Waimea continues success at home

WAIMEA – The Waimea Menehune jayvee teams continued their KIF hot streak Saturday with two convincing wins over the Kapa’a Warriors at Clem Gomes gymnasium.

Waimea outlasts

Kapa’a 15-6, 13-9

Joshua Cabral had eight kills and four aces and Bryan Hayashi dished 10 assists to lead the Waimea Menehunes to a 15-6, 13-9 win over the Kapa’a Warriors Saturday.

Cabral and Hayashi connected eight times for assist-to-kill sequences, two of which capped a 7-0 run for the Menehunes in the first game.

An Austin Largusa kill set up a Warrior point, breaking Waimea’s run, and a Waioli Forrest ace and Winston Ouye kill tacked on two more Warrior points, but Waimea would find their groove.

Three consecutive Cabral aces and two Hayashi kills capped a six-point run to put the Menehunes within one point of a first game victory. Kapa’a’s Jordan Gomer attempted a comeback with three straight aces, but a Kapa’a hitting error moments later would give Waimea its last point.

Kapa’a kept close in game two, but the Menehunes would use their lead and a dwindling clock to hold on to a win.

A David Honma ace gave Waimea a quick 2-0 lead, but a Chris Ramelb kill and Menehune hitting error would tie it up. Waimea took the lead again on kills from Cabral and Joshua Kanahele, but a kill from Ouye and ace from Ramelb again deadlocked the score.

The score was tied at 7-7 before the Menehunes began to pull away. Three Cabral kills, two Jake Kaohelaulii aces and kills from both Hayashi and Timothy Mattos gave the Menehunes a comfortable lead before the game clock ticked down to zero.

Menehune girls

remain undefeated

The Waimea Menehune undefeated girls team topped the Kapa’a Warriors 15-4, 15-3 Saturday at Clem Gomes gymnasium.

Four Kelsie Wa’alani aces and four more by Joanna Jacinto started the Menehune lead at 9-0.

A Lauren Baptiste kill set up the Warriors first point, but two Kasey Barcelona aces and a Jacinto kill extended the lead to 13-1. Wa’alani’s ace would eventually close out a 15-4 win for Waimea.

The second game was similar to the first – all Waimea.

Wa’alani, Taira Kajiwara, and Jacinto each chipped in aces, Tori Kagawa stuffed Kapa’a for two blocks and Jenna Nakamatsu smacked a booming kill to cap a 9-0 Menehune run.

Two Jessica Jacinto aces extended the lead, and two kills and two aces by Kerrie-anne Iwai all but sealed a game two victory for Waimea.

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