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Kamehameha is top seed in D-I girls volleyball

By Hawaii Prep World on October 19, 2017

The Division I bracket in the New City Nissan/HHSAA Girls Volleyball State Championships was released today despite the MIL and BIIF, which have yet to crown their league champions. ILH champion Kamehameha is the No. 1 seed in Division I, followed by OIA champion Moanalua. The MIL champion is the No. 3 seed and the BIIF champion is the No. 4 seed The HHSAA wrote in its release, “Per Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Director Association (HIADA) recommendation approved this past June, […]

Pa’e lifts Nanakuli to first volleyball crown

By Paul Honda on October 19, 2017

Pearl City came prepared to win a championship. The Chargers’ biggest obstacle turned out to be a 5-foot-6 back row beast of a libero. Nanakuli sophomore Ka‘anela Pa‘e put as much energy into her defensive craftsmanship as she did with her pre-game introduction dance. With music piping through the sound system during warmups and pre-game, Pa‘e and several of her teammates did their dance moves. Those moves were pretty good, but they paled in comparison with their defensive prowess in […]

Relentless defense sparks Moanalua to title

By Paul Honda on October 18, 2017

For the powerful Kapolei Hurricanes, it may have felt like defeat by a thousand cuts. No matter how many heavy balls the ‘Canes sent toward Moanalua’s side of the court, Na Menehune prevailed most of the night with Hula Crisostomo and Tayli Ikenaga leading the back-row resistance. The result: Kapolei took 123 swings, had 18 hitting errors and hit just .154 as Moanalua took the OIA Division I championship match 25-20, 27-25, 25-15 before a loud gathering of about 3,000 […]

Le Jardin wins its first ILH girls volleyball title

By Kyle Sakamoto on October 18, 2017

Despite winning its first state championship last season, Le Jardin had never won an ILH title in girls volleyball. After losing to Damien in five sets on Tuesday in their first opportunity , the Bulldogs bounced back to take home the league title with a 25-18, 25-20, 24-26, 25-21 victory over the host Monarchs on Wednesday to end the ILH double-elimination tournament. “Another first for us, right?” Le Jardin coach Lee Lamb said. “We’re just trying to check off the […]

Lessons learned as Damien shocks No. 7 Le Jardin

By Paul Honda on October 17, 2017

Four losses have been full of lessons for the Damien Monarchs. Enough wisdom has been accrued from the disappointments and pain, so when they visited unbeaten defending state champion Le Jardin, the Damien squad that was 10-4 no longer existed. As of Tuesday night, with a stunning 25-22, 25-23, 19-25, 18-25, 17-15 victory at Charle B. Wang Gymnasium, the Monarchs are in position to reach new heights. A win on Wednesday against No. 7-ranked Le Jardin would give them the […]

‘Iolani will defend its state title after all

By Billy Hull on October 17, 2017

It had been 31 days since the ‘Iolani girls volleyball team won a match when it took the floor last Friday in its final game of the ILH second round. Winless since sweeping Punahou on Sept. 12, the Raiders needed a win over the Buffanblu and a Kamehameha win over Maryknoll the next day to ensure they’d get a shot in a playoff to earn the right to defend their state championship. ‘Iolani coach Kainoa Obrey called their 25-15, 25-16, […]

Hula sparks Moanalua into OIA title match

By Paul Honda on October 16, 2017

Unranked Mililani had the power. Fifth-ranked Moanalua had the grit. They also had Hula. Senior libero Hula Crisostomo and freshman Tayli Ikenaga put on a digging exhibition for Na Menehune in a 25-19, 25-15, 25-16 sweep of Mililani. Moanalua (13-0) will meet another unbeaten powerhouse, Kapolei (12-0), in the OIA title match on Wednesday at McKinley Student Council Gymnasium. The Lady Trojans brought a lot of firepower, but Moanalua’s back row was relentless, tough and skilled. “Hula wasn’t there her […]

Kapolei resilient in sweep of Waianae

By Paul Honda on October 16, 2017

The quest for a first Division I girls volleyball championship at Kapolei is also a chance to quench a thirst. In the relatively short history of Kapolei, there has been one crown: OIA Division II in 2008. The coach then is the same coach now, Naidah Gamurot. On Monday night, she saw her Hurricanes overcome some offensive struggles to sweep Waianae 25-22, 25-19, 25-19. The ‘Canes hit just .193 against a scrappy, tall Seariders defense. “A win always feels good,” […]