Warrior wahine win season’s 2nd match

KAPAA — Kapaa High School’s varsity girls volleyball team defeated Island School, 3-0, Saturday evening at home.

The Warriors (2-0 KIF) won all three sets, 25-6, 25-16 and 25-10. Kapaa head coach Evan Costa said he was glad to see his team minimize errors following a closely-contested 3-1 win against Kauai last Wednesday.

“I was frustrated with our first game, and I’m very thankful that we pulled that one off with Kauai High,” Costa said. “Everybody did their job tonight. Maybe they made a mistake, one or two, but they didn’t let it string up.”

Kapaa totaled 12 aces in the match. Six were recorded in the opening set, two by junior defensive specialist Michaela Costa.

Warriors senior middle blocker Siokapesi Paua was Kapaa’s leading scorer with five kills and a block. Sophomore middle blocker Tupou Paua had four kills. Senior setter Kunani Tuttle totaled 13 assists and had two kills.

“I think the passes was good, and our serves,” Siokapesi Paua said. “Kunani, I feel like, she knows how to set. For each me, my sister (Tupou) and (junior middle blocker Paea Tafea), she knows the height.”

Island School (0-2 KIF) put out its best showing in the second set. The Voyagers matched the Warriors point-for-point until about midway through the frame.

Voyagers sophomore outside hitter Emily Sullivan scored Island School’s 10th point of the set to cut the deficit to one. Then, Warriors junior libero Kainani Moniz scored an ace to give her team a 13-10 lead and Kapaa started to distance itself en route to winning the frame.

“For us, it’s consistency. We were point-for-point, but then we stopped being consistent in that aspect,” said Voyagers head coach Brad Sato. “We gave away a couple of runs, and unfortunately we were never able to get that back.”

“Both teams fought hard. Both teams, there’s going to be competitive rallies back and forth,” he added. “Unfortunately, we weren’t on the winning ends on some of those. But it shows that we can compete.”

Voyagers junior outside hitter Anne Cushnie had four kills and sophomore libero Sydney Agudong had three. Freshman setter Gabby Peleras recorded 10 assists and an ace for Island School.

“It’s pretty fun because you’re like the quarterback of the team and you get to make the decisions of who to set,” Peleras said about playing her position.

Kapaa also won all three sets in the junior varsity match against Island School, 25-14, 25-13 and 25-13.

Kapaa will host Waimea and Island School will play at home against Kauai High on Wednesday. JV games will begin at 5 p.m. and the varsity will follow.

“The Waimea program (with head coach Chad Delanoza), they’ve been traditionally a nice and solid defensive team. The ball very rarely hits the ground,” Costa said. “On our end, we got to try to not only rely on our offense, but rely on our defense as well.”

“It’s more about looking at ourselves and not looking ahead. We’ll just look at ourselves and the work that we need,” he added. “That’s our message to the girls.”

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