KIF girls volleyball on tap tonight

Coming off the heels of a successful 7th annual Kaua‘i Challenge volleyball tournament, the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation starts its 2008 Girls Volleyball season with two games tonight.

According to information on the Kaua‘i Volleyball Web site, with the addition of Island School to the varsity mix, the KIF expands to four teams for the 2008 season.

Writers to the site observe that based on what we saw at the Kaua‘i Challenge, Kapa‘a will be the most experienced and the biggest team.

Waimea, the reigning KIF champions, will be young with seven sophomores and two freshmen, but have good size and are very athletic, the Web site states.

These two teams take to the floor of the Clem Gomes Gym in Waimea no earlier than 6:30 p.m.

A junior varsity game precedes this varsity contest starting at 5 p.m.

Game format, according to KIF volleyball official Wayne Doliente will be best-of-three for JV games and best-of-five for the varsity contests. Both JV and varsity games will feature rally scoring.

Kaua‘i High School, host of a single varsity-only game against Island School, also posts a young team with four sophomores and two freshmen, states the Web site.

Height will be one of the areas the Red Raiders will try to overcome as it lists just one player taller than 5-foot-6, making it the smallest team in the KIF.

Kaua‘i’s single game against Island School serves up starting at 6:30 p.m.

KIF volleyball games will be played on Wednesday and Saturday evenings with JV games preceding varsity games for the KIF public high schools.

The New City Nissan State Girls Volleyball Championships for both Division I and Division II will be hosted by the O‘ahu Interscholastic Federation Nov. 5-8.

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