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by Flavia Brakling

 

The Lady Sea Warriors will play their first 2005-tournament in Hilo, the Hawaiian Style Classic, Aug. 25-27. On Sept. 2, they fly to California for a road trip against Sonoma State University, University of California San Diego, California Sate University Bakersfield, and California State University San Bernardino.

Head Coach Reydan “Tita” Ahuna is excited about the season opening. “Because the Pacific West Conference ended,” Ahuna said, “we will play as an independent school. If we win these matches at Hilo and mainland tournaments, we will be in a good position to make it into postseason play.”
Joining HPU women’s volleyball program are Danie Hout, a 5’8 outside hitter from Moanalua High Scholl; Antje Buskies, a 6-foot setter from Dresden, Germany; and Romy Ricther, a setter and outside hitter from Berlin, Germany.

Assistant Coach Damien Hardy, who resigned last year, will be replaced by Alika Williams, a 29-year-old Punahou and UCSB graduate.

“ I am very excited from what I saw in the spring tournaments we played,” William said. “It will be a good season for us, and I am very pleased to join the HPU volleyball program.” When asked about the team’s goals for this year, he said, “Winning is always our goal.”

Nine players are returning, five of them seniors: Vera Oliveira, Paula Koikopoulos, Mahea Rawlins, Piikea Dudoit, and Flavia Brakling. Also returning are: Barbara Martin, Melissa Sekigawa, Melissa Aki, and Nina Dudak.

The Lady Sea Warriors’ first home game will be on Sept. 17, against Notre Dame de Namur University.

 

   

 

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