Shyrome Batin compiled nine kills Tuesday as Honokaa beat Kealakehe in four sets on the road to take sole possession of first place in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division II volleyball standings.
Chance Salva added eight kills and Makana Loo posted nine digs in the 18-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-19 victory for the Dragons (6-4), who lead HawaiI Prep (5-4) by a half-game.
Ka’u (5-5) lost to Waiakea 25-13, 25-14, 25-18 to fall a full game behind. The Trojans and Dragons finish the regular season Saturday, while Ka Makani has matches remaining today and at Kohala and Friday at Hilo. An outright regular-season champions will earn an automatic berth to the Hawaii High School Athletic Association tournament.
The Cowboys (3-6) and Pahoa (4-6) are contending for the final spot in the BIIF Division II semifinals, and those two team face off Saturday in Pahoa.
In Divsion I, the Waveiders (6-5) were already assured the fourth seed and a matchup with Kamehameha (10-0) on April 25 in the BIIF Division I semifinals at the their gym. Waiakea (10-1) and Hilo (9-1) will meet in the other semifinal. Kamehameha can clinch a state berth when it faces the Vikings today.