Warriors take sole possession of D-I lead

Taylor Awai returned from a broken tooth and finished with seven kills and 13 digs as the Kamehameha Schools Maui girls volleyball team took sole possession of first place in the Maui Interscholastic League Division I standings with a 26-24, 25-15, 25-23 victory over Maui High on Thursday at Kaulaheanuiokamoku Gym in Pukalani.

Awai lost her tooth diving for a ball in the third set on a rally the Warriors eventually won. She left the match, then returned for the last two points.

Patricia Batoon had 11 kills and five blocks for Kamehameha (5-1). Charity Sadang had nine kills, Danielle Brown had three aces, Kaira Davis had four blocks and Shalia Kamakaokalani had 15 digs.

Toa Tongi had 10 kills for the Sabers (4-2), who had won four consecutive matches since a season-opening loss to the Warriors on Aug. 29.

“The games were close. It’s not like we laid down,” Maui High coach Lena Quilantang said.

Suli Hifo had eight kills for the Sabers, and Cloe Adams had six, while Jeannie Hifo added 10 digs.

Kamehameha, which has won the last eight MIL D-I titles, and 74 of its last 76 league matches, is scheduled to meet Maui High once more in the regular season, on Oct. 1 in Kahului.

“It’s going to be exciting at the end to see which way the ball rolls,” Quilantang said. “Hopefully it rolls to us.”