Coach Kalepa Feguis has waited and waited.
Eighteen months passed since the Maryknoll girls volleyball team has played an official match. That long stretch ended last week with wins over Sacred Hearts and St. Andrew’s Priory. On Tuesday night, the Spartans host longtime Division II powerhouse Hawaii Baptist.
“We feel very excited and blessed to have a chance to play this season. We are cautiously optimistic, doing our best to stay healthy and comply with all the regulations,” Feguis said. “We know from this past year that our season could be taken away with just one misstep.”
Playing a competitive D-II schedule in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, Maryknoll has a mix of seniors and juniors providing the power.
“We have a few returnees that we feel will have an impact this year,” Feguis said. “Seniors, Staecia Silofau at opposite and Ciera Simmonds at outside hitter, and our junior middle Kamryn Correa, we feel will be a threat at the net.”
The Spartans are also counting on senior Ashli Alcala-Romero and junior Rozalynn Cabuena in the back row.
“We will look to our defense this season for stability in (these) returning liberos,” Feguis added.
Silofau is one of four Spartans who plan to continue playing volleyball at the next level. Silofau will play at Hartwick College. Simmonds will play at Pacific Lutheran. Silofau and Simmonds plan to major in Nursing.
Alcala-Romero will continue at West Point. Tiani Madriaga will play at Western Nebraska and major in Business and Marketing, Feguis said.