NCAA punishes BYU volleyball
The Brigham Young men's volleyball team was sanctioned by the NCAA and placed on three years probation for a number of rules violations yesterday.
However, the Cougars will be allowed to keep their 2004 title, a questionable decision given that Hawaii had its 2002 championship stripped for what was considered a lesser infraction. (Warrior outside hitter Costas Theocharidis of Greece participated in a foreign league with professionals prior to arriving at Hawaii).
Warrior coach Mike Wilton said he did not want to compare his program's situation with that of BYU's.
"To this day, I accept what the NCAA mandated but I maintain it was highly excessive," Wilton said.
BYU's violations included improper financial benefits and travel expenses given to international prospects who were not enrolled at the school. Most of the violations were committed by a booster.
The NCAA began investigating the BYU volleyball program in 2006, prompting the abrupt resignation of coach Tom Peterson. The team also loses half a scholarship for each of the next two years and has limitations on recruiting.
UH blanks Southern Illinois in tennis
Hawaii beat Southern Illinois 7-0 yesterday in men's tennis at the UH Tennis Complex.
The Rainbow Warriors are now 2-7 overall.
UH cruised past Southern Illinois in singles action and didn't lose a set in six matches.
Sascha Heinemann recorded his team-leading 12th win in singles with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Hugo Vidal.
Kiaaina, Nakano win 4-ball title
Kalani Kiaaina and Ken Nakano shot a two-day total of 13-under-par 131 to win the Assistants Four-Ball Championship yesterday at Honolulu Country Club.
The championship was a 36-hole four-ball stroke-play team event. The two-day tournament featured 48 island professionals paired into 24 teams for a $6,600 purse.
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Hawaii-Hilo beats Patten in baseball
Hawaii-Hilo beat Patten University 8-6 in college baseball yesterday at Wong Stadium.
Patten (1-18) had a 6-4 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning before Hilo scored four runs in its half of the sixth and held on for the win.
Dayne Ogawa went 3-for-4 for the Vulcans and Casey Koizumi (1-0) went two innings in relief to get the win.
UH-Hilo and Dixie State split 2
Dixie State edged Hawaii-Hilo 7-6 in the opener of a softball doubleheader, but the Vulcans blanked the visitors 2-0 in the second game at Hilo.
Brittany Dock had two hits and drove in three runs for Hawaii-Hilo in the first game.
In the second game, Christina Pedroza went the distance with a six-hitter. Tessa Truong drove in both runs for UHH (3-3, 2-2) with a third-inning single.
Dixie State is 10-10 and 2-2.
Brigham Young-Hawaii finishes 13th
Brigham Young-Hawaii finished 13th at the Notre Dame de Namur Invitational men's golf tournament yesterday at Poppy Ridge Golf Club in Livermore, Calif.
The Seasiders shot a final-round 308 to finish with a three-round total of 934.
Kyle Kunioka led BYU-Hawaii with a 75 yesterday and a total score of 229, good enough for 36th overall.
Valdosta State won the team title with a total score of 875.
Sea Warriors drop Black Bears
Hawaii Pacific defeated Maine 7-1 yesterday in softball at Kaneohe.
The Sea Warriors' Courtney Kessel pitched a complete game for the win with six strikeouts.
HPU improved to 13-0.
Brigham Young-Hawaii falls to Emory
The Brigham Young-Hawaii men's tennis team lost to fourth ranked Emory College yesterday 5-1 yesterday in Laie. Seasiders Rong Ma and Marvin Soonaole won one lone doubles match and each were leading their singles mathces when play was stopped.
In women's play the Seasiders swept Emory College 9-0 yesterday, also in Laie. The BYU-Hawaii women are ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division II and are 9-0. Top-ranked Elwen Li beat Sabra Rogers 6-1 and 6-0 in No. 1 singles.
Chaminade cracks top 25
The Chaminade men's basketball team is ranked No. 25 in the NABC Division II national poll. The NABC poll ranking is a first for the school. The Silverswords are 20-7 and face Humboldt State on Friday in Alaska at 10 a.m. Hawaii time.