Pilipa'a Volleyball

Pilipa’a 8-2 and will play in consolation bracket on Monday

Pilipa'a 17'sOrlando, Florida – The Pilipa’a 17’s outstanding run through the 41st Annual AAU National Chapionship will conclude tomorrow as they play  in the consolation bracket (silver) and can finish as high as 10th place.

Pilipa’a began a long day of play with an 8am matchup  with  NASA 17-1 KE and high hopes to qualify for a challenge  match and a chance to play for the gold.  They found their rhythm early and despite a 7-point deficit in game two, they never quit and were able to defeat the team from Northern Alabama in  two games 25-21, 25-22.  The girls were excited  about their second match of the day where they faced undefeated Pineapple Volleyball Club. Pineapple,  had only lost a single game prior to their pairing with Pilipa’a.  “Our girls came out motivated and ready  to play and played one of their cleanest matches of the tournament with very few unforced errors.  Setter Zoe Leonard and middles Kadara Marshall and Ke’ala Watson connected very well throughout the match which opened up big swings for outside hitters Ka’iu Ahuna,  Alysyn Fuata and opposite Taylor Alicuben.  Kamalani Fujikawa turned in a strong defensive performance as well, racking up a large number of digs against the hard hitting Indiana team.”  A strong offensive and defensive performance led to an impressive 25-20, 25-15 win over the previously unbeaten team.  Pilipa’a continued it’s winning ways and closed out pool play  with a 3-0 recored with a decisive  25-18, 25-11 win over EliteVBTC 17 Black from Columbus, Ohio.

The 3-0 record in pool play improved Pilipa’a’s record to 8-1 for the tournament and gave them the opportunity to play a challenge bracket game to advance in to the Championship Bracket (Gold) with the top 9 teams.  Pilipa’a drew LAVA from Los Angeles, California and looked impressive as they started quickly and coasted to a 25-16 victory in game one.  They started quickly in game two as well, but a big service run by LAVA put pressure on Pilipa’a that they were not able to overcome and ultimately led to a 23-25 loss in game two and serious loss of momentum.  Pilipa’a passing woes continued in game three and despite a handful of big kills and block Pilipa’a lost 11-15.  The loss moves Pilipa’a to the consolation bracket where they can play up to 3 matches on Monday and finish as high as 10th place over all.

“It was a tough loss for the team, but I’m extraordinarilly proud of our girls.  We went from the team that many looked past to the team that had coaches saying you don’t want to see late in this tournament.  We received countless comments from opposing coaches, players and referees about how good the team played and how fun we were to watch. Numerous college coaches gathered for most of our games  and we look forward to the opportunities that this will provide for our girls in the near future.”

–Coach Chris

 

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