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‘Iolani volleyball makes statement

By Brian McInnis on August 13, 2017

In all the years of the prestigious early season Ann Kang Invitational — since 1989 — the host ‘Iolani Raiders had never come away with the first-place trophy. That is, until this weekend. ‘Iolani’s three-set win over Oak Ridge (Texas), 25-18, 21-25, 15-9, in the championship game on Saturday afternoon essentially served notice to the rest of the state that the defending HHSAA champs are still a force. Regular contender Punahou was also in the Ann Kang field, losing in the semifinals to Oak Ridge (Corrected from Mater Dei (Calif.). “Definitely a great way to start,” said coach Kainoa Obrey, who tempered his excitement. “Don’t get me wrong. I think a lot of the message to bring a little bit […]

Punahou, ‘Iolani still perfect at Ann Kang tourney

By Hawaii Prep World on August 11, 2017

The second day of the Ann Kang Invitational began this morning with one of the biggest matches so far. Undefeated teams in Pool A — Punahou and Long Beach Poly — met in the Lower Gym with the Buffanblu notching an impressive 25-15, 28-26 win over the Jackrabbits. Punahou went on to sweep Mid-Pacific and King Kekaulike and has yet to drop a set heading into the final day on Saturday. The Buffanblu finish pool play against Santa Margarita (Calif.) on Saturday morning. The top two teams from each pool advance to the semifinals. Long Beach Poly (5-1) beat Santa Margarita (5-1) on Thursday in three sets in another crucial match. Pool B, which is led by ‘Iolani (3-0) and Mater Dei […]

Punahou, ‘Iolani unbeaten at Ann Kang

By Jerry Campany on August 10, 2017

ILH powers Punahou and Iolani led the charge on the first day of the Ann Kang Invitational at Iolani on Thursday, going through the first day unbeaten. Neither team dropped a set. Punahou swept Boswell, Moanalua and Buchanan in pool A to share the lead with Long Beach Poly, which beat Santa Margarita 26-24, 21-25, 15-10. The Mustangs started slow, needing three sets to beat King Kekaulike 25-9, 23-25, 15-12 but recovered to sweep Mid-Pacific. Punahou and Long Beach Poly open the second day with a match at 8 a.m. on Friday. ‘Iolani swept Mililani and Le Jardin before going three sets in a win over Oak Ridge. Mater Dei matched the hosts with a 3-0 record in pool B, […]

Volleyball season tips off with Ann Kang

By Jerry Campany on August 9, 2017

Some of the nation’s top girls volleyball programs will be in town for the 29th annual Ann Kang Volleyball Invitational at ‘Iolani this week. The headliner is 2016 Southern California regional champion Santa Margarita, which will be looking for a better showing in the preseason tournament this year. The Lady Eagles won the tournament two years ago, beating Punahou in the final. Last year, Santa Margarita swept throuogh local squads Moanalua, Le Jardin and Punahou on its way to the final, where it fell to Mira Costa. Mira Costa is not in the field this year, so Santa Margarita serves as the closest thing to defending champions. The Lady Eagles lost Meghan McClure and Juliana Reisinger to graduation but return […]

Team Aloha reaches semifinals

By Paul Honda on July 22, 2017

Team Aloha of Hawaii reached the semifinals of the Girls National Youth Gold Division at the USA High Performance Championships in Florida on Friday. The team from Hawaii, coached by John Ing, went 6-0 including pool play. Aloha lost in the semifinals this morning to KRVA (Penn.) 25-17, 25-21, 17-25, 25-18. In a third-place match, Team Florida defeated Aloha 25-10, 22-25, 25-15, 27-29, 15-11. Team Aloha’s earlier results: Wednesday, July 18 (pool play) Def. NCVA (N.C.) 25-13, 25-17, 25-20 Thursday, July 19 (pool play) Def. Iroquois 23-25, 25-8, 25-12, 25-10 Def. Oklahoma 25-15, 25-18, 25-19 Friday, July 20 (round 1) Def. USA Select A1 Stars 25-27, 26-24, 25-16, 25-23 Def. USA Select A1 Stripes 25-21, 25-17, 26-24

Hawaii High Performance leaves for nationals

By Paul Honda on July 14, 2017

The USAV Aloha Region High Performance team leaves today to play in the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The tourney will be on July 18-22. Head coach John Ing is assisted by Warren Ando and Lee Lamb. The program has played in every HP championship since 2003.

Kaiser volleyball coach Noborikawa steps down

By Nick Abramo on April 23, 2017

Kaiser girls volleyball coach Ernest Noborikawa decided to step down from the post after the fall season for personal reasons, Cougars assistant athletic director Bryan Almadova confirmed last week. Noborikawa spent 16 years involved with the program and won the 2009 OIA Division II championship as the head coach of a team that had Nikki Taylor on it. Taylor spent four years with the University of Hawaii program under coach Dave Shoji. Kaiser is in the process of finding a replacement for Noborikawa.

Giesseman stepping down at McKinley

By Nick Abramo on April 13, 2017

McKinley volleyball coach Chad Giesseman is stepping down as the boys and girls coach for the Tigers. Bob Morikuni, the school’s athletic director, said Giesseman’s reason for leaving is to spend more time with his family. “Chad has done an awesome job taking care of the boys AND girls program,” Morikuni wrote in an email to Hawaii Prep World. “The students love playing for him. He knows his stuff. He’s tough and demanding, but they know he cares about them. He’s always given so much to McKinley High School and he also works as an HPD officer. So I am happy he is now going to give a lot more time to his family. We are so appreciative for all […]