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By Flavia Brakling


Outside hitter Flavia Brakling had 15 kills, and middle-blocker Barbara Martin added nine kills in 11 attempts, with no errors. Martin currently ranks fourth in hitting percentage in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Division II.
Martin said the game helped to put everybody on the same pace. “We’ve been working hard to eliminate some weaknesses, and I noticed a lot of improvements during the game.”

Freshmen Danie Hout and Antje Buskies led the team in aces with four and five, respectively.
Buskies, often called “Red” because of the color of her hair, said HPU did a good job playing as a team, “I was a little bit nervous at the beginning because it was my first game at home. After I relaxed, my game came up naturally.”
Buskies said she loved the gym’s environment, which is very different from her home town in Germany. “I really liked the cheerleaders. They had a great performance, and I had fun watching them.”

She added, “It was also amazing to see the crowd cheering, singing, and making a lot of noise. I felt like everybody enjoyed the game.”

Head Coach Reydan “Tita” Ahuna said the team is in great shape from its strength and conditioning program, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. “We need to be able to do little things that can win or lose close matches, if we want to be successful this year.”
HPU plays Chaminade University Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and Brigham Young University—Hawai‘i on Oct. 7. and 8.
From left to right: (top row) Red-shirt Stephanie Gautier and managers Maile Corpman, Cheryl Kaluhiwa, and Sandra Brunke. (middle row) Assistant Coach Alika Willians, Romy Richter, Vera Oliveira, Melissa Aki, Piikea Dudoit, Barbara Martin, Danie Hout, Flavia Brakling, and Head Coach Tita Ahuna. (bottom row) Paula Koikopoulos, Nina Dudak, Antje Buskies, Lehua Yap, Kaylee Noborikawa, Melissa Sekigawa, Mahea Rawlins, and Mika Campus.


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