Side Lines for Sunday, September 28, 2008

• No. 7 Hawai‘i gets WAC lead

• October break tennis, swim registration on

• Punzal scores for Hawai‘i


No. 7 Hawai‘i gets WAC lead

The No. 7 University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team (11-2, 4-0 WAC) swept through the New Mexico State Aggies (8-7, 3-1) 26-24, 25-20 and 25-23, seizing control of the lead in the Western Athletic Conference standings, at the Pan American Center yesterday.

According to a Hawai‘i press release, Jamie Houston led the way, posting 16 kills to lead all players.

Aneli Cubi-Otineru had a double-double with 10 kills and 12 digs while Nickie Thomas and Amber Kaufman both hit .438 with eight kills out of the middle.

Stephanie Ferrell came up with nine kills and two blocks while Dani Mafua had 41 assists and nine digs. Tara Hittle played well in the back row, recording a career-high four aces with six digs.

 Hawai‘i jumped out quickly, scoring the first three points of match.

The Aggies kept the deficit between one and three points until a 4-1 Hawai‘i run got the Rainbow Wahine lead to 15-11.

New Mexico State responded with a three-point to cut it back to 16-15. Another 4-1 Hawai‘i run pushed UH’s lead to 21-17.

But the Aggies weren’t done fighting, coming back all the way to earn its first tie at 24-24.

The Rainbow Wahine responded by scoring the next two points, the last a solo block by Cubi-Otineru, to finish it off 26-24.

 New Mexico State took its first lead of the match early in the second set, going ahead 7-4.

But Hawai‘i rallied, scoring the next five points to take a 9-7 edge. New Mexico State kept it close but would not be able to tie it again as UH took the second set, 25-20.

 The Aggies jumped ahead 11-6 on the strength of a big five-point run in the third. The two teams traded small rallies with New Mexico State taking its lead to 18-13.

A four-point run by UH got them back into the set at 18-17, setting up a back-and-forth battle for much of the rest of the set.

After forcing ties at 19-19 and 20-20, the Rainbow Wahine went on a run, scoring three points in a row to take a 22-19 edge. From there, UH was able to side out their way to victory, taking the third set 25-23.

 The Rainbow Wahine will conclude the road trip when they face San Jose State on tomorrow, at 7 p.m. (4 p.m. HST).


October break tennis, swim registration on

Registration for the October break Tennis and Swim Camp is now being accepted at The Club at Hanalei Bay Resort.

The camp will be held from Oct. 6 through Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Young people from age 6 through 15 are eligible to participate.

Registration closes on Oct. 3.

For more information, call 652-3971.


Punzal scores for Hawai‘i

Mari Punzal of Kapa‘a had four shots as the University of Hawai‘i started its three-game road trip with a 1-1 tie against Portland State, Friday night.

Both scores came in the first half, and with the tie Hawai‘i moves to 3-3-3 overall. Portland State is now 1-8-2.

Punzal, a sophomore, notched her first goal of the season in the 16th minute, getting an assist from junior Ambree Ako.

But Portland State tied the game with 30 seconds showing in the half when Kala Renard scored a goal, her first of the game.

Hawai‘i’s defense shut down the Vikings in the second half, including UH goalkeeper Kori Lu finishing with three saves.

Offensively, Taryn Fukuroku finished with four shots, including three on goal and Ako added two shots.

Hawai‘i travels to Seattle to meet No. 21 Washington Huskies for its second game of the road trip, today starting at noon (9 a.m. HST).

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