Posted: September 12, 2012 - 11:30pm
Mililani sweeps past Pearl City, 25-20, 25-18
MILILANI - By their own admission, Jordyn Keamo and Inoa Fields knew "nothing" about Pearl City, but knew enough not to take them lightly.
Keamo put down a match-high 13 kills and Fields added eight to lead Mililani to a 25-20, 25-18 sweep of Pearl City at the Trojans' home gym Wednesday night. A crowd of about 300 saw Mililani, the reigning Oahu Interscholastic Association Red Division champion, remain undefeated at 5-0, while the Chargers fell to 4-1.
"We knew not to take them light," said Fields, who had six kills in game two, including the last four points of the match. "We didn't expect this kind of a score - we didn't scout them or anything - but we knew that we would have to work for it."
The Trojans found early success in the middle with Samantha Fischer, who had four of her six kills in the first game, which helped to free-up Keamo and Fields on the outsides.
"Our middles are doing better -they're really the glory-less position," said Mililani coach Val Crabbe. "They have to freeze that block and I think they do a good job on it. Even though, (opponents) still stack on the outside against Jordyn, when we can freeze the block and our middles can get some hits, it's always really nice."
Five straight errors by Mililani gave Pearl City a 7-5 lead in game one, which forced a timeout by Crabbe. However, her squad answered with an 11-4 run, capped by Keamo's tip kill along the right sideline, to seize a 16-11 lead. The Chargers pulled to within 22-20, but Keamo put down consecutive kills before Casie Gaza's ace sealed game one for Mililani, 25-20.
"We were just trying to focus on each play and, as our coach tells us, better each ball and work for each point," said Keamo, who notched nine kills in game one.
After a kill by Jayvierra Kapowai gave the Trojans an early 5-4 lead in game two, the Chargers reeled off four straight points, capped by a Taylor Inong kill off a Mililani overpass. That forced a timeout by Crabbe with her team trailing, 8-5, but they rallied to score six of the next nine points to tie it at 11. The teams exchanged points, until a Pearl City net violation gave Mililani a 18-17 lead. Fields teamed with Gaza on a block and the Chargers committed back-to-back errors to extend the Trojans' lead to 21-18 before Fields' four consecutive kills to end the match.
Fields said the experience of playing for the OIA title last year has helped in preparing for matches this season.
"I think the championship from last year really helped us because it was such a hard game for us and I think now we know what the pressure is like, so we knew how to play this game as best as we could," said Fields, who had one of four aces for Mililani.
Pearl City coach Kory Toyozaki credited the Trojans for their execution in the barely hour-long match.
"They were just tough, they got every ball on defense and on offense, they got people to put it away," Toyozaki said. "Mililani just played a great game and we thought we came in ready, but that wasn't the case."
Mililani sits in sole possession of first place in the Red West, but Crabbe is cautious of the remaining schedule.
"I don't know what Campbell is like and I don't know what Aiea is like and they're always good," Crabbe said. "I really don't take anybody for granted, because with the rally scoring, I believe anyone can be beat anyone."
Mililani visits Leilehua (3-1) Saturday and hosts Campbell (4-2) Wednesday. Pearl City visits Campbell Saturday and hosts Kapolei (5-1) Wednesday.