Hawaii Grown Report:
Horiuchi has new home with the Boilermakers
After two successful seasons in the Southeastern Conference, Liane Horiuchi
(Kamehameha '05) has found a new home in the Big Ten.
The former Tennessee infielder transferred to Purdue this year, but probably won't see the softball field for another season, according to coach Kim Maher.
"She is most likely going to be a redshirt for us this year, but it would give her a year to learn our philosophies," Maher said on the team's Web site.
Horiuchi hit .238 as a Volunteer with 23 stolen bases and a .969 fielding percentage. She hit .500 in last year's NCAA Regional and helped the Volunteers reach the College World Series championship series against Arizona.
Despite playing in 71 games each of her first two seasons at Tennessee, Horiuchi is now a Boilermaker, and has made an instant impression on her coach.
"She is probably the best defensive player I have seen in a long time," Maher said. "She makes the most complicated plays look routine. She has a quick release, is very fluid and is intuitive defensively."
Purdue's season begins today in the Hampton Inn Bama Bash in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
» Cal State Northridge freshman Analee Viena-Lota
(Kamehameha '07) registered a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds in a 59-55 loss to Cal State Fullerton. She has started in five of 15 games this year and is averaging five points and 4.7 rebounds a game.
» Whitworth freshman Courtney Gaddis (Kalani '07) scored 18 points in an 82-71 victory over Willamette. Pirates guard Johanna Sai (Kamehameha '07) added five points.
» Pepperdine junior Taylor Smith (Kalaheo '05) had 14 points and three rebounds before fouling out in a loss to San Francisco. She got the starting nod a night later, but was held to two points in an 83-72 loss to San Diego.
» California Lutheran senior starting guard Tiffany Shim (Kamehameha '03) had nine points and three assists in an OT loss to Pomona-Pitzer.
» Washington University junior Shanna-Lei Dacanay (Punahou '05) had 10 points and two assists to help the Bears snap a two-game losing streak with a win over Carnegie Mellon.
» Colorado School of Mines junior Kyle Pape
(Iolani '05) was 7-for-14 from the field and 9-for-10 from the free-throw line to finish with a team-high 26 points in a 79-72 win over UC Colorado Springs. Pape is averaging 20.3 points a game and has hit 46 3-pointers for the season.
» Holy Names junior Aaron Kanno (Mililani '05) scored 12 points and had four steals in a loss to Simpson University. Kanno also had 12 points, four steals and four assists two nights earlier in a 76-72 win over Cal State East Bay. Kanno's brother Nick (Mililani '07) and senior forward Chad Miller (Iolani '03) are also on the team.
» Cody Tesoro (Baldwin '05) had 10 points, three rebounds and two assists to help Linfield stop a 21-game conference road losing streak with an 83-76 victory over Whitman.
» Junior libero Brent Asuka
(Iolani '05) had a team-high 13 digs for No. 8 UC Irvine in a victory over fifth-ranked Pepperdine. Waves junior middle blocker Eric Liebert
(Punahou '04) had eight kills, four digs and six block assists.
» Freshman setter Riley McKibbin (Punahou '06) had 16 assists in Southern California's sweep of UC San Diego. McKibbin played in all three games but did not record a statistic as the 11th-ranked Trojans upset No. 4 UCLA on Wednesday.
» Stanford sophomore Kawika Shoji (Iolani '05) had 12 kills and 11 digs to lead the Cardinal back from a 0-2 deficit to defeat Ball State in five games. Freshman Jordan Inafuku (Kamehameha '07) added two digs and Max Halvorson (Punahou '07) also played for Stanford.
Swimming and Diving
» UC Irvine senior Chelsea Nagata
(Maui '04) won the 100-yard backstroke, 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly to lead the Anteaters to a dual-match win over UC Davis. Nagata also swam on the winning team of the 200-yard medley relay.
» Pepperdine freshman Jenna Sheeley (Punahou '07) swam a season-best 24.39 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle and a team-best 54.99 seconds in the 100 freestyle during the Waves Orange and Blue time trials last Friday.