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by Jeff Harada, assistant athletic director


Senior Paula Koikopoulos finished with a career-high 23 kills, while fellow senior Flavia Brakling and junior Barbara Martin added 22 kills each. Brakling and Martin also finished in double-figure digs with 28 and 18, respectively.  The 28 digs were a career-high for Brakling.  Freshman Danie Hout also came up big with 12 kills, while Melissa Sekigawa posted a career-high 16 digs.  Senior Mahea Rawlins and Vera Oliveira also finished in double figure digs with 12 and 18, respectively.  Yu Chuan Weng led BYU-Hawai‘i with a match high 28 kills.

“ We had to fight and battle for every point tonight,” said Head Coach Tita Ahuna.  “It was an unbelievable match, and I’m happy for the ladies that they stayed tough and came out on top.”  Oliveira, who came to HPU as a true freshman in 2002, echoed the same.  “We knew we had to fight to win this match.  We gave everything we had in the final game.”  With the win, HPU improved to 23-2 overall, and 11-1 in conference play.

After the match, HPU’s five seniors, Brakling, Piikea Dudoit, Koikopoulos, Oliveira, and Rawlins were showered with leis and flowers by fans, friends, and family.  Rawlins had most of her family in attendance from Moloka‘i, sporting her name and picture on their t-shirts.  “It was great to have them here for the final home game,” she said.  My grandmas and my high school coach made the trip and got to see me play for the first time at HPU.” 
From left to right: Seniors Vera Oliveira, Piikea Dudoit, Mahea Rawlins, Paula Koikopoulos, and Flavia Brakling.


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