Star-Bulletin Sports

Thursday, October 7, 1999

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



at Tulsa and Rice

Bullet Schedule-Tomorrow: No. 2 Hawaii (13-0, 2-0) at Tulsa (7-6, 1-1), 2 p.m. HST. Saturday: Hawaii at Rice (8-10, 0-1), 2 p.m. HST.

Bullet Coaches-Hawaii: Dave Shoji (25th season, 694-135-1); Tulsa: Matt Sonnichsen (2nd, 18-22). Rice: Julio Morales (4th season, 54-63).

Bullet Series: Hawaii leads Tulsa, 2-0. The teams last played in 1997, with the Wahine winning in four in Honolulu, and in three at Tulsa. Hawaii leads Rice, 2-0. The teams also last met in 1997, with the Wahine winning in straight sets both nights.

Bullet Top players-Hawaii: Heather Bown (6-3 Sr. MB) 4.20 kpg, .371, 2.27 bpg, 13 aces; Jessica Sudduth (6-2 Jr. LS) 3.33 kpg, 14 aces, 2.65 dpg; Veronica Lima (6-2 So. MB) 2.05 kpg, .290, 17 aces,1.27 bpg, 2.71 dpg; Lily Kahumoku (6-2 Fr. LS) 3.42 kpg, .299, 2.19 dpg. Tulsa: Juliet Kemm (6-2 Sr. MB) 3.29 kpg, .302, 1.19 bpg, 20 aces; Kristien Van Lierop (5-8 Jr. OH) 4.00 kpg, .243, 3.20 dpg. Shannon Smith (5-10 Jr. S) 10.06 apg, 2.85 dpg. Rice: Klara Zelinka (6-0 Jr. OH) 3.09 kpg, .207, 3.34 dpg, 22 aces. Kelly Smith (5-11 OH) 4.38 kpg, .214, 13 aces, 2.96 dpg; Soleil Thon (5-6 Sr. S) 9.16 apg.

.Bullet About the Wahine: Hawaii ran its home winning streak to 30 on Sunday with an 84-minute win over Fresno State. The Wahine, moving up to No. 2 in both national polls, are one of four undefeated teams in the country ... Hawaii is 45-1 in WAC regular-season matches, having swept the opening weekend against TCU and Fresno State. The Wahine's only defeat came at BYU last season ... Freshman Margaret Vakasausau made her setting debut against the Horned Frogs last Friday, in place of freshman setter Jennifer Carey (toe injury). Shoji would like to continue to rest Carey, but the Fab 50 selection is cleared to play if needed ... Bown leads the WAC in blocks (2.27 pg) and hitting percentage (.371). As a team, the Wahine lead the conference in three of six categories (kills, hitting percentage and blocks).

Bullet About the Golden Hurricane: Tulsa opened WAC play last weekend on the road with a split, losing to UTEP in five then downing Rice in three. The win at Rice was Tulsa's first on the road since 1996 ... Klemm, the team's lone senior, had 18 block assists in two matches last week and became the school's career leader in block assists. She is three away from the all-time total block mark ... Van Lierop had team highs of 14 kills and 13 digs in the victory over Rice. She needs 16 kills and 9 aces to become Tulsa's all-time leader in those categories ... No. 2 Hawaii is the highest-ranked team Tulsa has faced in the program's 23-year history.

.Bullet About the Owls: Rice has been plagued by injuries that cost the Owls three-year starting setter Nil Kalagoglu for the season and senior hitter Karolina Zelinka for three of the past four weeks (shoulder). Rice had seven players practicing last week prior to the loss to Tulsa. Smith returned from a week off due to injury to pace the Owls with 10 kills against Tulsa ... The Owls lead the WAC in digs, ninth-best in the country. WAC leader Klara Zelinka is one of three Owls ranked among the conference's top 10 dig leaders... Rice hosts UTEP tonight.

Bullet On the air: Both matches live on KCCN radio (1420-AM).

By Cindy Luis, Star-Bulletin
Ka Leo O Hawaii

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