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.