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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Lui leads BYU soccer into NCAAs

By Leila Wai
Advertiser Staff Writer


If you know of any athletes deserving of recognition, give us their names, high schools and graduation years, colleges and sports. E-mail us at: homegrown@honoluluadvertiser.com or contact Leila Wai at 535-2457.

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Six soccer players from Hawai'i are participating in the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournament beginning Friday.

Brigham Young (15-2-3), with senior midfielder Charlene Lui (Punahou '02 of Honolulu), plays Weber State (14-4-1).

Duke (13-5-1), with sophomore goalkeeper Allison Lipsher (Punahou '04 of Hawai'i Kai), plays Fairfield (10-6-3).

UNLV (13-6-3), with senior midfielder Lori Sakai (Iolani '02), plays Cal State Fullerton (17-3-0)

Gonzaga (12-3-4), with freshman midfielder Dayna Omiya (Iolani '05 of Pearl City), plays Southern California (12-5-2).

Pepperdine (13-3-3), with freshman defender Kelsey Baker (Punahou '05 of Honolulu) and junior defender Ashlee Doi (Mililani '02), plays Mississippi (14-4-2).


  • Brigham Young senior midfielder Charlene Lui (Punahou '02 of Honolulu) was named to the All-Mountain West Conference first team. She previously made the second team twice.

  • Idaho State junior defender Jennifer Loo (Mililani '03) and Portland State junior midfielder Kari Otani (Maui '03 of Kahului) were named to the All-Big Sky first team.

    Loo made the first team as a forward last season. She played in all 17 games this season, tallying a team-high 15 shots.

    Otani started 17 matches, recording 23 shots, including 10 on goal.

  • UNLV senior defender/midfielder Lori Sakai (Iolani '02) assisted on the game-winning goal in the 96th minute as the Rebels won the Mountain West Conference Tournament with a 1-0 overtime win over New Mexico Saturday.

  • Harvard senior midfielder Maile Tavepholjalern (attended Punahou, of Honolulu) was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I second team. She carries a 3.8 GPA, concentrating on applied mathematics.


  • Several soccer players were named to CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District men's soccer teams.

    Santa Clara junior forward Keith DeVey (St. Anthony '02 of Kula) was named to the District VIII team, and Southern Methodist senior forward Duke Hashimoto (Iolani '02 of Kapolei) was named to the District VI team.

    Both will advance to the national ballot to be considered for Academic All-America honors, which will be announced in mid-November.


  • Colorado sophomore linebacker Jordon Dizon (Waimea '04) had six tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 24 yards, in a 41-12 win over Missouri Saturday.

    Senior defensive tackle Vaka Manupuna (Saint Louis '01 of Kihei) also had six tackles.

  • Tennessee senior defensive tackle Jesse Mahelona (Kealakehe '01 of Kailua, Kona) had seven tackles, including one for a loss of four yards, in a 41-21 loss to Notre Dame Saturday.

  • Washington junior defensive tackle Donny Mateaki (Iolani '02 of Honolulu) had six tackles, including one for a loss of two yards, in an 18-10 loss to Oregon State Saturday.

    Sophomore nose tackle Wilson Afoa (Saint Louis '03 of Honolulu) had five tackles, including one for a loss of five yards, and senior linebacker Joe Lobendahn (Saint Louis '01 of Honolulu) had three tackles.

  • Texas Tech senior tight end Bristol Olomua (Kahuku '99 of La'ie) caught one pass for 20 yards in a 56-17 win over Texas A&M Saturday.

  • Alcorn State freshman kicker Jeremy Shea (Saint Louis of Waipahu) leads the team with 31 points, making 6 of 7 field goals and 13 of 15 extra points.

    His longest field goal was 46 yards, and he also has two tackles.

    Sophomore defensive tackle Oren Long (Saint Louis '04 of Honolulu) has 14 tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 10 yards.

    Freshman kick returner B.J. Batts (Saint Louis '04 of Kapolei) and freshman offensive lineman Bronson Carvalho (Saint Louis '04 of Kapa'a) are also on the team.


  • Wellesley sophomore Jenna Mezin (Seabury Hall '04) was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Year. Mezin was named to the first team at No. 1 singles and doubles.


  • Barton County Community College (Great Bend, Kan.) sophomore middle Sunshine Misa-Uli (Farrington '04) was named the Jayhawk West Conference Most Valuable Player, as voted on by conference coaches.

    Uli led the Cougars with 459 kills, averaging 4.3 kills per game. She also ranked in the top 5 on the team in digs (317), blocks (208) and aces (56).

    Freshman outside hitter/middle Tanya Sale (Farrington '05 of Honolulu) was an honorable mention selection. She recorded 334 digs and 46 aces. Sale also racked up 310 kills, good for an average of 2.7 per game.

  • Menlo (Atherton, Calif.) sophomore Christa Hewett (Kamehameha '04 of Pearl City) was named the NAIA Region II Libero of the Week on Nov. 2.

    She tallied 33 digs and an ace in a 30-23, 30-23, 30-17 victory against Bethany University Oct. 29.

    She was also named the California Pacific Conference's Libero of the Week.

    Senior setter Kari Shimomura (McKinley '02 of Kaimuki) was named the CalPac Setter of the Week Nov. 2, after recording 28 assists, 15 digs, 10 kills and hitting .444 against Bethany.

    Seven of Menlo's 10 players are from Hawai'i: Hewett, Shimomura, junior middle/outside hitter Sanoe Eselu (Moanalua '03 of Waipahu), sophomore defensive specialist/libero Krista Catian (Hanalani of Wai'anae), sophomore middle Courtney Adaro (Moanalua of Wahiawa), sophomore outside hitter Talia Onosai (Word of Life '04 of Kane'ohe) and junior outside hitter Ames Samuelu (of Honolulu).


  • Several swimmers from Hawai'i found success at the Big West Shootout this past weekend, featuring teams such as Stanford, Hawai'i, Washington and Brigham Young.

    On the meet's first day: San Diego senior Ashley Swart (Kaiser '02 of Hawai'i Kai) won the 200 freestyle (1:51.70), 200 breaststroke (2:16.77) and 400 individual medley (4:20.66). UC Irvine sophomore Chelsea Nagata (Maui '04 of Kahului) won the 100 backstroke (57.02), 50 freestyle (23.77) and 100 butterfly (56.01). UC Irvine sophomore Randall Tom (Seabury Hall '04 of Wailuku) won the 200 butterfly (1:50.45) and 100 butterfly (49.26), and was third in the 400 individual medley (4:10.00). San Diego senior Ashley Rose (Kealakehe '02 of Kailua, Kona) finished ninth in the 100 backstroke (1:05.42), 10th in the 50 freestyle (25.77) and 12th in the 200 backstroke (2:18.86). Pepperdine senior Nicole Okuna (Waiakea) was seventh in the 100 butterfly (58.54), 18th in the 100 backstroke (1:05.53) and 19th in the 50 freestyle (26.03). San Diego sophomore Leoho'onani Reyes (Kamehameha of Kaunakakai) was 15th in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.37), 15th in the 200 breaststroke (2:47.67) and 25th in the 100 freestyle (1:00.31).

    On the meet's second day: Swart won the 200 freestyle (1:51.65) and 200 breaststroke (2:17.44). Tom won the 200 individual medley (1:52.65). Rose placed fourth in the 50 freestyle (25.65) and third in the 200 backstroke (2:09.98). Okuna placed fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:14.26) and 11th in the 100 freestyle (56.02). Reyes was 14th in the 50 freestyle (27.35) and 17th in the 200 breaststroke (2:42.39).


  • Amherst (Mass.) freshman Nicole Anderson (Iolani '05 of Kailua) was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year after her eighth-place finish, highest among the newcomers, at the conference championships Oct. 29.

    Anderson, who completed the 5K race in 18:29.7, was also named to the all-conference second team.


  • Saddleback Community College (Mission Viejo, Calif.) freshman Sami Freitas (Redemption Academy of Kailua) was named to the Orange Empire Conference first team, after averaging 83 strokes per round.


  • UCLA freshman Meleana Carr (Punahou of Honolulu) was a member of the winning freshman/novice eight event at the Newport Rowing Festival in Newport Beach, Calif., this past weekend. Her crew finished in 17:17.


  • George Washington junior driver Julian Price (Iolani '03 of Honolulu) has scored 18 goals, with 25 assists and 26 steals this season.

    Reach Leila Wai at lwai@honoluluadvertiser.com.