Farmers plow through Maui to stay unbeaten
was even above and beyond what they will see in a tournament.”
Helm said the team looked overanxious at first and took the first two sets to settle into their game. Molokai came from behind to pull off a win in the opening set with three straight points to clinch the win. The Spartans took the second set before the Farmers bore down to take the match.
Much like the first time they met, Seabury was initially able to slow down the game and force Molokai to make a lot of errors. The Farmers made 42 unforced errors in the first meeting and 60 this time around.
“We unfortunately got sucked into their game early on more of a slow tempo. Once they got into the flow they were able to settle down and play our type of game,” Helm said.
Junior Kalei Adolpho led the way with 15 kills and four blocks. She also opened up opportunities for teammates when Seabury started keying on her. Sophomore Kalei Vaivai and Kailana Ritte-Camara each picked up eight kills apiece. Helm said junior Dohna Bicoy, who hasn’t seen a lot of action this season, also had a huge game in the backcourt for the Farmers.
“This is the type of game where your leaders really step up and everyone else jumps on and follows,” he said.
The loss dropped second place Seabury to 8-2 on the season with their only two losses coming at the hands of the Farmers.
Although it did not count towards either team’s record, the biggest game of the weekend came on Sunday. Molokai squared off against Kamehameha Maui – the only other undefeated team in the MIL. Kamehameha entered the contest with an 8-0 record and ranked No. 10 in the state. But, Molokai got the best of them in a best-of-three match.
“In all honesty we knew we could compete with them. We feel that we’re a pretty good team,” Helm said. “We just wanted to see where we match up with a powerhouse like Kamehameha.”
Molokai is now only four games away from achieving their goal of a perfect season. The Farmers will be back at home this weekend to host St. Anthony. The Trojans (3-6) are currently fifth in MIL’s Div. II. The games will be held Friday night a 7 p.m. and Saturday at noon, both at The Barn.