Court Sense: Lower campus live blog March 16

No. 5 Hawaii took on No. 1 USC at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex on Saturday. / Photo by Brian McInnis

In terms of variety and quantity, it’s the day of days for Hawaii sports on the Manoa lower campus.

Softball against Niagara and No. 4 Alabama. Baseball against Cal State Bakersfield. Water polo against the top-ranked team in the country, USC, that made some headlines lately (you might’ve heard about it). Men’s volleyball against Cal State Northridge. And beach volleyball just off campus at Queen’s Beach. And over in Southern California, the UH women’s basketball team playing UC Davis in the Big West championship game.

The live blog follows.


Here’s Billy Hull’s quick writeup of Saturday night’s loss.

9:55 p.m. UH got the tying run to third, but could not bring him home with two outs. Pinch hitter Max Crabbe grounded out to third.

9:47 p.m.: Hancock draws a walk. There is life.

9:45 p.m.: Loud flyout to left-center for Lopez. Hancock up next.

9:41 p.m.: Thomas allows only one baserunner via throwing error on Maaki Yamazaki. UH coming to the plate.

9:33 p.m.: UH is retired 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth. It’s gonna be up to Ethan Lopez, Brennen Hancock and Daylen Calicdan to do something in the bottom of the ninth. But first, Dylan Thomas has been summoned to keep it a one-run game.

9:26 p.m.: Alex Baeza makes a terrific snare on a one-hopped throw to first to get out of the top of the eighth.

9:22 p.m.: Here’s Cindy Luis’ quick writeup of tonight’s sweep of CSUN.

9:20 p.m.: Over here at UH baseball, now. The Rainbows just rallied for two runs in the seventh, with (who else?) Daylen Calicdan delivering a key hit. It’s 5-4 Roadrunners in the top of the eighth.

9:07 p.m.: It was a 12-3 run to finish the match or the ‘Bows. Here’s Stijn van Tilburg on the latest effort.

8:48 p.m.: What a finish. The Rainbow Warriors close with a flurry to notch their 17th straight sweep, 25-16, 25-17, 25-18.

8:36 p.m.: The ‘Bows have scored six unanswered. Stijn van Tilburg is fired up.

8:32 p.m.: The baseball ‘Bows are getting one-hit through five.

8:30 p.m.: At the media timeout, it’s CSUN 15, UH 13. This is like a palindrome from last night (that was a tough first set followed by two runaway sets, and here it’s two runaway sets followed by a tough one.)

8:16 p.m.: Third set is underway here at the SSC. The Matadors have seized upon a three-point lead in the frame. UH does not seem overly concerned.

8:15 p.m.: UH attacker Irene Gonzalez shared her thoughts after taking on USC at home, resulting in a 12-8 loss to the Trojans.

8:14 p.m.: Bakersfield pushes the lead back to 4-2 in the top of the fifth. This is becoming really, really familiar for the ‘Bows.

8:03 p.m.: Make it 50 straight sets for the Rainbow Warriors. This one goes 25-17. Just insane.

7:55 p.m.: Rado Parapunov has 10 kills on 13 swings. Dalton Solbrig, six on seven. UH running away with the second set.

7:46 p.m.: Another solid crowd on hand for volleyball. Looks like 4,000 to 5,000.

7:45 p.m.: The comebackin’ ‘Bows are back into it at Murakami Stadium.

7:43 p.m.: I’m back. UH is the process of putting a hurting on CSUN for the second night in a row, but middle Patrick Gasman just limped off a moment ago and into the tunnel.

7:21 p.m.: Be back in a little bit to do interviews, relocate, etc.

7:19: p.m. Final, No. 1 USC 12, No. 5 Hawaii 8.

7:18 p.m.: Gonzalez strikes again and she’s got a hat trick. Narrows the gap to 12-8 in the final minute. This will be a pretty respectable outcome for UH water polo.

7:16 p.m.: A woman with a cowbell is ringing in nonstop just overhead of the USC huddle during a timeout. That has to be quite annoying.

7:15 p.m.: Nice breakaway score and lobbed shot over the USC keeper and into the goal for Gonzalez. UH’s All-American has got a pair of scores tonight.

7:13 p.m.: UHMVB is picking up where it left off in the dominant second and third sets from last night, leading the Matadors 11-6 in the first frame tonight.

7:13 p.m.: CSUB takes the early lead on UH over at LMS on an RBI groundout in the second.

7:07 p.m.: Maxine Schaap cuts the deficit back to six with some nice persistence on a power play.

7:03 p.m.: Soon after this match ends (it’s early in the fourth quarter) I’ll head over to the Stan Sheriff Center to join Cindy covering volleyball.

7:01 p.m.: Cindy Luis has live updates ready to go for UH men’s volleyball’s rematch with Cal State Northridge.

6:55 p.m.: Over at Les Murakami Stadium, it’s Dom DeMiero on the mound for the ‘Bows. He gets through the first inning unscathed, but so does the Bakersfield pitcher.

6:54 p.m.: UH gets one back, as Elyse Lemay-Lavoie squeezes one through. The crowd (actually a very good crowd) goes wild.

6:53 p.m.: Megens just bounced a penalty shot in at an insane angle. Five of the Trojans’ 10 goals are from her. Just been informed her career high is seven.

6:49 p.m.: Megens just scored her fourth goal on her fourth shot. 8-2 Trojans. You can see why they’ve been so successful. Err, make it 9-2 Trojans.

6:39 p.m.: It’s 7-2 Trojans at halftime. Dutch utility player Maud Megens has three scores for the top-ranked and undefeated Trojans.

6:33 p.m.: Wahine are getting some heat on their shots, but USC goalkeeper Amanda Longan isn’t messing around. She’s getting a hand on just about everything, low, high, post to post.

6:32 p.m. UH baseball is about to get underway in Game 3 of 4 against Cal State Bakersfield

6:28 p.m.: The Trojans gain admission to the UH goal a couple times to start the second quarter. They earned their way in, promise.

6:24 p.m.: Irene Gonzalez gets one to go just before the first quarter ends and UH is within 3-2 of the mighty Trojans, who, if you’re wondering, are now being coached by Casey Moon on an interim basis.

6:16 p.m.: The Trojans have responded with consecutive scores in the first quarter. They seem pretty unfazed.

6:10 p.m.: UH gets on the board first against the Trojans. Center Elyse Lemay-Lavoie whips a scorpion shot straight past the USC keeper and it’s 1-0 Wahine.

6:07 p.m.: No. 5 Hawaii and No. 1 USC just jumped in the pool to contest a water polo match that is going ahead as scheduled after the Trojans’ legendary coach Jovan Vavic was arrested a few days ago as part of the FBI’s crackdown on a widespread college admissions scandal.

From earlier:

>> The UH women’s basketball team is bound for the WNIT after losing a tough one to UC Davis in the Big West title game.

>> The UH softball team split a doubleheader, beating Niagara 3-1 in the morning thanks to Nicole Lopez’s two home runs, then losing 6-2 to No. 4 Alabama despite Alyssa Sojka’s two-run homer.

>> The UH beach volleyball team won all three of its dual matches at Queen’s Beach.

>> The UH men’s tennis team lost 4-3 to Grand Canyon at the UH Tennis Complex.


  1. H-Man March 16, 2019 6:46 pm

    Softball v Alabama. Disappointing loss because Wahine committed so many errors. Of Alabama’s 6 runs, only two were earned. Wahine would have had a chance if they played errorless defense. Too bad for Brittany because she pitched a good game.

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