Pilipa'a Volleyball

15’s finish 60th out of 173 teams

Orlando, Florida – Sorry for the delay in posting. It was a busy afternoon yesterday as we  transitioned from the completion of the 15’s tournament in the morning to the 16’s first practice and scrimmage with Puerto Rico in the afternoon.

Our Pilipa’a 15’s finished the 43rd Annual AAU National Championship Tournament ranked 60th out of 173 teams.  Two of the teams that we faced finished tied for 5th in including the Milwaukee Sting who our girls played some of their best volleyball against in an 18-25, 25-27 loss.

Despite our record being a bit lower than we would have liked, we played some great teams and our level of play improved over the course of the tournament. We played in the 15’s division with only one player on the roster that is 15.  Although our girls were younger than many of our opponents, they worked hard and were able to compete against all of the teams that we played and looked outstanding at times.  The girls have learned that we need to work on being more consistent and confident and that will come with time and more experiences like these.

The 15’s are enjoying the day at Universal Studios today and will be flying home tomorrow.  Our 16’s begin play this afternoon.

I’m proud of these girls and look forward to watching them play in the fall for their respective high school teams with the exception of Aulike and Samara who will be in the 8th grade this year.  Great job girls!  Keep working hard and #GetBetterEveryDay

2016 Pilipa'a 15-1 Roster

#NamePosHtYearSchoolStanding ReachApproach Reach
11Tiani BelloOH5'82020Kamehameha7'29'6
14Mahala KaapuniMB5'92020Hilo7'49'6.5
8Aulike KaiaweS, OH, OPP5'620217'39'1
7Makenna MahunaS, OPP5'9.52018Kamehameha7'49'2
24Laurie McGrathMB, OH, OPP6'2019Hilo
12Mia TakaiDS, L5'42019Hilo6'98'6
15Samara ToomataL, DS5'5.52021Kamehameha6'118'4



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