Girls Volleyball
Iolani's Kaahaaina-Torres carried the load

Player of the Year: Saige Kaahaaina-Torres, Iolani, OH/OPP, Jr.
Saige Kaahaaina-Torres was going to get the opposing team's best block every single night.

That didn't stop her.

The junior outside hitter played a big part in the Iolani Raiders' run to their first state title since 2001 and was selected as the inaugural ScoringLive All-Hawaii Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.

Kaahaaina-Torres started at front left for the Raiders racked up 300 kills, 202 digs, 21 total blocks, 18 aces and nine assists through 20 games. Her numbers are great by any standard, but even more impressive considering the fact that this was her first year as a left side hitter.

The 5-foot-11 junior, who has already given a verbal commitment to play for the University of Missouri, is primarily a setter when she plays for outside club teams. Last year, when the Raiders lost to Kamehameha in the state final, Kaahaaina-Torres was the right side hitter for Iolani.

"We kind of ended up putting her in the position that she ended up playing throughout the (Interscholastic League of Honolulu) season because we felt that we needed someone on that side of the court to carry a lot of the work load for us," Iolani coach Kainoa Obrey said of Kaahaaina-Torres.

Other teams took notice of Kaahaaina-Torres' ability as a hitter as well.

"We saw a lot of teams put a big block to slow down Saige," said Obrey. "She's get blocked and stuff like that, but she'll just be tenacious and relentless in her effort. She knows that she's going to be facing this block this entire match, but she's still able to go out and find ways to score."

Obrey said that he enjoyed watching Kaahaaina-Torres' growth in a new role and a position throughout the season.

"Her skill definitely improved. She always had power, she always had a lot of athleticism, but she ended up being able to fine tune things a little bit more with her skill work, passing and hitting. To be able to see what she did towards the end of the ILH season and state tournament was awesome to see."

Above all else, it was Kaahaaina-Torres' leadership that paved the way for the Raiders' state championship run.

In a ILH Division I second round game against Punahou, Kaahaaina-Torres put down a career-high 32 kills to lead the Raiders to a four-set win. In hindsight, Kaahaaina-Torres' big game kept Iolani's season alive. 

If the Buffanblu had won that game, they would have gone 5-0 in the second round and clinched the final state berth in the ILH that was up for grabs.

"I think that's probably the point in our season that we might have felt we can make a run at this," Obrey said of Kaahaaina-Torres' best game of the season. "The way they rallied around each other and the way Saige carried the work load just set a tone. From that point on, it appeared that they played a little bit more free, had more trust and left it all our there."

Joining Kaahaaina-Torres on the First Team is freshman teammate Elena Oglivie. The First Team selection also consists of Kamehameha's Kayla Afoa and Kyra Hanawahine, Kahuku's Phoebe Grace and ShaRae Niu, King Kekaulike's Chandler Cowell and Kalaheo's Syenna Masaki.

The Second Team is made up of Kamehameha teammates Braelyn Akana and Kili Robins, Kahuku's Carey Williams, Hawaii Baptist's Keri Lum, Maryknoll's Jhenna Gabriel, Iolani's Ana Oglivie, Le Jardin's Nina Krupa and Moanalua's Hula Crisostomo.

The Third Team is comprised of Hawaii Baptist teammates Ally Wada and Kailey Young, Kapolei's Jayleen Abregana, Damien's Shelby Capllonch, Punahou's Amalia Hilliard, Le Jardin's Kassidy Naone, Maryknoll's Rhyenne Filisi and Mililani's Hope Carter.

Coach of the Year: Kainoa Obrey, Iolani
Few people would have thought Iolani would be state champions in 2016 after falling to Kamehameha in the title game a year ago. 

With All-State Player of the Year and setter Bailey Choy off to play for the University of Utah and a handful of seniors graduating, it looked like another rebuilding year for Iolani. 

The Raiders said otherwise.

Although a handful of players switched over to a new role this season, Iolani made its second straight appearance in the state tournament and knocked off the top two teams on back-to-back nights to win the school's first state title in 15 years.

The feat that the Raiders accomplished was why Kainoa Obrey is the ScoringLive All-Hawaii Girls Volleyball Coach of the Year.

Other coaches that received consideration are Le Jardin's Lee Lamb and Kahuku's Mounia Tachibana.


Kayla Afoa
Kamehameha  •  Sr
OH  •  5'9

Elena Oglivie
Iolani  •  Fr
OH  •  5'9

Chandler Cowell
King Kekaulike  •  Jr
OH/OPP  •  5'10

Saige Kaahaaina-Torres
Iolani  •  Jr
OH/OPP  •  5'11

Syenna Masaki
Kalaheo  •  Sr
OH/S  •  5'9

Phoebe Grace
Kahuku  •  Sr
MB  •  6'2

ShaRae Niu
Kahuku  •  Sr
S  •  5'8

Kyra Hanawahine
Kamehameha  •  Sr
L/DS  •  5'2


Carey Williams
Kahuku  •  Sr
OH  •  5'9

Kili Robins
Kamehameha  •  Jr
OH  •  6'0

Keri Lum
Hawaii Baptist  •  Sr
OH/MB  •  5'9

Braelyn Akana
Kamehameha  •  So
MB  •  6'0

Jhenna Gabriel
Maryknoll  •  Jr
S  •  5'8

Ana Oglivie
Iolani  •  Sr
S/DS  •  5'9

Nina Krupa
Le Jardin  •  Sr
S/OPP  •  5'10

Hula Crisostomo
Moanalua  •  Jr
L  •  5'4


OH: Jayleen Abregana, Kapolei - Sr | 5'2
OH: Shelby Capllonch, Damien - So | 5'7
OH/OPP: Amalia Hilliard, Punahou - Jr | 5'11
OH/MB: Kassidy Naone, Le Jardin - Sr | 5'11
MB/OPP: Rhyenne Filisi, Maryknoll - Jr | 6'2
S: Hope Carter, Mililani - Sr | 5'9
S: Ally Wada, Hawaii Baptist - Jr | 5'8
L/DS: Kailey Young, Hawaii Baptist - Sr | 5'3


Aiea: Trinity Atuatasi, Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina

Christian Academy: Sonny Rodrigues, Rainena Schenbeck-Chang

Farrington: Molimau Heimuli, Saryiah Kahakai

Hawaii Baptist: Naiya Fujikawa, Kallie Langford

Hilo: Kawai Ua

Iolani: Halia Hogan, Samantha Worley

La Pietra: Peri Green

Le Jardin: Julia Fisher, Arianna Lunow-Luke, Kailee Lyons, Natalie Piper

Leilehua: Saramasina Docktor

Kahuku: ShaLi Niu, Puao Sao

Kailua: Amber Tai

Kalaheo: Samantha Pollard

Kamehameha: Lexis Akeo

Kapaa: Paea Tafea, Keani Tolenoa

Kapolei: Anela Pakaki-Pias, Michelyn Pililau

King Kekaulike: Rose Love, Kanilea Nomura, Kalena Vaivai

Konawaena: Celena Jane Molina

Maryknoll: Kiari Gier, Natasha McClendon

Mid-Pacific: Mapuhola Sekona

Mililani: Falanika Danielson, Ashley Pawlak

Moanalua: Emily Dulaney, Keila Williams

Nanakuli: Haley Thomas

Pearl City: Cassidy Essex

Punahou: Piikea Clemens, Keliiakekaipukaamaka McComber, Averi Salvador

Sacred Hearts: Shayla-Ann Santos

Roosevelt: Vanessa Colling

Waiakea: Lindsey Maikui

Waianae: Kamilla Marinas, Tayzia Pakele, Chevelle Wagner-Chun

Other coaches that received consideration: Lee Lamb (Le Jardin), Mounia Tachibana (Kahuku)

Reach Michael Lasquero at [email protected].



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