Bown named MVP vs. Poland
Former Hawaii middle blocker Heather Bown was named the most valuable player of the match as the U.S. national women's volleyball team swept Poland yesterday in an FIVB World Grand Prix Pool E match in Wroclaw, Poland.
Bown put down eight kills on 12 swings and added an ace and a block. Punahou product Lindsey Berg, the U.S. captain, had 30 assists, a kill and an ace.
It was the fifth straight win for the U.S. (5-1). Former Stanford All-American Logan Tom led the Americans with 13 kills, two aces and a block.
Bell and Merkle win Junior PGA
Alika Bell and Kristina Merkle pulled out one-stroke victories at the Aloha Section Junior PGA Championship at Kaanapali Golf Resort.
Bell, a sophomore at Kamehameha, shot a 68 in the final round for a two-day total of 6-under-par 136 to finish one shot ahead of Iolani's David Fink. Merkle closed with a round of 75 for a total of 144, a stroke ahead of Cassy Isagawa.
Bell, Fink, Merkle and Isagawa will represent the Aloha Section at the Junior PGA Championship, Aug. 13-16, in Cincinnati.
Imi Ike second at Junior Olympics
Imi Ike, a part of Hawaii's ASICS Rainbow volleyball club, finished second in the 18 open division at the Girls Junior Olympic Volleyball Championship yesterday in Dallas, losing to TCA of Southern California 14-25, 16-25, 26-24, 31-29, 15-12 in the finals.
The team upset top-seeded SCVC in the semifinals. Imi Ike members are Bekkah Tores, Tatiana Santiago, Alex Akana, Kanani Herring, Chelsea Hardin, Anuhea Keanini, Leinani Keanini, Sydney Yogi, Nicole Sepulveda, Chanteal Satele and Crystal Powell.