Defending champion Paul Goldstein rallied to advance to todays semifinals of the second annual Hilton Waikoloa Village USTA Challenger, yesterday on the Big Island.
Goldstein, the top seed, defeated seventh-seeded Bob Bryan, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3. Goldstein, 24, won the $4,200 first prize, and 42 ranking points, here last year. He is ranked 80th in the world and came to Hawaii after losing to Andre Agassi in the Australian Opens second round.
Bryans twin brother Mike, who is not seeded, reached the semifinals when Robert Kendrick retired in the second set with "stomach distress." James Blake, 21, also unseeded, advanced with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory over Jeff Salzenstein.
The final semifinalist is 18-year-old Andy Roddick, who eased past 26-year-old Vince Spadea, 6-2, 6-1. Last year, Roddick became the first American since 1992 to be ranked the No. 1 junior in the world.
Semifinals begin at 10 this morning, with tomorrows final starting at the same time.
UH-Hilo triumphs: Alan Thomas scored 26 points and the University of Hawaii-Hilo Vulcans broke away from a 52-all halftime tie, to defeat Montana State-Billings, 114-110, last night at Afook Chinen civic in Hilo.
Scott Prather added 22, B.J. Rogers 21, David LaQua 18 and Jason Shumate 17 for the Vulcans, who improved to 10-8 overall and 5-4 in the Pacific West Conference. UHH also made 32 of 44 free throw attempts, including 25-of-33 in the second half.
Danny Phillips scored a game-high 30 points, Dan Carter added 29 points, Jay Edwards 15 and Skouson Harker 10 for the Yellowjackets (13-4, 6-3).
Chaminade wins: Igor Beljanski and CJ Cowgill scored 19 points each as Chaminade beat Western New Mexico, 69-53, last night in a game that started at McCabe Gym and ended at nearby Kaimuki High Gym.
A shattered backboard at McCabe with 9:52 remaining in the second half forced the Pacific West Conference game to be finished at Kaimuki.
David Toya added 16 for the Silverswords. Nickolas Frey scored 12 points and Michael Stidham 11 for the Mustangs.
Wahine ranked 36th: The University of Hawaii Wahine softball team is ranked 36th in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association pre-season poll.
The Wahine received 10 votes for 13 points. UCLA, with 13 first place votes, is ranked No. 1, followed by Oklahoma and Arizona.
The Wahine will play Hawaii Pacific today at noon in a preseason scrimmage at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Big Hart at Sunset: Hawaiis Kahea Hart captured the Hawaii Pro Am Circuit Sunset Beach Open yesterday in 6-to 8-foot surf.
Hart earned the $2,500 first prize. Hawaiis Pancho Sullivan, who had the best tube ride of the day, finished second, with Californian Gavin Beschen third.
The next event on the HPAC tour is the HIC Pipeline Pro. Holding period for the event is from Feb. 30 to March 4.
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