The top two teams in the ILH boys volleyball chase meet tonight at Kekuhaupio Gymnasium.
The Warriors finished strong and took the opening set 25-20.
Just one hitting error by KS and five service errors by the visiting Buffanblu. Micah Ma‘a is blasting lasers from everywhere, as usual, and had eight kills.
Another close set, and Punahou’s making just enough of those slight miscues to give Kamehameha an edge. Warriors lead 21-18 as PUN calls a time out. Nice balance by Kamehameha. Their game in the middle is decidedly stronger than Punahou’s to this point.
Time out well spent by the Buffanblu, who scored four points in a row to take a 22-21 lead. Kamehameha time out.
Punahou opened the lead to 23-21 before Kamehameha tied it at 23. Punahou scored the final two points on a hitting error by the Warriors, and a missed joust try at the net that came off Ma‘a on another joust.
PUN takes game 2, 25-23.
The Buffanblu took command in this set with a 25-16 win. Clicking on all cylinders, using their middles, and a lot of that has to do with Ma‘a’s ability to be a major threat from the back row. Game was close at 10-8 before the visitors went on a 5-0 run and weren’t threatened after that.
The Warriors have rallied from 4 down to get within 18-17. Time out, Punahou. Ma‘a with 30 kills already.
Punahou stretched the lead back to 3 points, but Kamehameha rallied to tie it at 22-all on a hitting error from the back row by Ma‘a. He’s human, after all.
Todd Greubner’s dishes to Wil Stanley have been key all night. Stanley’s kill from the right side ends it, 25-23 in favor of Punahou to close out the match.
Ma‘a led the way with 33 kills.