Kamehameha takes KS Cup

Kamehameha's Nainoa Barlan buried a kill off Hawaii Baptist's block on Saturday. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser
Kamehameha’s Nainoa Barlan buried a kill off Hawaii Baptist’s block on Saturday. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser

The Kamehameha boys volleyball team has been up and down all season.

Saturday certainly counts as a good day.

The Warriors beat Hawaii Baptist 25-19, 27-25 to capture the KS Cup in their own gym, beating a stacked field that included KS-Hawaii and three California schools.

George Kailiwai’s kill put the Warriors at match point at 24-22 in Set 2. HBA rallied to tie it at 24 after Miller’s kill and Kellen Takatsuka’s third ace of the match. Nicolas Caballes’ kill put HBA ahead 25-24, forcing Kamehameha to call a timeout.

“We were able to pass a little bit better,” HBA coach Teoni Obrey said. “Our hitters were able to take better choices and Micah Mitchell came in and set a great game as a backup.”

Fisher hit into the net to tie it at 25, the 12th tie of the set. A double block by Saffery and Kobe Young put Kamehameha ahead 26-25 and Cannon’s kill ended the match.

“We were hoping we would win this thing and I’m glad we did,” Cannon said. “We had a lot of expectations coming in, knowing we had some rough games before this.”

Hawaii Baptist led midway through Set 1 before Kamehameha finished off the set on a 14-4 run. Cannon had four consecutive kills and teamed for a block with Young to turn a 16-16 score into a 21-16 lead.

“It’s kind of been the MO all tournament long,” Obrey said. “It’s been a feeling out process in the first set and we need to get past that.”

Kamehameha beat Edison (Calif.) 25-22, 25-23 in yesterday’s semifinals while HBA took down KS-Hawaii 25-27, 25-19, 25-20.

The Big Island Warriors, who beat Kamehameha and HBA in the early rounds of the tournament, came back to beat Edison to take third place.


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