Na Alii bounce back

Macphetridge’s 13 kills, 12 digs help injury-plagued King Kekaulike sweep Lahainaluna

Nina Macphetridge of King Kekaulike High School tips the ball as Lahainaluna’s Alana Koa (right) and Aulani Casco-DeLeon defend during the second set of Na Alii’s three-set win over the Lunas on Tuesday night at Na Alii’s gym.
• The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Nina Macphetridge of King Kekaulike High School tips the ball as Lahainaluna’s Alana Koa (right) and Aulani Casco-DeLeon defend during the second set of Na Alii’s three-set win over the Lunas on Tuesday night at Na Alii’s gym. • The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

PUKALANI — The King Kekaulike High School girls volleyball team had a bad taste it wanted to get rid of on Tuesday night.

Na Alii took care of business quickly with a 25-13, 25-12, 25-15 sweep of Lahainaluna at King Kekaulike Gym to improve to 5-2 in Maui Interscholastic League play.

The win helped erase a little bit of the sting felt from a five-set loss to Kamehameha Maui last week in which Na Alii had a pair of match points in the fourth set and senior setter Shaina Rapanot-Uyechi suffered a knee injury.

Rapanot-Uyechi had an MRI exam Tuesday on Oahu to determine the extent of the injury, missing her teammates’ lopsided win over the Lunas that took a little over an hour.

“We felt relieved because we didn’t want to take them to four (sets), we wanted to keep it at three, that was our goal because that was our first sweep of the season,” said King Kekaulike’s Nina Macphetridge, who had 13 kills, 12 digs and three aces.

Chandler Cowell of Na Alii hits a first-set kill Tuesday.
• The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Chandler Cowell of Na Alii hits a first-set kill Tuesday. • The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Na Alii have had to overcome injuries to Rapanot-Uyechi, reigning MIL Player of the Year Kalena Vaivai, who has been sidelined the entire season with a broken foot, and Chandler Cowell, who missed three matches earlier this year and is still not 100 percent while dealing with a shoulder injury.

“We just put it together, even without our strongest links we still do good, and we have our young ones who are taking a big role,” Macphetridge said.

Na Alii rolled to a 12-3 lead in the first set before the Lunas closed within 16-10. Back-to-back aces by Kiana Correa pushed the lead to 19-10, and a block by Annika Stammberger and Cowell finished the set.

A block by Lyric Love gave King Kekaulike a commanding 16-6 lead in the second set. Love’s kill off a quick set gave Na Alii set point and Montana Disegna finished the frame on a resounding kill down the middle.

King Kekaulike again went out to a big lead in the third set, and Disegna ended the match with a kill.

Lahainaluna’s Taylor Ganer tries to tip a first-set ball past the block of King Kekaulike’s Daniella Wittenberg and Annika Stammberger on Tuesday.
• The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Lahainaluna’s Taylor Ganer tries to tip a first-set ball past the block of King Kekaulike’s Daniella Wittenberg and Annika Stammberger on Tuesday. • The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Nanna Inouye had 17 digs and three aces, Lauren Albrecht had 11 assists, seven digs and an ace, and Vicki Martins had 15 assists and five digs for Na Alii — all are freshmen.

Cowell added an ace, five kills and nine digs.

“I’m proud of the girls, they actually responded well to a tough loss last week,” King Kekaulike coach Al Paschoal said. “We got some time to think a few things over, make some adjustments in the gym yesterday, and the girls responded. Our young girls are just so fortunate that they are getting seasoned at just a phenomenal clip.”

Paschoal said he is hopeful that both Vaivai and Rapanot-Uyechi make it back to the floor this season.

“I hope she’s back, but you just never know with a knee,” Paschoal said of Rapanot-Uyechi. “There’s so many things it could be. She’s a gamer — if there’s any chance, she’ll be back.”

The Lunas (3-4) got eight kills from Shay-Lea Samiu and five from Taylor Ganer. Coach Trixy Nuesca left the gym without comment.

*Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

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MIL STANDINGS

DIVISION I

…………….. W ….. L ….. Pct ….. GB

Kamehameha Maui . 7 ….. 0 ….. 1.000 …. —

King Kekaulike .. 5 ….. 2 ….. .714 …. 2

Lahainaluna ….. 3 ….. 4 ….. .429 …. 4

Baldwin ……… 2 ….. 6 ….. .250 …. 5-1⁄2

Maui High ……. 1 ….. 6 ….. .143 …. 6

DIVISION II

…………….. W ….. L ….. Pct ….. GB

Seabury Hall …. 6 ….. 0 ….. 1.000 …. —

Hana ………… 3 ….. 1 ….. .750 …. 2

Molokai ……… 4 ….. 4 ….. .500 …. 3

Maui Prep ……. 2 ….. 2 ….. .500 …. 3

Lanai ……….. 1 ….. 2 ….. .333 …. 3-1⁄2

St. Anthony ….. 2 ….. 6 ….. .250 …. 5

Haleakala Waldorf 1 ….. 4 ….. .200 …. 4-1⁄2

Tuesday’s Results

Kamehameha Maui def. Baldwin 25-19, 26-24, 25-15

King Kekaulike def. Lahainaluna 25-13, 25-12, 25-15

Thursday’s Matches

Kamehameha Maui at Lahainaluna, 6 p.m.

Maui High at King Kekaulike, 6 p.m.

Friday’s Matches

Haleakala Waldorf at Lanai, 7 p.m.

Maui Prep at Hana, 7 p.m.

Saturday’s Matches

Maui Prep at Hana, 10 a.m.

Haleakala Waldorf at Lanai, 10 a.m.

St. Anthony at Seabury Hall, 6 p.m.

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