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Huikahi entered both its 14U and 15U teams in this first-ever volleyball tournament held in the Hawaii Convention Center. Several of our girls and their families helped to put together the SportCourt floor for a couple of the courts prior to the start of the tournament. The next day, some attended the opening party at Rumours night club in the Ala Moana Hotel. The following morning, it was "Game On" as the tournament kicked off play, our 14U in Pool 4 of their division, and the 15U in Pool 5 of their division. The 14U division had 16 teams with play among the teams in just that division. The 15U and 16U divisions each had just 10 teams so those two divisions were combined with 15U teams playing 16U teams and even the one 14U boys team in the 16U division. Both of our teams played hard on day one and advanced to play on day two, with the 15U going undefeated in their day one pool.
Day two had the 15U playing in Pool 2 of their division, and the 14U in Pool 4 of their division. Both our teams had good success on day two, our 14U defeating both a mainland as well as an outer island team to win their pool, while our 15U swept through their pool and also the ensuing crossover re-match against the only boys team in the Summer Classic, remaining undefeated after the second day. Both our teams then advanced to day three and bracket play.
In 14U bracket play, our 14U won their first match but fell in their second match to finish fifth in their 14U division. For third day bracket play, the 16U and 15U teams were separated into separate Kona (15U) and Makaha (16U) brackets. Our 15U remained undefeated in the Kona bracket to win the 15U division championship.
Congratulations to our 15U team for sweeping to the inaugural championship of their division in the first ever Aloha Summer Classic! In so doing, our 15U defeated both local 16U and 15U teams as well as some from the mainland, outer islands, and also a boys team. Our girls showed indomitable courage, poise, and fighting spirit in rallying from a 6-12 deficit to win the championship set 17-15. For their stellar play, Alissa and Makenzie were selected to be on the all-tournament team by vote of opposing coaches, a greatly deserved honor. They and the entire team played an outstanding tournament!
Following the completion of play, everyone present pitched in to disassemble two courts, an effort made quick and easy by the many helping hands. Mahalo to all! The Awards Ceremony and concert that evening were a little bit of an anti-climax with all our girls being tired from their hard play and several families having other commitments. All in all this inaugural Aloha Summer Classic was fun and a success. We hope it continues to grow in the coming years.