Hana improves to 6-0 with win over Seabury

OLINDA – The Hana High School boys volleyball team might be smaller than Seabury Hall, but that didn’t stop the Dragons from coming up with a big win.

Before a crowded house at Erdman Athletic Center, Hana recorded a 25-18, 22-25, 25-17, 26-24 victory on Friday, improving to 6-0 in the Maui Interscholastic League.

“I feel good,” said Hana’s Hunter Perry. “We practiced hard and just wanted to keep” the season perfect.

Perry, at 5-foot-10, is one of the Dragons’ tallest players.

“We have a lot of smaller people that’s all,” Perry said.

Hana rallied from a 22-21 deficit in the fourth set. A kill by Shaka Kalalau gave the Dragons match point, and they won on a net violation.

“We were up and up. I was holding my butt,” Hana’s Isaiah Pu-Akima said of the final set. “We try to play error-free and let the other team make mistakes. We keep the ball up and just play.”

Pu-Akima, a senior with Perry, said the team always looks forward to its matches with Seabury, which finished third in last year’s Division II state tournament.

“We’ve been rivals for many years. We just get more pumped when we play them,” Pu-Akima said.

The teams are to meet again in Hana on April 25, the last day of the regular season.

“We’ve still got plenty more games to go so we got to keep winning,” said Dragons coach Manuel Oliveira. “Seabury’s tough. They’re always going to come back so we got to keep practicing hard.”

The Spartans fell to 2-4.

“Hana’s a really good team and we got to be a better team because we made too many mistakes,” said Seabury coach Caleb Palmer. “With a team like this you have to take it from them, you can’t just hope they’re going to give it to you because they’re not. Hats off to them, they played really well, but that being said we need to be a lot better.”

* Chris Sugidono is at csugidono@mauinews.com