Boys volleyball Warriors fall to Seabury


Photo by Quinn Williams

Sophomore Hanalei Alapai kills the ball past Seabury Halls #13 during their game against Seabury Hall at Seabury, Tuesday March 10. The Warriors lost in five sets, 2-3.

The Kamehameha Maui boys volleyball team ended a 5-set game with a loss against Seabury Hall at Seabury Hall on Tuesday March 11.

Compared to earlier games this season and preseason, the team seemed dispirited and disorganized in the first sets, and several players were out.

“As a team, I think we needed to get together more and figure it out, work it out,” captain Anson Souza said.

Starting slowly, the Warriors fell in the first two sets with scores of 22-25 and 26-28. It wasn’t until the third set that the Warriors evened out the game with a set score of 25-22.

Hanalei Alapai made the winning kill during the fourth set. Previous to his kill, he made what would’ve been the game-winning point; however, the point was called back due to a buzzer mishap at the scorekeeper’s table. The set ended 26-24 KSM.

During the fifth set, the Warriors stepped into the match competitively, leading for majority of the set, but the Spartans eventually caught up and beat the Warriors 15-10, winning the game.

Both captain and coach agreed that the reason the team came up short was due to a lack of focus during practice.

“I think it [the game] was really rough, but it reflects how we’ve been practicing,” Souza said.

Coach Manuel Oliveira said that the team needs to work harder at practice.

“…They want to win, but they don’t want to work for it,” he said.

The Warriors previously played and won against Seabury Hall in the Seabury Hall preseason tournament. KSM also won games against King Kekaulike, Lahainaluna, Baldwin, and Maui High Schools and tied with Kealakehe. The Warriors were victorious, winning the entire tournament.

Three key players were missing in this game, Keawe Rindisbacher, Craden Kailiehu and Chyalis Min. All three played in the preseason tournament and are a “big help” on the court, according to Coach Oliveira.

Captain Ionatana Tua was named kill leader for this game with 18 kills. Hanalei Alapai had the second highest kill count with 12.