The Maui News 2018 MIL Boys Volleyball All-Stars

Peters, Adolpho go out on top: Players of Year led teams to MIL titles in senior seasons

Kaina Adolpho (in photo) helped lead Molokai High School to the semifinal round of the Division II state tournament, while Austin Peters (second photo) guided Kamehameha Maui to a second straight Maui Interscholastic League Division I title. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

While neither plans to play in college, Austin Peters and Kaina Adolpho will never forget their final boys volleyball seasons in the Maui Interscholastic League.

Both seniors led their teams to MIL titles, Peters as Kamehameha Schools Maui’s setter, and Adolpho as Molokai’s lethal weapon on the outside.

Peters is the choice of the league’s coaches as The Maui News MIL Division I Player of the Year for the second straight season, while Adolpho is the Division II Player of the Year for the first time.

“I’m definitely really happy,” said Peters, who will attend the University of San Diego to study general engineering. “This one definitely goes out to my teammates because if a setter can get this honor it’s because their teammates are passing, their teammates are hitting and you couldn’t do it without the best hitter and the best passer out of all of them.

“As their setter, I’m happy that I could be named this honor because I know they did so well this year and I’m proud to have been a part of that team.”

Austin Peters

Peters is joined on the first team by teammates Rafael Adolpho, Hinano Long and Iverson Dudoit; Maui High’s Jonathan Aunese and Denniel Carreon; and Lahainaluna’s Carter Stockham.

“It was amazing this year,” Peters said. “Everyone stepped up, everyone played hard and I couldn’t ask for a better team.”

Peters said it is hard to believe that he will graduate on Saturday.

“Pauahi has done so much for me, the school has done so much for me, I have been there since kindergarten,” Peters said. “I really hope that I can give back to them in some way so that they can be even more successful in their future. It’s kind of sad because I’m done playing sports.”

Kaina Adolpho echoed those sentiments for his team that had a 14-12 lead in the fifth set of a state semifinal against eventual state champion St. Francis.

He has watched many legendary Famers come through the ranks. His plans are to serve his two-year church mission immediately after graduation tonight.

“It feels great,” he said. “I watched all the hard work and sacrifice it took for them to become MIL Player of the Year and that’s kind of what I sought after.”

The MIL coaches of the year are Hale Domingo of Molokai and Robert Brede of Kamehameha Maui.

Adolpho is joined on the D-II first team by teammates Nainoa Kahale and Keison Poaha Alcon; Seabury Hall’s Kainalu Kubo and Noah Bigelow; and Hana’s Nahinu Lind and Keoki Hoopai-Waikoloa.

“We had a great time,” Adolpho said. “The people on the team are some of my best friends since I was growing up. Being able to represent Molokai and have the whole community behind you and the support of your family, and just the whole island, is huge for us. I think that’s why we were so successful this year.”

Adolpho pointed to the toughness of the MIL D-II ranks and said the rivalry with Seabury Hall was special.

“Nothing but respect for them,” he said. “It’s great to go out there and battle with them every year, year and after year, just having a great time playing against each other.”

The two Players of the Year got to play with each other at a tournament on Molokai two weeks ago.

“He’s a great player, great all-around athlete, played basketball, too,” Adolpho said of Peters. “Hard worker, just a great guy to be around.”

Peters said of Kaina Adolpho, ‘He’s amazing. … He’s a smart hitter, a strong hitter. He has all the tools he needs.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

Division I Second Team

Matt Jess Domingo, Lahainaluna Libero, 5-7 So.

Nick Gayagoy, Lahainaluna, Setter, 6-2 Sr.

Elijah Oliveira-Kalalau, Lahainaluna, Outside hitter, 5-11 Jr.

Parker Hao Awai, KS Maui, Def. specialist, 5-7 So.

Julius Benavidez, Maui High, Middle blocker, 5-11 Jr.

Andrew Ordono, Baldwin, Opposite hitter, 5-9 Sr.

Reilley Marrs, King Kekaulike, Outside hitter, 6-0 Sr.

Division II Second Team

Ethan Preseault, Seabury Hall, Middle blocker, 6-3 Sr.

Yosef Moeai, Hana, Outside hitter, 5-10 Sr.

Dylan Newbro, Seabury Hall, Libero, 5-9 Sr.

Kalai Anderson, Seabury Hall, Outside hitter, 6-1 Fr.

Kiai Park, Hana, Setter, 5-5 Sr.

Vaai Seumalo, Molokai, Middle blocker, 6-2 So.

Kanalu Kahale, Molokai, Outside hitter, 5-8 Fr.

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