First-time OIA champ Kaiser draws No. 2 seed in state water polo

Kaiser's Konoko Niimura made one of her four goals in the OIA championship game. / Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell, Star-Advertiser

After winning their first OIA girls water polo championship in school history, the Kaiser Cougars earned the No. 2 seed in the Stanford Carr Development/HHSAA Girls Water Polo State Championships that begin Monday.

The Cougars will play the winner of Monday’s first-round game between Moanalua and Hawaii Prep taking place at 3 p.m. at Kamehameha-Hawaii.

Na Menehune is one of two OIA teams that will travel off-island for the opening round. Roosevelt will open the tournament Monday against King Kekaulike in Kihei on Maui.

The other two first-round games will be played at Kamehameha on Oahu. Kahuku plays Leilehua at 5 p.m. and ILH runner-up Kamehameha will host Kapolei at 6:15 p.m.

Eleven-time defending state champion Punahou is the No. 1 seed while MIL champion Baldwin earned the No. 3 seed and BIIF champion KS-Hawaii the four seed.

The Cougars will attempt to become the first OIA team to make the final since Kahuku in 2013. The ILH has won all 15 state titles handed out in girls water polo (Punahou 13, ‘Iolani, Kamehameha).

HHSAA State Water Polo

Match #DateMatchupTime/ScoresSite
1April 29King Kekaulike vs. RooseveltRoos, 9-2Kihei
2April 29Kahuku vs. LeilehuaKah, 6-2Kamehameha
3April 29Hawaii Prep vs. MoanaluaHPA, 5-4Kamehameha-Hawaii
4April 29Kamehameha vs. KapoleiKSK, 14-2Kamehameha
5May 2(4) KS-Hawaii vs. KahukuKSH, 9-8Kamehameha
6May 2(3) Baldwin vs. KamehamehaKSK, 12-8Kamehameha
7May 2(2) Kaiser vs. Hawaii PrepKais, 9-3Kamehameha
8May 2(1) Punahou vs. RooseveltPun, 15-5Kamehameha
9*May 3Baldwin vs. Hawaii PrepHPA, 7-3Kamehameha
10*May 3Kahuku vs. RooseveltRoos, 7-4Kamehameha
11May 3Kamehameha vs. KaiserKSK, 9-4Kamehameha
12May 3KS-Hawaii vs. PunahouPun, 18-4Kamehameha
13*May 4Hawaii Prep vs. RooseveltRoos, 6-4Kamehameha
14*May 4Kaiser vs. KS-HawaiiKais, 10-5Kamehameha
15May 4Kamehameha vs. PunahouPun, 11-3Kamehameha
* — consolation


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