W A H I N E _ V O L L E Y B A L L



Therese Crawford got Hawaii off to a hot start, putting down eight of her
12 kills in the first game against Notre Dame. The two teams play again
tonight at the Special Events Arena.
By Kathryn Bender, Star-Bulletin



Wahine take care
of business

Notre Dame falls with alarming ease as
Hawaii remains unbeaten at 21-0

By Cindy Luis
Star-Bulletin



Monday's practice was mundane. Bordering on boring.

"After that long, tough road trip, we were tired," Hawaii senior hitter Joselyn Robins said of winning three mainland conference matches over four days last week. "Mentally, we might have been ready to practice Monday, but not physically. Practice was awful."

Awful turned into awesome last night as the top-ranked Wahine volleyball team shifted into cruise control early against No. 21 Notre Dame. Hawaii efficiently racked up another routine rout, disposing of the Irish, 15-5, 15-8, 15-2, in front of 7,291 at the Special Events Arena.

How good is Hawaii? The way the Wahine battered the Irish, one would have thought Notre Dame had moved into the WAC.

Hawaii dominated. Period. But even the Wahine players were surprised to see the statistics after hitting .476 as a team, their highest percentage of the 21-0 season.

"Everyone was like 'No way' when they told us about our hitting," said Robins, who helped the cause with 12 kills in hitting .556. "Notre Dame had such a size advantage on us and we were a little skeptical coming into this match about how we were going to do.

"It was scary because we just went out and said, 'Let's take care of business, get out of here and go home.' "

The Wahine easily made the 10 p.m. curfew after their block turned out the lights on Notre Dame (13-7) with an 11-2 advantage in stuffs. Cia Goods, Hawaii's 6-foot-1 junior middle, had a career night with seven block assists and a solo roof of Notre Dame's 6-5 senior Jennifer Rouse.

"Blocking has always been my favorite part of the game and it was fun to block someone that tall," said Goods. "But we know that it's going to be tougher tomorrow and they'll be more prepared for us.

"Tonight, we took control in the beginning. How? I don't know. Maybe it's better not knowing how we're doing it, just that we're doing it."

Ignorance may be bliss to some, but Hawaii coach Dave Shoji would rather know how his team will react to a tough challenge, particularly with No. 3 Stanford. The Wahine have not been truly tested since defeating Florida in five games in the first match of the season.

"We need and want the other team to play well," said Shoji. "We need Notre Dame to play well (tonight) so that it will help us get better. Right now, we're in a false sense of security and thinking we're a lot better than some of these teams. But maybe we are. I'm not sure.

"It is pretty scary because this was a good team we were playing and we weren't having much of a problem. The only thing I can point to is we've worked so hard in the gym that it makes the games look easy. Our skills are really sharp right now and every player is playing at a high level."

What's causing opponents trouble is that different Wahine seem to get hot at different times. In Game 1, it was Therese Crawford, who put down eight of her 12 kills.

In Game 2, the only time Notre Dame actually threatened, Goods and Robins took over at the net. Leading 10-8, Nalani Yamashita served for the final five points, including one of Hawaii's six aces.

Shoji cleared his bench in Game 3 as the Wahine romped to a 12-0 lead. An Irish ace and a block of Kelli Cordray accounted for Notre Dame's two points before Angelica Ljungquist, enjoying a quiet but effective night, served the last three points of the match, including her third ace.

"We were outplayed in every aspect," said Notre Dame coach Debbie Brown. "Defensively, it was the worst I've ever seen a Notre Dame team play. To have 19 digs in a match is really pathetic.

"I don't want to take anything away from Hawaii, but there were balls coming off the block that should have been dug.

"You're not going to put points on the board without blocking or defense. We didn't do either tonight. I can't pick one thing that we have to do better (in the rematch). We have to be better in all aspects."

The Irish, who hit .145, were led by Angie Harris with nine kills and Jaimie Lee's eight. It was only the second time Notre Dame went down in straight sets this season; the other was a 15-2, 15-12, 17-15 loss to then-No. 2 Stanford.

"It's hard to compare Hawaii and Stanford," said Brown. "I think they'll match up very well. It should be a great match."

Hawaii's Nov. 2 match against the Cardinal is already sold out.

Fighting Irish (13-7)

		g	k	e	at	pct.	bs	ba	d
Ervin		3	0	0	0	.000	0	0	0
May		3	0	0	1	.000	0	0	4
Lee		3	8	4	21	.190	0	0	5
Harris		3	9	4	25	.200	0	1	2
Leffers		3	6	1	14	.357	0	0	0
Rouse		3	3	2	10	.100	0	0	0
Powell		1	0	0	0	.000	1	2	2
Birkner		3	7	7	23	.000	0	0	6
Treadwell	2	0	1	2	-.500	0	0	0
Totals		3	33	19	96	.146	1	2	19

Wahine (21-0 overall)

		g	k	e	at	pct.	bs	ba	d
Crawford	3	12	3	20	.450	0	1	1
Goods		3	8	4	16	.250	1	7	3
Cordray		1	1	0	3	.333	0	2	0
Higashida	1	0	0	0	.000	0	0	1
Yamashita	3	0	0	1	.000	0	0	3
Elkington	1	0	0	3	-.667	0	0	0
Nobriga		3	4	0	8	.500	0	3	7
Ljungquist	3	9	0	15	.600	0	3	8
Lee		1	0	0	0	.000	0	0	0
Ah Mow		3	2	0	2	1.000	0	3	5
Robins		3	12	2	18	.556	0	1	9
Ilustre		2	1	0	2	.500	0	0	0
Totals		3	49	9	84	.476	1	20	37
Key: g-games. k-kills. e-hitting errors. at-attempts. pct.-hitting percentage. bs-block solos. ba-block assists. d-digs.

Aces-ND (2): Leffers 1, Birkner 1. UH (6): Ljungquist 3, Yamashita 2, Crawford 1. Assists-ND (29): May 29. UH (44): Ah Mow 37, Ljungquist 2, Goods 2, Yamashita 1, Nobriga 1, Ilustre 1.

A-7,291. T-1:16. Officials: Wayne Lee, Ernest Ho.



Wahine Volleyball

When: Thursday and Friday: No. 21 Notre Dame (13-6) at No. 1 Hawaii (20-0), 7:10 p.m.
Where: Special Events Arena.
Broadcasts: Live on KFVE-TV (Channel 5) and KCCN (1420-AM) both nights.



1996 UH Wahine Volleyball
Schedule and Record




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