Pilipa'a Volleyball

Pilipa’a – Minnesota – 6/25


Minneapolis, MN – Sunday was the second full day in Minnesota for our Pilipa’a Girls 15’s. The day started with a team breakfast at our hotel and a surprise “Happy Birthday” ambush of Aulike Kaiawe in the dining area.  We loaded up the van shortly after breakfast to head to the University of Minnesota for a campus visit.  We met with University of Minnesota Director of Volleyball Operations Nao Ikeda who showed us the athletic facilities and toured the campus with our tour guide, Junior DS / Libero Sophie Beckley.  It was an amazing campus with impressive Big 10 Conference facilities.  Their athletes are well taken care of, but are held to very high standards by Coach Hugh McCutcheon and staff. The volleyball locker rooms, team meeting room and arena are top-notch and provide an exciting atmosphere to play in.  The campus is large but really nice and the surrounding community provides a great college-town feel. The girls had an opportunity to load up on University of Minnesota apparel  after the tour and before lunch near the campus.

We returned the M1 Volleyball facility after lunch for our second and final practice.  The girls worked hard and got in some good reps and look ready to play.  We went back to the Minneapolis Convention Center in the late afternoon to cheer for the Cuzins 14’s team in their pool play match.  The Cuzins team and family members are staying in the same hotel and seeing some familiar faces has made it feel a little more like home for us.  We closed out the day with another dinner at the Pilipa’a parents house and had birthday celebration for Aulike and Nani (who celebrates her birthday tomorrow).

We’re excited for the start of the tournament at 4pm tomorrow (11am HST) and will have updates here on Pilipaa.com and on our social media sites.  Mahalo to the parents that are here supporting us and to all of the parents and family members back home who are supporting us as well.


2017 Pilipa'a 15-1 Roster

#NamePosHtYearSchoolStanding ReachApproach Reach
6Megan BaldadoOPP, MB, OH5'92020Kamehameha7'49'
11Tiani BelloOH5'82020Kamehameha7'29'6
8Aulike KaiaweS, OH, OPP5'620217'39'1
24Laurie McGrathMB, OH, OPP6'2019Hilo
17Nani SpaarOH, OPP, MB6'12020Kamehameha7'9.59'6
16Halee SweatS, DS2020Waiakea
12Mia TakaiDS, L5'42019Hilo6'98'6
10Ki'ilani TakataL, DS2021Kamehameha
15Samara ToomataL, DS5'5.52021Kamehameha6'118'4
21Anastasia TuifuaMB, OPP5'112020Kealakehe7'79'6

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