Photo by Deren Oshiro.
The HBA boys varsity volleyball team took its game to the Beach City Invitational, which was held March 16-17 in the San Diego area. The tournament was held at four different sites – La Jolla High School (tourney host), Scripps Ranch High School, Canyon Crest Academy, and Point Loma High School.
32 teams began pool play March 16 with the top 16 finishers advancing to championship bracket play March 17. Most of the teams in the field were from California, specifically from the Southern Section or San Diego Section. HBA was the only Hawaii team, but there were three teams from Nevada, two from Arizona, and one from Northern California.
After struggling in pool play against smaller, less accomplished teams, HBA found their footing and played well for basically the entirety of Day 2. The caliber of the competition was actually much better in the Silver Division than it was in pool play.
Leading the way as starters for HBA were senior setter Davin Rausch, senior hitter Eric Wong, junior hitters Jason Mokan and Trevor Tokairin, junior middles Max Wiemken and Bryson Gonzalez, and senior libero Dru Pang.
The team was coached by Teoni Obrey and Serafin David, Jr.
See complete results below from the tournament.
18th Annual Beach City Invitational results:
March 16, 2018
- HBA defeated Canyon Crest (CA) 23-25, 25-9, 15-9
- HBA lost to Deer Valley (AZ) 30-32, 25-19, 12-15
- HBA lost to Arbor View (NV) 15-25, 25-21, 12-15
March 17, 2018
Silver Division Bracket
- HBA defeated Mission Viejo (CA) 25-21, 25-20
- HBA defeated San Dieguito (CA) 25-20, 25-19
- HBA defeated Vista Murrieta (CA) 25-23, 25-16
- HBA lost to Foothill (NV) 25-22, 26-28, 8-15
Finish: 18th place overall out of 32 teams
On March 15, prior to the tournament, the team took a guided tour of the University of San Diego campus where they were visited by HBA alumna Samantha Nucum '17 and received a complimentary lunch from the USD Admissions Department. The team also had an afternoon practice at La Jolla High School.