Hustle & Heart Sets them Apart
By Mrs. Jessie Makainai, Athletic Director
Eight girls, and one brave boy came out for volleyball this season. Together, 7th grader Larissa Polendey (Captain), 6th graders, Emily Brown, Brelee Perreira, Rylee Ramirez, and Taryn Watanabe (Co-Captain) and 5th graders, Aidan Fraiola (Team Manager), Kawena Kapu, Lexie Jaz Manago and Tiani Souza made up the smallest and youngest team Coach Jesse Makainai has ever coached in his 14 years of coaching girls’ volleyball at St. Ann Model Schools.
The team started the season late, and constant rain prevented them from being able to practice on a daily basis. They were off to a rocky start, but through their tenacity and hard work, they hung tough and kept their heads held high.
The team concluded their regular season with back-to-back wins against St. Joseph and Our Lady of Perpetual Help. A few weeks later the volleyball team entered tournament play. The team really blossomed during this time, showcasing excellent athletic ability and awareness. It was really a privilege to watch this team come up from barely being able to get their serves over the net to serving aces throughout the match.
The team ended the season playing in the Consolation Championship Game against Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Radford High School. They played a great three set match, but unfortunately didn’t bring home the win that day. They showed amazing grace and exceptional sportsman-like behavior that day and throughout the entire season.
We are so proud of the team, not only for improving their skills on the volleyball court, but for the commitment and Christian model behavior they exhibited this season. Go Na Ali’i!!