Garbelotti helps rally HPU past UH-Hilo
Susy Garbelotti pounded 18 kills as No. 24 Hawai'i Pacific rallied to beat the Hawai'i-Hilo in a Pacific West Conference women's volleyball match last night at Blaisdell Arena.
HPU won, 23-30, 30-25, 30-20, 30-24, to improve to 8-3 overall and 3-0 in the PacWest.
Sara Pilgreen amassed 20 kills for UHH (5-9 and 1-2).
UHH led by five points in the fourth game before Sandra Brunke came off the HPU bench to ignite a comeback.
Brunke, a sophomore transfer from Arizona Western College, got three kills in a row to help HPU take its first lead in the game at 22-21. Pilgreen's kill tied the score, but Brunke got another kill to put HPU ahead to stay at 22-21.
Stanley sparks U.S.: Honolulu's Clay Stanley was one of five U.S. players to score in double digits Tuesday as the men's national volleyball team defeated Italy, 3-1, at Florida Atlantic University.
The scores were 25-14, 25-16, 18-25, 25-22 over the three-time defending world champions (1990, 1994 and 1998).
Stanley had seven kills, two blocks and two aces for the USA, which evened its season record at 15-15.
Reaching new heights: The 28th FIVB World Congress unanimously agreed last week to introduce a new category of international competition for players 6 feet (men) and 5 feet 8 (women) and under.
The FIVB will give the competition a name and game format following a study. Dr. Ruben Acosta, president of the FIVB, appealed to national and continental federations to encourage the establishment of height-limit competitions as soon as possible. Some competitions in this format are already played in several countries and Brazil will commence an eight-team league next year.
According to statistics quoted by Dr. Annie Peytavin, FIVB Medical Commission president, 97 percent of the world's population is under this height limit.
Lee falls back: Hawai'i's Regan Lee shot a 5-over-par 76 yesterday his worst Gateway Tour round in more than three months at The Epson Tour Championship.
Lee dropped into a tie for 40th, 16 strokes back at 218, going into today's final round at the TPC of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Stadium Course. Four bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine yesterday gave him his highest score since June 11 a span of 37 rounds.