Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Saturday, May 5, 2001

Choy Foo leads HPU

Brandy Choy Foo's solo home run over the left-field fence in the top of the sixth inning proved to be the winning run as Hawaii Pacific upset top-seeded Humboldt State, 2-1, in yesterday's opening-round game of the Pacific West Conference Softball Tournament at Bellingham, Wash.

The fourth-seeded Sea Warriors (34-13) opened the scoring in the fourth as Kristin Fujii singled in Ashelle Acosta for a 1-0 lead.

Humboldt State closed to 2-1 with a run in the bottom of the seventh and loaded the bases with two outs. But HPU's Malia Sullivan got Lumberjacks' lead-off batter Andrea Williams to ground out to end the game.

The Sea Warriors' game with Western New Mexico, originally scheduled for last night, was postponed until this morning due to rain.

Smith wins 5,000 race

University of Hawaii junior Cheryl Smith won the women's 5,000-meter race during yesterday's elite portion of the Texas Invitational track meet in Austin, Texas.

Smith was timed in 16 minutes, 52.33 seconds, 36 seconds ahead of runner-up Cassandra Henkle. Wahine junior Courtney Barlow was 11th in 18:56.04 while freshman Brittany Keith ran a personal best, finishing 12th in 19:26.53.

"I'm very pleased with the race today,'' said Hawaii coach Carmyn James. "It's very competitive meet, a stepping stone for the Western Athletic Conference championships in two weeks."

Smith was three-tenths off from tying her school record in the 5,000. She won the event at the Long Beach Invitational two weeks ago in 16:52.03.

The meet concludes today.

Seasider men to NCAAs

The second-ranked Brigham Young University-Hawaii men's tennis team earned its first-ever trip to the NCAA II National Championships yesterday, downing UC San Diego 6-1 in the NCAA II West Regional final at the BYUH courts.

The second-ranked Seasiders (27-2) advance to next week's national tournament in Pensacola, Fla.

The top-ranked Seasider women's team seeks its 100th consecutive match victory today when taking on Hawaii-Hilo at 9 a.m. Yesterday, the Vulcans advanced with a 5-2 victory over Grand Canyon.

Ah Mow leads U.S.

Former University of Hawaii all-American setter Robyn Ah Mow helped the U.S. women's national volleyball team to a 25-21, 25-21, 25-16, 25-22 victory over Australia Thursday in the RNA USPV International Millennium Cup.

"Australia could not stop our middle attack," said Nicole Branagh, who led the U.S. with 15 kills. "Robyn did a good job of distributing the ball tonight."

Wahine win opener

The top-seeded University of Hawaii women's water polo team jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first period en route to a 12-5 win over UC Irvine in yesterday's National Collegiate Select Championship at Stockton, Calif.

Rebecca Angus and Christi Bardecki each scored three goals for the Wahine (23-9), who continue bracket play today against host Pacific and UC Santa Barbara.

Garcia seeded first

Hawaii's Sunny Garcia, the defending world champion, is seeded first in the Billabong Pro surf contest that beings Tuesday at Teahupoo, Tahiti.

Four other Hawaii surfers are seeded in the men's competition: Shane Dorian (4), Kalani Robb (9), Andy Irons (16) and Shawn Sutton (32).

Hawaii's Megan Abubo, who took over the top spot in the women's world rankings earlier this week, is seeded second behind defending world champion Layne Beachley in the women's division. Also seeded from Hawaii are Keala Kennelly (7) and Rochelle Ballard (8).

Former Hawaii lineman Klemm placed on probation

ATTLEBORO, Mass. >> New England Patriots offensive lineman Adrian Klemm was placed on probation for one year and ordered to do 50 hours of community service for cracking a car windshield in a road rage incident.

The former Univesity of Hawaii player was also ordered by Attleboro District Court Judge Gregory L. Phillips to pay $455 in restitution to the man whose car window he punched, and $200 in court costs.

Klemm, 23, was charged with malicious destruction of property after the March 7 incident in North Attleboro. Klemm told police the other driver, Dana Hooker, was repeatedly braking, forcing him and other drivers to slide on an icy road.

The lineman was the Patriots' top pick in the 2000 NFL draft, but was injured for most last year.

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