VB: Punahou pulling away

The Punahou girls volleyball team strengthened its grip on the Star-Bulletin’s high school volleyball rankings yesterday, earning all 12 first-place votes from coaches and members of the media.

The Buffanblu beat rival Kamehameha for the third time this season to claim the ILH title and are expected to receive the top seed in the upcoming state tournament. Kamehameha had already clinched a spot.

Farrington moved into the rankings at the expense of Word of Life, but the Firebrands will get a chance to impress voters when it plays Hawaii Baptist in the ILH Division II tournament final on Tuesday. Farrington plays No. 3 Kahuku in the winner’s bracket of the OIA tournament on Tuesday.

Punahou moved up on prepvolleyball.com’s national rankings, riding its win over Kamehameha from 44th to 31st.

Star-Bulletin Girls Volleyball Top 10

Coaches and Media

Oct. 20, 2009

RANK    SCHOOL (first-place votes)

1. Punahou (12), 19-0

Last match: def. Kamehameha

Next match: HHSAA state tournament

2. Kamehameha, 16-3

Last match: lost to Punahou

Next match: HHSAA state tournament

3. Kahuku, 13-1

Last match: def. Aiea

Next match: vs. Farrington, Tuesday

4.  Hawaii Baptist, 17-2

Last match: def. University

Next match: vs. Word of Life, Tuesday

5. ‘Iolani, 15-4

Last match: lost to Kamehameha

Season over

6. Waiakea, 14-0

Last match: def. Hilo

Next match: Keaau, Friday

7. Moanalua, 13-2

Last match: def. Mililani

Next match: vs. Aiea, Tuesday

8. Farrington, 11-4

Last match: def. Moanalua

Next match: vs. Kahuku, Tuesday

9. Aiea, 12-0

Last match: def. Roosevelt

Next match: vs. Moanalua, Tuesday

10. KS-Maui, 10-0

Last match: def. Baldwin, Oct. 14; bye last week

Next match: HHSAA state tournament

Also received votes: Word of Life 22, Molokai 8.

No longer in Top 10 (previous ranking): Word of Life (No. 10).

Prepvolleyball.com National HS Volleyball Rankings

1. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, California)

2. Ursuline (Cincinnati, Ohio)

3. Burris (Muncie, Indiana)

4. Dos Pueblos (Goleta, California)

5. Shakopee (Minnesota)

6. Reagan (San Antonio, Texas)

7. Dublin Coffman (Dublin, Ohio)

8. Assumption (Louisville, Kentucky)

9. Joliet Catholic (Joliet, Illinois)

10. Plant (Tampa, Florida)

11. Colorado Springs Christian (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

12. Santa Barbara (California)

13. Martin County (Stuart, Florida)

14. Newport Harbor (Newport Beach, California)

15. Marian (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)

16. Yorktown (Indiana)

17. Canyon Randall (Amarillo, Texas)

18. Central Catholic (Portland, Oregon)

19. Ankeny (Iowa)

20. Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Florida)

21. Huntsville (Alabama)

22. Pope (Marietta, Georgia)

23. Brebeuf Jesuit (Indianapolis, Indiana)

24. Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, California)

25. Wilson (Long Beach, California)

26. Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh, North Carolina)

27. Marian (Omaha, Nebraska)

28. Lyons Township (La Grange, Illinois)

29. St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park, Kansas)

30. Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, California)

31. Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii)

32. Richardson Pearce (Richardson, Texas)

33. Marymount (Los Angeles, California)

34. Jesuit (Portland, Oregon)

35. J.H. Rose (Greenville, North Carolina)

36. Mercy Academy (Louisville, Kentucky)

37. Chaska (Minnesota)

38. Los Alamitos (California)

39. Lakewood (California)

40. Iowa City West (Iowa City, Iowa)

41. El Dorado (Placentia, California)

42. Walton (Marietta, Georgia)

43. La Jolla Country Day (California)

44. Sacred Heart (Louisville, Kentucky)

45. Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kansas)

46. St. Joseph’s (St. Louis, Missouri)

47. St. James (Lenexa, Kansas)

48. Sandburg (Orland Park, Illinois)

49. St. Francis (Wheaton, Illinois)

50. Lee’s Summit West (Lee’s Summit, Missouri)

Hawaii teams on the bubble: Hawaii: Aiea, Hawaii Baptist, ‘Iolani, Kahuku, Kamehameha, Moanalua


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