Volleyball girls face top talent at Maui tournament

In their first taste of action this year, the Molokai wahine volleyball players had a chance this weekend to see how they match up against some of the top players in the state at the 2012 Maui Volleyball Invitational Tournament hosted by Kamehameha Maui.

Molokai coach Mahea Rawlins gives her girls a talk after the first game Thursday against Kamehameha Maui. The Warriors swept the Farmers 25-11, 25-7. Photo courtesy of The Maui News.

The tournament opened Thursday at Kamehameha Maui High School’s Kaulaheanuiokamoku Gym with Molokai playing in pool B. The Farmers faced Oak Park of California in the first match and lost 25-8, 25-21. The second match had Molokai against Kamehameha Maui and again the Farmers lost in straight sets, 25-11, 25-7.

The final match on Thursday pitted Molokai against the defending Division II state champion team from St. Francis. Again, Molokai went down, 25-8 and 25-12.

The next day, Molokai played in a new pool at the Kamehameha Maui Middle School Gym. Hana defeated Molokai in the first match on Friday, 25-10 and 25-14.

The Farmers earned their first victory of the tournament later that day against Lanai, winning 25-18 and 25-19.

Molokai finished the night by splitting two sets with Maui High, losing the first set 21-25 and then winning 27-25 in the next set.

On Saturday, Molokai played Kamehameha Maui’s JV team. The Farmers won in three sets, 24-26, 25-22 and 17-15. Molokai then faced King Kekaulike for the Maika’i Championship but came up short, losing 25-8 and 25-9.
The tournament, which has 20 teams, including three from the mainland, was won by Mid Pacific after they swept Hawaii Baptist Academy 25-21, 25-20.


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