Gallery: Sony Open in Hawai’i Official Pro-Am

Gallery: Sony Open in Hawai’i Official Pro-Am

Gallery: Sony Open in Hawai’i Official Pro-Am

The Sony Open in Hawai’i Official Pro-Am teed off Wednesday. The golf stars were out and one of the teams included University of Hawai’i Football head coach Timmy Chang, who was caddied by UH Men’s Golf coach/Major Champions (’87 US Open) Scott Simpson.

Photos by: Andrew Lee

Team Waikiki Malia by Outrigger finished the day 14 under par and included Timmy Chang, Marissa Suehiro, Kimo Kai, and Scott Humber. They were accompanied by pros J.J. Spaun and Kevin Yu.

 

Electric crowd sees Kahuku outlast Mililani to defend DI OIA Girls Volleyball Championship

Electric crowd sees Kahuku outlast Mililani to defend DI OIA Girls Volleyball Championship

OIA GIRLS VOLLEYBALL DI CHAMPIONSHIP: KAHUKU 3, MILILANI 2

With a thrilling comeback in front of raucous fans from both schools, Kahuku dropped Mililani in five sets Wednesday night to repeat as the OIA girls volleyball Division I champion.

It took a mighty effort to put the 21-25, 25-17, 21-25, 27-25, 15-12 victory in the books at the Radford High gym, though.

In that crucial fourth set, the Red Raiders (13-0) clawed back from a 24-21 deficit to stay alive. One more point by the Trojans on any of three straight serves would have meant the title would have gone to Mililani (11-2).

Now for Kahuku, it’s on to the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the D-I portion of the New City Nissan/HHSAA Girls Volleyball State Championships that start Monday.

“It’s unreal,” said the Red Raiders’ Mele Taumoepeau, who hit .438 with 15 kills, many of them at crucial junctures, and added 12 digs. “My team was able to push through, especially in that fourth set. But we knew what we wanted, our mission, and we came here and did just that.”

 There is another mission that Kahuku shares with Mililani, and that’s to win a state title, something an OIA team hasn’t done since the Red Raiders won it in 2002.

“We want to end up there (as champions) on that Saturday night,” Taumoepeau said.

The 20-year OIA drought is not lost on the Trojans, either.

“Of course, definitely,” said Mililani setter Anae Asuncion, who had 43 assists, when asked if an OIA team can win D-I states in the near future.

Although the Trojans failed to regain the OIA crown they won in 2018 and 2019 before the pandemic canceled the 2020 season, they will still move on as an unseeded team at states.

“We really pushed to the best of our abilities tonight,” Asuncion added. “Especially since it was against Kahuku. They really are a strong team, but we did absolutely amazing tonight. I wish we won, but it is what it is. We still have states.”

With a whopping 21 kills, the Red Raiders’ Cha’lei Reid led all players in that category. Three teammates reached double figures in assists — Dakota Keni with 19 and Madison Mamizuka and Dani Kapu with eight each.

Alexis Rodriguez (20) and Erica Roberts (14) were the Trojans’ kill leaders.

At various points in the five sets, there were 13 ties and nine lead changes.

Aside from leading the whole way in the second set, Kahuku led most of the way in the first and third sets only to watch it slip away both times. The same thing almost happened in the fourth set, when the Red Raiders frittered away a commanding 20-15 lead and somehow found a way to send the match to a fifth set.

When Reid’s match-winning kill hit the floor, the rowdy Kahuku fans stormed the court in celebration.

“We were really able to push together,” Kahuku’s Taumoepeau said. “Every time we were in a slump, we were able to come back quickly.”

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OIA Girls Volleyball DII Championship: Waialua def. Kailua in Five

OIA Girls Volleyball DII Championship: Waialua def. Kailua in Five

OIA GIRLS VOLLEYBALL DII CHAMPIONSHIP: WAIALUA 3, KAILUA 2

Waialua made school history Wednesday night, winning the OIA Division II girls volleyball championship for the first time.

And that accomplishment was far from easy at the Radford High gym.

The Bulldogs were in a deep hole, trailing Kailua 2-1 in sets before a solid rally led them to the 25-16, 23-25, 11-25, 25-23, 15-12 victory

Alohi Garcia led the way for Waialua (6-6) with 15 kills,11 digs and an incredible seven aces. Kailia Phillips added 12 kills and nine digs, and teammate Brynn Basilio-Chun came through with 37 assists. In addition, Kanoe Santiago dug up 11 balls.

For the Surfriders (4-8), Ashlyn Tai had a match-high 20 kills while hitting .311, and three Kailua teammates wound up with double-digit digs — Hope Kepa (15), Sascha Sanchez (11) and Amber Tania Maikainai (10).

Throughout the match, there were 32 ties and 19 lead changes.

In that crucial fifth set, the Surfriders led 10-9, but the Bulldogs took control thanks to two clutch kills by Tehya Militante, one by Garcia and an ace by Phillips.

With the momentum of a three-game winning streak, Waialua heads to the D-II portion of the New City Nissan/HHSAA Girls Volleyball State Championships that start Monday.

Kailua, which had its two-game winning streak snapped, will also play at states. The Surfriders were trying for their first OIA championship since 1981, before competition was split into two divisions.