The state boys volleyball tournament isn’t until May, but the top teams will begin jockeying for position at this week’s Iolani Volleyball Invitational.
The top five teams in the current Star-Advertiser boys volleyball poll will be competing in the three-day tourament along with three California powers.
Pool C looks like the toughest bracket, with No. 1 Punahou, No. 5 Hawaii Baptist, No. 9 Kalaheo and 2012 Iolani champ Westview. Only the top two teams in that rigorous group will advance into the gold bracket.
No. 3 Kamehameha-Hawaii is in town and can figure to get a challenge from No. 10 Seabury Hall in its group, along with Santa Monica and host Iolani.
No. 2 Kamehameha might have the easiest path, needing to only finish in the top half of a group that includes Kealakehe, Punahou II and ILH rival Maryknoll.
No. 4 Moanalua and La Jolla are favored in the final pool, meeting up with University and Saint Louis.
All matches are best two out of three with unlimited subs. Here is the pool play schedule:
Kealakehe vs. Punahou II, 1 p.m.
Santa Monica vs. Seabury Hall, 1 p.m.
Santa Monica vs. Iolani, 2 p.m.
Kealakehe vs. Kamehameha, 2 p.m.
Punahou II vs. Maryknoll, 3 p.m.
Seabury Hall vs. Kamehameha-Hawaii, 3 p.m.
Kamehameha-Hawaii vs. Iolani, 4 p.m.
Maryknoll vs. Kamehameha, 4 p.m.
Hawaii Baptist vs. Kalaheo, 5 p.m
La Jolla vs. Moanalua, 5 p.m.
La Jolla vs. Saint Louis, 6 p.m.
Hawaii Baptist vs. Punahou, 6 p.m.
Kalaheo vs. Westview, 7 p.m.
Moanalua vs. University, 7 p.m.
University vs. Saint Louis, 8 p.m.
Westview vs. Punahou, 8 p.m.
Kealakehe vs. Maryknoll, 1 p.m.
Santa Monica vs. Kamehameha-Hawaii, 1 p.m.
Seabury Hall vs. Iolani, 2 p.m.
Punahou II vs. Kamehameha, 2 p.m.
Hawaii Baptist vs. Westview, 5 p.m.
La Jolla vs. University, 5 p.m.
Moanalua vs. Saint Louis, 6 p.m.
Kalaheo vs. Punahou, 6 p.m.
Championship is scheduled for Saturday at 3:15.