Undefeated Womens Volleyball Team’s Season Continues
By Larissa Tawata, Sports Writer
Coach Tino Reyes, head coach of the Vulcan Women’s volleyball team, is excited for this upcoming season. With the support of his assistant coaches Eddie Kalima and Randy Nako, he foresees his team getting better and developing into a stronger one — more specifically, focusing on improving skills and increasing their side out (obtaining a point allowing their team to serve and work towards another point) percentage, while working collaboratively as a team.
Like many sports, volleyball requires the help of all teammates on and off the court. This plays a vital role in the success of the team. This year’s new additions include: Kyndra Trevino-Scott, an outside hitter from California selected as PacWest Freshman of the week; Sienna Rae Davis, a setter from Wailuku; Marley Strand-Nicolaisen, an outside hitter from Na’alehu; Kahea Rodrigues, a setter from Hilo; and Kahea Vento-Rowe, a libero from Hilo.
Being that the team is young, having not played together prior to this season, they continue to work on building their chemistry. “All of the girls are talented, but we need to continue to put it all together because we need to play as a team,” says Reyes.
The competition that will be faced in the NCAA Division II PacWest Conference will be challenging. There are many teams that are very talented. Brigham Young University Hawai’i (BYUH), who placed fourth in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II poll, are currently undefeated — just like the women Vulcans. “We are competing in one of the foremost leagues in the west region,” said Coach Reyes.
Being in such a tough league will make the coaching staff and the Lady Vulcs team continue to work hard to defeat their opponents, hoping to keep their undefeated record as they go on to challenge other teams. Since day one, the overall goal of the team has been to participate in playoffs and excel to nationals at the end of this season.
To help them accomplish their goals, UH Hilo community support is needed! Whether you are a faculty member, professor or student, the more support we have, the better.
The members of the Tupulaga O Samoa Mo A Taeao, Samoan Club at UH Hilo, are often cheering at home games, effectively energizing the crowd with hopes to “get the team fired up because if the support group/cheer squad is live and loud, the team will play better,” stated Austin Asiata, a member of Tupulaga O Samoa. “Although sometimes our cheers seem aggressive, we try to intimidate the other team by showing our support for our home team.”
With the help of the many fans who attended the first home game held on August 29, 2013, seats were sold out at the UH Hilo gymnasium. The crowd was crazy and they cheered the Volleyball Lady Vulcs to their first victory over University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Coach Reyes adds, “I loved seeing the seats filled and the energetic crowd. I feel like they played a role in helping our girls to perform well. I hope to see support like that in our games to follow.”