The Molokai lady Farmers opened the volleyball regular season with three matches in three days against Lanai and King Kekaulike.
On Thursday, the girls traveled to Maui to play King Kekaulike at the King Kekaulike gym. Molokai put up a strong fight but fell in five sets, dropping the final set by a score of 15-13. A controversial back row attack violation occurred in the tight final set after a point had been awarded to Molokai. The point was then reversed and given to King Kekaulike after a discussion by the officials.
Molokai had better luck once they landed on Lanai. On Friday evening, the Farmers topped Lanai, in Lanai City, in straight sets, 25-10, 25-11 and 25-15. Leading the way for Molokai was Leenell Hernandez with 16 kills. Natalie Levi added seven kills and 11 digs while Carol Kahee had five aces and Heather Place contributed 19 assists.
The next day it was more of the same as Molokai defeated Lanai again, this time in a noontime match, in straight sets, 25-15, 25-15 and 25-20. Hernandez again led the team, this time with 13 kills and six aces. Levi added six kills and 11 digs while Shania Lopez-Mollena helped out with 13 assists.
Molokai’s next two volleyball matches will be the first home games of the season. The girls go up against St. Anthony at The Barn on Sept. 23, 7 p.m., and again on Sept. 24, Saturday, at noon.