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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Kurasaki sets record pace

By Dennis Anderson
Advertiser Staff Writer

Junior setter Robyn Kurasaki (Maryknoll '00 of Mililani) of St. John's (New York) last night passed 1,000 assists for the third consecutive year. Kurasaki dished 26 assists and had seven digs, but St. John's (14-11) lost to Hofstra, 3-0.

Kurasaki's career assists total is 3,463 — on track to surpass the school career record of 4,456 next season.

She already holds the single match record of 83, set in 2000 against Syracuse. Her high this year is 57.

Her classroom numbers are pretty good, too — a 3.82 grade-point average for her first two years.

Junior Rosalyn Dang (Punahou '00) also starts for St. John's. She has a 3.6 GPA.


Northern Arizona

In Flagstaff, they call her Mercurial Machesky.

That's because senior Corrie Machesky (Hawai'i Prep '99 of Waimea) has hit .380 or better five times this season but has hit .000 or worse seven times.

Lately, the mercury is rising.

Machesky posted career highs of 19 kills and a .607 attack percentage in a five-game victory at Montana.

Machesky followed with 13 kills, three blocks and a .545 attack percentage in a sweep of Portland State.


Brown (R.I.)

Cornerback Jason Ching (Punahou '02 of Hawai'i Loa Ridge) was chosen Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday.

Ching made five tackles, four of them unassisted, and knocked down a pass as Brown held Princeton to 128 yards and no points in the second half of a 16-14 loss Saturday.

Three of his plays saved possible touchdowns — two tackles from behind in the open field and the pass broken up at the 10.

"When I got here, I didn't think I could match up physically, but after the first day of contact, I thought, 'I can play with these guys,' " said Ching, who is 5 feet 10 and 170 pounds, and has 4.6 speed.

The weather has been another matter. "The weather is a whole new game," he said. "I saw my breath for the first time. It's ridiculous. I'm layered up like a tank."


Chapman (Calif.)

Sophomore Darren Lee (Punahou '01 of Waipi'o) scored the tying and winning goals as Chapman rallied from 1-3 in the first half to defeat Cal Lutheran, 4-3.

The assist on the game-winner, in the 83rd minute, came from Lee's high-school classmate, Brent Nakamura (Punahou '01 of 'Aiea). Nakamura leads Chapman (10-3-3) in assists with five, three on game-winning goals.

Matt Carlson (Punahou '00) also is on the Chapman team.

Cal Lutheran has seen enough of Lee. He also scored Chapman's game-winning goal against Cal Lutheran last season.


Pacific (Ore.)

Sophomore Kasey Chun (Maryknoll '01 of Kane'ohe) scored her first collegiate goal and Joni Kaitoku (Iolani '01 of Mililani) scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Whitworth.

Western Washington

Freshman Chela Gray (Iolani '00 of Kane'ohe) scored 26 seconds into overtime in a 1-0 victory over Seattle University. Gray collided with the Seattle goalkeeper 10 yards from the net, but was able to tap the ball past her.

Senior goalkeeper Shaye Anderson (Parker '99 of Kamuela) made six saves in notching her second shutout of the season. "Shaye had the best game I've seen her play all year long," said Western coach Railene Thorson.

Harvard (Mass.)

Freshman Maile Tavepholjalern's first collegiate goal was credited as the game-winner in a 4-0 victory over Cornell. Tavepholjalern is a former Punahou player. Harvard is 6-5-1.