The 2007 season was a long road for the HPU men’s and women’s
cross country teams, but the Sea Warriors excelled with flying,
er, sprinting colors.
The HPU men’s cross country team chased its goal of a perfect
season and succeeded by placing first in every race during the
regular season (a total of six).
Its dominance continued into the Pacific West Conference Championship,
in Belmont, Calif. The Sea Warriors narrowly won the race by
two points over host Notre Dame de Namur University.
It was the second PacWest Conference Championship for the Sea
Warriors in three years.
Following the race, four HPU runners were named to the All-Pacific
West Conference Team. Brandon Laan, Esben Dalgaard, and Jens
Munk Nielsen were named to the first team, while Kevin Enriques
rounded out the second team.
On the women’s side, HPU remained competitive throughout
the season, but fell short several times. However, the Lady Sea
Warriors continued to improve throughout the season and placed
third in the PacWest Championships.
Four members from HPU qualified for the all-conference team. Elin Soto-Thompson
and Emma Palmer placed on the first team; Jennifer Torres and Quinn Horochuk
made the second team.
Both cross country teams qualified for the NCAA Division II Cross Country West
Regional Championships held in Nampa, Idaho. Laan led the Sea Warriors to a 12th
place finish, and Soto-Thompson performed a career-best for the Lady Sea Warriors,
who placed 20th. Neither HPU team qualified for the cross country finals held
in Joplin, Mo.
Everyone ended the season right,” said women’s Head Coach Laura Aderman.
All the work they had put in and improvements they made throughout the season
showed in the last race. I am very proud of everyone’s performance.”
The HPU men’s soccer team experienced many ups and downs in 2007.
The Sea Warriors had a slow start losing their first three games of the season.
Despite its disappointing preseason, HPU was able to bounce back and start conference
play with a 3-0 record over its local opponents.
HPU continued its season with many matches on the road, struggling in losses
to Notre Dame de Namur University and Grand Canyon University, which went on
to win its second consecutive PacWest Championship and advance to the NCAA tournament.
In their final game of the season, the Sea Warriors gave Grand Canyon a tough
run. Both teams were scoreless in the first half, and each scored a goal in the
second. The teams fought hard throughout two overtimes only to end in a tie in
HPU’s last home game of the season. After the game, seven seniors were
honored for their contributions.
The Sea Warriors finished their season with a conference record of 4-5-1 and
an overall record of 6-9-1.
On Dec. 3, the PacWest Conference announced that five HPU players were selected
to the All-Conference team. Freshman Linus Ekden of Lidkoping, Sweden was named
Co-Newcomer of the year along with Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i’s
Brian Noguera. Ekden also received an honors mention, along with senior Michael
Senior Thimo Langner and freshman Toni Bakken were named to the first and second
It was a tough year for the HPU women’s soccer team, and 2008
may be another for most of the players on this young team. Comprised of one junior,
and 13 freshmen, the Lady Sea Warriors took on the 2007 season without much experience.
The Lady Sea Warriors finished sixth in the Pacific West Conference with an overall
record of 3-15 (2-10 in conference). HPU recorded two wins over Chaminade University
and one against Northwood University in the preseason.
Sophomore Jamie Hirai garnered first team honors and freshman Lauren Avenue was
named to the second team. Ashley Dolan was named an honorable mention.
After the season ended, Head Coach Mark Kane resigned, and on Jan. 3 HPU named
Michele Nagamine as the new head coach for the women’s soccer program.
I know first hand how much local talent Hawai‘i has, and it is my personal
goal to build HPU women’s soccer into a contender for the PacWest Championship,” said
2007 was another rebuilding year for the HPU women’s volleyball team as
the Lady Sea Warriors faced their ups and downs. After losing All-American Barbara
Martin and five other players from the 2006 season, Head Coach Daryl Kapis recruited
nine players to join the seven returnees in 2007.
The Lady Sea Warriors had a run of bad luck in the beginning of the season, losing
three players due to a variety of reasons. HPU recruit Rayna Richardson was declared
ineligible due to academic issues in the preseason. Defensive specialist Krishelle
Mendoza was injured during the first days of practice. Soon after, outside hitter
Malia Pires was hurt in a game against Cal State Stanislaus, leaving her on the
sidelines for the rest of the season.
As more players found a seat on the bench, the Lady Sea Warriors struggled in
the preseason. HPU fought back and forth with opponents, alternating between
wins and losses on its schedule and never gaining momentum. It didn’t get
any better in conference play.
HPU lost its first three games of the season, but continued to compete, winning
five out of its next eight games. But those games weren’t easy for HPU,
who was forced to play five consecutive five-game matches. That resilience took
a toll on the Lady Sea Warriors, resulting in their losing the final four games
of the season. The team ended with a conference record of 4-10, and an overall
record of 10-16.
In December, middle blocker Kelly Balanay was named to the PacWest Conference
first team, while outside hitter Antje “Red” Buskies was given an