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Punahou turns up heat to sweep ‘Iolani

By Paul Honda on March 6, 2018

On paper, maybe Jordan Inafuku has one advantage. The ‘Iolani boys volleyball coach knows many of Punahou’s standout players quite well. At least the ones who play for Spike N’ Serve Volleyball Club, which Inafuku coaches. The reality, though, is that when Punahou plays any team, even a powerhouse like ‘Iolani, they are a big blue machine. Ryan Wilcox didn’t get a surplus of opportunities, yet had eight kills. Wilcox’s presence opened up the other side for Kana‘i Akana, who […]

Hawaii Baptist gets taste of D-I volleyball

By Nick Abramo on February 27, 2018

Hawaii Baptist is an underdog in boys volleyball for the first time in a long time and coach Teoni Obrey is loving it. Winning nine of the last 10 state Division II championships is a good feeling too, but the Eagles are up on a higher level now. Lumps will appear — and they’ve already started appearing on the team’s proverbial forehead — before the Hawaii volleyball world finds out if the school will flounder or succeed in D-I. But […]

Signing Day: 40 make their college dreams a reality

By Paul Honda on November 8, 2017

Amalia Paige Hilliard saw the writing on the wall years ago. Or actually, there was writing on the table. Year after year, season after season, young Paige sat at the entrance on Letter-of-Intent Signing Day for then-host Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance. High school seniors from virtually every sport filtered through the doors of the Honolulu Elks Lodge in Waikiki or the rode the escalator up to the Sheraton Waikiki Ballrooms. There were the PIAA volunteers, ready and able to assist. […]

Downing thrilled to be coaching at Kaiser

By Nick Abramo on September 12, 2017

Kainoa Downing is thrilled to be back coaching volleyball at the high school level. Downing, who led Kamehameha to the boys Division I state championship in 2011, is off to a 1-3 start at Kaiser heading into tonight’s match at Moanalua. The Cougars are in Division II this season. “We have really, really good kids this year,” he said over the phone recently. “We’re trying to change the culture of girls volleyball here into a winning culture. We want to […]

Punahou’s Wilcox tops in boys volleyball

By Hawaii Prep World on May 28, 2017

Punahou junior outside hitter Ryan Wilcox was named the Star-Advertiser’s player of the year for boys volleyball in Sunday’s newspaper, continuing an unprecedented three-year run for the program. Wil Stanley was the player of the year last year and Micah Ma’a took the award after the previous season. In all, the Buffanblu had five players on the Fab 15, for the third straight year. No other program has ever had more than three. Punahou also got five players on the […]

ILH boys volleyball all-star teams announced

By Hawaii Prep World on May 10, 2017

The ILH released its boys volleyball all-star teams in Division I, II and III today. The full teams are listed below. DIVISION I Most valuable player—Ryan Wilcox, Jr, Punahou Coach of the year—Jordan Inafuku, ‘Iolani FIRST TEAM Hugh Hogland, Sr, ‘Iolani Cole Hogland, Jr, ‘Iolani Matthew Saffery, So, Kamehameha Chad Bolte, Sr, Maryknoll Andrew Caraang, Sr, Maryknoll Ethan Siegfried, Sr, Punahou Shea Suzumoto, So, Punahou SECOND TEAM George Kailiwai, Sr, Kamehameha Kade Apuna, Jr, Kamehameha Kaimi Haas, Sr, Mid-Pacific Kana’i […]

Punahou got past its moment of doubt

By Nick Abramo on May 8, 2017

Altogether it was just a little more than 5 minutes, but you could see it on the faces of the Punahou players – just a little bit of doubt. The heavily favored Buffanblu tried in vain to fight off Kamehameha-Hawaii in the second set of Saturday night’s state Division I boys volleyball final. The opposing Warriors sensed something amiss on the other side of the court and they pounced to win the set and tie the match at 1-1. How […]

Enriques to retire as KS-Hawaii coach

By Nick Abramo on May 7, 2017

No one would doubt that Rick Tune is an authority on volleyball. And the former collegiate star and current Punahou coach, fresh off an eighth state championship in nine years, had somewhat of a bombshell to rock the Hawaii high school volleyball world Saturday night. Highly successful Kamehameha-Hawaii coach Guy Enriques will not be in charge of the Warriors next season, according to Tune, whose Buffanblu had just gotten past Enrqiues’ team in four sets in the Division I state […]