Kamehameha’s Keonilei Akana named state tourney’s most outstanding

Kamehameha outside hitter Keonilei Akana (10) spiked the ball past Punahou setter Jaclyn Matias on Saturday. Steven Erler / Special to the Star-Advertiser

After drilling 22 kills with 11 digs in the Division I final of the New City Nissan/HHSAA Girls Volleyball State Championships on Saturday night at Blaisdell Arena, Kamehameha’a Keonilei Akana was picked as the tournament’s most outstanding player.

Akana, a middle who also plays opposite, was also chosen to the D-I all-tournament team last year.

Four of Akana’s Warriors teammates also made the D-I all-tournament team — libero Tara De Sa, hitters Devin Kahahawai and Maui Robins and setter Bryanne Soares — after Kamehameha captured the school’s 22nd title in four sets (21-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-21) over Punahou.

In Division II, champion Damien placed four players on the all-tournament team, including most outstanding player Kaulana Kalulu-Sugai, a setter who had 22 assists, 16 digs and three kills in Saturday’s 25-19, 25-11, 25-14 sweep of Waimea in the final.

The other Monarchs picked were hitters Rayne Pactol, Heavenly Campbell and libero Aiyani Park.

New City Nissan/HHSAA Girls Volleyball State Championsihips

Division I all-tournament team >> Most outstanding player: Keonilei Akana, Kamehameha >> Tara De Sa, Kamehameha >> Kaia Dunford, Punahou >> Grace Fiaseu, Punahou >> Amariis Garcia, Moanalua >> Devin Kahahawai, Kamehameha >> Maui Robins, Kamehamehaa >> Bryanne Soares, Kamehameha

Division II all-tournament team >> Most outstanding player: Kaulana Kalulu-Sugoi, Damien >> Milan Ah Yat, University >> Heavenly Campbell, Damien >> Ella Connor, Seabury Hall >> Braeanna Moises, Waimea >> Rayne Pactol, Damien >> Aiyani Park, Damien >> Raelee Samio, Waimea

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