The Kaizen 17s won the 2018 AAU Honolulu Grand Prix 18U championship on President’s Day, defeating Hana Hou 22-25, 25-18, 15-12 in the finals at the Hawaii Convention Center. The victory capped off 3 days of play that started on Saturday, when the 17s went undefeated, and Sunday, when they went 3-1. The victory on Monday was a rubber match with Hana Hou, whom Kaizen swept on Saturday but lost to on Sunday.
The girls battled through adversity, overcoming an injury to opposite hitter Cydni Yoshida in set one of the finals, in winning the event. After the injury, the team dedicated the rest of the match to Cydni and played with passion and intensity to come back from one set down. Congratulations to all the girls for a great weekend!
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Also competing in the Grand Prix was the 14s team, which also went undefeated on day one. They beat SAS 14 Blue, Laulea 13 Black, and Ka Ulukoa 14 Black. They continued winning into day two of the tournament, beating Genuine 14 Elite Mark before dropping matches to Laulea 14 Black and OT 13 S. Gibby. Their record put the 14s into the Gold Bracket on day three, where they met SAS 14 Blue in a rematch in round one. Unfortunately, the girls lost a close three-setter, but they managed to finish in 5th place out of 26 teams. Good job Coaches Wayne and Jason and congratulations to all the girls.
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Finally, Coach Royce’s 14s team finished in first place of the 14U league on Sunday at McKinley High School. They swept through pool play, beating Ho’okino MK, Hilina’i, and Kealahou, and then defeated Ho’okino again in the finals. Congratulations to the 14R team!
The 14s team under Coach Royce finished in second place this past weekend in the first week of the 14U League at Kalihi Valley Gym. There were 6 teams entered, with Kaizen 14R finishing behind only Mililani 14s and ahead of Hilina’i 14s Black, RCVH 14 Black, Ho’okino 14LB, and Kulia 14s.
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Tryouts for 13s and 14s will be held on Sunday, October 8 at Manoa Valley District Park from 2:30 – 4:00 pm.
A second tryout date for the 13s will be held on Friday, October 13 at McKinley High School from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
A second tryout date for the 14s will be held on Wednesday, October 11 at Community Church of Honolulu from 5:15 – 7:00 pm.
Tryouts for 15s and older will be held on Sunday, October 29 at Manoa Valley District Park from 2:30 – 4:00 pm.
Tryout fees are $10 per player. More information to follow.
Open gym will be available to any interested players in the 14s, 13s, or 12s age groups. The location is Community Church of Honolulu, 2345 Nuuanu Ave, Honolulu, and the days and times are Wednesdays from 5:15 – 7:00 pm, except for July 26. Cost is $10 per player per day.
On day 2 of the SCVA Summer Soirée the Kaizen 12s team again went 2-1 in pool play, with all 3 matches going 3 sets. They lost to Mililani but rebounded to defeat OCH National Allie and Sunshine Extreme to keep their gold medal hopes alive. If they finish in the top 2 again tomorrow, they will qualify for the gold medal bracket. Third place puts them in silver and fourth in bronze. Good luck Coach Royce and the girls!
Follow the 12s here.
Also competing are the Kaizen 13s in Phoenix at the Volleyball Festival. Entering the tournament as the #3 seed and only team from Hawaii, they beat Livewire and Tstreet in pool play before falling to El Paso TOP in a crossover match.
On day 2, they again bested Tstreet but lost to Orange County in 3, putting them into another crossover against 949 Black. The winner of that match would advance to the championship bracket. However, the girls fell in 2 close sets, 20 & 23. They enter tomorrow as the top seed in their pool and have a chance to qualify for the competitor division on day 4.
Follow the 13s here.
Finally, the 16s start play in the USAV Girls’ Junior National Championships tomorrow at 10:00 am HST. Their first pool features teams from Minnesota, Texas, and California. The team got in a practice session today before heading to Chipotle. After lunch the girls did “Breakout” and capped off the day at the Mall of America’s amusement park.
Follow the 16s here.