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Moore advances

Carissa Moore of Honolulu has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Women’s U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Also making the quarterfinals after yesterday’s round of 12 are Lakey Peterson, Laura Enever, Tyler Wright, Sally Fitzgibbons, Justine Dupont, Jacqueline Silva and Sarah Baum.

Hawaii’s Alana Blanchard failed to advance.


Vote to bring $50,000 grant to Hawaii

Hawaii’s tennis community is encouraged to vote online to help the USTA Hawaii Pacific Section receive a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant.

The section’s request for the grant has been accepted. Now it has to finish among the top 10 vote-getters to participate in the Here Comes the Tennis Mobile project. It would provide free tennis lessons for kids at 15 Hawaii public parks.

Most of the juniors will be from under-served communities. They will be taught by a group of about a dozen high school and college students who have been trained for group lessons. The grant will also help purchase a van, portable tennis nets, rackets, balls and other equipment.

The section estimates it can reach 2,000 kids, ages 8 to 18, within a year with the program.

Those interested can vote once a day through Aug. 31. To vote, visit refresheverything.com/herecomesthetennismobile.

For more information, contact the USTA’s Melissa Pampulov, at 585-9525 or pampulov@hawaii.usta.com.


Japan takes lead at HIBT

Hidemi Hayashi landed the only fish of the day to give Japan the lead on the second day of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament yesterday.

Hayashi, fishing aboard Marlin Magic, needed only 43 minutes to reel in the 531-pound Pacific Blue Marlin.

Hayashi’s Hilton Grand Vacations Fishing Club has 1,008 points and leads by 108 points over the Game Fishing Club of South Australia and 381 ahead of the Olympian Dream Fishing Club of Japan.

Boyd DeCoito leads the captain’s standings by 192 points over Jason Holtz.


Li, Porter are PacWest’s best

Brigham Young-Hawaii junior Elwen Li was named the Pacific West Conference’s player of the year in women’s tennis yesterday, while Seasiders coach Dave Porter was selected the coach of the year.

Li finished the season 25-0 in singles and teamed with Yuan Jia to go 25-1 in doubles. The Seasiders won every match until the NCAA championship match.

Chaminade’s Yuko Kondo shared the newcomer of the year award with Cecilia Vergnet of Grand Canyon.


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