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Men’s Golf update

The Men’s Golf team finished the season ranked 15th in the West Region and 74th Nationally. The team was led by senior captain Kyeton Littel, from Maui, with a stroke average of 75.38. Hilo natives RicYamamoto (76.46) and Casey Tamura (83.00) completed their senior seasons with the team. Kyeton, along with freshmen teammate Jared Kinoshita (from Bakersfield, CA) were named to the all PACWEST third team.  Jared, who was the individual champion at the Hawaii Challenge, will be the only returning member to next year’s team.  Other members of the team were David Tottori from Las Vegas, NV; and Conor Morley of Palm Dessert, CA.  David had a hole-in-one on the 9th hole at Olympia Country Club during the Saint Martin’s Invitational tournament.

The assistant coach, Ron Takahashi has a great outlook on this upcoming season, “Our outlook for the upcoming 2016-2017 season is very upbeat.  We have seven promising new recruits joining our program.  Two are from Hawaii – Preston Ching from Hilo (Kamehameha-Keaau), and Trevor Kua from Kauai; two from Canada; two from Oregon; and one from California.”

Their season goals have been set high as they anticipate getting back into the National Championship tournament next post season.

 

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Women’s Volleyball Update

The up and coming Women’s Volleyball team finished 11-12 overall and 9-11 in the PacWest. Mid-way through the season, the team put together a 7-3 run and were contenders in the conference race. Marley Strand-Nicoliason led the charge, averaging double-digit kills in each match, including a season-high 26 against Dominican University. Entering his seventh season, Head Coach Tino Reyes has four-year starters in outside hitter Strand-Nicoliason, middle blocker Kyndra Trevino-Scott and setter Sienna Davis setting the pace for the Vulcans.

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Men’s Soccer Update

Men’s soccer finished its season at 5-9-3 overall and 4-9 in the PacWest, but ended on a tenacious note with back-to-back-to-back wins at home, outscoring opponents 7-3. Scott Hill’s double-overtime goal beat BYU-Hawaii 1-0. The Vulcans then opened up for three goals on Dominican University. And finally, Hill again tallied the double-overtime game-winner to beat Holy Names University. Losing 15 players to exhausted eligibility, first-year Head Coach Gene Okamura will be looking at incoming goalie Andrew Tamburro and mid-fielders Jonathan Garcia and Rodrigo Castellanos for impact.

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Women’s Soccer Update

Women’s soccer finished 5-9-3 overall and 4-9 in the PacWest. The ladies started out strong with a 3-1-3 record, including five overtime games. A season-opening stalemate with nationally-recognized Simon Fraser University, Tiera Arakawa’s overtime goal against Chaminade and a double-overtime tie with BYU-Hawaii were followed by Abcde Zoller’s game-winner over Notre Dame de Namur as the Vulcans entered game five undefeated. Set back by Fresno Pacific, the Vulcans bounced back with a 2-0 win over Academy of Art University and a tie with regional power Cal State Los Angeles. Having just four players departed, Okamura’s women’s team will look at four-year starting goalie Jenna Hufford to direct the team with senior Annabelle Gonzalez and sophomore Tiera Arakawa running the middle.

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