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Huikahi's 17U team played in this 10th Annual Southern California Volleyball Association (SCVA) volleyball tournament held in the Anaheim Convention Center. Our journey began in the wee hours of the morning as we had been booked on an early flight out of Honolulu. Fortunately everyone made it to HNL on time for our departure. Unfortunately, our plane suffered a mechanical failure and a part had to be flown in from the mainland, resulting in a lengthy wait at the gate. We made the best of a bad situation with some of us napping and others taking advantage of the food vouchers that Delta provided. Hours later, we finally had to hike to a terminal on the opposite side of the airport for an alternate plane, then were finally on our way! The flight itself was uneventful and we arrived safely at LAX. Those of our parents who had traveled ahead of us were ready for us upon our late arrival, so loading everyone and their luggage went smoothly. However, our later than planned arrival put the kibosh on plans for dinner so it became a quick stop at an In-N-Out Burger, then off to bed at the Hampton Inn & Suites. The next day, after sleeping in, we went to the American Sports Center for our first full team practice in nearly a month, since losing use of our normal practice gym at the beginning of June. After dinner, the team visited the Downtown Disney District and were in bed in plenty of time for our PM Wave start of play the next day.
The next day, it was breakfast, rest, then "Game On" that afternoon. The team gave good effort and a couple of players sparkled but our recent weeks long lack of full team practice showed as we were inconsistent, so struggled on this first day in Pool 5 of the 18U division. As we "practiced" during the first couple of matches, the team began to find its rhythm and ended the day with its strongest play, boding well for the next day.
On the second day, we started inconsistently then got stronger and stronger as the afternoon wore on, soundly defeating our opponents to finish Pool 6 on a very positive note.
Riding the previous day's momentum, the team started the third day playing very well but encountered a stretch of inconsistency before finishing Pool 1 with renewed stellar play.
After three days of playing in the PM Wave, and finishing their previous night's pool with great effort and strong play, the team faced a quick turnaround and an early morning start on day 4. With their energy low from their previous days of hard effort, the team came out flat and lost in the first match of Flight 2, resulting in an Overall Record which held our original seeding in the Final Standings.
Despite the team's disappointment at being unable to overcome not having everyone together at practice for nearly a month prior to the Soiree, the team has much to be proud of. When they were able to play with consistency, they were very good, even against older teams which were true 18U teams. Several opposing coaches, and even referees, marveled at and complimented the team for its competitiveness despite being short in stature, with some opponents towering head and shoulders over our tallest player. They were amazed both at the ability of our girls to play all positions and our girls' hustle and floor skills on the court, a tribute to Mr. P's system of play. He would be especially proud that the referees complimented our team for their great sportsmanship in calling their own touches and for their spirit on the court.
Our hotel was adjacent to Joe's Italian Ice Cream, so when we chose to have dinner and share camaraderie together in one of our rooms, it was afterward just a short walk from the hotel's entrance to get some tasty and refreshing dessert. When we dined out, it was also just a short walk from our centrally located hotel to the adjoining Buca Di Beppo or the nearby complex with a Red Robin, Outback, and Joe's Crab Shack, or the Waba Grill. After the tournament was over, even though we had previously played in Anaheim and visited the theme parks, some of our girls paid repeat visits to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. Others took advantage of being on the mainland to visit relatives or college campuses, before returning home.
With our families now all safely home, we wish our girls success with their school teams, and we hope to see them with Huikahi next club season. Hana hou!