Girls volleyball breaks Nā Aliʻi win streak

The Warriors deal King Kekaulike their first loss this season


Photo by Ashley Morishita

Kamehameha Warriors were on their feet at the end of Thursdayʻs game against King Kekaulike. The Warriors claimed their first victory this season against Nā Aliʻi and brought their opponentsʻ win streak to an end, October 16, at Kaʻulaheanuiokamoku Gymnasium.

The Kamehameha Maui Warriors celebrated victory in their third face off with King Kekaulike this season.  The Warriors settled the game at 3-2 while playing each set out point for point in Kaʻulaheanuiokamoku Gymnasium last night in front of a packed gym.

“We finally showed our potential tonight, and we’re always improving every day,” Head Coach Bala Spencer said. “I believe that playing Seabury this past Monday and winning boosted the girlsʻ confidence for tonight’s game.”

The Warriors had played the Spartans, Division 2 leaders, in an inter-division exhibition match on Monday to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research.

Last nightʻs crowd turned out to not only see one of the last games of the regular season, but also to see if Nā Aliʻi would finish the season undefeated, having beaten all opponents, including defeating the 2013-14 Maui Interscholastic League champions, KS Maui, twice.

In the first set of the game, while both teams were getting warmed up, the scores increased steadily.  Each team volleyed back and forth, and as the end of the first set approached, Nā Aliʻi created a 7-point gap, took the lead, and concluded the set in front, 18-25.

During the second and third sets the Warriors were firing on all cylinders.  They won both sets comfortably in the lead. The third set wrapped up at 25-15 and the fourth set at 25-16.

In the third set, junior Kaira Davis made an exceptional amount of kills to keep the Warriors ahead. Overall, she racked up 10 kills for the night.

In the fourth set, King Kekaulike won 25-13 and advanced the game to go into the tie breaking fifth set.

The two upcountry rivals were killing it in the final set as they both battled it out point for point with a steady one-point lead with each serve; the energy from the crowd was intense.

(Update 10/19: Ka Leo o Nā Koa recognizes that this is not a fully accurate reporting of the fifth set. See community comments following this story for additional information about the details of the fifth set. We regret the error in the initial reporting of this set.)

“Tonight, being a home game, did make a difference because of the support we get out of our school,” Coach Bala said.

With the loud support of the crowd, led by the KSM cheerleaders, the Warriors’ Harley Gonsalves finally broke the fifth set tie with a kill, ending the set at 15-13 in favor of Kamehameha. Warrior fans went ballistic because of the result.

“There are no words that even begin to describe how great this feeling is to finally beat them because we worked so hard to get here,”  libero Kaʻala Corpuz said. “We look forward to playing them and redeeming ourselves once again next week during the playoffs.”

The Warriors played their final game against the Baldwin Bears tonight and won another fierce 5-set challenge, 3-2.

Next, the second-place Warriors (9-3) will play in the semifinals of the MIL tournament on Thursday to determine tournament champion and seeding at the Hawaiʻi High School Athletics Association state tournament.

“They now realize that their potential is right there to grasp,” Coach Bala said. “Looking forward to next week as far as the tournament goes, we’re not to sure yet, but we’re going to keep working hard.”