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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, November 15, 2002

Three O'ahu teams gain volleyball semis

Advertiser Staff

Top-seeded Kamehameha and second-seeded Pearl City advanced to the semifinals of the Nissan Boys State Volleyball Tournament last night at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.

They were joined by Iolani and Kealakehe in today's final four.

Isaac Kneubuhl had 11 kills and Willy Melemai added nine to lead Interscholastic League of Honolulu champion Kamehameha (16-1) to a 15-3, 15-3 victory over Ka'u (14-4) of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation in a quarterfinal match.

Pearl City (13-1), the O'ahu Interscholastic Association champion, got 11 kills from Elsworth Kaanaana and eight from Michael Adams to beat Waiakea (13-4) of the BIIF, 15-4, 15-9.

Fourth-seeded Kealakehe (15-1), the BIIF champion, got seven kills from Kyle Teves and six from Ehitu Keeling to defeat Mililani (12-3), second in the OIA, 15-7, 15-10.

Kyle Pape had eight kills, and Chad Miller and Todd Blankenship contributed seven each to lead Iolani (16-2), second in the ILH, to a 15-7, 15-7 victory over Maui Interscholastic League champion Seabury Hall (11-2).

In today's semifinals, Iolani plays Pearl City at 6:30 p.m. with Kamehameha taking on Kealakehe at 8.

The winners advance to tomorrow night's 8 p.m. final.

In a consolation match yesterday, Maui High (9-5) defeated Leilehua (9-7) of the OIA, 15-6, 15-11.

In consolation bracket games today, Campbell (11-4), of the OIA, plays Kaua'i Interscholastic Federation champion Waimea (8-2) at 2 p.m.; Ka'u takes on Mililani at 3:30, and Seabury Hall plays Waiakea at 5.

• Correction: The Ka'u baseball team appeared in the 1960 state baseball tournament. The Advertiser was provided with incorrect information regarding the school's athletic history, which was printed in yesterday's paper.


• Tie in Pro-Am: Teams led by pros Kevin Hayashi and Beau Yokomoto tied for first in the 2002 Hawai'i State Open-Oakley Pro-Am held yesterday at the Makena Golf Course.

Hayashi shot a 67 for medalist honors, while Yokomoto shot a 69. Both teams shot 120.

Hayashi's team members: Roy Cordeiro, Sam Garcia, Russ Speck and Hector Feig. Yokomoto's team members: Keith Nakamura, Peter Rice, Glenn Yamasaki and Kelvin Sato.


• Big Island rules: The Orchid at Mauna Lani, Hilton Waikoloa Village and Westin Mauna Kea Beach Hotel are among Tennis magazine's "50 Greatest Tennis Resorts." The list is in the November issue.

The Orchid and Mauna Kea made the last Top 50 list in 2000. The Orchid was ranked ninth this year. Only the Top 10 are ranked, with the rest listed alphabetically.

The magazine's criteria includes overall design of the facility, quality of staff, variety of instructional programs, social tennis events, game scheduling, number of courts and availability of court time.

In addition to making the Top 50 list, the Orchid was acknowledged in the Best Lodging category. Mauna Kea received special accolades in the Best Cuisine category.