WAIMEA – The Waimea girls and Waimea boys have clinched the second round and thus the Kaua’i Interscholastic Federation junior varsity volleyball championship.
The Waimea (7-0) girls have yet to be defeated this season, while the boys (6-1) lost just one game to the Raiders in the first game of the season.
The Menehune junior varsity teams will play their final game of the year Wednesday against the Kapa’a Warriors at Bernice Hundley gymnasium.
Boys clinch title with two game win over Raiders
The Waimea boys fell once, but they haven’t fallen since.
And with a round one victory and six straight league wins, they clinched the KIF boys junior varsity championship with a two game victory over the Kaua’i Red Raiders Saturday at Clem Gomes gymnasium.
The Menehunes progressed exponentially throughout the season, and it showed at the onset of their latest victory. Joshua Cabral knocked in five early kills and Stetson Castillo added a block and two kills to propel Waimea to a 6-1 lead.
The Raiders would regroup.
Raider setter Garrett Sakimae responded with two kills and Justin McSheehy and Ryan Nagaoka each added one of their own to deadlock the score at 7 apiece.
Waimea began to pull away with more kills from Cabral and Stetson, boosting their lead to 13-7. And moments later, a kill and ace from Timothy Mattos would seal the first game for the Menehunes.
Kaua’i took a 2-1 lead in game two stemming from a Waimea hitting error and an ace by Micah Young, but the lead was short lived.
Joshua Kanahele smacked a kill, Jake Kaohelaulii added a block and Cabral and Bryan Hayashi recorded kills of their own to put the Menehunes up 7-2.
Sakimae responded with two aces to help the Raiders chip into the lead, but Hayashi came back with two aces of his own, and with the help of several Raider hitting errors, the Menehunes went on to take the second game 15-6.
Waimea Menehune girls prevail over Kaua’i Red Raiders 14-6, 15-1, 15-5
The Waimea Menehune girls have remained unbeatable thus far, and they showed no signs of letting up on Saturday.
The Menehunes came back from a close first game loss to win 14-16, 15-1, 15-5 over the Kaua’i Red Raiders and clinch the KIF girls junior varsity volleyball title.
It was the first time they lost a game this season, but the Menehunes were able to close it out.
The Raiders went on an early run with two Ligaya Malones aces and a kill by Erin Fabro. They led 6-1 before the Menehunes could regroup.
Three Jessica Jacinto kills later, Waimea was back on track, eventually taking a two point lead over the Raiders. Two Lezlie Tao aces kept Kaua’i close, and two kills from Fabro deadlocked the score 14-14. A Waimea hitting error moments later sealed the 16-14 win for Kaua’i.
The Raiders wouldn’t have much luck the rest of the way.
The Menehunes took control of game two, using four consecutive Mallorie Hepa aces to take an 8-0 lead. Taira Kajiwara, Tori Kagawa and Sonya Tacub each chipped in two aces to give the Menehunes a 15-1 second game win.
Waimea’s momentum continued through game three.
Three Kelsie Wa’alani aces turned into a 5-0 Waimea lead. The Raiders came back to tie it a 5 apiece with two Malones aces and a Fabro kill, but that was as far as they would get in terms of scoring.
Two more Hepa aces along with kills from Wa’alani and Kajiwara gave Waimea a 15-5 win.