No. 4 Mililani is clutch down the stretch to advance to OIA final

Mililani's Jaelyn Tang (3) dove into the team bench to save a ball during the OIA semifinals. Photo by Andrew Lee/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

The tide had turned and the Mililani Trojans were awash in deep waters.

Up 2-0 against dangerous Kahuku, the Lady Trojans were wiped out in game three. Kahuku led 20-14 in the fourth set — a combined 44-30 edge since the end of the second game — and looked omnipotent. Every ball was heavy. Every swing seemed like a home run.

But the Lady Trojans withstood the surge. With a sizable and loud backing led by its football team, No. 4 Mililani rallied and closed the fourth set with a stunning 11-3 run for a 25-22, 25-17, 16-25, 25-23 win over the sixth-ranked Red Raiders to reach the OIA title game.

Emma Berry came alive in the fourth set with six of her eight kills, all from the middle. Setter Aysia Miller was clutch with 34 assists and four kills, all on perfect dump shots. Falanika Danielson had her team’s final five points, all on kills after rotation back to the front line. Danielson finished with 21 kills and two aces.

“Definitely, we wanted to maintain our play. What got to us was the amount we were ahead by. We needed to stay on top of our game and we let it go,” Danielson said. “In the huddle, we mainly focused on working as a team, staying high in energy, staying positive and sticking with what we know.”

Poise and focus went a long way for the smaller, but skilled Lady Trojans.

“My main goal wasn’t to try to get really nice kills. My main goal was to get point after point, chip away, tie the game and just keep pushing to 25. That’s all we could do,” she said.

Veteran coach Val Crabbe saw at least one new tweak by Kahuku.

“Options. We have to work on options. We have some people not 100 percent,” she said. “Kahuku is good. They’re big, they’re good. Their block is really good. Their rotating defense is what they really switched to since the beginning of the season. They pick up a lot, so it’s different.”

Mililani will meet Moanalua on Wednesday for the OIA D-I girls volleyball title in a matchup of undefeated teams.

“They’re a really good team. They’re just like us. They’re very scrappy,” Danielson noted. “They know what we’re like. We’ve played them before, a couple times in preseason. I’m really excited for the championships.”

Division I

Match #DateMatchupTime/ScoresSite
1Oct. 9Kalaheo (E5) vs. Nanakuli (W4)Nan 25-18, 25-18, 25-18Farrington
2Oct. 9Leilehua (W6) vs. Farrington (E3)Far 25-13, 26-24, 25-13Farrington
3Oct. 9Kaiser (E4) vs. Aiea (W5)Kais 25-23, 25-22, 25-22Waianae
4Oct. 9Waianae (W3) vs. Roosevelt (E6)Wain 25-15, 25-18, 25-23Waianae
5Oct. 10Kapolei (W2) vs. FarringtonKapo 25-13, 22-25, 27-25, 25-11Moanalua
6Oct. 10Moanalua (E1) vs. NanakuliMoan 25-15, 25-16, 25-12Moanalua
7Oct. 10Kahuku (E2) vs. WaianaeKah 25-18, 25-15, 25-14Mililani
8Oct. 10Mililani (W1) vs. KaiserMil 25-9, 25-17, 25-14Mililani
9*Oct. 14Farrington vs. NanakuliFar 26-28, 18-25, 25-12, 25-21, 18-16Kalani
10*Oct. 14Waianae vs. KaiserWain 3-0Kalani
11Oct. 14Kapolei vs. MoanaluaMoan 25-18, 25-22, 25-19Moanalua
12Oct. 14Kahuku vs. MililaniMil 25-22, 25-17, 16-25, 25-23Moanalua
13*Oct. 15Farrington vs. WaianaeWain 25-18, 25-13, 15-24, 20-25, 15-12Farrington
14*Oct. 15Kapolei vs. KahukuKapo, 3-2Farrington
15Oct. 16Moanalua vs. MililaniMil 15-25, 28-26, 25-14, 21-25, 15-10Moanalua
* — consolation

Division II

Match #DateMatchupTime/ScoresSite
1Oct. 9Kalani (E2) vs. Waialua (W3)Kaln 25-23, 25-12, 25-14Pearl City
2Oct. 9Pearl City (W2) vs. Kailua (E3)PC 27-25, 25-7, 25-13Pearl City
3Oct. 10Campbell (W1) vs. KalaniKaln 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-22McKinley
4Oct. 10McKinley (E1) vs. Pearl CityPC 25-18, 25-21, 14-25, 25-19McKinley
5Oct. 16Kalani vs. Pearl CityPC 25-17, 25-21, 25-21Moanalua


  1. ILH October 15, 2019 11:08 am

    Im glad t.v caught it.

    Maybe, save the dancing for AFTER you win.
    Not, before you lose.


    Other than that, that had to be the most entertaining match tied with the Kam-Iolani game.
    Both teams should be proud of themselves and the effort they left out on the court. Good luck in the next round and the state tournament.

  2. Tia Thompson (Kahuku Girls Asst. Coach) October 15, 2019 12:10 pm

    @ ILH:

    Maybe you should keep your unwanted comments to yourself or better yet, say it to my face! Obviously you know where to find me. Don’t come for me, I’m not the one! I’ve noticed you like to make sarcastic comments on certain threads followed by positive comments. Are you bipolar? Girl bye!

    Paul, maybe you should require people to put their REAL names instead of hiding behind their screen name like a fake keyboard warrior.

  3. Paul Honda October 15, 2019 1:04 pm

    Those decisions are far above my pay grade.
    I was done monitoring message boards, etc., back in 2002 when I was still with RSN and HSN.

  4. Tia Thompson October 15, 2019 1:09 pm

    Thanks Paul lol. People can be so rude at times. Oh well! This person obviously doesn’t know our history in Girls OIA volleyball.

  5. ILH October 15, 2019 1:15 pm

    Maybe you should hold yourself to a higher standard.

    Sarcastic? maybe.
    Opinion? yes.
    Bipolar? no.

    I call it as I see it.
    And, I dont see other coaches behaving that way.

  6. Tia Thompson October 15, 2019 6:36 pm

    @ ILH

    I WELCOME you to come to the match, and say it to me face to face…Byeeeeee!!!

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