WAILUKU - The Hana High School girls volleyball team has done its part to set up a key showdown next week.
Hana entered a tie atop the Maui Interscholastic League Division II standings by sweeping St. Anthony 25-14, 25-21, 25-21 on Friday and improving to 4-0 - the same record as Molokai, which will visit Hana next Friday.
Jaynalee Hoopai had six kills and 10 assists for Hana, and Pakalana Helekahi-Cass had five kills, three aces and six assists.
"Even though we made errors, I think we shook it off, got back up and played as a team," Helekahi-Cass said. "We came out wanting to win three sets in a row, and we did."
Keani Pacheco had eight kills and seven digs for the Trojans (3-3).
"I think we played good but just couldn't finish," Pacheco said. "They're a really good team."
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Hana def. St. Anthony 25-14, 25-21, 25-21
Lanai def. Maui Prep 22-25, 25-11, 25-13, 25-18
Lanai at Seabury Hall, 6 p.m.
Maui Prep vs. Hana at Lahaina Civic Center, 6 p.m.
King Kekaulike at Baldwin, 6 p.m.
Lahainaluna at King Kekaulike, 6 p.m.
Baldwin at Maui High, 6 p.m.
x-Molokai at Kamehameha Maui, 6 p.m.
Hana got six kills from Brandy Lecker-Tolentino. Shalen-Brae Hoopai had five kills, two assists and a block.
"If it's not one, it's another who's on fire," said St. Anthony coach Albert Paschoal.
Hana rallied from an 18-15 deficit in the third set.
"St. Anthony's coach is so great defensively, I told the girls we cannot be predictable," said Dragons coach Louis Hoopai. "I just think we have a lot more options."
Alicia Ballesteros had four kills, nine digs and two aces for St. Anthony, Treyanna Freitas had 12 digs, an ace and two kills and Ali Hanna had three kills and three digs.
The match also served as a fundraiser for breast-cancer research.
* Chris Hamilton is at chamilton@ mauinews.com