Serve! Spike! Score! That was exactly what the `Iolani girls varsity volleyball team did to earn the Silver Division trophy award at the prestigious Durango Fall Classic, the nation’s most prestigious high school volleyball tournament, held in Las Vegas on September 14-15. The event brought together 64 teams from a dozen states across the U.S.
The ‘Iolani Raiders (MaxPreps #14) opened the tournament in the Silver bracket on Friday, beating Pleasant Grove High School (UT), 25-21, 25-18. They then, swept Teurlings Catholic High School (LA – MaxPreps #11), 25-23, 25-21. The team registered their third sweep on Day 1, beating Bishop Manogue High School (NV), 25-18, 25-7. Their loss to Marymount High School (Los Angeles), 18-25, 25-19, 25-18 still led them to the quarterfinals.
“Feeling the sting of that loss, we turned it around to win the rest of our matches that day and to place first in our division,” said Izabella Sakoda ’19.
The Raiders bounced back from their loss to defeat Skyview High School (ID), 12-25, 27-25, 25-22 in the Silver Bracket quarterfinals. They then swept Central High School (Fresno), 25-18, 25-19 in the semifinals, advancing to the Silver Bracket championship vs. Walton.
“Our last game was the most challenging and rewarding because it was the 4th game we had played on the last day,” said McDaniel. “We were all fatigued and we actually beat the #1 ranked team in the nation.”
With discipline, confidence, and phenomenal defense, the ‘Iolani Raiders battled it out with Walton High School (GA), the #1 ranked team in the nation. They came out victorious, 25-13, 22-25, 25-18, and deservedly earned the Silver Bracket championship title.