Parity Reigns In Hawaii As Top Teams Trade Defeats
It’s not quite a three-way tie in Hawaii yet, but Tuesday night’s loss by previously unbeaten and Flo50 No. 3 Iolani of Honolulu created a lot of movement in this week’s high school rankings.
The Raiders fell to Punahou of Honolulu in a match that could have gone either way. Punahou won by game scores of 25-23, 25-23.
Early last month at the Ann Kang Invitational, Iolani beat Oak Ridge of Conroe, Texas, and Oak Ridge beat Punahou. Further complicating the standings of Hawaii’s top teams was Punahou’s loss to Kamehameha on August 31, 26-24, 25-21.
All three of the top Hawaii teams now have at least one loss, which may make it hard for any one of them to end the season as the No. 1 team in the nation, but all three will be ranked high as long as they continue to play each other in close, exciting matches. Those early results from the Ann Kang tourney -- which also featured several of the top teams from California -- will see to that.
Iolani also had a big win last week in addition to the loss to Punahou. The Raiders beat Kamehameha 16-25, 25-23, 25-23. It was their second win of the season against the Warriors.
In this week’s rankings, Iolani moved from No. 3 to No. 13, Kamehameha went up from No. 19 to No. 16, and Punahou went up from No. 37 to No. 18 -- right in front of a Santa Margarita team from California it defeated early in the season.
The top two teams in the Flo50 remained the same, with defending national champion Mother McAuley of Chicago facing its first big test of the season this weekend in a trip to Louisville.
This week’s highest ranked newcomer is No. 35 Center Grove of Indiana. Head coach Maggie Harbison’s girls went to Louisville last Friday and topped previous No. 20 Mercy in a five-game match. Ellen Lemasters led the way with an amazing 31 kills. The Trojans’ only loss so far is to unbeaten Zionsville (No. 21 in this week’s rankings), and they also have a win over Avon of Indiana, which has a win over preseason Flo50 ranked Yorktown.
Rankings by Mark Tennis