Energized Menehune sweep KS-Hawaii

DiAeris McRaven and Moanalua are peaking at the right time after winning an OIA title and their first match at states. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser

The preparation goes back a long way for Moanalua.

Even on game day, Na Menehune didn’t waste a moment. They were in warmup mode in an afternoon workout on their home court. Then it was a bus ride to McKinley Student Council Gymnasium. Instead of another warmup session, the hyped-up Menehune danced to the in-house music. They stood in a circle and played Duck-Duck-Goose. They hollered and yelled.

By the start of their quarterfinal match with Kamehameha-Hawaii, Moanalua was ready. Their energizer, Kainoa Ferguson, piled up plays everywhere with eight kills, 5.5 blocks and four aces in Moanalua’s 25-15, 25-21, 25-9 sweep of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation runner-ups.

KS-Hawaii’s athleticism and size were factors, but Moanalua (15-0) had nine aces to the Warriors’ none. BIIF runner-up KS-Hawaii (13-3) also had 11 service errors, and Moanalua outblocked the visitors 8-1.

Kalai Leopoldo was a consistent attacker with a team-high 10 kills and two aces. Middle Duncan Clark was efficient with three aces, two kills and 1.5 blocks. Moanalua hit .258, but was stellar defensively, limiting the Warriors to .108 hitting.

Now Moanalua will take on ‘Iolani in the semifinal round on Friday — first serve is 5 p.m. — with home-court advantage. Na Menehune got plenty of production from setters Nicholas Au (18 assists) and Kylan Tomita (seven).

“We had to do try different things today,” Na Menehune coach Alan Cabanting said. “We went to a 6-2 today instead of a 5-1. If you’re in the middle, you have to sell it every time. It’s going to be very different when we play ‘Iolani.”

The last time ‘Iolani and Moanalua met was in preseason at the Raiders’ gym, a 25-23, 25-21 win by the home team.

“It’s totally different now. We’re serving much better. Kainoa’s serve wasn’t like this back then,” Cabanting said.

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. Correction May 3, 2018 10:19 pm

    KS-Hawaii is not the BIIF champion. They lost to Kealakehe in the finals.

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