OIA volleyball playoffs take shape

Adore Anae and the Kahuku Red Raiders have the East's No. 1 seed locked down for the OIA Red playoffs as they try for their fifth OIA championship in six years. / Photo by Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Adora Anae and the Kahuku Red Raiders have the East’s No. 1 seed locked down for the OIA Red playoffs as they try for their fifth OIA championship in six years. / Photo by Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The six teams advancing to the OIA Red playoffs out of the East have already been decided.

The only thing up for grabs during tonight’s final regular season slate of games is who will get to host a match in the first round of the double-elimination tournament.

Kahuku (10-0) and Moanalua (9-1) have already secured first-round byes with Farrington (8-2) locked into the third seed and an opening-round match at home against the West’s No. 6 seed when the playoffs begin next Tuesday.


A trio of teams at 6-4 — Kalani, Castle and Kaiser — have important matches tonight to see which team gets to play at least one more home game. Castle has the easiest match of the three, hosting Kailua (3-7), which is the odd team out from the East in the OIA Red playoffs. Kalani has a tough match, hosting Moanalua, which can’t be in a good mood following last Thursday’s thumping at the hands of Kahuku, which jumped a spot to No. 2 in this week’s Star-Advertiser Top 10.

Kaiser hosts Farrington in another tough match and has the hardest road to hosting a playoff game, needing a win and losses by both Kalani and Castle. Castle is the team controlling its own destiny, needing a win to host the No. 5 seed out of the West in the first round. Kalani needs a win over Moanalua combined with a Castle loss to Kailua to get that home game.

In the OIA White, Roosevelt has already locked up the top seed and a first-round bye. Kalaheo (3-7) hosts Kaimuki (3-7) in a match to see which team hosts the No. 3 seed out of the West next week and which team goes on the road to face the West’s No. 2 seed.


Wednesday, the OIA Red West plays its final regular-season matches. Mililani, ranked No. 5 in the state by the Star-Advertiser, has the West’s top seed wrapped up for the OIA Red playoffs with Kapolei getting the second bye.

Aiea hosts Leilehua with the winner drawing the West’s No. 3 seed and the loser finishing fourth. The battle for the final two spots comes down to Pearl City (4-5), Campbell (3-6) and Waianae (3-6).


The Chargers have a tough match at Nanakuli (6-3), which will be the West’s No. 1 seed in the OIA White, but are still in the tournament even if they lose. Waianae hosts Campbell with the loser’s season coming to an end.

Radford will be the No. 2 seed and Waipahu will be the No. 3 seed in the OIA White playoffs out of the West barring a miracle win by Waialua over Mililani.

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