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




By Kathryn Bender, Star-Bulletin
Therese Crawford put down a match-high 17 kills for Hawaii.



Resilient Wahine
refuse to be Buffaloed

Colorado led in all three games,
but UH moves on to host the regional

By Cindy Luis
Star-Bulletin



Oh, ye of little faith.

What's a 10-1, even an 11-3, deficit? Nothing to the Hawaii women's volleyball team, which buried Colorado's Rocky Mountain high last night under an avalanche of tough serving and even tougher resolve.

"We're in the playoffs now and there's no reason not to give everything you have," said Wahine hitter Therese Crawford, whose match-high 17 kills helped Hawaii win its NCAA second-round match, 15-12, 15-11, 15-13. "This is the playoffs and every team is going to be playing their hardest. Every game could be your last."

Hawaii coach Dave Shoji believed there would be at least one upset in the Mountain Region this weekend. With favored Texas, BYU and Pacific all winning on Saturday, that left only the fifth-ranked Wahine as possible victims.

Colorado (19-10) did its best to make it happen, much to the dismay of 9,256 at the Special Events Arena. The Lady Buffaloes bewildered the Wahine in the early stages of Game 1, a pattern that would continue throughout the match.

Colorado led, 11-3, in Game 1 before Hawaii rallied with an 8-0 run on the serving of Nalani Yamashita. In Game 2, the hole was 7-5 when Angelica Ljungquist shoveled the Wahine out with three aces during her 7-0 serving spurt.

The Game 3 deficit was 9-3 when it was senior Chastity Nobriga's turn to camp out on the service line. It lasted for six points as setter Robyn Ah Mow took over the net with a kill, a solo block and a block assist.

Colorado was leading 11-10 when Ah Mow served the last of Hawaii's seven aces. She and Ljungquist blocked Sarah Lodge for match point and, four tries and two Buffalo points later, Melissa Schutz hit long to end it.

Hawaii will host the Mountain Regional Thursday and Friday. In Thursday's semifinals, the Wahine face Texas (22-8), last season's national runner-up, while Pacific (25-8) and Brigham Young (25-8) will meet.

Game times have not been announced. Shoji is lobbying for his team to play the earlier match, possibly at 6 p.m.

"I'd like to be here for Hawaii-Texas," said Colorado coach Brad Saindon, whose team upset No. 10 Texas in five Nov. 30. "It's going to be a battle, another war. I think they're two evenly matched teams. Hawaii has the edge, being at home. Texas has an edge in that they were in the final four a year ago.

"I think Texas is a terrific blocking team. There's a contrast in playing style with Hawaii being more of a ball-control team."

"Texas has a heck of a team," said Shoji, whose team lost to Texas in the 1988 national title match. "They probably have the premier left-side hitter in the country in Demetria Sance. It's going to be a battle.

"I hope it's a different type of game than tonight. If they can misdirect our block like Colorado did, we'll have a problem. Colorado made us work and made us look bad. We came out very flat and I'm not sure of the reason. We were very lethargic, there was no energy, and the crowd took a while to warm up. Maybe they were waiting for us to do something."

Yamashita's serving and Crawford's four kills and a block ignited the Wahine faithful and lit the scoreboard at 11-11.

"It didn't feel like we were down by much, then I looked at the score," said Ljungquist, who finished with 13 kills, 10 digs and six blocks. "We tried to stick together and work our way out of it.

"I knew if we played our game, that we'd come back. It was a good test for us, being down every game. Now we know we can come back.

Hawaii did it with some walking wounded. Yamashita sprained her left wrist in practice last week, and senior hitter Joselyn Robins was hampered by a hip pointer that forced Shoji to use sophomore Kelli Cordray in the back row rotation.

Robins finished with 10 kills. Ah Mow added six blocks to her 38 assists.

Colorado setter Kelly Campbell had 55 assists, setting an NCAA tournament record for a three-game match.

Five Colorado players were in double-kill figures, led by Lodge's 15. Schutz added 12, Tegan Lynch and Alison Koepke 11 each, and Rachel Wacholder 10.

Colorado, 0-7 in NCAA tournament matches on the road, had seven aces but also 19 service errors.

Last night was Hawaii's 26th straight-set win of the year.



Wahine Box Score

At Special Events Arena

Hawaii def. Colorado, 15-12, 15-11, 15-13

Lady Buffaloes (19-10 overall)

		g	k	e	at	pct.	bs	ba	d
Lynch		3	11	2	21	.429	0	1	8
Campbell	3	1	1	7	.000	1	3	7
Lodge		3	15	10	34	.147	0	2	9
Schutz		3	12	5	32	.219	0	2	7
Dorsch		3	0	1	2	-.500	0	0	1
Bunce		3	0	0	1	.000	0	0	8
Wacholder	3	10	4	41	.146	0	0	7
Koepke		3	11	2	19	.474	0	4	6
Owens		3	2	0	6	.333	0	0	5
Bowen		1	0	0	0	.000	0	0	0
Totals		3	62	25	163	.227	1	12	58
Wahine (32-2 overall)

		g	k	e	at	pct.	bs	ba	d
Crawford	3	17	3	42	.333	1	0	10
Goods		3	5	2	11	.273	2	1	3
Cordray		2	0	0	2	.000	0	0	3
Ilustre		3	0	0	2	.000	0	0	4
Yamashita	3	0	0	0	.000	0	0	9
Nobriga		3	4	0	8	.500	0	1	8
Ljungquist	3	13	3	36	.278	1	5	10
Lee		2	0	0	0	.000	0	0	2
Ah Mow		3	4	1	10	.300	2	4	8
Robins		3	10	4	27	.222	0	1	8
Totals		3	53	13	138	.290	6	12	65
Key: g-games. k-kills. e-hitting errors. at-attempts. pct.-hitting percentage. bs-block solos. ba-block assists. d-digs.

Service Aces-CU (7): Lodge 4, Lynch 1, Schutz 1, Wacholder 1. UH (7): Ljungquist 3, Ah Mow 1, Nobriga 1, Robbins 1, Yamashita 1.

Assists-CU (59): Campbell 55, Lynch 2, Dorsch 1, Lodge 1. UH (47): Ah Mow 38, Nobriga 3, Yamashita 2, Crawford 1, Goods 1, Illustre 1, Ljungquist 1.

A-9,256. T-2:01. Officials: Mickey Matthews and Jim Olsen.



1996 UH Wahine Volleyball
Schedule and Record




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