Summarized by Vickie Speek
Seasiders and Sea Warriors head for showdown
Honolulu HI Star-Bulletin 9Nov99 S3
By Cindy Luis: Star-Bulletin
The confrontation is likely to happen next week in Laie when BYU-Hawaii is
expected to host the Far West Regional. Just like last season, the
two top teams in the country are from the islands. Only one team can
go on to the NCAA national tournament, Dec. 2-4, in Battle Creek, Mich.
Wilfred Navalta, the BYU-Hawaii coach hopes history doesn't repeat itself.
Last season, his top-ranked Seasiders were upset by Tita Ahuna's Sea Warriors
in the regional final a week after his team defeated HPU for the PacWest
title. HPU then went on to win the Division II championship.
Navalta said that having the home-court advantage next week won't necessarily
mean a cake-walk for his Seasiders. He feels that two other teams in the
regional have a shot at winning: No. 10 Cal State Bakersfield and No. 20 Cal
State Los Angeles.
Ahuna is also feeling pretty good. "We're in the same situation as last
year,'' she said. "Except last year we were virtually an unknown. We're not
looking at ourselves as the defending national champions. That's in the
past. We have a new wave to ride this season. Now's the time to catch it.''