The Sea Warriors took the early edge in the contest by dominating
the first set, winning it 30-17. The second set went the other
way as the Golden Eagles showed why they are ranked 17th in
the country, putting away HPU with ease, 30-14.
“We expected a good fight, though you can’t win when you dig
yourself in a deep hole,” said Tita Ahuna, seventh year head
coach of the Lady Sea Warriors. “ In rally scoring it’s hard
to fight back”
HPU did fight back in the third set, winning it 30-19, but
that wasn’t enough as they fell in the last two sets, 21-30
Despite the loss, Suzy Garbelotti, the lone senior on this
year’s team, led the match in kills with 21 and led HPU in digs
with 10, while recording her fifth consecutive double-double.
Freshman setter Vera Oliveria led the team in assists, 42, while
also helping with 10 kills, for her third straight double-double.
The Golden Eagles were led by Dana Coffey with 18 kills and
Tiara Tuitama with 17 digs. “I think everyone did a great job,
but I think we can’t just do a great job, and then let down
and try to fight back,” said Ahuna.“ We need to play consistently
through the entire match.”
Along with Oliveria, the Sea Warriors have three other starting
freshman, which could be the cause of inconsistent play at times.
In time they will gel together and play at the level they are
capable of playing through the entire match. With the help of
Garbelotti, who was on the 2000 National Championship team,and
her other teammates things will come together, Ahuna said
“I think they’ll (freshmen) get it, we were hoping sooner than
later,” said Ahuna. “Let’s chalk this up as a learning experience
and move on.”
HPU was outhit .209 to .278 in the loss. Earlier durning the
week on Sept. 4, the Sea Warriors took care of business beating
the Azusa Cougars in four sets.
Garbelotti tallied up a match-high 24 kills and chipped in
11 digs, while Freshman Briana Marinas had a match high 13 digs
and added 14 kills. Oliveria dished out 49 assists and 12 kills.
The Sea Warriors hit .201, while holding the Cougars to a dismal
.071 hitting percentage.