Star-Bulletin Sports

Thursday, October 18, 2001


Kalani girls beat
Moanalua, clinch
OIA East

By Grace Wen

The Kalani High School girls varsity volleyball team clinched the Oahu Interscholastic Association East Division title last night with a sweep of defending OIA champion Moanalua.

Kalani defeated Moanalua, 15-11, 15-9. It was the second loss in a row for the Menehunes.

Freshman Tamari Miyashiro led Kalani with 11 kills, while Marisa Okamoto added five kills for the Falcons.

Miyashiro was also a solid passer and defender for the Falcons.

"I don't think she's had her best game yet," Kalani coach Tehani Miyashiro said. "That's the catch with this team ... to see if the rest of the team can come through."

The team came through in a major way as four different players collected aces. Nara Fujita led the serving with two aces.

The Falcons fought off late comebacks by the Menehunes in both games to remain perfect in OIA play at 9-0.

Kalani led, 4-1 and 7-4, in the first game, but two hitting errors and a setting miscue allowed Moanalua to knot the game at 7-7.

The Menehunes took a 10-9 lead, but a Moanalua hitting error and an ace by Kalani's Darcy Gibo gave the Falcons an 11-10 advantage.

Three kills by Miyashiro and a kill by freshman Keri Hee closed out the game.

Kalani's season continues to be a vast improvement over last year, when the Falcons finished 2-8 and out of the OIA playoffs. With no losses and only one league match left, Kalani will reach the OIA playoffs in Miyashiro's first year of coaching.

The former Rainbow Wahine volleyball player and older sister of Tamari knew the implications of last night's match but felt that if the team hustled and played well, no one would be disappointed with the outcome.

"We knew that if they did what they needed to do and played with all their heart, we would be satisfied," Miyashiro said.

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