Friday, October 30, 1998


H A W A I I _ C O L L E G E _ S P O R T S



BYUH outlasts
HPU, clinches
PacWest Pacific

After their 57th consecutive win,
the Seasider women will host
the conference volleyball
tournament

By Cindy Luis
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

It was a question of which streak -- or streaks -- would end:

bullet Brigham Young-Hawaii's stretch of 56 consecutive victories?

bullet The Seasiders' streak of 17 consecutive victories over Hawaii Pacific?

bullet The Sea Warriors' school-record run of 17 consecutive victories?

It took nearly two hours to decide it, but last night's outcome answered a lot in terms of the postseason picture.

Top-ranked BYUH is the Pacific West Pacific Division women's volleyball champion and will host the Nov. 12-14 conference tournament, thanks to a 13-15, 15-4, 15-7, 15-11, victory over No. 4 HPU at St. Andrew's Priory Gym.

"Tonight was important, not just because of hosting, but for ourselves," Seasider setter Juliana Lima said. "We knew to win this game we had to do our best. We started thinking that the game was easy and that's why they came back (in Game 4).

"We went down, they came up. They played good. It could have been us, it could have been them that won. This showed we always have to play our best."

BYUH appeared to have it on cruise control in Game 4, rolling to a 10-0 lead. But about the time the overflowing crowd of 714 began to file out, HPU came alive.

The Sea Warriors outscored the Seasiders, 11-1, over the next 10 minutes, helped by four seeing-eye ace serves that hit the back line. Also helping the comeback was 5-foot-8 senior Tofoi Tuitele, playing in just her third game this season.

Tuitele stuffed Vanessa Valansi for her first solo block of the year and pounded four kills. But it wasn't enough to force a fifth game against BYUH. The Sea Warriors lost to the Seasiders in five earlier this season.

Lima served for the final four points with Andrea Gomez putting down three kills and Arlete Silva blocking all-American counterpart Hai Yan Wang to end it.

"Tofoi is a sparkplug and a mature player," HPU coach Tita Ahuna said after losing at home for the first time this year. "She's been in pressure situations before and I knew she'd give us a boost, physically and mentally. We were down mentally and that's been our weak point.

"You can't take anything away from BYU. They're a great team. But it's not over yet. The last game is what counts. We'll get our act together and see what we can come up with."

The teams meet twice again in nonconference play -- tomorrow in Laie and next Friday at St. Andrew's. And they will likely face each other in the PacWest Tournament and at the West Regional that will determine who goes on to the NCAA Division II tournament.

BYUH (21-0) finished the PacWest at 14-0. HPU (23-2) was second at 12-2.

Silva led the Seasiders with 19 kills, hitting .441, and Valansi added 14 kills. Debbie Sant'Anna had 22 kills and 17 digs and Wang had 16 kills for the Sea Warriors.

"I thought this was one of our better matches of the season," BYUH coach Wilfred Navalta said. "Up until the end of Game 4, that is. I could see we were getting complacent and that's why I called a timeout even though we were leading, 10-5.

"We started standing around, waiting for HPU to lose so we could go home. It took us a while before we started playing again and earning it.

"This was good for us. As I told my team, HPU only pushes us to get better."

With a win last night, the Sea Warriors would have tied the Seasiders for the PacWest division title at 13-1, and would have hosted the conference tournament by virtue of game differential.

BYUH, HPU and West Division winner Seattle Pacific have qualified for the eight-team tournament. The five remaining spots will be determined by conference power ratings and could include the other two Hawaii teams in the PacWest: Chaminade and Hawaii-Hilo, currently fifth and ninth, respectively, in the power ratings.

Tapa

Box Score

Bullet BYU-Hawaii def. Hawaii Pacific, 13-15, 15-4, 15-7, 15-11

At Castle Gym, St. Andrew's Priory

Seasiders (21-0 overall, 14-0 PacWest)

		g	k	e	at	pct.	bs	ba	d
Meatoga		4	0	0	0	.000	0	0	9
Lima		4	3	0	9	.333	0	2	12
Valansi		4	14	8	33	.182	1	1	8
Gomez		4	9	4	31	.161	0	3	5
Laubach		4	6	2	10	.400	0	4	1
Silva		4	19	4	34	.441	1	4	6
Peniata		4	1	0	3	.333	0	1	10
Neria		4	7	5	19	.104	0	3	1
	Totals	4	59	23	139	.259	2	18	52
Sea Warriors (23-2 overall, 12-2 PacWest)

		g	k	e	at	pct.	bs	ba	d
Rocha		3	2	6	16	-.250	0	2	5
Maristela	4	1	3	7	-.256	0	1	6
Wong		4	0	0	0	.000	0	0	7
N.Tuitele	4	5	3	13	.154	0	0	4
Wang		4	16	7	41	.220	1	0	4
Sant’Anna	4	22	9	57	.228	2	1	17
Kuhaulua	2	0	0	0	.000	0	0	1
Hales		1	0	2	3	-.667	0	0	0
Penebacker	4	1	2	7	-.143	1	4	0
Gandia		2	1	0	1	1.000	0	0	0
T.Tuitele	2	4	4	12	.000	1	0	1
Maiava		1	0	0	0	.000	0	0	0
	Totals	4	52	36	102	.102	45	8	45
Totals45236102.10245845

Aces--BYUH (8): Meatoga 3, Valansi 2, Peniata 2, Silva 1. HPU (7): Wang 3, Sant'Anna 2, N. Tuitele 1, Kuhaulua 1. Assists--BYUH (51): Lima 45, Valansi 3, Laubach 1, Silva 1, Peniata 1. HPU (47): N. Tuitele 43, Rocha 1, Maristela 1, Sant'Anna 1, Penebacker 1.

A--715. T--1:55. Officials: Denice Hanson, Dan Hironaka.



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