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Seabury Narrowly Swept in Volleyball Final

Posted May 15, 2011, 08:45 AM HST Updated May 15, 2011, 09:18 AM HST
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By Fred Guzman

There are sweeps, and there are sweeps in volleyball.

The Seabury Hall boys came up short in their bid to repeat as state Division-II volleyball champions. But the Spartans gave a gutsy account of themselves in a straight-sets loss to Hawaii Baptist Academy in Saturday’s title game at the McKinley High gym on Oahu.

Seabury was, indeed, swept by HBA, but the margins were razor-thin in each of the sets: 25-22, 25-23, 26-24, the top-seeded HBA of the ILH edging out the second-seeded Spartans of the MIL.

In the end, the Spartans didn’t have an answer for HBA’s twin towers of 6-foo-4 junior Chad Barretta and 6-6 sophomore Mike Fisher. Barretta had 20 kills; Fisher added 14.

Rocky DeLyon, a 6-2 junior, led Seabury with 14 kills. Seniors Conner Snow and Alex Wright had seven and six kills, respectively. The Spartans paid dearly for its nine service errors against only two aces.

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Meantime, on the Big Island, Kamehameha-Kapalama defeated top-seeded ILH rival Punahou in the D-I championship match at Kea’au High School.

Micah Christenson unleashed 22 kills in leading the Warriors to a a 25-23, 25-20, 25-24 victory. Earlier this year, the 6-foot-4 Richardson also led Kamehameha to the state D-I basketball crown.

Chistenson will focus on volleyball in college after accepting a scholarship from Southern California. He also is on the radar of the national team program and is given a chance at becoming a future Olympian.

 

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