Pilipa'a Volleyball

Pilipa’a Boys – Austin, TX – Game Day 1 & 2

The Pilipa’a Boys 18’s began play in the 2010 USA Volleyball Junior National Tournament facing defending champions (2009 17’s Club Division) Calagary Elite.  Pilipa’a defeated Calgary 23-25, 25-16, 15-9 in a rematch of last year’s 17’s semi-final.  The boys struggled to pass and run their offense effectively in the first game.  In game two, the passing improved and setters Kyle Hanagami and Mason Waugh were able to effectively distribute the  ball to Pilipa’a’s numerous offensive weapons including Isaiah Ekau, John Byrd, Clayton Morante, Keoni Bailado and Matt Coghlan.

Pilipa’a defeated CV B18 Mizuno 25-20, 18-25, 15-13 and Nike Bay To Bay 25-21, 25-18 to finish the day 3-0.

Day 2 provided Pilipa’a with more challenges. They faced a very tough pool assignment with Kuikahi of Honolulu, MEVBC of Connecticut and Space Needle of Seattle.  Pilipa’a lost 25-22, 14-25, 15-12 to Kuikahai in the first match.  Pilipa’a started had another slow start in the second match of the day before turning things around to defeat MEVBC 21-25, 25-18, 15-8.  Pilipa’a saved their best play for the last match of the day against Space Needle.  Pre-game scouting led to some key lineup adjustments by Coach Ecko which provide key matchups to slow down the offense of Space Needle.  The adjustments worked well as Pilipa’a defeated Space Needle 27-25, 25-23 to advance.

Pilipa’a will cotinue their quest for another Gold Medal when they face Legacy 18-1 tomorrow at 3pm (CDT).

One Comment

  1. David Shields

    July 3, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Way to go Pilipa’a! Love to see Hawai’i kids doing well!!

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