Kaua‘i 3, Island School 0 – The Kaua‘i High School Red Raiders swept the rookie Voyagers from Island school 25-6, 25-16, 25-7 yesterday in their season opener at the Raiderdome.
The Raiders dominated on the serve, posting 16 aces on the night — Shyanne Sadora (3), Malia Kagawa (3), Janessa Grady (2), Randee Layosa (2) Carly Matsumoto (2), Kristen Yasay (2), Teal Basquez (1) and Amber Naholoholo (1). At one point, Kaua‘i the freshman Sadora hit back-to-back aces in the first set to bring the Raiders up to a 13-3 lead. Sophomore Basquez served for six straight points in the third set and Layosa served the match-winning ace.
Setters Naholoholo and Waileia Kanealii combined for 11 assists,
But it was not a complete loss for the inexperienced Voyagers. They were playing in their first official varsity game for the school and it happened to be the very first time the whole team played together. Island School started session just last week, a little more than a month behind the local public schools and assembling the team in a short span of time was a challenge.
Most of their lost points were due to miscommunication — who would get the second shot, who needed to be where.
“I think they did OK,” said coach Island School coach Jen Pomroy. “They haven’t really had a chance to play as a whole so this was the first time they were all able to play together. We have a lot to work on, but we can do it.”
Michaela Sullivan got the first kill for Island School when she took the outside set from Madison Duarte.
The Voyagers’ best game was the second set when Sullivan registered an ace to cut Kaua‘i’s lead to 11-8. The Voyagers got within two when Sullivan with one of her outside hitters to get to 14-12. Kaulana Haneberg also had a good game in the second getting four digs.
Kapa‘a 3, Waimea 1
On the West Side, the Kapa‘a High School Warriors outlasted the defending Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation champions from Waimea High School in four games, 25-21, 11-25, 25-22 and 25-23.
The Warriors were a threat to the Menehune’s title last year and returned a key front line of players consisting of Mai’lika Napoleon, Tori Tuttle and Jondi Das, while the Menehune have a young bunch, with only three seniors and many inexperienced players.