Raiding the party

LIHUE – Failing to prepare is preparing for failure.

This long held coaching philosophy is the central theme for the hard work and optimism displayed at Red Raider varsity volleyball practices this week.

Encouraged Raider coaching staffs hope that a week of positive preparation, a fresh scouting report from the weekend Menehune-Warrior slugfests, and a loud home crowd will put their squads back on the winning track in KIF prep volleyball action this evening at the Kauai High School gym.

SHORT GAME NOTES: Match statistics of Saturday’s thrilling three set boys contest shows just how closely matched both squads are: each squad was credited with a pair of service aces apiece (Kapa’a: Kyle Mahoney and Cale Forsen 1 each; Waimea: Joshua Vinzant and Desmond Rodrigues 1 each); Menehune junior setter Erwin Wright recorded all 38 of his team’s assists while Kapa’a’s Mahoney recorded 34 of the 37 Warrior assists; Waimea edged Kapa’a in team kills 44-43 (Rodrick’s match-high 13 and Vinzant’s 12 led their respective teams); Kapa’a committed 11 hitting errors while the Menehunes were guilty of 16 errant kills; Menehune middle Casey Kaohelaulii and Rodrigues each recorded a solo block, while Wright, Rodrigues, and Jeremy McDown each assisted on 3 blocks to help the Waimea defensive total (2 solo blocks, 12 block assists); Bryan Domingo’s pair of block assists led the Warrior team total of 6 (with no solo blocks credited); Kapa’a outdug the Menehunes 34-29 (Rodrick’s 12 and Domingo’s 6 led Kapa’a, while Rodrigues’ 9 and Vinzant and Wright (each with 5 digs) paced the winning effort.

In the girls varsity match, the Menehunes recorded 8 service aces to the Warrior’s solo effort (Waimea: Britnee Boeder 3, Kapa’a: Ihilani Yama 1 led their teams); Yama assisted on 8 of Kapa’a’s 11 sets-for-kills while Menehune senior setter Ashlee Vea recorded 17 of her squad’s 18 assists); the Warriors were credited with 11 kills (Sharlene Carillo 4) and committed 13 hitting errors; Waimea amassed 19 kills (Boeder 8, Jannah Tafua and Virginia Aguilar 3 apiece) and made only 4 hitting mistakes; Warrior Kelly McBride and Menehunes Tafua and Aguilar each recorded a solo block while Waimea additionally chalked up 4 block assists; the Menehunes outdug Kapa’a 20-17 (Vea led all defenders with 7 digs, while McBride and Carillo worked hard for their 5 apiece).

Action commences this afternoon with the junior varsity girls contest at 3 p.m., to be followed by the junior varsity boys, varsity boys, and varsity girls contests.

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