BYUH serves notice in NCAA II tennis
Hawai'i teams went 3-0 yesterday in the opening round of the NCAA Division II National Tennis Championships at Pensacola, Fla.
The top-ranked BYU-Hawai'i women advanced to the second round with a 5-0 victory over Northeastern State (Okla.).
After sweeping the three doubles matches, BYUH closed the match with decisive wins from Kellie Toguchi and Hana Krivonozkova in singles play.
The BYUH men, ranked No. 2 in the nation, earned their first-ever tournament win by beating Midwestern State (Texas), 5-1.
BYUH won two of three doubles matches and sealed the match with straight-set singles victories by Hung Soon Park, Daouda Ndiaye and Logan Woolley.
Hawai'i Pacific's fifth-ranked men's team beat Francis Marion (S.C.), 5-3.
HPU led 2-1 after doubles play and seemed to have the match in hand with a pair of singles victories by Mikael Maatta and Wojtek Bratek. FMU won the next two singles matches before Stefan Pampulov came from behind to beat Lewellyn King, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, to end the match.
In today's Round 2 matches, the BYUH women play UC Davis, the BYUH men play Eckard College (Fla.), and the HPU men play Ouachita Baptist (Ark).
Perfect 10 for Kennelly: Kaua'i's Keala Kennelly surfed a record-setting heat in the third round of the Billabong Pro Teahupoo yesterday in 4- to 6-foot waves at Teahupoo, Tahiti.
Kennelly became the first woman to receive a perfect 10 while competing in Teahupoo's treacherous waves. Also, her three-wave total of 28.0 (out of 30) was the highest recorded in the four-year history of the contest.
Kennelly rode through several long barrels during her third-round victory, and her top three waves received scores of 10, 9.5 and 8.5.
Another Kaua'i surfer, Rochelle Ballard, also advanced to the quarterfinals with a third-round victory. Ballard's top three waves scored 19.1, including an 8.25 for a long barrel ride.
Waialua's Megan Abubo, who was ranked No. 1 in the world entering yesterday's contest, was upset by Australian Prue Jeffries in the second round. Abubo will likely lose her top ranking as a result of her elimination.
The men's division did not run any heats.
Nelson qualifies: Makena pro Kirk Nelson fired a 3-under-par 69 Wednesday at Waikoloa Kings' Course to win the local qualifying for next month's U.S. Open.
Nelson advances to Sectional Qualifying at Columbine Country Club in Denver on June 4. The top finishers from 13 sectionals earn spots in the U.S. Open, June 14-17 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
Hapuna's Ron Castillo Jr. was a shot behind Nelson. Kevin Carll and Robert Wallace tied for third, at 76
Semi-pro game at Campbell: Semi-Pro Hawai'i Football is back this weekend when Na Kani Koa plays the Maui Heat tomorrow at Campbell High School Stadium.
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