Waimea Menehune boys fight off valiant Kapa’a Warrior effort

KAPA’A – The Waimea Menehune Boys junior varsity volleyball team fought off a valiant effort by the Kapa’a Warriors in its 15-11, 15-6 win Saturday at the Bernice Hundley Gymnasium in Kapa’a.

Waimea (1-1) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead capped by a brilliant Timothy Mattos kill and Bryan Hayashi assist. Kapa’a (0-1) offset the deficit, tying the game at 3 apiece on a kill connection from Kiah Imai to Winston Ouye.

Several Waimea errors and a Waioli Forrest ace led the Warriors on a 8-1 run, but the Menehunes would stage a rally. A giant Joshua Cabral kill, and later an assist from Chris Aguilar to Kyle Pigao for another kill, gave the Menehunes a 11-10 lead – a lead they would never give up. David Honma lobbed a shot down a hole in the Warrior defense and Cabral would connect with Stetson Castillo for the final tally to give the Menehunes a 15-11 first game win.

In the second game, two June Kaaumoana kills, each assisted by Cabral, gave Waimea an early 3-1 lead. Waimea errors would let the Warriors tie the score and eventually grab a 5-3 lead, but the Menehunes fought back. Kills from Joshua Kanahele and two Cabral aces gave Waimea an 11-5 lead. And a final Cabral kill – assisted by Hayashi – capped a 12-1 Menehune run, as they went on to take the second set 15-6.

Menehune girls JV top Warriors 15-4, 15-7

KAPA’A – The Waimea Menehune girls junior varsity volleyball team got off to a great start against the Kapa’a Warriors and never looked back, taking the contest 15-4, 15-7 Saturday at the Bernice Hundley Gymnasium.

Engineered by the precision serving of Kelsie Wa’alani, Waimea (2-0) jumped out to an early 8-0 lead. An ace from Warrior Lauren Baptiste and a nifty block by Samdi Makepa chipped into the Menehune lead, but several aces by Kerrie-anne Iwai and Tori Kagawa and a grueling kill by Wa’alani (assisted by Jessica Jacinto) sealed the first game for Waimea.

Kapa’a (0-1) battled an early deficit in the second game with two Baptiste aces and a “killer” connection from Ranelle Jacinto to Tara Pascua which evened the score at 4 apiece. Several errors set the Warriors back a few points but they would eventually climb to within one point of the Menehune 7-5 lead on a Rachel Boshears block.

But the Menehunes went on a rampage.

Several aces by Taira Kajiwara and a Mallorie Hepa block ended Kapa’a’s chances for a comeback, as the visiting Menehunes took the final game 15-7.

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