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Lady Farmers Harvest State Berth

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Photo by Lee DeRouin

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Lady Farmers of the Girls Volleyball team qualified for the State Tournament last weekend at the MIL DII Championships on Lanai, coming in second in the league. Molokai defeated Seabury in five sets (25-20, 23-25, 25-23, 19-25 and 17-15) in the semifinal to punch their ticket to states. They lost to Hana in the championship game 3-1 (22-25, 25-15, 25-22 and 25-10).

“I am super proud of my team,” said Head Coach Mahea Rawlins. “They played very hard [against] Seabury to make it to states. If we stick together as a team and play as a team, we will be OK. The girls are ready for the big dance which is states and we will have to focus on one point at a time. We are very excited and we will play with ‘heart and soul’ which is our motto.”

The Dragons (12-0) completed an undefeated season and will be the number three seed in next week’s state championships. The Lady Farmers only losses this season were to Hana. Both teams will now represent the MIL in the state tournament.

Molokai (9-3) will face Kohala on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. at Kaimuki High School.

“We are Farmers, and Farmers are hard workers, and that’s exactly what we girls have done,” said senior captain Precious Rawlins. “Besides the loss against Hana, I am more than proud of my girls for our accomplishments. We’re still going to states and I am more than happy about that because we haven’t gone to states since 2011. We just have the longer way to go, and with staying as one team together, we will be able to make our goals.”

Senior captain Brooke Keliihoomalu echoed her teammate’s words.

“The MIL tournament was a great experience,” she said. “Although we didn’t claim the D2 title, we’re headed to states for the first time in years and it’s an amazing feeling to know that all our hard work, dedication, and sacrifices paid off. We got one last ride together and we’re all excited to see what more we can do together. Win or lose, my glory goes to God, he deserves it all!”

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