Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

BYUH wins volleyball
Pacific Regional

From staff and wire reports

SAN BERNARDINO, Cailf. >> Brigham Young-Hawaii knocked off fourth-ranked Cal State San Bernardino yesterday to win the NCAA Division II Pacific Regional Volleyball Tournament.

BYUH won 30-19, 21-30, 30-26, 30-25 to secure a spot in the Elite Eight for the national championship.

Freshmen Yu Chuan Weng and Chun Yi Lin combined for 36 kills to lead the Seasiders (24-2).

"The girls did enough to win," BYUH coach Wilfred Navalta said. "It was an up-and-down (match).

"I thought (CSSB) would be more aggressive and show more. Maybe they used their energy and excitement (the day before) against San Diego," he said.

Lin also contributed three solo blocks and six block assists and the Seasiders totaled 13 team blocks.

The Coyotes (29-3) rallied for five straight points in Game 4 to cut BYUH's lead to 25-24, but after a timeout, the Seasiders' Leiau Meatoga ended the match with her 10th kill.

"For a young team, we were kind of impatient, we wanted to rush," Navalta said. "But we stayed focused and took care of business.

"Our girls played much better at critical times."

The Seasiders return to Hawaii today and wait to see who they be play in the national tournament, which runs Dec. 5-7.

BYUH finishes fourth in water polo

SAN DIEGO >> The Brigham Young-Hawaii water polo team lost to Air Force 9-6 in the third-place game of the Western Water Polo Championship.

The Seasiders (16-11) led 4-3 going into the fourth, but the Falcons scored five times after goalie Sasha Stankovic was ejected. Val Kalabic scored twice before being ejected.

HPU runners just miss All-America status

Hawaii Pacific's Nina Christenson and Sayuri Kusutani came in 36th and 37th at the NCAA Division II national cross country championships at snowy Ashland, Ohio, yesterday, while Brigham Young-Hawaii's Chelsea Smith finished 57th. The Sea Warriors expected to finish in the top 25 and be All-Americans, but it wasn't meant to be.

"Sayu said she doesn't like herself today," Hawaii Pacific coach Vien Schwinn said. "It is kind of depressing, it didn't end the way I anticipated, but the year went well"

Christensen was the closest to gaining All-America status, running the course in 22:59.3, 16 seconds away from 25th place. Kusutani was right behind at 23:03.7. Smith finished in 23:26.

Amber Klein of Adams State won the individual title in 20:54.5.

Farrington alumna gets volleyball honor

Sophomore outside hitter Holly Yamada from Farrington has been named to the first team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women's volleyball team.

Yamada led the Regis Rangers in kills (418), kills per game (3.80), digs (378), service aces (36) and aces per game (0.33).

Jones, Morrison, Chang at QB Club

Hawaii football coach June Jones will be the featured speaker at the Honolulu Quarterback Club tomorrow, and he'll bring quarterback Tim Chang and quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison with him.

The luncheon at the Pagoda Restaurant begins at 11:30 a.m., with the program starting at noon. Lunch costs $7.

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