WAIMEA — Nue Wong’s hit attempt hit the net.
But that didn’t stop the audience at the Clem Gomes Gym from giving her a rousing round of applause as the Menehune subbed in for senior Taira Kajiwara late in game four, Saturday.
Wong, who was injured prior to the start of the KIF volleyball season, entered the court with a heavy leg brace, and when she crossed the line for Kajiwara, the gym ignited.
Her appearance on the court was applauded by members of the Kapa’a High School girls varsity squad who had made the trip out to Waimea along with parents and players from the Warrior JV girls team who earlier in the day had gotten past the Red Raiders.
Wong got a set, a dig, and several hit attempts, nervously looking at the Menehune bench following each move, and when she left the floor, a smile was painted across her face.
She’ll be back.
Meanwhile, after getting past Kaua’i in game two, Waimea dropped the third and fourth game to give the Raider wahine the KIF finale, 25-20, 17-25, 25-23, 25-21.
The action continued as Kaua’i took the first game in the boys series, 25-20 behind the hitting of Ryan Nagaoka and Jordan Cox, Nagaoka doing a good job of mixing up his hits while Cox manned the blocking up the middle.
The fuse hit the powderkegs of Calsen Agrade and Chris Newcomb, who led the Menehune in games two and three, 25-22, 25-18 with heavy hitting and blocking.
But fatigue seemed to take over the home squad as the Kaua’i boys came back in games four and five, 15-17, 15-11 to wrap up the KIF volleyball season for 2005.