Two upsets highlighted the final night of regular-season play in the OIA Red East on Tuesday as Kalani took down No. 6 Moanalua in three sets while Kaiser swept No. 9 Farrington.
Kahuku (No. 1), Moanalua (No. 2), and Farrington (No. 3) entered Tuesday with its seeds already determined. Castle, Kalani and Kaiser were all tied at 6-4 as they played for the last three seeds.
The Knights controlled their own destiny for the fourth seed (due to wins over Kalani and Kaiser) and clinched a home match in the first round of the OIA Red playoffs next Tuesday with a straight-set win over Kailua.
Kaiser thought it had moved ahead of Kalani for the fifth seed after its 25-22, 25-22 sweep of Farrington.
“The best part was that it was senior night and the seniors are going out winners on their home court,” Kaiser coach Ernest Noborikawa said after the match.
But not long after the Cougars had wrapped up their victory over Farrington, the Falcons rallied to beat Na Menehune in three sets, handing Moanalua its second straight loss after nine consecutive wins.
Kalani got the fifth seed due to its regular-season victory over Kaiser.
In the OIA Red West, Aiea (6-3) and Leilehua (6-3) play tonight with the winner hosting Kaiser and the loser hosting Kalani to start the playoffs.
Campbell (3-6) takes on Waianae (3-6) tonight with the loser missing the playoffs.
In the OIA White, Kalaheo beat Kaimuki in three sets on Tuesday to earn the No. 2 seed while the Bulldogs fell to the No. 3 seed.
The Mustangs will host Waipahu first while the Bulldogs will play at Radford. Roosevelt out of the East and Nanakuli out of the West receive byes as the top seeds.