Helping the team to its success Friday night
was two-time Pac-West Conference first team setter Vera Oliveira
who hit .333 percent with 41 assists, 12 digs, eight block
three service aces, and six kills. Oliveira was also named
Pac-West Conference “Player of the Week” Sept.
27, 2004, making it her third Player of the Week honor since
Also coming out to help was HPU middle blocker and 2003 Pacific
Regional All-Tournament Team Player, Barbara Martin, who earned
a .333 hitting percentage that night, with 10 blocks, nine
digs, and eight kills. Martin currently leads the conference
.464 hitting percentage.
Defensive specialist and Hawaii born starter from Moloka’i,
Mahealani Rawlins, kept the team afloat by protecting the back
court with a game high eight digs in match two.
Topping the game for a combined 34 kills were outside hitters
Nadica Karleusa (11 kills), Sandra Brunke (10 kills), and 2003
AVCA/NCAA II All-American, Flavia Brakling (13 kills).
HPU currently leads the nation with a .353 team hitting percentage.
Coach Reydan “Tita” Ahuna returns in her ninth season
as HPU volleyball head-coach for the Sea Warriors with a 170-52
record, making her HPU’s most successful winning coach.
Ahuna, who is also HPU’s Senior Women Administrator, expects
great things from this years team who she believes has an excellent
on and off the court chemistry, crucial to any teams success. “They
get along well and play well together,” said Ahuna.
With 10 returnees (two seniors, and the rest underclassmen)
from last year’s team and a few new-comers, HPU can look forward
to more exciting Sea Warrior Volleyball this year. The towering
height of many of HPU’s players this year makes for interesting
It’s “one of the tallest (teams) we’ve had,” said
Ahuna, which makes this year’s team “very intimidating
at the net.” The lady Sea Warriors are considered “favored
to win the conference,” by The Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
Following the excitement of the Sept. 24 game against Chaminade
was the outpouring of school support by fans of both teams.
Chaminade fans wore dark-blue t-shirts with the words “WILL CHEER
FOR FREE,” printed in white across the front as they
taunted HPU fans. However, they were easily outdone by Sea
who wore HPU t-shirts, waved school colored pom-poms (Kelly-Green
and Columbia-Blue), and chimed in with the cheer and dance
teams as they did their routines during key points in the game.
Certain members of HPU’s “Spirit Club” even
went so far as to decorate themselves with “warrior” paint
in show of support. “The fans are getting crazier,” said
HPU COM graduate and former Sea Warrior softball player Rachel
Lacar, “who knows what we (HPU fans) will be seeing next.”