8 teams in D-I in ILH girls volleyball as part of pilot program

'Iolani's Elena Oglivie (9) hit past a Kamehameha triple block during the D-I state title game last season. It was the sixth match between the two teams since the start of the ILH regular season. Photo by Jay Metzger/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

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.

For the complete ILH schedule, click here.


  1. TIA THOMPSON July 25, 2019 6:13 am

    This is confusing lol! Could we get a thorough explanation please? Mahalo!

    “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 will be the winner of a postseason tournament.”

  2. D July 25, 2019 8:04 am

    Now ILH will have 3/4 teams in the state semi-finals , continue to dominate girls VB.

  3. TIA THOMPSON July 25, 2019 12:49 pm


    In D2 yes, not D1.

  4. Mahatma Gandhi July 25, 2019 2:38 pm

    yeah, huge drop off between the top ILH teams and the OIA schools. Punahou would have been the 3rd best team in the state tournament if they made it. Of course, when you sustain that kind of success, it is because of recruiting. Volleyball used to be nothing back in my days, the 1970s. Now the sport has grown in stature, to the point that the ILH schools now want their own dominant volleyball programs. Like St Louis in football. Iolani Red Raider boys won the ILH last year, I gotta wonder if they are recruiting players. I say they are, both wahine and kane.

  5. ABC July 25, 2019 3:00 pm

    Its not that confusing. This would give ILH 3 teams in D1 and 3 teams in D2 HHSAA tournaments.

  6. Opinion July 26, 2019 6:04 am

    Is this article wrong? It says one of the schools between Le Jardin, MPI, HBA and Sacred Hearts is Garanteed a spot in D1 state tournament. But the article also says MPI is in the upper quadrant with Punahou, Iolani and Kamehameha. Maryknoll is in the other quadrant with HBA, Le Jardin and Sacred Hearts.

  7. Billy Hull July 26, 2019 10:14 am

    Whoops sorry, should be Maryknoll instead of MPI. Maryknoll was in D-I with KSK, Iol and Pun last year but is in the second quad with Mid-Pacific moving up from D-II into the first quad.

  8. Ahajakdm August 10, 2019 11:14 pm

    Who created these quadrants? How did the Big 3 end up in the same quadrant? This still means that quite possibly one of the best teams will not make the State tournament. The ILH gets a 3rd berth and we’re still not going to see the three strongest teams from the league in the tournament? Why bother? Who created this format?

  9. Vball fan September 24, 2019 3:39 pm

    This format was not very well thought out and does not allow for the top competitive teams to all gain a berth to state tourney. As of this comment, top 3 teams are all in Quadrant 1, with the best records, followed by the leader of Quadrant 2. By explanation above, it illustrates there’ll be a team from Q2 who will make the D1 state tourney, bumping a team with a better W/L record. Irony is that the Q2 1st place team is also very competitive and does deserve a shot. BUT, it does eliminate a worthy team from Q1, who demonstrated thru W/L record & sets won they should have been rewarded a state berth….. Format still doesn’t make sense 🙁 …. but congrats to Q2 winner to make it to states to compete and bummers to 3rd place team of Q1. This format demonstrates…. life is never fair…. but do your best to play with integrity and sportsmanship…. :l

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