Menehune cap volleyball season with 2nd-place finish at state tourney

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    Kauai’s Kelsey Ortiz hits into the tandem block of Waimea’s Kepler Niccore and Raelee Samio in the third set recently during a Kauai Interscholastic Federation girls volleyball match at the Kauai High School gym.

The Waimea High School volleyball concluded another season of Kauai Interscholastic Federation volleyball.

All season, the Menehune were challenged by KIF teams, including Island, Kauai, and Kappa, and finished the season with a perfect 11-0 record.

“Like I’ve been telling them, our team played with a lot of hustle and heart, and they came back from reverse sweeps all season in the KIF,” Menehune’s coach Brandi Hori-Moises told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The Menehune, who finished second in the at the New City Nissan Girls Division II volleyball championship after falling to Damien in three games 25-19, 25-11, 25-14 Saturday afternoon concluded all high school-sanctioned volleyball for the fall.

“We got to see them a lot in the preseason, and we could have matched up a whole better,” Brandi-Hori Moises said.

Hori-Moises, who will lose five seniors off her roster headed into the 2019-2020 season, is looking forward to next season.

“There is always next year, and our team put a fight, and we wish we did a whole lot better,” Hori-Moises told the Star-Advertiser. “Our team has five seniors, and we have a young team and still have a lot of talent that is coming back, and I think we will be back.”

The state tournament was an off-island competition in Honolulu, but there was plenty of support from the island of Kauai, Hori-Moises said.

The Menehunes defeated two off-island teams to qualify for the state championship against Damien.

“I am so proud of our team, and there was so much support, and they’ve been with us since the beginning,” Hori-Moises told the Star-Advertiser.

Football finale is Saturday

The Kappa Warriors may have captured the Kauai Interscholastic Federation championship crown, but there is still football to be played.

Waimea High School (2-3, 3-4) and the Kauai (0-5, 1-6) will both try to conclude the regular season with a victory when they face each other Saturday at Hanapepe Stadium.

Neither one of these teams will enter the game with postseason aspirations but again will play for pride in a competitive KIF matchup.

Kauai Bowl to host state bowling tourney

Week six of the KIF bowling championship has concluded, with several KIF bowlers qualifying for the state championship held Nov. 6 and 7 at Kauai Bowl.

The Kapaa Warriors captured the KIF team crown with a week six victory this week at Kauai Bowl, which is where the state tournament will be held.

State cross country to be held on Maui

The Honolulu Marathon Cross Country Championship will happen Saturday at Seabury Hall on Maui.

Raiders looking for new volleyball coach

The Kauai High School athletic department is accepting resumes for the position of a head boys volleyball coach.

The head coach runs both the varsity and junior Vvarsity teams in the school’s athletic program. The head coach is also responsible for hiring a JV head coach and assistant coaches for both programs.

The head coach also oversees the skill development, academics, fundraising, and other tasks associated with both teams.

Resumes can be submitted to Kauai High School Athletic Director Keli‘i Morgado by Nov. 8.

Resumes can also be dropped off at the Kauai High School office.

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