The ILH will have a different look in girls volleyball this year.
Under a one-year pilot program, the league will have eight Division I teams this season with Le Jardin, Hawaii Baptist, Mid-Pacific and Sacred Hearts moving up according to the league schedule.
Last season, the ILH had four teams in Division I and 10 teams in Division II, which left the D-I schools playing each other a bunch of times.
Defending state champion ‘Iolani, which beat Kamehameha in the final, played the Warriors six times last season — three in the regular season, two in the league playoffs and once in the state tournament.
This year, there will be two four-team quadrants with ‘Iolani, Kamehameha, Mid-Pacific and Punahou in one and Le Jardin, Hawaii Baptist, Maryknoll and Sacred Hearts in the other according to coordinator Deren Oshiro.
All eight teams will play each other once and then play the schools within their quadrant a second time to determine a winner in each quadrant. The first-place team in each quadrant will receive a berth in the state tournament and then the third-place team in Division I will be determined by a tournament.
That means one of the schools between Le Jardin, HBA, Maryknoll and Sacred Hearts are guaranteed a spot in the Division I state tournament.
The ILH champion will be crowned when the winner of the third-place tournament will play the winner of a “playoff” match between the two quadrant winners.
Five Division II teams will play five Division III teams once in the regular season before playing teams in their own division a second time. The postseason tournament will remain the same with the D-III winner moving up into the D-II tournament. Three teams will qualify for the D-II state tournament.
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