Star-Bulletin Sports


Wednesday, November 11, 1998


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





By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Heidi Ilustre watches the pass from Veronica Lima
during the Wahine's five-set victory over
BYU-Hawaii last night.



Wahine
better,
barely

They beat in-state rival and
Division II power BYU-Hawaii

By Cindy Luis
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

BY-Deja vu.

Less than a week after rallying past Brigham Young in five, the No. 7 Hawaii women's volleyball team had to contend with the Cougars' hanai sisters from the North Shore.

It went five again. The Wahine survived again.

BYU-Hawaii proved it was not your average Division II team last night, extending Hawaii for 2 hours and 38 minutes at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Wahine (22-2) finally prevailed, 15-5, 10-15, 14-16, 15-5, 15-3, ending the Seasiders' 60-match winning streak that dated back to pool play in the 1996 NAIA national tournament.

The Seasiders (24-1) barely had enough gas at the end to make the return drive to Laie with some 1,500 of their faithful. It wasn't the outcome that BYUH had hoped for, but the Seasiders left Manoa with the feeling that they could more than compete at the Division I level.

"I'm not disappointed in losing but how we lost Game 5," Seasider coach Wilfred Navalta said. "We can be a legitimate Division I team. But we made that commitment in 1987 and it took 10 years just to get to Division II. Maybe it will take another 10 years to get to Division I but, hopefully, our athletic director (Ken Wagner) sees the possibilities."

Wagner was among the crowd of 6,944 that went through the turnstiles and watched as the Seasiders tried to repeat their upset of 1992. Only this time it was against a Wahine team at full strength, not the team of six years ago that was decimated by injuries.

Games 2 and 3 were eerily reminiscent of the 1992 match in Klum Gym, right down to the identical scores of 15-10, 16-14. The difference this time was a Hawaii team capable of pulling out -- and pulling away -- in Game 4 when pressed and one that had a terminator in Heather Bown (career high 30 kills).

Seasider All-American Arlete Silva nailed one of her 15 kills to tie it at 4-4 in Game 4. But the junior blocker from Brazil didn't have another kill until the Wahine were comfortably ahead at 13-5.

The momentum carried over into Game 5 for the Wahine, who jumped out to a 6-0 lead behind the serves of junior transfer Shelly Kim, a back-row specialist.

At 7-1, Heidi Ilustre served for the next five points. The closest the Seasiders would come was 13-3 on two kills by Silva.

Ilustre put down her 13th kill and Jessica Sudduth ended it with her 13th. It was the 10th straight win for Hawaii and the Wahine's third rally-score victory of the season.

The loss was the Seasiders' first in a five-game match since a 3-2 defeat at Hawaii-Hilo in the 10th match of the 1995 season. BYUH had gone 112-1 since then, winning four consecutive NAIA national championships.

"That seems so long ago," said Becky Laubach, a sophomore on that team in 1995. "All I know is tonight I really enjoyed myself. I wanted to be a Wahine when I was a little girl and just the chance to play them like this was enjoyable for me.

"They're an excellent team, the best we've ever played against."

Laubach did her share of the damage with 14 kills, hitting .500, and adding 6 block assists. Vanessa Valansi, hitting negative until late in Game 3, finished with a team-high 17 kills to go with 17 digs. Andrea Gomez had 14 kills, hitting .333.

"This was the first time we've been in this kind of environment," said Silva, who was in on seven of BYUH's 13 blocks. "It was great for us, playing in front of this kind of crowd."

Hawaii coach Dave Shoji was visibly relieved that BYU is not a fixture on the Wahine schedule. His team had little to gain by playing this match and a lot to lose in terms of ranking and power rating.

"I knew how good they were and I thought long and hard about scheduling this match," Shoji said. "They would beat a lot of teams in the Top 20 (of Division I)."

Bullet Hawaii def. BYU-Hawaii, 15-5, 10-15, 14-16, 15-5, 15-3

Seasiders (24-1)

	g	k	e	at	pct.	bs	ba	d
Meatoga	5	0	0	0	.000	0	0	7
J.Lima	5	3	1	8	.250	0	2	10
Valansi	5	17	14	59	.051	0	3	17
Gomez	5	14	4	30	.333	0	3	8
Laubach	5	14	1	26	.500	0	6	3
Silva	5	15	10	48	.104	2	5	11
Peniata	5	0	0	2	.000	0	0	7
Neria	5	6	5	21	.048	0	3	2
Totals	5	69	35	194	.175	2	22	65
Wahine (22-2 overall)

		g	k	e	at	pct.	bs	ba	d
Karratti	4	5	1	10	.400	1	2	5
Sudduth		5	13	6	33	.212	0	1	12
Bown		5	30	9	51	.412	1	2	2
Hubbert		5	10	0	4	.250	0	3	10
V.Lima		5	16	5	37	.297	0	8	11
Ilustre		5	13	7	40	.150	0	3	18
Miyashiro	5	1	0	1	1.000	0	0	8
Roberts		5	6	0	13	.462	1	1	1
Kim		4	0	0	0	.000	0	0	5
Bradley		1	0	0	0	.000	1	0	0
Totals		5	85	28	189	.302	4	20	72
Aces--UH (9): Ilustre 3, Karratti 2, Sudduth 1, Hubbert 1, V. Lima 1, Kima 1. BYUH (1): Gomez 1. Assists--UH (76): Hubbert 67, Kim 3, Karratti 2, Sudduth 1, V. Lima 1, Roberts 1. BYUH (64): J. Lima 57, Gomez 2, Silva 2, Neria 2, Meatoga 1.

A: 8,131 tickets (6,944 turnstile). T: 2:38. Officials: Wayne Lee, Denice Hanson.



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