Before getting down to the serious business of competing for a state championship, Oahu’s premier volleyball teams will take some time out to have a little fun.
ILH champion Kamehameha and OIA Champion Mililani will be at St. Francis on Saturday, competing in the fourth edition of Bump, Set and Spike for the Cure to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
It may be a little difficult to tell who the players are even with a program, as Alohi Robins-Hardy, Jordyn Keamo and the rest of the island’s array of volleyball talent will be wearing pink shirts without numbers in their matches. It will be the last time to see the Division I teams compete on Oahu ahead of the state tournament in Keaau on the Big Island.
The festival will kick off at 1:30 with No. 1 Kamehameha taking on ILH rival ‘Iolani, which did not qualify for the state tournament. For the Warriors, the risk of injury is outweighed by the reward of participating.
“It’s a great opportunity for a good cause,” Kamehameha coach Chris Blake said. “For us to get out there and help support some of the things they are trying to do is important, we will help in any way we can. Getting someone hurt is not the plan.”
The Warriors open the state tournament on the Big Island against either Kahuku or Hilo.
Moanalua, which opens at states against Leilehua on Tuesday, will take its attacking style to La Pietra in the second match at 2:45.
No. 2 Punahou tries to shake off the passing problems that plagued it in a five-set loss to Kamehameha in Thursday’s ILH championship with a match against host St. Francis at 4:10. The Buffanblu drew Farrington in the state tournament’s first round.
The competition wraps up with OIA champion Mililani taking on Hawaii Baptist. The Trojans open their road through states against either King Kekaulike or Aiea on Wednesday. Hawaii Baptist is in the state’s Division II championship, which begins on Tuesday on Oahu, along with St. Francis.
All matches at Bump, Set and Spike for the Cure consist of two games to 30 points.
Admission will be charged and all proceeds from the event will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In previous years when the event was held at La Pietra, it took in more than $1 thousand.