Punahou wins 30th state title, stays at No. 7

By Mark Tennis and Kirstin Olsen

It's the beginning of the end of the 2012 season with the completion of last week's state championships in Hawaii.

In the Division I state final, FAB 50-ranked teams Punahou (Honolulu) and Kamehameha-Hawai'i (Kea'au) hooked up in an epic match.

Punahou, the defending champ, won again, but it wasn't easy as the Buff'n Blu needed a fifth set to prevail 23-25, 25-18, 23-25, 25-11, 15-13. KS-Hawaii's Evan Enriques, the tourney MVP, put on a show and finished with 42 kills.

Punahou had a balanced attack led by Tui Tuileta with 20 kills, Nicholas Andrews with 16 kills and Sean Gruebner with 15 kills and eight blocks. This marks Puanhou's 30th state championship in the 43 years the school has fielded a team.

State championships will be decided this weekend in Florida and Arizona with the various section championships in California getting into full swing.

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