Seabury continues unbeaten start by sweeping Molokai

Seabury Hall’s Isabel Bennett tries to get a shot past Molokai’s Saije Aiana (left) and Mary Grace Ringor during the second set of the Spartans’ 25-9, 25-9, 25-12 victory over the Farmers on Saturday at Erdman Athletic Center. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Seabury Hall’s Isabel Bennett tries to get a shot past Molokai’s Saije Aiana (left) and Mary Grace Ringor during the second set of the Spartans’ 25-9, 25-9, 25-12 victory over the Farmers on Saturday at Erdman Athletic Center. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

OLINDA — Less than 24 hours after three close sets lived up to the rivalry that Molokai High School and Seabury Hall have built, the story was different Saturday.

The Spartans needed just over an hour to roll to a 25-9, 25-9, 25-12 sweep of the Farmers at Erdman Athletic Center, and took firm command of the Maui Interscholastic League Division II regular-season race.

“Yeah, I was surprised,” said Seabury’s Isabel Bennett, who had 15 kills, five digs and two blocks. “But I also knew that my team would, like, be there. Last night we really started to get into the groove in the third set.”

The Spartans (5-0) had a balanced attack while sending the Farmers (4-2) to their second straight loss.

Ella Connor had four kills, two digs and two blocks for Seabury, Erica Pilotin had 11 kills and three digs, Kiana Hyman had 30 assists and two digs and Sevilla Leuteneker had five kills and three blocks.

Seabury Hall's Ella Connor and Molokai’s Saije Aiana meet at the net during the third set.  -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Seabury Hall's Ella Connor and Molokai’s Saije Aiana meet at the net during the third set. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

The Spartans won Friday’s match 25-21, 25-19, 25-19.

“We played way better today than we did yesterday,” Hyman said. “We cleaned up a lot of our mistakes and we just played better as a team.”

Molokai was the MIL runner-up last season, and its win over Seabury in the league tournament kept the Spartans out of the state tournament for the first time since D-II was introduced in 2005.

“Molokai is a really tough team, they are aways scrappy, they are always in it,” Pilotin said. “You can’t let up on your intensity a bit with them.”

Seabury Hall coach Scott Zucco also wasn’t expecting Saturday’s scores.

Connor celebrates a point with teammates Kiana Hyman (right) and Abby Drood in the third set. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Connor celebrates a point with teammates Kiana Hyman (right) and Abby Drood in the third set. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

“I think we just caught a couple of breaks today,” Zucco said. “They’re still a tough team, they send over tough points, the outsides got a couple of great arms on them, the middles, just crafty as heck, and great blockers. A couple balls fell our way and fortunately it worked out that way. Once again, the score doesn’t indicate how tough it was.”

Molokai was without senior middle blocker Sehia Pedro, who missed the weekend with a sprained ankle but is expected back soon.

“She would make a pretty big difference,” said Farmers coach Mahea Rawlins. “We have lineups where we’re throwing middles in there that are freshmen, sophomores. They’re doing their job that they are supposed to be doing, but we’re still trying to find a lineup and trying to go around it.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

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Connor and Hyman try to block a second-set shot by the Farmers’ Taye Mowat. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Connor and Hyman try to block a second-set shot by the Farmers’ Taye Mowat. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

MIL STANDINGS

DIVISION I

W L Pct GB

Kamehameha Maui 4 0 1.000 —

King Kekaulike 4 1 .800 1⁄2

Lahainaluna 3 2 .600 1-1⁄2

Maui High 1 4 .200 3-1⁄2

Baldwin 0 5 .000 4-1⁄2

DIVISION II

W L Pct GB

Seabury Hall 5 0 1.000 —

Molokai 4 2 .667 1-1⁄2

Maui Prep 2 1 .667 2

Hana 1 1 .500 2-1⁄2

Haleakala Waldorf 1 4 .200 4

St. Anthony 1 5 .167 4-1⁄2

Lanai 0 1 .000 3

Saturday’s Result

Seabury Hall def. Molokai 25-9, 25-9, 25-12

Tuesday’s Matches

Maui High at Baldwin, 6 p.m.

King Kekaulike at Kamehameha Maui, 6 p.m.

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