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Island Pacific enjoys volleyball success

By Nick Abramo on October 18, 2018

It was a banner year for the Island Pacific Academy girls volleyball team. The Navigators under coach Stan Vincent won the ILH Division III championship for the third time. By doing that, they qualified for a play-in game for the league’s D-II tournament. Even though IPA lost that play-in game to La Pietra in three sets, the Navigators finished 11-1. “We still had a fantastic season,” Vincent said. “I have been coaching for over 40 years, 12 at IPA, and […]

Mililani makes it 3 OIA titles in last 8 years

By Nick Abramo on October 17, 2018

It was uproarious — and fun — mayhem from the fans Wednesday night at the McKinley gym. It was a Mililani vs. Kahuku fight for the OIA girls volleyball championship, and those in attendance were going to whoop it up no matter what. They did just that, and they did it loudly for what turned out to be a shorter than expected match. It would not have been a surprise to see it go five sets, but Mililani had other […]

Good vibrations: Kaiser captures OIA D-II title

By Nick Abramo on October 17, 2018

Kaiser athletics has had its share of controversy in the past few years. But the bad mojo is fading away. On Wednesday night at the McKinley gym, the school had a feel-good moment when the Cougars girls volleyball team locked up the OIA Division II championship with a 26-28, 25-21, 25-18, 25-22 victory over Leilehua. “This is fantastic for these girls and fantastic for Kaiser,” Cougars coach Kainoa Downing said. “Kaiser has struggled in sports the last couple of years. […]

No. 2 ‘Iolani finally gets the best of No. 1 Kamehameha

By Paul Honda on October 16, 2018

In the big picture, the Goliath that is Kamehameha’s girls volleyball program has felt the sting of defeat only rarely. And often enough, the Warriors responded with a renewed energy, the kind that they witnessed from ‘Iolani on Tuesday night. Unbeaten, top-ranked Kamehameha seemingly had another ILH championship wrapped up after two sets, and then the visiting, No. 2-ranked Raiders played lights-out for a stunning 23-25, 14-25, 25-18, 25-21, 15-11 win at Kekuhaupio Gymnasium. Elena Oglivie was spectacular from every […]

Mid-Pacific forces playoff for ILH D-II title

By Jerry Campany on October 16, 2018

Thursday’s ILH Division II championship volleyball match between Damien and Mid-Pacific has been four years in the making. The Owls swept the Monarchs 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 on Tuesday to force the deciding match at 6 p.m. at Damien’s gym, and one of them is assured of winning its first-ever ILH crown and the seeded state berth that comes with it. But positioning at states can wait, both teams want the gold now. “For us the seeding doesn’t matter more than […]

Q&A: Damien standout Shelby Capllonch

By Paul Honda on October 16, 2018

For today’s full-page feature on Damien’s Shelby Capllonch, click here. ———— The sound is all that is required. When Shelby Capllonch puts the force of her power into a volleyball — left side, right side or back row — there is a sound that is unlike most on the volleyball court. It has the vibe of McKenna Granato (Punahou/Hawaii) and Gabriella Matautia (Moanalua/Temple). Damien is having its finest girls volleyball season ever, and at 13-0, Capllonch (pronounced cap-ee-on) is the […]

OIA volleyball semifinals are ‘epic’

By Nick Abramo on October 16, 2018

Every so often, the editors in the office tune in to a TV broadcast of a game a reporter is covering. They’re usually wrapped up in putting the paper out and checking the TV only to see how close the game is to being over so they know when they can expect a story to be filed. But on Monday night, the editors were wrapped up in the drama of the OIA girls volleyball semifinals. After the first semifinal match […]

All 4 teams in tonight’s OIA D-I semifinals ranked

By Billy Hull on October 15, 2018

All four teams participating in tonight’s OIA Division I girls volleyball semifinals are ranked in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Girls Volleyball Top 10 released today. Kapolei jumps into the rankings at No. 10 ahead of its match against No. 7 Kahuku in the first semifinal broadcast on Spectrum OC-16. The nightcap pits No. 4 Mililani against defending OIA champion No. 9 Moanalua. The last 11 OIA titles are represented with Kahuku (five), Moanalua (four) and Mililani owning the other two. […]