The Kaizen 14s finished 11th out of 61 teams in the Patriot Division of the 2016 Girls Junior National Championships. They were one win away from qualifying for the gold bracket, but dropped a close match to eventual champion Elevation on day 3. The 14s were one of four teams to qualify for the silver bracket. They were also one of only two teams in the tournament to take a set off Elevation, who went undefeated. Final results are here.

The Kaizen 17s finished 30th out of 58 teams and made the finals of the Challenge Bracket in the 2016 Volleyball Festival National Championships in Phoenix. The girls beat Club Koa 18 Mizuno for the second time in three days before falling in a close three-setter to Synergy Chaos. Final standings are here.

Next up this week is the SCVA Summer Soiree in Anaheim, California, featuring the 12s and 13s.

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On day two of the Phoenix Volleyball Festival the Kaizen 17s went 1-2 with a victory over Club Koa 18 Mizuno and losses against Absolute Zero U18 and KCVA Swarm 17. They did, however, improve their seed to #17 and go into the third day of pool play as the highest seeded team in their pool. They play Forza1 17 Asics Black on Sunday at 5:00 a.m. HST. Their schedule can be seen here.

In Indianapolis, the Kaizen 14s went 2-1 and secured second place in their pool, keeping their hopes of making it to the Gold Medal Bracket alive. The girls defeated NIVA Extreme and Asics Willowbrook 14 Gold before dropping a match to LAVA West 14 Adidas. Kaizen 14 plays Empowered 14 A1 Elite on Sunday at 6:00 a.m. HST. Their schedule can be seen here.

In addition to volleyball, both squads were able to test their wits at their cities’ respective Breakout locations. The 14s went first, posting a time of 49:47 from the Island Escape at Breakout Indianapolis. The 17s followed that up with a time of 48:05 at Escape the Room Arizona. Game experts would tell you that the 14s time was more impressive, as it came from a smaller group of younger players. The 17s might argue that the 14s had an unfair advantage with Coach Brandon. But in any event, congratulations to both teams on their accomplishments!

Finally, happy birthday Keila!

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Both Kaizen teams went 2-1 on the first day of their respective tournaments on Friday, with both teams’ lone loss coming in three sets. On Friday morning, the 17s started play at the Phoenix Volleyball Festival by beating Burns 17-1 (25-18, 25-21). The followed that up by dropping a close match against ECVBA (22-25, 25-20, 15-8). They ended the day with a sweep of AZ Lady Knights (25-10, 25-21).

In the afternoon at the USAV Girls National Championships, the Kaizen 14s lost in three to Elevation 14 O’Connor (25-21, 23-25, 15-7). They then swept Nebraska Elite 14 Force (25-22, 25-18) and Vision 14 National (25-22, 25-17).

Both teams continue with pool play tomorrow. Follow the 17s here and the 14s here.

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Players and families from the 17s and 14s teams are making their way to the mainland to their respective summer tournaments. The 17s are participating in the 2016 Volleyball Festival in Phoenix, Arizona, where temperatures are expected to hit the high 110’s. The 14s are on their way to the 2016 Girls Junior National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, where they can expect much cooler temperatures in the low 90’s.

UPDATE: The schedule for the 17s is available by clicking here, and the 14’s schedule can be found by clicking here. Best of luck to both teams this week!

The Kaizen 15s Jeff team finished in fourth place in the 15 and under division of the 2016 Aloha Region Summer Volleyball Classic this past weekend at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Results of the final day’s bracket play can be seen here.

UPDATE: Photo gallery of images taken by Coach Brandon and Amanda can be seen by clicking here.

Kaizen 15's Jeff competes in the 2016 Aloha Region Summer Classic at the Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, HI on June 18 2016. Photo: Brandon Flores.

Photo Credit: Amanda Flores.