Seabury Hall completes unbeaten league season
LAHAINA – Kiki Leuteneker’s serving has been coming around lately, and it showed on Friday as the Seabury Hall girls volleyball team completed an unbeaten Maui Interscholastic League season.
Leuteneker served the final seven points of the first set and finished with 15 kills as the Spartans beat Hana 25-23, 25-12, 26-24 in the MIL Division II tournament final at the Lahainaluna gym.
“Kiki has really improved her serving the past two, three weeks,” said Seabury coach Scottie Zucco. “It was electric. She has a confident serving attitude.”
Leuteneker finished with five aces and Gabby Ratte had seven kills and 12 assists.
“All of our hitters were on,” Ratte said. “I felt confident going to any of them.”
The Spartans finished with 17 aces, while the Dragons had 16.
Seabury (12-0) and Hana (8-4) were already assured berths in the D-II state tournament, which begins Oct. 29 on Oahu. The Spartans will be one of the tournament’s four seeded teams.
“I’m really proud of the girls,” Zucco said. “We talked all year long about giving our best effort. We finished the season undefeated, but that’s not to say we were always successful.”
In the first set, the Dragons had seven aces and led 23-17 before Leuteneker’s run, which included two aces.
“I was confident. I couldn’t let them down,” Leuteneker said.
As for her serving, she said: “I’ve been focusing more on it.”
During Seabury’s set-ending run, Hana committed five hitting errors.
“If we had took (that set), might have had a different outcome,” said Dragons coach Louis Hoopai.
The Spartans jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the second set with Sophie Janssen getting a pair of aces. Hana got as close as 12-7 before Seabury pulled away. The Spartans had seven aces during the set, with Janssen and Taryn Shaw each getting three. Leuteneker had five kills without an error in the set.
“The second set, I don’t know what happened,” Hoopai said.
The Spartans took a 23-17 lead in the third before the Dragons made one last rally, tying the score 24-24 with Shalen-Brae Hoopai getting two kills and an ace. A service error by Hana and a kill by Ratte off a set from Emma Pilotin ended the match.
“We got them together (during a timeout) and told them they need to work to close it out,” Zucco said.
Amy Ozee had five of her nine kills in the third set for Seabury, while Shayla Hoeft finished with five blocks and Savy Janssen had 13 assists.
Shalen-Brae Hoopai had 11 kills and six aces for Hana. Brandy Lecker-Tolentino had five kills and Rachel-Lee Scott contributed three aces.
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