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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, July 21, 2002

Bown boosts U.S. past Thailand in volleyball

Advertiser Staff

Heather Bown, a 1998-99 University of Hawai'i All-American, scored a match-high 18 points to lead USA to a 3-1 victory over Thailand last night in a World Grand Prix match in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

Bown had 13 kills, a match-high four blocks, and one service ace as USA won 25-17, 17-25, 25-21, 25-20 to improve to 2-3 in the tournament.

Setter Robyn Ah Mow, a 1995-96 All-American at Hawai'i, is captain of the U.S. team.

Standings after two weeks of the tournament:

1, Russia (5-0), 2, tie, China and Brazil (4-1). 4, Germany (3-2). 5, USA (2-3). 6, tie, Cuba and Japan (1-4). 8, Thailand (0-5). The first three teams and host China will advance to the championship round Aug. 1-4 in Hong Kong.


• Metzger/Wong fifth: Hawai'i's Stein Metzger and Kevin Wong took fifth place yesterday in a world beach tour Grand Slam event on the Cote d'Azur at Marseille, France.

Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs beat Misty May and Kerri Walsh in an all-U.S. women's final. The men's final is today.

Metzger and Wong, both Punahou School and UCLA graduates, were eliminated by third-seeded Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina, 21-14 and 21-19 in 52 minutes. Metzger and Wong placed fifth to share $8,500.

Metzger and Wong, who have two FIVB bronze medals this season, have a 34-13 match record and $61,750 in earnings. For their career together, which started last year, Metzger and Wong have a 101-36 record with $224,850 in earnings.

• U.S. juniors fall in five: Host Puerto Rico defeated the USA in five games Friday night to win the NORCECA Women's Junior Continental Championship and a bid to the 2003 Women's Junior World Championships.

The scores were 25-18, 18-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-7.

Kanoe Kamana'o, 16, of Honolulu, started at libero for the USA throughout the tournament.


• Third in kiteboarding: Jeff Tobias of Kailua placed third in the freestyle kiteboarding men's competition of the Ford Gorge Games on Tuesday at Hood River, Ore.

Tobias advanced to the four-man final, but was then defeated by Mark Doyle of Oregon, and Martin Vari of Argentina.

Four other Hawai'i kiteboarders — Adam Koch, Chris Gilbert, Flash Austin and Will James — were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

In the women's division, Rebecca Wothers of Maui placed fourth in the final. Fellow Hawai'i competitors Laurel Eastman, Sheldon Plentovich and Julie Prochaska were eliminated in the semifinals.

Several Hawai'i competitors are entered in the canoe-paddling races today.


• Donovan to speak: Jim Donovan, associate athletic director at the University of Hawai'i, will talk about fall football ticket availability and other related issues at tomorrow's Honolulu Quarterback Club.

Donovan yesterday announced he was leaving the UH athletic department to become executive director of the ConAgra Foods Hawai'i Bowl football game.

Also speaking are Tony Ramos, Kamehameha Schools, who will discuss Interscholastic League of Honolulu organization changes, and Bill Von Arnswaldt, retiring athletic director of Kaiser High School.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Pagoda Restaurant, with the program starting at noon. Lunch is $6.50 for club members and $7 for non-members.


• Top prep athletes: Todd Iacovelli and Tia Ferguson were named Hawai'i's Gatorade High School Track and Field Players of the Year.

Iacovelli, a recent Punahou School graduate, won the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs at the state meet this year, setting meet records in both events. He also ran the fastest 3,000 meters by a Hawai'i athlete when he clocked 8:33.36 at Stanford on March 29.

He graduated with a 3.6 grade point average, and will attend the University of Michigan next year.

Ferguson, who will be a junior at Seabury Hall, also swept the distance running events at the state meet. She carries a 3.97 GPA.


• Fast 40s: The 40-yard-Dash, a football speed clinic, will be held Aug. 11, on the Kaiser High School track.

The clinic for athletes in grades 9-12 costs $25 per person and features drills designed to improve speed and basic instruction in acceleration.

Contact coach Mike Nakagawa at (808) 256-0764 or e-mail: mike@hi-speeddevelopment.com for information.