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Punahou awaits KS-Hawaii’s best punch

By Nick Abramo on May 5, 2017

Going by past results, Saturday night’s Division I boys volleyball state tournament at Blaisdell Arena has a heavyweight in one corner and a light heavyweight in the other. The old-timey boxing announcer could announce Punahou as “the reigning five-time champeen.” The opponent, Kamehameha-Hawaii, is the annual challenger, the team that gets super close, but can’t bring home the hardware. Punahou coach Rick Tune is relishing the matchup against the Big Island Interscholastic Federation Warriors. “They have a fantastic coach, Guy […]

KS-Hawaii’s volleyball train is in town

By Nick Abramo on May 5, 2017

Every year at this time, Kamehameha-Hawaii shows up for the Division I boys volleyball state tournament. And the Warriors’ usual modus operandi is to make it far but not win the championship. Coach Guy Enriques was clear about what was needed to get past the remaining squads in their way. “We need to play a flawless match,” he said after a three-set sweep of Waipahu in the quarterfinals Thursday at Radford. He added that if any of his teams of […]

Brotherhood of ‘One Team’: Raiders rolling

By Paul Honda on May 2, 2017

There was a brief time, during basketball season and a trip to the mainland, when brothers Hugh and Cole Hogland were just about out of their minds. Being only one year apart in age is one thing. But seeing your brother constantly — on campus, at practice, at home, the pressure of ‘Iolani’s 1-2 foot high pile of daily homework, playing for state champion — add it all up, and it can be a wee-bit stressful. And annoying. So Hugh […]

Punahou seeks 6th straight state volleyball title

By Hawaii Prep World on April 30, 2017

Brackets and seedings for the New City Nissan/HHSAA Boys Volleyball State Championships were released on Saturday night. In Division I, ILH powerhouse Punahou remains the top seed in the state with a 15-0 record, while BIIF champion Kamehameha-Hawaii claimed the No. 2 seed. Mililani earned the No. 3 seed as the OIA champion with a 13-0 record, while Kamehameha-Maui clinched the fourth seed and final first-round bye. Two O’ahu schools will travel interisland for their Division I first-round matchups on […]

Q&A: Mililani’s Niino, captains Fuiava, Guillermo

By Paul Honda on April 28, 2017

Roughly 12 hours after the Mililani Trojans won their first OIA boys volleyball championship in 23 years, head coach Trenton Niino, senior outside hitter Sila Fuiava and sophomore setter Chance Guillermo were kind enough to do a Q&A with Hawaii Prep World. Fuiava had 17 kills in a five-set upset win over six-time defending league champion Moanalua. Guillermo dished out 45 assists with four kills and three blocks. They go huge performances by key role players like middle Andrew Valladeres […]

Mililani goes from rebuild to OIA title game

By Paul Honda on April 26, 2017

The dream of an Oahu Interscholastic Association Division I volleyball title ended for Waipahu’s boys team on Tuesday night, while the dream continued for the Mililani Trojans. Mililani’s 16-25, 25-20, 25-20, 31-29 semifinal win at James Alegre Gymnasium was a microcosm of the Trojans’ season to date. So much potential, a deep arsenal of weapons, and plenty of defense to withstand one of the league’s hottest teams. “After the team Mililani had last year, I think a lot of people […]

‘M’ for Menehune and Maturity

By Paul Honda on April 26, 2017

They were loose, focused and dangerous. Moanalua has been perfecto through 13 OIA matches, and that efficiency was on display during a 25-20, 25-17, 25-20 semifinal win over a Kapolei team on Tuesday that entered the match with only one loss coming in. Interim coach Austin Zavala, a sixth-year assistant coach, and the coaching staff have kept things running smoothly for Na Menehune. With head coach Alan Cabanting gone for the week due to the passing of his mother in […]

Q&A: Waipahu spiker Jeminae Solomua

By Paul Honda on April 25, 2017

His mother, Lani Solomua, heard the name Gemini while watching a TV show one day. That’s all it took. When he was born, Jeminae Solomua was destined to become a star. The Waipahu three-sport student-athlete is the power behind Waipahu’s explosion in OIA boys volleyball. The Marauders sealed a state-tournament berth last week with a win over Kaiser. Solomua chatted with Hawaii Prep World before Waipahu plays Mililani in the OIA semifinals tonight and was featured in Tuesday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser. […]