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HPU alive in Pac West

by Kalamalama staff


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 assists.

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 conference match-up.

Due to deadline, these games will be covered in the Nov. 25 issue.




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