Red Raiders beat Hana 2-0

Kauai High School’s varsity girls volleyball team defeated Hana of the Maui Interscholastic League 2-0 on Thursday in a consolation match of the New City Nissan Girls Volleyball Championships — Division II tournament in Honolulu.

The Red Raider girls beat the Dragons, 25-22 and 25-23.

“The kids had time to rest. Yesterday was really hard,” said Kauai head coach Dorene Matias in a phone interview following the game. “Today they had a lot of rest. And I told them that they had to win this.

“We made a few mental errors, but not as much as the night before,” she added.

In the previous night, Kauai lost to Saint Francis School of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu 3-0 in the opening round of the tournament, 25-17, 25-17 and 25-11.

“It was mental. They were tired. It wasn’t the physical part … It was a really extra long day,” Matias said. “They weren’t that bad. If we were at our home, at our school, I think we would have been fine. Travelling does affect the team.”

Red Raiders senior outside hitter Jondee Rivera said she and her teammates had a meeting after losing in the opening game.

“Tonight, we basically showed up as the team we are. We were more focused … It hit us. (Today) could have been our last game,” Rivera said. “We worked out some conflicts we had on the court. We pulled together.”

Kauai will play Radford of the Oahu Interscholastic Association at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Neil Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. The winner will take seventh place at the tournament.

“We’ve been working hard for so long. We just want to show people that we can do it and represent Kauai well,” Rivera said. 

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