HPU struggled in the first two games with inconsistent passing
and hitting percentages of .143 and .171, but refused to be swept
for a third time this season.
After the intermission between games two and three, the Lady Sea
Warriors stepped up their game, leading by as much as 16-10 in
the third set. BYU-H was able to close the gap at 22-22, but was
unable to stop HPU’s Chelsea Taylor, who put away nine out
of her 17 kills in the set. The game three win made HPU the fourth
team to take a game off of BYU-H all season.
Game four was evenly fought, but the Seasiders pulled away to
a 25-14 lead. With an 11-point deficit, HPU fought back and
seven consecutive points from their aggressive offense and capitalizing
on the Seasiders hitting errors.
All-American Barbara Martin put away three straight balls to
tie up the game at 28-28. BYU-H’s Christina Bobik and Noelle
Filimoeatu, who led the team with 18 kills each, pounded down
two consecutive kills to seal the victory.
I really thought we were going to win, and I was disappointed
that we lost. But I’m very happy with the way we played
Although Taylor had a breakout night with 17 kills and five blocks,
it was the seniors who shined on the court. The night began with
tears and ended with tears for seniors Martin and Melissa Sekigawa.
The pair teared up before the game during the national anthem
and yet again when they were honored after the match.
I was really sad before the game even started, and it just hit
me after the match,” said Sekigawa, who set a new career-high
with 21 digs in the match.
Martin ended the game with a season-high eight blocks, 22 kills,
and a .340 hitting percentage. She topped it off with her 13th
double-double of the year with 25 digs.
It’s so sad that it’s over,” said Martin.
Martin is now just 13 kills short of becoming HPU’s all-time
kill leader, which she is most likely to accomplish with three
away games left in the season. She has already claimed the title
as the school’s leading blocker with 411 stuffs in her
The two were honored after the game as family, friends, and teammates
stood in line to congratulate and thank the seniors for their
dedication and commitment to the HPU volleyball program.
It was really nice for them to play like that in their last home
match,” said Head Coach Daryl Kapis. “That’s
the way every senior would want to go out.”
The Lady Sea Warriors played Chaminade on Oct. 28 at the Silverswords’ home
gym and traveled to Hilo to play back-to-back matches against
the Vulcans, ending their season on Nov. 4.