Saturday, October 24, 1998


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




Wahine top ’Dogs

UH volleyball team makes it
four in a row with sweep
of Fresno St.

By Cindy Luis
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

Thanks, BYU.

Hawaii's only blemish in three years of Western Athletic Conference women's volleyball came two weeks ago in Provo. Since then, the No. 9 Wahine have found focus, purpose and energy.

They've won four in a row, the last three with remarkable consistency and efficiency. Last night's 15-4, 15-11, 15-4 win over Fresno State took 19 minutes longer, but was a virtual replay of Thursday's win against San Jose State.

Hawaii celebrated coach Dave Shoji's 800th career match by thumping the Bulldogs in 97 minutes at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Wahine hope that success continues on next week's road trip -- their third in three weeks -- where they'll play three matches in three states over four days.

In 12 days, BYU will be in Honolulu for a rematch of the Pacific Division leaders. Hawaii can't wait.

"The energy has been there ever since we played BYU," setter Nikki Hubbert said after the Wahine improved to 16-2 overall, 7-1 in the WAC. "Dave wants us to celebrate more. I think when we have positive energy, people tend to play better.

"We're finally getting out of where we play down to the other team's level. We had a team meeting in San Diego (last weekend) and everyone restated their goals. It's the middle of the season and we have to start getting serious.

"Like Veronica (freshman Veronica Lima) said, we have to start playing like a final four team if that's where we want to go."

Outside of two surges in Game 2, where they closed to 10-8 and 11-9, the Bulldogs put up few roadblocks in falling to UH for the 20th consecutive match. Fresno State (15-4, 4-3) stuffed Heather Bown to make it 10-8, but had no answer -- or block -- the rest of the night as Bown put down 10 of her next 12 swings for kills to finish with 22 kills and a .588 hitting percentage.

"Heather . . . that's their offense," said Shanus Bennett, the Bulldogs' kill leader with 15. "She's very dynamic. We played her in the spring when she was at UC Santa Barbara. You've got to respect her.

"Hawaii is always tough, but she adds more. She keeps it going."

UH had it going early as it rolled to a 10-0 lead in Game 1. Fresno State coach Lindy Vivas said she didn't call a timeout because "we were playing pretty well."

"I thought we played better than the score indicates," the Punahou School graduate said. "Hawaii is like BYU. They can score in a lot of different ways. It doesn't necessarily mean that we were doing things poorly. They were doing things well.

"And some things we cannot stop. Like Heather. I didn't think we were playing badly. We just couldn't score."

"It was a good match for us," said Hawaii's Heidi Ilustre, who added 11 kills. "We're celebrating a lot after good plays, not just going through the motions. Dave told us to have fun. When you play good, you have fun."

Shoji found it hard to believe his career is 800 matches old. In his 24th season at Manoa, he recalled one of his first matches as a high school coach at Kalani. It was against Punahou. Vivas was a player on that Buffanblu team.

"I think I've known Dave since I was 12," said Vivas, who is in her eighth season at Fresno State. "Growing up, the only thing I can remember is Dave Shoji and the UH team. His teams have been very consistent and always at a high level."

Box Score

bullet Hawaii def. Fresno State, 15-4, 15-11, 15-4

Bulldogs (15-4 overall, 4-3 WAC)

		g	k	e	at	pct.	bs	ba	d
Aufdermaur	3	0	0	1	.000	0	1	4
Bennett		3	15	9	34	.176	1	2	6
McKeown		3	6	3	23	.130	1	3	3
Satele		3	0	0	0	.000	0	0	3
Buckelew	3	11	3	25	.320	0	0	5
Altena		3	3	5	17	-.118	0	0	6
Thoreson	3	0	0	0	.000	0	0	5
McQuaid		3	2	3	9	-.111	0	1	1
Pierpont	1	0	0	1	.000	0	0	0
Malu		3	5	0	8	.625	0	1	3
	Totals	3	42	23	118	.161	2	8	37
Wahine (16-2 overall, 7-1 WAC)

		g	k	e	at	pct.	bs	ba	d
Karratti	3	4	2	13	.154	0	1	14
Sudduth		3	6	3	20	.150	0	2	8
Bown		3	22	2	34	.588	2	3	4
Hubbert		3	3	0	6	.500	0	3	2
Lima		3	6	2	9	.444	0	2	5
Ilustre		3	11	1	19	.526	0	3	7
Bradley		1	4	0	7	.571	0	3	2
Miyashiro	3	1	0	3	.333	0	0	0
Roberts		3	3	1	6	.333	0	0	0
Kim		1	0	0	0	.000	0	0	1
	Totals	3	60	11	117	.419	2	17	43
Aces--UH (4): Sudduth 1, Bown 1, Hubbert 1, Lima 1. FSU (3): Bennett 1, McKeown 1, Buckelew 1. Assists--UH (57): Hubbert 54, Karratti 1, Sudduth 1, Lima 1. FSU (38): Aufdermaur 28, Malu 8, Satele 1, Buckelew 1. A--6,765 tickets (5,458 turnstile). T--1:37. Officials: John Martin, Wayne Lee.

Tapa

WAC women

bullet Pacific Division

		Conference			Year
		W	L	Pct.	GB	W-L
BYU		6	0	1.000	--	19-1
Hawaii		7	1	.875	--	16-2
Fresno		4	3	.571	2-1/2	15-4
SJSU		3	3	.500	3	14-6
Utah		3	3	.500	3	13-6
UTEP		2	4	.333	4	10-7
SDSU		1	6	.143	5-1/2	4-16
N. Mex		0	6	.000	6	6-12
bullet Mountain Division

		Conference			Year
		W	L	Pct.	GB	W-L
Colo. St.	6	0	1.000	--	16-4
UNLV		5	1	.833	1	16-4
Wyo		5	1	.833	1	10-9
Rice		3	3	.500	3	15-7
SMU		2	4	.333	4	11-10
Tulsa		1	5	.167	5	8-9
Air Force	1	5	.167	5	8-10
TCU		1	5	.167	5	4-17
bullet Last night's results
Hawaii
def. Fresno State, 15-4, 15-11, 15-4
BYU def. UTEP, 15-2, 15-0, 15-9
BYU def. UC Santa Barbara, 15-10, 15-6, 15-3
Utah def. New Mexico, 15-11, 15-11, 15-6
Wyoming def. UNLV, 15-10, 15-5, 8-15, 15-7
Rice def. SMU, 15-4, 11-15, 15-11, 15-9
TCU def. Tulsa, 15-3, 11-15, 15-8, 15-11
Colorado State def. Air Force, 15-3, 15-7, 15-5



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