Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wahine get promise
from another junior

Continuing in the path of securing early commitments, the Rainbow Wahine volleyball team added another player for 2003.

The early signing period for volleyball isn't until November, but Kari Gregory has verbally committed to UH.

Gregory, a 6-foot-3 outside hitter from Las Vegas, joins Alicia Arnott and Kanoe Kamana'o as some of the earliest commitments in program history.

Gregory said that she was primarily a basketball player, but fell in love with volleyball. Though only participating in her "second real year of volleyball," Gregory had caught the attention of seven other schools that offered her scholarships. She narrowed her choice to Hawaii, UC Santa Barbara, Loyola Marymount and Oregon.

Gregory visited UH last Saturday and told the coaches her decision before leaving.

"I'm very excited and there's a ton of pressure released from me," Gregory said. "I was being pressured by some other schools so that's why I had to make a verbal commitment so early."

Gregory, an all-state basketball player, has talked to Wahine basketball coaches, but said for her first year she'll concentrate on volleyball.

Scott-Rogers qualify for Swiss tournament

GSTAAD, Switzerland >> Former University of Hawaii player Sean Scott and partner Todd Rogers advanced in yesterday's qualification portion of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.

Scott and Rogers defeated Americans Adam Dewell and Collins Smith 21-15, 21-15, then topped the Swiss team of Roger Cuennet and Samuel Straumann 21-18, 21-15.

Three other American tandems have already earned berths in the 32-team men's main draw, including defending Swiss Open champions Stein Metzger and Kevin Wong of Hawaii.

In the women's draw, Danalee Bragado of Honolulu and partner Rachel Wacholder earned a wild-card berth.

Phillips fights into quarterfinals

Wahiawa's Carl Phillips Jr. earned a spot in the quarterfinals of the National Golden Gloves boxing tournament at Denver, Colo., yesterday.

The 132-pound Phillips lost the first of three rounds, but came back to beat Francisco Tafoya of Wisconsin.

Phillips and 119-pound teammate Kini Sofa Jr. will fight for a chance to advance to the semifinals today.

Wie qualifies for Publinx match play

SUNRIVER, Ore. >> Honolulu's Michelle Wie shot a 71 yesterday for a two-round total of 8-over-par 150 to qualify for the match-play portion of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.

Wie, 12, wasn't the only youngster to qualify. Another 12-year-old, Mina Harigae of Monterey, Calif., advanced with a 151.

Another Hawaii golfer, Amanda Wilson of Hilo, shot a 78 (155) to move on.

Match play begins today.

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