Sabers volleyball wins v KSM in four sets on senior night

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Photo by Reid Cairme

Kekoa Uyechi and Mana Aikala block against a hit by the Maui High Sabers on April 23, 2013. The Warriors lost in four sets on their senior night.

In front of a full house of Warrior supporters, the Kamehameha Schools Maui boys volleyball fell in four sets against the Maui High Sabers at Kahekili Gymnasium on April 23, 2013. The Warriors also celebrated their senior night.

“They gave it their best tonight,” Head Coach Rober Brede said. “Maui High was just the better team tonight.”

This was the last game of the Warriors’ MIL season, ending it with seven wins and five losses.

The Sabers got a few points over the Warriors at the beginning of the first set, but the Warriors evened it up, and most of the set went point for point.

When it came down to the last five points, the Sabers were close to ending the game when the score was 23-20 in their favor, but the Warriors came back pushing their score to 24 points, but the Sabers gained the upper hand and won the first set 26-24.

The Warriors played strong at the beginning of the second set, making the Sabers work to catch up. The two teams went point for point again, until the Warriors won the set 25-23.

“We really started to gain momentum in the second set,” Coach Brede said.

Both teams went point for point again in the third set. The Warriors were able to make six kills in this set, three from Kahiau Andrade, two from RJ Moku, and one from Kolby Ah Sau.

Despite the new vigor in the Warriors, the Sabers got the best in this set and won 25-23.

In the fourth set, the Warriors and Sabers were up and up at the beginning of the set, but the Sabers were able to gain a five point lead. The Warriors struggled to meet the Sabers and stayed behind the entire set.

The Sabers won the final set 25-19.

“We started to lose momentum,” Coach Brede said. “We lost focus and communication.”

The loss didn’t affect the senior night celebrations after the game. Nine seniors were honored by the coaches, fans, and school. The seniors were allowed their final hit and a small banquet was held after.

Four seniors, Andrade, Kawelau Yen, Kekoa Uyechi, and Christian Martin Chu have been a part of the varsity team since their freshman year.

“Hats off to them,” Coach Brede said. “They helped keep this program alive and stuck through it until the end.”

“It’s sad that volleyball is ending,” Andrade said, “but I’ll keep playing ‘til the year is over.”

The Warriors play in the Maui Interscholastic Tournament on April 30 and May 1, with the finals on May 3. The Warriors will trying for the second Maui spot in the state tournament.