Sand volleyball, or beach volleyball, is not far away from becoming a state championship sport.
HHSAA executive director Christopher Chun said the ball is literally in the hands of the leagues. If and when there are at least three leagues competing in the sport, it can be drawn up for state-championship sanctioning by the HHSAA.
Chun said he would fully support that measure.
For now, Moanalua’s boys and Punahou’s girls are the unofficial state champions. Skylan Engleman and Austin Amian teamed up to sweep Punahou’s Pono Kaaa and Michael Luna 21-11, 21-10 on Sunday at Waikiki Beach in the inaugural sand volleyball championships co-hosted by OC-16.
The girls final pitted Punahou twosomes. Freshman Teiana Cacaldo and sophomore Brandee Markwith outlasted seniors Kelly Matthews and Clare Anderson 21-13, 21-12.
See more in Tuesday’s prep notebook (subscriber content).