No. 5 Moanalua rides senior leadership to sweep No. 9 Kapolei

Moanalua's Amerika Jones (12) celebrated after scoring a point with teammate Madison Williams (18) during the OIA semifinals. Photo by Andrew Lee/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Moanalua, as junior Tayli Ikenaga says, loves to be the underdog.

Na Menehune love to be the smaller team. The younger team. The team that, at least on paper, shouldn’t be one of the best teams in one of the country’s biggest leagues.

But they keep doing this winning thing. With 16 kills from senior Tradie DeBina-Bautista and 13 from Ikenaga — who looks fully recovered from a mid-season foot injury — No. 6-ranked Moanalua swept No. 9 Kapolei 25-18, 25-22, 25-19 on Monday night before a raucous home crowd.

Coach Alan Cabanting credited his team’s serve game.

“As they got used to the areas we were asking them to serve, they got used to it. Because of that familiarity, I think the serves got more consistent,” he said.

Leading 1-0, the second set was in the hands of the Hurricanes, a tall, athletic, scrappy, but very young squad. Kapolei led 20-17 and Cabanting considered his options.

“The conversation with my assistant coach Chad (Yoshizawa) was do we let them go after their serve or we sub some new people,” Cabanting said. “We decided to trust them. We practiced hard the last few days.”

Setter Aaliyah Allagonez (24 assists, three aces) had struggled for a bit, but returned to the floor and sparked a rally.

“She was the one who came back in and was the reason why we went three points ahead with her serve,” Cabanting said. “That was the senior leadership. We trusted our seniors and they took care of it. The passing was solid. A little more middle attack we were using, so Tradie had a little more one-on-one, she was able to put balls away.”

Unbeaten Moanalua (12-0) will meet No. 4 Mililani (12-0), which outlasted Kahuku in four sets. The OIA final will be on Wednesday at Moanalua.

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


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