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!