Gatorade award goes to Kamehameha’s Akeo

Kamehameha's Lexis Akeo took over as the starting setter for No. 6 Pittsburgh just six matches into her collegiate career. Star-Advertiser photo.

Kamehameha junior setter Lexis Akeo was named the Gatorade Hawaii girls volleyball player of the year today.

Akeo led the Warriors the Division I state title and was named most valuable player of the tournament after tallying 35 assists, 11 digs, three kills, three block assists and an ace in a sweep of ‘Iolani in the final.

Akeo is the fourth Gatorade award winner from Kamehameha, joining Kanani Herring (2008), Misty Ma’a (2011) and Alohi Robins-Hardy (2014).

According to a press release, Akeo has volunteered locally on behalf of her family-run Pilikoko Baseball Clinic/Canned Food Drive and this year she helped organize the first Pilikoko Volleyball Clinic/Canned Food Drive. She has also donated her time to community beautification projects.

“Lexis has matured into a very skilled and cerebral setter,” Kamehameha coach Chris Blake said. “She understands her role to put our attackers in the best spots for success.”

Akeo has maintained a 3.72 GPA in the classroom and has verbally committed to play volleyball at Pittsburgh, where her sister, Kamalani, is the starting setter and will be a senior next season.

Gatorade will announce its national player of the year later this month.

Akeo joins past Gatorade winners that include Elena Oglivie (2017) and Bailey Choy (2016) of ‘Iolani, McKenna Granato (2015) and Carly Kan (2013) of Punahou and Sarah Palmer (2009, ’10) of Hawaii Baptist.

Kamehameha’s Lexis Akeo tipped a ball at the net during the Warriors’ Division I state championship victory over ‘Iolani in 2017. Steven Erler / Special to the Star-Advertiser.


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