Le Jardin, Moanalua rise in Top 10

Le Jardin’s Natalie Piper attempted to put down a kill past Damien’s Mikeila Beazley (21) and Julia Tilton in a game on Tuesday. The
Le Jardin’s Natalie Piper put down a kill past Damien’s Mikeila Beazley (21) and Julia Tilton in a match last week. The Bulldogs moved up one spot to No. 6 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10. Damien checked in to the poll for the first time this season -- at No. 10. Cindy Ellen Russell / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Hard-fought league races were the norm in girls volleyball and now it’s time for more fun at this week’s state tournament.

Le Jardin (13-1), anchored at No. 7 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 throughout most of the season, finally moved up a peg to No. 6. The Bulldogs’ run to the Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division II championship got sidetracked temporarily in a five-seat loss to Damien, but they came back to top the Monarchs in four in the title match.

Moanalua (14-0), by virtue of its undefeated Oahu Interscholastic Association undefeated season, inched past Maryknoll (4-8) to No. 4.


Kapolei (12-1), which lost to Moanalua in the OIA title match, dropped one place to No. 7, where Le Jardin had been stationed.

Two new teams entered the poll. Waiakea (16-2), which survived a three-way battle with Hilo and Kamehameha-Hawaii in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation to take the championship, checked in at No. 9.


Damien (11-6), due to its never-say-die performances against Le Jardin, earned the No. 10 spot.


Two teams — MIL D-II champion Seabury Hall (14-0) and Hilo (16-2, second place in BIIF D-I) — dropped out of the Top 10.

The top three teams remained the same — No. 1 Kamehameha (10-2), No. 2 ‘Iolani (6-7) and No. 3 Punahou (5-8).

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

SOFTBALL
Updated: Mar. 16
RkTeamPts
t1.Campbell (3)87
t1.Mililani (2)87
3.'Iolani (5)84
4.Kamehameha70
5.Mid-Pacific52
6.Kapolei48
7.Maryknoll33
8.Punahou21
9.Pearl City16
10.Baldwin14

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