While Punahou is still on track to claim a "mythical" high school boys volleyball national championship, the Buffanblu left no doubt last night in winning Hawai’i’s official state crown.
Joshua Taylor had a match-high 20 kills and Henry Cassiday added 10 kills as Punahou swept Kamehameha, 25-18, 25-20, 25-20, to capture its second straight New City Nissan State 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 No. 10 Warriors ended at 19-5.
Leading by just 1.67 points going into the meet’s final event, the Buffanblu won the 4×400-meter relay to capture the boys team title at last night’s Island Movers State Track & Field Championships at Kamehameha’s Kūnuiākea Stadium.
"With everything on the line, our goal in this race was to come in first," said Punahou senior Kawika Pedrina. "Every other week, we’re just going for times. This time, it’s coming in first. Us being seniors, we had to go the hardest."
Punahou led Kamehameha, 60 to 58.33, going into the 4×400. Punahou held a slim lead over Kamehameha for most of the race with Pedrina, Tim Kamana, Brian Suite and KT Tuumalo winning in 3:24.53. Kamehameha was second in 3:26.14.
In the final standings, Punahou tipped Kamehameha, 70 to 66.33.