Before Kamehameha attempts to defend its Division I state girls volleyball title, the Warriors had something they wanted back.
Kamehameha reclaimed the ILH girls volleyball championship with a 25-22, 20-25, 25-17, 25-18 win over Punahou on Thursday evening at Kekuhaupio Gym.
The victory gave the Warriors, ranked No. 2 in the state behind Kahuku, their 19th overall ILH title and seventh under current head coach Chris Blake.
Kamehameha was the two-time defending ILH champion in 2015 when it lost to ‘Iolani. The Raiders became the first school other than Punahou or Kamehameha to win the ILH D-I title since 2001.
The Warriors got their revenge in the title game of the state tournament, beating ‘Iolani in a five-set thriller.
Kamehameha clinched a state tournament berth winning the first round of the ILH regular season this year, finishing at 9-1, one game ahead of ‘Iolani.
The Warriors finished in a tie at 4-1 with Punahou in the second round after the Buffanblu beat the Warriors in four sets just five days ago.
No. 4 Punahou will play No. 3 ‘Iolani for the ILH’s second berth in the state tournament on Friday at 5 p.m. at ‘Iolani.
The Raiders are 2-1 against Punahou in the regular season, winning six of the nine sets played.
The first round of the Division I state tournament begins Monday.