Maui Volleyball Invitational promises big weekend action

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Photo by Mehana Lee

Senior Sienna Davis goes up for a kill during a scrimmage against Laguna Blanca High School on Wednesday, August 15, at Ka’ulaheanuiokamoku Gymnasium. The scrimmage was a precursor to the 2nd annual Maui Invitational Volleyball tournament this weekend, August 16-18.

By Mehana Lee, News Editor

8/18 Update: Volleyball action continues all day today beginning at 9:00 a.m. Kamehameha Schools Maui I has their first game in their hunt for the finals at 2:30 at the high school gym.

Click here for Friday’s pool play results.

See below for today’s match schedule: 

SATURDAY –KAMEHAMEHA MAUI MIDDLE SCHOOL GYM

Maika’i Division Tournament

  • 9am Match #1 St. Anthony vs Lana’i
  • 9am Match #2 Molokai vs Kamehameha Maui II
  • 10am  Match #4 Loser Match #1 vs Loser Match #2 (Maikai 3rd/4th Place Match)
  • 10am Match #3 Winer Match #1 vs Winner Match #2 (Maikai 1st/2nd Place Match)

Ho’oikaika Division Tournament

  • 11am Match #5 Granite Hill vs Maui High
  • 11am Match #6 Hana vs King Kekaulike
  • 12am Match #8 Loser Match #5 vs Loser Match #6 (Ho’oikaika 3rd/4th Place Match)
  • 12am Match #7 Winner Match #5 vs Winner Match #6 (Ho’oikaika 1st/2nd Place Match)

SATURDAY – KAMEHAMEHA MAUI HIGH SCHOOL GYM

Ikaika Division Tournament

  • 9:30am Match #9 Seabury Hall II vs Nanakuli
  • 9:30am Match #10 University vs Oak Park
  • 10:30am Match #11 Laguna Blanca vs Winner Match #9
  • 10:30am Match #12 Seabury Hall I vs. Winner Match #10
  • 11:30am Match #13 Loser Match #11 vs Loser Match #12 (Ikaika 3rd/4th Place Match)
  • 11:30am Match #14 Loser Match #9 vs Loser Match #10 (Ikaika 5th /6th Place Match)
  • 12:30pm Match #15 WINNER Match #11 vs WINNER Match #12 (Ikaika 1st /2nd Place Match)

Po’okela Division Tournament

  • 1:30pm Match #16 St. Andrews Priory vs Castle High School
  • 1:30pm Match #17 St. Francis vs Hawaii Baptist Academy
  • 2:30pm Match #18 Mid Pacific vs. Winner Match #16
  • 2:30pm Match #19 Kamehameha Maui I vs Winner Match #17
  • 3:30pm Match #20 Loser Match #18 vs. Loser Match #19 (Po’okela 3rd /4th Place Match)
  • 3:30pm Match #21 Loser Match #16 vs. Loser Match #17 (Po’okela 5th /6th Place Match)
  • 4:30pm Match #22 WINNER Match #18 vs WINNER Match #19 (Po’okel 1st / 2nd Place Match)

8/17 Update: KS Maui I won both of their matches, 2-0, one against Oak Park (25-13, 29-27) and one against Molokaʻi (25-11, 25-7). They were first in their pool after the first day of the tournament.

KS Maui II lost both their matches to Hawaii Baptist Academy and Seabury Hall I (3-25, 15-25 and 7-25, 11-25).

Click here for the full results of Day 1, including an explanation of the tie breakers and seeding, and the schedule for Day 2. KS Maui I’s first match today is against Castle HIgh School at 3:30 in the high school gym. KS Maui II will be playing Granite Hills High School at the middle school gym also at 3:30.

Original story is below:

PUKALANI – Maui residents can get their first look at this year’s girls volleyball team at the second annual Maui Volleyball Invitational Tournament at King Kekaulike High School and Kamehameha Maui High School and Middle School gyms this weekend.

The tournament includes 20 participating schools from around the state and California, including former state champions Hawaii Baptist Academy (Div. II, 2007-2009), Moloka’i High School (2010), and Saint Francis School (Div. II 2005, 2011). The three mainland schools are here from San Diego, Santa Barbara and Oak Park.

Participating high schools:

  • Baldwin (cancelled participation 8/16)
  • Castle
  • Granite Hills
  • Hana
  • Hawaii Baptist Academy
  • Kamehameha Maui
  • King Kekaulike
  • Laguna Blanca
  • Lanai
  • Maui
  • Mid-Pacific Institute
  • Molokai
  • Nanakuli
  • Oak Park
  • Seabury Hall
  • St. Andrew’s Priory
  • St. Anthony
  • St. Francis
  • University High

The Kamehameha Maui Warriors, eight-time MIL champions, are feeling confident going into their first game of the tournament on Thursday, September 6.

The Warriors have been practicing six days a week, including Saturdays, since the school year started. They also worked out all summer, coming in as early as 6:00 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays. The Warriors are getting back into the groove of playing as a team again since they played for different volleyball clubs over the summer.

Head Coach Bala Spencer believes that this has prepared them well.

“We’re all about business. We have a certain amount of day before the season starts, so we don’t want to waste one minute or one second,” he said.

As for goals, the Warriors will be striving to win their ninth straight Maui Interscholastic League title and eventually work their way up to be ranked as one of the top three teams in the state by the end of the 2012 season.

“Every day we are preparing for states and always have the thought ‘are we doing something more than Kapalama and Punahou?'” said senior Sienna Davis.

Kamehameha Kapalama and Punahou are expected to be the Maui Warriors’ biggest opponent during the state competition.

In their last MIL season, the seniors say they hope to continue as leaders and help the upcoming players focus on strong relationships and dedication.

“When our season is done, I hope to leave behind our bond we have as a team. We’re all like sisters and very close to each other. I also want to leave our MIL championship title as inspiration for players after us,” senior Bobbi Kalama said.

Tournament pool play begins at 3:30 p.m., this Thursday, at both high school gyms. The KSM junior varsity team, playing as KS Maui II, has its first match against Hawaii Baptist at 3:30 in the middle school gym. The varsity team, KS Maui I, has their first game at 4:30 in the high school gym. They will be playing against Oak Park. Pool play will continue throughout the night to determine seeding for the second round on Friday.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students each day. Admission is good at all three gym sites. This is a pre-season tournament; therefore, MIL cards will not be valid for admission.

For more information contact Coach Spencer at chspence@ksbe.edu or call (808) 256-5746.

For the round 1 schedule for August 16, click here. Pool play on Friday is scheduled from 3:30-9:30 p.m. and the finals tournament on Saturday will be 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.