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Wild week wraps things up for MIL boys volleyball

May 5, 2013 - Robert Collias
What a week it was in MIL boys volleyball: Upsets, emotion, momentum swings, high drama, packed gyms, all while the state girls golf and Division II softball tournaments were going on.

The final point of the Maui High-Kamehameha Maui match also marked the last on-court duty for outgoing Seabury Hall athletic director Steve Colflesh — a pioneer for D-II sports statewide who has brought his tiny Upcountry private school to the forefront. He is also just an amazing all-around good guy (much more on this later).

The week started with upsets in each D-II semifinal — for Molokai and Lanai.

Even with the advent of eight-man football, boys volleyball is still a major sport for the small schools, trust me. In Molokai coach Hale Domingo's word, it is awesome.

In Division I, Baldwin left no doubt who is the best team on Maui.

No team in the MIL has had more success on the state level than Seabury Hall in boys volleyball.

And, to wrap up the week, Maui High will return to the state tournament for the first time since Dio Dante dominated for the Sabers.

Maui High first-year coach Philip Velasco played on three state championship teams for Roosevelt before graduating in 1980. His father played against Kamehameha Maui coach Robert Brede's father.

In the handshake line, Velasco said he has seen enough of the Brede’s Warriors.

“Kamehameha, gosh, they did a terrific job, they pushed us, and I really don’t want to see them again,” he said. “They were terrific. This was a pressure situation and at the state tournament it is magnified.”


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