JV/White girls VB
» Girls Volleyball
» JV Football
» JV/White Girls Vball
» Boys Volleyball
» Girls Water Polo
» JV Boys Volleyball
» Hoops in Hawaii Classic
» Iolani Classic
» Boys Basketball
» Girls Basketball
» Boys Soccer
» Girls Soccer
» JV Boys Basketball
» JV Girls Basketball
» JV Boys Soccer
» JV Girls Soccer
Prep Football Preview Special
Prep Football Preview
Game of the Week
Kalani Takase | ScoringLiveOctober 9, 2019, 1:05am
Tue, Oct 8, 2019 @ Kamehameha [ 6:00 pm ]
KAPALAMA HEIGHTS — The third-ranked Kamehameha girls volleyball team found itself one lost set away from seeing its season come to an abrupt end Tuesday night.
Instead the Warriors turned the tide and turned back defending state champion Iolani with a thrilling five-set win to clinch the Interscholastic League of Honolulu's third and final berth in the Division I state tournament later this month.
The set scores were 19-25, 15-25, 25-22, 25-14 and 17-15.
"I'm really proud of our girls, our coaching staff, how they executed after being down two sets. It was a great team win for us," Kamehameha coach Chris Blake said.
"We just wanted to push and all of our girls just didn't want to go home — we want to represent our seniors and do it for them because it's their last year — so they just pushed and put all their effort into it," said Warriors sophomore outside hitter Devin Kahahawai, who posted a team-high 23 kills.
The heavyweight bout was befitting of a state final — with a crowd to match the frenzied on-the-court action. About 700 spectators at Kekuhaupio Gymnasium were on-hand for the rematch of the last four state championship finals and what they got was nothing short of spectacular, with game 5 probably worth the price of admission itsel with its 11 ties and seven lead changes.
Late in the fifth set, Kamehameha had a swing at match point leading 14-13, however, the attack went long to even the score. Iolani took the lead on an Elena Oglivie kill from the left side to put her team ahead, 15-14.
Kahahawai said the Warriors took the opportunity to regroup in their huddle after Oglivie's point.
"We told ourselves to take a breath and to push through and that we know that it's going to go to Elena, we just need to dig it up and give it back to them," Kahahawai said.
The Warriors answered with a Maui Robbins kill down the line to force another tie at 15. Keonilei Akana closed out the two-hour and 20-minute match with back-to-back kills from the right side.
"We were working on our end game throughout the week, so I just knew that if we were to work hard then we could finish what we wanted to do," Akana said. "We told each other to stay composed and just stay together and I'm just so glad that our team came together for the last couple points and end game. I'm just so proud our team, together as one."
After Iolani took the opening set of the match, it jumped out to a 6-1 lead in game 2. Kamehameha tied it at 13 on a Kahahawai kill, but the Raiders retaliated with a 10-run that included a rotation violation against the Warriors and went on to win the second set by 10 points.
"That second game wasn't very pretty," Blake said. "We got stuck in a few rotations. Iolani put us in a lot of bad spots, but we believe we're built for five (sets) and I think all of our training, all of our weight training, all of our stuff on the track came down to something like this."
Blake described the team huddle that came between the second and third sets as "interesting."
"We put our trust in our players and when it comes down to this time of the season it isn't too many tactical things that we're talking about," Blake said. "Our leaders took charge of the game, took charge of that huddle in set three and we were able to go up and separately early," Blake said.
The Warriors went on a 6-1 run early in set 3, which it closed out with a Maui Robins kill from the left side, off an assist from Bryanne Soares.
The fourth set was completely dominated by Kamehameha, which led by as many as 12 points. Akana and Robins put away consecutive points to end game 4 and even the match at two sets apiece.
"We took that momentum from game three into game four, separated pretty big and we were in control of game four for most of it and then game five was a matter of back-and-forth," Blake said.
Kamehameha trailed 5-2 early on in the deciding set after Oglivie sandwiched a pair of kills around a double-block with Cameryn Ann Nagaji. However, the Warriors reeled off four straight points to take their first lead of the set at 6-5.
"We were down a whole bunch, found a way to score, but when it came down to it, it was up to making key plays at the key times and I'm proud of all of our leadership," Blake said.
Blake said the raucous atmosphere, which included Kamehameha's band, football teams and cheerleaders, made for a special environment.
"Hats off to our crowd, our band, our overall environment was one that was one for us to ride," Blake said. "We want to rise up like a mighty wave and when the chips got down we definitely rose up and were able to come back in sets three and four and set five was a battle."
A large contingent of mostly Iolani students, often times cheering in unison for their peers, kept the decibel level high for much of the night.
"It was amazing," Akana said. "I mean, Iolani has such a great Raider Nation, so it was great for them, but I just feel like our whole school just came together and just supported us all the way."
Akana finished with 19, Robins 14 and Noelle Sua-Godinet nine to for the Warriors, who had 9.5 team blocks to Iolani's 6.5.
Oglivie finished with a season-high 40 kills in her final high school match to pace the Raiders. Senna Roberts-Navarro added 11 kills in the loss.
Mokihana Tufono registered 52 assists for Iolani.
Soares tied her season-high with 60 assists.
Kamehameha (10-2) remains in the hunt for its fourth consecutive league championship. It will play at Le Jardin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, with the winner advancing to face top-ranked Punahou Friday at Hemmeter Fieldhouse for the overall ILH title and a top-four seed and first-round bye in the state tournament. All three teams have secured a berth in states.
Although the Warriors will be playing their third match in as many days, Blake said that he does not anticipate fatigue to be a big factor for his team.
"I don't think so. For us, we're lucky we're on fall break, so they're going to get a little bit of rest and that's going to be important for us. The physical side, I think we're ready. It's the mental side that's going to be important coming back. Le Jardin has been sitting there resting for the past week, so it's going to be important for us to rebound, come back hungry and get after it and continue on our path," Blake said. "We're very happy to be qualified for states, but we're definitely not satisfied."
Despite being ranked second in the ScoringLive/Hawaiian Electric Power Rankings, Iolani (9-4) saw its season come to a close with the loss. It is the first time since 2014 that the Raiders have missed the state tournament.
It was the third meeting between the teams this season. Kamehameha swept Iolani at Kekukahupio Gym on Sept. 12 and the Raiders returned the favor on their home court on Oct. 1.
The junior running back and senior outside hitter clutched up for their teams last week.
Falanika Danielson pours in 24 kills, including last five of match, to lift Trojans.
Menes swept the Hurricanes and will return their home floor for the OIA title game.
After winning their fourth straight ILH title, the Warriors moved up two spots to No. 1.
After knocking off previously-unbeaten Moanalua, Damien checks in at No. 9 this week.
The Chargers snapped a five-game losing streak with a tight win over visiting Waialua.