Pilipa'a Volleyball

Pilipa’a Girls – Phoenix Day 4 – Game Day 2

Pilipa’a began day two with the goal of advancing into the top 32.  The road was a bit rocky at times, however Pilipa’a endured numerous challenges to achieve their goal.  The girls started the day with a matchup against Rancho Valley of Hesperia, California.  Pilipa’a jumped out to an early lead in Game 1 on a 9-0 service run and never looked back finishing 25-7.  Rancho Valley came back strong in the second and third set and Pilipa’a struggled to find it’s rhythm losing 19-25, 12-15.

Pilipa’a defeated  Coast 14-2 of San Diego, California 25-20, 18-25, 15-11 .  Pilipa’a started the first looking very solid on 5 point service runs by Amanda Loeffler and Zoe Leonard and strong hitting by Outside Hitters Anuhea Leite-AhYo and  Harley Woolsey.  Pilipa’a’s passing broke down in set two as they struggled to a 18-25 loss.  The third set  was a different story however, as both teams improved their performance.  Pilipa’a’s defense improved significantly with key digs by Angel Alameda and Brittny Marino and several blocks by Amanda Loeffler and Duchess Rapoza. The offense stepped up as well with big swings by both outside hitters and opposite Kaiulani Ahuna.

Pilipa’a forced a three-way tie for first with the victory over Coast 14-2 and would have to wait for the winner of Coast and Rancho Valley for a one-game tiebreaker.  Pilipa’a faced Rancho Valley for the second time of the day.  Pilipa’a got into trouble early in the game and were down 16-9 before mounting a strong comeback effort that tied the game at 23-23.  Pilipa’a dropped the last two points and the tie breaker and lost 23-25.  The loss forced Pilipa’a into a must win situation against Epic 14-2 in a “cross over” match to advance to the top 32.  Pilipa’a defeated Epic on the first day of competition in a 3-game marathon match and were excited to play Epic for the second time.

Pilipa’a defeated Epic in another tough 3-game match(25-14, 23-25, 15-12).  They continued their new tradition of strong starts and second game struggles.  Pilipa’a started off slow in the 3rd and deciding game with a top 32 berth on the line. Down 3 points, Pilipa’a called for a time-out before charging back to take the game and match.

The competition will get tougher tomorrow morning as Pilipa’a will face 5th-seeded Santa Barbara Smack, 27th seed Flintridge VBC of Alta Dena, California, and 11th seeded Illinois Performance 14HP. The top two teams will advance into the Championship Bracket.

Mahalo to Maunalani Volleyball Club from O’ahu for their support this afternoon!

2 Comments

  1. Marino 'Ohana

    June 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S! Love the play-by-play. Thank you Coach Chris. Continue to work hard, stay calm, and have fun! We love you, and we’re all cheering for you home here:)

    The Marino ‘Ohana

  2. Chris

    June 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks for the support from home! The girls are having fun and playing well.

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