RANKINGS: State tournament begins without No. 2 team in state

Moanalua’s Tradie DeBina-Bautista (5) bumped the ball back during the second set against Mililani in the OIA title game. Na Menehune, ranked No. 5 in the state, open the state tournament tonight hosting Waianae. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.

The New City Nissan/HHSAA Girls Volleyball State Championships begin today with four first-round games in Division I.

Division II play begins Wednesday with the quarterfinals in both divisions on Thursday.

Nine of the top 10 teams in this week’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser Girls Volleyball Top 10 will be competing for a state championship. The lone team out is No. 2 ‘Iolani.

The Raiders finished the season 9-4 after losing to No. 1 Kamehameha in five sets in the ILH tournament. Two-time Star-Advertiser player of the year Elena Oglivie missed a significant portion of the regular season while playing for the United States at the FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championships in Cairo, Egypt.

‘Iolani lost two matches without her and also lost five-set matches to both Kamehameha and Punahou with her.

Punahou (10-2) fell behind ‘Iolani by one vote despite finishing the year 2-0 against the Raiders. The Buffanblu, who were swept by Kamehameha in the ILH title game, open the state tournament tonight hosting No. 7 Kahuku.

The Red Raiders finished fourth in the OIA playoffs after losing to Mililani and Kapolei. Kahuku drops one spot into a tie for seventh with the Hurricanes.

BIIF champion Kamehameha-Hawaii, the No. 3 seed in the state tournament, jumps a spot to No. 6. Le Jardin, which opens the state tournament on Maui against Kamehameha-Maui tonight, drops to No. 9.

King Kekaulike, the No. 4 seed in the state tournament, stays at No. 10.

ILH D-II champion Damien, the top seed in the Division II state tournament, receives three votes and KS-Maui got one.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: May 9 (final)
1.Waiakea (15)150
2.Baldwin 133
3.Saint Louis 122
5.Pearl City67


Match #DateMatchupTime/ScoresSite
1Oct. 21Moanalua vs. WaianaeMoan 25-20, 24-26, 25-19, 23-25, 15-13Moanalua
2Oct. 21Punahou vs. KahukuPun 25-19, 25-19, 19-25, 25-21Punahou
3Oct. 21Waiakea vs. KapoleiKapo 25-15, 25-18, 25-13Waiakea
4Oct. 21KS-Maui vs. Le JardinLJA 25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 25-14KS-Maui
5Oct. 24(4) King Kekaulike vs. MoanaluaMoan 25-17, 25-17, 25-19Moanalua
6Oct. 24(1) Kamehameha vs. KapoleiKSK 25-20, 25-14, 25-20Moanalua
7Oct. 24(3) KS-Hawaii vs. PunahouPun 25-12, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23McKinley
8Oct. 24(2) Mililani vs. Le JardinMil 22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-20McKinley
9*Oct. 25King Kekaulike vs. KapoleiKapo 25-23, 25-16McKinley
10*Oct. 25KS-Hawaii vs. Le JardinKSH 25-20, 25-22McKinley
11Oct. 25Moanalua vs. KamehamehaKSK 25-22, 25-19, 25-18Moanalua
12Oct. 25Punahou vs. MililaniPun 25-22, 25-12, 25-20Moanalua
13*Oct. 26Kapolei vs. KS-HawaiiKapo 25-16, 24-26, 15-8Blaisdell Arena
14*Oct. 26Moanalua vs. MililaniMoan 14-25, 28-26, 15-12Blaisdell Arena
15Oct. 26Kamehameha vs. PunahouKSK 21-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-21Blaisdell Arena
* — consolation


Match #DateMatchupTime/ScoresSite
1Oct. 23Konawaena vs. McKinleyMcK 25-16, 23-25, 18-25, 25-20, 15-11Kaimuki
2Oct. 23Kalani vs. La PietraKaln 23-25, 27-25, 25-16, 25-16Kaimuki
3Oct. 23Molokai vs. Hawaii PrepHPA 25-15, 25-15, 25-21Farrington
4Oct. 23Ka'u vs. UniversityULS 25-20, 25-18, 25-13Farrington
5*Oct. 24Konawaena vs. La PietraKona 20-25, 25-22, 15-11Kaimuki
6*Oct. 24Molokai vs. Ka'uMol 25-17, 25-15Farrington
7Oct. 24(4) Seabury Hall vs. McKinleySH 25-21, 23-25, 14-25, 25-21, 15-9Kaimuki
8Oct. 24(1) Damien vs. KalaniDMS 25-22, 25-18, 25-15Kaimuki
9Oct. 24(2) Waimea vs. Hawaii PrepWaim 25-19, 19-25, 25-23, 16-25, 15-10Farrington
10Oct. 24(3) Pearl City vs. UniversityULS 25-13, 25-14, 25-16Farrington
11*Oct. 25Konawaena vs. MolokaiMol 26-24, 26-24Moanalua
12*Oct. 25Hawaii Prep vs. Pearl CityPC 25-18, 20-25, 15-12McKinley
13*Oct. 25McKinley vs. KalaniMcK 25-20, 25-21Kaimuki
14Oct. 25Waimea vs. UniversityWaim 25-21, 25-13, 25-15Kaimuki
15Oct. 25Seabury Hall vs. DamienDMS 21-25, 26-24, 25-18, 15-25, 15-11Kaimuki
16*Oct. 26Pearl City vs. McKinleyMcK 20-25, 25-19, 15-8Blaisdell Arena
17*Oct. 26University vs. Seabury HallULS 25-20, 27-25Blaisdell Arena
18Oct. 26Waimea vs. DamienDMS 25-19, 25-11, 25-14Blaisdell Arena
* — consolation


  1. ??? October 21, 2019 4:42 pm

    Who are the voters?
    Punahou (10-2)beat Iolani (9-4) twice & Iolani Is still ranked ahead of them?
    Oh well, rankings don’t mean anything cause #2’s season is OVER!
    Good luck to all IN state tournament!

  2. Mahatma Gandhi October 21, 2019 5:13 pm

    Iolani is probably the best wahine team volleyball in the state. They figured they could let Elena Oglivie go to Egypt and they would go undefeated once she returned.
    Elene Oglivie = Iolani Red Raider volleyball recruit.

  3. Douglas Cobb Adams October 21, 2019 6:48 pm

    What is the point if this article? Who are these voters? Kamehameha and Punahou made it to states and rightfully so. Move on. Every year only two ILH teams make it to states. You have never wrote an article about how close Punahou was even though they lost. Lets go Kamehameha and Punahou! The two teams that deserve to be in states because they won and defeated Iolani.

  4. Nalei11 October 21, 2019 9:20 pm

    They should’ve put Moanalua’s bracket at McKinley. Every year Moanalua has home cooking in the states. Playoffs I can see but State tournament games should always be played on neutral courts.

  5. Falcon Future October 22, 2019 9:06 am

    Yup this is totally a click bait troll article and rankings. Are you telling me that if Kamehameha loses in states that Iolani will finish the year as the #1 team? All the voters who picked Iolani #2 for this poll should be voting for them #1 next week if Kamehameha loses, right? Lame.

  6. Imua2 October 22, 2019 10:05 am

    It will happen in Football too! Most likely Punahou might end up not going to the playoffs and they are clearly the 2nd best team in the State!

  7. Yusten October 22, 2019 3:52 pm

    While it’s true that Iolani did not make States, it’s not far off that they COULD be the #2, if not #1, team. The formula that is used, which rewards quantity over quality, is heavily biased towards the OIA. Since they have the most schools participating, they get the most invites. The ILH tried a format this year to get another invite, but it had no effect for `Iolani, Kamehameha and Punahou. The 3rd ILH team could not be from those teams, but from the teams that “chose” to move up from D2, who were separated into their own bracket, to preserve a guaranteed spot for them.

    Overall, it may be a good move for the ILH in the long run. If they can demonstrate in States that a 3rd ILH team can make a deeper run than a 4th, 5th, or 6th from OIA, it may cause HIADA to relook at their formula.

  8. DeelR October 23, 2019 1:25 pm

    @Yusten good breakdown. All the teams are deserving of the bid and played under the current format to get to states. I think there should be a selection committee so at least include a wild card team that many feel deserves to be there and should be considered. Maybe a play in match. College basketball now has it. College football does it sorta.

    To Adams point; first congrats to Punahou for beating Iolani and other teams in their division and getting the 1st rd bid. Late in the season the irony is that Iolani did Punahou a favor by beating Kamehameha at Iolani. That gave Punahou the bid for their quadrant. If Kamehameha wins against Iolani then it would have been a tie breaker match with Punahou and Kamehameha for the 1st rd bid.

    The voters are probably looking at the fact that Iolani beat Kamehameha in 3 sets and then a week later played Kamehame again at Kapalama this time and it went 5 in a televised match. A couple of days later Kamehameha handled Punahou at Punahou in straight sets 15,17 and 16 also a televised match. We are talking about matches that were played in Oct not earlier in the year or matches with teams not at full strength. Again Punahou is in. Like the rest of us – go enjoy states. This is weekly poll. Punahou can go out and win states this weekend they will be #1.

    All three ILH teams; Punahou, Kamehahema and Le Jardin deserve to be in states and excellent team. This is not the first time we have seen a good team strong enough to win states that is left out of states from the ILH. This has to be fixed.

    I think this is the first time since Kahuku in 2016 that a non ILH team has a legit shot at making the finals. I have family connections on OIA and ILH teams that are still contending so I’m torn.

    Mahatma – it’s Iolani Raiders but I think you know that. Part of your sense of humor I suspect.

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