12 aces later, ‘Iolani advances and KS-Maui is out

'Iolani outside hitter Ryan Van Cantfort put down a kill against Kamehameha-Maui middle blocker Iverson Dudoit in the state tournament on Thursday. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

How far back in time would Kamehameha-Maui have to go to find an appearance in the finals or semifinals of the boys volleyball state championships?

While Kamehameha-Hawaii had its glory years during the prep careers of four Enriques brothers and their father, Guy Enriques, not much can be said of Kamehameha-Maui. This year could’ve been different, especially after a 14-0 run through the Maui Interscholastic League.

It wasn’t meant to be, though. ILH runner-up ‘Iolani, a chiseled, sharpened force that has endured the brunt of playing through the state’s toughest volleyball league, made sure of it. The Raiders swept the Warriors out of title contention with a 25-21, 25-17, 25-16 quarterfinal win on Thursday night at McKinley Student Council Gymnasium.

The match wasn’t entirely one-sided. The Warriors battled at the net, dug a lot of balls and got their share of clean swings. They just couldn’t stop ‘Iolani’s wicked serve. The Raiders had 12 aces in all, including seven by senior Cole Hogland. Ethan Wescoatt and Ryan Van Cantfort had two aces apiece, and Kawika Lee had one.

Twelve aces with just nine service errors is the kind of statistical combination that any coach can live with. It was, in a baseball analogy, like KS-Maui hadn’t seen fastballs, sliders, curves and change-ups like this all season, which is what coach Robert Brede basically said after the match.

Cole Hogland, at right, had 13 kills and seven aces as ‘Iolani swept KS-Maui on Thursday. At left is his older brother, Hugh, who is now playing basketball at the University of Portland. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser

“Our only competition in the regular season was Lahainaluna. Maui gave us our best competition, they took us to five sets (in the playoffs). But this is another level,” Brede said. “We never played competition like ‘Iolani. We never had the experience of adjusting to their speed. We never saw tough serves. No. 11 (Hogland) serving, we just weren’t prepared.”

That’s the Catch-22 of being a dominant team in the MIL or any other neighbor-island league. Sometimes, it’s lightning in a bottle. Other times, it’s sustained over years. Konawaena’s football dynasty in the 1980s produced a team that led and nearly upset eventual Prep Bowl champion Saint Louis. Konawaena has generated the premier girls basketball program with eight state titles in the past 15 seasons. Baldwin was spectacular with a state baseball title two seasons ago.

Those are rarities compared to the vast number of titles won by ILH and OIA programs in most sports, however. KS-Maui got eight kills from tall, explosive Iverson Dudoit, who blocked three ‘Iolani attempts in early moments of the third set. The Warriors never stopped hustling; they outblocked ‘Iolani 8-2. Dudoit was, possibly, the best athlete on the floor. He’s 6-foot-2 and just a sophomore. As a team, however, the Warriors hit .393 in the opening set, .118 in game two and .200 in game three.

So how have the Warriors from Pukalani campus fared over the years?

>> 2017: MIL champion. Lost in quarterfinal round, five sets to Waiakea.
>> 2016: did not qualify for states. (King Kekaulike was MIL champion. Lahainaluna runner-up.)
>> 2015: did not qualify for states. (King Kekaulike was MIL champion. Lahainaluna runner-up.)
>> 2014: did not qualify for states. (King Kekaulike was MIL champion. Baldwin runner-up.)
>> 2013: did not qualify for states. (Baldwin was MIL champion. Maui runner-up.)
>> 2012: did not qualify for states. (King Kekaulike was MIL champion. Baldwin runner-up.)
>> 2011: did not qualify for states. (Baldwin was MIL champion. King Kekaulike runner-up.)
>> 2010: did not qualify for states. (Baldwin was MIL champion. Lahainaluna runner-up.)
>> 2009: MIL champion. Lost in quarterfinal round, three sets to KS-Hawaii. (Baldwin was MIL runner-up.)
>> 2008: MIL champion. Lost in quarterfinal round, three sets to Roosevelt. (Lahainaluna was MIL runner-up.)

On Thursday, aside from ‘Iolani’s dozen aces, it was a case of KS-Maui’s smaller outside hitters unable to overcome taller blockers on either side. Dudoit was a true wall when he went outside to challenge ‘Iolani’s hitters, but the Raiders simply adjusted.

“That guy is super long and blocks well,” Hogland said. “We tried to move the ball away from him.”

Shane Hiramoto did that and finished with 35 assists. The individual tallies: Hogland 13 kills, Lee 12 kills, Van Cantfort nine, Carter Kamana three. For the match, ‘Iolani hit .388.

Now the Raiders face Moanalua, the same team they eliminated in last year’s semifinal round.

“The boys are excited,” ‘Iolani coach Jordan Inafuku said. “We’re hoping to play better tomorrow.”

The Raiders won state crowns in ’03 under Luis Ramirez and ’08 under Mike Among.

Division I

Match #DateMatchupTime/ScoresSite
1April 30Mililani vs. MauiMil 25-17, 25-20, 19-25, 25-17Maui
2April 30Waipahu vs. KaiserWaip 25-23, 26-24, 21-25, 18-25, 16-14Kaiser
3April 30KS-Hawaii vs. WaianaeKSH 25-27, 25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 18-16KS-Hawaii
4April 30'Iolani vs. KapoleiIol 25-17, 25-9, 25-21'Iolani
5May 3(4) KS-Maui vs. 'IolaniIol 25-21, 25-17, 25-16McKinley
6May 3(2) Moanalua vs. KS-HawaiiMoan 25-15, 25-21, 25-9McKinley
7May 3(4) Kealakehe vs. WaipahuKeal 25-17, 20-25, 25-16, 25-14Moanalua
8May 3(1) Punahou vs. MililaniPun 25-12, 25-21, 25-10Moanalua
9*May 4KS-Maui vs. KS-HawaiiKSM 25-23, 26-24McKinley
10*May 4Waipahu vs. MililaniMil 23-25, 27-25, 15-10McKinley
11May 4'Iolani vs. MoanaluaMoan 25-15, 33-35, 29-27, 26-24Moanalua
12May 4Kealakehe vs. PunahouPun 25-13, 25-15, 22-25, 25-14Moanalua
13*May 5KS-Maui vs. MililaniMaui 23-25, 26-24, 15-11Blaisdell Arena
14*May 5'Iolani vs. KealakeheIol 25-18, 25-22Blaisdell Arnea
15May 5Moanalua vs. PunahouPun 25-19, 25-16, 25-21Blaisdell Arena
* — consolation

Division II

Match #DateMatchupTime/ScoresSite
1May 3(4) Hawaii Prep vs. Pearl CityPC 25-23, 25-23, 25-19St. Francis
2May 3(1) Kapaa vs. UniversityKap 25-19, 25-20, 19-25, 19-25, 15-8St. Francis
3May 3(2) St. Francis vs. KonawaenaStF 25-17, 25-17, 25-21Kalani
4May 3(3) Molokai vs. KalaniMol 25-23, 17-25, 25-19, 27-29, 15-10Kalani
5*May 4University vs. Hawaii PrepHPA 28-26, 21-25, 15-8Kalani
6*May 4Konawaena vs. KalaniKaln 23-25, 26-24, 15-7Kalani
7May 4Kapaa vs. Pearl CityKap 25-19, 26-24, 25-14St. Francis
8May 4St. Francis vs. MolokaiStF 25-22, 15-25, 27-25, 21-25, 16-14St. Francis
9*May 5Hawaii Prep vs. KalaniHPA, 21-25, 25-20, 15-10Blaisdell Arena
10*May 5Pearl City vs. MolokaiPC 25-22, 25-17Blaisdell Arena
11May 5Kapaa vs. St. FrancisStF, 15-25, 19-25, 25-18, 25-19, 15-12Blaisdell Arena
* — consolation


  1. Mauivball May 4, 2018 11:16 pm

    There were four Enriques brother’s. Evan, just finished is collegiate career at Stanford, Emmet, junior libero at CSUN and the twins Addie and Avery

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