Lady Trojans come out on top, finish third

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By Misha Lawrence
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(Photo courtesy of Senior Luani Matagiese) Top (L-R): K. Miguel (12), K. Asbery (12), K. Asbery (10), M. Nederolik (11), H. Carter (10), N. Torio (11), F. Patu (11). Bottom (L-R): K. Magbaleta (12), D. Carter (12), K. Chang (12), S. LeGally (12), K. Cornelio (12).

(Photo courtesy of Senior Luani Matagiese) Top (L-R): K. Miguel (12), K. Asbery (12), K. Asbery (10), M. Nederolik (11), H. Carter (10), N. Torio (11), F. Patu (11). Bottom (L-R): K. Magbaleta (12), D. Carter (12), K. Chang (12), S. LeGally (12), K. Cornelio (12).

Reaching up high in hopes of scoring a point for MHS, varsity volleyball’s Lady Trojans played hard in their game on Oct. 24 against Nanakuli High School. It was a close win and Mililani made it happen with 25-18 points in the first set and 25-22 points in the second.

“When I knew we were playing Nanakuli I immediately thought about not getting ahead of ourselves, because we had played them before and we had a tough time against them. We just needed to come out in that game and not make any errors,” said Middle Blocker Sophomore Katherine Asbery.

This game was significant in getting MHS’ girls volleyball team into the third place ranking in the Oahu Interscholastic Association. Earlier in the month they faced defeat against Kapolei High School and put in more effort in order to get through the game against Nanakuli. “I was excited even though we were coming off a loss to Kapolei. Because of that loss I really wanted to beat Nanakuli again so we would be third,” Asbery said.

Despite the loss against Kapolei, Captain Senior Kristen Miguel led her team through the hardship. “We have team talks and we all just come together as one. We each say what we wish to say, and we regroup and we execute a new and improved team,” said Miguel. “We have to play the best that we can. Although we are not making an appearance at the championship, we have to at least place the highest we possibly can.”

The team got together on many occasions in order to build better bonds and strengthen the relationship between the players. “We get together several different times throughout the season through Community Fun Run, sleepovers, community service, Serve-a-thon and banquet,” said Head Coach Val Crabbe.

Many things go into making the team work as a whole. “Teamwork and trust. We have to trust and believe in each other in order for things to flow the way we want them to flow. We have to trust one another to make a play work,” Miguel said.

The Lady Trojans continue to practice and aim to advance in the Hawaii High School Athletic Association state tournament.