Girls Volleyball is 10-time MIL champs!

Kamehameha Maui clinches Division I title for the tenth time in a row


Photo by Daisy Draper

The KSM girls volleyball team shows their ten fingers after locking in their tenth MIL title by winning against King Kekaulike, Oct. 18, at Lahainaluna Gymnasium.

The Kamehameha Schools Maui Varsity Girls Volleyball team won their tenth consecutive Maui Interscholastic League title when they beat King Kekaulike in the tournament finals last night at Lāhainaluna Gymnasium.

They led in every set, giving up the lead only once in the middle of the first set when the two teams were tied 13-13, and Nā Aliʻi won the next point.

Other than that, the Warriors were consistent and powerful, staying in the lead and winning the last two sets by a decisive eight points. Perhaps a symbol of their inconsistency, King Kekaulike ended each set with a serve into the net, virtually giving the Warriors their victories.

Kamehameha Maui won all three sets 25-20, 25-17 and 25-17.

Going into the tournament, the Warriors were not underestimating Nā Ali’i, who came out on top, 3-2, in their first match-up this season.

Shalia Kamakaokalani, Warrior co-captain, said, “I’m super proud of how far we have come.”

The intensity of the game kept audience members at the edge of their seats. Nā Aliʻi fans filled the gymnasium with rhythmic booming cheers, joined by the Division II champions Seabury Hall, who had clinched their division title earlier in the evening.

Warrior fans waved ti leaves and handmade “I’m a fan” blue-and-white fans and pom poms passed out on the school’s Spirit Bus, which had brought a mix of staff and students to Lāhaina to cheer.

Both teams were spirited and played with sportsmanship in front of a crowd of about 300.

The KSM girls will be competing for the state title in the New City Nissan Girls Volleyball Championships on the Big Island October 29- November 1.

Coach Bala Spencer said, “We want to represent Maui and our school and our families well.”