A 0-2 conference season start is not the beginning
that the HPU women’s volleyball team hoped for. After dropping
their first two conference games Sept. 21 and 22, the Lady Sea
Warriors (5-8 overall) hoped to learn from their mistakes and rebound
against Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i and Chaminade on
Sept. 28 and 29., before beginning their week-long road trip to
Utah and Arizona.
HPU opened the 2007 season at McCabe gym on Sept. 21, playing against
the Chaminade Silverswords (7-1). Both teams competed evenly throughout
the match, but the Lady Sea Warriors fell short in games one and
two, 32-30, 30-28. HPU fought back in game three, behind Antje Buskies’ team-high
18 kills, to win 30-26. Chaminade dominated most of game four to
reach game point at 29-24. However, the Lady Sea Warriors scored
four consecutive points behind Charly Sampaga’s serve to come
within one point of the lead. The last point of the game was given
to the Silverswords on a controversial call by the top referee. Chaminade’s
Trina Kauliakamoa hit a cross-court shot from the left-side that
soared long, but the referee called a touch off of defensive specialist
Jackie Tedesco and overruled the lines judge who called it out.
To me it was so clearly out and I didn’t think the ball was
anywhere near me and I was really upset,” said Tedesco. “For
the record, I didn’t touch the ball.”
HPU tried to bounce back the following night at the St. Andrew’s
Priory gym, but were outplayed and swept by the Vulcans of University
of Hawai‘i-Hilo, 30-27, 30-22, 30-24. The Lady Sea Warriors
outblocked UH-Hilo (8-4) four to two, but the Vulcan’s quick
offense was difficult to defend. Four UH-Hilo hitters, led by Lauren
Bayer with 16, finished with double-digit kills. Freshmen Cari Kahn
and Kelly Balanay led the Lady Sea Warriors with eight kills each.
The HPU defense also struggled throughout the night, getting aced
UH-Hilo is currently first in the Pacific West Conference, with a
five-game winning streak, while HPU is seventh with a three-game
Despite HPU’s losing record, Head Coach Daryl Kapis is optimistic
that his team will be able to turn the season around.
I think our record indicates where we are right now, but we’ve
been so close in certain matches that I feel really good things are
on the horizon for this team,” said Kapis.
When asked what the team needs to do to turn its record around, Kapis
A true belief within the entire team that we can win every match
for the rest of this season. I think that’s all we need to
do right now; it’s not the skill level.”
The Lady Sea Warriors faced BYU-H and Chaminade on Sept. 28 and 29
at the Neal Blaisdell Center.
HPU’s next home game is against Dominican College on Oct. 13
at St. Andrew’s Priory. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
HPU students receive free admission to home games.