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Sharks Perform Swimmingly in the Rain: HPU Athletic Victories

    By Jenny McAllister. September 28, 2015 - 9:06 pm

Photo by hpusharks.com

HPU Athletics achieved three victories this weekend despite weather conditions.

HPU women’s volleyball team defeated the Dominican University (California) at St. Andrews Priory on Saturday September 26th.

The Sharks (9-3, 4-0 PacWest) continued their undefeated PacWest conference, winning streak with special thanks to the efforts of, Senior, Kasey Thompson, who racked up 14 kills with a stellar .522 hitting percentage. Senior, Elizabeth Culpepper, notched 14 kills and setter, Tenika Wentworth, posted 52 assists and 16 digs. Junior outside hitter, Pomai Recca, chipped in with 13 kills in addition to 14 digs.

The women Sharks will be hitting the road for an away match with UH Hilo on October 1st at 7pm right before they leave for a five-day, four-match PacWest trip through Utah and California. They will return home on October 16th to face Notre Dame De Namur University.

HPU men’s soccer dominated the Urban Knights at the muddy Atherton Field in Kaneohe on September 26 with a 5-0 victory in the PacWest Conference. The Sharks currently hold a 3 match winning streak, previously scoring six goals against Chaminade, and outscoring their opponents 13-2 in their streak.

Sven Koenig (16th minute), Josch Cuerten (17th), Javier Risco Garcia (63rd) Erik Kemsies (64th), and Nahoa Salera (82nd) scored for the Sharks (3-2, 1-0 PacWest).   The Urban Knights fell to 2-2-1, 0-1.

Ryo Sugihara made an assist and Kemsie also assisted in Cuerten’s goal, while the goalkeeper, Eduardo Palacios, made four saves.

Saturday’s victories also included HPU’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams finishing first overall amid challenging weather conditions in Laie at the BYU- Hawaii Invitational.

Overcoming strong headwinds and a muddy course the Sharks men placed seven runners in the top 10, finishing with 22 points. HPU’s Jacob Alplund won the 8K race in 27:47. Brigham Young-Hawaii (42) finished second and Chaminade (71) placed third.

The HPU women had six runners in the top eight and finished with 17 points. The Sharks’ Johanna Apelryd won the 5K race in 19:50. HPU was followed by BYU-Hawaii (44), UH (80), Hawaii Hilo (105) and Chaminade (132).

Way to go Sharks!

Photo courtesy of www.hpusharks.com.