Kamehameha gets top seed in state tournament

It’s not how many you lose, when you lose them is way more important.

Kahuku, which looked like the class of the OIA East all season and rose as high as No. 2 in the Star-Advertiser’s top 10 poll, drew a particularly tough draw in the Division I girls volleyball state tournament beginning Tuesday on the Big Island.

The Red Raiders, who lost successive matches to Mililani and Moanalua in the OIA tournament this week, fell to third in the OIA and open their state tournament against Hilo at Kamehameha-Hawaii. Should Kahuku get by the scrappy Vikings, they would play ILH Champion Kamehameha in the second round. The Warriors earned the top seed with a win over Punahou to win their first ILH championship since 2008 on Thursday night.

Kamehameha-Maui is the other seeded team on Kamehameha’s side of the draw and will get the winner between Moanalua and Leilehua.

Undefeated OIA champion Mililani was awarded the second seed in the tournament and opens on Wednesday at Keeau against the winner of Tuesday’s opening-round match between King Kekaulike and Aiea.

Kamehameha-Hawaii is the third seed but wasn’t given any favors for it. The Warriors, who are ranked eighth in the poll, will have to play their first match against either No. 10 Farrington or NO. 2 Punahou. The Governors and Buffanblu feature the only first-round matchup containing ranked teams. Kahuku is currently ranked No. 4 but is certain to fall when the new poll comes out on Tuesday.

Kamehameha and Punahou have played in each of the last five state championship matches and the final game has pitted two ILH teams against each other every year since 2002.

The semifinals are set for Thursday at Kamehameha-Hawaii with the championship the next day at the same site.

Division I girls volleyball tournament

1Oct. 29Aiea 3, King Kekaulike 025-21, 25-20, 25-10Keaau
2Oct. 29Punahou 3, Farrington 025-9, 25-9, 25-14Keaau
3Oct. 29Moanalua 3, Leilehua 025-13, 25-7, 25-11KS-Hawaii
4Oct. 29Kahuku 3, Hilo 025-14, 25-16, 26-24KS-Hawaii
5*Oct. 30Farrington 2, King Kekaulike 025-10, 25-14Keaau
6*Oct. 30Hilo 2, Leilehua 125-22, 18-25, 16-14KS-Hawaii
7Oct. 30Mililani 3, Aiea 025-17, 25-15, 15-9Keaau
8Oct. 30Punahou 3, KS-Hawaii 025-11, 25-22, 25-17Keaau
9Oct. 30Moanalua 3, KS-Maui 027-25, 25-18, 25-10KS-Hawaii
10Oct. 30Kamehameha 3, Kahuku 125-27, 25-22, 25-18, 25-14KS-Hawaii
11*Oct. 31Hilo 2, Farrington 123-25, 25-23, 15-13Keaau
12*Oct. 31Kahuku 2, KS-Maui 025-23, 25-15Keaau
13*Oct. 31KS-Hawaii 2, Aiea 025-21, 25-18Keaau
14Oct. 31Kamehameha 3, Moanalua 025-18, 25-22, 25-19KS-Hawaii
15Oct. 31Punahou 3, Mililani 025-10, 25-12, 25-8KS-Hawaii
16**Nov. 1Kahuku 2, KS-Hawaii 025-20, 25-19KS-Hawaii
17#Nov. 1Mililani 2, Moanalua 125-23, 26-27, 15-11KS-Hawaii
18***Nov. 1Kamehameha 3, Punahou 025-19, 25-20, 25-15KS-Hawaii
* — consolation** — 5th-place match
# — 3rd-place match*** — championship


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