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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, May 15, 2010

Punahou repeats as state boys volleyball champions

Advertiser Staff


OH—Joshua Taylor, Punahou

OH—Henry Cassiday, Punahou

MB—Benjamin Lam, Punahou

MB—Tyler Cundiff, ‘Iolani

Opp—Micah Christenson, Kamehameha

S—Dylan Chock, Kamehameha

L—Scott Sakida, ‘Iolani

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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.