Vulcan Volleyball Splits Rivalry Weekend

Vulcan Volleyball wins one and loses one in weekend double-header

Editor-in-Chief Peter Holden Chao
Photo Courtesy of UH Hilo Athletics

Kaila Lizama raises her hands triumphantly

Vulcan Volleyball hosted the Chaminade Silverswords and Hawaiʻi Pacific Sharks on Saturday and Sunday night respectively in an interisland rivalry double-header.

The Vulcans were already without senior starting libero Mina Grant who suffered a dislocated shoulder the week before against Holy Names, when just to add insult to injury, senior middle blocker Kiley Davis was forced out of Saturday’s game against Chaminade with an apparent leg injury. Two seniors down would spell disaster for most teams.

But for the Vulcans?

Absolutely not.

Did they arrive to the party fashionably late?

Beyond a doubt.

The big bolded 3-1 L from Saturday against the Silverswords poorly summarizes what was a much closer match than expected from a hobbled Vulcan squad. After getting off to a slow start in the first and second sets, losing both 25-20, the Vulcans rallied for a 25-23 victory in the third. After forcing a fourth set the Vulcans found themselves up 23-22 fighting for the chance to play a fifth set. While the Silverswords ultimately turned the tides and finished the match, the Vulcans left the crowd wanting more.

Sunday night against the Sharks the Vulcans bit back and got a big bolded W and a 3-1 result of their own. Aside from a hiccup in the third, the Vulcans put on a strong performance winning in four sets with the scores 25-22, 25-22, 12-25, and 25-17.

With the win the Vulcans improved to 12-4 on the season and 8-2 in the PacWest. A team still led by seniors, the play of Evelin Solyomvari and Basia Sauni paved the way. For rivalry weekend Solyomvari provided 19 kills and six digs, while Sauni added 40 assists and 17 digs. The injuries to seniors Grant and Davis also provided a glance at the future of Vulcan Volleyball.

Between both games junior libero Kaila Lizama recorded 45 digs and four aces, while her classmate Armani Moultrie provided ten kills and five blocks on Sunday alone. “I just had to be really scrappy,” said Lizama, while Moultrie added, “I’m glad I’m able to help out by stepping up to the plate.”

Sophomore Bria Beale combined for 22 digs, 14 kills, and five aces, while PacWest leader in blocks Ashton Jessee added nine more to her total. Freshmen Teisa Tuioti and Alexandria Parisian added 15 and 12 kills on the weekend respectively. Their classmate Maile Powell provided a combined 36 assists.

The Vulcans face Biola University on Fri. Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in the UHH Gymnasium in a battle between teams vying for position near the top of the PacWest.