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Akana, Oglivie make all-tournament at Durango

By Jerry Campany on September 16, 2018

Kamehameha junior Keonilei Akana and ‘Iolani junior Elena Oglivie were named to the all-tournament team at the Durango Fall Classic for leading their teams to high finishes in the elite field. Akana helped the Warriors finish in sixth place and the Raiders ended the tournament in ninth. Kamehameha made it into the championship division but got swept 25-17, 25-22 by Redondo Union (Calif.), which made it to the title match before losing to Assumption (Ky.). The Warriors came back to […]

Kamehameha, ‘Iolani undefeated after Day 1 at Durango

By Paul Honda on September 14, 2018

No. 1-ranked Kamehameha is off to a strong start at the Durango Fall Classic in Las Vegas. The Warriors opened play today in the prestigious annual girls volleyball tournament with a 25-19, 25-10 sweep of Village Christian (Calif.). Then, they defeated powerhouse Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) 25-18, 24-26, 25-17. Their final match was a 25-9, 25-2 win over Rim of the World (Calif.) to finish 3-0 in pool play. Also playing is ‘Iolani, the No. 2 team in the Star-Advertiser Girls […]

No. 6 Mililani gives No. 5 Kapolei some payback

By Nick Abramo on September 13, 2018

Not this year. Last year, Kapolei broke through for a rare victory against Mililani in the OIA girls volleyball regular season. On Thursday night, the Trojans overpowered the Hurricanes 25-11, 25-15 at the Mililani gym. With the win, Mililani took over sole possession of the OIA West standings at 5-0. The Hurricanes — who are coming off two highly impressive seasons in a row — fell to 4-1. Junior hitter Falanika Danielson pounded 10 kills with one block for the […]

Q&A: Kamehameha’s Keonilei and Braelyn Akana

By Paul Honda on September 11, 2018

Braelyn Akana insists that she is 5-foot-10. She’s actually 5-11, and either way, she will never stop working toward her dreams. One of them is already coming true for the Kamehameha senior. She will play volleyball for Hawaii next season. At 5-foot-9 and skilled in every possible way on the volleyball court, Keonilei Akana is a trusty part of any coach’s team. She just happens to be a key cog for the defending state champion Kamehameha Warriors. “Ke is so […]

14 teams earn major votes in first volleyball poll

By Billy Hull on September 3, 2018

The top two spots in the first Honolulu Star-Advertiser Girls Volleyball Top 10 of the season were not a surprise. Defending state champion Kamehameha took the No. 1 spot ahead of ‘Iolani with seven out of 10 first-place votes. Both teams are nationally ranked by both MaxPreps and USA Today. The Raiders did receive the other three first-place votes. After that, it was utter chaos among the 10-member voting panel made up of coaches and media. King Kekaulike took the […]

VIDEO: Punahou, ‘Iolani start off with a thriller

By Paul Honda on September 2, 2018

The young, tall, composed Punahou Buffanblu stepped onto ‘Iolani’s home court with full confidence. It showed as the visitors took the opening set before a robust audience that nearly filled the gym. Then ‘Iolani simmered down and rallied for a 20-25, 25-12, 25-16 victory during opening week of the ILH girls volleyball regular season. The Raiders are ranked No. 11 by MaxPreps and No. 21 in the country by USA Today.

‘Iolani ahead of Kamehameha in MaxPreps Xcellent 25

By Billy Hull on August 27, 2018

Winners of the last three state championships combined, ‘Iolani and Kamehameha open the season highly regarded as two of the top teams in the country. Both schools are ranked higher in the first Max Preps Xcellent 25 released today than they are in the first USA Today Super 25. The Raiders open at No. 11 with the Warriors at No. 13. ‘Iolani, which won the Ann Kang Invitational for the second year in a row, dropped only one set in […]

Kamehameha, ‘Iolani ranked top 25 in nation

By Billy Hull on August 16, 2018

Mark your calendar for Sept. 8. The first regular-season matchup of what will undoubtedly be a series of exciting girls volleyball matches this season between ‘Iolani and Kamehameha will take place at Kekuhaupio Gym at 4:15 p.m. It will also be a matchup of a two nationally ranked squads. Kamehameha, the defending state champion, debuted at No. 15 in the USA Today Super 25 preseason poll on Wednesday while ‘Iolani, the 2016 state champion is No. 21. Kamehameha hosts its […]