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Michael Lasquero | ScoringLiveSeptember 4, 2018, 6:44pm
Tue, Sep 4, 2018 @ Hawaii Baptist [ 5:00 pm ]
NUUANU — There's no stopping Shelby Capllonch when she gets it going.
The Damien senior outside hitter peppered Sacred Hearts from all areas of the court to the tune of a match-high 17 kills in the Monarchs' straight set win over the Lancers in an ILH Division II contest at Dan Liu Gymnasium Tuesday night. Game scores were 25-21 and 25-16.
Capllonch, who has verbally committed to play for UNLV, also added 13 digs for a double-double as Damien improved to 3-0 in league play in the victory.
"To me she's one of the best outside hitters in the state," said second-year coach Sacred Hearts coach Raymond Patcho. "Even though she's on the D2 level, she can bang even with the D1 players to me. She's just so aggressive, nice arm swing, real smart volleyball player and she can dig. She deserved that UNLV (offer), they're going to get a good player out of her."
Patcho, who was an assistant coach at Damien before taking over the job at Sacred Hearts, knew early on that Capllonch had potential because of her work ethic.
"She's a hard worker. She listens to change, she doesn't fight change. She gets better all the time. She can hit the outside, she can hit the inside. The best thing about her is she's so down to earth and disciplined."
Capllonch did most of her damage in the second set with 11 kills after the first stanza, but that was mostly by design as the Monarchs tried to establish their other weapons early on.
"Our setters are pretty young so all they really knew was to push it outside and get it to our outside (hitters), so we started stressing on the middles a little bit more so they can be involved and we can run plays and they did amazing," Capllonch said.
Capllonch also spoke highly of senior middle Ilana Sagapolutele, who had six kills.
"Ilana had such good tip shots and her swing was amazing too," she said.
Juniors Kaira Wengler and Julia Tilton were also key with six and two kills respectively.
While the second set was more decisive, the opening game was a little closer than Damien coach Don Faumuina wanted.
With the match broadcasted on TV, nerves came in to play as Damien committed six service errors in game one. The second set was a different story as the Monarchs were flawless from the service line and were able to beat the Lancers (0-2) by nine in game two.
"It was just TV jitters," said Faumuina. "For many of them, this is their first TV game, TV match. Just getting them to settle down. That second set we worked on a few things and we were able to capitalize on it."
On the other hand, the Lancers could not get into a rhythm as the match progressed, committing 12 total hitting errors in the contest.
"It's just small things here and there," said Patcho. "(We need to have) better passing and we can get our offense back in sync. We just switched it back to a 5-1 (offense). They just have to get comfortable (with the new offense).
"They have to learn how to play uncomfortable. Once we get comfortable playing uncomfortable, we should be better."
Cookie Burnett had six kills, two blocks and eight digs to lead the Lancers in the loss. Shaydee Afoa and Kayla Murray were also key with five kills apiece and setter Makenzie Faamausili-Cacoulidis had a match-high 16 assists to go with seven digs and two kills.
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