Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

BYUH in volleyball final

CANYON, Texas >> Brigham Young-Hawaii will play for the national Division II volleyball championship today, for the first time since 1999.

The Seasiders beat Tampa 27-30, 30-25, 30-26, 30-26 yesterday in the semifinals.

Third-seeded BYUH meets No. 10 seed Truman State (Mo.) for the title today at 3:30 p.m. Hawaii time.

The Bulldogs (28-8) beat fourth-seeded Grand Valley State (Mich.) 30-27, 31-29, 26-30, 30-22 in the other semifinal. GVSU finishes the year 32-3.

Truman State is making its first championship match appearance.

After losing the first game to Tampa (28-7) yesterday, the Seasiders (26-2) jumped out to a 9-1 lead in Game 2 and held on to even the match.

Game 3 was tight throughout, but BYUH finally broke a 26-all tie on three straight Tampa hitting errors. Freshman All-American Chun Yi Lin blasted her seventh kill of the game on match point.

In the fourth game, Lin registered a solo block to put the Seasiders up 28-26, and BYUH closed out the match after two Spartans hitting errors.

Lin had a match-high 21 kills and five blocks and hit .325. Ashley Moeai chipped in with 14 kills and three aces and Yu Chuan Weng added 13 kills and 13 digs.

BYUH beat Tampa in 1999 for its first NCAA Div. II crown. The Seasiders won eight NAIA championships between 1986-97.

Chen breaks mark, qualifies for NCAAs

AUSTIN, Texas >> Hawaii's Yan Chen broke the school record in the 200 IM on Thursday at the Texas Invitational.

Chen finished in 1:59.83, shattering the previous mark of 2:04.29 set by Katia Sarakatsani last spring.

Chen qualified for the NCAA Nationals in the 200 IM.

Arizona couple wins best-ball event

Don and Charleen Duffy, of Tucson, Az., shot a best-ball score of 27-under-par 187 to win the Inaugural Pairs In Paradise Golf Tournament at the Waikoloa Kings and Beach courses.

Don and Sharron Wright of Wichita Falls, Texas, placed second with a 193, followed by Steve and Karen Barard of Columbus, Ohio, at 201.

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