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Exhibition Match to Kick Off Annual Volleyball Tournament Series

March 11, 2014
Maui Weekly

Hawaiian Style Volleyball will host a fun-filled event for the entire family. The 1st Annual Valley Isle Volleyball Classic, featuring 2013 Women's Volleyball National Championship Runner-up Brigham Young University (BYU)-Hawai'i Seasiders against the Hawai'i Pacific University (HPU) Sea Warriors will be held on Saturday, March 15, at the King Kekaulike Gymnasium in Pukalani. BYU-Hawai'i and HPU are two of the most prolific teams in Division II Women's Volleyball.

BYU ended the 2013 season, 29-2. Coached by Mona Ah-Hoy, who previously coached the Kahuku High School volleyball team from 2001to 2006, winning a Hawai'i State Championship, was honored as Coach of the Year in 2002. A former Seasider volleyball player herself, she helped lead the NAIA National Championship teams in 1986 and 1987 and was First Team All-American in 1989 and 1990.

The BYU roster includes Hawai'i athletes Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo and Melanie Manutai of Honolulu and Ho'onanai Apo of Hau'ula.

On the other side of the court, the HPU volleyball squad includes six Hawai'i athletes: Jasmine Fujimoto, Jamie Asuncion, Makamae Recca, Pomai Recca, Marie Funii and Samantha Rummans. They are coached by Daryl Kapis, a native of Santa Cruz, California, who joined HPU in 2006. In 2010, the Sea Warriors went 18-6 and lead the nation in digs with 20.3 per set, making them a very tough competitor. Prior to HPU, Kapis spent three years as head coach at San Jose City College, where he guided the Jaguars to a then conference state record 26-5 mark.

This exhibition match will kick off a high-level Annual Volleyball Tournament Series. The focus of the series is to enlighten Maui's youth about opportunities that can enhance young athletes' college experience.

One of the primary goals of the Hawaiian Style Volleyball Club (HSVC) is to bring exposure and competition to the youth of our Maui community. Through this exposure, they hope to maximize developmental and collegiate opportunities offered to the youth of Maui's community, uniting players from many varied geographical areas, while striving toward a common goal. This is an invaluable life lessons that can carry over into many aspects of everyday life.

The doors of King Kekaulike Gymnasium will open at 4 p.m. Match play will begins at 5 p.m.

Tickets for this match are $5 in advance; $7 at the gate.

For advance ticket purchase and more information, contact HSVC Director Albert Paschoal at or (808) 269-4907, or HSVBC Marketing Director Susan Cagen at or (808) 269-0878.



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