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Star-Bulletin Sports

Thursday, April 6, 2000

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

Streaking Hawaii
hosts Lewis this weekend

By Dave Reardon


University of Hawaii men's volleyball coach Mike Wilton is wary of Lewis University, the Rainbows' opponent tomorrow and Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

He is especially concerned with Edgardo Deniz, the Flyers' shifty setter.

"He's a crafty lefty who's tricky and always looking to hit," Wilton said.

But UH setter Stefan Krejci knows no fear.

"He may like to hit," Krejci said with a shrug yesterday after practice. "But we like to block."

If Krejci sounds cocky, it's because the Rainbows are on a bit of a roll. They just returned from a 4-0 road trip last week.

Add in two victories against Stanford before it left for California, and sixth-ranked Hawaii is 16-8 overall and has clinched a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation playoff berth.

Lewis, from Romeoville, Ill., is ranked No. 9 with a 17-7 overall record. They have won six of their last seven matches.

"They're a real good sideout team, and they platoon three good middle hitters," Wilton said.

The Rainbows seem to be fully recovered from injury, illness and self-doubt.

"This is the healthiest we've been in a long time," Wilton said.

And UH is versatile. Costas Theocharidis, Clay Stanley, Brenton Davis and Torry Tukuafu all led the team in kills on the road.

This weekend's matches both begin at 7 p.m.

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