The HPU lady Sea Warriors volleyball team kept themselves in
the struggle to defend their PacWest title by defeating Chaminade
University in five sets in a PacWest Conference match Nov. 1
at McCabe Gym.
The following night the Silverswords redeemed themselves by
defeating the Sea Warriors, for the first time since 1997, in
a non-conference match that will not hurt HPU’s chances of capturing
the PacWest crown.
The Sea Warriors took the first match 31-33, 30-20, 30-20,
27-30, 15-9, which kept alive their hopesfor the automatic Regional
berth the PacWest champion receives. HPU Improved to 5-2 in
PacWest play, moving into second place in the conference behind
Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i. Chaminade fell to 6-3 in conference
play, dropping into third place.
Senior Suzy Garbelotti helped the Sea Warriors stay in contention
by posting her first career triple-double with a match-high
38 kills, 14 digs, and 10 blocks. With her 38 kills, Garbelotti
broke the school record of 32 previously held by Sheri Martinez
and Debbie Sant’Anna. Junior outside hitter Teisa Fotu helped
Garbelotti with a season-best 15 kills, four blocks, and two
Freshman Briana Marinas also chipped in a career-high 20 kills
and five digs. Freshman setter Vera Oliveira dished out 51 assists
in the Sea Warriors win. The Silverswords were led by Valasi
Sepilona’s 18 kills and Kahala Kabalis’s match-high 20 digs.
HPU held the Silverswords to a dismal .084 hitting percentage,
while the Sea Warriors hit .198 in the victory. In the second
game, the Silverswords turned the tide on the Sea Warriors by
taking the match 30-26, 26-30, 30-28, 30-22.
Although the game will not count towards the teams PacWest
records it will count overall, moving Chaminade to 15-5, whith
HPU falling to 11-7. Sepulona led the Silverswords with 20 kills
and 14 digs in the win while teammate Audrey Brady added 17
kills, hitting .563 for the contest. Garbelotti led HPU with
a match-high 21 kills and nine digs.
Oliveria had 42 assists and seven kills. Freshman Ashley Elliazar
added 15 digs while Marinas chipped in with 12 digs. Chaminade
held the Sea Warriors to .139 hitting percentage through the
four sets with 77 kills and 14 blocks. Editor’s note: The Lady
Sea Warriors played back to back matches against Western New
Mexico at Western New Mexico Oct. 8-9, the former being a PacWest
Due to deadline, these games will be covered in the Nov. 25