The Seabury Hall girls volleyball team got a pep talk from a visiting college coach and a superb hitting performance by setter Gabby Ratte in Wednesday's sweep of Hawaii Prep in the quarterfinals of the New City Nissan Girls State Division II?Tournament at Farrington High School.
The scores were 25-17, 25-21, 25-14.
"It was really great to see the girls come out focused," said Spartans coach Scottie Zucco. "We couldn't ask for anything more."
A couple of hours before the match, University of California, Santa Barbara coach Kathy Gregory spoke to the Seabury Hall team. The Gauchos will face Hawaii tonight.
"Kathy Gregory talked to the girls and it fired us up," Zucco said of the 10-minute talk. "They had their mouths wide open, listening to everything she was saying."
Ratte, a sophomore, had 12 kills and 27 assists for the No. 3-seeded Spartans.
New City Nissan Girls State Volleyball
At McKinley and Kaimuki gyms
Castle def. King Kekaulike 25-14, 25-18
Hilo def. Kalani 25-18, 25-15
Mililani def. No. 4 Kamehameha Hawaii 25-17, 25-20, 10-25, 25-23
No. 2 Kahuku def. Pearl City 25-11, 25-12, 25-17
Kamehameha Kapalama def. No. 3 Kamehameha Maui 25-15, 25-13, 25-20
No. 1 Punahou def. Moanalua 25-13. 25-14, 25-15
Moanalua vs. No. 4 Kamehameha Hawaii, 5 p.m.
Pearl City vs. No. 3 Kamehameha Maui, 7 p.m.
No. 1 Punahou vs. Mililani, 5 p.m.
No. 2 Kahuku vs. Kamehameha Kapalama, 7 p.m.
Wednesday's Results At Kalani and Farrington gyms
Kaimuki def. Kailua 25-20, 17-25, 15-13
Konawaena def. Hawaii Baptist 27-25, 21-25, 15-8
No. 3 Seabury Hall def. Hawaii Prep 25-17, 25-21, 25-14
No. 4 Kau def. Waimea 21-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-22
No. 1 Saint Francis def. Hana 27-25, 25-16, 25-19
No. 2 Farrington def. La Pietra 25-22, 20-25, 25-19, 25-17
Hana vs. Waimea, 5 p.m.
La Pietra vs. No. 3 Hawaii Prep, 7 p.m.
No. 1 St. Francis vs. No. 4 Kau, 5 p.m.
No. 2 Farrington vs. No. 3 Seabury Hall, 7 p.m.
"Gabby Ratte was getting a lot of kills," Zucco said. "When you have a setter who can dump or spike, it can freeze opponents for sets to the middle."
Seabury Hall's Regal Deen-Jackson had nine kills and Amy Ozee added eight. Kiki Leuteneker had five blocks and Deen-Jackson added four.
Tiana Reynolds had 12 kills to lead Hawaii Prep (14-6).
Seabury Hall (13-1) will face No. 2 seed Farrington in the semifinals today at 7 p.m. at Kalani.
NO. 1 SEED ST. FRANCIS 3, HANA 0: At Kalani, Angel Savea and Alyssa Panis each had 10 kills as the Saints (14-1) beat the Dragons (11-4) 27-25, 25-16, 25-19.
Pakalana Helekahi-Cass and Jaynalee Hoopai each had nine kills for Hana.
Hana will play Waimea today at 5 p.m. at Farrington.
Kamehameha Kapalama 3, No. 3 seed Kamehameha Maui 0: At Kaimuki, Pikake Laumauna had 12 kills and Pomai Recca added 11 as Kamehameha Kapalama (15-3) swept Kamehameha Maui (14-1) 25-15, 25-13, 25-20.
Kamehameha Maui's Sienna Rae Davis had nine kills and Leimana Kane added five. Bobbi Lin Kalama had 18 assists and two aces, and Taylor Awai had 14 digs.
Kamehameha Maui will play Pearl City today at 7 p.m. at Kaimuki.
CASTLE 3, KING KEKAULIKE 0: At McKinley, The Knights (12-6) defeated Na Alii (8-8) 25-14, 25-18. No statistics were reported.