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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, September 6, 2006

'Fairfield Five' coming home

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. Photos are also welcome. E-mail us at: homegrown@honoluluadvertiser.com or contact Leila Wai at 535-2457.

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Five Hawai'i players on the Fairfield (Conn.) women's volleyball team return home this weekend to play in a tournament hosted by the University of Hawai'i.

The homegrown Stags are junior outside hitter Lindsey Lee (St. Joseph '04 of Hilo), junior outside hitter Jazmin Pa'akaula (St. Joseph '04 of Hilo), junior setter Ashley Hanohano (St. Joseph '04 of Hilo), sophomore setter/defensive specialist Brandi Higa (Hawai'i Baptist '05 of Honolulu) and senior libero Kiana Kauwe (Kamehameha of Honolulu).

Fairfield plays Hawai'i this weekend in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Volleyball Challenge, which also includes Stanford and Northwestern.

Pa'akaula has 988 career digs and will soon be the seventh Stag to reach the 1,000 milestone.

Lee and Hofstra (Hempstead, N.Y.) junior setter Shellane Ogoshi (Roosevelt '04 of Honolulu) were named to the Hofstra/Asics Invitational All-Tournament team this past weekend.

In three matches, Ogoshi totaled 131 assists (11.91 per game), 25 digs (2.27 per game), four kills and three block assists. Lee had 47 kills (4.7 per game) and 39 digs (3.9 per game).


  • East Tennessee State junior Kaena Apana (Nanakuli of Wai'anae) was named to the Charlotte Classic All-Tournament team, after recording 40 digs in two matches.

  • St. John's senior outside hitter Patti Hardimon (Moanalua '03 of Honolulu) was named to the Big East Volleyball Weekly Honor Roll on Aug. 29.

    Hardimon was selected the Fairfield Invitational Most Valuable Player after averaging 4.67 kills and 2.67 digs per game while hitting .292.


  • Colorado junior linebacker Jordon Dizon (Waimea '04) recorded eight tackles, including three solo, and a 6-yard sack in a 19-10 loss to Montana State Saturday.

  • Brigham Young freshman defensive lineman Ian Dulan (Kamehameha-Hawai'i '06 of Hilo) "was probably the most unexpected starter" on the depth charts, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Dulan made one tackle assist in a 16-13 loss to Arizona Saturday.

  • Portland State senior running back Kelena Ho'okano (Kamehameha) gained 35 of the team's 55 rushing yards on 13 carries and caught one pass for 12 yards in Saturday's 17-6 victory at New Mexico.

  • Iowa Wesleyan College (Mt. Pleasant, Iowa) senior linebacker James Kaopuiki (Moanalua '03) recorded five tackles and forced a fumble in a 10-3 season-opening victory over Waldorf (Iowa) Saturday.

    Also on the team are junior linebackers David Taumalolo (Kaimuki of Honolulu) and James Fisher (Ka'u of Pahala).


  • Boise State junior defender Alli Tsuchida (Punahou '04 of Honolulu) was named the Defensive MVP of the Governor's Cup in Boise, Idaho, this past weekend.

    Boise State defeated Montana, 2-1, and lost to Idaho State, 1-0.

    Idaho State senior defender Jen Loo (Mililani '03) was named to the All-Tournament Team after leading the Bengals to the title.

    Loo scored the Bengals' lone goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to Brigham Young on Aug. 29. She scored in the 27th minute on a free kick from midfield.

  • New Mexico freshman forward/midfielder Markee Nobriga (Kamehameha '06) scored her first collegiate goal in a 3-0 win over UC Irvine Monday in the UNLV adidas Classic.

    Nobriga scored in the 84th minute on a header off a corner kick.

  • UC Santa Barbara senior forward Chandi Bickford (King Kekaulike '03 of Haiku) had a goal and an assist as the Gauchos defeated San Diego State, 2-0, Sunday.

    Bickford's assist came in the 86 minute. San Diego State sophomore midfielder Mariko Strickland (Mid-Pacific '05 of Kaua'i) had three shots.

  • Hawai'i players at Bethel College (Ind.) helped lead the team to two victories this past weekend.

    Bethel College defeated Indiana Tech, 4-1, Friday, all on goals from Hawai'i players. Senior forward Lisa Franke (Kealakehe '03 of Kailua, Kona) scored in the seventh minute on a header. Freshman forward Amber Spencer (Kamehameha-Hawai'i of Hilo) scored on a cross from freshman forward Laura Franke (Kealakehe '06 of Kailua, Kona) in the 34th minute and Spencer scored again four minutes later on an assist from Lisa Franke.

    Laura Franke scored the fourth goal in the 88th minute.

    The Franke sisters scored both goals in Friday's 2-0 win over Adrian College (Mich.).

    Laura Franke scored on a volley off a header by senior midfielder Katy Jenkins (homeschooled, from Lawai, Kaua'i) in the ninth minute. Lisa Franke scored in the 66th minute on an assist from senior midfielder JoBette Nabarro (Waiakea '03 of Kea'au).

    Also on the team are freshman forward Maluhia Desha (Waiakea of Hilo) and freshman midfielder Mahina Costales (Kamehameha-Hawai'i '06 of Hilo).


  • Chabot College's (Hayward, Calif.) Tiffany Villanueva (Leilehua) was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American for California Community Colleges.

    She also was named ITA Rookie Player of the Year for California Community Colleges, All-Coast Conference and team MVP.

  • Wellesley (Mass.) junior Jenna Mezin (Seabury Hall '04) was named a 2006 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III All-American for singles and doubles.

    Redlands' Jenna Umeno (Baldwin of Kahului), who recently completed her eligibility, was named an ITA Division III All-American for doubles.

    Reach Leila Wai at lwai@honoluluadvertiser.com.