UH’s Shoji to speak at CAK meeting

You’ve seen him on television for most of his almost 900 wins at the helm of the University of Hawai’i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team and now you can see him in person on Friday, January 20 at the Kaua’i Beach Resort.

Trinette Kau’i, program chair of the Contractors Association of Kaua’i made the announcement recently that Shoji will be the keynote speaker for the CAK annual meeting. Last year, Hawai’i athletics director Herman Frazier highlighted the gathering.

Shoji will speak on leadership and team building in business and in sports.

The CAK meeting is open to the public and the cost for dinner is $40 per person. Advance reservation and payment is required by Friday, January 13. Call the CAK office at 246-2662 for more information.

Shoji has an 897-157-1 career record that spans over 30 years of coaching the Wahine.

He has the highest winning percentage of active volleyball coaches (.850) and was selected as the coach of the NCAA Division I 25th Anniversary Team.

At the end of the 2005 season, Shoji picked up his 10th conference and eighth regional coach of the year awards.

UH men’s volleyball ranked seventh

The No. 7 University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball squad opens up regular season play against UC-Santa Barbara for two matches on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13-14 at UCSB’s Robertson Gym. Both matches will begin at 5:05 p.m. (HST).

No television coverage is expected for either game.

Senior outside hitter Matt Bender is out at least four weeks after severely spraining his left ankle in practice on Tuesday, Jan. 3. An MRI later revealed a torn ligament which he will try to non-surgically rehabilitate. Bender, who averaged 3.55 kills per game in 2005, is slated to be one of the starting outside hitters.

UH opens its regular season home schedule on Jan. 18-20, hosting the Outrigger Invitational at the Stan Sheriff Center. UCLA, Penn St., and Ohio St. will be competing in the four-team field. Matches should begin at 4 and 7 p.m. each night.

The Hawai’i men’s basketball team takes its unbeaten Western Athletic Conference mark on the road with games at Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State this week. First up for the Rainbow Warriors (8-4, 2-0 WAC) is the Bulldogs, tomorrow. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CST (3 p.m. HST) at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, La. The ‘Bows continue their road trip at New Mexico St., Saturday. Tip-off is 4:05 p.m. (HST) at the Pan American Center.


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