WAIMEA – The Waimea Menehunes jump out to an early lead, let the Kapa’a Warriors fight back, and then finish it off with a slew of points.
That is the underlying theme of the Waimea-Kapa’a jayvee volleyball saga, which Waimea won again 15-10, 15-8 Wednesday at Clem Gomes Gymnasium.
Two aces, two kills and an assist by Joshua Cabral capped a 4-0 Menehune run at the onset of the first game. Both of Cabral’s kills were assisted by setter Bryan Hayashi – the two connected with relentless accuracy on several occasions during the match.
Waimea hitting errors, along with a kill by Warrior Lyndon Pascual, brought Kapa’a to within one point, but that was as close as they would come through the remainder of the game.
Several Hiyashi aces and assists, two more Cabral kills and one more from Timothy Mattos ended the Warriors’ hopes of a comeback. Despite gorgeous blocks from Winston Ouye, Kiah Imai and Chris Ramelb, the Warriors fell in game one 15-10.
It was a similar theme in game two, except this time, the Warriors led at one point. Stemming from Waimea hitting errors and a kill from Pascual, Kapa’a led 3-2 in the second game. A Cabral kill tied the score, and blocks from Cabral and Jake Kaohelaulii along with a Froilan Tyler ace gave the Menehunes a 9-3 lead.
Kapa’a returned the favor with a kill and ace by Ramelb, but the Menehunes sailed through the remainder of the game. A Hayashi kill, a connection quick kill from Hayashi to Cabral, a June Kaaumoana kill and a David Honma ace capped a lengthy Menehune run. Waimea won game two 15-8.
Waimea wins 15-9, 15-4
The Waimea Menehunes girls javee team again got the best of the the Kapa’a Warriors, winning 15-9, 15-4 Wednesday at Clem Gomes gymnasium.
Waimea scored nine unanswered points in the first game to jump out to a 10-1 lead. Kelsi Wa’alani, Jessica Jacinto, Mallorie Hepa and Taira Kajiwara each had kills to fuel the Menehune run. Kajiwara, Sonya Tacub, Tori Kagawa and Wa’alani each added aces.
Kapa’a would begin to chip into the lead, stemming from two Mahina Doo kills, an ace by Rachel Boshears and an emphatic block from Leilani Josselin. The Warriors would climb to within four, but the Menehunes returned to finish the job.
A kill, ace and block by Kagawa tacked on two points for the Menehunes, who took the first game 15-9.
The Menehunes had similar success in game two. Four aces by Wa’alani opened up a 4-0 lead for the home team. A few Menehune errors brought the Warriors to within one point, 5-4, but the Menehunes would score 10 unanswered points to roll through the final game. Joanna Jacinto and Hepa each had two kills in the final moments, Kagawa added one and Kajiwara chipped in a couple of aces, including one which sealed the game at 15-4.