High-SchoolVolleyball: Punahou

By Mark Tennis and Kirstin Olsen

It's the beginning of the end of the 2012 season with the completion of last week's state championships in Hawaii.

In the Division I state final, FAB 50-ranked teams Punahou (Honolulu) and Kamehameha-Hawai'i (Kea'au) hooked up in an epic match.

Punahou, the defending champ, won again, but it wasn't easy as the Buff'n Blu needed a fifth set to prevail 23-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-11, 15-13. KS-Hawaii's Evan Enriques, the tourney MVP, put on a show and finished with 42 kills.

Punahou had a balanced attack led by Tui Tuileta with 20 kills, Nicholas Andrews with 16 kills and Sean Gruebner with 15 kills and eight blocks. This marks Puanhou's 30th state championship in the 43 years the school has fielded a team.

State championships will be decided this weekend in Florida and Arizona with the various section championships in California getting into full swing.

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By Mark Tennis and Kirstin Olsen

With the majority of schools in Southern California on spring break for much of this week and last week, many teams in the POWERADE FAB 50 were idle since the last rankings were compiled.

There was some shuffling at the top of the order, however, after Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) went to the Clash of the Titans in Hawaii and prevailed in matches over two FAB 50 teams from the islands, including one win against previous No. 2 Punahou.

The Mustangs, who also topped Hawaii Baptist during the trip, moved up to No. 2 from No. 4 in this week's rankings. Punahou slipped to No. 5 behind No. 3 Wheaton Warrenville South (Wheaton, Ill.) and new No. 4 Servite (Anaheim, Calif.).

This weekend, 16 teams will play in the Karch Kiraly Tournament of Champions at Santa Barbara (Calif.). Mira Costa, Buchanan (Clovis, Calif.), Santa Margarita (Rancho SM, Calif.), Newport Harbor (Newport Beach, Calif.), Thousand Oaks (Calif.) and Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.) will all be among those competing.

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By Jed Stotsenberg

The boys’ high school volleyball season got into full swing this weekend at the 6th Annual Best of the West boys' high school volleyball tournament in San Diego, Calif. The tournament was a true showcase of what to expect from the top teams for the 2012 season. Click here to browse our gallery of 215 photos.

Here are 10 players who stood out this weekend:

Andrew Benz | Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.)
The 6-foot-6 senior middle was dominating, up early and crushing the angles all tournament while also taking over with his block. Benz is committed to UC Irvine.

Jonah Seif
Ed Chan/ESPNHSThousand Oaks setter Jonah Seif ran a solid offense and scored points with his jump serve at the Best of the West.
Michael Mullahey | Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.)
The 6-5 senior setter was a man among boys, delivering the offense and helping Loyola win the Best of the West title. Mullahey picked apart his opponents' block, isolating hitters all tournament while doing his fair share point scoring with a solid block and deceptive dumps. Mullahey will be a Trojan next year contributing to a strong USC volleyball program.

Kyle Palmer | Servite (Anaheim, Calif.)
The 6-7 senior middle was a huge part of his team pulling off numerous upsets. Servite started as the 12 seed and advanced through to the finals. All tournament he was a horse, getting up big and bombing the angles while completely neutralizing the opponents' offense with his block. Palmer is committed to UCLA.

Edgar Palos | Huntington Beach (Calif.)
This 6-foot senior outside hitter gets it done, bringing solid serve receive, smooth controlled defense, high and hard swings while scoring big with his jump serve. He is fun to watch. Palos is committed to Long Beach State.

Nick Porterfield | Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.)

The 6-3 senior outside hitter set himself apart from the pack, earning the Best of the West MVP and helping his team win the tournament. All weekend he passed well and abused his opponents' right-side block with true hitting range and thunder. Porterfield will be attending UCLA next year.

Kevin Rakestraw | Newport Harbor (Newport Beach, Calif.)
This 6-11 junior middle is not just big but athletic. He can run a plethora of attacks all along the net, including a back slide that was almost impossible to stop. As a blocker, he is efficient closing laterally, which is rare for players his size at this age. Rakestraw is uncommitted and will have his choice of top college programs to choose from when he's ready.

Jonah Seif | Thousand Oaks (Calif.)
This 6-8 senior setter is a point scoring machine, shutting down the left-side attack with his block and picking off passers at will with his jump serve. He also was quick to the ball and ran a solid offense, feeding his middles as much as possible and isolating his pins. Seif is committed to UCSB next year.

Larry Tuileta | Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii)
The 6-2 sophomore outside hitter was on fire, helping his team to a third-place finish with solid passing and phenomenal defense. One of the top plays of the weekend was a full-speed hit he took off his chest in the semifinal against Loyola that carried over the net and landed left back over the whole team without anybody touching it to tie the game. Offensively he has an extremely high volleyball IQ, bringing out not only the heat but the tips, chops and swipes, which embarrassed opponents' defensive systems all tournament. Tuileta is uncommitted but will have many opportunities to play at the next level.

Brooks Varni | Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)

The 6-2 senior libero was spectacular and a true leader. He passed well all weekend, set in transition off the setter dig, took 75 percent of the court on free balls, dug balls and provided fire with confidence for his team when needed. Varni is committed to USC next year.

Lucas Yoder | San Clemente (Calif.)
This 6-4 junior outside hitter put in some serious work helping his team to a third-place finish. He passed with precision, brought the heat on the left and out of the back row while competing hard the whole time. He has yet to choose college.

Other notables

Bennett Bird, Westview (San Diego, Calif.), 12, 6-6, OH, BYU
Gabriel Vega, Iolani (Honolulu, Hawaii), 12, 6-7, OH, Stanford
Justin Parks, Oak Park (Calif), 12, 6-4, OH, Pepperdine
Kyle Suppes, Bellarmine (San Jose, Calif.), 12, 6-8, MB, Pepperdine
Parker Boehle, Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.), 12, 5-8, LIB, UCSB
Alex Slaught, Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.), 12, 6-4, OH, USC
Driss Guessous, Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.), 12, 6-7, MB, Ohio State
Sam Hunt, Servite (Anaheim, Calif.), 12, 6-6, MB , Air Force Football
Sean Gruebner, Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii), 12, 6-2, OH, Uncommitted
Jack Yoder, San Clemente (Calif.), 11, 6-3 ,S Unsigned
Aidan Crockett, Bellarmine (San Jose, Calif.),, 12, 6-3, OH, Ohio State
Parker Brown, Corona del Mar (Newport Beach, Calif.), 12, 6-3, OH Ohio State
Jacob Delson, Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.), 12, 6-5, OH, UCSB
Zack Gates, Huntington Beach (Calif.), 11, 6-6, Opp, Unsigned
Cole Fiers, Palos Verdes (Calif.), 11, 6-3, S, Uncommitted
Jack Hughson, Poway, 12, 6-6, S/RS, UCLA
Darren Sorrell, Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.), 12, 6-9, MB, Hawaii
Madison Hayden, Servite (Anaheim, Calif.), 12, 6-3, OH, Stanford
Tim Favreau, Servite (Anaheim, Calif.), 12, 6-1, S, Princeton
By Walter Villa

high schoolCourtesy of Bishop MiegeBishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) won its fourth consecutive state championship.

Many of the nation’s top teams have stated their case.

Eleven states crowned their 2011 volleyball champions this past weekend, and several of the teams in the POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings lived up to the hype.

Seven more states will hand out hardware by the end of the week.

Here are some highlights from last weekend:

No. 3 Assumption (Louisville, Ky.) won the Kentucky state title to cap an amazing season. The Rockets also won two other major tournaments, the Durango Fall Classic in Las Vegas and the Asics Challenge in Chicago. Assumption’s Katie George was the MVP in Las Vegas and at state, and may have pulled the triple had the Chicago tournament chosen such an honor.

No. 4 St. James (Lenexa, Kan.) won its fourth straight state title. The only match the Thunder lost this season was to No. 1 Papillion-La Vista South (Papillion, Neb.), and that was in five sets.

No. 14 Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, Kan.) won its fourth straight state title. Senior Shelby Workman, a Kentucky recruit, and Anna Church, a St. Louis recruit, have been standouts on all four state championship teams. The Stags have won 21 state titles.

No. 16 Pope (Marietta, Ga.) won its third straight state title.

No. 20 Punahou (Honolulu, Hawaii) won the Division I title.

No. 43 Washburn Rural (Topeka, Kan.) won its sixth state title in the past eight years.

No. 44 Fayetteville (Fayetteville, Ark.) won the Class 7A title.

Here's the complete list of champions and schedules for all states:

2011 GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Alabama
Oct. 27:
Class 6A: Huntsville 3, Bob Jones 0
Class 5A: St. Paul's 3, Madison County 0
Class 4A: Guntersville 3, Alexandria 0
Class 3A: Bayside 3, Montgomery Academy 0
Class 2A: Providence Christian 3, Cottage Hill 0
Class 1A: Donoho 3, Addison 2

Alaska
Nov. 10-12 in Wasilla at Menard Sports Complex

Arizona
Nov. 3-5 in Prescott Valley at Tim Toyota Center (Division V to Div. III); Nov. 5-7 in Phoenix at Antelope Gymnasium on the campus of Grand Canyon University (Div. II-Div. I)

Arkansas
Oct. 29
Class 7A: Fayetteville 3, Bentonville 1
Class 6A: Marion 3, Mountain Home 0
Class 5A: Greenwood 3, Little Rock Christian 1
Class 4A: Valley View 3, Jonesboro-Westside 0
Class 3A: Harding Academy 3, Mansfield 1

California
Dec. 3 in Irvine at Concordia University

Colorado
Nov. 11-12 in Denver at Denver Coliseum

Connecticut
Nov. 18-19 at a site to be determined

Delaware
Nov. 13 in Newark at the Bob Carpenter Center

Florida
Nov. 15-19 in Kissimmee at the Silver Spurs Arena

Georgia
Oct. 29
Class 5A: Walton 3, Harrison 2
Class 4A: Pope 3, Whitewater 1
Class 3A: Sandy Creek 3, St. Pius 0
Class 2A: Eagle’s Landing Christian 3, Greater Atlanta Christian 2

Hawaii
Oct. 29
Division I: Punahou 3, Kamehameha-Kapalama 0
Division II: St. Francis 3, Leilehua 0

Idaho
Oct. 29
Class 5A: Idaho Falls 3, Post Falls 1
Class 4A: Century 3, Skyview 1
Class 3A: Snake River 3, Fruitland 2
Class 2A: West Side 3, Butte County 2
Class 1A (Division i):Troy 3, Genesee 1
Class 1A (Division II): Camas County 3, Dietrich 0

Illinois
Nov. 11-12 in Normal at Redbird Arena

Indiana
Nov. 5 in Muncie at Worthen Arena on the campus of Ball State University

Iowa
Nov. 9-12 in Cedar Rapids at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena

Kansas
Oct 29
Class 6A: Washburn Rural 2, Blue Valley North 1
Class 5A: Bishop Miege 2, Newton 0
Class 4A: St. James 2, McPherson 0
Class 3A: Hillsboro 2, Hoisington 0
Class 2A: Olpe 2, Washington County 1
Class 1A (Diviison I):St. John 2, Centralia 1
Class 2A (Division II): Baileyville B&B 2, Norwich 1

Kentucky
Assumption 2, Greenwood 0

Louisiana
Nov. 10-12 in Kenner at Pontchartrain Center

Maine
Oct. 29
Class A: Greely 3, Scarborough 1
Class B: Yarmouth 3, Bucksport 0

Maryland
Nov. 14-19 in College Park at Ritchie Coliseum on the campus of the University of Maryland

Massachusetts
Nov. 19 at a site to be determined

Michigan
Nov. 17-19 in Battle Creek at Kellogg Arena

Minnesota
Nov. 10-12 in Saint Paul at Xcel Energy Center

Mississippi
Oct. 15
Class 1: Lewisburg 3, Our Lady Academy 1
Class II: Long Beach 3, Hernando 0
Class III: Hancock 3, Tupelo2

Missouri
Nov. 4-5 in Cape Girardeau at the Show Me Center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State

Montana
Nov. 10-12 in Bozeman at Breeden Fieldhouse on the campus of Montana State University

Nebraska
Nov. 10-12 in Grand Island at the Heartland Event Center

Nevada
Nov. 11-12 in Las Vegas at Chaparral High School and Silverado High School.

New Hampshire
Nov. 1-5 in Derry at Pinkerton Academy (Division I and II) and Plymouth at Plymouth State University (Division III)

New Jersey
Nov. 12 for the state finals in Wayne on the campus of William Patterson University; Nov. 19-20 for the tournament of champions at the same location

New Mexico
Nov. 10-12 in Rio Rancho at the Santa Ana Star Center

New York
Nov. 19-20 in Glenn Falls at the Glenn Falls Civic Center

North Carolina
Nov. 5 in Raleigh at Reynolds Coliseum

North Dakota
Nov. 17-19 in Fargo at the FargoDome

Ohio
Nov. 10-12 in Fairborn at the Nutter Center on the campus of Wright State University

high school
Courtesy of Bishop KelleyBishop Kelley (Tulsa) claimed the Oklahoma 6A title with a 3-0 win over Edmond North.
Oklahoma
Oct. 15
Class 6A: Bishop Kelley 3, Edmond North 0
Class 5A: Cascia Hall 3, Heritage Hall 2
Class 4A: Lincoln Christian 3, Cache 2

Oregon
Nov. 11-12 in Hillsboro at Liberty High School (6A-5A); in Eugene at Lane Community College (4A-3A); in Forest Grove at Pacific University (2A, 1A)

Pennsylvania
Nov. 11-12 in York at Central York High School

Rhode Island
Nov. 8-12 in Kingston at the University of Rhode Island

South Carolina
Nov. 5 in Lexington at White Knoll High School

South Dakota
Nov. 17-19 in Sioux Falls at Sioux Falls Arena

Tennessee
Oct. 28
Class A: Friendship Christian 3, Summertown 0
Class AA: Page 3, Goodpasture 2
Class AAA: Ravenwood 3, Independence 0
Division II Class A: St. George’s 3, St. Cecilia 0
Division II Class AA: Ensworth 3, Baylor 0

Texas
Nov. 17-19 in San Marcos at the Strahan Coliseum on the campus of Texas State University

Utah
Oct. 29
Class 3A: Morgan 3, Snow Canyon 0
Class 2A: Richfield 3, San Juan 1
Class 1A: Monticello 3, Rich 1
Nov. 4-5in Orem at Utah Valley University (5A-4A)

Virginia
Nov. 17-19 in Richmond at the Siegel Center on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University

Washington
Nov. 11-12 in Yakima at the Yakima Sundome (1B, 2B, 1A); in Olympia at Evergreen State College (2A); in Lacey at St. Martin’s College and Timberline High School (Class 3A, 4A)

West Virginia
Nov. 11-12 in Charleston at the Charleston Civic Center

Wisconsin
Nov. 3-5 in Green Bay at the Resch Center

Wyoming
Oct. 29
Class 4A: Kelly Walsh 3, Cheyenne East 0
Class 3A: Cody 3, Douglas 1
Class 2A: Wright 3, Lovell 0
Class 1A: Cokeville 3, Kaycee 0

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