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‘Iolani’s Ka’aha’aina-Torres makes AA second team

By Billy Hull on November 1, 2017

‘Iolani senior outside hitter Saige Ka’aha’aina-Torres, who helped lead the Raiders to the Division I state final three years in a row for the first time in school history, was named to the Under Armour Girls High School All-America second team today. Ka’aha’aina-Torres averaged 4.9 kills per set and led ‘Iolani to a 31-11 overall record, including its first ever Ann Kang Invitational championship. The only senior on ‘Iolani this season, Ka’aha’aina-Torres also had 33 aces, 211 assists, 33 aces […]

Kahuku, Mililani, Hawaii Baptist finish in Top 10

By Nick Abramo on October 30, 2017

With solid showings in the state tournament, three teams — Kahuku, Hawaii Baptist and Mililani — jumped into the Honolulu Star-Advertiser girls volleyball Top 10 final rankings released Monday. Kahuku (13-6), which had an up-and-down regular season and won the third-place Division I match over league rival Kapolei, checked in at No. 7. Hawaii Baptist (13-5) moved into the No. 9 slot by making the D-II final, where the Eagles lost in four sets to Le Jardin. Mililani (13-3) stepped […]

VIDEO: Le Jardin wins 2nd state title

By Paul Honda on October 30, 2017

Outside hitter Natalie Piper (22 kills, 19 digs) and opposite Julia Fisher (23 kills, 10 digs, 3 block assists) chat after Le Jardin outlasted Hawaii Baptist in four sets to win its second title in a row at the New City Nissan/HHSAA Girls Volleyball Division II State Championships. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. Blaisdell Arena.

VIDEO: Epic finish, Kamehameha vs. ‘Iolani

By Paul Honda on October 29, 2017

An epic finish — seven match points — to another monumental championship season for Kamehameha in a sweep of defending champion ‘Iolani in the finals of the New City Nissan/HHSAA State Championships at Blaisdell Arena.. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.

Letting go, gaining more: LJA’s new legacy

By Paul Honda on October 29, 2017

First, it was Hawaii Baptist Academy scratching out an identity as a small school with a talent in girls volleyball. That niche turned into a prominent program that occasionally took down the giants of Interscholastic League of Honolulu volleyball. Eventually, the Eagles seized Division II state championships in 2007, ’08, ’09 and, most recently, ’15. HBA was one of the first of the smaller schools to patent a winning formula. Le Jardin (16-1) is the latest to concoct a special […]

Kamehameha’s 21st title: Inspiration, legacy

By Paul Honda on October 28, 2017

Lexis Akeo has a way of blending into the celebration. Not long after Kamehameha finished its dream season with a 25-20, 25-22, 31-29 sweep of ‘Iolani, she was perfectly at home in the crowd. Parents and grandparents, uncles and aunties, brothers and sisters and cousins placing lei on their favorite Warriors. Akeo was more than a sister and daughter. She was the glue of what may have been the most balanced team during the dynasty. The modest junior setter was […]

‘Iolani is back to defend its crown

By Paul Honda on October 28, 2017

Cinderella is wearing red to the big dance. Only, this Cinderella almost didn’t make it there. In fact, less than two weeks ago, the very young ‘Iolani Raiders were on the verge of playoff elimination, on the brink of fading away just one year after winning the state title. The Interscholastic League of Honolulu playoffs, in all its madness and drama, easily could have spewed out top-five teams Maryknoll or Punahou to accompany champion Kamehameha to the state championships. Instead, […]

ILH D-II volleyball is really something

By Nick Abramo on October 27, 2017

The back-and-forth Hawaii Baptist and Damien match Friday night was more evidence that the Interscholastic League of Honolulu is a really special place for volleyball. Even after you get past the intense Division I teams (Kamehameha, ‘Iolani, Punahou and Maryknoll) that go at it in close races every year, you’ve got three big wheels in Division II. Well, for now, let’s say Le Jardin, the defending D-II state champion and the ILH champion this year, is the biggest of the […]