The dream ended for the Mililani Lady Trojans, who were outgunned by the six-time defending state champion Kamehameha Warriors 25-13, 25-10, 25-20 in the second semifinal at McKinley.
Amanda Wasko, Misty Ma‘a and middle blocker Haley Pa‘akaula had nine kills apiece for Kamehameha (12-3), which will meet rival Punahou tonight in a rematch of last year’s state championship match.
"I think we just worked on trying to avoid the block and hit the right spots," Wasko said of one of her best matches.
Kamehameha coach Chris Blake was pleased.
"They played together. We worked on some things today, tightening up a lot of things, execution and doing what we have to do to take care of our side," he said. "Mililani’s a great team. We saw some stuff on tape and tried to move out and knew where (Jordyn Keamo and Inoa Fields) were. We gave them different looks. They’re smart hitters, so we showed them one thing for a little bit, then changed things up."
The Warriors were simply too solid in every way against Mililani (15-2), the Oahu Interscholastic Association champion. Their serve game was dominant with Wasko, Kalepa and super sub Faith Ma‘afala taking the Trojans out of their flow often. Wasko finished with two of her team’s four aces.