Talk about probably the best season for a Kaua’i Interscholastic Federation volleyball team in history. Members of the Kapa’a High School boys’ varsity squad went undefeated and took the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division II state title.
Leading the way was setter Danny Rodrick, who did everything for the Warriors. That’s why he earned the distinction of KIF Player of the Year.
Rodrick came into his own this season, with the team behind him every step of the way. The junior was one of only two underclassmen on the All-Star squad, which was dominated by Warriors. Rodrick also took the All-Star setter’s spot.
Kapa’a head coach Merrill Carvalho took home his second consecutive Coach of the Year honor this season.
Carvalho did a masterful job with his team this year, and said that the main reason for the success was the fact that the boys finally bought into his system, and believed in him.
Rounding out the 2005-06 KIF boys volleyball All-Stars are outside hitters Chaz Galvez (Kapa’a, senior), Ryan Nagaoka (Kaua’i, senior), and Kaina Kahaunaele (Kapa’a, senior).
Both Galvez and Kahaunaele were instrumental in the Warriors’ run to the top of the state.
Meanwhile, Nagaoka was nearly unstoppable for the Red Raiders, who gave Kapa’a players trouble towards the end of the season.
Kapa’a senior Lyndon Pascual and Waimea junior Calsen Agrade filled the All-Star, middle-blocker spots.
Pascual was a mammoth in the state tournament, leading the Warriors in the kill department. His hard-nosed style proved to be an opponent’s worst nightmare.
Agrade, the only other junior on the squad, pounded down kill after kill this season for the Menehune.
Fellow teammate Kollin Morikawa made the All-Star squad as the libero. Morikawa was all over the floor, and gave Waimea many second chances with huge digs.
The 2005-06 KIF boys’ varsity volleyball All-Stars were chosen by a panel of coaches and members of the media.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or firstname.lastname@example.org