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LIHU‘E — A pair of close set losses ended the Waimea Menehune boys volleyball season, as the team dropped a 2-1 match to the Kahuku Red Raiders in the Consolation Bracket of the New City Nissan Division II Boys Volleyball Championships.
Kahuku came out on top by scores of 20-25, 25-23, 16-14, Friday at Maryknoll School on O‘ahu.
Waimea had leads in each of the three sets, taking a 4-1 advantage early in the third, before Kahuku used an 11-7 run for a 12-11 lead. The Menehune then won three straight to grab a pair of match points at 14-12.
But a pair of kills from Kahuku’s Shairone Thompson saved both, then an ace from Quayd Ah You gave the Red Raiders a match point at 15-14, before a Waimea error ended the evening.
Thompson led Kahuku with 17 kills — eight of them coming in the final set. Joaquin Lessary added 12.
Waimea’s Kevin Killerman led his side with nine kills and a block.
Chase Parongao, Devan Banasihan-Kenney, Mark Kanahele and Kaili Schumacher-Lagundino all had one ace apiece for the Menehune, and Schumacher-Lagundino tallied 18 digs.
Setter Jonathon Tangalin had 19 assists for Waimea.
The Menehune came out strong, with a 9-1 run to open the first set. They maintained a lead for the rest of the action, never letting the Red Raiders closer than a four-point margin on their way to a 25-20 win.
Trailing 10-4 in the second, Waimea went on a 16-5 run to take a 20-15 lead. But Kahuku put together a 6-0 run to recapture the lead, 21-20. Tied up at 23-23, Lessary finished off a kill for Kahuku’s first set point, before a Waimea hitting error ended the set and evened the match.
Kahuku will now play Hawai‘i Prep today in the fifth-place match. Hawai‘i Prep was a 2-0 (25-17, 25-12) winner over Lanakila Baptist.
In the night’s first semifinal game at McKinley High School, No. 3 Seabury Hall was the 3-0 winner over No. 2 Castle, 25-14, 25-19, 25-19.
It will now tangle with No. 1 Hawai‘i Baptist, which followed with a 3-1 win over No. 4 Kohala, 25-22, 26-28, 25-23, 25-16.
The Seabury Hall-Hawai‘i Baptist championship match will be played at 5 p.m. tonight at McKinley.
Castle and Kohala will play for third place at 3 p.m., after the 1:30 p.m. fifth-place match.
All three matches can be heard on ESPN 1500 AM radio.
The Division I championship will be decided by No. 1 Punahou and unseeded Kamehameha-Kapalama, starting at 5 p.m. today at Kea‘au High School.
Punahou knocked off Kamehameha-Big Island by a 3-0 count Friday, with scores of 25-20, 25-16, 25-20.
Kapalama pulled off the 3-0 upset of No. 2 Moanalua, 25-17, 25-13, 25-18.
Moanalua and Kamehameha-Big Island will play for third place at 3 p.m. at Kea‘au.
Pearl City was a 2-0 winner over Baldwin to move into the fifth-place match against Waiakea, which was a 2-0 winner of King Kekaulike. That fifth-place match will be played at 1:30 p.m.
Leilehua and Waipahu will play in the Consolation final at 12 p.m.
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