Waldorf goes distance in debut

Trojans rally for five-set win over Rays

Haleakala Waldorf players celebrate after a first-set point during a 21-25, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, 15-12 loss to St. Anthony on Tuesday at War Memorial Gym. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

WAILUKU — Even in defeat, it’s hard to imagine a better start to the varsity sports history of Hale­akala Waldorf High School.

The Rays played their inaugural girls volleyball match Tuesday night at War Memorial Gym and lasted five sets against St. Anthony while using only four players, losing 21-25, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, 15-12.

“Amazing, simply amazing,” said Waldorf senior Miachelli Sniffen. “It felt great, I gave it my all. Basically it’s just how much heart you have and we just gave it our all.”

The teams needed nearly 2 1/2 hours to complete the match on the opening day of the Maui Interscholastic League season.

“I’m emotional right now because we were lucky to beat them,” said St. Anthony coach Don Lee. “They were playing with what we needed more of — more soul, more heart. They played with it and we need to find more of that.”

Haleakala Waldorf’s Mileina Sniffen goes up for a shot as Natalia Polinskey looks on. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Waldorf led 6-3 in the final set after a kill by Sekaya Verburg capped a run of three consecutive points. The Trojans eventually went in front 13-10, but an ace by Natalia Polinskey brought the Rays within 13-12.

Ariana Lopez-Martinez then slammed home one of her 12 kills before Kristen Thomas ended the match with an ace.

“I’m glad that we were able to get out there and play,” said Waldorf coach Scott Sniffen. “We’ve been trying to get this done for all these years and finally. We’ve got two seniors on the team, so it’s nice to get them out there. They battled with passion and heart.”

Three of the Rays’ seven players were told by officials before the match that they could not play with earrings that they were wearing. The girls put athletic tape over the earrings, but were still not allowed to play. Waldorf then had to surrender automatic points whenever its fifth and sixth serving spots came up in the rotation.

Miachelli Sniffen also missed four points of the fourth set with a leg injury.

Kavena Fujieda of St. Anthony follows through on a shot. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Mileina Sniffen finished with 31 kills for the Rays.

“We’re putting in the process, but they come with their hearts,” Scott Sniffen said. “That’s all I ask them for.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

MIL Standings

DIVISION I

Scott Sniffen coaches the Rays. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

– W L Pct GB

King Kekaulike 1 0 1.000 —

Lahainaluna 1 0 1.000 —

Kamehameha Maui 0 0 .000 1⁄2

Baldwin 0 1 .000 1

Maui High 0 1 .000 1

DIVISION II

– W L Pct GB

St. Anthony 1 0 1.000 —

Molokai 0 0 .000 1⁄2

Seabury 0 0 .000 1⁄2

Hana 0 0 .000 1⁄2

Maui Prep 0 0 .000 1⁄2

Lanai 0 0 .000 1⁄2

Haleakala Waldorf 0 1 .000 1

Tuesday’s Results

Lahainaluna def. Maui High 26-24, 26-24, 23-25, 25-27, 15-11

St. Anthony def. Haleakala Waldorf 21-25, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, 15-12

King Kekaulike def. Baldwin 25-10, 22-25, 25-9, 24-26, 15-12

Thursday’s Matches

Lahainaluna at Baldwin, 6 p.m.

Maui High at Kamehameha Maui, 6 p.m.

Friday’s Matches

Hana at Seabury Hall, 5 p.m.

Haleakala Waldorf at Molokai, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s Matches

Haleakala Waldorf at Molokai, 10 a.m.

St. Anthony vs. Maui Prep at Lahainaluna, 10 a.m.

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