The Kaizen 14s and 13s teams met each other in the championship of the Aloha Region tournament at McKinley High School on Sunday, March 12, 2017. The 14s took first place and the 13s second in the 8-team tournament. Congratulations to the girls and coaches from both teams!
The Kaizen 14s team won their first tournament of the year at McKinley High School on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The girls went undefeated, sweeping every match of the day. They beat two Kulia teams and two Hilinai teams on the way to the championship, where they beat Kulia Black, 25-14, for the overall victory. More impressively, they accomplished this feat with only six players. Congratulations Coach Garett and the six girls on their amazing job!
Both Kaizen 16s teams participated in the 2017 AAU Grand Prix which took place over the Presidents’ Day weekend at the Honolulu Convention Center.
Coach Branden Sumida’s team qualified for the Gold Division after sweeping Laulea 15 Green and TeamD 15-Red (Detroit, MI) in first-day pool play. Their only loss came at the hands of HJV 16 Elite-South (Houston, TX). On day two, they defeated the other Kaizen 16s team and lost to Lanikai, setting up a crossover match against HJV 15 Elite – South (Houston, TX). A three-set victory placed them in the Gold Division, where they faced and lost to eventual champion OT 14 S.Rox Red (Orlando, FL). Team results can be seen here.
Coach Brandon Flores’ team swept Laulea 15 Pink and Jammers 15s in pool play on day one, setting up a crossover against OT 14 S.Rox Red, which they lost. On day two they lost to Lanikai and Coach Branden’s team, as well as the crossover against HJV 16. This placed them into the Silver Division, where they beat Laulea 15 Black in the semifinals before dropping to HJV 15 in the finals. Team results can be seen here.
The opportunity to compete against high level opponents without leaving the island was an invaluable experience for the coaches and players. Sumida’s team was able to play against four different mainland teams, while Flores’ team played three. According to the National Chair of AAU Volleyball’s Executive Committee, the AAU hopes that this event will grow to 500 teams in the next few years. Kaizen hopes to be a part of future AAU Grands Prix.
16 & Under final standings can be seen here.
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Please support our Kaizen 16 Sumida team’s car wash this Sunday, February 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at New City Nissan at 2295 N King St. in Kalihi.