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Mike Aldax – TGI Sports Editor
Our V-ball boys won’t be out there smackin’ ’em for our island.
I say we get Kaua’i, or even Kapa’a, for that matter, to send their volleyball teams to Waimea this Saturday for an encore.
I mean it.
If I was the KIF director, I would force the three teams to suit up and hit the courts for one last thriller on the island.
Alright, I guess I might be getting a bit greedy, but after last Wednesday’s showdown, and from what I have seen this season, I don’t know if I am ready for volleyball to end.
If you saw the playoff game last Wednesday, you already know what I mean.
It was awesome. It was an extra special Halloween treat. And like all of those costume-clad children on All Saints Day, I never want to see that much sweetness go away.
Kaua’i came pumped. You could see it in the always vibrant Lionel Tomacder. You could sense it after Jason Sahara’s post-block dance routine.
They came hittin’.
But, unfortunately for the Red Raiders, Waimea came to play, too. And with depth and the ability to win down the stretch on their side, they ran away with the KIF crown-and my chance to catch one more game this Saturday.
I don’t hold any grudge against the Menehunes, though. They were a fun team to watch, and with the leadership of senior James Marques, a bon-a-fide V-baller, it was no surprise Waimea is the team to travel to Oahu.
I can’t wait for that, but I don’t know if I will ever get over the fact that on Wednesday’s and Friday’s, our V-ball boys won’t be out there smackin’ ’em for our island.
Talent, although the heighest of caliber here on the island more than anywhere I have seen before, was not what made this season so magical. It was the tight games that began the first game I ever watched when Kapa’a faced Kaua’i at the onset of the first round.
Both of last Wednesday’s games ended with a two-point differential and no time left. Kapa’a came within as much when they played Waimea Oct. 6 to end the first round. They also took the Menehunes to three games October 17, two of which also ended with a two-point difference. Kapa’a’s last chance to remain in the KIF hunt was ruined by Kaua’i’s 15-13 second game win Oct. 24. And, a week before that, Kaua’i and Waimea again ended on a two-point, no-time-left Red Raider kill.
I don’t think there was one game played where it wasn’t deadlocked with less than a minute to go. I never left the edge
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