Kauai team places 3rd at boys volleyball nationals

  • Nick Celario / The Garden Island

    Members of local youth volleyball club TAVA Hawaii stops for a photo with the team’s third place prize from the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships on Tuesday at the Lihue Airport. Pictured: Shayne Simbre-Medeiros, Rusdan-Rocket Ahuna, Raine Youn, Joshua “Iwi” Rivera, Rence Soriano, Mark Kali-Bagaosan, Braden Simao, Kiran Costa and coaches Kapule Kaona and Nui Kaona. Not pictured: Kaimani Tecson.

LIHUE — When a group of local boys banded together to take on what was certainly bigger and better competition on the Mainland, they did so wanting to make a name for themselves.