Kamehameha pulls ahead of King Kekaulike

The Kamehameha Schools Maui girls volleyball team reclaimed first place in the Maui Interscholastic League Division I standings Thursday night, defeating King Kekaulike 18-25, 25-16, 25-12, 22-25, 15-7 at Kaulaheanuiokamoku Gym in Pukalani.

The Warriors (6-1) also beat the only team to whom they had lost this year – Na Alii (6-2) won the teams’ meeting on Sept. 12.

Patricia Batoon had 18 kills for Kamehameha, and Charity Sadang added 12. Kaira Davis had eight kills and Taylor Awai had six, along with 14 digs. Shalia Kamakaokalani had 17 digs.

King Kekaulike got three aces and 10 digs from Brandy Feliciano-Benton, and Jamie Gomes had three aces and five digs. Kalia Aguera had 27 assists, five digs and an ace, and Trey Freitas had 18 digs and an ace.

“It comes down to who’s going to make that one run,” said Na Alii coach Al Paschoal.

Kamehameha coach Bala Spencer, whose team won for the 76th time in its last 78 MIL matches, was unable to comment after losing his voice.

The Warriors and Na Alii are scheduled to meet once more in the regular season, on Oct. 10 at King Kekaulike’s gym.