There are elite volleyball programs in Hawaii high schools.
There are teams that suit up and are quite satisfied simply to participate. Then, there is the Mid-Pacific girls volleyball team. Veteran club and high school coach Tommy Lake and staff have built momentum, enough for the Owls to give powerhouse Punahou a good battle before losing on Saturday, 25-18, 25-21 at Mills Gym.
“I’m really happy for the team. All the players have worked long and hard on this volleyball journey. Giving the seniors a chance to battle, you can’t ask for a better ending to their high school experience,” Lake said.
Senior Alyssa Muraoka sets the tone. The Portland signee delivered 14 assists and added one ace in the Punahou match.
“Besides running the offense, she is one of the most instinctual defenders ever to play at MPI,” Lake said.
Debbie Chun, who will play at Lewis and Clark, led the Owls with six kills, adding eight digs.
“She is a triple threat, one of the best passers, defenders and attackers,” Lake said.
Luna Suzuki, a who will attend NYU, had four kills.
“Luna is our most powerful outside hitter, a good blocker, dynamic and athletic,” Lake said.
Erin Goya led the Owls with 10 digs against Punahou. Goya will attend Seattle U.
“Erin is our best defender and passer, and has great leadership abilities,” Lake said.
Lake is also optimistic about sophomore Makela Pick.
“She is a true all around athlete that is playing middle, but is so versatile, she could play almost anywhere,” he said. “A real bright future.
Kalei Lyons, who had two blocks against Punahou, will attend Lee College (Texas).
Mid-Pacific will visit ‘Iolani next week (Mar. 30). Spectators are not allowed. All ILH matches are streamed live.