Waimea advances to semis at state

Konawaena High School stands in the way of Waimea High School at the New City Nissan Girls Volleyball State Championships, Division II on Oahu.

Unseeded in the Hawaii High School Athletic Association tournament, the Menehune relied on the hitting of seniors Mariyah Oliver and Lei Alejandro to open with a 3-0 win over Pahoa at the McKinley High School gym in Honolulu Tuesday.

Following its 25-15, 25-12 and 25-18 win over Pahoa, the Menehune took out fourth-seeded Radford Rams, 3-2 in competitive second and third sets.

Waimea opened the Wednesday quarterfinals with a 25-17 win before losing 22-25 in the second set.

The Waimea blueshirts battled back in the third set only to drop for the second time, 29-31.

Waimea coach Chad Delanoza made the adjustments to give Waimea the fourth and fifth sets, 25-14, 25-11.

Konawaena, also unseeded in tournament play, upset top-seeded University High in four sets, 25-21, 22-25, 25-10, 25-22 in the quarterfinals to face Waimea in the semis, Thursday evening starting at 7 p.m. at McKinley.

St. Francis, also unseeded in tournament play, upset the No. 2 seed Seabury Hall in the quarterfinals with a five-set win, while No. 3 Hawaii Prep advanced with a five-set victory over Roosevelt High School.

Championship game for the Division II girls will take place Friday starting at 7 p.m. at McKinley gym.

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