Punahou is top seed in state boys volleyball

Punahou’s Kana’i Akana put down a kill in the first set of a sweep over 'Iolani to clinch the Buffanblu's 15th straight ILH boys volleyball title. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

Six-time defending Division I state boys volleyball champion Punahou is predictably the No. 1 seed for the New City Nissan/HHSAA Boys Volleyball State Championships that begin Monday.

Waianae and Mililani are the two Oahu teams that will travel for opening-round games. The Trojans will play at Maui High at 5:30 p.m. on Monday while the Seariders will face Kamehameha-Hawaii at 4 p.m. on the Big Island.

OIA champion Moanalua is the No. 2 seed, followed by MIL champion Kamehameha-Maui as the No. 3 seed and BIIF champion Kealakehe as the No. 4 seed.

Kealakehe won the BIIF title with a five-set win over KS-Hawaii on Wednesday night. Anthony Trevino led Kealakehe with 30 kills and Isaiah Hooper hit .393 with 25 kills.

KIF champion Kapaa earned the top seed in the Division II tournament, ahead of ILH champion St. Francis.

Complete schedules are below.

Division I

Match #DateMatchupTime/ScoresSite
1April 30Mililani vs. MauiMil 25-17, 25-20, 19-25, 25-17Maui
2April 30Waipahu vs. KaiserWaip 25-23, 26-24, 21-25, 18-25, 16-14Kaiser
3April 30KS-Hawaii vs. WaianaeKSH 25-27, 25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 18-16KS-Hawaii
4April 30'Iolani vs. KapoleiIol 25-17, 25-9, 25-21'Iolani
5May 3(4) KS-Maui vs. 'IolaniIol 25-21, 25-17, 25-16McKinley
6May 3(2) Moanalua vs. KS-HawaiiMoan 25-15, 25-21, 25-9McKinley
7May 3(4) Kealakehe vs. WaipahuKeal 25-17, 20-25, 25-16, 25-14Moanalua
8May 3(1) Punahou vs. MililaniPun 25-12, 25-21, 25-10Moanalua
9*May 4KS-Maui vs. KS-HawaiiKSM 25-23, 26-24McKinley
10*May 4Waipahu vs. MililaniMil 23-25, 27-25, 15-10McKinley
11May 4'Iolani vs. MoanaluaMoan 25-15, 33-35, 29-27, 26-24Moanalua
12May 4Kealakehe vs. PunahouPun 25-13, 25-15, 22-25, 25-14Moanalua
13*May 5KS-Maui vs. MililaniMaui 23-25, 26-24, 15-11Blaisdell Arena
14*May 5'Iolani vs. KealakeheIol 25-18, 25-22Blaisdell Arnea
15May 5Moanalua vs. PunahouPun 25-19, 25-16, 25-21Blaisdell Arena
* — consolation

Division II

Match #DateMatchupTime/ScoresSite
1May 3(4) Hawaii Prep vs. Pearl CityPC 25-23, 25-23, 25-19St. Francis
2May 3(1) Kapaa vs. UniversityKap 25-19, 25-20, 19-25, 19-25, 15-8St. Francis
3May 3(2) St. Francis vs. KonawaenaStF 25-17, 25-17, 25-21Kalani
4May 3(3) Molokai vs. KalaniMol 25-23, 17-25, 25-19, 27-29, 15-10Kalani
5*May 4University vs. Hawaii PrepHPA 28-26, 21-25, 15-8Kalani
6*May 4Konawaena vs. KalaniKaln 23-25, 26-24, 15-7Kalani
7May 4Kapaa vs. Pearl CityKap 25-19, 26-24, 25-14St. Francis
8May 4St. Francis vs. MolokaiStF 25-22, 15-25, 27-25, 21-25, 16-14St. Francis
9*May 5Hawaii Prep vs. KalaniHPA, 21-25, 25-20, 15-10Blaisdell Arena
10*May 5Pearl City vs. MolokaiPC 25-22, 25-17Blaisdell Arena
11May 5Kapaa vs. St. FrancisStF, 15-25, 19-25, 25-18, 25-19, 15-12Blaisdell Arena
* — consolation


  1. Falcon Future April 26, 2018 11:17 am

    I’m wondering why the press and followers of this sport don’t make a bigger deal of Punahou dominating so much? Recruiting?

    It is obvious they have the best players every year. The only mystery for the state tournament this year is who will finish second place. I’m surprised Iolani does not declare for D2 already.

  2. PublicSchool April 26, 2018 2:57 pm

    Punahou Volleyball does not have to recruit. They’re at a point where kids will just go there to play volleyball. Iolani declaring D2 makes no sense. They are a LEGIT D1 program.

  3. Falcon Future April 27, 2018 8:10 am

    ^^^ This leads me to ask, is everybody who is closely involved in this sport fine and dandy with Punahou dominating on such a high level?

    Rules and schedules for other sports are constantly being changed to avoid teams from dominating but nobody really says anything about boys volleyball. It just seems like all the other schools are cool with playing for second place every year. Let’s be real and honest here – it will look like men vs boys in every match Punahou plays of this state tournament. This is called the state championships but it will not be competitive.

  4. PublicSchool April 27, 2018 1:26 pm

    Falcon Future: So what’s your solution? It’s not Punahou’s “fault” that they dominate at volleyball.

  5. TheRealDealisBack April 28, 2018 6:05 pm

    Boys Volleyball??!! LOL, except for family and friends who gives a rip??!!

    Everyone waiting for football season to start.

  6. ILH May 2, 2018 8:36 am

    FF- you seem to have a sweet spot for all Buff and Blue related articles. You one of those Punahou Haters??

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