KAPA‘A — Waimea High School had to contend with a regrouped Kapa‘a High School Warrior program as the Menehune battled both boys and girls contests to chip out a win in three games Saturday night.
The Warriors who dropped their opener Wednesday night against Kaua‘i, fought back valiantly against Waimea, who used three games to win taking the girls contest 28-26, 23-25, 25-20, and the boys contest 25-22, 23-25, 28-26.
Nue Wong led the Menehune wahine and got help from middle blocker Fa‘afofoga Taala throughout the night.
Robyn Arrington’s hustle both in the backrow and up front supplimented Wong’s hard-hitting, and kept Kapa‘a off-balance as the Menehune ladies battled through the night against momentum swings.
John Karratti played both sides of the ball in the Menehune men’s victory, leading off with powerful kills and mixing up the floor with digs out of the back.
Karratti got nice support from Joshua Cabral, but it was the mixed plate from the middle that catalyzed the Waimea win, Casey Kahohelaulii and Jeremy McDown blocking key shots from Kapa‘a’s Billy Toy, Ryan Cram, Alika Woodward, and Winston Ouye.
Bryan Hayashi’s sets tied the chemistry together for Waimea, going to the right, and when Kapa‘a adjusted, headed to the left.
The JV contests saw Kapa‘a split with Waimea, taking the boys’ matchup,25-20, 25-17 before dropping the girls’ games 10-25, 19-25.
The Waimea win sets up a showdown Wednesday when Kaua‘i travels to the Clem Gomes Gym for their first showdown of the second round.
JV games start no earlier than 3 p.m. with the varsity contests serving up no earlier than 5:30 p.m.