By Fred Guzman
But the Bears demonstrated their resilience last night by regrouping and storming back for a five-set victory to earn a berth in tonight’s 5 p.m. quarterfinal match against second-seeded Mililani at the Farrington High gym.
Kalei Vaivai led the way for Baldwin, registering 14 kills in a 22-25, 23-25, 25-16, 25-15, 15-10 victory over the Knights.
Things didn’t go as well for Molokai, the defending state D-II champion. The Lady Farmers fell to St. Francis in four sets – by scores of 25-27, 25-16, 25-15, 25-11 – despite 10 kills by Leenell Hernandez.
The loss relegated Molokai to the consolation bracket, where it will meet Kau in a 3:30 p.m. match at Kaimuki High.
The MIL’s two overall champions – Kamehameha-Maui in D-I and Seabury Hall in D-II — open their bids tonight.
Fourth-seeded Kamehmeha-Maui meets Kahuku at 5 p.m. at Farrington High. Kahuku opened with a 25-21, 17-25, 25-13, 25-16 win over Kaiser.
Seabury Hall, also a fourth seed, faces Leilehua at 5 o’clock at Kaimuki. Leilehua advanced into the quarterfinals by defeating Kauai High 27-25, 25-27, 25-11, 25-13.
The state volleyball tournaments run through Saturday night, with final day of action to be held at the Blaisdell Arena.
In last night’s other D-I matches: six-time defending champion Kamehameha-Kapalama defeated Pearl City 25-11, 25-11, 25-22 and Moanalua routed Hilo 25-11, 25-5, 25-22.
In other D-II openers: Sacred Hearts defeated Ka‘u 25-15, 25-23, 27-25 and Konawaena outlasted Radford in a five-set thriller by scores of 25-16, 25-27, 27-25, 21-25, 16-14.