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Vulcan’s Road to Recovery

Vulcan student-athletes are off to a great start here at UH Hilo. The Fall sports squads of cross country, volleyball, and both the men’s and women’s soccer teams are underway and just beginning Pacific West Conference play . One student-athlete whose career didn’t begin as planned is soccer player Adam Palochik. The athlete first came to UHH in the Fall of 2015 with a goal of starting as a freshman. His dream came to a sudden halt after tearing his ACL in a training session. “I stepped one way and my knee went the other and I felt a pop,” said Palochik when describing his injury. Palochik came to Hilo all the way from Corona, California. He has been playing soccer for 14 years and had never experienced such a traumatic injury. The Vulcan athlete came to UHH for the soccer scholarship he was given and the promising environment the island provides. An ACL injury is very common among athletes especially soccer players with the high amount of cutting and movements that are involved. An extensive surgery is required after the ligament has been torn. The injured athlete went through his surgical procedure during the winter break in 2015. After the surgery he began doing physical therapy to recover and gain mobility in his knee. He continues to work hard and hopes to see the field this season. “I am strengthening my hips, hamstring and quads to the fullest extent,” he explained.. Although he has never encountered something so mentally and physically challenging, he remains confident that he will return soon again, “With a season ending injury it takes a toll on you but I am working hard everyday to get back as soon as I can”. Article by Destini Soares

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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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