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Punahou answers call to beat Kamehameha in ILH volleyball tiebreaker

By Kyle Sakamoto on April 13, 2019

The Punahou boys volleyball team received a “wake-up call” the last time it played Kamehameha. This time around, the Buffanblu answered the call. Jack Duechar had 14 kills and Kawai Hong added 13 as Punahou defeated host Kamehameha 25-22, 17-25, 25-17, 25-17 in a playoff for the ILH regular-season championship Saturday. The Buffanblu (10-1) clinched a berth in the HHSAA Division I State Championships, which starts April 29. Punahou has won the last seven state titles. “Huge. I cannot tell […]

‘Heartfelt’ team meeting sparks Punahou in upset win over Corona Del Mar

By Paul Honda on April 12, 2019

From afar, it did not seem like the Punahou Buffanblu were in need of a transformative moment. On Friday night, the seven-time defending state champions showed what they are made of with a stunning 25-22, 25-16, 31-29 sweep of nationally-ranked Corona Del Mar (Calif.) on the last day of the Clash of the Titans. “It was their senior night, so that’s to be expected, just like we would of our team,” Corona Del Mar coach Sam Stafford said. Jack Deuchar […]

Kamehameha opts for some rest before huge match vs. Punahou

By Paul Honda on April 12, 2019

There are very few weeks like this for any volleyball team. Kamehameha opted to take the path with the highest chance of capturing a state-tournament berth. When the Warriors (9-1) meet Punahou (9-1) for the ILH regular-season title on Saturday, they will be a bit more rested. Kamehameha edged Punahou on Tuesday to force a first-place tiebreaker. Then came the Clash of the Titans tourney with matches every night, including Friday’s 25-20, 25-19, 25-22 loss to nationally-ranked Huntington Beach (Calif.). […]

OIA boys volleyball playoffs begin next week

By Billy Hull on April 10, 2019

The Moanalua boys volleyball team will attempt to win its eighth OIA crown in nine years when the league playoffs begin next week. Na Menehune, which lost their first match in more than four years in the regular season this year, are the No. 1 seed out of the East and will host the winner between Waipahu and Farrington on Thursday, April 18. The Division I playoffs begin next Wednesday with Kaiser and Kapolei the host sites for two playoff […]

Max Slaughter glides into role as Moanalua’s go-to guy

By Nick Abramo on April 9, 2019

Less than three years ago, Max Slaughter didn’t know he would ever get the chance to play volleyball. Now, he’s a senior captain and the leading outside hitter for Moanalua. The rise up the sport’s ladder was sudden. Slaughter was afraid when he tried out for club volleyball before his sophomore year, thinking he might not be good enough. Soon, though, he paid his dues and is now one of the best players in the state. He was featured in […]

Jack Deuchar’s 13 kills lead Punahou over Kamehameha

By Paul Honda on March 14, 2019

On paper, the dynasty that is Punahou boys volleyball should be in speed-bump mode. With a young roster including three freshmen and three sophomores, Punahou hasn’t missed a beat. Junior Jack Deuchar had 13 kills while hitting .423 and Christian Hong added seven as the visiting Buffanblu outlasted Kamehameha 25-19, 25-21 on Thursday night at humid Kekuhaupio Gymnasium. The visitors looked young at times, committing nine service errors in the first set and five more in the second. Their defense, […]

Moanalua boys volleyball: the Great OIA Hope

By Nick Abramo on March 14, 2019

ILH dominance has been unreal in state boys volleyball. You have to go back 40 years to the Robin Goo-coached Roosevelt Rough Riders in 1979 to find an OIA team that turned out to be the best in the state. Eighty-eight percent of the time (44 of 50 years), a private school has won the top-level championship. One school, Punahou, has 36 of those titles, and that’s a 72-percent clip. What can the underdog public-school teams do? Keep plugging away […]

Hawaii lands 4 in volleyball Fab 50

By Billy Hull on June 8, 2018

Hawaii was well represented with four of the 50 players selected to the Boys Fab 50, which ranks the top 50 high school boys volleyball seniors in the country. The list of 50, which was released Friday, is in alphabetical order with no distinction made among the top 50 after the top five. State champion Punahou had three of the four players selected, led by two-time Star-Advertiser All-State player of the year Ryan Wilcox. Wilcox, a recent Hall of […]