After the first two weeks of Maui Interscholastic League volleyball action, the lady Farmers sit atop the MIL after straight-set victories over Lanai last week and Maui Prep this past weekend.
Lanai visited Molokai Sept. 7 for two matches at The Barn. Molokai won on Friday 25-16, 25-18 and 25-19. The Pine Lasses did no better at the Saturday noontime game, losing to the Farmers 25-15, 25-12 and 25-20.
Maui Prep visited Molokai this past weekend and had the same results as Lanai, losing in straight sets on Friday and Saturday. The score on Friday was 25-10, 25-6 and 25-13.
The Molokai girls started slow on Saturday with Maui Prep jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first set. The Farmers called a timeout down 10-7 and that’s when they started to turn it around. Well-played points on the serve of Molokai’s Taylor Kehliihoomalu tied the first set at 17. The Farmers built momentum from there and won the first set 25-18.
On the serve of Shaniah Mollena-Lopez, Molokai ran out to a 7-0 lead in the second set. Improved team play and tough serving from Heather Place and Caylee Ladesma allowed Molokai to roll to a 25-4 win.
The third and final set was more of the same with the Farmers going out to a 4-1 lead. Maui Prep called a couple of timeouts to try and slow the momentum but Molokai finished them off 25-10.
With no seniors, the Molokai team is made up of sophomores and juniors and one freshman. While they will probably not dominate in the way the Molokai teams of the past have done, the young team is energetic, serves well and has time to improve.
“Overall they did OK, they’re good,” said first year head coach Mahea Rawlins. “It’s just the little things we need to work on.”
Rawlins said she would like the girls to improve in, “being able to see the court on the other side.”
Rawlins said she has seen improvement in the overall team play and with the performance from the second string players.
“If we can get the pass, get the hits, we should be OK … I thought everyone did a good job. I’m pretty happy,” she added.