Kamehameha takes down Punahou to win sixth state boys volleyball title

Kamehameha takes down Punahou to win sixth state boys volleyball title

Kamehameha takes down Punahou to win sixth state boys volleyball title

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED MAY 12, 2024

The title returns to the top of the hill.

Kamehameha ended Punahou’s 10-year reign in boys volleyball in a four-set victory Saturday night at the Neal Blaisdell Center in the New City Nissan Division I Boys Volleyball Championships.

Set scores were 25-27, 25-23, 25-17, 25-21 in the Warriors’ first title win since 2011, their sixth overall.

Tournament most outstanding player Kainoa Wade put down 34 kills on 76 swings as he finished the week with a phenomenal .458 hitting percentage.

It was a redeeming win for the Warriors after falling short to the Buffanblu last year in the state final and four times this season.

“We had a meeting a week after the state championship last year and I said, ‘We will be back in this game and we will win this game,’ and that’s what we did tonight,” said Wade.

“It’s unbelievable. I just wanted to bring one back to the school and fight for these players, these coaches — we’ve been through so much. We were knocked down, but we never gave up, that’s the thing. This group never lost confidence and we showed it tonight.”

Conor Williams added 10 kills, Christian Togiai had five and middles Kaupo Hoopai-Waikoloa and Poukihi Awai combined for three kills and three solo blocks and five block assists.

 

University Lab Jr. Bows takes home first-ever state title in boys volleyball

University Lab Jr. Bows takes home first-ever state title in boys volleyball

University Lab Jr. Bows takes home first-ever state title in boys volleyball

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED MAY 12, 2024

Redemption.

One year after falling short in the state final, the University Lab Jr. Bows outlasted Le Jardin in five sets to win their first-ever state title in the New City Nissan Division II Boys Volleyball Championships at the Neal Blaisdell Center Saturday night.

Koa Laboy finished with 40 kills and Micah Nakasato added 26 in the 25-22, 25-27, 27-25, 25-27, 15-12 victory as University capped an undefeated 14-0 season.

“It means everything,” said Nakasato. “Since middle school, I’ve always dreamed of winning a state championship for our school and to be the first one, it’s an honor and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.”

Laboy was named the tournament’s most outstanding player as he hit .235 on the match on 98 swings while tallying 21 digs and three service aces.

“It feels great to make history,” said Laboy. “I’m so glad to execute and get it done.”