Punahou repeats as state boys volleyball champions
Joshua Taylor had a match-high 20 kills and Henry Cassiday added 10 kills tonight as Punahou swept Kamehameha, 25-18, 25-20, 25-20, to win its second straight New City Nissan Boys Volleyball Championship.
A crowd of about 1,500 at McKinley's Student Council Gym watched the Buffanblu — ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN Rise — finish the regular and postseason at 23-0. The Warriors ended at 19-5.
Micah Christenson led Kamehameha with 17 kills.
The first set was tied at 10-10 before Punahou scored three straight points on kills by Taylor and Cassiday, followed by Taylor Crabb's ace. The Warriors closed it to 14-12 on Christenson's solo block, but that was as close as they would get.
The Buffanblu never trailed in Set 2, jumping out to an 8-3 lead and withstanding a Kamehameha run that closed it to 10-9. They stretched the lead to 16-10 and the Warriors could not get closer than three points the rest of the way.
The third set was tied at 9-9 when Kamehameha appeared to land an ace, but the call was reversed and Punahou led the rest of the way.
The Warriors closed it to 17-16 and 22-20, but the Buffanblu scored the final three points on a Taylor kill, a double block by Benjamin Lam and Cassiday, and a Cassiday kill.