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Game of the Week
Pete Caldwell | SLOctober 4, 2017, 11:16am
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 @ Moanalua [ 7:30 pm ]
SALT LAKE — The visiting Farrington Governors almost put a damper on Moanaluaʻs senior night, pushing Na Menehune to the limit before dropping a 19-25, 25-21, 16-14 decision to the undefeated Oahu Interscholastic Association East leader.
The first set was a sign of what was to come as the Govs jumped on top by 19-10, and then held off a late Moanalua-rally to take the set 25-19. Serving well and putting up a strong block, Farrington took advantage of some Moanalua passing difficulties. It was the second straight contest where Na Menehune dropped the first set.
The Menes appeared to take control in set two, but down the stretch, Farrington narrowed the gap before falling 25-21.
In the deciding set, Moanalua got off fast to take a 9-3 lead, but the Govs fought back to even the score at 14-14.
Led by outside hitter Jeslyn Spencer, Moanalua ended it with the final point being a net violation call against the Govs.
"With the State tournament coming up, we have to learn to be in it right from the start," said Moanalua coach Alan Cabanting. "With (libero) Hula coming back, we had to go back and make some defensive adjustments after our Castle match. Give it up to Farrington, though because they served really well. Their tall middle was good and we struggled with our serve-receive game and became predictable. But for the most part, the girls fought hard as they wanted to get a win on senior night."
Moanalua finishes the regular season undefeated at 11-0 while Farrington finishes at 8-3.
Na Menehune will get a chance to avenge last year's title game loss to Mililani next week.
The Trojans will meet Moanalua next Monday in a rematch of last year's OIA D1 title match.
The doubleheader will go on as scheduled, according to league coordinator Glenn Nitta.
The Chargers recorded 10 hits and Cade Halemanu threw 10 Ks to advance to the OIA semis.
Mililani cranked out 14 hits Thursday to punch their ticket to next month's state tourney.
The Rams swept the visiting Rough Riders to advance to the OIA Division I quarterfinals.