Sports Notebook

Adams no longer
interested in Hilo job

Chaminade coach pulls her
name out of consideration

Chaminade volleyball coach Glennie Adams has taken her name out of consideration for the vacant UH-Hilo job and will not interview, Hilo assistant athletic director Jim DeMello said.

Adams, who took the Silverswords to their first regional appearance last year, was named as one of three finalists for the job and was scheduled to interview next Wednesday. Adams did not give a specific reason but could still reconsider, DeMello said.

Without Adams, the Vulcans will interview Julie Morgan of Salt Lake Community College and Vickie Brault of Baldwin Wallace College (Ohio). If Hilo determines that either of them are not a good fit, they will schedule interviews with the school's three remaining candidates. Guy Enriquez of Ka'u High, Mike Apo of Brigham Young-Hawaii and Paulasi Matavao of Montana State-Billings are believed to make up that list because they have applied but not received rejection letters.

Moanalua's Patti Hardimon is Adams' latest recruit, but says that her feelings should not be a factor in Adams' decision.

"It surprised me a little bit, but I kind of knew it was a possibility," Hardimon said. "It doesn't matter who the coach is, I am still going to Chaminade."

Chaminade athletic director Aaron Griess hadn't heard of Adams' decision officially, but said he hoped Adams would stay. If not, he said he would be ready to move on.

"Obviously she is a very good coach and administrator and valuable to us," Griess said. "She has taken the volleyball program to levels never before achieved."

Hilo hoping: The UH-Hilo softball team dropped one spot to eighth in the latest regional softball poll, even though it beat Western New Mexico -- the PacWest Champion and No. 5 ranked team in the nation -- once in four tries on the road. The top six teams are invited to the regional, which starts May 8. The Vulcans have only four more games on their schedule, today and tomorrow at lightly regarded Montana State-Billings.

Sitting ahead of Hilo (26-13) are Western Washington (22-15) at No. 7 and Western Oregon (25-12) at No. 6. UC Davis (35-4) is the top team in the region, while Hawaii Pacific is on the fringe at No. 10.

Seasiders sweep honors: Brigham Young-Hawaii tennis players Jan Krejci and Adrienn Hegedus were named the PacWest Players of the Year this week for leading their teams to the conference championships. Seasider coach Dave Porter was rewarded for the performance with the conference's coach of the year award.

Hawaii Pacific's men dominated the all-academic team, placing five players on the list, including Matey Pampulov, who led the list with a 3.80 GPA in computer science. Chaminade's Kim Yamasaki took the women's top academic award for the second straight year, registering a 3.97 GPA in business administration.

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