Sports Update


Saturday, September 20, 1997



Wahine roar past Lions
to halt slide

Assistant Charlie Wade's midmatch tirade
puts the fire back in Hawaii's play

By Cindy Luis
Star-Bulletin

Sick of losing.
Sick of the doubts.
Sick of not being what they knew they could be.

The University of Hawaii women's volleyball team Friday night found the ultimate cure for its 12-day ailment: aloha ball. The Special Events Arena crowd rose to cheer -- not clear out -- for the final point for the first time since Sept. 6 and was not disappointed.

Senior Cia Goods hammered down her 18th kill to lift No. 18 Hawaii to a 15-11, 9-15, 15-4, 15-9 victory over No. 16 Loyola Marymount, ending the Wahine's three-game skid. It was the first time in four tries Hawaii (6-3) had defeated a ranked team, and also the first time in the last three matches the Wahine had won after splitting the first two games.

"It was good to see everyone standing up for the last point instead of there being silence," said Goods, who had just one hitting error in 33 swings and was in on 11 blocks.

It took 2 hours and 7 minutes to quiet the Lions Friday night. It probably won't be enough just yet to quiet the critics, one of whom demanded a refund for his season tickets last week.

But criticism apparently was the key last night when the Wahine got a dressing down between Games 2 and 3 from assistant coach Charlie Wade.

"Charlie read them the riot act and I think he was totally justified in doing it," said Hawaii coach Dave Shoji. "Game 2 was an embarassment. It looked like we hadn't practiced anything. Our skills broke down.

"We had tried just about every angle with them but anger. And anger was the way to go tonight. They listened."

The truth hurt. But it also set the Wahine free.

Hawaii jumped out to a 7-1 lead in Game 3 before LMU closed to 7-4. That was as close as it got.

LMU (8-3) made a run in Game 4, whittling a 10-3 Hawaii lead to 10-7. The Wahine answered with freshman Jessica Sudduth serving for the final five points, a streak that included Goods stuffing the Lions' senior All-American candidate, Sarah Noriega.

"That was part of the game plan, to shut her (Noriega) down," said Goods. "Charlie wanted us to commit, let go of the middle and get outside to block her."

Noriega came into the math leading the country in kill average (6.83 per game). She finished with 11 kills, hitting .051.

Cindy Weglarz kept the Lions in the game with 14 kills.

"We were horrible," said LMU coach Steve Stratos. "We cannot beat a team the caliber of Hawaii the way Noriega was playing. She feels worse than anyone else about it. Hopefully, she'll hae a better night tomorrow or the outcome will be very similar."

The teams meet again at 7 tonight. Wahine senior Therese Crawford is hoping to duplicate last night's performance.

"We were hungry, starving, for a win," said Crawford, who finished with a match-high 20 kills. "We hadn't had that match yet where everyone played well together. We had that tonight."

For the first time in two weeks, Crawford didn't have to carry the offense. Heidi Ilustre (12) and Jenny Roberts (10) finished with career-high kills and Roberts had a career-high eight blocks.

"There was definitely a connection between the setter and the middles tonight," said Roberts. "Nikke (Hubbert) was seeing where the blockers were and setting us where the blockers weren't."

The question is can Hawaii do it again tonight in its last match before Western Athletic Conference play opens next Friday against San Jose State.

"People have already written us off," Shoji said. "I don't think people are being realistic about wins and losses. Everyone's been talking all last week about what's wrong. It was pretty disappointing to hear those comments."

Box Score

At Special Events Arena

Hawaii def. Loyola Marymount, 15-11, 9-15, 15-4, 15-6

Lions (8-3 overall)

		g	k	e	at	pct.     bs     ba	d
Carbonetti	1	0	0	 0	.000	  0	 0	0
Hecker		4      10	7       29	.103	  0	 2     16
Olivier		3	3	2   	 7	.143	  0	 3	0
Day		4	8	7       20	.050	  0	 5	1
Holman  	4	2	1	 6	.167	  0	 1	5
C. Weglarz	4      14	9       42	.119	  0	 3     22
Kightlinger  	2	5	3	15	.133	  0	 2	1
Gustorf		4	9	1	18	.444	  0	 3	8
McFarland	1	0	0	 2	.000	  0	 0	1
Noriega		4      11	9	39	.051	  0	 4	9
N. Weglarz	4	0	0	 0	.000	  0	 0	1
Harris 		1	0	0	 0	.000	  0	 0	2
Totals  	4      62      39      178	.129	  0     23     66
Wahine (20-5 overall, 11-0 WAC)

		g	k	e	at	pct.	 bs     ba	d
Crawford 	4      20	8	46	.261	  0	 2     11 
Karratti 	1	1	1	 3	.000	  0	 0	0
Goods	  	4      16	1	33	.515	  1	10	2
Sudduth  	4	0	1	 4     -.250	  0	 1	7
Elkington  	3	0	0	 2	.000	  0	 0	1
Hubbert  	4	0	1	 3     -.333	  0	 5     11
Stevens  	4	5	6	24     -.042	  0	 4	7
Miyashiro  	4	0	0	 2	.000	  0 	 0     12
Roberts  	4      10	1	15	.600	  0	 8	2
Lee	  	4	0	0	 0	.000	  0	 0	4
Ilustre  	4      12	4	30	.267	  0	 6	7
Totals  	4      66      23      162	.265	  1	36     64
Key: g-games. k-kills. e-hitting errors. at-attempts. pct.-hitting percentage. bs-block solos. ba-block assists. d-digs.

Aces--LMU (5): Gustorf 2, C. Weglarz 2, Noriega 1. UH (5): Ilustre 2, Crawford 2, Sudduth 1. Assists--LMU (60): Holman 54, Noriega 3, Hecker 1, C. Weglarz 1, McFarland 1. UH (61): Hubbert 60, Ilustre 1.

A--6,573. T--2:07. Officials: Hanson, Hironaka.



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