OLINDA - The Seabury Hall girls volleyball team will face off against Hana in a playoff after sweeping Lanai on Friday at Erdman Athletic Center.
With their 25-3, 25-10, 25-11, win, the Spartans finished 9-1 in the Maui Interscholastic League regular season - the same record as the Dragons, five-set winners over Mo-lokai on Friday in Hana.
Hana and Seabury will meet Monday at 5 p.m. in Olinda, with the MIL Division II regular-season title and a state-tournament berth on the line.
Seabury Hall’s Kiki Leuteneker attempts a kill over Lanai’s Nalani Plunkett during the third set of the Spartans’ 25-3, 25-10, 25-11 victory over the Pine Lasses on Friday at Erdman Athletic Center.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
Before a crowd of about 200, all three players appearing in their final regular-season home match made contributions. Regal Deen-Jackson had seven kills and three aces, Carissa Ratte had six kills and an ace and Lena Fox had 12 digs and four aces.
"I think we played very well considering it was senior night, and it can be easy to lose focus," Deen-Jackson said. "I'm proud to be on this team."
Seabury coach Scottie Zucco had praise for the trio.
x-clinched regular-season championship
Hana def. Molokai 25-22, 25-19, 24-26, 22-25, 15-5
Seabury Hall def. Lanai 25-3, 25-10,
Maui High at Baldwin, noon
Maui Prep vs. Lanai at Erdman Athletic Center, noon
St. Anthony vs. Molokai at Wailuku Gym, noon
End of regular season
"Regal's been a force in the middle all season long, and she and Carissa, with six kills, were both so solid for us," he said, also noting Fox's contributions at libero, which Zucco feels is "a position that doesn't get the recognition it deserves."
Seabury and Hana split their two previous matches this season, with the visiting team winning each time.
The Spartans won last year's league title. The Dragons are seeking their first state berth since 2005.
After Seabury had little trouble in the first set Friday, Lanai (1-8) scored four of the first five points in second set, but the Spartans responded with an 18-5 run.
Seabury opened the third set with an 8-1 charge. The Pine Lasses got within 18-7, but the Spartans eventually finished off the match less than an hour after it began.
"I guess Seabury is just a stronger team," said Lanai coach Raine Pascua.
The Pine Lasses got three kills and two digs from Nalani Plunkett.
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