Mililani earns more time off to recharge

by Jerry Campany on October 24, 2013

Mililani

Mililani won the OIA Red title with a 25-22, 25-20, 25-16 win over Moanalua. (Cindy Ellen Russell / Star-Advertiser)

The last thing the state wants to give Mililani is more time to rest.

The Trojans, who hadn’t played in nearly a week, showed boundless energy in a 25-22, 25-20, 25-16 win over Moanalua for the OIA Red championship on Wednesday at McKinley. Na Menehune, on the other hand, were playing their fifth match in eight days and will have to win four straight to take the state title.

“They are relentless, their energy is amazing,” Moanalua coach Tommy Lake said. “It’s not just their best players, but everyone brings so much energy. It’s amazing.”

Mililani gets the league’s top seed in next week’s state tournament on the Big Island along with the bye that comes with it. Presumably, one more day of rest means even more energy for the undefeated Trojans. Mililani is the second team to run through the OIA undefeated in the last 10 years since Kahuku in 2008.

OIA champions last 10 years
2013: Mililani (13-0) def. Moanalua
2012: Kahuku (14-1) def. Mililani
2011: Mililani (14-1) def. Kahuku
2010: Kahuku (13-2) def. Moanalua
2009: Kahuku (15-1) def. Moanalua
2008: Kahuku (16-0) def. Moanalua
2007: Moanalua (11-4) def. Kahuku
2006: Roosevelt (12-3) def. Moanalua
2005: Kahuku (14-1) def. Roosevelt
2004: Kahuku (13-1) def. Moanalua

Rest is a double-edged sword, though. The Trojans battled a little bit of rust to begin the title match, committing three service errors but staying committed to the jump-serve. Mililani opened with a 3-point serving run by setter Jordyn Keamo and another 3-point run by Sarah Liva including two aces to take a 10-5 lead.

“In practice we were serving spots, it was good,” Keamo said.

Na Menehune were on their heels whenever Keamo, Liva and Jay Kapowai launched their jump serves, but battled back on the others and tied the match at 17-all on a kill by Marina Adolpho. The teams traded points from there and they split the two points when the serve returned to Kapowai to make it 21-all. Mililani took a 23-21 lead on successive violations by nervous Moanalua and Na Menehune gave it up when Liva blasted a kill and Vaofi beat defensive specialist Lyndsey Ng for the telling point and the 25-22 win.

Mililani celebrated a three set sweep over Moanalua in the Division I, OIA Championship title on Wednesday. Honolulu Star-Advertiser Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell

Mililani celebrated a three set sweep over Moanalua in the Division I, OIA Championship title on Wednesday. Honolulu Star-Advertiser Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell

With the scare out of the way — Mililani bounced back from a 25-15 loss to Kahuku in the first set of its previous match to win the next three — the Trojans took off. Kapowai served Mililani to a 5-0 lead and although Moanalua bounced back to tie the game at 16 the Trojans were too much for the school that has made the final nine times since 2000 but won it only twice.

Ashlee Vaoifi served Mililani to a 19-16 lead and the Trojans let it grow from there before winning by five points on a kill off the block by Vaoifi. The senior had two aces in that set and the rest of her team matched her with two service errors. The Trojans would turn that margin to 4:1 in the third set.

The Trojans simply ground Na Menehune down in the third set, but it came after Kapowai, Keamo and Liva had their turns serving. With the coaching staff calling serves for the others, Mililani turned a 6-5 lead into a 16-9 advantage. After seeing the knuckleballs, Na Menehune couldn’t adjust to the heater and fell when Liva launched an ace to make it 22-14 and Vaoifi followed with another to make it 24-15. Moanalua succumbed when Johanna Kruize hit wide against opposition at the net from Mililani’s Sarah LeGalley.

“Moanalua is always tough for us,” Mililani coach Val Crabbe said. “Kamehameha, Moanalua, Punahou, the blue and white is always tough.”

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

footballfan2013 October 24, 2013 at 9:03 am

Just from looking at the past 4 years of OIA Red Champions, Mililani and Kahuku have a little rivalry going, right now they both have two titles a piece. Other than 2007, Moanalua hasn’t quite been able to break through, although they have consistently been in the mix as the challenger. What would be cool is if there was a fourth team to rise as a consistent contender, I think that would be awesome. Very surprised at Kahuku not making the finals against Mililani, mentally they just couldn’t recover from the loss they suffered earlier to Mililani and then was compounded by Moanalua sweeping them. That team is in a flux mentally considering how talent laden they are.

JusWondering October 24, 2013 at 10:10 am

If Mililani didn’t have the transfers from Leilehua and Hanalani, would they still have won the OIA? Probably not! But kudos to them for doing what they they need to do to win by recruting players like their football team.

Jimbone October 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm

^^ someone got issues, if the kids wanna change school to be a winner! good for them.
It’s been going on for YEARS…why you gotta hate, let the kids just play and be just that, kids.
Every ILH school does it..come on ,stop being a hater ..geeez.

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