KAPA’A – In its second to last game, the Kapa’a Warrior boys jayvee volleyball team finally got the win that had eluded them all season.
The Warriors topped the Waimea Menehunes 13-6, 14-12 Wednesday at the Bernice Hundley Gymnasium to capture their first win of the Kaua’i Interscholastic Federation season.
Kapa’a controlled the contest from the start.
Several Menehune mistakes opened a 5-0 lead for the Warriors in the first game.
Kills from Stetson Castillo and Kyle Pigao and a Timothy Mattos block brought the Menehune to within one point, but Kapa’a continued its tear with kills by Jordan Gomer and Winston Ouye and an ace by Kia Imai.
Waimea tried to fight back with a Bryan Hayashi kill and Collin Morikawa ace to again pull within one point, but Kapa’a was able to hold off the charge.
Imai, Ouye and Waioli Forrest responded with kills and Ouye would later terminate the comeback effort with a block to give the Warriors a 13-6 win.
Waimea found luck early in game two, taking a 4-0 lead on Kapa’a hitting errors and an ace by David Honma.
The lead wouldn’t last.
An Ouye kill, followed by a Forrest ace, led a six-point run and the Warriors led by two.
Aces by Morikawa and Honma chipped into the lead, but the Warriors again responded.
A Forrest ace and Ouye kill helped to hold off a series of Menehune comeback attempts in the waning moments, and an ace by Imai in the final moments gave Kapa’a a 14-12 win.
Waimea girls win 15-1, 15-10
The Waimea Menehune girls extended their unbeaten streak to eight Saturday after defeating the Kapa’a Warriors 15-1, 15-10.
The Menehunes’ tendency to keep the loss column blank was apparent as early as game one.
Kelsi Wa’alani had two kills and one ace, Mallorie Hepa added a kill and one ace and Tori Kagawa and Kerri-anne Iwai each added kills to cap a 9-0 run for the Menehune in the opening minutes.
A hitting error gave the Warriors their only point of the game, and the Menehune rolled from there.
Four Hepa kills, a kill from Sonya Tacub and an ace from Joanna Jacinto iced Waimea’s 15-1 first game win.
It wasn’t as easy for the Menehune in game two.
Kapa’a led in the second game 2-0 following Leilani Josselin block.
Wa’alani returned with an ace and a kill to even the score, and Taira Kajiwara chipped in an ace to give Waimea a 4-2 lead.
But hitting errors held Waimea back, and two Carrie Esaki aces helped boost Kapa’a to a 6-4 lead.
Waimea would catch up and never look back.
Two aces by Kagawa tied the score, kills by Chantelle Briones and Jessica Jacinto helped Waimea take the lead, and with two aces by Iwai and a kill by Reiko Ayabe, the Menehunes had a 12-7 advantage in game two.
Kills by Wa’alani and Kagawa continued Waimea’s KIF hot streak, as they took game two 15-10.