BYU-Hawaii preseason No. 1 in DII volleyball
The Brigham Young-Hawaii women's volleyball team won't be able to sneak up on anyone this season. Last year, the Seasiders were unranked in the preseason poll but went on to win the program's 10th national title.
No such thing this time around. BYUH was a near-unanimous choice in yesterday's AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 poll. The Seasiders had 34 of 35 first-place votes for 874 points.
Hawaii Pacific was ranked No. 22, the first time since last Oct. 22 that the Sea Warriors were in the poll. Prior to that, HPU had been ranked 50 consecutive weeks, dating back to October of 1998.
Chaminade received 15 points, good for 34th place. Hawaii-Hilo did not receive any votes.
Lajola wins twice at World Junior Davis Cup
Aiea's Dennis Lajola teamed with top-ranked Donald Johnson of Chicago to win two doubles matches at the World Junior Davis Cup in Prostejov, Czech Republic.
The pair, playing No. 1 doubles for the United States, defeated South Africa in the first round 6-4, 6-2 and Italy 6-4, 6-1 in the second round. Sixteen countries who qualified through their respective regions are competing in the tournament. Play continues through Saturday.
Boxing on tap at Blaisdell Arena
WBO Asia Pacific welterweight champion Teddy Limoz Jr. returns to the Blaisdell Arena boxing ring Sept. 5 to take on Thailand's No. 1 welterweight contender Raja Tweekiet in a scheduled 10-round main event. Limoz (10-1, 9 Kos) won his last bout with a second-round KO of Thailand's Wat Vor Wutinun. Tweekiet is 10-3, 4 KOs).
The 10-round co-main event features Hawaii's Dustin Kim (18-4, 11 KOs) and Thailand's Chawan Vorapin (13-5, 4 KOs).
The undercard includes heavyweight Rodney Joseph, 19-0 as a kickboxer, looking for his second pro boxing win when taking on Talasago Sitafine (3-0). Making their pro boxing debuts will be Hawaii's Justin Mercado and Ku'ulei Kupihea.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday at the Blaisdell Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. Ringside seats are $50, with table seats $30 and riser seats $25.
The fights begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 591-2211.
Virtual technology for OIA football telecasts
This year's live broadcasts of Oahu Interscholastic Association football games on OC16 will use the same virtual technology that is used on NFL and college football broadcasts.
Oceanic will have the virtual 10-yard chalk line, graphics and video overlays beginning with the Aug. 29 Kahuku-Waianae game at Aloha Stadium. Oceanic broadcasts OIA football live every Friday night throughout the regular season.
Longboard event opens Friday
The $26,000 Converse Hawaiian Open, the second stage of the U.S. Professional Longboard Surfing Championships, is scheduled for this weekend at Ala Moana Bowls.
Among the top competitors in the event are Hawaii's Rusty Keaulana, Duane DeSoto, Kanoa Dahlin, Dino Miranda and Desiree DeSoto. The USPLS champions will be crowned at the conclusion of the three-event series at Malibu, Calif., next month.
The $26,000 prize money will be split equally between the men's and women's divisions, with the main event winners getting $4,000 each and the noseriding winners receiving $1,000 apiece.
Duo wins bocce crown
Fernando Rodrigues and Paul Klink-Maniscalco captured the Friends of Italy Bocce Tournament with a victory over Giampiero Morosi and Victor Geminiani last Sunday at Paki Hale in Waikiki.
With the match tied at 11, Rodrigues and Klink-Maniscalco scored the final point to win the title match. The result was contested, but the victory for Rodrigues and Klink-Maniscalco was upheld.
Bocce is played with a three-pound ball, which is rolled down an alley toward a pallina, a one-inch ball which is rolled first. The ball coming closest to the pallino scores.
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