Moanalua, Punahou rule the beach

by Paul Honda on November 26, 2013

Skylan Engleman and Austin Amian of Moanalua won the boys title. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

Skylan Engleman and Austin Amian of Moanalua won the boys title. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

Sophomore Brandee Markwith and freshman Teiana Cacaldo of Punahou captured the girls crown. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

Sophomore Brandee Markwith and freshman Teiana Cacaldo of Punahou captured the girls crown. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

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).

Kelly Matthews and Clare Anderson of Punahou placed second in a field of 24 girls teams. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

Kelly Matthews and Clare Anderson of Punahou placed second in a field of 24 girls teams. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

Pono Kaaa and Michael Luna of Punahou took second place in the boys tourney. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

Pono Kaaa and Michael Luna of Punahou took second place in the boys tourney. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

The three-day tournament concluded on Sunday afternoon at Waikiki Beach. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

The three-day tournament concluded on Sunday afternoon at Waikiki Beach. (Paul Honda / Star-Advertiser)

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