Continuing a long-standing tradition, players from the Kaizen Volleyball Club helped at the Manoa District Park Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 25, 2018. This year’s theme was “Superheroes” and the girls were super in hiding eggs for hundreds of children, supervising the hunt, and cleaning up after the event. Thank you to the nine heroes who gave up their Sunday morning to do this.
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!
Click here for final results.
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.
Click here for the 14s results.
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 OIA East girls volleyball matchup between Roosevelt and Moanalua at Moanalua High School on Saturday, September 10 featured a number of Kaizen players among the White, JV, and Varsity Red teams of both schools. Kaizen teammates and coaches also came to show their support. Best of luck to all of our players this season!
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.
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!