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Seabury Hall rallies from two sets down to make D-II final
November 2, 2012 - Robert Collias
Seabury Hall went 22 years between its first girls state team title — the single-level cross country crown in 1990 — to its second, the Division II cross country title last week. Now, the Spartans are on the verge of their third girls state team after a dramatic comeback tonight in the New City Nissan/HHSAA Division II Girls Volleyball State Championship semifinals at Kalani Gym.
The third-seeded Spartans overcame a two-set deficit against Farrington and will face No. 1 Saint Francis in the final at the Blaisdell Arena on Friday at 5 p.m.
Saint Francis defeated Ka'u, 25-23, 25-21, 26-24 before Seabury Hall defeated Farrington, 14-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22, 16-14. Wow.
Don't get me started on the unfairness of 250-student Seabury Hall facing 2,500-student Farrington in a state tournament — there is no defending the ridiculousness of that when there are two tiers of play — but these Spartans never said "die."
Kiki Leuteneker led the way for the Spartans with 17 kills and 7 blocks; Regal Deen-Jackson had 10 kills and 4 blocks; and Sophie Janssen had 6 kills and 3 aces for the winners to offset Trinity Alualu's 22 kills and Savannah Kahakai's 14 kills and 3 blocks.
New staffer Kyle Sakamoto talked to Seabury Hall coach Scottie Zucco for today's cool story and sports editor Brad Sherman will have the scoops in Friday morning's paper.
Former staffer Stan Lee is on the case for us when the state final rolls around tomorrow evening.
Stay tuned right here for all the news.
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