Waimea drops to HPA in battle for Div. II state volleyball

The Waimea High School girls volleyball team was defeated in two straight sets, Friday during its battle for fifth place in Division II of the New City Nissan/Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association Girls Volleyball State Championships on O‘ahu.

Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy got a dozen kills from Gabbie Ewing to lead HPA to the 2-0 win, 27-26, 25-18.

This was the Menehune’s second loss at the state championship despite getting strong play from its forces led by Mariyah Oliver ending the outing with eight kills and a pair of aces.

Lei Alejandro added six kills, joined by Kawena Warren, the middle opposite Oliver, who finished with six kills and a block.

Paige Ando added four kills and Baily San Agustin-Nordmeier recorded 23 assists and an ace, compared to HPA’s Nua Pott’s 16 assists.

Joining Ewing on the line, Tiana Reynolds posted eight kills, McKenna Ventura finished with three kills, a block and an ace. Carina Verhulsdonk added a pair of aces in the win.

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