JV Warriors brush off tough game, look forward

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Sophomore Shay-Lynn Higa (left) and Freshman Kimani Fernandez-Roy leap to block Nā Aliʻi's Chandler Cowell during their game against King Kekaulike at Kaʻulaheanuiokamoku Gymnasium on Thursday. The JV Warriors lost, 1-2.

Kamehameha Maui’s JV girls volleyball struggled for “Queen of the Hill” against King Kekaulike giving up a tight race, 2-1, to Nā Aliʻi on last night at Kaʻulaheanuiokamoku Gymnasium.

With a slow start, victorious middle and losing end, the Warriors can only look forward to their next home game tonight against Baldwin and and a chance to fix the mistakes.

“I think we weren’t at our best, we made a lot of errors and careless mistakes,” said Jazmine Corn, freshman co-captain. “We were making careless errors like hitting the balls out and serving out.”

The game kicked off with a first set score of 8-21, in favor of Nā Aliʻi. The Warriors struggled the most with communication which contributed to their downfall.

“It was good. We started off rough. The second set, we came back a lot better. They talked a lot more,” said head coach Dukie Josiah.

In the second set, the two teams battled back and forth until the score reached 16-20, Nā Aliʻi. The Warriors took off with a 5-point comeback, and won the second set 21-20.

Tied at 1-1, the two teams took off in the third set. Sophomore co-captain Shay-Lynn Higa got in three kills and was named kill leader with 4 kills overall for the night, but King Kekaulike ultimately prevailed and won 9-15.

Warrior team members substituted in and out throughout the game.

“This is what we work on. It gives everyone playing time. That’s what we’ve been working on in the JV program,” Coach Josiah said.

The JV Warriors (5-6) play the Bears tonight at home at 4:30. This will be the last regular season game before the JV tournament concludes the season.

“I’m pumped about tomorrow, I want to erase this game tonight and just beat Baldwin tomorrow,” Corn said.