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by Kaylee Noborikawa, Sports editor

Following a stumbling 2006, the HPU women’s volleyball team is back on its feet and ready to challenge any team that comes its way, according to volleyball Head Coach Daryl Kapis.

Last year the Lady Sea Warriors finished with a 9-15 overall record and went 6-9 in the PacWest Conference. However, HPU won six of its last eight games of the season, finishing on a positive note, said Kapis.

“ It was bittersweet,” Kapis added. “It was good that we won but it was a tough season overall. It definitely gave us the kind of finish we needed to have to start over for this year,” Kapis said.

Six players return for the upcoming season, and Kapis has recruited eight players from California and one from Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu to round out the roster.

“ Each one of these players will definitely be an asset to the program this year,” Kapis said.

Entering his second year as head coach, Kapis has turned to the “Cauldron system” used by such prestigious teams, as the women’s team of the University of Washington and the U.S. men’s national team. The Cauldron system ranks players based on performance at every practice by keeping statistics during drills. “We’ve kind of implemented a competitive scenario everyday, rating the girls in each position to drive the competition during practice,” said Kapis. This system also allows him to see which players are improving, and who should become starters.

The Lady Sea Warriors will open their season on the Big Island in the Hawaiian Style Classic hosted by the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo from Aug.23-25. Their opponents include Alaska Fairbanks, Rollins College, Cal State Monterey, and Houston Baptist.

HPU will host its own invitational Aug. 30 to Sept. 1. The Lady Sea Warriors will take on several Division II powerhouses, such as Central Washington, which qualified for three consecutive NCAA tournaments, and University of California-San Diego, which finished fifth in the nation.

Kapis said he hopes that HPU students, faculty, and staff will come to one of the two games to support the Lady Sea Warriors on their home court. (See Athletics Calendar for more information.)


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