PO‘IPU — Following a 23-25 opening set loss to Kule‘a, Huak‘i clawed back to take the second set, 25-15, Friday evening when the Boy’s Club league took over the Southside Sports Center in Po‘ipu.
Coached by Merrill Carvalho, Kule‘a entered the Po‘ipu facility on a strong note until the aloha ball in the opening set. The momentum switched as Kule‘a could not find the handle to close the door and allowed Huak‘i to chip away at the deficit until a miscue closed the door for Kule‘a.
Huaka‘i continued the momentum in the second set, and went to both sides of the ball in the third set, utilizing blocks and hard hitting to edge past Kule‘a, 25-23.
With the win, and the last week Saturday’s straight set win over Kanazuchi, 25-17 25-19, and 15-7, Huaka‘i, coached by Daryl Date, Tony Magaoay and company, is undefeated in play following the second week of the five-week season.
Play continues Friday when Kanazuchi, coached by Kell Nonaka, meets Huaka‘i in three sets starting at 4 p.m. at the Southside Sports Center.
Saturday matches will have Kule‘a hosting Kanazuchi starting at 6 p.m. followed by Kule‘a hosting Huaka‘i at 7:30 p.m.
League play is held on Friday and Saturday evenings through May 8 when the league championship game goes off at 7:30 p.m.
Source: The Garden Island