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Cool contrast between Spartans, Trojans on court

September 5, 2013 - Robert Collias
The match Wednesday night at the Erdman Athletic Center lasted just 72 minutes, but the contrast between the Seabury Hall and St. Anthony girls volleyball teams is striking — in a good way for both.

Seabury Hall coach Scottie Zucco is sporting am amish-type beard and says he will not trim it until he has a couple of sand volleyball facilities built Upcountry. His longterm goal is to have sand volleyball become an official MIL sport.

His two-time defending MIL D-II champions look pretty good to me this year, well-rounded and 14-players deep.

This quote from my story linked above tells a lot:

“It’s a special thing and to get everybody out there means we are doing something right in practice,” Zucco said.

On the other side of the net is a St. Anthony team that made a push for a state berth last season under Al Paschoal, who has since moved to King Kekaulike.

With the season on the line because no new coach could be found, in steps Maui volleyball veteran Don Lee, dad of former Seabury Hall and Geogrge Washington University standout Kaimana Lee (who, btw, was at Wednesday's match chasing her 2-year-old around while baking another bun in the oven).

Don Lee knows as much about MIL girls volleyball as anybody around — his team is 0-4 after playing MIL powers Hana, Molokai (twice) and Seabury Hall.

He had this to say after the match:

“We are the only ones who have played all three teams — Molokai, Hana and now Seabury,” Lee said. “There’s no doubt where the talent is. The physical presence is more on Molokai, Hana hits harder and it is going to be interesting between those three. It’s their show and we are just going to keep trying to plug our way to find our rightful spot in it. I think we are going to surprise some people down the road, I really do. I'm looking forward to it.”

Seabury Hall hosts Molokai on Sept. 14 before an eight-day stretch where the Spartans host Hana on Oct. 5, host Molokai on Oct. 11, then play at Hana on Oct. 12 — a stretch that could define the season.

Good stuff for a league that is as tough as any in the state at the D-II level for girls volleyball.


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