Huikahi fielded two teams, one 15U and one 14U, during the 2016 season. Even though this was our first season as Huikahi, many of our core girls had played three full Aloha Region junior seasons together with great success. The teams worked hard to continue that success and closed out the 2016 season on a high note.
The 2016 Huikahi 15U Team was nearly completely comprised of returning players with the nucleus being veterans of the previous three seasons. They welcomed and integrated the lone new player. Being the older of our two teams, the 15U encountered many conflicts with school and other activities so were unable to have the full team present for nearly all tournaments prior to the Regional Championships. When the full team was finally able to get together for the Regionals, even though they were somewhat rusty, they achieved much, fighting their way into the Division, defeating some teams and competing very well against all teams, confirming their place in the Top Five of all 15U teams in the Aloha Region. With the whole team back together and able to make it to practice, the team continued to deliver on its potential by winning all of their matches to earn the inaugural championship of their division in the first ever Aloha Summer Classic! To see more of the Aloha Summer Classic, go here. This team then traveled to Anaheim for the Summer Soiree and brought home the championship of the 15U Silver Division. Go here to see more on the Summer Soiree.
The 2016 Huikahi 14U team roster included three first season players, three players with just one season's experience and three with two to three years experience. (Two girls were not present for the above photo.) Despite this, the team showed improvement throughout the season, winning their pool and finishing as high as second in a tournament, the best any younger team of our two teams has ever achieved. They won their half of their pool in the 14U Regional Championships and finished second in their Bronze Division tournament. They competed well in the Aloha Summer Classic, winning their second day pool against a mainland team and an outer island team, to finish fifth overall in their 14U division, a nice accomplishment for so new a team. To see more of the Aloha Summer Classic, go here. This team also went to Anaheim for the Summer Soiree, where they competed hard and stacked up well against much taller teams. Go here to see more on the Summer Soiree.