“Every school should have one of these,” a volleyball fan commented as he watched the Kaua‘i High School Red squad battle the White squad during a special Red-and-White match played Wednesday night at the Raiderdome on Lala Road.
“(It) helps work out the wrinkles,” he continued as the combatants battled to hone their skills in preparation for the KIF Volleyball season that begins on Wednesday, Sept. 17 when Kaua‘i will travel to the Bernice Hundley Gym in Kapa‘a for the season opener.
Also taking place on Sept. 17, the Kula JV teams will be hosting the Waimea JV teams at the Kilauea Gym with a 6 p.m. contest.
The preview offered everyone a chance to prepare for the KIF season that will have players battling under new scoring guidelines.
First off, Rally Scoring takes effect this year. Teams will battle to a 25-point contest following the guidelines established by the state tournament. A no-cap ruling will also take effect which means teams will battle until one emerges with a two-point game advantage following the 25-point mark. This scoring applies to the varsity contests.
In cases of a third game, side switches are done at the 13-point mark.
Junior varsity contests will have the similar rally scoring to 25 ruling for the first two games with the third game being limited to a 15-point cap.
Let serve ruling also takes effect as service balls that clip the net will be playable for point this year.
“It should make for really fast games,” the fan noted as the battle ensued while coaches took up vantage points that offered them a greater overview of the competition.
Game times start no earlier than 3 p.m. and 4:25 p.m. for the junior varsity contests while varsity games tip off no earlier than 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Results of Wednesday’s Red-and-White games had the JV boys’ White squad sweeping the Red, 25-20, 25-16 behind the play of Jeivin DeCosta-Mararagan and Nathaniel Beralas.
The JV girls match went to three games with the White emerging victorious, 17-25, 25-24, 15-13 led by setter Rosalyn Rapozo and right-side hitter Trisha Niau.
Ligaya Malones, Kyrie Simeona and Tina Moger led the Red varsity girls to a win over the White in three games, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23 with good play coming from White’s Anna Quibilan, Farren Higley, and Kehau Silva.
Kaleo Baxter had at least four aces to lead the boys varsity Red squad to a three-game sweep over the White, 25-20, 25-22, 26-24 while getting hitting support from Kevin Downing and sets from Garrett Sakimae.
The White squad had Rikki Garma doing sets for Futi Tavana and Johnathan Smith.
Ashley Nonaka contributed to this report.
KIF Volleyball Schedule, 2003 – 04
Girls play first in the first series (JV Girls, JV Boys, Varsity Boys, Varsity Girls).
Boys play first in the second series (JV Boys, JV Girls, Varsity Girls, Varsity Boys)
Games start no earlier than 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m.
Kula school will be participating competitively in girls’ JV.
Sept. 17 Kapa‘a vs. Kaua‘i at Kapa‘a; Kula JV vs. Waimea JV at Kilauea, 6 p.m.
Sept. 20 Waimea vs. Kapa‘a at Waimea; Kaua‘i vs. Kula at Kaua‘i, 3 p.m.
Sept. 24 Kaua‘i vs. Waimea at Kaua‘i; Kapa‘a High vs. Kula at Kapa‘a, 6 p.m.
Sept. 27 Kaua‘i vs. Kapa‘a at Kapa‘a; Waimea vs. Kula at Waimea, 3 p.m.
Oct. 1 Kapa‘a vs. Waimea at Kapa‘a; Kula vs. Kaua‘i at Kilauea, 6 p.m.
Oct. 4 Waimea vs. Kaua‘i at Waimea High; Kula vs. Kapa‘a at Kilauea, 3 p.m.
Oct. 6/7 Playoff
Oct. 8 Kauai vs. Kapa‘a at Kaua‘i; Kula vs. Waimea at Kilauea, 6 p.m.
Oct. 11 Kapa‘a vs. Waimea at Kapa‘a; Kaua‘i vs. Kula at Kaua‘i, 3 p.m.
Oct. 15 Waimea vs. Kaua‘i at Waimea; Kapa‘a vs. Kula at Kapa‘a, 6 p.m.
Oct. 18 Kapa‘a vs. Kaua‘i at Kapa‘a; Waimea vs. Kula at Waimea, 3 p.m.
Oct. 22 Waimea vs. Kapa‘a at Waimea; Kaua‘i vs. Kula at Kilauea, 6 p.m.
Oct. 25 Kauai vs. Waimea at Kaua‘i; Kula vs. Kapa‘a at Kilauea, 3 p.m.
Oct. 29/30 Playoff