Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, May 11, 2001

Keala Kennelly of Kauai posted the highest heat score in the
history of women's surfing at Teahupoo, Tahiti yesterday to
advance to the quarterfinals of the Billabong Pro surf meet.

Kennelly scores perfect ride

Star-Bulletin staff

Defending event champion Keala Kennelly of Hawaii scored a perfect 10 during her Round 3 heat to advance to the quarterfinals of the Billabong Pro surf meet at Teahupoo, Tahiti.

It was the highest score ever by a woman at the surf spot. Kennelly, ranked seventh in the world, scored 28 points out of possible 30, including the 10-point ride.

Kennelly will take on Serena Brooke of Australia in the quarterfinals.

Also advancing to the quarterfinals was Hawaii's Rochelle Ballard, who is ranked No. 1 in the world.

Ballard beat Kennelly earlier in the day, forcing Kennelly to post her record score in the consolation bracket.

Oganizers hoped to get the men's portion of the World Championship Tour event started today.

Viloria back in town

Brian Viloria, the former U.S. Olympic boxer from Waipahu, arrived yesterday to prepare for his professional debut Tuesday afternoon at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Viloria fights Ben Jun Escobia (13-13-3, 5 knockouts) at 104 pounds as part of a five-bout card headlined by former world champion Jesus Salud taking on Fernando "Bobby Boy" Velardez.

Salud, formerly of Nanakuli, is 62-10 (37 KOs). Velardez is 17-4-1 (4 KOs).

Viloria said he hoped to have lots of gym-time to prepare for Tuesday's fight, but his itinerary includes several media and public appearances.

As part of tomorrow's Filipino Fiesta, Viloria will take part in a parade from Magic Island to Kapiolani Park starting at 9 a.m.

He is scheduled to sign autographs at the park beginning around 10:15 a.m.. Later tomorrow, he will speak to students at the Regent Ballroom of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort.

BYUH, HPU advance

The top-ranked Brigham Young University-Hawaii women's tennis team advanced to quarterfinals of the NCAA II National Tournament yesterday by defeating Northeastern State (Okla.), 5-0. BYUH meets UC Davis today.

BYU-Hawaii, the two-time defending national champion, has won 101 consecutive dual matches.

Also advancing to today's quarterfinals were the men's teams from BYU-Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific.

The second-ranked BYUH men's team defeated Midwestern State of Wichita Falls, Texas, 5-1. BYU-Hawaii will face Eckard College today.

Fifth-ranked HPU defeated Francis Marion, 5-3 yesterday and will take on Ouachita Baptist today.

Hawaii's own

Benny Agbayani, Mets: The St. Louis and Hawaii Pacific alumnus went 1-for-4 and scored a run in New York's 8-2 loss to Colorado.

Mike Fetters, Dodgers: The Iolani graduate did not pitch in Los Angeles' 4-3 win over Florida.

Chris Truby, Astros: The Damien alumnus had the day off.

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

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