In HPU’s first game against MSUB, the
Lady Sea Warriors swatted the Yellow Jackets in both games
30-27, 29-31, 30-21, 30-26 on the first day, and 30-25, 30-23,
30-21, on the second. HPU’s right outside hitter, Nadica
Karleusa, racked up 27 kills and 12 digs, while middle blocker,
Barbara Martin, achieved 23 kills, 11 digs, and four aces,
and is currently ranked No.3 in the nation for blocking.
HPU starting setter, Vera Oliveira, gained
a total of five service aces, 20 digs, and 101 assists for
the Lady Sea Warriors,
a season-high 60 assists in just one game. HPU reserve outside
hitter, Sandra Brunke, contributed an additional 11 kills and
eight digs, while back court specialist, Melissa Sekigawa,
contributed nine digs.
Following the two-game victory, junior journalism
major, Flavia Brakling, was named PacWest Player of the Week
for having achieved
36 kills and 31 digs in
the seven matches played against the Lady Yellow Jackets. Brakling achieved
22 kills and 20 digs in game one alone, both a season high
for her. Brakling led
the Lady Sea Warriors in kills for both games, earning her an average of a
little over five kills and four digs per match against MSUB.
This is Brakling’s second PacWest
Player of the Week award with the Lady Sea Warriors. She received
her first individual PacWest award last October.
In HPU’s two games against Western
New Mexico University, in Silver City, New Mexico, on Oct.18
and 19, the Lady Sea Warriors showed no mercy as they
tamed the Mustangs 30-27, 30-24, 30-23, the first day, and 30-24, 30-24, 31-29
Brakling was at it again as she racked up
33 kills and 30 digs in the six matches against WNMU, just
three kills shy of
her record against MSUB.
Karleusa, also a previous PacWest honoree,
followed close behind with 31 kills and 25 digs in the two
games against the Lady
Mustangs, while Martin contributed
22 kills, 20 digs, and 15 blocks for HPU.
Starting libero/defensive specialist for
the Lady Sea Warriors, Mahealani Rawlins, saw a season-high
15 digs in game two
However, the two games against the Lady
Mustangs belonged to Oliveira, who lead the team with a .400
contributing 30 digs, 94 assists,
kills, and eight blocks. Oliveira also received the PacWest award earlier this
The Lady Sea Warriors then went on to shut-out
Grand Canyon University on the Antelopes’ home court
in Phoenix, Arizona, 30-18, 30-23, and 30-13 before returning
Karleusa had a match-high, three blocks,
three aces, and five digs. Brakling and Martin were tied with
13 kills each, Oliveira
had five kills and 20 assists,
and Brunke added another five kills and two digs.
“You get a little homesick on the road trips,” said
you forget all about it when you’re winning.”
Going into the road trip, HPU was ranked No. 14 in the AVCA
(American Volleyball Conference Association) poll and No.6
in the Pacific region. The Lady Sea
Warriors returned with a 7-1 PacWest record, and 16-2 overall.