Spartans rebound vs. Farmers

Following season-opening losses to Hana, Seabury Hall defeats Molokai in 4

Seabury Hall’s Kalai Anderson battles at the net with Molokai’s Keison Poaha Alcon during the first set of the Spartans’ win over the Farmers on Friday night at Erdman Athletic Center. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

OLINDA — The Seabury Hall boys volleyball dropped its first two Maui Interscholastic League Division II matches last week to Hana.

That put a premium on the Spartans’ home set with two-time defending champion Molokai this weekend. Seabury Hall passed the first test 25-18, 25-21, 17-25, 28-26 on Friday night at the Erdman Athletic Center.

The two teams are back at it at 10 a.m. today.

“I think what we need to focus on was energy and staying as a team because last week we sort of broke apart at the end,” Spartans senior hitter Noah Bigelow said. “This week, especially during the first two sets, we really brought it together, and then at the end of the last one.”

Seabury Hall jumped out to a 13-7 lead in the first set, gaining the margin on an ace by Ethan Preseault. A kill by freshman Kalai Anderson gave the Spartans a 17-12 lead, and Molokai was not closer than five the rest of the way.

Molokai’s Kanalu Kahale (right) and Keison Poaha Alcon attempt to block a shot from Seabury Hall’s Kalai Anderson on Friday. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Molokai led 6-3 early in the second set before the Spartans caught them at 8-8. A kill by Kainalu Kubo gave the Spartans a 21-19 lead, and a block by Bigelow pushed the margin to 24-20.

The Farmers, who opened by taking two matches from Lanai last weekend, came rushing back. They led 5-1, 11-5 and 20-11 while dominating the third set.

The fourth set was a thriller — Molokai took a 9-5 lead before Seabury Hall tied the set for the first time at 14-14 on an ace by Rolando Berdal. It was tied 20-20 before the Farmers took a 21-20 lead on a kill by Kaina Adolpho. An ace by Keison Poaha Alcon tied it at 24-24. Both teams had set points before an ace by Berdal ended it.

Neither team kept stats in the match.

“Going down 0-2 (last week) was a really, really hard thing for us to take in, especially at practices and stuff,” Kubo said. “We know that, like, our not giving energy at practice kind of helped Hana to win when we started playing sloppy. Sure enough this past week, we trained a lot harder with more strictness and more discipline — it’s what helped us get the win tonight.”

The Spartans’ Kainalu Kubo sets a first-set ball. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Seabury Hall coach Josh Kulhavy-Sutherland was pleased with his team’s effort on Friday.

“It was really important for us to come out and play a good game because we didn’t play very well last weekend,” he said. “Very important.”

Molokai coach Hale Domingo said his team will bounce back.

“It was a good battle, they’re a great team, they’re a different team from last year,” Domingo said. “We’re a different team, too. We just have got to put our pieces together. We’ve got a lot of missing parts. We’ve just got to work together and play just a bit harder.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

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MIL STANDINGS

DIVISION I

W L Pct. GB

KS Maui 3 0 1.000 —

Lahainaluna 3 0 1.000 —

Maui High 1 2 .333 2

King Kekaulike 1 3 .250 2 1⁄2

Baldwin 0 3 .000 3

DIVISION II

W L Pct. GB

Hana 2 0 1.000 —

Molokai 2 1 .667 1⁄2

Seabury Hall 1 2 .333 1 1⁄2

Lanai 0 2 .000 2

Friday’s Results

Seabury Hall def. Molokai 25-18, 25-21, 17-25, 28-26

Kamehameha Maui def. Baldwin 25-13, 25-13, 25-19

Maui High def. King Kekaulike 3-0 (set scores not reported)

Today’s Match

Molokai at Seabury Hall, 10 a.m.

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