V-ball Challenge

LIHU’E – Two teams from Santa Barbara High, an all-star team from Iowa named Lanai High School and three Kaua’i high school girls varsity volleyball teams will converge at the Raiderdome next month for the Girls Volleyball High School Challenge.

The tourney, which will be sponsored by the Aston Hotels and Resorts and the Bank of Hawai’i Insurance Services, will take place from August 8 through August 10.

According to Rich Roberts, head coach of the hosting Kaua’i High School girls varsity squad, there has been a lot of interest in the tournament following practice games with Laguna High School, which took place last year.

Roberts indicated that they are still receiving calls from off-island teams interested in entering the tournament, which will feature officials Jennifer Carey and Margaret Vakasausau, who will be presenting awards on the final day of competition.

One of those schools is Pearl City High on O’ahu, and if interest keeps up, Roberts hopes the tournament will field at least ten teams.

The tournament gets underway on Thursday starting at 5 p.m. with the Friday and Saturday games starting at 8 a.m.

Tournament format calls for 2 or 3 rounds of pool play depending on the number of teams entered with a final single elimination round on Saturday.

An informal dinner and awards banquet will be held on Saturday evening. Roberts also added that a food booth will be available on all days of the tournament.

Kaua’i High School girls varsity team members include: Courtney Doliente, Kellie Masuda, Ashlie Tao, Kyrie Simeona, Madison Perry, Tiana Caylor, Jodi Miyashiro, Holley Iloreta, Anna Quibilan, Alaina Villatora, Farren Higley, Kehau Silva, and Tina Moger.

The coaching staff includes Richard Roberts, Chad Delanoza, Lisa Cummings, Darrell Akimoto, and Terilyn Colocino.

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