Kaua‘i girls are KIF champs

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i High School swept their Saturday night games against the Waimea Menehunes to gain the girls KIF volleyball title, and force a playoff against the Menehune boys.

Victimized on a total of nine Waimea service errors over a two-game span, the Menehune girls crumbled against the hitting led by Kaua‘i’s Kehau Silva and Tina Moger with Erin Fabro and Alaina Villatora getting in some key blocks.

Kaua‘i went on to wrap up the title, 25-22, 25-20, the Menehunes getting out-distanced following a 5-5 tie in game two, and a service error by Cailee Koga sealing their fate.

Futi Tavana faltered briefly in game two as Waimea’s John Karratti hammered the Red Raider captain from the service block, but following a time out for re-composing, Tavana led the Red Raiders to a two-game win, 25-19, 26-24, back-to-back Tavana kills sealing the game.

Kaua‘i’s win forces a playoff for the second round title as the 3-0 Menehune were handed their first defeat of the round Saturday night.

That playoff will take place Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at Kaua‘i High School. Should Kaua‘i take that playoff game, another playoff will determine the KIF title as Waimea holds the first round title.

Waimea never gave up as Karratti was joined by the strong prescense of Casey Kaohelaulii up the middle, and Josh Cabral from the side, but the effort came up short as Tavana got key blocks from Jonathan Smith to stifle the Waimea attack.

The JV contests saw Kaua‘i sweep the Menehune JV, the Red Raider boys locking up a 25-19, 25-19 win while the Kaua‘i girls took three games to sew up their win, 23-25, 25-22, 15-9.

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