Lady Governors push their way to quarterfinals

Farrington celebrated a point during the first set against Campbell at the OIA girls volleyball playoff match on Wednesday evening. Cindy Ellen Russell / Star-Advertiser

Kelly Ong doesn’t ask for a whole lot when it comes to her Farrington Governors.

Ong insists on complete focus, and in the midst of a 25-21, 25-15, 25-23 sweep of Campbell on Wednesday night, maybe she’s right to be persistent. The Lady Governors (8-4) started the third set off slowly, losing the sharpness and crispness that marked the first two games. They rallied and made the game close, but in the middle of a time out, the Lady Governors hit the ground and did a bunch of push-ups.

“If they’re not going to focus and if they’re not going to listen, that’s what I’ve been saying. That’s why I’m not satisfied. I like how they fought back in the third set, but we need to have more focus from everybody,” she said.

She got plenty of laser-sharp focus from senior Violet Williams, who had 12 kills and four aces, and those numbers don’t quite explain the control and great instincts she has anywhere on the court. Saryiah Kahakai was busy, too, with 10 kills and an ace, and sophomore setter Jerica Vele was on point with 28 assists and two kills.

The Lady Governors will meet the best of the West, Mililani, on Thursday in the OIA quarterfinal round.

“Our team goal is to win the OIA. I believe they know they can win,” Ong said. “When they play loose, they’re fine. They’re worth if they keep working hard for it.”

Farrington hit .307 along with seven aces and just five service errors. Campbell outblocked the Govs 7-5 and had one more ace — eight total — with eight service errors. However, the Lady Sabers hit just .049 for the match.

Shayla Limatoc and Gieani Balino led Campbell (4-7) with six kills each. Campbell’s season ends, it has never qualified for the state tournament.

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