Moanalua seems to have lost its most favored nation status with the HHSAA
Na Menehune made the tournament for the 15th straight year, but will have to travel to Iolani to advance to the quarterfinals. Moanalua has had the benefit of a home match until the semifinals for the past two years. For a school that has been kicked out of the tournament by an ILH team the past five years, that is not exactly optimal.
Moanalua has had the seeded berth the last two years as the OIA champion. Kahuku took that spot this year. At least Na Menehune get to stay home. Farrington and Kapolei leave the island on Monday and hope to return with matches still left to play on Thursday.
The winner of that match plays BIIF champion Hilo on Thursday at McKinley after two days off.
Top seed Kahuku is in the tournament for the 16th straight year but hasn’t won it since 2002. Kamehameha and Moanalua are next on the list with 15 years in a row followed by Hilo with 13.
Every school in the Division I tournament was in the field last year except Hilo, which is in the field for the first time since 2013 and hasn’t won a state game since 2009. The Vikings get in over Kamehameha-Hawaii, which is staying home for the first time since 2003.
Farrington is back in the Division I tournament after making it to the Division II tournament last year.
Monday, Oct. 24
Farrington at KS-Maui, 3:45 p.m. Monday (Winner plays No. 1 Kahuku on Thursday)
Moanalua at Iolani, 6 p.m. Monday (Winner plays No. 4 Hilo on Thursday)
Kapolei at Waiakea, 3:45 p.m. Monday (Winner plays No. 2 Kamehameha on Thursday)
Kalaheo at Mililani, 6 p.m. Monday (Winner plays No. 3 King Kekaulike on Thursday)
Quarterfinals and Semifinals at McKinley, the championship is Saturday at the Neil Blaisdell Center.
Complete brackets can be found here: 2016-hhsaa-girls-volleyball-tourney-brackets