Ka’u settles for fourth at states


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Ka’u ended its most memorable season in program history with a 22-25, 25-21, 19-17 loss to Farrington in the third-place match of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division II girls volleyball tournament Friday at Honolulu’s Blaisdell Arena.

The Trojans, who won their first Big Island Interscholastic Federation title a week ago, ended their season 17-4.

Ka’u senior Marley Strand-Nicolaisen pounded a team-high 12 kills, junior Kamalani Fujikawa and senior Kaila Olson (two blocks) followed with seven kills apiece, and sophomore setter Kerrilyn Domondon collected 28 assists.

Senior Trinity Alualu led Oahu Interscholastic Association champion Farrington (14-3) with nine kills, while sophomore setter Shaunalei Kahakai had 13 assists.

In the Division II fifth-place match, BIIF No. 3 seed Hawaii Prep beat Kauai Interscholastic Federation champion Waimea 27-26, 25-18 behind sophomore Gabbie Ewing’s 12 kills.

Junior Tiana Reynolds contributed eight kills, while junior Nua Potts had 16 assists for Ka Makani, which finished their season 16-6.

Junior middle blocker Mariyah Oliver paced Na Menehune (12-2) with eight kills.

In the Division II seventh-place match, BIIF runner-up Konawaena outlasted 25-20, 24-26, 17-15.

Freshman outside hitter Chanelle Molina blasted 11 kills, senior Courtney Kaupu followed with nine kills, and sophomore Kaela Avanilla had eight kills and three blocks. Also, senior setter Makani Wall collected 23 assists, three blocks and two aces for the Wildcats (15-6).

Senior setter Allison Paloga led OIA No. 3 seed Kaimuki (6-12) with 11 kills and 15 assists, while junior Kawena Paez and junior Amako Kinere had 10 and nine kills, respectively.

In the Division I state tournament seventh-place match, Castle beat BIIF runner-up Hilo 25-19, 26-24.

Senior outside hitter Kuulei Lynch hammered 11 kills, while seniors Jessica Lauaki and Kiana Tilton had 15 and 13 assists, respectively, for the Knights (13-6), the OIA’s No. 5 seed.

Junior Evalani Toledo and sophomore Shavonne DeMattos each had five kills and two blocks for the Vikings (16-4), while sophomore setter Taylor Alicuben tallied nine assists.

 

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