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by Kaylee Noborikawa, staff writer

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 scored 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 tonight,” said Martin.

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 four-year career.

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.

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