Spikers Showdown: Kahuku-Farrington

Blue Division action between Kahuku and Farrington at the Govs’ gym, Richard Kitamura Memorial Fieldhouse.

Good turnout for the Kahuku-Farrington girls volleyball battle tonight. Varsity is about an hour or so away. JV and Blue teams play first. Kahuku is ranked No. 5 in the Star-Advertiser Top 10. Farrington has been real close, but road losses (Kalani, Roosevelt) have been untimely.

I’ve seen Farrington recently and they really play well at home. This might be the best home crowd in the OIA along with Moanalua and Kahuku. Definitely among the loudest.

Time to track down some vital info on Kahuku. My guess? Kahuku in three sets, but I wouldn’t be shocked by a Govs upset. Traveling 40 miles near the end of a school week is never easy, even for Big Red.

Update 7:10 pm – Middle of the JV match. Varsity won’t start until maybe 7:45. Hopefully, 7:30. Unless Farrington wins this set. Then the JV match will go on until much later.

Just passing the time.

Killing time. Already had a slice of cold pizza, can of juice, hot dog. Jamm (above) can hardly wait to take photos. There’s about 500 people here, minimum. Not too many schools can bank it at the concession stand for volleyball. Farrington is definitely one of them. (That’s not Jamm’s camera, by the way. He just went back and brought in his bomboocha camera, long lens. It’s a weapon of mass destruction!)

Update 9:35 p.m. What a match. Farrington with the upset 26-24, 25-21. They are a different team at home, maybe the biggest home-court advantage in the state. Talk about loudness. Kahuku didn’t play badly, hitting .301, only four hitting errors. But Farrington’s serve was solid tonight and that was a major key.
Savannah Kahakai and Trinity Alualu played big, but the Govs got solid play at the net from Jeneva Toilolo (four blocks) and solid back row play. Not bad for a Division II team.
Update, 2:00 am (Friday): Some extra content that didn’t fit into the story this morning in the Star-Advertiser.

Sina Tonga added five kills and Vaimoui added three off the bench for Kahuku. Vao Fale had four aces, all in the first set. Penina Snuka had 19 assists.

Faumui, a junior, chipped in four kills and Toilolo led Farrington’s middles with four blocks, adding two kills. Jessica Vele had 22 assists.

Farrington hit .362 with just five hitting errors. Kahuku hit .301 with only four hitting errors.

The Govs tallied seven aces and two service errors. The Red Raiders had six aces and three errors, including two miscues in the second set.


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