The New City Nissan / HHSAA Girls Volleyball tournament begins Tuesday on Oahu, and five Hawai`i Island teams will be looking to win the league’s first state championship since Luella Aina coached Hilo High School to their second state championship victory in 1974.
If the Vikings want to win their third state championship, they would need to win four matches in four days. The Vikings lost to Kamehameha-Hawai`i in straight sets on Saturday night in the league championship, setting them up for the long tournament run. The Vikings finished the season at 15-2 and will open up the tournament on Tuesday at Kaimuki High School against the Pearl City Chargers, who was the sixth place team out of the Oahu Interscholastic Association’s Red West Division with a 9-5 record.
The league champion, Kamehameha-Hawaii, earned the fourth seed in the tournament after finishing the regular season at 17-0. The Wahine, ranked eighth in the latest Star-Advertiser Top 10 poll, earned a bye in the opening round. They will face either Mililani or Castle on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. from McKinley’s Student Council Gymnasium.
In Division II, the Big Island Interscholastic Federation has three teams participating in the 12-team tournament. The league champion, Ka`u High School, earned the fourth seed in the tournament and will open play in the quarterfinals on Wednesday against either Waimea High School or Kailua High School. The match will be played at 5:00 p.m. at Kalani High School and will be broadcast on ESPN Radio and ESPNHawaii.com.
The Trojans finished league play at 16-2 and defeated Konawaena in four sets on Saturday night at Ellison Onizuka Gymnasium. The Wildcats, who ended BIIF play at 13-5, open the tournament on Tuesday against La Pietra. That match will be played at 5:00 p.m. from Farrington High School.
The league’s third place team, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, will open play at 7:00 p.m. against Hawaii Baptist Academy of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu. HPA finished league play at 13-5 and defeated St. Joseph in straight sets on Saturday.
Championship matches in Divisions I and II will be played on Friday at the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. The Division II title will begin at 5:00 p.m., while the Division I championship is played at 6:00 p.m.