WAIMEA — The Waimea Menehune made short work of their KIF season opener, sweeping all of their games against the visiting Kapa‘a Warriors on Saturday at the Clem Gomes Gym.
Fighting hot, humid conditions, the Waimea JV Girls opened with a 25-14, 25-10 victory followed by the Menehune JV Men going three for their win, 12-25, 25-19, 15-13.
The strong front line headed by Casey Kaohelaulii and Kamu Kawaihalau got help from John Karratti as Waimea took the Kapa‘a men, 25-17, 25-12 despite repeated attempts by Ryan Cram and Billy Toy to stuff the middle.
Saulieann Wong kept a strong prescense up the middle as Waimea women took their series, 25-13, 25-17.
Kapa‘a boys opened an early lead led by Toy, but sputtered behind service and hitting errors as Waimea stiffened the front line, but it was the eight straight service points offered up by Michael Ishibashi that pulled the Menehune into the lead for good 20-15.
Karratti came up with a key kill for point 22, and despite an answering kill by Cram for Kapa‘a’s 17th point, a Warrior error sealed their fate.
Mallorie Hepa tentatively tried the leftside in the second game of the girls’ matchup, the Warriors pulling ahead 14-13 on this venture only to have Menehune Taira Kajiwara come up with three straight service points followed up by a pair of Robyn Arrington hits off the right that pulled Waimea out for good, Gingerlynn Kanahele acing Waimea’s 24th point, and a net violation by the Warriors shutting down the gym.
Waimea will travel to the Raiderdome on Wednesday, Sept. 24 with the JV contest kicking off at 3 p.m.