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HPU Volleyball and Soccer Teams Victorious

    By Michael Lasquero. October 20, 2015 - 5:46 pm

womens_volleyball_hpuThe Hawaii Pacific University women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, and men’s soccer team combined for an unbeaten record this past weekend.

Women’s volleyball

The women’s volleyball team ended their two-match losing streak with a four-set win over Notre Dame De Namur in a PacWest Conference matchup at Saint Andrews’ Priory last Friday. The set scores were 25-17, 19-25, 25-23 and 25-19.

The Sharks improved to 12-6 and 7-3 in conference play behind the hitting of senior Elizabeth Culpepper, who had a season-high 26 kills on a .511 hitting percentage.

“Elizabeth Culpepper played the offensive game of her career tonight and it was fun to just sit back and watch,” said HPU coach Daryl Kapis.

Junior Pomai Recca had a double-double performance of 13 kills and 11 digs and sophomore Lea Felton controlled the middle and chipped in six kills and eight blocks. Setter Tenika Wentworth finished the contest with a match-high 38 assists.

HPU returns to the court on Friday, Oct. 23 and will face current PacWest leader California Baptist (15-3, 8-2) at Saint Andrews’ Priory.

Women’s soccer

The women’s soccer team snapped a three-match losing streak with a 3-0 PacWest Conference win over host Chaminade last Saturday.

HPU had its offense going early and scored in the third minute on a 15-yard shot by senior midfielder Meghan Cooley off of the feed from sophomore forward Sara Romo.

Romo scored a goal of her own from 25 yards out in the 69th minute to put the Sharks ahead by two scores. HPU added an insurance goal in the 75th minute on junior Larkyn Nelson’s first goal of the season.

The Silverswords (1-10, 0-7) dropped their 10th straight contest and were out-shot 26-4 by HPU.

HPU continued its winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Dominican University of California at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park to improve to 6-7 and 3-5 in conference play Monday afternoon.

Romo put the Sharks on the scoreboard with a six-yard goal in the 29th minute. The sophomore forward’s goal was set up with good passes from senior Erika Ellis and freshman Noelle Mercado.

HPU doubled its lead when Mercado scored her third goal of the year off of a Christina Imada pass in the 65th minute. Romo scored her second goal of the contest on a chip pass from Mercado in the 69th minute.

The Penguins (4-8-1, 4-4) avoided a shutout with a goal from Kayla Karlsson in the closing seconds.

The Sharks will take on Holy Names University (4-7, 2-5) at Atherton Field on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 12:30 p.m.

Men’s soccer

mens_soccer_hpuLike the women’s soccer team, the men’s soccer team pieced together a 3-0 win over Chaminade and a 3-1 victory Dominican.

The Sharks got their first score against the Silverswords on a Sven Koenig chip shot in the 19th minute. Josch Cuerten scored on his fifth goal of the season on a breakaway 20 minutes later. Erik Kemsies wrapped up the scoring with a penalty kick in the 76th minute.

HPU (7-4-1, 5-2-1) notched its second straight win with a dominating victory over the Penguins (1-12, 1-7) Monday afternoon.

The Sharks got on the scoreboard early after Javier Risco Garcia scored in the 15th minute thanks to passes from Kemsies and Jackson Groves. Kemsies also assisted on Cuerten’s goal in the 33rd minute. Ryo Sugihara help set up Koenig’s goal in the 61st minute for the Sharks’ final score of the day.

Dominican’s lone goal of the match came after Cory Vanderpool converted a penalty kick in the 83rd minute.

The men’s soccer team’s upcoming matchup with Holy Names (2-9-1, 1-5-1) on Saturday is slated for 3 p.m.

Information for this article was gathered from the HPU athletics website at hpusharks.com. Photos courtesy of hpusharks.com.