Sixth-seeded Stein Metzger and Kevin Wong of the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) won two of three matches here yesterday to advance to today's elimination rounds in this week's FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour men's event.
Metzger, Wong advance
Metzger and Wong opened with a win over a German team before dropping a 14-21, 21-19 and 15-12 decision to 11th-seeded Sergey Ermishin and Mikhail Kouchnerev of Russia in 54 minutes. The Americans rebounded with a 21-17, 29-31 and 15-12 win over 12th-seeded John Child and Mark Heese of Canada in yesterday's longest match (72 minutes).
Needing to win four elimination matches today without a defeat, Metzger and Wong face 19th-seeded Niklos Berger and Oliver Stamm of Austria in their first match.
A win will advance Metzger and Wong to a match against either 17th-seeded Julien Prosser and Lee Zahner of Australia or 24th-seeded Agustin Correa and Fabio Diez.
Shoji, Lee headline Quarterback ClubUniversity of Hawaii volleyball coach Dave Shoji and St. Louis School head football coach Cal Lee will speak at the Quarterback Club luncheon on Monday at the Pagoda International Ballroom.
Also speaking is Tin Man winner Deidre Tennant. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. The buffet is $7. For more information, contact Al Minn at 261-5143.
Lifeguard championship today at Ala MoanaThe 2001 State of Hawaii Junior Lifeguard Championships will be held today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ewa end of Ala Moana Beach Park.
The championships are the culminating activity of the city and county of Honolulu's popular summer junior lifeguard program. This year, teams from all neighbor islands will participate for the first time.
More than 200 junior lifeguards (ages 13-17) are expected to participate.
Hawaii's OwnBenny Agbayani, Mets: The St. Louis and Hawaii Pacific alumnus did not start yesterday but pinch-hit for Robin Ventura with the potential tying run on first and one out in the ninth inning. Agbayani grounded into a double play -- the first time in his career he has done so as a pinch hitter -- to end the game with his team on the losing end 7-6.
Mets manager Bobby Valentine opted for Agbayani in the situation because he was 2-for-4 lifetime against pitcher Steve Kline, while Ventura has managed a hit in his three chances against him.
Agbayani's grounder brought his lifetime average as a pinch hitter down to .267 (12-45).
Mike Fetters, Pirates: One good thing about being the closer on a losing team is that you get plenty of opportunities to rest. The Iolani graduate did not pitch in the Pirates' 3-2 loss to the Padres yesterday.
If Fetters does get a chance to save a game for Pittsburgh in the series, he should continue to be effective. Fetters has only given up five hits against the players on the Padres' roster in his career, led by the three he has given up to Rickey Henderson in 12 at-bats.
Brandon Villafuerte, Rangers: The Hilo native did not pitch in the Rangers' 7-2 win over the Indians yesterday. He has never faced a single player on the stocked Indians club in his brief career.