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.
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!
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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.
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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.
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It’s only been a few days but the Kaizen 12s team has already had an eventful trip to Anaheim. The team visited the Hurley Headquarters in Costa Mesa, an annual Kaizen tradition, enjoyed rides at Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, and had a team lunch at In-n-Out.
They followed those activities up with a strong showing on the first day of the SCVA Summer Soirée, finishing in second place in their pool by defeating Forza and Prime while dropping a match to Jamba. Their seed in the tournament improved by 20 points as they head into day 2.
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The 16 Sumida team finished fifth in the 2017 AAU West Coast Volleyball Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. They finished with a 4-3 record, with 2 of those three losses coming at the hands of the eventual champion Escuela de los Deportes (Puerto Rico).
On day one, Kaizen defeated VOS C-G 16 Black and Nevada Elite 16-Navy in straight sets before dropping their match against Escuela. On day two, they beat Madison in three sets and swept Nevada Elite 16-Black before facing Escuela again. At 4-2, the girls qualified for the gold medal bracket but lost to NVJRS 16s Black, the eventual second-place team, on day three of the tournament.
Congratulations to the girls and Coach Branden on a great season!
The 16s Sumida team will be having a car wash on Sunday, May 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Waialae Petroleum, located at 4117 Waialae Avenue. Please bring your cars down and spread the word to support this team’s efforts to fundraise for their trip to Las Vegas for the West Coast Championships later this month.