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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, April 24, 2002

UH-Stanford match to mark Kahumoku's return

Advertiser Staff

Before tickets went on sale for Friday's volleyball exhibition between the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine and defending national champion Stanford, there was a rumor on the Mainland that it had sold out.

There are still plenty of tickets available for the 7 p.m. match, which concludes the teams' spring practice. General admission tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $4 for students. About 100 new seats on the floor are $20 apiece.

The rare sneak peek at next fall's UH team will provide Hawai'i's first look at All-American Lily Kahumoku since the 2000 final four. Kahumoku took last season off for personal reasons. She sprained her ankle last week, but is expected to play Friday along with all but one Rainbow Wahine from last year's 29-6 team — Tanja Nikolic, last fall's only senior.

Stanford returns national player of the year Logan Tom and national freshman of the year Ogonna Nnamani from its fifth NCAA championship team. John Dunning was national coach of the year his first season after moving from Pacific.

An hour before Friday's match, the Board of Directors of the UH Letterwinners Club will be raising funds to help Daphne Kawaiaea. The 11-year-old from Hana plays volleyball for former Rainbow Wahine Angie Andrade-Morioka. Kawaiaea received a heart transplant Feb. 20. Money raised will help the family with uninsured medical expenses.

Also, the third annual Dave Shoji Invitational golf tournament will be Friday, May 10, at Ko'olau Golf Club. Money raised supports the program's summer tuition assistance program, spring transportation and other expenses not covered by the budget. For more information, call 956-2506 or 778-7787.