Pair of Cats in Hula Bowl

Jan. 12, 2004

TUCSON - University of Arizona seniors Joe Siofele and Michael Jolivette will compete for opposing teams in the 2004 Hula Bowl in Maui, Hawai'i this Saturday (Jan. 17).

Siofele, a linebacker who prepped at Oahu's St. Louis High School, will play for the Aina team, while Jolivette, a cornerback from Houston (North Shore HS), will compete for the Kai team.

The team names are tradional Hawaiian words meaning 'land' (aina) and 'ocean' (kai), giving coaches more leeway in assigning players to teams, than the previous 'north' and 'south' designations afforded.

Siofele was Arizona's second-leading tackler ini 2003, playing inside linebacker, his third position in as many years. He was a starting whip linebacker as a sophomore and a starting defensive end in 2002. He led the team with three forced fumbles, notched 84 tackles and tied for the team lead with 4 sacks.

Jolivette broke up 44 passes in his career, No. 1 in UA history. He intercepted two passes in 2003 to give him 12 for his career, among the top 10 in school history.

Both players were four-year lettermen for the Wildcats. Two of Jolivette's Kai teammates are former Wildcats -- running back Larry Croom, who transferred to UNLV after his sophomore season, and wide receiver Andrae Thurman, who played his senior year at Southern Oregon.

The game will be played at 6 p.m. Tucson time and televised live on ESPN, with Westwood One carrying the game on national radio.

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