Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i off to solid start in KIF

Kapa‘a 3, Island School 0 – The Kapa‘a High School girls volleyball team improved their record to 2-0 last night with their clean sweep over Island School, 25-16, 25-18 and 25-15, at the Voyagers’ brand new gym.

Senior Mai’lika Napoleon led the Warrior offense with eight kills, followed by Jondi Das with six. Jessilyn Artaho-Aki, one of three setters Kapa‘a was working with, led the team in assists with seven.

Tori Tuttle, who returned to the lineup after missing the first game due to an injury, posted four blocks — three solo and one double.

The Lady Warriors got off to shaky start, committing little mental errors against the newly formed varsity Voyagers, but quickly rallied back to win by nine.

“They’ve got to work out their kinks a little bit,” Kapa‘a head Gary Maguire said. “It’s a little different environment here.”

Island School (0-2) was much improved from its debut on Wednesday against Kaua‘i High School and gave Kapa‘a a tighter challenge in the second game.

As Kapa‘a shot to a 15-8 lead, compliments of two back-to-back aces from Tuttle, Island School’s defense stepped up to get within two.

Island School’s Nalikka Ringler finished the night with six digs.

Lauren Claypoole finished with four digs, an ace and a block.

Over all, Maguire was satisfied with his players and impressed with the Voyagers.

“Island School’s got a very good program. I got the chance to watch some of their (exhibition) games last year, got to see them play. I think in a couple years, they’ll be right up there with everybody else.”

Kaua‘i 3, Waimea 0

Jori Jasper led a combined effort of talent from the Red Raider bench to take its first meeting against the defending Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation champions, Waimea High School, 25-18, 25-23, 25-12, last night at the Raiderdome.

Jasper found the deep pockets several times, including the clincher for Game 2 when she pounded the ball to the corner.

Janessa Grady and Shyanne Sadora beefed up the middle, with Carly Matsumoto and Amber Naholoholo adding to the attack.


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