Star-Bulletin Sports

Tuesday, November 9, 1999

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

Rainbows return
to old digs

The UH men's volleyball team
holds its Block Party in
Klum Gym tomorrow

By Cindy Luis


It will be just like old times tomorrow night when the Hawaii men's volleyball team plays an intrasquad scrimmage in its former home.

The fourth annual Block Party has been moved from the Stan Sheriff Center to Klum Gym. It is rather like moving from a mansion to a condo but Rainbow coach Mike Wilton hopes the fans will turn out anyway.

"Klum is really getting dilapidated,'' said Wilton. "But at least you don't have to tell fans to bring their umbrellas to keep the paint chips from raining down on them. The ceiling has been sandblasted.''

There's no more peeling paint with better hang time than Michael Jordan. But Wilton promise the 2000 edition of the Rainbows have their own blasters and roofers.

"I think we are loaded,'' said Wilton. "What's not to like about having guys who like each other, like to work hard and compete hard.

"We have a lot of new players but I think we'll be real, real good. I hope people will come out and draw their own opinions.''

The best-of-5 match will introduce fans to several changes being considered in men's college volleyball. The "libero'' will be used; it is a back-row specialist who has unlimited substitutions but cannot set or attack from in front of the 3-meter line, or serve.

Also in use will be a tri-color volleyball.

"It's red, white and blue,'' said Wilton. "The guys really like it. It's easier to track.''

Running one team will be Stefan Krejci, a setter from Austria. Among his teammates are returnees Torry Tukuafu, Brenton Davis and Imai Karratti, with newcomers Kostas Theocharidis from Greece and Kamehameha teammates Tony Ching and Trapper Perkins.

Veteran Russell Lockwood will set for the other team. His teammates include veterans Clay Stanley and Hunter Haliniak and newcomers Eyal Zimet from Israel and Casey Steed from California.

Sitting on the sidelines will be all-conference blocker Dejan Miladinovic, who had off-season shoulder surgery.

Tickets are $5 at the door. Game time is 7 p.m.
Ka Leo O Hawaii

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