Saturday, September 26, 1998


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





By Dennis Oda, Star-Bulletin
Hawaii's Veronica Lima drives the ball
past the St. Mary's block.



Lackluster
Wahine win

By Cindy Luis
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

Two women's volleyball worlds collided last night: Hawaii, orbiting around a Top 10-ranking, and St. Mary's, somewhere in the Top 50 universe.

The visiting Gaels brought the No. 11 Wahine back down to Earth with a stingy defense and a surprisingly effective block on Hawaii's rising star, Heather Bown.

It took 74 minutes for the Wahine to improve to 8-1 via a 15-4, 15-9, 15-8 win at the Stan Sheriff Center. In today's 2 p.m. rematch, Hawaii wants to improve on its .333 hitting performance and lack of killer instinct.

Logo "We need to step up the intensity," said Wahine setter Nikki Hubbert. "We got a little lazy, made easy mistakes, handed them points.

"We need to come out and annihilate them. We had no doubts that we'd win tonight but we have to get it into our heads that we're the better team and play at our level."

St. Mary's block found another level, frustrating the 6-foot-2 Bown with a double team. Bown, leading the WAC with a .496 hitting percentage, hit .182 with a season-low seven kills.

The Gaels' block strategy allowed Wahine junior middle Jenny Roberts to tee off for a career-tying 14 kills and an outrageous .684 hitting percentage.

"I think it shows that we're not a one-man team," said Roberts. "Even if our 'star' hitter is stopped, it shows we can easily take a team.

"I think we let up a bit. Dave (coach Shoji) wants us to go harder and not give up that many points."

The Gaels (6-4) scored more points than the crowd of 4,461 may have expected. Especially impressive was freshman Heather Dill, who hit .130 above her average, with 14 kills and 10 blocks, and a lot of touches on Bown's attempts.

"Hawaii showed more than I expected," said St. Mary's coach Ron Twomey. "That's a phenomenal team, a powerful team, with lots of big hitters and blockers. The way they serve is unbelievable. If I had an answer for their serve, we'd be doing it."

Hawaii had six aces and kept St. Mary's passers off balance with a variety of serves: Jessica Sudduth's jump float, Heidi Ilustre's jumper and Veronica Lima's flat bullet.

"They take a lot of risks with their serve and they do it consistently," said Twomey. "You just don't see better serves than that."

"I thought we were lackadaisical," said Shoji. "We need to put out our best effort every game.

"It's not how many points we gave up but how we gave up those points. We're trying to mature as a team. We have to play good against everybody."

NOTE: Sophomore defensive specialist Tehani Miyashiro will rejoin the team next week. She had missed the past two weeks to take care of what Shoji termed "personal business."

Bullet Hawaii def. St. Mary's, 15-4, 15-9, 15-8

Gaels (6-4 overall)

	g	k	e	at	pct.	bs	ba	d
Shine	3	0	1	7	-.143	0	0	1
Avilla	3	0	2	9	-.222	0	0	0
Hoover	3	0	1	3	-.333	0	0	12
Ivers	3	10	3	26	.269	0	0	8
Guevara	3	3	2	21	.048	0	1	7
Dill	3	14	4	24	.375	0	1	10
Nelson	1	0	0	1	.000	0	0	0
Smith	3	0	2	5	-.400	0	1	3
Wofford	3	0	1	2	-.500	0	1	3
Totals	3	27	17	98	.102	0	4	45
Wahine (8-1 overall)

		g	k	e	at	pct.	bs	ba	d
Sudduth		3	7	2	17	.294	0	1	11
Bown		3	7	3	22	.182	0	5	4
Hubbert		3	1	0	3	.333	0	0	9
Lima		3	6	1	12	.417	0	0	5
Roberts		3	14	1	19	.684	0	2	3
Ilustre		2	8	2	17	.353	0	2	4
Karratti	3	2	2	13	.000	0	0	7
Bradley		1	2	0	5	.400	0	0	0
Kim		2	0	0	0	.000	0	0	0
Totals		3	47	11	108	.333	0	10	43
Aces--UH (6): Sudduth 2, Bown 1, Lima 1, Karratti 1, Bradley 1. SM (4): Guevara 2, Shine 1, Dill 1. Assists--UH (42): Hubbert 35, Sudduth 2, Lima 2, Roberts 2, Ilustre 1. SM (21): Hoover 20, Avilla 1.

A--5877. T--1:14. Officials: Dan Hironaka and Wayne Lee.



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