Wednesday, November 17, 1999
SeasidersBy Cindy Luis
host tough regional
Deja vu deux.
The top two women's volleyball powers in the Pacific West Conference get to trade blows with the top two powers from the CCAA this week at the NCAA Division II Pacific Regional at Cannon Activities Center. The toughest regional in the country has Nos. 1, 2, 12 and 17 fighting for the single berth in the national tournament two weeks from now.
Top-ranked Hawaii Pacific ((25-2), the defending national champion, has won 14 in a row since suffering its only two defeats of the season - both to BYU-Hawaii. The Sea Warriors pulled out a five-set win over the rival Seasiders last Saturday for the PacWest title.
HPU meets No. 12 Cal State Bakersfield at 5 p.m. Friday in a rematch of last year's regional semifinal, won by HPU at Bakersfield.
The Roadrunners (21-4), coached by former CSU Northridge men's coach John Price, lost in five to CSU San Bernardino last Saturday. The loss meant the 'Runners shared the CCAA title with No. 17 Cal State Los Angeles, which faces second-ranked BYU-Hawaii (25-2) in Friday's second semifinal.
The Golden Eagles (26-3) have won seven straight, and haven't lost since Sept. 23 when falling in five to CSU Bakersfield. Two of their losses have been to the Roadrunners.
Both of BYUH's losses have been to HPU. Saturday's defeat snapped the Seasiders' 15-match winning streak.