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HPU sweeps UH-Hilo Vulcans

by Derek Clarkston, Sports editor

The 11th ranked HPU Sea Warriors volleyball team swept past PacWest Conference rival, University of Hawai‘i-Hilo, on Oct. 18 and 19 at the James C. Castle Gym at St. Andrew’s Priory School.

With the two victories, the Sea Warriors improved their conference record to 6-0 and their overall record to 15-2. The Vulcans dropped to 2-3 in conference and 5-10 overall.


The first night of action, a conference game between the two, saw the Sea Warriors hand the Vulcans a three-set loss (30-24, 30-21, 30-26).

HPU’s attack was led by Flavia Brakling and Barbara Martin with 13 and 10 kills, respectively. Eleven different Sea Warrior recorded at least one dig in the match, led by nine from Mahea Rawlins.

The Vulcans were led by Sara Pilgreen’s 16 kills and .306 hitting percentage.

HPU, by winning this match, kept pace with BYU-H (6-0) in the conference standings. The Sea Warriors will face off against the Seasiders in HPU’s last three games of the season. Those games will most likely determine the conference champion.

On Oct. 19, in a nonconference match, HPU swept aside the Vulcans (30-24, 30-21, 30-26), to extend its winning streak to 10 matches.

HPU used a balanced attack as five different Sea Warriors reached double-digit kills. Barbara Martin and Piikea Dudoit knocked down 13 apiece, Paula Koikopoulos had a dozen, and Paula Nascimento and Flavia Brakling added 11 each. Brakling also had 11 digs. Koikopoulos was in on 10 blocks as HPU out-blocked the Vulcans 15.5 to nine. Nascimento and Mahea Rawlins nailed three service aces each, and the Sea Warriors finished with 11 aces in the match.


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