Winners of the last three state championships combined, ‘Iolani and Kamehameha open the season highly regarded as two of the top teams in the country.
Both schools are ranked higher in the first Max Preps Xcellent 25 released today than they are in the first USA Today Super 25. The Raiders open at No. 11 with the Warriors at No. 13.
‘Iolani, which won the Ann Kang Invitational for the second year in a row, dropped only one set in nine wins in the tournament. The Raiders swept Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.) in the final after going three sets against the Bears on the first day of the tournament.
Kamehameha opened its season winning the 15th annual Hawaiian Volleyball Invitational on Aug. 18. The Warriors also went 9-0 and dropped only one set in the tournament. Kamehameha swept Moanalua, Waianae and then Mililani in the final to win the title.
Le Jardin finished third, ahead of Waianae, Moanalua and Dimond (Alaska), which rounded out the top six.
Kamehameha was ranked No. 15 and ‘Iolani was No. 21 in the first USA Today Super 25.
The Raiders open their ILH season hosting Punahou on Saturday while Kamehameha begins defense of its state championship on Sept. 4 against the Buffanblu.