LIHUE – The Kaua’i Red Raider girls volleyball team dismantled the Kapa’a Warriors 15-8, 15-8 Wednesday in a jayvee matchup at the Raiderdome.
The Raiders, who evened their record at 1-1 on the season, fought off an undaunted Warrior charge in the first game. Kapa’a jumped to a 2-0 lead on a Tara Pascua kill (assisted by Rachel Boshears) and a Ranelle Jacinto ace.
The Raiders eventually evened the score and took a 5-4 lead on a set of Avian Nakaya aces, but the Warriors wouldn’t go away.
Two Boshears service aces gave Kapa’a its second lead of the game, and a Raider error extended the lead to 8-6.
The Raiders went on a tear from there, shutting out a Warrior score for the remainder of the game. An ace from Lezlie Tao and three kills – by Nakaya, Erin Fabro and Ligaya Maiones – finished off the first game win 15-8.
In game two, the Raiders took a 4-0 lead capped by two Fabro aces. Three more aces from Jenna Akasaki extended the lead to 8-1, and with an ace from Jenna Gampon and a kill from Reesha Aki, the Raiders went on to hold off the Warriors, 15-8.
Kaua’i boys bounce
back to win in three
Kaua’i bounced back from a 15-10 loss in the first game to take the second two 16-14, 15-7 Wednesday in a jayvee boys volleyball matchup in Lihue.
Raider hitting errors plagued the first game, and with the absence of outside hitter Kevin Downing, they failed to muster a solid offensive against the Warriors.
Kapa’a’s Winston Ouye, Chris Ramelb, Lyndon Pascual and Jordan Gomer each notched kills and Waioli Forrest had an ace to help Kapa’a win the first game 15-10.
Two Ramelb kills, assisted by Pascual and Kiah Imai, helped spring the Warriors to an early 3-2 lead in the second game, but the Raiders would return the favor. Two kills and one ace from a returning Downing gave the Raiders a 6-3 edge, and Kaua’i held off a Kapa’a tie attempt later in the game with another two Downing kills.
The Warriors chipped into the lead with two kills from Ouye and a heavy stuff from both Ouye and Forrest, but a Raider block and kill from Ryan Nagaoka and a Ted Shibata ace gave the Raiders a 14-11 lead.
Again the Warriors wouldn’t quit. Kills from Imai, Forrest and Pascual tied the game 14-14. It took a Warrior error and a Micah Young kill to end Kapa’a’s comeback effort. The Raiders took game two 16-14.
Kaua’i rolled in the third game. Downing had four kills in the game, Rikki Garma added three along with a block, and Garrett Sakimae notched an ace, kill and assist to send the Red Raiders to a 15-7 win.
The Raiders will next host Waimea Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. (girls first, then boys for jayvee).
The Raiders topped the Waimea boys the last time they met, the Waimea girls topped the Raider girls on opening day.