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Prep Football Preview Special
Brandon Ching | ScoringLiveNovember 9, 2023, 8:48am
Wed, Nov 8, 2023 @ McKinley [ 7:00 pm ]
Haumea Marumoto led the Buffanblu attack with 20 kills and Lulu Uluave added a double-double in Punahou's four-set win over third seed and OIA champion Mililani at McKinley's Student Council Gymnasium. Set scores were 25-13, 25-14, 22-25, 25-16.
Second seed and No. 3 Kamehameha-Hawaii swept Roosevelt in the early match to set up a 5 p.m. showdown with the Buffanblu (15-4 overall) at Moanalua in the semifinals.
Last season, the Warriors swept the Buffanblu, 25-12, 25-22, 27-25 in the quarterfinals en route to their first championship game appearance.
"Just determined and determined not repeat history," Uluave said.
Uluave hit .295 for the match and had a team-high 16 digs. She landed three service aces, two in the fourth set to end the match.
Marumoto hit .182 for the match, but her aggressiveness set the tone for the Buffanblu.
"I love Haumea, she's so versatile and aggressive on the net, blocking, all around. That's the standard," Uluave said.
Rella Binney had three kills of her own and dished out 52 assists to facilitate the offense.
"She did amazing. We can count on her. She's our QB1 and she's that for a reason," Uluave said.
The ILH runner up took a commanding two-set lead and limited Mililani's outside hitters Erica Roberts and Alexis Rodriguez from getting into a rhthym.
"I think it was our serving game. We wanted to keep them out of system and make them hit uncomfortable shots," Uluave said.
Roberts had a team-high 16 kills and Rodriguez finished with 11 kills and 12 digs. Anae Asuncion had 31 assists and 11 digs as the Trojans dropped to face Roosevelt in the consolation round at McKinley at 6:30 p.m.
Mililani rolled through OIA play to claim its fifth-overall league title but suffered their first defeat of the season to fall to 13-1 overall.
The Buffanblu pulled away late in the first set and went up by double digits on a 8-1 scoring run, aided by Trojan errors.
Mililani scored the first three points in the second set, but Punahou surged ahead. The Trojans would get within three, but Punahou capitalized on attack errors to pull away for good. Marumoto landed seven of her kills as the Buffanblu took a commanding 12-point lead and she closed out the second set with an emphatic swing.
The Trojans staved off elimination and traded point-for-point in the third set. Roberts and Rodriguez got going and Rodriguez put Mililani up 18-14. Mililani led by as much as six, but Punahou would cut the deficit in half after Cali-Jo Shigemasa's service ace. Uluave and Marumoto traded kills and a attack error got the Buffanblu within two, but Roberts sent the match to a fourth set.
"It was determination, we knew we dropped a set and they had momentum and we had to take it and put it on our side," Uluave said.
Punahou broke a 6-all score with seven-straight points led by Uluave's four kills. Rodriguez and Roberts would get the Trojans within three, 17-14, but Uluave roared for three-straight kills and had back-to-back service aces to seal the match.
"I was working on my serving all season. It's probably one of my weakest parts of my game so I am very happy about that," Uluave said.
KS-Hawaii breaks away to sweep Roosevelt
Maela Honma had herself a night with a 20 kill, 17 dig performance to lead the Warriors into the semifinal round. The Warriors won decisively, 25-19, 25-17, 25-17.
KS-Hawaii broke a 15-all tie in the first set and kept the Rough Riders at bay with a three-point cushion. Mia Polloi's kill forced a timeout and Maile Kumamoo followed up with a service ace and Honma ended the set with a kill.
Roosevelt roared out to a 5-0 lead, but KS-Hawaii answered with a 20-3 run with five aces as the Warriors led by as much as 12. The Rough Riders went on a 7-2 run to get within seven but could not get any closer.
Similar to the second set, the Rough Riders jumped out to an early lead hoping to force an extra set but the Warriors tied the set at 15. KS-Hawaii surged ahead with a 4-1 run and later ended the match with a 3-0 run.
Kamehameha-Hawaii's Maela Honma recorded 20 kills and 17 digs to will the Warriors into the semifinal round against Punahou.
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