Willoughby joins national team
Former Hawaii All-American Kim Willoughby has been added to the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team roster preparing for the Olympic Games.
Willoughby, the 2003 AVCA national player of the year, was a three-time first-team All-American and three-time Western Athletic Conference player of the year. She recently completed her pro season with Famila Chieri, a team in the top-tier Italian Serie A League. She tallied 306 points for Chieri and averaged 3.82 kills, eighth-best in the league.
Cervantes third-team All-MPSF
Sophomore libero Ric Cervantes, who led both the nation and conference in digs, was the only University of Hawaii player selected to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams yesterday.
Cervantes, who averaged 3.32 digs per game nationally and 3.27 in the MPSF, was named to the third team. It was the fewest Warriors on the all-league team since 1993, when Mark Presho was Hawaii's lone representative.
Three Hawaii prep products made the All-MPSF teams. Second-team honors went to Cal State Northridge hitter Isaac Kneubuhl (Kamehameha '03) and sophomore setter Kawika Shoji (Iolani '06), while UC Irvine sophomore libero Brent Asuka (Iolani '05) was honorable mention.
Cervantes had 21 double-figure dig matches, including 28 digs against CSUN, which set an MPSF rally-scoring record. He also broke two UH marks previously held by All-America libero Alfred Reft: single-season digs (342) and single-season dig average (3.32).
Long Beach State swept the top honors, with Alan Knipe coach of the year, Paul Lotman player of the year and Mike Klipsch freshman of year.
Regional mark for Weaver in shot put
Senior Meghan Weaver placed second in the shot put with an NCAA Regional qualifying mark to top Hawaii's results at the Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Invitational yesterday.
Weaver had a heave of 49 feet, 4 1/2 inches in the top flight. Freshman Careena Onosai was second in her flight with a season-best 41-7. Onosai won her flight in discus with a throw of 138-1 and Brittani Daniels also won her discus flight with a mark of 149-8.
At the nearby Mt. SAC Relays, two Rainbow Wahine pole vaulters made the regional standard. Senior Patricia Gauthier cleared 13-1 1/2 and Jessica Custance was fifth at 12-7 1/2 .
Gold for Dolan at canoe/kayak trials
Maryknoll's Ryan Dolan took gold in the junior men K-1 500 meter final then teamed with BJ Campbell of Kamehameha to win the K-2 500 final during yesterday's opening day of the U.S. Canoe/Kayak Flatwater Sprint Olympic Team Trials in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The two are part of the Hawaii Canoe/Kayak Team contingent coached by Robyn Singh.
Dolan's older brother Patrick (Mid-Pacific '06), who is training at the Olympic Training Center in San Diego, earned a bronze with Morgan House in the K-2 senior final. Finishing a surprising fourth was the favored pair of Brandon Woods (Mid-Pacific '02) and Bartosz Wolski.
Patrick Dolan was fifth in the senior K-1 and Eric Abbott (Punahou '06), also at the OTC in San Diego was seventh.
Ryan Dolan finished the K-1 final in 2:04:110 and Campbell was fourth in 2:11.217. In K-2, Campbell and Dolan were timed in 1:54.547, winning by more than a second.
Kai Chong (Kamehameha) was first in the K-1 junior B final (2:21.274) and Trenton Dos Santos-Tam (Punahou) fourth (2:26.730).
In the K-1 junior women's B final, Iolani's Julia Anderson placed second (2:40.793) and Punahou's Rachel Fujita was sixth (2:52.337).
Anderson and Fujita were second in the K-2 final but were disqualified after it was discovered their borrowed kayak was too light.
Major packages offered to public
'Ahahui Koa Anuenue, the non-profit fund-raising partner of the Hawaii athletic department, is offering its major donor sport packages to the general public. Fans can purchase a major donor sport package by contacting the Koa Anuenue office at 956-6500 or downloading an application at www.KoaAnuenue.org.
Additionally, for regular-season football tickets, fans can contact the UH Ticket office and place a $50 non-refundable deposit or go online at www.HawaiiAthletics.com and to be placed on a wait list when tickets go on sale in May.
Vulcans fall to Sac State
Brian Boyd hit two home runs and Sacramento State turned the second triple play of the program's Division I history in defeating Hawaii-Hilo 12-2 in a nonconference baseball game yesterday at Hornet Field.
The game was called after seven innings due to the 10-run rule. The teams play a doubleheader today.
The Vulcans (13-18) took a 1-0 lead in the first when Peter Rodgers singled in Ronel Trias. After the Hornets (16-18) went ahead 2-1 in the third, UHH tied it at 2 on Thomas Brown's RBI double in the fourth.
Sac State took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth at 3-2 then scored nine runs over the next two innings, including a six-run sixth capped by Boyd's three-run homer.
The Hornets turned the triple play in the top of the seventh to end the game. With runners at first and second, Trias hit a liner at first baseman Gabe Jacobo, who stepped on first and then threw to shortstop Blake Crosby who beat Shane Kessell back to second.
BYUH hosts PacWest golf tournament
The PacWest Hawaiian Airlines Championship Golf Tournament, a 54-hole men's event, begins Monday at the Turtle Bay Resort.
All seven conference schools will participate, including host Brigham Young-Hawaii. Play begins at 7:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, and at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday on the Arnold Palmer Course.
Admission is free.