAA title.
How the top five teams in the AVCA poll were ranked in the preseason list:
|1. Penn State
Kamehameha's title on the line
Kamehameha has already lost once this year.
Another one would mean the end of its season.
The two-time defending champion Warriors get to sit out the first round of the New City Nissan State Volleyball Championships, but every team will be gunning for them when they play either Roosevelt or Waiakea, which beat Kailua in a play-in game 25-18, 18-25, 25-22 last night.
Tomorrow's first-round matches at the state volleyball tournament:
Division I Championship
At Hilo Civic Auditorium
Kahuku vs. Baldwin, 3 p.m.
Punahou vs. Kalani, 4:30 p.m.
Iolani vs. Mililani, 6 p.m.
Roosevelt vs. Waiakea, 7:30 p.m.
Division II Championship
Waimea vs. Hawaii Prep, 6 p.m.
Molokai vs. Honokaa, 7:30 p.m.
University vs. Castle, 6 p.m.
Word of Life vs. McKinley, 7:30 p.m.
McLachlin on the bubble
Parker McLachlin moved up several spots on the PGA Tour money list after finishing in a tie for 12th yesterday at the inaugural Ginn sur Mer Classic in Florida won by Daniel Chopra.
The Punahou School graduate earned $91,125 to move to No. 136 on the money list. In 27 tournaments this year, McLachlin has earned $597,557. To keep his tour card, he needs to finish in the top 125.
That will be a tall order as McLachlin prepares for this week's Children's Miracle Network Classic at the Disney courses in Orlando, Fla. It is the final PGA event of the season. Joining him on a sponsor's exemption will be Tadd Fujikawa, who has yet to make a cut in any tournament since turning pro this summer.
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Gold for judoka Ibera
Taylor Ibera of Honolulu was one of five U.S. athletes to win a gold medal Saturday at the Rendez-Vous Canada, a USA Judo Senior B-Level Point Tournament in Montreal, Canada.
Iolani School product Taylor Takata earned a silver at the same event.
The 16-year-old Ibera, out of Hawaii Tenri, won the women's 44kg division, a three-person round-robin which feature an All-American contingent of teenagers. Ibera defeated Veronica Prado of Florida and Katelyn Bouyssou from Rhode Island.
Takata, the top-ranked American at the men's 66kg, was awarded USA Judo's No. 1-ranking in his division following a second-place finish at that U.S. Open Championships in Duluth, Ga., two weeks ago.
Also at the U.S. Open, 30-year-old Christian Aarona of Waimanalo took a bronze in the men's 100kg division. The Makiki Seidokan Judo Club, coming off a sabbatical of several years, was the highest-placing American in the division and defeated 2004 U.S. Olympic Team alternate Mark Fletcher of Georgia before throwing top-ranked Adler Volmar of Florida for one of the day's largest ippons.
Sullivan enters soccer Hall of Fame
Jack Sullivan, considered "Mr. Hawaii Soccer," was inducted into the U.S. Adult Soccer Hall of Fame earlier this month in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
It was the second induction into a soccer hall this year for Sullivan. The Kailua resident was enshired in the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., in August for his contributions to the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO).
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Vulcans holding onto third in golf
Hawaii-Hilo, led by Logan Goulding's fourth-place standing, was in third place heading into today's final round of the Dennis Rose Intercollegiate at the Mauna Lani North Course on the Big Island.
The host Vulcans shot 482, 18 shots behind Sonoma State. UHH's B team was in 14th (643) with Hawaii Pacific (659) in 15th and BYU-Hawaii (667) last in the 16-team field.
Goulding shot a two-round 141, three shots behind leader Kyle Hopkins of Sonoma State. The Vulcans' Ryan Felix and Stephen Zane were at 147, tied with Jason McHargue of CSU Stanislaus for 17th place.
Vulcans win in men's soccer
Kyle Cabison scored off a pass from Dustin Daley midway through the first half and the Hawaii-Hilo men's soccer team held on for a 2-1 victory yesterday of Notre Dame de Namur at Keaau Field.
The Argonauts (8-10-1, 5-4-1 PacWest) got on the scoreboard first with a goal by Andres Caballero 2:17 into the match. The Vulcans answered 50 seconds later when Luis Lanz punched it in off a mishandled ball by the NDNU goalie to tie it.
» In women's portion of the doubleheader, the Argonauts upset the Vulcans 1-0.
Erin Morrison scored the only goal at the 63:42 mark, giving Notre Dame de Namur (6-11-1, 5-5 PWC) the win over UHH (11-8, 8-2).
Dixie tops BYUH in women's soccer
Mikala Wilhas scored the lone goal of the match to lead Dixie State College over Brigham Young-Hawaii 1-0 in a PacWest women's soccer match yesterday in Laie.
Wilhas' unassisted goal came at the 70:55 mark as the Rebels improved to 14-3-1 overall, taking over the tight PacWest race at 8-1-1.
The Seasiders (11-6-1, 8-2) dropped into a share of second with UH-Hilo.