Team­work Is The Se­cret To Aiea Team’s Vol­ley­ball Suc­cess

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - West Oahu Sports - By JACK DANILEWICZ

The abil­ity to man­age the ebb and flow of a match can make or break a vol­ley­ball team. Mo­ti­va­tion comes from within, and that’s up to them.”

Okamoto- Coker and com­pany will look to close out one of the best sea­sons in the pro­gram’s they’ve each come into their own,” she said.

The three serve as team cap­tains, along with se­nior Per­ritte To­gafau.

“Per­ritte’s strength is his hit­ting,” said Okamoto- Bautista, Ford Nak­a­gawa, Travis Hauki, El­don Nak­a­gawa, Tano Ted­tao­tao, Nick Jack, Jantzen Shin­moto, Ale­sana Va­ia­gae, Anthony Jones and Anete­lea Moli all have logged big min­utes, es­pe­cially in the OIA tour­ney.

“We dig deep into our bench,” Okamoto-Coker said. “We’ve played al­most ev­ery player be­cause of in­juries or be­cause we’re try­ing to find people to do a job or who are in sync. All of them are al­laround play­ers.

“We’re not a big team or a tall team,” she added. “Our pass­ing and our de­fense are our strengths. We work ev­ery day on our pass­ing — at the be­gin­ning of prac­tice and at the end.”

Next week will mark Aiea’s third state tour­na­ment ap­pear­ance dur­ing the Okamoto-Coker era, but the first since 2007.

“We have to keep work­ing to­gether and be fo­cused on each game, one game at a time. The boys haven’t been in the lime­light be­fore.

“We have to keep the same out­look (of the reg­u­lar sea­son) and fo­cus on the same things.”

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