Kapa’a struts at Waimea Invitational

From TGI Staff

Kapa’a High School, battling from the losers’ bracket at the Waimea

Invitational Volleyball Tournament, emerged as the second best finisher


The Warriors would have had to defeat tourney champion, Waiakea,

twice to take the title. They were only able to beat the Big Island team


On paper, however, Kapa’a shouldn’t even have been in the title

match. In Friday’s round-robin portion of the tourney, the Warriors finished

the day sixth out of nine teams.

“Friday we just kind of went through some

different lineup combinations,” Warriors coach Manny Henriques said. “Saturday

we kind of brought out the tried and true.”

Kaua’i High School looked to be

the islands best shot at a high finish. The Red Raiders went into Saturday’s

double-elimination tournament ranked third.

But after passing Honoka’a in

Saturday’s first round, Kaua’i lost to eventual-champion Waiakea, and

Honolulu’s Castle in succession to fall from contention. The Waimea varsity

team fell in consecutive matches Saturday, as did the Menhunes’ jayvee


Kapa’a, meanwhile, squeaked by Waimea’s varsity squad to set up its

first showdown with Waiakea. The Warriors lost in consecutive games, and fell

into the losers’ bracket.

From there, Kapa’a cruised by Honoka’a, fought

its way past second-ranked Kohala and upset Castle in a thriller.


said he got solid play from Kekoa Chun, his 6-foot-5 middle hitter/setter, as

well as from middle hitter Rhyan Greenleaf.

“Those two were very productive

for me Saturday,” Henriques said. “It was good to see them playing so


Henriques said the emergence of Ben Kuhaulua, a fixture on last

year’s jayvee squad, came as “a pleasant surprise.”

As did Henriques’ kids’

decision to battle after dropping the second-round match on Saturday.


didn’t know how the guys were going to react after losing that one so early,”

Henriques said. “It’s a long fight to battle back from that. There has to be a

decision to want to win after that.

“And that’s what they


Henriques said that, as always, Waimea head coach Bobby Kamakele

“ran a quality tournament that offered a very pleasant experience.”


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