Posted: October 11, 2012 - 9:28pm
Mililani advances with four-set win over Kalani
MILILANI - It wasn't perfect, but Val Crabbe will take it.
Jordyn Keamo put away a career-high 29 kills to lead Mililani to four-set win over visiting Kaiser before a crowd of about 300 at the Trojans' home gym Thursday night. The scores were 25-18, 25-17, 21-25 and 25-17.
The Trojans, who improved to 11-0 on the season, advance to the semifinal round of the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red Conference Tournament and qualified for one of six league berths into the HHSAA Division I State Championships.
"We didn't know anything about Kalani and we just had to come out fighting so we could get that spot," said Keamo, a 5-foot-8 junior outside hitter. "It felt pretty good to win at home."
Mililani, the Western Division regular-season champion, will play East runner-up Moanalua (10-2) in one semifinal at McKinley Tuesday. East titlist Kahuku (11-1) will play East third seed Castle (10-3) in the other semifinal.
The Trojans used an early 4-0 run in game 1 to take a 10-4 and never looked back. Keamo put down back-to-back kills to ignite a 5-0 run to close out the opening set, 25-18.
It was more of the same in game 2. Mililani used a 5-0 run to seize a 7-3 edge, but an ace by Kalani's Rika Okino pulled the Falcons to within 10-9. However, the Trojans scored 11 of the next 13 points to take a commanding 21-11 lead and hung on for the 25-17 win.
Kalani, which took its first lead of the match at 1-0 in game 3, committed just one error in the set. Mililani seized a 21-20 lead after a 6-0 run, but the Falcons closed game 3 with a 5-0 run, capped by a block by Kaiana Iaea and Melia Kakauoha. Kalani won the third set, 25-21, and trailed two games to one.
It was the first time this season that Mililani dropped a game. They had won all 20 sets in the Red West regular season.
"The third set I changed up and I changed things in the middle of the set because we were trying other options," said Crabbe, who guided Mililani to its first OIA title last year. "It's nice to be able to do that because I could give some of them a lot of reps. I learned from last year I think that when it comes down to the playoffs, they have to have a lot of reps."
The Trojans took an early 4-1 lead in game 4 and led by as many as six later in the set. Following a Kalani serve into the net, middle blocker Samantha Fischer's tip kill gave Mililani match point and fittingly, Keamo ended it with her 29th kill on the next play. Keamo had seven kills and Inoa Fields four in the final game.
"Damn, that's awesome, but you know we have a big supporting cast," said Crabbe. "I don't know how many kills some of our other girls had, but I guess the longer the match goes, Jordyn will end up getting more kills."
Fields, a senior outside hitter/opposite, notched 11 kills and junior hitter Jayierra Kapowai added 10 kills with two blocks. Fischer had six kills and two blocks and Emilee Craig recorded three of the Trojans' eight aces.
Okino paced the Falcons with 13 kills and Iaea added 12 kills with two blocks. Kalani, the East no. 4 seed, will play West third seed Campbell in an elimination game Tuesday at Radford.
October 11, 2012
Mililani's Jordyn Keamo puts down a kill attempt against Kalani. Joshua Lopez | Mililani HS