Kapolei’s San Nicolas ‘set’ on playing libero

Stopping Kamehameha's Tiyana Hallums at the net might have been too much to ask of Kapolei's Annika San Nicolas. Krystle Marcellus / Star-Advertiser
Stopping Kamehameha’s Tiyana Hallums at the net might have been too much to ask of Kapolei’s Annika San Nicolas. Krystle Marcellus / Star-Advertiser

To a non-volleyball expert, Annika San Nicolas’ sets were perfect.

And they were great for Kapolei coach Naidah Gamurot all season long.

San Nicolas, whose Hurricanes play Moanalua in the state third-place match Saturday at the McKinley High gym, is looking to play volleyball in college next year and is in contact with a few schools.

But, there is a communication problem.

“She (San Nicolas) has always wanted to play libero and that’s what she wants to play in college,” Gamurot said. “But she’s been a setter for us for four years because we haven’t been able to find another setter.

“Recruiters haven’t been able to see her play libero and it’s hard to communicate to them that she can play libero, too.”

Gamurot said that San Nicolas, at 5 foot 4, is too short to play setter at a top college.

San Nicolas had 18 assists in Kapolei’s three-set loss to powerhouse Kamehameha in the state semifinals on Friday night at McKinley.

The setter, the coach and the rest of the Hurricanes (12-4) would like to get back at Moanalua in the third-place match. Na Menehune tipped Kapolei for the OIA title, winning the deciding set 15-13.

“I think so,” San Nicolas said, when asked if the Hurricanes can finish as the third-best team in the state. “If we play as a team, we can do it.”


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