Tonight’s Division I state volleyball semifinals at Kamehameha-Hawaii pit Kamehameha against Moanalua and Mililani against Punahou.
As Jerry Campany wrote about earlier today, can the OIA get a team into the championship match?
We will keep you updated here.
Moanalua vs. Kamehameha
Set 1: Kamehameha junior Kealani Browne gets three early kills for the Warriors but Moanalua holds the early 8-6 lead. Warriors answer with a 10-5 run to take a 16-13 lead and are now up 20-15. The Warriors close out the first set, winning 25-18, with middles Browne and freshman Kayla Afoa combining for nine kills.
Set 2: Moanalua jumps out to a 6-3 lead but the next two points are won by the Warriors to make it 6-5. Moanalua now in front 11-8 as junior Johanna Kruize has four kills in the set. Kamehameha ties it at 11-all on an ace by Taylor Takeda. Kamehameha back up 15-14 as Alohi Robins-Hardy puts down two kills. Match is tied against at 20-all before Kamehameha takes a 21-20 lead. Robins-Hardy ends it with a kill to finish off Na Menehune, 25-22, for a 2-0 lead.
Set 3: The Warriors open on a 5-1 run with senior Faith Ma’afala serving two aces. Kamehameha closing in on the sweep leading 11-6. Ma’afala back to serve again with Kamehameha leading 16-11. Junior Silerolia Gaogao doing everything to keep Moanalua in it. Gaogao has 12 kills but Kamehameha leads 20-15. Junior outside Tiyana Hallums has seven kills in the third set as Kamehameha takes it, 25-19, to sweep Moanalua.
Kruize hit .290 with 11 kills and Gaogao finished with a match-high 13 kills for Moanalua. Na Menehune setter Shaylah Kagehiro had 27 assists and nine digs and libero Lyndsey Ng had a team-high 12 digs.
Hallums led Kamehameha with 11 kills and Browne had eight kills and one error in 12 swings to hit .583 for the match. Ma’afala had 24 assists, seven digs and four aces and Robins-Hardy finished with 14 assists, six kills and six digs.
Mililani vs. Punahou
Set 1: Junior outside McKenna Rose Granato with two quick kills as the Buffanblu take an early 5-2 lead. Buffanblu double the lead to 10-4 on consecutive kills by Remo-Louise Gaogao. Mililani showing little resistance as Punahou stretches its lead to 14-5. Granato now with six kills in the opening set as Punahou extends lead to 20-8. Buffanblu make it look easy, taking the first set 25-10.
Set 2: Granato keeps the hot streak going in the second set, putting down three kills as Punahou breaks out to a 6-3 lead. Granato up to five kills in the second set as the Buffanblu are again running away with it, leading 15-6. Mililani middle Sarah Liva puts down her third kill in the set, but Punahou is still rolling and eventually takes the second set, 25-12.
Set 3: Mililani looks lifeless as Punahou jumps out to a 10-1 lead, which increases to 15-4. Trojans tried to make adjustments but can’t find an answer as Punahou has blown this thing open, leading 20-5. Punahou wins it with ease, 25-8, to advance to the final against Kamehameha.
Granato finished with a match-high 17 kills on .640 hitting. Mililani had only 19 kills for the entire match. Gaogao and Mariah Rigg added 10 kills apiece as the Buffanblu hit .500 as a team. Setter Kiani Tuileta ended the match with 45 assists and Shannel Chong had 12 digs.
Liva had nine kills and a solo block and Jayierra Kapowai hit .444 with five kills for Mililani. Ashlee Vaoifi had 11 digs but managed just two kills in 20 swings with one error. Jordyn Keamo had 15 assists and five kills.
The loss was Mililani’s first of the season.