The HPU Lady Sea Warriors Volleyball team sliced through
Chaminade University in three sets in a PacWest conference
game Oct. 8 at the Neil Blaisdell Center.
The Sea Warriors improved their record to 4-0 in PacWest
play and 9-3 overall by taking the Silverswords 30-26, 30-23,
30-26. Chaminade dropped to 3-2 in the PacWest and 9-3 overall.
“Somebody told me before the game they see the team winning
in four, and I looked at them and said I was thinking more
in three sets,” said Tita Ahuna, seventh-year Sea Warrior’s
coach. “I have the utmost confidence in the ladies, and I
know if we are on top of our game no one can beat us but ourselves.”
The Sea Warriors got a key performance from junior outside
hitter Teisa Fotu, who knocked down 10 kills hitting a match
high .348, something that Coach Ahuna had been waiting for
the whole season.
“The people who I wanted to step up tonight did,” said Ahuna.
“ Suzy Garbelotti and Vera Oliveira are just awesome players,
but Tiesa Fotu really stepped it up tonight and showed her
Ahuna also commented that she was pleased with the play of
Sandra Brunke who had a match-high 16 digs. Garbellotii also
recorded a match-high 15 kills, while Oliveira dished out
a match-high 31 assists to go along with 10 digs for the Sea
The Sea Warriors got support for Garbellotti and Oliveira,
something that Ahuna has been looking for, because they don’t
want to be known as a one-faceted team. Ahuna wants to be
able to go to any player on the team at any given moment,
and they did that against the Silverswords.
“I think that we kind of shocked Chaminade and caught them
on their heels a couple of times,” said Ahuna. “But I think
tonight we just played fantastic in all areas of the game.”
The Silverswords were led by senior middle blocker Audrey
Brady who had a team-high 12 kills and sophomores Kahala Khabalis
and Kalae Araujo who shared a match-high 16 digs with Brunke.
The Sea Warriors hit .150 for the contest while the Silverswords
battled back after hitting -.053 in the first set to hit .035
for the game.
The Lady Sea Warriors then suffered a three set conference
loss to Div. II No. 5 BYU-H Oct. 11 at the Cannon Center in
Lai‘e and a non conference four set loss to the Seasiders
the next night at St. Andrews Priory in Honolulu.
BYU-H moved to 4-1 in the Pac West and dropped HPU to 4-1
in the conference with a 30-22, 28-30, 30-26, 30-19 conference
win. Freshman Chun Yi Lin led the match in kills with 21 for
the Seasiders, while Garbelotti, the PacWest kills leader,
had 19 for HPU.
The second night of the double header got even worse for
the Lady Sea Warriors as the Seasiders won the non-conference
match 30-25, 30-27, 30-22.
The second game against BYU-H was called a conference match
at first, something the Lady Sea Warriors thought was wrong.
After disputing for days, it was decided that it was not the
two team’s final conference match. These two teams play each
other again on the final day of PacWest competition, Nov.
The Lady Sea Warriors suffered their second straight conference
loss and third overall as they lost to UH-Hilo in four sets
Oct. 12, at Hilo.
The following night HPU rebounded with a three set sweep
of the Vulcans, a win that will not count in the conference
With the split at Hilo, HPU’s conference record dropped
to 4-2 while its overall record went to 10-6.
In the first game, HPU was led by senior Suzy Garbelotti
with 23 kills and Teisa Fotu who recorded 16 kills, but that
wasn’t enough as the Vulcans won 25-30, 30-27, 30-26, 30-26.
The second game saw more of Garbelotti, who nailed 28 kills
on 49 attempts. This .510 hitting percentage helped guide
the Sea Warriors to a 30-19, 30-25, 30-26 sweep of the Vulcans.
HPU will get some time off before its next game, Nov. 1,
against Chamanade University, a key conference matchup.