It was a great weekend for UH-Hilo sports


The UH-Hilo softball team collected two Pacific West Conference weekly awards thanks to their four-game sweep of Academy of Art last weekend.


The Vulcans moved into playoff contention with a four-game sweep AS Chloe Sales earned two of the victories in the pitcher’s circle. The left-hander secured one win as a starter and one in relief to help UHH move up into fourth place in the PacWest standings.

The Weatherford transfer pitched a seven-inning complete game on day one of the series during a 6-1 win, and came out of the bullpen on the second day during a 4-1 victory. She totaled 9.1 innings and gave up only one earned run, scattering seven hits, walked two and struck out five. She improved to 3-5 on the season and lowered her ERA to 2.02.

The Vulcans were also named PacWest Team of the Week. UH-Hilo won four at home against Academy of Art, climbing up into the fourth spot on the PacWest tournament ladder. UHH outscored the Urban Knights, 20-4, in the four games to improve to 12-10 in conference play and 18-14 overall.

Sales and Madison Rabe dominated in the pitcher’s circle with Rabe giving up five hits and one run in seven innings. Lexie Tilton was a tough out at the plate, going 8 for 12 (.667) with a double and home run and three RBIs.

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After 13 matches, the UH-Hilo Women’s Tennis team finally got to play on its own home court and posted two 7-0 victories over Chaminade on Sunday at the UHH Tennis Courts.

In doubles action, Nanami Okamaoto and Akari Ichikawa claimed a 6-0 win on Court 2 in the morning match followed by additional clean sheets posted by Satoho Toriumi and Julia Barden (Court 2), and Hana Hofmanova and Hikari Osaki (Court 3) in the afternoon contest.

Barden and Osaki each also captured twin 6-0 sweeps in singles play as Cami Oyama went a combined 24-0 in games through Sunday’s twinbill action.

For the Silverswords, their season is now concluded at an 0-11 record with their last win coming in March 2019.

UH-Hilo moved to 9-6 overall while Chaminade moved to an 0-11 record.

The Vulcans will host their final matches of the regular season next weekend, April 6-7, against HPU at the UHH Tennis Courts.

Pacific West Conference Championship is set for April 17-20 at the Surprise Tennis &Racquet Complex in Arizona.

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