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Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, September 19, 2000

Wahine retain
No. 2 ranking

Star-Bulletin staff

The University of Hawaii Wahine volleyball team remains second in the USA Today/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25.

UH (8-0) received 11 first-place votes, but remained behind the top-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers, who received 48 first-place votes.

Penn State, Colorado State and Southern Cal round out the top five.

Gesser player of week

Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser was named as the Pac-10 Offensive Football Player of the Week.

Gesser, a sophomore who starred at St. Louis School in Honolulu, directed Washington State to a 38-21 upset win at Utah on Saturday.

He completed 11-of-18 passes for 211 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.

Gesser also won the battle of former St. Louis quarterbacks. Darnell Arceneaux, the Utah starter, hit on 16-of-29 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.

The St. Louis boys also churned up some rushing yardage. Gesser gained 37 yards on eight carries, and Arceneaux ran nine times for 44 yards.

Flores nominated in WAC

University of Hawaii goalkeeper Veronica Flores was nominated for, but didn't win WAC Player of the Week honors in women's soccer.

Flores, who normally plays striker for the Wahine, was pressed into action as a keeper when both of the team's goalies were injured.

Flores was named to the all-tournament team in last weekend's Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Soccer Festival.

The Wahine went 0-2 in the tourney, losing to Loyola Marymount University and Arkansas by identical 1-0 scores.

The Western Athletic Conference Soccer Player of the Week honors went to Fresno State's Jill Pearson who scored five goals in two games.

UH hosts cross country

The University of Hawaii women's cross country team hosts the Hawaii Invitational this Saturday at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course.

The women's race begins at 7:15 a.m. The men's race starts at 7:45.

UH will field two teams. All other Hawaii colleges are participating along with mainland entries from Long Beach State, Nevada, San Diego, University of San Francisco, San Diego State and U.S. International.

Hawaii junior Cheryl Smith returns to defend her title.

Rocho named all-tourney

Jessica Rocho, a senior setter for Central Michigan University, was named to the all-tournament team at the Blue Demon Invitational hosted by DePaul.

Rocho, a graduate of University High School in Honolulu, averaged 11.23 assists and 3.46 digs per match.

"Offensively, Jessica got each hitter involved in the matches, matching our best attacker against the opponent's weakest blocker," said CMU head coach Elaine Pila.

Ko Olina festival golf

The inaugural Ko Olina Resort & Marina French Festival Golf Invitational is Nov. 2 at the Ko Olina Golf Club.

The format is a three-person scramble. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and includes a free bucket of balls for the driving range. The event has an 11 a.m. shotgun start.

The fee is $225 per person and includes lunch, refreshments and the awards reception. The entry deadline is Oct. 26.

See line scores and results in
the [Scoreboard] section.

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