Saturday, November 7, 1998


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




Wahine turn
back spunky Utes

The UH women were feeling
the effects of Thursday's win over
BYU until Utah threatened

By Cindy Luis
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

Excuse the Hawaii women's volleyball team for staggering against Utah last night. The ninth-ranked Wahine were still a little punch-drunk after Thursday's heady win over No. 4 Brigham Young that lasted nearly 2-1/2 hours.

Even the crowd was tired.

Hawaii could have been ticketed for PWI -- playing while intoxicated. Instead, the Wahine received a warning from the Utes, who played them tough before falling, 15-8, 8-15, 15-3, 15-9, in a WAC match at the Stan Sheriff Center.

"We did not play well," Wahine freshman blocker Veronica Lima said. "It's not what they did but what we did. We had a lot of passing errors, attack errors. It's hard to play well when you're making mistakes.

"It was like, 'OK, it's just Utah. We already beat BYU.' And we relaxed, just kind of let down. But we won the match and that's all that matters."

Hawaii (21-2, 11-1) won its 10th straight heading into next week's three nonconference matches. The Wahine take on Brigham Young-Hawaii Tuesday and Central Florida on Friday and Saturday; they finish the conference season on the road at San Jose State and Fresno State then head to the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas.

Lima credited assistant Charlie Wade with an emotional lift after Game 2. In the locker room, Wade told the team that Utah didn't care if Hawaii had just knocked off BYU.

"He told us that, just because we beat BYU, it didn't mean we didn't have to play hard to beat Utah," Lima said. "He said Utah didn't care if we were tired, that they would beat us if we didn't play hard. He couldn't say it any better."

The emotion that the Utes (14-8, 4-5) took into the locker room after Game 2 resurfaced on the Wahine's side of the court in Game 3. It took just 15 minutes for Hawaii to block Utah off the court and take a 2-1 lead.

The wall that Utah hit came down for a bit in Game 4 as the Utes rallied to tie it at 9-9. Visions of another rally score Game 5 danced through the head of Wahine coach Dave Shoji.

"We couldn't shake them, couldn't pull away until it was 9-9," Shoji said. "I'm thinking that there's a good possibility we would go to rally score. Not that we'd lose, but rally score was in the back of my mind."

Hawaii quickly dispelled those thoughts. Just after midnight, Utah time, the Utes turned into an average team.

Heather Bown had two of her match-high 20 kills on overpasses and the Wahine used three Utah hitting errors and Jessica Sudduth's 11th kill to close it out.

"At 9-9, we knew we had to finish it," Sudduth said. "We said 'We're not going to five. We're not going to lose this.'

"If we had lost tonight, it wouldn't have mattered that we beat BYU. We worked too hard to be where we were. We needed to finish it."

Hawaii finished with 18 blocks with Lima, Bown and Sudduth in combining for 13 of them. However, they rarely had an answer for the Utes' Kalani Tonga, who had 18 of her team's 50 kills and 14 of the 48 digs.

"Kalani's a smart hitter, she's hard to stop," Utah coach Beth Launiere said. "I thought we did a lot of good things tonight, served well, passed well. Truthfully, we played Hawaii better here than we did at home.

"At 9-9 we hit the wall. We tend to get streaky and can't execute. I think we're a good team. We just weren't able to sustain it."

"It was very predictable that we'd come out flat," Shoji said. "One of the things they were doing was serving tough, hard and deep. We weren't moving to the ball.

"Maybe it was emotional fatigue. But you should still be able to perform skills even when you're not pumped up. We didn't do that. And we can't do it against BYUH."

Hawaii lost to BYU-Hawaii last spring using an experimental scoring system with a running clock and rally scoring the entire match.

"Tuesday will be a really good challenge," Sudduth said. "We have everything to prove after losing to them in spring. We won't take them lightly at all. If we show up like we did tonight, it's going to be a long night."

NOTES: The 6,504 tickets issued last night put Hawaii's season attendance at 105,380. It was the fourth straight year that Hawaii passed the 100,000 mark ... Tonga's sister, Sunny, one of the top high school players in the country, has verbally committed to BYU. Sunny Tonga, a 6-1 outside hitter, had narrowed her to choices to BYU and Hawaii ... Logan Tom, considered the top prep player nationally, has verbally committed to Stanford. Letter-of-intent signings are in February.

Tapa

Box Score

Bullet Hawaii def. Utah, 15-8, 8-15, 15-3, 15-9

Utah (14-8, 4-5 WAC)

		g	k	e	at	pct.	bs	ba	d
Torres		4	1	4	9	-.333	0	4	10
Turkova		4	0	0	0	.000	0	0	2
Greenwalt	4	8	4	24	.167	0	3	0
Tonga		4	18	8	48	.208	1	3	14
Barton		4	9	3	21	.286	0	3	7
Shakula		4	5	8	26	-.115	1	0	14
Stilson		4	8	7	21	.048	0	7	0
Snow		2	1	1	4	.000	0	0	0
Lovell		4	0	0	0	.000	0	0	1
	Totals	4	50	35	153	.098	2	20	48
Wahine (21-2, 11-1 WAC)

	g	k	e	at	pct.	bs	ba	d
Karratti	4	7	3	17	.235	0	3	8
Sudduth		4	11	5	29	.207	3	3	8
Bown		4	20	3	34	.500	1	7	3
Hubbert		4	0	1	3	-.333	1	3	12
Lima		4	11	3	22	.364	1	5	7
Ilustre		4	12	9	35	.086	0	2	11
Miyashiro	4	0	0	1	.000	0	0	2
Roberts		3	7	3	15	.267	0	1	1
	Totals	4	68	27	156	.263	6	24	52
Key: g-games. k-kills. e-hitting errors. at-attempts. pct.-hitting percentage. bs-block solos. ba-block assists. d-digs.

Aces--UH (3): Bown 1, Lima 1, Ilustre 1. UT (6): Torres 1, Turkova 1, Tonga 1, Barton 1, Shakula 1, Lovell 1. Assists--UH (58): Hubbert 56, Karratti 1, Bown 1. UT (48): Torres 40, Turkova 2, Tonga 2, Barton 2, Stilson 1, Lovell 1.

A--6504. T--1:52. Officials: Rusty Wellman, Dan Hironaka.



WAC women

bullet Pacific Division

		Conference			Overall
		W	L	Pct.	GB	W	L	Pct.
Hawaii		11	1	.917	--	21	2	.913
Brigham Young	8	1	.889	112	21	2	.913
San Jose St	5	3	.525	4	17	6	.739
Fresno St	4	4	.500	5	15	6	.714
Utah		4	5	.444	512	14	8	.636
Texas-El Paso	2	7	.222	712	10	10	.500
San Diego St	2	8	.200	8	5	18	.217
New Mexico	1	8	.111	812	7	14	.333
bullet Mountain Division

		Conference			Overall
		W	L	Pct.	GB	W	L	Pct.
Colorado St	8	1	.889	--	19	5	.791
Wyoming		7	2	.778	1	12	11	.522
Nev-Las Vegas	6	2	.750	1-1/2	17	6	.739
Rice		6	3	.667	2	18	7	.720
So. Methodist	4	4	.500	3-1/2	13	11	.542
Air Force	1	7	.125	6-1/2	8	12	.400
Texas Christian	1	7	.125	6-1/2	4	19	.174
Tulsa		1	8	.111	7	9	12	.429
bullet Last night

Hawaii def. Utah, 15-8, 8-15, 15-3, 15-9



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