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Boys Volleyball Fab 15: Coaches’ comments

By Paul Honda on May 19, 2018

Here’s a list of capsules and coaches’ comments about the 2018 Star-Advertiser Boys Volleyball All-State Fab 15, including Coach of the Year Dandi Holder of St. Francis. COY Dandi Holder, St. Francis Rick Tune (Punahou): “It takes a masterful coach to be able to rally a team back down 0-2 in the state final. It doesn’t get much more pressure packed than that. What I saw from the sideline was a quiet confidence than they infused into their players. I […]

Q&A: Wilcox repeats as All-State Player of Year

By Paul Honda on May 19, 2018

Four years, he says, have gone by at warp speed. Well, maybe not Star Trek warp speed, but fast enough that Ryan Wilcox is almost missing his time as a Punahou volleyball player. The Star-Advertiser’s panel of coaches and media selected Wilcox the All-State Player of the Year for a second season in a row. Wilcox earned it with consistent, precise play as an all-around player who happens to be an outside hitter. “Ryan has a high degree of skill. […]

All-State volleyball: 2000-09

By Jerry Campany on May 18, 2018

With the Star-Advertiser’s boys volleyball all-state team coming out Sunday, here is a look at the All-State teams from 2000-2009. The ILH had at least a share of every player of the year award in the decade, beginning with Punahou’s Will Reppun. But that glory was short lived as Isaac Kneubuhl and Kamehameha took over before relenting to an Iolani run led by Sean Carney and Todd Blankenship. Spencer McLachlin of Punahou took over from 2004-06 and remains the only […]

All-State boys volleyball, 1988-99

By Jerry Campany on May 17, 2018

With the Star-Advertiser’s boys volleyball all-state team coming out Sunday, here is a look at a few of the past All-State teams, beginning in 1988 when Steven Corbelli of Punahou was the best player in the land. The Buffanblu had the next two players of the year in Rick Humphreys and Stein Metzger before Kamehameha took over with the next four including Fred Robins, who was the only boy to repeat in the decade. Kamehameha and Punahou had all of […]

Boys volleyball all-tournament teams

By Billy Hull on May 6, 2018

The all-tournament teams in Division I and Division II in the New City Nissan/HHSAA Boys Volleyball State Championships are listed below. Selections voted on by the media and the HHSAA. Division I Most outstanding player—Ryan Wilcox, Punahou Kanai Akana, Punahou Max Slaughter, Moanalua DiAeris McRaven, Moanalua Cole Hogland, Iolani Jameson McKibbin, Punahou Shea Suzumoto, Punahou Division II Most outstanding player—Jesus Garcia, St. Francis Mofuike Hafoka, St. Francis Justin Faidley, Kapaa Wembley Mailei, St. Francis Zion Tupuola-Fetui, Pearl City Rusdan-Rocket Ahuna, […]

Punahou’s 2018 team checked all of the boxes

By Billy Hull on May 6, 2018

Punahou boys volleyball coach Rick Tune stopped short of ranking his seven different teams that have won state titles in the Buffanblu’s latest dominance of the sport. It was clear in talking to the former University of Hawaii middle blocker, however, that this group, led by a core of four senior starters, was not your ordinary graduating class. “This group checked all the boxes. This group didn’t have any holes,” Tune said after Punahou swept Moanalua 25-19, 25-16, 25-21 in […]

St. Francis rallies for first D-II volleyball crown

By Paul Honda on May 5, 2018

There is willpower, and there is what the St. Francis Saints do with it. They channel their inner greatness. If there ever was a calmer, more positive and cohesive team, well, there may be many, but not quite on the level of this Saints squad. An incredible 15-25, 19-25, 25-18, 25-19, 15-12 championship victory over No. 1 seed Kapaa earned second-seeded St. Francis its first boys volleyball state crown. But it’s more than that. The way they were coachable. Accountable. […]

Epic win over ‘Iolani gives Moanalua a chance

By Paul Honda on May 5, 2018

The last time Moanalua got this deep, Punahou broke their hearts. Na Menehune are back in the final of the New City Nissan/HHSAA Boys Volleyball State Championships and Punahou awaits again. Two years ago, the teams met for the title and Punahou swept a Moanalua squad led by All-State player of the year Austin Matautia. On Saturday night, Moanalua gets another shot against the unbeaten Buffanblu (15-0). Moanalua is no slouch, seeded second, just like 2016. Punahou is otherworldly, a […]