Posted: October 25, 2012 - 1:27pm
Farrington sweeps Kailua for OIA White championship
Besides holding the distinction of handing Division I champion Kahuku its only loss this season, Farrington can call itself champion.
The Governors captured the O'ahu Interscholastic Association White girls' volleyball championship by sweeping Kailua, 25-11, 25-22, 26-24, Thursday night a McKinley's Student Council Gymnasium.
It was the Governors' first White title since 2007 and ninth overall OIA championship, having won seven before Division II was established in 2005.
The Governors (12-2) won their ninth consecutive match, including a sweep of Kahuku on Sept. 13.
"It's a great opportunity to come this far," senior setter Jessica Vele said. "The outcome last year wasn't as good as this year. We worked hard. The team knew we could do it to get this far."
Last season, the Governors were eliminated from the first round of the Red tournament, finishing 4-8.
"We're working better together," Farrington coach Reagan Agena said. "We're working, starting to get our stride. if somebody goes down, there' somebody to pick them up."
Farrington took the first set handily, but the Surfriders (9-7) made is progressively harder as the matches went on. After taking a 5-1 lead in the first set, Kailua never led again until about two-thirds through the third set, when it took a brief 17-16 lead on a four-hits violation on Farrington. The Surfriders fell behind again, but tied the set at 21, 22 and 23. When they finally took a 24-23 lead, the Governors called time.
Consecutive kills by Savannah Kahakai put the Govs ahead, 25-24, leading to a Kailua timeout. The Governors then won it on a block by Jeneva Toillolo.
The Governors hit from all parts of the court because of Vele's setting skills. She set to all areas at the net, as well as the back row. Kahakai finished off the second set with a spike from the back row.
"With my offense, I try to communicate with them (the hitters)," Vele said. "It all depends on the pass and whoever the closest player is. I try to give them the opportunity to swing at the ball no matter what."
Kahakai and Trinity Alualu combined for 31 kills for Farrington.
October 25, 2012
Savannah Kahakai puts down a kill attempt against Kailua. Greg Yamamoto | SL
Kailua's Ani Naihe goes up for a kill attempt against Farrington. Greg Yamamoto | SL