Tuesday, May 17, 2022 |
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KAPAA — The Kapaa High School girls volleyball team kept its unblemished record intact with a sweep of Island School Tuesday at the Bernice Hundley Gym.
The Warriors varsity team won in straight sets 25-13, 25-16, 25-9. Kapaa’s JV team also swept with scores of 25-14, 25-21, 25-13.
Injury and illness struck the Voyager starting lineup, which inserted freshmen in the rotation to help out.
“We got bit by the injury and illness bug so we just have six girls,” said Brad Sato, the Voyager varsity coach. “Three of them are playing ill, but hats off to them because if they weren’t playing, we wouldn’t have a game.”
In the end, Kapaa was just too much to handle. Still, Kapaa coach Evan Costa said the Warriors can improve even more.
“It was very frustrating,” Costa said of early miscues. “We set a goal which was to run our offense. We weren’t able to do that. Our offense can be very fast, but tonight they were slow. We weren’t disciplined enough to play outside the comfort zone.”
Tori Daligcon played solidly up the middle for Kapaa.
“Kapaa is a very good team as their record shows,” Sato said. “We need to have belief.”
Haaheo Mahinai also played well for the Warriors.
“The pressure was on all the girls,” Costa said. “The back row and passers needed to be in attack mode. The setters and middle needed to show more offense, work outside their comfort zone. All of this didn’t happen until the third set when the coaches could finally sit easier. We needed to see them come out of their comfort zone.”
With the win, Kapaa next faces Kauai Friday at the Kauai High School gym while the Voyagers return home to face Waimea. The JV games start at 5 p.m. with the varsity starting no earlier than 6:30 p.m. at both locations.
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