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Tuesday, September 19, 2000

Hawaii's Olympians  The Road to Sydney

Russia defeats U.S.
in men’s volleyball


By Pat Bigold

Second-ranked Russia defeated the fifth-ranked United States, 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 25-17), yesterday in men's Olympic volleyball preliminaries.

Hawaii's Mike Lambert had 12 kills in the match which saw the U.S. fall to 0-2 and Russia improve to 2-0.

The U.S. will take on Yugoslavia tomorrow.


Former University of Hawaii pitcher Brooke Wilkins went the seven-inning distance, tossing a one-hitter, striking out 11 and walking three, as Australia (3-0) defeated Canada, 1-0, last night in Olympic softball.

Former Hawaii Pacific University player Kristy Odamura was one of Wilkins's strikeout victims.

Canada fell to 0-3.


Bridgette Gusterson broke a 6-6 tie with less than three minutes left today as Australia handed former University of Hawaii player Maureen O'Toole and the U.S. women's water polo team its first defeat.

The loss dropped the U.S., which entered the match as the tournament leader with five points, to 2-1-1. Australia improved to 3-1-0 and moved into the tournament lead.

The U.S. will meet last-place Kazakhstan tomorrow.

The semifinals will open onThursday.


Seventh seeds Kevin Wong of Honolulu and Rob Heidger Jr. of California split their repechage matches today in Olympic beach volleyball on Bondi Beach but moved on to the final 16 anyway.

There were four berths open for teams in repechage, or "second chance" play, three of them for the teams that went unbeaten today. The fourth was for the team that lost one match but had the best point differential of the losers.

Because of their 15-17 loss to Canada in the first round on Saturday, and then a 15-2 pounding of the French pair, Jean-Philippe Jodard and Christian Penigaud, to open repechage play, Wong and Heidger remain in the medal picture.

They lost to Julien Prosser and Lee Zahner of Australia, 15-11, in their second repechage match.

Former University of Hawaii player Nikolas Berger paired with his Austrian teammate, Oliver Stamm, to also make it out of repechage. Berger and Stamm defeated Italians Maurizio Pimponi and Andrea Raffaelli, 15-9, and then Australians Matt Grinlaubs and Joshua Slack, 15-10.

When to watch


Bullet KHNL (Channel 13/Cable 8) 4-9 p.m. -- Women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming, men's volleyball. 9:35-11:05 p.m. -- men's basketball.
Bullet CNBC (OC 16/Dig 116) 2-6 p.m. -- Boxing, cycling, sailing, weightlifting.
Bullet MSNBC (OC 40/Dig 107) 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (repeat beginning at 9 a.m.) -- Archery, beach volleyball, soccer, softball, water polo, weightlifting.

Hawaii's Olympians

Competing today, times HST

Bullet Women's basketball: New Zealand (Tania Brunton) vs. Cuba, 12:30 p.m.
Bullet Sailing: Laser (John Myrdal), 3 p.m.
Bullet Softball: Australia (Brooke Wilkins) vs. Japan, 3:30 p.m.; Canada (Kristy Odamura) vs. Italy, 8:30 p.m.
Bullet Women's volleyball: U.S. (Robyn Ah Mow, Heather Bown) vs. Croatia, 11:30 p.m.
Bullet Women's water polo: Canada (Marie-Luc Arpin) vs. Australia, 4 p.m.; U.S. (Maureen O'Toole) vs. Kazakhstan), 10:15 p.m.

Sydney 2000 Olympics

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